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What Changes We can Expect from Cisco in 2017

June 13 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco News, #IT, #Data Center, #Technology, #Cisco Technology - IT News

For all kinds of customers, what can they expect from Cisco in 2017? In the following article, Zeus Kerravala (the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research, and provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate.) listed the main points that users and clients expect from Cisco in 2017.

  • Cisco will take a chunk of the security market. The security market is easily the most fragmented of all of the IT submarkets. It’s currently a $75 billion market, with no single vendor having anywhere close to double-digit share. Cisco, in particular, has fumbled around in security for years with different initiatives and architectures that have been ineffective.

    Times are different today. As I pointed out in an earlier post, Cisco has never been positioned better in the security industry, and the company is finally using its greatest asset—its dominance in the network—to create tangible differentiation. Look for 2017 to be the year it breaks away from the competition and takes a chunk of the security share.
  • Cisco breaks away in collaboration. Collaboration at Cisco has had its ups and downs over the past few years, but the company now pointed in the right direction. Spark was launched as a Slack-like team collaboration tool, but in actuality, it’s much more than that. It’s a fully integrated cloud, hardware and software experience that can deliver seamless, easy-to-use experiences on a mobile phone, desktop or meeting room. Expect Cisco to continue to innovate around Spark and create its next wave of growth in collaboration.
  • The data center gets a shot in the arm with an acquisition. The Unified Computing System (UCS) carried the data center business unit at Cisco for years. Recently, though, the growth of the product has slowed. In fact, this past quarter saw the data center revenue fall 3 percent.

    UCS is a great product, but the compute industry is shifting to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Cisco’s current offering, HyperFlex, is an OEM from SpringPath, and channel feedback has been that they would prefer Cisco to own the product rather than OEM it. The OEM allows Cisco to dip its toe in the water, and in 2017 Cisco will jump in with both feet by acquiring SpringPath, which will stimulate data center growth.
  • Expect Cisco to focus on analytics. When one thinks of analytics, the name Cisco is rarely top of mind. However, analytics is becoming a core component of Cisco’s strategy. Not only is it at the core of the recently announced Tetration product, but it is also fundamental to the company’s differentiation in security, Internet of Things, network operations and collaboration. Expect to see Cisco do more analytics on more network data to differentiate its offering from the many smaller competitors that can’t match its footprint.
  • Cisco will push its engineer base to learn new skills. Markets transition. That’s a fact. And when then do, the engineers who work with the technology need to change their skills. Most vendors don’t see the transition, won’t admit its happening or don’t want to upset their engineer base by forcing them to change. And that always ends up being a disaster.

    Think of engineers who worked with mainframes, Token Ring, TDM voice, SNA and other trends. Most are gone, as are the vendors that sold the stuff.

    One of Cisco’s competitive advantages is its huge base of engineers, many of whom are steeped in the way networking was done. Based on my discussions with Cisco executives, including Jeanne Dunn, who runs Cisco’s learning group, I believe Cisco wants to disrupt its engineer base and have them learn new skills—such as automation, data sciences, programming and business skills. Some won’t like the changes to the certification requirements, but the fact is Cisco engineers need to start developing skills for the digital era.
  • Executive churn will slow down. Since Robbins took the helm, there has been a steady churn at the executive level, including Kelly Ahuja, Rob Soderberry and the famed “MPLS” group—just to name a few.

    I believe Robbins’ team is set now. And while there might be the odd departure here and there, this is the team he’s going to run with.

    One question I’ve been asked is if the company would replace the recently departed CTO Zorawar Biri Singh. I believe engineering is in the best hands they can be under the co-leadership of Rowan Trollope (IoT and applications) and David Goeckeler (networking and security), and the structure will stay as is. Get used to the faces at the top; they should be sticking around for a while.

One thing that will remain the same at Cisco is the company’s commitment to changing the world. Cisco’s former CEO, John Chambers, had a great desire to have Cisco make the world a better place. As I pointed out earlier this year, Robbins has picked up the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ball and is running with it faster than ever.

