Posts with #cisco news tag
UK CTO explains firm's strategies for success at London 2012UK CTO explains firm's strategies for success at London 2012
Behind every great athlete preparing for the Olympics is a team of experts - from nutritionists to trainers to medical staff - helping to ensure they can achieve their absolute best in time for the event, to be at the very peak of their physical prowess.
The running of the Olympics itself is no different, with the games themselves the star, but powered by a vast army of individuals, companies and government organisations all working to ensure the event is a success for the UK, and the world at large.
Technology is, of course, a major part of this, and Cisco is one of several major technology vendors providing equipment and expertise to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The INQUIRER spoke with the firm's UK chief technology officer, Ian Foddering, to discuss how the firm is ensuring that its preparations are helping to ensure the hardware and software that it's providing will play a crucial role in delivering the greatest show on earth.
Of course, for an event of such size, the amount of equipment being provided is huge, with 2,200 switches, 1,800 WiFi access points and 16,500 IP telephony handsets all being deployed by Cisco, as well as the firm's Webex audio conferencing service.
As Foddering explained, this will be used by LOCOG staff to help with internal collaboration during the games and is used in conjunction with BT's HUCS (Hosted Unified Communications Services) service, allowing the technology to be run as a cloud deployment.
"The way LOCOG is using Webex is a great example of how cloud computing can benefit organizations. At the start of the preparation they had some 200-odd staff but in the run-up to the games this will rise to almost 6,000 employees working around all venues," he explained.
"This will then shrink right back down again after the Paralympic Games, so using cloud technology to scale this up and down is perfect."
However, Cisco's role extends beyond merely providing equipment, as it is also heavily involved in strenuous pre-event tests designed to ensure that the systems in place will remain online in event of any scenario, from extreme weather events to possible terrorist attacks.
While not going into specifics, Foddering said that Cisco and other technology vendors involved in the games had carried out several rounds of tests involving multiple scenarios, in order to ensure they are prepared for all eventualities.
"The testing we are doing is well advanced, as you would expect, and it will carry on right up to the start of the games and so far it has all been very successful," he said.
"The site is very much a 24/7 environment so we will not be able to make any changes during the event, or in the run-up to the Paralympic Games either, so everything has to work throughout the entire period."
Foddering also revealed that Cisco is providing 30 technical experts that will be deployed at the LOCOG technical operation centres, where they will work with staff from other firms, including worldwide IT partner for the games Atos Origin.
"This will help us ensure that in the event of a failure or an issue, there will be staff working together that can produce a swift resolution should anything occur," he added.
Such high-level measures are clearly necessary for an event of the scale and importance of the Olympics. However, as Foddering notes, the actual equipment Cisco is providing is the same as other, more standard installs the firm runs.
"Some of our customers are surprised that we are using the same equipment at the Olympic site as they have for their deployments - they expect us to be using our most cutting-edge, newest equipment, but LOCOG actually specifies that we use tried-and-tested equipment," he said.
"We have to know how it will perform and that nothing will go wrong, so we use equipment like our Catalyst 6500, 3750 and 2960, which are some of our core server products."
However, while the equipment may be the same, Foddering admits the Olympics is a special occasion for the firm.
"The excitement levels within Cisco are incredibly high at the moment, we are all counting down to 2012, and this really is a very unique opportunity for the firm. It's like nothing we've ever done before," he said.
---Original reading from theinquirer.net
More Cisco News you can visit: http://blog.router-switch.com/
Cisco is reportedly considering incubating an internal startup chartered to develop the company's software-defined networking product line.
According to The New York Times, Insiemi is the name of the startup, which would ostensibly be spun in to Cisco once its product is finished. The Times said Cisco is negotiating with three of its top engineers on whether to fund and commerce the startup's operations.
Cisco would not comment on the Times story.
Cisco has done this with two other internal startups -- Andiamo, which made the company's SAN switches; and Nuova, which developed Cisco's Nexus data center switches. In all three cases, the same three Cisco engineers are involved in the startup company formation, operation and product strategy and development: Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain and Luca Cafiero.
