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Something New for KVM (Kernel Virtual Machines) App Hosting on a Cisco Router

August 25 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco Routers, #Cisco News

KVM (Kernel Virtual Machines) App Hosting on a Cisco Router-Benefits

KVM (Kernel Virtual Machines) App Hosting on a Cisco Router-Benefits

Use Spare Router Cycles to Host Linux VMs

In this summer, Cisco introduced a capability that we quietly rolled out in a software release last November (IOS XE 3.17). You can now host your own custom or third party KVM lightweight applications directly on your ISR 4000 or ASR 1000.

Kernel-based Virtual Machines, the KVM, are the standard virtualization technology in the embedded Linux world. If you’re writing applications to be hosted across a network, odds are you’re already using it. The ability to virtualize across the network is a key aspect of Cisco DNA so this capability dovetails very nicely with the larger solution for enterprise environments.

Get the Most from Your Branch Router

Many lightweight applications and network functions needed in a modern network or branch office are available as virtual machines (VM). If you need to host some of these functions in the network, use your Cisco router to do it instead of deploying a dedicated appliance at your branch site.

You’ll reduce complexity and cost by making use of spare compute horsepower that’s already in your router. Very efficient.

Run the Apps You Need...

Use the Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Router (ISR) and ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Router to host not only Cisco apps, but also third-party and homegrown Linux-based apps. These routers’ Cisco IOS XE operating system supports the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), a virtualization infrastructure for the Linux kernel that turns it into a hypervisor.

Both routers use a customized high-performance data plane for forwarding and manipulating packets. The control plane is entirely Linux running on an x86 Intel CPU. We designed the routers with extra CPU capacity for hosting VMs.

You can also turn to the Cisco 4000 Series ISR and ASR 1000 Series to host other network functions that can be deployed as VMs, including:

• Windows domain controller

• Print servers

• Network analytics

• Network functions such as WAN optimization (Cisco WAAS), intrusion detection and prevention (Snort IPS), and visibility and security intelligence (Cisco Stealthwatch Learning Network License)

Hosting those VMs directly on your existing physical router makes a whole lot of sense.

...With the Performance You Expect

VMs are not hosted in the data plane of the router, so there is no performance impact on packet forwarding or feature processing. Critical control plane functions run at a higher priority than hosted VMs.

This is industry-standard Linux virtualization at its finest.

The full PDF file from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/routers/4000-series-integrated-services-routers-isr/at-a-glance-c45-737753.pdf

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Cisco Aironet 3800 Series APs, Flexible Radio Assignment Here

August 22 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco Technology - IT News

Putting the ‘Flexible’ in Flexible Radio Assignment

Putting the ‘Flexible’ in Flexible Radio Assignment

Flexible Radio Assignment-Cisco

Flexible Radio Assignment-Cisco

You can relax when you have Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points deployed and running.

Why? Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points and Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Points support 802.11ac Wave 2, increasing bandwidth for more devices. Cisco goes beyond the industry standard to provide advanced innovation that self-optimizes your network in unpredicted times of high density, with a feature called Cisco Flexible Radio Assignment.

In addition to the device deluge, there are times when a lot of people moving in and out of your network can complicate a high-density network environment. A manual approach to recalibrating your wireless network every time there is an unexpected usage change isn’t practical. Flexible Radio Assignment automatically adapts to these temporary high-density environment changes.

Flexible Radio Assignment is a Cisco innovation designed to provide a better mobile user experience for high-density networks by automatically detecting when a large number of devices are connected to a network. Once the detection is made, Flexible Radio Assignment changes its dual radios in the access point from 2.4 GHz/5 GHz to 5 GHz/5 GHz to serve more clients. The access point performs this function while still monitoring the network for security threats and RF interference that may affect performance.

Flexible Radio Assignment has three different modes of operation:

• Default operating mode, which serves clients on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

• Dual 5-GHz mode, which serves clients on both 5-GHz radios

• Wireless security monitoring, which scans both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for security threats while also serving 5-GHz clients

How do these features work in an everyday setting?

The best way to describe this feature is by returning to the original scenario of a large number of office workers expecting to hear a speech from the boss.

As the first group of workers trickles into the conference room, the Cisco Aironet 3800 Series Access Points automatically determine that there is ample 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz wireless coverage. During the minutes before the meeting, these access points use the wireless security-monitoring mode in the 2.4-GHz radio to continually scan both bands for RF interference or security threats. Cisco CleanAir Technology eliminates any detected interference while rogue detection and containment and wireless intrusion prevention systems (wIPS) rectify security threats.

