Cisco has unleashed a world of hurt on its shareholders, masquerading as a consumer company that sells Flip phones, Umi telepresence, and Linksys routers. There's nothing wrong with selling gadgets to consumers. Apple does it brilliantly, and profitably. But Cisco isn't Apple.
In a sense, Apple might be a place where Cisco can find comfort in its time of trouble. People forget how screwed up Apple was in the 90s. The fact that Apple turned it around can provide a ray of hope to Cisco shareholders and the company's beleaguered CEO, John Chambers. If Chambers can keep his job.
Server and PC marker Dell has also had its share of problems in recent years – accounting scandals, poor sales execution, and exploding products – but of late, it has been on the upswing. It has had some success building custom servers for hyper scale data centers. It bought its way into the storage racket proper instead of just reselling other companies' kit (LSI and EMC, mainly). And it moved into services with its Perot Systems acquisition.
The rub is that Dell's networking business is no more real than its storage business used to be. It is merely rebranding kit from Brocade and others. Until Dell fixes that, it will not be a credible infrastructure stack player.
Meanwhile, Cisco has done a remarkable job building a server business out of nothing with its "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers – and with a fair amount of actual engineering – but it is not a profitable volume manufacturer any more than IBM was. Big Blue couldn't cut it in printers, memory, disk drives, and PCs, and Cisco is having trouble with anything other than core switches and routers.
One could argue that Cisco should not have entered the server market at all, but that is an over-simplified view. No doubt, the move into servers has not only annoyed Cisco's former partners in the server business, but compelled them to start selling their own networking products, either rebadged (from Brocade, Juniper, or Blade Network Technologies) or built with the help of ODMs (Sun and now Oracle does this, and so does Dell).
More about Cisco Switching Business
What is hurting Cisco's switching business? Mellanox, Juniper, Brocade, Extreme Networks, Arista Networks, and IBM can make faster and lower-cost top-of-rack switches, and there are cheaper alternatives to Cisco's end-of-row plain-vanilla Catalyst 6000 and converged Nexus 7000 switches.
Chambers (Cisco’s CEO) may believe that the price/performance of the Nexus 7000 compared to earlier Catalyst products is what is driving Cisco's switching biz down. But it is probably more accurate to say that Cisco's prices are too high relative to the competition.
Even though competitors shared a certain market, Cisco is still proud of its core offer and service. Every CISCO user knows that what Cisco attract him to choose it.
Related: Cisco owns a large number of popular Cisco switches among enterprise users. To serve enterprise better, Cisco instantly improve its service and networking solution. Now, let’s check some star Cisco switches: Cisco 2960, Cisco 3560, Cisco 3750, and Cisco 4500…which type you prefer to?
As buddies, CISCO and Xerox will ally to bring more managed print services, mobile print services and cloud IT outsourcing to solution providers, particularly to Cisco partners who haven’t delved into managed print arena, said executives.
“Xerox and Cisco think networking and print managed services are a great combination. They’re like peanut butter and jelly,” said Rick Dastin, president of Xerox Enterprise Business Group. “And it tastes good too.”
The solutions CISCO and Xerox offered will benefit customers as the list below.
A. Xerox Managed Print Services (MPS) over Cisco Borderless Networks: The partners mean to consolidate IT and print management using the network's embedded security, WAN optimization and Internetwork Operating System (IOS) software. It will monitor print technology and supposedly reduce operating costs, protect confidential data from any location, and improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.
B. Xerox Cloud ITO Services built on Cisco's UCS and Vblock infrastructure: It will accelerate customer rollout of new IT services, so they can respond better to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private, public or hybrid cloud environment. These infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud consulting services as well as private cloud deployments will come from ACS, a Xerox company.
C. Xerox Mobile Print Solution on Cisco virtual desktop clients and its Cius tablet: Mobile workers will be able to print from any e-mail-enabled device including Cisco's virtual desktops clients and Cius tablets to any enabled printer using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions from any location.