The three have deep roots in Cisco's Ethernet switching business, dating back to 1993. Andiamo was acquired by Cisco in 2002, with the purchase price based on SAN switch sales -- potentially up to $2.5 billion, Cisco said at the time. Nuova was acquired in 2008 for between $70 million and $678 million, also dependent on product sales.
But the startup spin-in strategy has also strained relations between Cisco and its internal engineering teams who were not selected to join the startup and then saw their own teams recruited away. The practice led to the departures of these engineers who then started up their own companies to compete with Cisco, sources said.
Sources say Insiemi has already recruited Tom Edsall, a Cisco Fellow and a lead ASIC architect of the company's Nexus and MDS switching lines (from the Nuova and Andiamo spin-ins); and Ronak Desai, the architect of Cisco's NX-OS FabricPath and Virtual Device Context software, and of the MDS SAN switch operating system. The startup may also have recruited Michael Smith, a distinguished engineer who worked on Cisco's Nexus 1000v virtual switch, sources say.
Insiemi has also been granted full source code licenses to Cisco's NX-OS data center network operating system, the sources say. They also say Insiemi headquarters have been established for now in Cafiero's Palo Alto home.
Insiemi would develop Cisco's software-defined networking product line, according to The New York Times. Software-defined networking (SDN) allows an external controller to act as the brains of the switching and/or routing infrastructure, enabling software programmability and configurability without manual intervention on each and every network element.
The Nexus 1000v virtual switch would likely be the first "touch point" for the Cisco SDN controller, sources say.
SDNs are said to be a way to abstract the physical network from the logic with which to operate it, and to enable easier modification or feature extension. OpenFlow is supported by many in the industry as an API and protocol to enable SDNs.
Cisco has been tight-lipped on its OpenFlow/SDN strategy. SDNs are said to be a threat to Cisco's hardware dominance and profits in that it opens up proprietary or customized hardware to manipulation by an external element.
Cisco has said it plans to add OpenFlow to its Nexus switches, but beyond that, the company is not elaborating on its strategy to either embrace or combat SDNs.
In the previous internal startup ventures, Andiamo and Nuova both developed switches featuring custom Cisco ASICs with software very tightly coupled with this ASICs. Indeed, this continues to be Cisco's strategy, even with SDNs, Cisco CEO John Chambers recently noted in a roundtable with trade reporters.
So it's expected that Insiemi would develop an SDN controller, and perhaps other switching products, that tightly couple Cisco ASICs to the software control of associated switches. Whether OpenFlow is involved in the development -- or a Cisco proprietary SDN API and protocol -- is unclear at this point.
---Original reading from pcworld.com
More Cisco News you can visit: http://blog.router-switch.com/category/news/
Additions to Cisco Unified Computing System portfolio quadruple memory capacity, double switching capacity and simplify management for large-scale UCS deployments
IT organizations today are striving to establish data centers that support virtualization and cloud computing to become more competitive and agile, reduce the cost of physical infrastructure, and support the demands of data growth and Big Data analytics. Cisco today announced innovations across the Cisco Unified Computing System to deliver a third-generation fabric computing platform– which integrates network, compute, virtualization and management– to address these challenges and help customers respond rapidly to changing business needs, scale their data centers, and accelerate transition to virtualization andcloud computing.
The Cisco UCS third-generation fabric computing platform incorporates the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family and includes multiple server form factors delivering the industry’s highest server density and efficiency, with up to eight times the memory capacity and four times the I/O compared to previous UCS servers. The Cisco UCS Manager now allows IT administrators to manage both blade and rack servers as a common entity, and extends the management domain to span thousands of servers across data centers around the world.
UCS customers report dramatic operational and cost improvements up to: 30 percent lower infrastructure expenses, 90 percent reduction in deployment times, 40 percent improvements in application performance, and 60 percent reductions in power/cooling costs.
