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The Cisco DNA-Ready Products

August 16 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #IT, #Technology, #Data Center

Cisco DNA is a trending solution that matters for your organization. Why? With Cisco DNA, you get the benefits like this:

  1. Innovate faster by delivering differentiated experiences through contextual insights
  2. Achieve greater business agility with faster network services provisioning
  3. Lower costs with reduced network installation time
  4. Reduce risk with faster threat detection
  5. Protect investment with license portability and access to ongoing innovations

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) is an open, programmable architecture that turns business intent into business results.

Most Cisco routers, switches and wireless systems shipping today support Cisco DNA now or with a software update. And with Cisco ONETM Software, you can continue to protect your investments and benefit from new architecture innovations that can be activated through software.

The Main Cisco Digital Network Architecture Products and Solutions

Read more: Cisco DNA Products and Solutions

 

The Cisco DNA-Ready Products

The foundation for the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) is the world’s most modern network infrastructure. This infrastructure gives you innovative wired, wireless and router solutions, combined with a robust architecture, DNA.

With it, you can create and apply policies over the entire network with a few clicks and have the ability to diagnose past issues.

As data traffic is expected to grow exponentially, Cisco’s innovation with switching, wireless and routing provides a solid foundation that enables Cisco DNA.

You can roll out new services and applications more easily for the best possible experience with Cisco DNA. And policy compliance can be automated on a per-user-group basis.

Routing

The Cisco DNA-ready routing products combine two unique features that speed up the time it takes to deploy your branch office. With the Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) app with the APIC-EM, IT can automate the provisioning of multiple branch offices and provide intelligent path selection and application control—with minimal programming and customization. These capabilities will simplify and streamline your network operations, reducing costs and saving time.

Cisco DNA-ready router products:

• Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Service Routers

• Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Service Routers

• Cisco Cloud Service Router 1000v and Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Router

• Cisco Meraki MX

Switching

The Cisco switching products offer a function called Unified Access Data Plane Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (UADP ASIC) for wired and wireless convergence. This feature enables converged wired and wireless access for operational simplicity and scale.

Cisco DNA-ready switching products:

Cisco Catalyst 9000 family-Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches-Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series Switches-Cisco Catalyst 9500 Series Switches

• Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series

• Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series + Supervisor 8E

• Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series + Supervisor 6T

• Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series

• Cisco Nexus 7700+M3 Card

• Cisco Meraki MS

Wireless

An exclusive function that the Cisco Aironet Access Points offer is Flexible Radio Assignment. This feature allows the access point to automatically adjust the network when client surges occur.

Cisco DNA-ready wireless products:

• Cisco Aironet 3800 Series

• Cisco Aironet 2800 Series

• Cisco Aironet 1800 Series

• Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller

• Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller

• Cisco Meraki MR

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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Will Replace the Catalyst 3850 Series

July 26 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #IT, #Cisco Switches-Software, #Technology

Is Your Network Ready for the New Era? Cisco announced its new Catalyst series switches-the Catalyst 9000 Series, introducing an entirely new era of networking. The Network. Intuitive.

There are three series in the new Catalyst 9000 switch family:

1. Catalyst 9300 Series (LAN Access Switches): the top fixed-access enterprise network switch series, stacking to 480 Gbps.

2. Catalyst 9400 Series (LAN Access Switches): the leading modular-access switches for enterprise, the Catalyst 9400 Series supports up to 9 Tbps.

3. Catalyst 9500 Series (LAN Core and Distribution Switches): the industry’s first fixed-core 40-Gbps switch for the enterprise.

Learn more: The New Catalyst 9000 Switches Simplify IoT & Cloud Requirements

In this article we will talk about the new Catalyst 9300 Series, the Next Level of the Market-Leading Fixed Access Switching Platform.

Will the Catalyst 9300 replace the Catalyst 3850 Series? Definitely, it is the best replacement for the Catalyst 3850 Series. Why? Let’s check the more detailed features of the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series.

Switch models and configurations

The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series is made up of seven different switch models. Any of the models can be used together in a stack of up to eight units.