The world is becoming increasingly digitized, and many of the digital enablers—such as IoT, cloud and mobility—are network centric. The coming year presents Cisco a great opportunity to flex its enormous networking muscles and move into the next wave of growth.

The original article from http://www.networkworld.com/article/3148784/lan-wan/what-to-expect-from-cisco-in-2017.html

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EoS and EoL Announcement for the Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switches (Select Models)

March 29 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Networking, #Cisco News

Cisco announced the end-of-sale Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switches (Select Models). The last day to order the affected product(s) is May 31, 2017. Customers will continue to receive phone support from the Cisco Small Business Support Center (SBSC) as shown in Table1 of the EoL bulletin.

  • Table1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s).
  • Table2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active product warranties, support will be available as stated in the product warranty terms and conditions.

Table1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switches (Select Models)

Milestone

Definition

Date

End-of-Life Announcement Date

The date the document that announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life of a product is distributed to the general public.

March 1, 2017

End-of-Sale Date:
HW

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

May 31, 2017

End of Phone Support:
HW

The last date to receive phone support as part of the product warranty. After this date, all phone support services for the product are available with additional charges or support fees. In some cases, support may not be available.

May 31, 2018

Last Ship Date:
HW

The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.

August 29, 2017

End of SW Maintenance Releases Date:
HW

The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.

May 31, 2018

Last Date of Support:
HW

The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete**. Warranty duration is based on product ship dates; refer to warranty terms and conditions for details.

May 31, 2022

HW=Hardware OS SW=Operating System Software App. SW=Application Software

Table2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Number

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description

Additional Information

SF300-24MP-K9-AU

SF300-24MP 24-port 10/100 Max PoE Managed Switch

SG300-28MP-K9-AU

SG300-28MP 28-port Gigabit Max-PoE Managed Switch

-

SF300-24MP-K9-CN

SF300-24MP 24-port 10/100 Max PoE Managed Switch

SG300-28MP-K9-CN

SG300-28MP 28-port Gigabit Max-PoE Managed Switch

-

SF302-08MPP-K9-AU

SF302-08MPP 8-port 10/100 Max PoE+ Managed Switch

SG300-10MPP-K9-AU

SG300-10MPP 10-port Gigabit Max PoE+ Managed Switch

-

SG300-28SFP-K9-CN

SG300-28SFP 28-port Gigabit SFP Managed Switch

SG550XG-24F-K9-CN

Cisco SG550XG-24F 24-Port 10G SFP+ Stackable Managed Switch

-

SRW208-K9-AU

SF 300-08 8-port 10/100 Managed Switch

SRW2008-K9-AU

SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch

-

SRW208G-K9-JP

SF 302-08 8-port 10/100 Managed Switch with Gigabit Uplinks

SRW2008-K9-JP

SG 300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch

-

SRW248G4-K9-AU

SF 300-48 48-port 10/100 Managed Switch with Gigabit Uplinks

SF350-48-K9-AU

Cisco SF350-48 48-port 10/100 Managed Switch

-

Product Migration Options: Service prices for Cisco products are subject to change after the product End-of-Sale date. The Cisco Takeback and Recycle program helps businesses properly dispose of surplus products that have reached their end of useful life. The program is open to all business users of Cisco equipment and its associated brands and subsidiaries. For more information, go to: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac227/ac228/ac231/about_cisco_takeback_recycling.html.

 

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco End-of-Life Policy, go to:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_end-of-life_policy.html.

**For more information about the Cisco Product Warranties, go to:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/prod_warranties_listing.html.

To subscribe to receive end-of-life/end-of-sale information, go to:

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/support/notifications.html.