Unified Management with Cisco UCS
- Through enhanced integration with Cisco Unified Fabric technology, Cisco UCS Manager now unifies management for both blade and rack servers within a single domain. This industry-first capability reduces the cost of server connectivity, provides resource flexibility, and allows IT administrators to add data center capacity without additional complexity.
- In the second half of 2012, Cisco will introduce technology to support large-scale UCS deployments through centralized management for multiple UCS domains, spanning thousands of servers either in a single data center or spread across data centers around the world, providing industry-leading automation and orchestration for cloud environments.
Cisco UCS Integrated Networking and Virtualization
- The chassis I/O module 2204XP provides options for 80Gbps and 160Gbps down to each chassis to handle workload bursts. The module also offers port channeling, which allows load balancing across all ports to improve efficiency and resiliency through higher link utilization and bandwidth.
- The Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric Interconnect doubles the switching capacity of the UCS fabric (from 960Gbps to 1.92Tbps) and reduces end-to-end latency by 40 percent to deliver industry-leading application performance. The fabric interconnect provides infrastructure agility at scale with unified ports and greater energy efficiency, lowering watts per port by 36 percent.
- The Cisco UCS 6200 Series combined with the Cisco Nexus® Fabric Extender extends Cisco UCS Manager benefits to larger scale UCS deployments for both blade and rack form factors.
New M3 Generation Unified Computing System Servers
Cisco broadens the Cisco Unified Computing System portfolio with one blade and two rack-mount servers based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600. Available in March, Cisco’s new server lineup improves workload delivery with enhanced performance, flexibility, and efficiency to support increasing data center demands. With more cores, cache, memory capacity, and internal storage and faster communication pathways to move data more quickly, Cisco UCS with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 offers the industry’s best performance, power efficiency, features, and cost.
- Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: The enterprise-class Cisco UCS B200 M3 server provides performance, versatility, and density in a half-blade form factor, delivering balanced, industry-leading density through its 24 DIMM slots and up to 80 gigabits of I/O bandwidth. Greater density, performance and bandwidth mean business applications can run faster, more cost-effectively, and more efficiently.
- UCS C220 M3 Rack Server: The Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Server is a one-rack-unit (1RU) server designed for performance and density for a wide range of business workloads, from Web services to distributed databases.
- UCS C240 M3 Rack Server: The Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server is a two-rack-unit (2RU) server designed for both performance and expandability over a wide range of storage-intensive infrastructure workloads, from big data to collaboration.
Application Performance Leadership
- Since Cisco UCS was introduced in 2009, it has captured 63 industry benchmark world records. With industry-leading application performance and a rapid, automated configuration model that speeds the deployment of applications, UCS makes performance predictable and increases business productivity. Cisco UCS is the ideal platform to support databases, Big Data, virtualization software, Java applications, HPC applications, and Web services.
Cisco Unified Computing System Industry Adoption
- Since it was introduced in, 2009, nearly 11,000 customers worldwide have deployed Cisco UCS to unify their data centers. Cisco UCS provides far greater benefits than simple convergence by unifying the compute, networking, virtualization, storage access, and management software as an integrated system to provide superior data center design flexibility and remove management barriers between blade and rack servers across bare metal, virtualized, and private/public cloud environments. Unifying data centers in this way allows customers to deploy business applications more rapidly, enhance revenue streams, introduce new business models, and grow their businesses while reducing IT costs.
- With approximately $5.8 billion in annual R&D spending, Cisco continues to innovate, driving data center transformation and helping businesses establish cloud computing environments more rapidly and cost-effectively. Cisco® Cloud Enablement Services, a comprehensive range of cloud professional and technical services, together with the Cisco CloudVerse architecture (which includes Unified Data Center technologies like UCS, intelligent networking, and applications working together), help customers build private, public or hybrid clouds; More than 70 percent of the top 50 public cloud providers deploy UCS.
- Cisco also collaborates with industry leaders like BMC Software, CA, Citrix, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, VCE, and VMware, on developing data center solutions that ease deployment and management of data center infrastructure and take the risk out of solution planning and speed deployment.