The Table below lists port scale and power details for the Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series models.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switch configurations

Model

Total 10/100/1000 or Multigigabit Copper Ports

Default AC Power Supply

Available PoE Power

Cisco StackWise-480

Cisco StackPower

C9300-24T

24

350WAC

 

Yes

Yes

C9300-48T

48

350WAX

C9300-24P

24 POE+

715WAC

445W

C9300-48P

48 POE+

715WAC

437W

C9300-24U

24 Cisco UPOE

1100WAC

830W

C9300-48U

48 Cisco UPOE

1100WAC

822W

C9300-24UX*

24 Multigigabit Cisco UPOE (100 Mbps or 1, 2.5, 5, or 10 Gbps)

1100WAC

490W

 

Network modules

The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches support optional network modules for uplink ports. The default switch configuration does not include the network module. When you purchase the switch, you can choose from the network modules described in the following Table.

  • Uplink modules supported on all 9300 Series copper models
  • Online Insertion and Removal (OIR) supported on all uplink modules

Network module numbers and descriptions

Network Module

Description

C9300-NM-4G

9300 Series 4x 1G Network Module

C9300-NM-8X

9300 Series 8x 10G Network Module

C9300-NM-2Q

9300 Series 2x 40G Network Module

C9300-NM-4M

9300 Series 4x Multigigabit Network Module

Please note: Existing 3850 network modules are also supported in the Catalyst 9300 Series platforms.

 

Power Supplies

The Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches support dual redundant power supplies. The switches ship with one power supply by default, and the second power supply can be purchased when the switch is ordered or at a later time. If only one power supply is installed, it should always be in power supply bay #1. The switches also ship with three field-replaceable fans.

Table3 lists the different power supplies available in these switches and available PoE power.

Table3. Power supply models

Models

Default Power Supply

Available PoE Power

24-port data switch

PWR-C1-350WAC

48-port data switch

24-port PoE+ switch

PWR-C1-715WAC

445W

437W

48-port PoE+ switch

24-port Cisco UPOE switch

PWR-C1-1100WAC

830W

822W

48-port Cisco UPOE switch

24-port Multigigabit Cisco UPOE switch

PWR-C1-1100WAC

490W – Support in Open IOS-XE 16.6

Power supply requirements for PoE and PoE+

 

24-Port PoE Switch

48-Port PoE Switch

PoE on all ports (15.4W per port)

1 PWR-C1-715WAC

1 PWR-C1-1100WAC or 2 PWR-C1-715WAC

PoE+ on all ports (30W per port)

1 PWR-C1-1100WAC or 2 PWR-C1-715WAC

2 PWR-C1-1100WAC or 1 PWR-C1-1100WAC and 1 PWR-C1-715WAC

Power supply requirements for Cisco UPOE

 

24-Port UPOE Switch

48-Port UPOE Switch

24-Port Multigigabit UPOE Switch

Cisco UPOE (60W per port) on all ports (24-port switch) or up to 30 ports (48-port switch)

1 PWR-C1-1100WAC and 1 PWR-C1-715WAC

2 PWR-C1-1100WAC

2 PWR-C1-1100WAC

●   Perpetual PoE: With Perpetual PoE, the PoE power is maintained during a switch reload. This is important for IoT endpoints such as PoE-powered lights, so that there is no disruption during switch reboot.

●   Fast PoE: When power is restored to a switch, PoE starts delivering power to endpoints without waiting for the operating system to fully load, thereby speeding up the time for the endpoint to start up.

Software requirements

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches run on Open IOS XE 16.5.1a release or later. This software release includes all the features listed earlier in the Platform Benefits section.