EoL and EoS News from

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/small-business-300-series-managed-switches/eos-eol-notice-c51-738667.html

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http://blog.router-switch.com/category/news/eol-eos/

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EoS and EoL Announcement for the Cisco FirePOWER 8200 Series Appliances—3-Year Subscriptions

March 17 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco News, #IT, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Cisco announced the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco FirePOWER 8200 Series Appliances–3-Year Subscriptions. The last day to order the affected product(s) is October 3, 2015. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table1 of the EoL bulletin.

  1. Table1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s).
  2. Table2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available under the terms and conditions of customers' service contract.

Table1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco FirePOWER 8200 Series Appliances—3-Year Subscriptions

Milestone

Definition

Date

End-of-Life Announcement Date

The date the document that announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life of a product is distributed to the general public.

April 4, 2015

End-of-Sale Date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

October 3, 2015

Last Ship Date:
License

The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.

January 1, 2016

End of Signature Release Date

The date after which there will be no more signature update releases for Firepower 8200 Series Appliances.

October 3, 2018

Table2.  Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product
Part Number

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description

Additional Information

FP8250-AMP-3Y

Cisco AMP for FirePOWER 8250 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8250-TA-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8250 IPS and Apps 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8250-TAC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8250 IPS, Apps and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8250-TAM-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8250 IPS, Apps and AMP 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8250-TAMC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8250 IPS, Apps, AMP and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8250-URL-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8250 URL Filtering 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8260-AMP-3Y

Cisco AMP for FirePOWER 8260 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8260-TA-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8260 IPS and Apps 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8260-TAC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8260 IPS, Apps and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8260-TAM-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8260 IPS, Apps and AMP 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8260-TAMC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8260 IPS, Apps, AMP and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8260-URL-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8260 URL Filtering 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8270-AMP-3Y

Cisco AMP for FirePOWER 8270 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8270-TA-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8270 IPS and Apps 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8270-TAC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8270 IPS, Apps and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8270-TAM-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8270 IPS, Apps and AMP 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8270-TAMC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8270 IPS, Apps, AMP and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8270-URL-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8270 URL Filtering 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8290-AMP-3Y

Cisco AMP for FirePOWER 8290 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8290-TA-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8290 IPS and Apps 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8290-TAC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8290 IPS, Apps and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8290-TAM-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8290 IPS, Apps and AMP 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8290-TAMC-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8290 IPS, Apps, AMP and URL 3YR Service Subs

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

FP8290-URL-3Y

Cisco FirePOWER 8290 URL Filtering 3YR Service Subscription

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

-

-

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco FirePOWER 8300 Series Appliances and appropriate subscriptions for new purchases. One-year subscriptions will remain available for renewals for existing 8200 Series deployments beyond the appliance end-of-sale period.

Information about the Cisco FirePOWER 8000 Series can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/firepower-8000-series-appliances/literature.html.

Reference from http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/security/firepower-8000-series-appliances/eos-eol-notice-c51-734291.html

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Cisco Business Edition 7000-Empower, Engage, Innovate

September 2 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco News

Cisco Business Edition 7000 Solution

Cisco Business Edition 7000 Solution

Business Edition 7000 (BE7000) Specifications at a Glance

Business Edition 7000 (BE7000) Specifications at a Glance

Built on the virtualized Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform, the Cisco Business Edition 7000 (BE7000) is equipped with premium Cisco Collaboration applications for voice, video, mobility, messaging, conferencing, instant messaging and presence, and contact center. Turn them on as your collaboration needs increase and easily scale your users and devices by deploying additional BE7000 servers. The modular building block design of BE7000 is ideal for deployments from several hundred users to tens of thousands of users, providing plenty of room for future growth.

Here’s what you get:

Complete service offering: End-to-end collaboration capabilities include voice, video, conferencing, messaging, instant messaging and presence (IM&P), mobility, contact center, and more, for every user on any device from any location.

Simplified deployment and management: Preconfigured virtualized servers come with ready-to-run virtualization software and ready-to-activate collaboration applications, significantly reducing time to dial tone.

Scalable and highly available platforms: Get a building-block design: simply stack servers to add more users, devices, and collaboration capabilities. “Pay as you grow” platforms scale to support deployments of any size.