More Related News: Cisco’s UCS 3.0 Unveiled with Xeon Servers, Unified Management
"Video will be the platform for all forms of communication in IT as we go forward. Cisco no longer makes devices that are not video capable.” John Chambers, CEO of networking company Cisco, said at the Oracle Open World conference
In the past decade video communications has moved out of the realm of science fiction to become commonplace in our homes, at work, and on mobile devices. Yet we remain some distance from the goal of video calls being as easy and ubiquitous as phone calls are today – across any network and between all devices.
Imagine how difficult it would be if you were limited to calling people who only use the same carrier or if your phone could only call certain brands and not others. Cisco wants to avoid this future for video communications, and therefore today appealed the European Commission’s approval of the Microsoft/Skype merger to the General Court of the European Union. Messagenet, a European VoIP service provider, has joined us in the appeal.
We did not take this action lightly. We respect the European Commission, and value Microsoft as a customer, supplier, partner, and competitor. Cisco does not oppose the merger, but believes the European Commission should have placed conditions that would ensure greater standards-based interoperability, to avoid any one company from being able to seek to control the future of video communications.
This appeal is about one thing only: securing standards-based interoperability in the video calling space. Our goal is to make video calling as easy and seamless as email is today. Making a video-to-video call should be as easy as dialing a phone number. Today, however, you can’t make seamless video calls from one platform to another, much to the frustration of consumers and business users alike.
Cisco believes that the right approach for the industry is to rally around open standards. We believe standards-based interoperability will accelerate innovation, create economic value, and increase choice for users of video communications, entertainment, and services.
The video communications industry is at a critical tipping point with far reaching consequences. Just three years from now the world will be home to nearly 3 billion Internet users, the average fixed broadband speed will be 28 Mbps, and 1 million video minutes (the equivalent of 674 days) will traverse the internet every second. As video collaboration becomes increasingly mainstream, multiple vendors will have to work together to enable global scale and broad customer choice.
For the sake of customers, the industry recognizes the need for ubiquitous unified communications interoperability, particularly between Microsoft/Skype and Cisco products, as well as products from other unified communications innovators. Microsoft’s plans to integrate Skype exclusively with its Lync Enterprise Communications Platform could lock-in businesses who want to reach Skype’s 700 million account holders to a Microsoft-only platform.
At the heart of this opportunity is a question about the model for interoperability. One approach allows each vendor to decide how they will interoperate. Another approach aligns the industry around open standards defined by non-partisan governing bodies. The answer will be critical to whether and how quickly video calls become “the next voice.”
When vendors implement their own protocols and selectively interoperate, they push the burden of interoperability to the customer. We respectfully request that the General Court act on our concerns and for the European Commission to ensure the proper protections are put in place to encourage innovation and a competitive marketplace.
---Original resources from
Cisco has announced a major update to Cisco CCNA and CCNP security certifications to deliver specialized training in IT security to meet the needs of emerging technologies and role evolution of network security professionals.
"The technology evolution in mobile and cloud is driving demand for more specialized skills, including information security within a network specialist's role," says Tejas Vashi, director of product development at Cisco. "A CISO or a CEO today is looking for dedicated network security individuals having soup-to-nuts background in IT security; it's no longer enough to be the switch, router guy who can dabble with security within a company."
Cisco's training updates largely focus on new security product features, including the latest firewall technology, as well as choosing, deploying, supporting and troubleshooting virtual private network accessibility and intrusion detection and prevention solutions for mobile and cloud based networking environments.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Network Professional security credentials validate an individual's knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. Practitioners need to demonstrate the skills to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.
CCNA and CCNP security lays the foundation for job roles such as network security specialist, security administrator and network security engineer.