As we known, Cisco has many partners, such as famous Dell and Microsoft; they also have some items to be buddies. What surprise will Cisco bring to Cisco users and customers; we are looking forward to it.
Related: Cisco’s core market is Cisco routers and Cisco switches for small to large enterprises. If you would like to know about Cisco routers or Cisco switches like purchasing, price, types and routers’ features you can visit Cisco.com or routerswitch.com to see more…
NetBase Solutions, a SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICAL COMPANY, delivered a report recently, showing that Cisco is more popular than other Silicon Valley enterprises, just followed the Salesforce.com.
This report may make Cisco confident of recovering from difficulties while Cisco is surrounded by bad news for its terrible performance.
Why did Cisco can regain too much applause from social networks? From what customers really care about; maybe we can get the answer. Even though Cisco shut down flip video camera business, will eliminate up to 4000 jobs in the near future, didn’t get support from investors, it is still a minion in social Medias. More important is that most Cisco users are satisfied with its network equipment, especially routers, switches and firewall security for family and enterprises.
Actually, Cisco and Salesforce.com have been partners for several years, working together to help you join online conversations about your company and take control of the customer experience in Web channels outside your company’s domain. The typical project between Cisco and Salesforce.com is to combine Salesforce.com's Service Cloud 2 and Cisco's Unified Communications to deliver a complete cloud computing solution for customer service. The solution empowers small and medium sized companies to run their customer service completely in the cloud. They share a vision about moving technology into the cloud and leveraging social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google to deliver services to their customers where they are already collaborating.
Because of increasing popularity of talking and sharing anything with each other on internet, more and more enterprises and groups are willing to make full use of the social media service to enlarge their business, intensify market competition to meet challenges from counterparts and other related markets.
Although Cisco faces a big challenge from consumer market as well as enterprise market, it still keeps its own superiority, providing high quality Cisco routers and switches for SOHO, small, medium and large enterprises, better services for consumers. Now Cisco is actively learning how to innovate faster and delight its clients through a radically different approach to management, which will make its prospects bright.
What’s the Cisco IOS?
Cisco IOS (originally Internetwork Operating System) is the software used on the vast majority of Cisco Systems routers and current Cisco network switches. (Earlier switches ran CatOS.)
IOS is a package of routing, switching, internetworking and telecommunications functions tightly integrated with a multitasking operating system.
Cisco IOS is versioned using three numbers and some letters, in the general form a.b(c.d)e, where:
a is the major version number.
b is the minor version number.
c is the release number, which begins at one and increments as new releases in the same a.b train are released.
d (omitted from general releases) is the interim build number.
e (zero, one or two letters) is the release train identifier, such as none (which designates the mainline, see below), T (for Technology), E (for Enterprise), S (for Service provider), XA as a special functionality train, XB as a different special functionality train, etc.
Most Cisco products that run IOS also have one or more "feature sets" or "packages", typically eight packages for Cisco routers and five packages for Cisco network switches. For example, Cisco IOS releases meant for use on Catalyst switches are available as "standard" versions (providing only basic IP routing), "enhanced" versions, which provide full IPv4 routing support, and "advanced IP services" versions, which provide the enhanced features as well as IPv6 support.
Each individual package corresponds to one service category, such as IP data, Converged voice and data, Security and VPN. More info visit White Paper: Cisco IOS and NX-OS Software Reference Guide
A&Q about Cisco IOS (from Yahoo Answer)
Q: Help needed to upgrade my cisco switch ios?
I have connected my switch via console cable, I have set up a tftp server on my PC when I try to update the ios it keeps timing out.
A: First, your computer with the tftp server and the switch need to be connected via the network. When the switch pulls the image, it's not through the console cable, but rather an ethernet port.
Second, your new IOS image needs to be in the correct folder on your local hard drive so the tftp server can reach the file and serve it to clients that ask. This varies greatly by tftp server, so I can't give you clear directions for how to do this.