As the meeting looms closer and the high-density scenario is realized, Flexible Radio Assignment adapts in real time, and the Cisco access point radios provide the precise amount of 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz coverage. Some access points will convert both radios to the 5-GHz band to serve the additional clients and provide better coverage and performance during the high-density event.

This availability of the larger band is extremely helpful, as a majority of the audience is following the video feed of the conference over their wireless devices too.

Following the meeting, the access points return to default operating mode, offering 2.4-GHz/5-GHz coverage while other access points transition to wireless security monitoring mode.

The most amazing thing about this scenario is that, as the network administrator, you didn’t have to do anything to facilitate the extra bandwidth. The Cisco Aironet access point is intelligent enough to do the entire thing itself. This allows you to concentrate on more pressing issues.

Flexible Radio Assignment isn’t strictly for workplace environments.

It can be used in nearly any instance where a large group of people gather. Whether it’s in an educational setting, a hotel lobby, or a hospital, Flexible Radio Assignment is a boon to any wireless network.

From bring your own device (BYOD) to Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, the proliferation of wireless items brings a new host of challenges as bandwidth-intense applications grow. Flexible Radio Assignment rises to these challenges and augments your wireless network to do more without making your job difficult.

Now if only the Flexible Radio Assignment could give Bob from accounting some new jokes.

 

The Original Story from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/enterprise-networks/802-11ac-solution/at-a-glance-c45-737165.pdf

 

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Introducing Cisco Unified Communications 11.x and 10.x Licensing

August 9 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco License, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Cisco Unified Communications 11.x and 10.x Licensing

Cisco Unified Communications 11.x and 10.x Licensing

Description of UCL Levels

Description of UCL Levels

Cisco Unified Communications 11.x and 10.x licensing is here!

Cisco Unified Communications 11.x and 10.x licensing has three levels

Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing (UWL) Meetings Edition

This edition is a complete unified communications and video solution. It includes all features in the Standard Edition plus Personal Multiparty Plus unlimited video conferencing – including the new Cisco Meeting Server as well as Cisco TelePresence Server and Conductor, Cisco WebEx Meetings Server on-premises conferencing, session management, and contact center capabilities.

Cisco UWL Standard Edition

Built on the reliable Cisco Unified Communications Manager platform, this edition includes call control, voice messaging, Cisco Expressway, and soft clients. Instant messaging and presence are also included as a perpetual license on premises.

Cisco User Connect Licensing (UCL) Enhanced and Enhanced Plus

A per-user license for the following individual Cisco Unified Communications applications:

• Cisco Unified Communications (including instant messaging and presence and Cisco Jabber desktop and mobile clients)

• Cisco Unity Connection

• Cisco Business Edition

Licensing Options for the Way You Work

Your business isn’t like any others. That’s why we offer a variety of software licensing options to meet your needs, regardless of the size of your business, the way your employees work, and the tools you need.

Depending on the type and number of devices you require, UCL is available in Essential, Basic, Enhanced, and Enhanced Plus versions.

Essential UCL and Basic UCL: User-based licenses for individual Cisco Unified Communications products. Each includes applications server software and user licensing for a single device supported by the Essential UCL or Basic UCL functions. These licenses also provide on-premises instant messaging clients and presence software for the entire organization.

• Enhanced UCL and Enhanced Plus UCL: User-based licenses for individual Cisco Unified Communications products that support Cisco’s entire portfolio of user devices. They each include a soft client, applications server software, and user licensing. Enhanced UCL covers a single device, and Enhanced Plus allows for two. The licenses also provide on-premises instant messaging clients and presence software for the entire organization. Table 1 describes the four levels of UCL.

What Is Cisco Unified Workspace Licensing? Cisco UWL provides the most popular bundles of Cisco collaboration applications and services in a cost-effective, simple package. Licensed per user, it includes:

• Application server software

• User license

• Soft clients

Cisco Software Support Service is required to access technical support, minor updates, and major software upgrades.

Licensing Requirements

The requirements for Cisco UWL are as follows:

• UWL Meetings Edition licensing requires a minimum of 25 users; the Standard Edition has a minimum of 1 user.

• You can mix UCL with UWL Standard and Meetings Editions.

• A 1-year Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS) contract is required. These contracts can be coterminous upon renewal.

Info from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/unified-communications/unified-communications-licensing/C45_523902_11_9_licensing_aag_v5a_1.pdf

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802.11ac Wave 2’s Impact is World Wide, WHY?