Open and interoperable architecture: Innovative system transparently supports third-party applications and telepresence and video endpoints.

These powerful, centralized, feature-rich communications and collaboration solutions are optimized for large organizations with thousands of users and devices. And they are all deployed on one converged, centrally managed infrastructure. That means server hardware and virtualized resources are all integrated for easy procurement and faster, more cost-effective implementation.

Customer Benefits

Cisco Business Edition 7000 is a customizable collaboration solution that can help you:

  • Delight your users with interactive, intuitive, easy-to-use collaboration
  • Boost productivity with efficient, highly secure, connected workspaces
  • Reduce complexity with a simple, easy-to-manage platform
  • Lower total cost of ownership with cost-effective, time-saving operations
  • Protect investments with a scalable, modular, stackable design

Integrated Versus Separate Solutions

Unified communications applications have joined voice and email as vital services for enterprise environments. With a BE7000, IT can deliver more with far less effort and cost. One integrated and interoperable platform offers all the communications and collaboration services you need. Each solution comes preloaded with all core applications ready to activate. This simplifies and reduces the time required to set up, install, and deploy collaboration capabilities across the organization. And a broad range of third-party applications is also supported, extending the breadth and depth of the platform to support the tools you prefer for your business – all centrally managed with one intuitive, easy-to-use management tool.

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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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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

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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Introducing Cisco DNA (Digital Network Architecture)

April 19 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco News

Cisco DNA-5 Principles

Cisco DNA-5 Principles

Network Evolution for the Digital Era

Network Evolution for the Digital Era

The Digital Network Architecture (DNA) building blocks and their programmable interfaces.

The Digital Network Architecture (DNA) building blocks and their programmable interfaces.

Watch this video for an overview on Cisco Digital Network Architecture.

Raakhee Mistry (Marketing Manager, has been with Cisco for over 12 years, serving in product management, partner program and solutions marketing roles.) collected the different audiences’ responses to Cisco Digital Network Architecture. She pointed out: Analysts agree that Cisco DNA is a Game Changer. Yes. The New Cisco DNA is a Game Changer for the Digital Era.

Cisco DNA is short for Digital Network Architecture. The Cisco Digital Network Architecture is a platform that will give our customers both a roadmap to digitization and a path to recognize immediate benefits of network automation, assurance and security. Cisco released it at Cisco Partner Summit 2016.

Cisco DNA complements Cisco’s market leading, data center based Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology by extending the policy driven approach and software strategy throughout the entire network: from campus to branch, wired to wireless, core to edge.

Cisco DNA is delivered within the Cisco ONE Software family, enabling simplified software-based licensing, and helping with investment protection and flexibility.

The IT networking industry continues to demand knowledgeable professionals to help manage, secure and optimize their network infrastructure. Networking jobs can be found worldwide in exciting industries such as fashion, sports, and entertainment. Research indicates that a certification is second only to a four year college degree as a way to qualify people for positions and certifications were rated to be the top criteria in being able to determine an applicant's qualifications.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture Benefits

  • Insights. The network touches all things digital – users, devices, applications, sensors and cloud – and networking professionals are in a unique position to help their organizations capture insights in real time that allows businesses to make better decisions instantly and deliver better experiences.
  • Automation. This area is centered on IT speed and simplicity. Today’s networking professionals are CLI jockeys, but that will offer less value as time goes on. The network is evolving to software with software-defined networking, open APIs, network function virtualization and more. These new technologies provide networking IT with unprecedented agility that helps IT deliver business requirements faster and can free up cycles to support more strategic projects for their organization.
  • Security. While digital technologies have opened up new opportunities, they have also introduced a level of risk. As we see the proliferation of mobile devices and cloud adoption, the network perimeter is evolving and the attack surface has the potential to grow significantly. To combat that risk, networking professionals will be able to offer the business a new approach to inject security pervasively through the network, which can be the sensor and enforcer of security threats.