 

  • Up to 8 Switches can be stacked together using back stacking cables
  • All 9300 models are supported in the stack
  • All the switches in the stack should run the same IOS and License
  • Mixed stacking between 9300 and 9300 is not supported

 

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series StackPower

“Zero-Footprint” RPS Deployment

• Provides RPS functionality with Zero RPS Footprint

• Pay-as-you-grow architecture–similar to the Data Stack

• 1+N Redundancy with Inline Power

• Up to 4 Switches in a StackPower Ring

• Multiple StackPower Possible within one Data Stack

• Up to 9 Switches in a star topology with XPS

 

Mapping Between Cisco Catalyst 3850 and 9300

3850 PIDs

9300 PID

Short description

WS-C3850-24T

C9300-24T

Catalyst 9300 24-port data only switch

WS-C3850-24P

C9300-24P

Catalyst 9300 24-port PoE+ switch

WS-C3850-24U

C9300-24U

Catalyst 9300 24-port UPOE switch

WS-C3850-24XU

C9300-24UX

Catalyst 9300 24-port mGig and UPOE switch

WS-C3850-48T

C9300-48T

Catalyst 9300 48-port data only switch

WS-C3850-48P

C9300-48P

Catalyst 9300 48-port PoE+ switch

WS-C3850-48U

C9300-48U

Catalyst 9300 48-port UPOE switch

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RV340W Dual WAN Gigabit VPN Router with Wireless

July 20 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Routers, #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Technology

With the new Cisco RV340W's intuitive user interface, you'll have your Internet access set up and running in minutes.

It is easy-to-use, flexible, high-performance, and durable which makes this well suited for small businesses.

The RV340W extends the basic capabilities of Cisco RV routers:

  • Dynamic web filtering helps enable business efficiency and security when connecting to the web.
  • Client and application identification allow Internet access policies for end devices and cloud applications, helping to ensure performance and security.
  • 4 Gigabit LAN ports facilitate high-speed connectivity of your network devices.
  • The RV340W has integrated 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi for your mobile devices.

The Cisco RV340W can also boost employee productivity and overall network performance. It can limit Internet surfing to appropriate site categories and can eliminate unwanted network traffic.

Features and Benefits

  • 2 WAN ports (RJ-45) allow load balancing and resiliency
  • 4 LAN ports (RJ-45) provide high-performance connectivity
  • Integrated 802.11ac WLAN access point with external antennas (Wave 2 MU-MIMO)
  • 2 USB ports support a 3G/4G modem or flash drive
  • Flexible VPN functionality for secure interconnectivity
  • Support for the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, ideal for remote access by mobile devices
  • Dynamic web filtering, enabling business efficiency and security while connecting to the Internet
  • Client and application identification that allows Internet access policies for end devices and Internet applications, to help ensure performance and security

 

Cisco RV340W Dual WAN Gigabit Wireless AC VPN Router-Ordering Information

Type

Model/Product ID

Description

Security license

LS-RV34X-SEC-1YR=

RV Security – 1 year: Enables dynamic web filter/Internet security and Application Visibility and Client identification (no license required for a 90-day trial period)

AnyConnect Server license

LS-RV-ACS-25-1YR=

RV AnyConnect Server – 1 year: Upgrade to 25 tunnels

Increases the number of supported tunnels from 2 to 25

Depending on the user device, an AnyConnect Secure Mobility User Client license is required. Recommended: L-AC-PLS-LIC=. To download the AnyConnect client from Cisco.com, you also need a support contract

Regional SKU

RV340W-A-K9-NA

USA, Canada, Mexico, and the rest of LATAM

Regional SKU

RV340W-E-K9-G5

EU, Vietnam, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa

Regional SKU

RV340W-C-K9-IN

India

Regional SKU

RV340W-E-K9-AU

Australia, New Zealand

 

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New Catalyst 9000 Switches for a Changing World

July 11 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #IT, #Technology, #Data Center, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Technology - IT News

Cisco switches are constantly learning, constantly adapting, constantly protecting in your data center, core, or edge.

This is the new era in networking. The Network. Intuitive.

Now here comes the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series.

Cisco’s new Catalyst 9000 switches, switching for a changing world, constantly adapt to help you solve new challenges.

  • Their integrated security helps you address ever-changing threats.
  • They simplify management of your evolving mobility, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and cloud requirements.