July 13 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Technology - IT News

802.11ac Wave 2’s Impact is World Wide

802.11ac Wave 2’s Impact is World Wide

802.11ac Wave 2 APs

802.11ac Wave 2 APs

Everyone says I love 802.11ac Wave 2. The Impact of 802.11ac Wave 2 is World Wide, Why? We also talked about the 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points a lot.

Yes, make no mistake the affect of the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard is going to be global and won’t just affect specific business areas.

One key part of Wave 2 802.11ac technology that helps keep your organization ahead of the capacity crunch is multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO).

(MU-MIMO allows an access point to transmit to multiple clients at the same time, instead of sending data to a single client at a time. These parallel transmissions improve RF efficiency when client devices also support 802.11ac Wave 2.)

With Muti-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), 802.11ac Wave 2 clients are on and off the network so fast allowing for more legacy clients to be served. Plus 802.11ac Wave 2-enabled smart phones, laptops and tablets, will jump on the 5Ghz band leaving the 2.4GHz bands for older devices.

With the higher speeds of 802.11ac Wave 2, it takes a lot less time to transmit data than it did with previous Wi-Fi standards. This preserves battery life on Wave 2 clients. That means in the long run, updating your wireless network to 802.11ac Wave 2 standards will provide a better user experience for your users.

Now, let’s look at why 802.11ac Wave 2’s Impact is World Wide.

Schools need to support 802.11ac Wave 2 because more and more students are bringing devices to class. And it’s not to sneak a peek at the latest Taylor Swift video; educators are using tablets and other mobile devices as part of the education process. While additional devices and apps that will consume bandwidth are a big reason for the upgrade, it’s not the only thing. Schools need an 802.11ac Wave 2 network that can:

• Support up-to-the minute notification on mobile devices.
• Detect externally launched attacks and insider threats.
• Automatically adapts to environment changes for optimal performa
nce.

Whether you’re a small coffee shop or a large department store, it’s not just your workers that need exemplary Wi-Fi, customers demand this service too. Cisco Aironet Access Points are great tools to gather data in order to understand customer traffic patterns and behaviors, prioritizing your business-driving apps and better protecting the privacy of your business. Your customers need to be able to jump on a network too and:

• Connect to a custom guest access network (which can be used as another advertising venue).
• Be able to find the things that they want, quicker.
• Adapt to flash crowds during sales eve
nts.

In the old days, putting out an array of stale donuts in the morning and offering travelers a bed for the night was the peak of hospitality luxury. Those days are long gone as guests are now a bit savvier than they once were and expect a multitude of high-end services. One of these services is a robust wireless network. If you’re in the hospitality game, you need an 802.11ac Wave 2 compliant network because:

• It delivers mobile check-in, key lock and room control
• It quickly deploys wireless access for conventions and social gatherings
• It adapts to crowd surges during high volume of registra
tion

Where Does Cisco Fit In?

That third bullet brings me to one of the most amazing things about the Cisco Aironet Access Points, and that are the innovations that only Cisco delivers:

Flexible Radio Assignment automatically adjusts radio bands to better serve the environment. A Cisco Aironet Access Point deployed in a hotel lobby can handle a crowd of people armed with mobile devices frantically looking to get settled in their rooms. Flexible Radio Assignment automatically triggers the access point to shift from the dual radios operation at 2.4GHz and 5GHz to both radios offering 5GHz.
• Cisco CleanAir remediates device impacting interference
• Optimized Roaming intelligently connects the proper access point as people move
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Your Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2 access points aren’t static. They offer investment protection via the ability to expand along with your organization with three ports located on the Cisco Access Point. A smart antenna port allows you to add either another antenna be it of the Stadium Panel, Directional or Location variety. A built-in module port is perfect for connecting hardware such as a video surveillance device. While a USB port allows you to add a Bluetooth capabiities.

Preparing for 802.11ac Wave 2 is not a one-sized-fits-all solution. Cisco has a wide access point portfolio that offers different solutions to fit different situations. The Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Series Access Points are perfect fits for small to medium-sized businesses. These devices offer the functions and features of an enterprise-level access point and they are the lowest cost 802.11ac Wave 2 AP on the market today.

For mission-critical organizations, look no further that Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Point. More robust than the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Access Points, the 2800 Series is built for large sized organizations. Rounding out the portfolio is the Best-in-Class solution: the Cisco Aironet 3800 Access Point. This product is targeted specifically for larger areas such as stadiums and arenas.