Third, your switch needs an IP address assigned to a vlan interface. Typically, vlan 1 is used, but more advanced users can use a different one. The configuration usually looks like:
interface vlan 1
ip address w.x.y.z 255.255.255.0
To do a little troubleshooting, try pinging your computer from the switch and then ping the switch from your computer. Due to firewalls, this may or may not work, but it's a good tool.
Lastly, once you are sure that connectivity is in place, you issue the command "copy tftp flash" from the switch. The switch will ask you the IP address of the tftp server, then the filename, and then it will probably ask you if you want to erase the flash. You should usually press "enter" to confirm "yes" to erase the flash, otherwise you'll run out of room in the memory. If you do not receive the question to erase the flash, that means there is a connectivity issue.
Hope this helps.
Q: How I can install IOS into cisco switch 3560 series?
In my cisco switch 3560 series hasn't IOS system and I cann't into priveleged EXEC mode. "enable" function cann't run!
A: The first thing you need to do is recover the password so you can "enable" privileged mode - you need to "break" as the switch is about to load…
1/ Put the new IOS onto a tftp server (if you don't have one, google for "tftp server free download").
2/ Get the switch onto the same network as your tftp server.
3/ decide if you have enough room in either flash or RAM (depending on your switch) and
copy tftp flash
Cisco IOS Download Tips
Generally, if you want to download or upgrade Cisco IOS while having a used Cisco router or didn’t buy Cisco router, options offered here will help you get the Cisco IOS:
1. Download the Cisco IOS from somewhere like a bit torrent or a file sharing program.
2. Purchase a maintenance contract for the hardware and download the software.
3. Buy the IOS from a reseller. (The cost of the software will vary based on the model of the router you are buying it for and the features of the OS you are wanting.)
More info about Cisco IOS Software Center Update Q&A
Cisco IT Network Sales and Price
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Many electronic stars promote their tablets one after the other while iPad is sweeping over the world, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Lenovo’s LePad, Acer’s Iconia Tab and so forth. To follow this fashion and share market with other competitors, CISCO also announced that it would bring Cisco’s Cius Android tablet to AT&T in the following fall. Cisco Cius, Android-based, business-aimed, is a “mobile collaboration tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications, including HD video.”(John Chambers, Cisco CEO)
Also to aim at business sect, the Cius doesn’t appear to be a consumer product. It’s compatible with Cisco’s suite of business software tools, and designed to be able to connect mobile employees with the right people and right content from within the network. To our surprise, CISCO’s Cius is fully interoperable with telepresence tools, offers HD video streaming, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging, browsing and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored either locally or on the cloud.
And it features a front-mounted 720p HD camera that refreshes at up to 30 frames per second; Wi-Fi-enabled, comes with an accelerometer, has a detachable battery and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Cisco first unveiled the Cius tablet last summer. At the time, the company said the device would sell for less than $1,000. However, Cisco has yet to reveal pricing for the tablet. AT&T also failed to say how much it will charge for access to its HSPA+ network from the device.
Now, AT&T announced that it will sell CISCO’s Cius to enterprise users this fall. Cisco is shifting away from the consumer market. Besides the business-focused tablet---th Cius, the typical example is that Cisco killed off Flip video camera business and refocused its operation on core routing (all types of Cisco enterprise-based routers: Cisco1800/1900/2800/2900 series, etc., switching (Cisco switch catalyst 2960/3560/3750, 4500 series, etc.) and services, collaboration, architectures, and video.
No matter what difficulties Cisco need to face, we still believe that Cisco is a leader in networking solution, services for enterprises.
What Cisco brings to us next like surprising Cius? We are looking forward to it.
Tuesday, Cisco released a wireless LAN controller---Cisco Flex 7500 Series Cloud Controller that enables centralized management of up to 500 branch office locations from one data center. It also allows IT managers to remotely configure wireless policies, management and security settings without having to physically be in the branch location.