The Cisco certifications are crucial for IT security professionals because they provide in-depth technical training to practitioners in securing and defending an organization's infrastructure and by keeping them up-to-date with emerging technologies. In fact, the top information security certifications for 2012 include CCNA and CCNP credentials based on research and review of job sites, employers and IT security recruiters. (See Top 5 Certifications for 2012)
The curriculum for CCNA and CCNP is regularly updated every 12-18 months, depending on market needs and changing technologies. However, this is the first time the security curriculum for these credentials has undergone a re-design since they were launched in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
Major updates include:
- Cisco ASA adaptive security appliance - a new firewall platform and technology that will help individuals in understanding firewall prevention, virus and malware attacks and risk mitigation within virtualized networks. For example, these practitioners will learn how to open up their networks or not to allow certain applications to collaborate with mobile devices or social media and understand how different applications interact with each other. "Network security folks need to know how to set up an administration for bring your own device and be prepared from a security engineering perspective when led to such situations," says Andy Gremett, senior manager of product marketing for Cisco.
- Virtual private network accessibility - these updates will prepare network security professionals to address issues on accessibility and privileges to the network from a multiple entry standpoint. "They need to understand how to administer remote network access for multiple devices and what does this mean?" Vashi says.
- Cisco IOS Network Security - will address the changing networking environment and help practitioners confidently deploy, design, test, configure and troubleshoot the core technologies that make up network security like firewall, VPN, IPSv 7. For example, they will learn how to secure new devices and entry points, or when data goes into a public cloud environment they will be prepared from a network security standpoint to address issues of data storage.
"Through the updated coursework we are building the ability for network security folks to change their mindsets in adapting their networks to accommodate new technologies, product features and become better prepared to address threats stemming from mobile, cloud and virtualized environments," Gremett says.
Individuals can earn the CCNA credential by passing the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1(ICND1) or professionals that are already certified as Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) are eligible to sit for the CCNA exam. The CCNP is a much more advanced certification and requires practitioners to be CCNA certified as a prerequisite.
Exams for CCNA and CCNP will reflect these updates almost immediately and will be available for candidates from today on. In addition, an updated self-study curriculum and training offered through Cisco's learning partners will be available for candidates interested in pursuing these credentials. However, existing CCNA or CCNP certificate holders will not be affected with these changes, until it is time to renew their current certification.
"To be effective, network security professionals cannot rely on what they knew before; they have to evolve their skills and learning with the evolution in their job roles," Vashi says.
---Original reading from http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=4539
More Cisco News: Cisco Ramps up Its Firewall Options
The latest Cool IT Leaderboard ranks 21 IT companies on their clean energy leadership potential.
Internet search giant Google grabbed the top spot in the latest edition of Cool IT Leaderboard released by Greenpeace.
The fifth edition of Cool IT Leaderboard ranked 21 IT companies on their clean energy leadership potential, willingness to embrace clean energy solutions and potential to influence energy decisions.
These IT companies were ranked independently and scored against a score card using a method that that measured technology, energy consumption and political advocacy.
Google topped the table to score 53 out of 100, and is way ahead on climate solutions and energy impacts, due to its disclosure of its energy footprint, and for providing its impressively detailed mitigation plan for achieving emissions reductions.
Cisco was second with a score of 49 while Ericsson and Fujitsu scored 48 each.
Wipro, HCL and TCS were the three Indian IT companies ranked in the report getting a score of 33, 21 and 11 respectively.
“Technology giants have a real opportunity to use their power and influence to change how we produce and use energy. Google tops the table because it’s putting its money where its mouth is by pumping investment into renewable energy”, said Greenpeace International IT analyst Gary Cook.
“The IT sector might like to consider itself forward-thinking, but it is keeping far too quiet while the dirty energy industry continues to exert undue influence on both the political process and financial markets,” he said.
The rapid expansion of global telecom infrastructure and data centres that power the cloud is driving significant energy demand in many sectors, much of it from dirty sources such as coal and diesel.
While Google ranks high on the Leaderboard due to its political advocacy and sourcing of renewable energy, Japanese telecommunications company Softbank has received the Leaderboard’s highest political advocacy score ever for its post-Fukushima Japan, demand for a rapid shift towards renewable energy and away from nuclear power.
Google, Cisco, and Dell all stand out for sourcing over 20 percent renewable energy globally for each company’s infrastructures.
Oracle received the lowest ranking overall due to failing to disclose either renewable or dirty energy use.