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Three Steps to Ignite Your Enterprise Digital Journey

July 7 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco News, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #c

What’s new? The network is an informational highway of intelligence, but today’s static infrastructure can’t see the intelligence. The first step in addressing this issue is increasing visibility into the network with insights and analytics. Next is automating network services to make it easy to deploy, manage and maintain.

Cisco’s new network innovations address both challenges, and include:

Insights and Experiences:

  • Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) 10.2.2 – a software update with new features and enhancements for better customer engagement, operations and streamlined guest experiences
  • Cisco Aironet 1560 Series Outdoor Access Point – Cisco’s first outdoor Access Point that extends 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi to high-density environments, the foundation to enable CMX for your outdoor environments.
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650 Multigigabit Switch – a new Catalyst Multigigabit technology (based on NBASE-T standards) switch with up to 48 ports (12 MGig) and UPOE up to 60w for voice, video, and data performance assurance

Automation and Assurance:

  • ASR 1001-HX and ASR 1002-HX– new fixed –HX chassis that offer WAN edge high availability and resiliency with Service Level Agreement (SLA) assurance in a small form factor.
  • Cisco Unified Compute Services (UCS) E-Series – new 6-core single-wide compute blade for ISR 4000 with enhanced processing, memory and storage for 2x more app hosting.
  • 3rd Party App Hosting on ISR 4000 & ASR 1000 Cisco now supports KVM-based application hosted as container on Cisco Enterprise Routers, providing more choices and openness support for 3rd party or custom application.

What are the challenges Cisco is helping you overcome?

The roadmap to a digital network may seem simple, but there are significant challenges that must be overcome. With these new network innovations customers can tackle:

  • WAN Edge Challenges–The WAN is the fabric that connects users to apps and things. It also is the central point between the enterprise core and its edges—from the core to campus/HQ, branches, cloud and fog or among enterprise private data centers. The WAN edge must balance between performance, visibility, and security to ensure the best user experience (i.e. quality of voice, video, and data).
  • Branch Challenges–The branch is the first node of connection for users and guests to apps and things, as well as the first line of defense to nullify a threat. Given its small IT footprint and often remote locations, the branch challenges include application experience, connectivity, management and automation, threat detection and defense.
  • Customer Experience Challenges–To deliver a personalized customer experience, two integral steps must happen in tandem: (i) ubiquitous and robust connection, indoors and outdoors, and (ii) user, app, and device intelligence.

How will the new innovations help customers?

This is always a question we ask ourselves when rolling out any new technology. Focusing on real business outcomes for your enterprise, Cisco and our DNA approach is built on three design principles.

  • Services-centric to give enterprises the freedom to run services and applications when, where, and how they want it across the WAN and branch. Outcome: Faster service delivery.
  • Software-driven by virtualizing and optimizing applications and network functions for effective deployment on any platform: physic, virtual, or a mix of both. Outcome: Freedom of choice.
  • Automation of devices, apps and services for greater agility. Outcome: Less human errors.

Cisco DNA is the future of the network. These innovations allow you to reach greater network agility and achieve real business outcomes.

Reference from http://blogs.cisco.com/enterprise/ignite-your-enterprise-digital-journey-in-three-steps

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Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Series Switches, How It Works?

July 1 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco Technology - IT News

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Series Switches' ROLE

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Series Switches' ROLE

Cisco Industrial Switches have a big family, including the Cisco IE 2000, IE 3000, IE 4000 and IE 5000 Series Switches and the new IE 1000 Series.

The Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Series---Lightly Managed Switches for Industrial Environments

The Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 (IE1000) Series Switches enable industrial network connectivity where traditional unmanaged switches lack the required performance and do not offer visibility and control.

Cisco IE1000 is a lightly managed Layer 2 switch designed for industrial users to better achieve productivity and network reliability, a primary element to business success.

The traditional industrial Ethernet switch of the past was a DIN rail unmanaged switch with few Ethernet ports to interconnect various nodes, including computer, HMI, PLC, I/O, drive, and sensors. The main challenge when deploying unmanaged switches is that it is difficult to monitor and troubleshoot issues that impact operational productivity. The IE1000 offers basic management for QoS, and security along with monitoring capability, which are essential in industrial environments.