Meanwhile, Cisco introduced Integrated Services Router Web Security software for the ISR G2 branch router. The new Cisco ISR Cloud Web Security with Cisco Scan Safe solution, which allows Scan Safe Cloud Web Security to seamlessly extend to branch offices by providing scalable, centralized Web protection and malware detection on the Cisco ISR G2 branch router. With this solution, organizations can easily deploy cloud-based Web security and Web usage policies, enabling highly secure local Internet access for all branch offices and users while saving time, money, and resources associated with traditional hardware deployments.
Steve Marshall, Director of IT Services for Bass, claimed that the company expects that the new controller will help reduce costs by eliminating the need for a separate controller in each store and reducing the amount of oversight those controllers need from store personnel.
"The IT model for branch offices is shifting to increasingly leverage cloud-based services without compromising on performance, security or mobility," said Marie Hattar, vice president, Cisco Borderless Network marketing. "Cisco Borderless Network solutions are unique in their ability to provide greater choice and efficiency for rapid branch service deployment, helping our customers increase overall network productivity and react faster to ever-changing demands on their business."
Cisco Flex 7500 Series Cloud Controller pricing starts at USD 47,995, available now.
Cisco ISR Web Security with Cisco Scansafe is part of any ISR G2 security bundle. Pricing starts at $2,495 and is available in July 2011.
Recently, when you open internet to search news related to Cisco, title keywords like reorganize, recover, return, regain and refocus are common seen among Cisco news. Owing to increasing competitors such as Netgear, Juniper, Huawei, etc. all these have their own advantages, and share certain market with Cisco. So for Cisco’s part, there is a very fierce competition between itself and others. Moreover, there are many facts that show Cisco facing a big challenge, for example, Cisco has lost share in recent years in routers, and shut down its Flip video camera division in order to refocus on its core capability of router and switch.
Deciding to share enterprise market with Cisco, Huawei, Technologies Co., China’s largest telephone-network equipment maker, is expanding beyond its traditional business of supplying equipment for phone networks as it strives to more than triple sales to $100 billion in the next 10 years. The push to win more orders from businesses and government agencies may pose its biggest threat to Cisco. And Cisco now is actively searching for partners to enhance its competitive power, such as cooperating with Xerox to offer print services via the cloud through Cisco’s data center technology. HP, another challenger for Cisco, has introduced products supporting a new architecture namely FlexNetwork, which is directly targeting the Cisco's Borderless Networks strategy.
Meanwhile, Cisco also pays attention to their inner management to improve its efficiency while solving problems. Although Cisco has lost its Flip focus, faced more competition, it still has big predominance in routers, switches and service for business and enterprise. Cisco still retains 70% or so of the total switch market. And enterprise and business are Cisco’s main target market.
As we known, Cisco owns many types of routers and switches aim at providing the most professional service for small to large enterprise, such as popular series Cisco 1800 series, 1900 series, new items like Cisco 2911; Cisco switches series like switches 2960, 3560 series…
Frankly, even though Cisco faces many challenges from its counterpart, its core service is still competitive. Of cause, refocusing on its core, concentrate business and enterprise, all these actions can help Cisco keep a good condition among international market.
Which of the following is a reason why IPv6 has been developed?
a. IPv4 addresses are not secure. / b. IPv4 addresses are running out. / c. Dynamic address allocation is desired. / d. Mobile IP networking is needed.
What version of IOS do I need to run on a Cisco 3550 and 3560 to support IPv6?
Which routers are IPv6 enabled? Can anybody suggest me any IPv6 enabled routers?
Have you ever come to similar problems? With more netizen and faster development of internet, mobile internet, more and more people require a better enjoyment of surfing on the net and a higher internet security, we usually like to compare IPv4 with IPv6, often ask others that what IPv6 will bring to us?...
IPv6, a version of the Internet Protocol (IP), is designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). The Internet's growth has created a need for more addresses than IPv4 is capable of. IPv6 allows for vastly more numerical addresses, but switching from IPv4 to IPv6 may be a difficult process.
Comparison to IPv4
Pv6 specifies a new packet format, designed to minimize packet header processing by routers.
Advantages comparing to IPv4
Larger address space: The most important feature of IPv6 is a much larger address space than in IPv4. The length of an IPv6 address is 128 bits, but 32 bits in IPv4.