There are three series in Catalyst 9000 family:

Catalyst 9300 Series: The Catalyst 9300 Series is our top fixed-access enterprise network switch series, stacking to 480 Gbps.

Catalyst 9400 Series: Cisco’s leading modular-access switches for enterprise, the Catalyst 9400 Series supports up to 9 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 Series: The Catalyst 9500 Series is the industry’s first fixed-core 40-Gbps switch for the enterprise.

More fast questions and answers help you learn more about the new Catalyst 9000 Series.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 network features and services (common to all Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches)

Q: What feature sets do the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches support?

A: The Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches support the packaging of features into Essentials and Advantage packages. The details of the features in each package are listed in the data sheets–link provided below in the Pricing and Ordering section.

Q: What programmability capabilities are available on the Cisco Catalyst 9000?

A: The Cisco Catalyst 9000 opens a completely new paradigm in network configuration, operation, and monitoring through network automation. The Cisco automation solution is open, standards-based, and extensible across the entire network lifecycle of a network device.

• Device provisioning: Through Plug-and-Play (PnP), Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP), and Preboot Execution (PXE)

• Configuration: Model-driven operation through open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) over NETCONF, Python Scripting

• Customization and monitoring: Streaming telemetry

• Upgrade and manageability: In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), patchability, and config/replace

Q: What management capabilities are available for the Cisco Catalyst 9000?

A: You can manage it using the Cisco IOS Software Command-Line Interface (CLI), using Cisco Prime® Infrastructure 3.1.7 DP13, Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM), onboard Cisco IOS XE Software Web User Interface (WebUI), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), or Netconf/YANG.

Q: Is there an onboard web GUI on the Cisco Catalyst 9000?

A: Yes. An onboard web GUI is available.

Q: What is the purpose of the blue beacon LED on the Cisco Catalyst 9000?

A: The blue beacon LED is common across the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches to simplify the operations. It makes chassis identification easier when several such switches are mounted on racks. A remote administrator can enable the LED to blink to help the local operator quickly locate the chassis. The local operator presses the mode button to acknowledge.

Q: What is the maximum number of VRF instances that I can configure on a Cisco Catalyst 9000?

A: The maximum number of VRFs that you can configure on a Cisco Catalyst 9000 is 256.

Q: What is Cisco’s direction for wireless?

A: Cisco believes that the best solution for a wired or wireless network is achieved when integrated into SD-Access, Cisco’s lead architecture for the next-generation enterprise network. This solution delivers consistency with wired infrastructure around policy, segmentation, orchestration and automation, and assurance. This new architecture delivers the best experience for mobility, guest, IoT, multicast services, and overall network performance with its distributed data plane and centralized control-plane architecture.

Q: What wireless support is provided with the Cisco Catalyst 9000 platforms?

A: Cisco Catalyst 9000 products are instrumental in supporting the following wireless capabilities in the SD-Access architecture:

• Connect access points and integrate them into the SD-Access fabric. The switch integrates with the fabric control plane (LISP), thereby providing reachability for the access points and clients in the fabric.

• Deliver macro (VRF) and micro (Scalable Group Tag (SGT) [SGT] group-based) segmentation to the access points to deliver end-to-end policies.

• Can terminate guest VXLAN traffic, so there is no need for a dedicated guest anchor controller.

The support for wireless capability at launch will be together with the AireOS 8.5 Controller running on an Cisco 8540 Wireless Controller, Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, or Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller appliance with the Cisco Catalyst platforms functioning as Fabric Edge and Fabric Border nodes.

 

Q: What are the SD-Access wireless capabilities?

A: The new Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series switches provide a complete solution for Campus with Cisco AireOS Conrollers and Wave 2 access points.

Q: What are the advantages of integrating wireless in the SD-Access fabric architecture?

A: • Highest performance and scale: Distributed data-plane forwarding in hardware distributed in the network paired with the large control-plane scale offered by the dedicated controller appliances.

• Best guest: You don’t need a dedicated guest anchor controller in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ): Traffic is sent directly to the fabric border to exit the fabric. Also, there is no sub-optimal traffic forwarding such as from an access point to a foreign controller and on to a guest anchor controller.