The Cisco IE1000 Series has the option of Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications. Cisco IE1000 switches are designed to meet IEEE 802.3af (PoE) and 802.3at (PoE+) standards for network devices such as wireless access points, IP surveillance cameras, display monitors, and PoE-enabled industrial devices. One benefit of a PoE network solution is that it reduces the time and cost of having power cabling or outlets installed by certified electricians. The IE1000 PoE series is for industry users that seek flexible, low-cost, and easy-to-use installation solutions.

How It Works

As soon as you power up the IE1000, you can access the switch using a web browser to start the network connectivity. The IE1000 boots within 30 seconds from power up. It also allows you to monitor traffic flows, and Ethernet port utilization. You can administratively shut down or block unwanted devices in case of safety or security concern.

You can prioritize traffic on a per-port basis to assure that the critical traffic is delivered end to end with priority. In addition, the Cisco IE1000 transports industrial protocol traffic such as Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus/TCP without extra provisioning. The support of SNMP, alarm relay, and syslog allows you to uncover errors before the network stops totally.

Solution Highlights and Capabilities

The Cisco IE1000 Series Switches support the features and capabilities sufficient for industrial usage, including:

Port density: 5, 6, 8, and 10

• FE copper or GE fiber uplink ports

• 4 or 8 Fast Ethernet downlinks

• Up to 8 PoE/PoE+ ports

• Data load optimization with VLAN awareness

IGMP and DHCP snooping

• Web GUI-based provisioning and monitoring with no need for extensive IT knowledge

• High reliability and five-year hardware warranty

Benefits

• Minimized downtime: troubleshoot, monitor, and diagnose with Web-based GUI tool.

• Improved network resiliency: spanning tree enables network link redundancy and fast link recovery.

• Increased network security: port security allows disabling ports to control what gets connected to the network.

• Critical traffic prioritization: guaranteed delivery of mission critical end devices traffic.

• Reduced overall TCO: VLANs allow for logical segmentation in a single switch, which reduces total number of switches needed.

Use Case Examples

• Machine builders: Connects complex I/O and automation gears

• Panel builders and panel shops: for electricians to manage Ethernet connectivity.

• PoE solution for smart cities: Connects Wi-Fi access points and IP camera in locations without flexible power outlet or in spaceconstrained roadside cabinets.

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What Kinds of Antennas Are for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points?

June 28 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses

Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses

Antennas for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points

Antennas for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points

In this article we will talk about the Antennas for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points.

We know that Cisco Aironet 802.11n access points include the Cisco Aironet 1260 Series, 1600e Series, 2600e, 3500e Series, 3600e Series, and 1550 Series. These access points require the use of external antennas to make them fully functioning units. Cisco has developed antennas specifically designed for use with 802.11n access points to optimize performance.

Options for Every RF Environment

You can order Cisco Aironet 802.11n and 802.11ac access points with built-in antennas or with RF ports for connecting to external antennas. External antennas can improve your wireless coverage and data rates in certain situations. For example, building materials, floor layouts, distances, and usage patterns sometimes require concentrating radio signals in particular directions or at certain angles to get the fastest data throughput.

An extensive family of single-and dual-band antennas and mounting options for use with Cisco Aironet 802.11n and 802.11ac access points helps you optimize wireless performance in each unique situation (Table: Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses). Indoors. Outdoors. Around corners. In open areas. Down hallways and mine shafts. And in places where aesthetics are important.

Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses (See the Top Figure)

Benefits

• Improve wireless data throughput

• Match radio signal strength to desired coverage patterns and building layouts

• Manage performance of dualband implementations (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz) with full MIMO support

• Get the most out of your 802.11n and 802.11ac access point investments

Why Choose Cisco for your Wi-Fi AP antenna needs?

There are many good reasons for turning to Cisco for your Wi-Fi AP antenna needs:

• Cisco antennas go through complete electrical, mechanical, and environmental testing.

• All Cisco wireless network features are tested with Cisco antennas to help ensure consistent, repeatable performance. Examples of these wireless features are the Cisco radio resource management (RRM), Cisco CleanAir, rogue access point detection, and location services.

• Cisco antenna patterns are integrated with Cisco management and location systems. That means your Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Mobility Service Engine (MSE) will display accurate signal coverage maps and correctly locate clients and unauthorized devices. That’s not possible with third-party antennas.

• You get the full support of the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) when you use Cisco antennas.

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Introducing the Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX 8 Port Gigabit Switch

June 24 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #c

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Compact Switch Models and Default Software

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Who are the COOL 2960-CX 8 Port Gigabit Switches? They are:

  • Layer 2 compact switches with 8 ports optimized for 1 Gb services
  • Up to 124 Watts of Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) power budget per switch
  • Fan-less compact design for quiet and efficient operation; flexible mounting options

Yes! The Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches are fan-less, small form-factor, Gigabit Ethernet switches and are ideal for high-speed data connectivity, Wi-Fi backhaul, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity in places where space is at a premium.