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Cisco Changes? Upping its game in SDN, IoT and Wi-Fi

June 25 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco News

Cisco Changes? Upping its game in SDN, IoT and Wi-Fi

Cisco Changes? Upping its game in SDN, IoT and Wi-Fi

As the world’s largest maker of switches and routers, Cisco is upping its game in three of the hottest areas in wireless: SDN, “Internet of Things” and Wi-Fi now.

Cisco has already staked its claim with carriers that are working to virtualize network functionality. Verizon Wireless and AT&T have both named Cisco as a partner in their respective SDN/NFV initiatives.

Also at Cisco Live2015, the company unveiled new cloud software and partnerships with 35 independent software vendors to help customers leverage the Internet of Things. The company says its intercloud fabric has already won more than 100 customers and 65 partners worldwide.

Wi-Fi was also in the spotlight at Cisco Live. Cisco is the world’s leading vendor of Wi-Fi access points.

Cisco said it is seeing broad enterprise adoption of 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which is deployed in the 5 GHz spectrum band. The company said that education has been the lead vertical, but that all enterprise sectors are seeing the need for robust and seamless connectivity solutions. Cisco said its new Wave 2 solutions are designed to help enterprise handle the demands of multiple devices at once.

MU-MIMO is a key feature of Cisco’s new access points. The company also has added two new service controllers (Cisco 8540 & 5520 Services Controller) and two new switches (Catalyst 6840-X and Catalyst 3850 10G Series Switch), one of which includes a programmable data plane, enabling the deployment of software-defined networking services.

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EoS and EoL Announcement for the Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switch Accessories

December 24 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco News

Have you used Cisco 4900 Series switches? Pay attention here, Cisco announced the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for some Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switch Accessories. You need to check the product part numbers affected by this announcement as well as the last day to order the affected products. The day is January 23, 2015. Firstly let’s check the product part numbers affected by this announcement.

Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Number

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description

Additional Information

C4948-BKT-KIT=

C49xx front and rear mount brackets

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

C4948-BKT-REC=

C49xx front 2inch rec mounting brackets

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

C4948-REAR-BKT=

C49xx rear mount brackets

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

PWR-C49-300AC

Catalyst 4948 300-Watt AC Power Supply

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

PWR-C49-300AC/2

Catalyst 4948 300-Watt AC Power Supply Redundant

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

PWR-C49-300AC=

Catalyst 4948 300-Watt AC Power Supply (Spare)

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

WS-X4948-19CNTR

4948, 4948-10G, 4928, ME4924 Center Mount 19 Inch Rack Kit L/R

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

WS-X4948-19CNTR=

4948, 4948-10G, 4928, ME4924 Center Mount 19 Inch Rack Kit L/R

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

WS-X4948-23CNTR

4948, 4948-10G, 4928, ME4924 Center Mount 23 Inch Rack Kit L/R

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

WS-X4948-23CNTR=

4948, 4948-10G, 4928, ME4924 Center Mount 23 Inch Rack Kit L/R

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

   

WS-X4991=

Catalyst 4948 Fan Tray (Spare)

See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.

 

Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in the following table of the EoL bulletin. In the table it describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected products. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available under the terms and conditions of customers' service contract.

End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switch Accessories

Milestone

Definition

Date

End-of-Life Announcement Date

The date the document that announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life of a product is distributed to the general public.

July 25, 2014

End-of-Sale Date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

January 23, 2015

Last Ship Date:
HW

The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.

April 23, 2015

End of Routine Failure Analysis Date:
HW

The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of hardware product failure or defect.

January 23, 2016

End of New Service Attachment Date:
HW

For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.

January 23, 2016

End of Service Contract Renewal Date:
HW

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.

April 20, 2019

Last Date of Support:
HW

The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.

January 31, 2020

HW=Hardware    OS SW=Operating System Software   App. SW=Application Software

 

More about Product Migration Options

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco Catalyst 4948E switch platform, which has equivalent accessories. Information about this product can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/catalyst-4948e-ethernet-switch/index.html.