• Best mobility: IP addressing is simpler; there is one subnet for the entire wireless SSID across the network, and no hairpin of traffic when roams occur.

• Simple operation: Operation is simple because wired and wireless are treated the same and operated together; they have common policies and controller-based automation.

• Wired innovations applied to wireless: First-hop security innovations available for wired can also be applied to wireless; for example, Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI), IP Source Guard (IPSG), and DHCP Snooping.

• Segmentation across wired and wireless:

-The virtual network now passes all the way to wired as well as wireless devices.

-This segmentation is important for separation of certain devices from others, such as IoT and building automation devices connected over wireless.

-It is also important for security reasons to reduce attack the surface; if someone gets into a segment, the person can move only within that segment.

-Because segmentation is handled by the fabric, the number of SSIDs can be limited.

• Best multicast:

-The solution offers the best performance of distributed replication in hardware across the network.

These switches truly deliver the best of wired and wireless together.

 

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Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services Sizing

June 30 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall, #Networking, #IT, #Technology

It is really important that you understand the capabilities of each Cisco ASA model before you select the one that is appropriate for your specific deployment.

The following Table lists the maximum application visibility and control (AVC) and NGIPS throughput on each Cisco ASA–supported model.

Table.The Maximum Concurrent Connections and AVC/NGIPS Throughput

ASA Model

Maximum Concurrent Connections

Maximum AVC and NGIPS Throughput

ASA 5506-X (with Security Plus license)

50,000

125 Mbps

ASA 5506W-X (with Security Plus license)

50,000

125 Mbps

ASA 5506H-X (with Security Plus license)

50,000

125 Mbps

ASA 5508-X

100,000

250 Mbps

ASA 5512-X (with Security Plus license)

100,000

150 Mbps

ASA 5515-X

250,000

250 Mbps

ASA 5516-X

250,000

450 Mbps

ASA 5525-X

500,000

650 Mbps

ASA 5545-X

750,000

1,000 Mbps

ASA 5555-X

1,000,000

1,250 Mbps

ASA 5585-X with SSP10

500,000

2 Gbps

ASA 5585-X with SSP20

1,000,000

3.5 Gbps

ASA 5585-X with SSP40

1,800,000

6 Gbps

ASA 5585-X with SSP60

4,000,000

10 Gbps

For a complete and up-to-date Cisco ASA model comparison, visit Cisco’s ASA website, at cisco.com/go/asa.

Reference from http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?p=2730336&seqNum=4

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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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Cisco ASA FirePOWER Management Options

May 26 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #IT, #Technology, #Data Center, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

In the book Cisco Next-Generation Security Solutions: All-in-one Cisco ASA Firepower Services, NGIPS, and AMP (it was written by Omar Santos), the author shared more contents about the Design of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services.

Now in the following part we selected some chapters that were shared with you: Cisco ASA FirePOWER Management Options

There are several options available for network security administrators to manage the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module. The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module provides a basic command-line interface (CLI) for initial configuration and troubleshooting only. Network security administrators can configure security policies on the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module using either of these methods:

  • Administrators can configure the Cisco Firepower Management Center hosted on a separate appliance or deployed as a virtual machine (VM).
  • Administrators can configure the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module deployed on Cisco ASA 5506-X, 5508-X, and 5516-X using Cisco’s Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM).

Figure 1 shows a Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services being managed by a Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC) in a VM.

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services Managed by a Cisco Firepower Management Center

 

In Figure 1 the Cisco Firepower Management Center manages the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module via its management interface. The following section provides important information about configuring and accessing the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module management interface.

Accessing the Cisco ASA FirePOWER Module Management Interface in Cisco ASA 5585-X Appliances

In the Cisco ASA 5585-X, the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module includes a separate management interface. All management traffic to and from the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module must enter and exit this management interface, and the management interface cannot be used as a data interface.

The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module needs Internet access to perform several operations, such as automated system software updates and threat intelligence updates. If the module is managed by the Firepower Management Center, the FMC is the one that needs to have Internet access to perform those tasks.