Freedom to Connect Devices Anywhere

When you have a tight space, bigger is not always better. So start compact with the 2960-CX 8 port gigabit switch. And expand your network as your company grows. Gain the enterprise features of a larger Cisco switch without using a lot of physical space. Our Catalyst switches bring wired and wireless together through unified access, so you gain scale, security, and mobility.

Features and Capabilities

Created for organizations where space is tight, the compact 2960-CX switch is a powerful 8 port gigabit switch. Because it’s small, you can place it outside the wiring closet. It has a quiet, fan-less design so it’s silent. And it has flexible mounting options.

With a setup that allows for shorter cable runs from the switch, new devices can easily join the network. Shorter cables reduce the need for expensive and inflexible cabling.

Whether in a hospital, retail store, office, classroom, or branch location, this 8 port gigabit switch supports IP connections for devices with PoE+. You don’t need to install new electrical circuits to power your access points and other devices, such as:

  • IP phones
  • Wireless access points
  • Surveillance cameras
  • PCs
  • Video endpoints

Specifications at a Glance

  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports with line-rate forwarding performance
  • 2 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet copper and small form-factor pluggable (SFP) uplinks
  • PoE+ support with up to 124W of PoE budget
  • Advanced Layer 2 (LAN Base) support

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What Benefits Can You Get from The Cisco ONE Software?

June 12 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco License, #c

Cisco ONE Software Includes Three Product Types: Foundation, Advanced Applications and Advanced Security

Cisco ONE Software Includes Three Product Types: Foundation, Advanced Applications and Advanced Security

How to make you software buying simple? You may hear about the Cisco ONE Software. Cisco introduced it at Cisco Live last year. And What is the exact Cisco ONE Software? How to make you software buying simple? You may hear about the Cisco ONE Software. Cisco introduced it at Cisco Live last year. And What is the exact Cisco ONE Software?

Cisco ONE Software helps customers purchase the right software capabilities to address their business needs. These products offer a greater value to customers with more features at “better together” pricing. They provide reduced complexity, simplified buying and the peace of mind that today’s software investments today will last into the future. Cisco ONE Software is organized by domains (Data Center, WAN, and Access) and feature sets (Foundation, Advanced Applications, and Advanced Security).

Cisco ONE for Data Center provides functionality for physical and virtualized data centers, across network and compute resources, and provides secure, scalable support for private and hybrid clouds.

Cisco ONE for WAN provides complete functionality for the branch and network edge.

Cisco ONE for Access offers a comprehensive feature set for wired and wireless access.

Finally, Cisco ONE Advanced Security provides a robust set of threat defense capabilities and central policy management. Rather than piece together the features needed, these products provide crossfunctional, use-case-based software sets to enable the performance, scale, and security needed in today’s IT environments.

Cisco ONE Software Includes Three Product Types: Foundation, Advanced Applications and Advanced Security

Cisco ONE Software provides customers with four key benefits:

1. Access to ongoing innovation and new technology from Cisco through Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS)

2. Investment protection of software purchases through software services-enabled license portability

3. Software suites that address typical customer use case scenarios at an attractive price

4. Flexible licensing models to smoothly distribute customer’s software spending over time

Addressing Your Business Challenges

Customers have told us that they want more value for their money, protection for their investments, access to the latest technology, and predictable technology spend. As budgets continue to shrink, IT needs to deliver more capabilities at a lower price point. Companies are tired of “throwing money away” every time they refresh their network, by having to repurchase the software necessary to operate their environment. At the same time, only a small portion of companies are able to adopt the latest technology, either due to budget limitations or the fear of investing in unproven technology. Finally, CFOs are demanding that IT becomes more predictable and consistent with technology spend.

Cisco ONE for Data Center

Cisco ONE for Data Center enables automated, policy-based cloud computing. Reduce cost and increase IT agility by securing private and hybrid cloud deployments for both physical and virtual environments.

The Data Center Foundation products provide functions such as automated application policy mapping, multi-tenancy support and business continuity, unified management, and infrastructure orchestration. These products support varied and demanding data center infrastructures. They are highly scalable, increasing flexibility and responsiveness to changing workloads and business conditions. And they provide extensive integration with automation and orchestration tools.