Customers may be able to use the Cisco Technology Migration Program (TMP) where applicable to trade-in eligible products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For more information about Cisco TMP, customers should work with their Cisco Partner or Cisco account team. Cisco Partners can find additional TMP information on Partner Central at http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/incentives_and_promotions/tmp.html.

 

Reference from http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-4900-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-c51-732334.html

 

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Cisco Shipped ACI Controller July 31

August 4 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco News

APIC and various Nexus switches have been orderable since July 1, and many of the Nexuses have been shipping for some time. APIC slated to ship later this week; new switches, bundles here too.

 

Cisco announced it shipped its APIC (Application Centric Infrastructure controller) and rolled out other extensions across its data center portfolio last week.

 

Despite being a software product, the APIC is first being shipped as an appliance. In other words, the APIC software comes pre-installed on a Cisco x86 server.

 

Cisco is considering offering it on other non-Cisco x86 platforms as well, says Thomas Scheibe, director of product management for Cisco’s Insieme business unit.

Scheibe says Cisco chose to offer APIC only on UCS at first due to obvious reasons, including convenience.

“We wanted to make sure it was a good experience out of the box,” he says.

APIC comes in two variations, sized by the number of supported endpoints: APIC-M1 and APIC-CLUSTER-M1 for less than 1,000 10G leaf ports; and APIC-L1, APIC-CLUSTER-L1 for greater than 1,000 10G leaf endpoints.

 

APIC starter bundles start at $250,000 list. One includes an APIC controller cluster, two fixed spines of 36x40G switches, four leafs supporting 192 to 384 ports of 1/10G, four ACI leaf licenses and eight 40G active optical cable assemblies. The other includes an APIC cluster controller, two modular spines with 36x40G each, two leafs supporting 96 to 192 ports of 1/10G, two ACI leaf licenses and eight 40G active optical cable assemblies.

 

The starter kits are targeted at proof-of-concept and lab deployments, creation of a central ACI policy appliance on existing Cisco Nexus 2000-7000 infrastructure, and to scale out private cloud infrastructures using ACI.

 

Existing Nexus 2000-7000 shops can start migrating to ACI or availing themselves of ACI policy by deploying an ACI fabric with Nexus 9000 series switches alongside the existing infrastructure. Traffic can be redirected to the ACI fabric for policy enforcement as needed, and then an ACI Virtual Switch and Nexus 9300 can be deployed in the existing Nexus 2000-7000 fabric to extend ACI policy over the existing infrastructure and applications. No hardware or software enhancements or upgrades are necessary for the Nexus 2000-7000 switches to include them in an ACI policy model, Scheibe says.

 

Cisco also rolled out 8- and 12-port 100G line cards for the Nexus 9500 modular chassis. The line cards will enable the 9500 to support up to 128 ports of 100G in a single chassis. They will ship in the fourth quarter.

 

Cisco also unveiled a data center refresh program for the Catalyst 6500 series switches. Four Cisco starter kits are targeted at Catalyst 6500 end-of-row deployments to upgrade to the Nexus 9508 with 48 port 1G/10GBASE-T and four 40G QSFP port line cards with either straight Broadcom Trident 2 silicon or those with increased buffers, VXLAN routing, and a future upgrade to modular ACI leafs.

 

The bundles include one Nexus 9508 switch, four line cards and eight Cisco QSFP BiDi optics, and are priced from $120,000 to $165,000.

 

Cisco also rolled out a new Nexus switch for small, space-constrained aggregation designs. The Nexus 3164 is a 64-port 40G QSFP fixed switch that runs the same NX-OS operating system image on the Nexus 9000 series switches.

 

The Nexus 3164 is priced from $32,000 to $48,000 and is shipping now.

Reference from http://www.networkworld.com/article/2458989/lan-wan/cisco-ready-to-ship-aci-controller.html

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