Multicasting: Multicasting (the transmission of a packet to multiple destinations in a single send operation) is part of the base specification in IPv6. In IPv4 this is an optional although commonly implemented feature.
Stateless address auto configuration (SLAAC): The packet header in IPv6 is simpler than that used in IPv4. IPv6 routers do not perform fragmentation…
Mobility: IPv6 routers may also support network mobility which allows entire subnets to move to a new router connection point without renumbering.
More advantages…such as options extensibility, jumbo grams.
Speak of cloud computing, we quickly think of our internet and the coming trend---the mobile internet. Right, cloud computing technology will change the future of internet. It owns the magical power of enabling users of "the cloud" can share computer functions by connecting, via the Internet or direct connection, to a specialized data center that holds all the data and programs necessary for their needs.
Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT's existing capabilities.
Today, we all are looking forward to fantastic experience got from internet, because we can read and share almost all the topics related to our life, such as music, movie, shopping, technology, science, literature, entertainment, military, politic, etc. So what cloud computing really means to the future of mobile internet? We are really ready to engage in this topic.
Indeed, the fact is that we require better and more comprehensive service brought by internet, for example, with the smart phones, laptops, iPad and iPhones becoming more and more popular among consumers, they gradually like to share interesting things and hot topics anytime, anywhere. And it’s very possible to achieve it as the cloud computing technology and mobile internet develop fast.
Mobile internet, connecting to cloud computing technology, brings a new way of sharing personal experience with others, for mobile internet is an open world to allow internet users to download, upload and browse information as you like. Many telecom and networking giants like Google, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, etc. pay more attention to cloud computing technology’s application on their telecommunication and networking equipment, take Cisco as a typical example, Cisco helps organizations build, deploy, and use highly secure cloud services by providing essential infrastructure (to help customers build clouds, including networking, security, data center and unified computing solutions, systems management, and modular cloud elements.), new innovations (that broaden the reach and accelerate the use of clouds such as Cius, Cisco TelePresence, and IP phones.)…. Cisco works with a broad ecosystem of partners to help you realize the value delivered by cloud computing and accelerate business growth.
What can lead a new fad in the mobile internet world? Definitely, more magic will emerge in the future of mobile internet with wider cloud computing technology application.
Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, announced that they are confident of exceeding Cisco and Google in the future.
Over the past 23 years, Huawei has developed fast and achieved many great targets as a world-leading telecom solutions provider. It shares a certain market with Cisco and other competitors. Now, as the cloud computing bringing a great revolution in IT industry, Huawei puts aside its mystery and try to promote itself. Indeed, the policy of more communicating with public, media may help Huawei better improve its image as a leader in telecom industry. Cisco VS Huawei VS Google, who will take the first place in the IT field? It’s hard to say, because everyone has its own advantages.
Recently, Cisco also announced that it quit on the Flip to enhance its strongs of telecom solution. It’s obvious that the main competitors among telecom industry try to put most effort on researching more advanced solution to mobile net as the IT industry develop so fast.
Although other competitors such as Huawei, Juniper, Aruba, HP, etc. shared a certain market with Cisco around the world, Cisco’s always sticking to its strong points including supplying networking solution to medium and large enterprises. Cisco’s technology of safety, diversity, meets the medium-to-large sized business’ need.
Nowadays, as the cloud computing technology springs up and mobile telecommunication grows fast, telecom equipment manufacturers including Cisco, Huawei, HP, Microsoft, Brocade, etc. try to adjust its market and technology policies to help themselves better survive in market.
For routers, switches and computers becoming increasingly central to the digitalization of all kinds of industries, so no matter what policy Cisco, Juniper or Huawei takes, they can balance their market in the different aspects. Huawei PK Cisco, no winner, maybe cooperator.
Notes:Cisco, as the world’s leading telecom equipment designer and manufacturer, it owns many famous networking products among consumers, such as family, SOHO, small business, medium and large enterprises. Follow here to see hot Cisco products…