• The Data Center Advanced Applications products provide additional cloud visibility and control, storage network management, site to site encryption, and cloud infrastructure resource pooling with secure isolation. These products create an open and flexible solution that provides complete freedom in workload placement per business needs, while ensuring the same network security, quality of service (QoS), and access control policies in public cloud as in the data center.

Cisco ONE for WAN

Cisco ONE for WAN provides functions for the branch office and network edge. If you want to implement new branch-office initiatives and secure IP WAN connections, look no further.

• The Foundation for WAN product manages, secures, and optimizes your WAN to:

- Provide great user experiences with application and network performance monitoring

- Help ensure video and other media-rich application performance with application acceleration and WAN optimization

- Enhance security with network access control and encryption

- Gain energy cost savings and power management with Cisco EnergyWise energy management

- Save IT time with zero-touch deployment and protocol visibility

• The WAN Advanced Applications products provide sophisticated capabilities for remote branch facilities to:

- Quickly automate and secure your branch offices with audit tracking

- Expand highly available unified communications across your branches and beyond, even into your service provider network

- Extend rich media capabilities with secure video

- Stay secure with encryption and VPN support

- Enhance application performance by choosing the best path for critical applications

Cisco ONE for Access

Cisco ONE for Access provides performance, control, and security for wired and wireless access.

• The Access Foundation products provide a central policy engine and single management console for converged infrastructure, so you can:

- Simplify management with a single controller for both wired and wireless converged architecture

- Safeguard your network with sophisticated access control

- Improve performance and network analytics with QoS tools

- Improve the user experience with video compression and session management

- Gain deeper levels of application visibility and control with context-aware, secure access

• The Access Advanced Applications products provide guest access identity and advanced intrusion protection, allowing you to:

- Expand business mobility and create unique customer experiences with advanced location services and Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX)

- Enhance security and protect intellectual property with separate virtual networks across your entire infrastructure

- Scale routing and other protocols to meet the needs of even the largest enterprise networks

Security for Cisco ONE Software

Each domain in Cisco ONE Software offers security products for use on external appliances. These products enable you to:

• Safeguard your infrastructure, your web, and your mobile users with next-generation firewall capabilities

• Reduce network operating costs by improving business-critical application performance

• Defend your network in real time while keeping informed of the latest threats

• Maintain network-wide policy consistency and troubleshoot security issues more quickly

In addition, Identity Services for Access allows:

• More fine-grained control with context-aware security

• Business mobility with enhanced integration of mobile device management

Services for Cisco ONE Software Help Simplify Management

Services from Cisco and our certified partners enable the primary features of Cisco ONE Software1 and help you maximize business outcomes and protect your investment. Pairing software and hardware support together provides the best set of benefits to reduce costs and keep your business on track.

For IT strategy and project-based service support, take a look at our professional services portfolio.

1 SWSS required for the first year for perpetual licenses with the option to renew; SWSS is included in the active subscription license for Cisco ONE Security and future subscription offerings.

Software Support Service

Our Software Support Service (SWSS) provides the technical support expertise you need to successfully navigate the rich features and functionality of Cisco ONE Software. SWSS provides access to ongoing innovation and entitlement to license portability, major software upgrades, minor software updates, access to our awardwinning Technical Assistance Center (TAC), and instant access to online resources. By providing an integrated and comprehensive service, we help you quickly resolve issues while seeing cost savings and productivity gains.

Cisco ONE Software Foundation and Advanced Applications suites both use Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS) for ongoing support and maintenance. Your SWSS contract provides:

• Access to the TAC for software issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

• Major upgrades, minor updates, and maintenance for licensed software applications

• Entitlement to software license portability

• Access to ongoing innovation

• Access to online resources

Software Support Service (SWSS) is required for Cisco ONE Software Suites at point of sale and for continued access to ongoing innovation and license portability beyond year one.

Smart Net Total Care

To help ensure coverage for your Cisco base OS software and hardware, we highly recommend Cisco Smart Net Total Care (SNTC) which provides 24-hour global support for the underlying hardware platforms where Cisco ONE Software is deployed.

Cisco Smart Net Total Care includes access to TAC for hardware, the base OS, and entitlement to smart capabilities to reduce your operating expenses and free your IT staff to focus on business innovation. Entitlement to smart capabilities provides selfservice access to the SNTC portal, free download of the Cisco collector software, and community support for the portal and collector.