Overall, while the Greenpeace ranking found a steady increase in the quantity and strength of renewable energy solutions from many companies such as Cisco, IBM, Ericsson and Fujitsu, it also found a significant drop-off in policy advocacy leadership by IT companies.
“The IT industry must use its influence, innovative spirit and technological know-how to overcome the dirty energy companies who are holding on to the status quo, and holding us back from a transition to a renewable energy economy”, said Cook. “What we are seeing is a lot of talk from companies about moving toward clean energy, but so far, not much of action”.
Apple and Facebook, two of the sector’s most influential brands, have not been included in this year’s study.
Apple was not included because its efforts do not meet the Leaderboard criteria, said Greenpeace.
---Original News from
More Related News:Cisco, After Google, at Top of Green IT Rankings
Smartphones, tablets, mobile video and increasingly quick networks are growing mobile Internet traffic to incredible levels, according to a recent Cisco report. It's time to learn what a quadrillion is.
Mobile Internet data traffic is increasing at a rate that tests a mere mortal's math prowess. With increases in streaming content, growing connections from mobile device and machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and powerful mobile devices leading the way, Cisco Systems reports in a new Visual Networking Index Forecast that worldwide mobile data traffic is expected to increase eighteenfold over the next five years, reaching an annual run rate of 130 exabytes by 2016.
An exabyte equals 1 quintillion bytes. A quintillion is 10 to 18th power; it has 18 zeroes, compared with a trillion, which has 12. To get your brain around these numbers, this mobile data traffic is the equivalent of 33 billion DVDs, 4.3 quadrillion (that would be 10 to the 15th power) MP3 files or 813 quadrillion Short Message Service texts.
So, really a lot of traffic, then.
The number of connected mobile devices is expected to exceed the number of people on Earth by 2016—10 billion devices to 7.3 billion folks, according to the Feb. 14 report. Additionally, mobile cloud traffic, which currently accounts for 45 percent of mobile data traffic, is expected to grow 28 fold by 2016, accounting for a 71 percent share of traffic.
The increased use of smartphones and tablets, faster networks and video-rich applications is also increasingly making traffic generators of us all.
“By 2016, 60 percent of mobile users—3 billion people worldwide—will belong to the 'Gigabyte Club,' each generating more than 1GB of mobile data traffic per month," Suraj Shetty, Cisco's vice president of product and solutions marketing, wrote in the report. "By contrast, in 2011, only one-half percent of mobile users qualified."
The Index additionally forecasts:
• The amount of traffic added to the mobile Internet between 2015 and 2016 will be three times the estimated size of the entire mobile Internet in 2012.
• Wireless devices and nodes will be the primary contributors to traffic. By 2016, there will be more than 8 billion handheld or personal mobile devices and nearly 2 billion M2M connections, including in-car GPS systems, asset-tracking systems and medical applications.
• By 2016, approximately 90 percent of mobile data traffic will be driven by smartphones, laptops and other portable devices.
• By 2016, 5 percent of mobile data traffic will be driven by M2M traffic. Another 5 percent will be driven by residential broadband mobile gateways.
• By 2016, 71 percent of mobile data traffic will be mobile video.
• Tablets alone will generate traffic that will grow by a factor of 62 by 2016, representing the highest growth rate of any device in the forecast.
Necessary to supporting so much traffic, said the report, will be offloading traffic to fixed/WiFi networks—something that was done with 11 percent of traffic in 2011; in itself, fixed/WiFi traffic was more than 18 times greater than cellular traffic. By 2016, 22 percent is expected to be downloaded to fixed/WiFi networks.
Finally, increases in traffic are also expected to drive connection speeds, as they have already; the average mobile connection speed doubled in 2011, and by 2016, it's expected to increase ninefold. Excellent news. And the average smartphone connection speed? In 2011 it was 1,344K bps. In 2012 that's expected to rise to 1,829K bps, and in 2016 to a very quick 5,244K bps.
More News Related: Cisco Appeals Microsoft-Skype Approval in EU