SNTC includes:

• Access to the TAC for hardware and base OS software issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

• Software updates for base OS software

• Access to online resources

• Advance hardware replacement

• Entitlement to smart capabilities

Professional Services

Our professional services can be easily attached with Cisco ONE Software. These services have been specially designed to accelerate innovation benefits in your IT environment. To plan and design new IT initiatives, take a look at our Cisco Quick Start Services. And to gain maximum value, Cisco Optimization Services are also available for all data center, WAN, and access capabilities included with Cisco ONE Software.

Benefits for Your Organization

With Cisco ONE Software, your organization gains:

• The software necessary to enable key business solutions at an attractive price point

• Ongoing innovation through major release upgrades and minor updates ensure your software operates smoothly and is always up to date

• Investment protection with services-enabled software license portability across hardware refresh cycles

• Flexibility of license migration from physical devices to virtual machines

• Better budget control with flexible subscription or perpetual buying options

• Faster access to new Cisco software features and products

Reference from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/software/one-software/at-a-glance-c45-731841.pdf

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Mix Cisco Access Points? It’s Okay

June 8 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #c

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

FCC 14-30 is a hot topic these weeks. In early June 2016, the FCC published FCC 14-30 Order, which now allows the use of three additional channels (120, 124, and 128) as well as other power adjustment and updated DFS regulations. Cisco’s compliance with new rules requires the assignment of hardware to a regulatory domain, indicating which rules the device complies.

In the following part, let’s read the reviews written by Jim Florwick (a member of the Technical Marketing Engineering team for Cisco's Wireless Business Unit). He talked about Why “It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points”

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

The new –B regulatory domain was designed to take the place of –A so that access points will be compliant with the FCC 14-30 Order. Per the FCC order, access points shipped before June 1, 2016 are grandfathered to adhere to –A requirements. Access points shipped after the June 1 date must meet the –B requirements. This includes changes in DFS detection requirements, which must re-certify according to the new rules.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of customers who don’t want to mix the two regulatory domains in their networks. But there simply is no reason not to do so.

There are a few nice things in a –B access point that aren’t available in an –A access point. Things that we all want: more 5 GHz channels and more power in U-NII 1. However, other than those minor changes, the –B and –A access points are the same. There are absolutely no operational issues in running both –A and –B on the same controller or controllers.

For example, let’s say you’re adding some access points or building out a new area – and you mix –A and –B access points, what will happen in terms of operations?

If the new channels aren’t added to the DCA list—and by default, they are not—they will not be assigned to any of the –B capable access points. If the new channels are added to the DCA list, it will only be assigned to the –B access points. This won’t be a problem as the clients will still use 120, 124, 128 where it’s available.

I have been in this industry for a long time and I’m not aware of any clients that support U-NII 1, 2, 3 that have failed in these channels. If, for some reason this does happen, simply remove the channels. No harm, no foul.

That leaves different allowed transmit (TX) power. There will be no issues here either – since TPC still works the same as it always has. The Cisco access point product line still operates with a mix of allowed powers in the 5 GHz UNII bands under the –A rules. The Neighbor Discovery Protocol is normalized for this reason and Radio Resource Management (RRM) works just fine. There are no known issues with mixing –B and –A radios in the same air on the same controller. If a user wants to stay consistent about power implications, simply set TPC Max to enforce max power to –A globally and in RF Profiles when in use.

In the last sentence I talked about consistency, and there are a lot of customers—myself included—that just don’t like the idea of a mixing anything. I go so far as to stay away from milkshakes and just eat ice cream cones, when I want a cool treat. But the reality is this is not like mixing Cisco Aironet 1130 and Aironet 3700 Access Points in the same room. Once your –A and –B access points are plugged in and running no one would ever know that a mix existed.

We don’t have operational hiccups absorbing this change like some of our other competitors. At Cisco, we’ve been running mixed environments in Alpha production networks since the Cisco AP 1810 was in development—and that’s a fair amount of time to find irregularities and observe errors. Cisco Mobility Express is built on a –B access point, and supports the –A access points. These devices have been tested over thousands of hours and work as expected.

There is really no reason other than just the perception of a mix to be worried. With that being said, I’m heading down to the ice cream shop and enjoying a frosty milkshake. I hear that they’re really great!

To read the entire Product Bulletin, click here. To read the entirety of Cisco’s response, click here.

…The original article from http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/dont-sweat-the-small-stuff-its-okay-to-mix-cisco-access-points

More Cisco Wireless Topics you can read here: http://blog.router-switch.com/category/technology/wireless/

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