Figure 2 shows an example of how you can physically connect the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module management interface to be able to reach the Internet via the Cisco ASA interface.

Cisco ASA 5585-X FirePOWER Module Management Interface

 

In Figure 2, the Cisco ASA 5585-X has two modules:

  • A module running Cisco ASA software
  • A module running FirePOWER Services

The Cisco ASA is managed via the interface named management 0/0 in this example. This interface is configured with the IP address 192.168.1.1. The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module is managed via the interface named management 1/0, configured with the IP address 192.168.1.2. The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module is being managed by a virtual Cisco Firepower Management Center. Both interfaces are connected to a Layer 2 switch in this example.

NOTE: You can use other cabling options with the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module management interface to be able to reach the Internet, depending on how you want to connect your network. However, the example illustrated in Figure 4 is one of the most common scenarios.

In order for the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module management interface to have an Internet connection, the default gateway of the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module is set to the Cisco ASA management interface IP address (192.168.1.1 in this example). Figure 3 illustrates the logical connection between the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module management interface and the Cisco ASA management interface.

Cisco ASA FirePOWER Module Management Interface

 

Accessing the Cisco ASA FirePOWER Module Management Interface in Cisco ASA 5500-X Appliances

In the rest of the Cisco 5500-X appliances, the management interface is shared by the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module and the classic Cisco ASA software. These appliances include the Cisco ASA 5506-X, 5506W-X, 5506H-X, 5508-X, 5512-X, 5515-X, 5516-X, 5525-X, 5545-X, and 5555-X appliances.

Figure 4 shows a Cisco ASA 5516-X running Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services.

Cisco ASA 5500-X FirePOWER Module Management Interface

 

In Figure 4, the management interface is used by the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module. The management interface is configured with the IP address 10.1.2.2. You cannot configure an IP address for this interface in the Cisco ASA configuration. For the ASA 5506-X, 5508-X, and 5516-X, the default configuration enables the preceding network deployment; the only change you need to make is to set the module IP address to be on the same network as the ASA inside interface and to configure the module gateway IP address. For other models, you must remove the ASA-configured name and IP address for management 0/0 or 1/1 and then configure the other interfaces as shown in Figure 5.

NOTE: The management interface is considered completely separate from the Cisco ASA, and routing must be configured accordingly.

The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module default gateway is configured to be the inside interface of the Cisco ASA (10.1.2.1), as illustrated in Figure 5.

Cisco ASA 5500-X FirePOWER Module Default Gateway

 

If you must configure the management interface separately from the inside interface, you can deploy a router or a Layer 3 switch between both interfaces, as shown in Figure 8. This option is less common, as you still need to manage the ASA via the inside interface.

Cisco ASA 5500-X FirePOWER Module Management Interface Connected to a Router

 

In Figure 6, the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module default gateway is the router labeled R1, with the IP address 10.1.2.1. The Cisco ASA’s inside interface is configured with the IP address 10.1.1.1. The Cisco ASA FirePOWER module must have a way to reach the inside interface of the ASA to allow for on-box ASDM management. On the other hand, if you are using FMC, the Cisco ASA FirePOWER module needs to have a way to reach the FMC.

Reference from http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?p=2730336&seqNum=3

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Cisco Application Experience/AX Overview

April 27 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Routers, #Cisco Technology - IT News, #IT, #Technology

Extend the role of the router to an application delivery platform with Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2 and Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers with Application Experience (AX).

This integrated solution includes Cisco Application Visibility and Control and Cisco Wide Area Application Services.

AX provides application services that:

  • Deliver business applications faster
  • Reduce bandwidth costs and latency by more than 50 percent
  • Simplify IT management

In addition, Cisco AX:

  • Delivers exceptional user experiences by meeting application-specific requirements
  • Helps securely connect users to applications deployed anywhere at scale
  • Provides application-level visibility and control of all passing traffic without probes
  • Validates application response time and network readiness

Cisco AX offers a powerful suite of application services at up to 30 percent lower cost than standalone WAN optimization appliances. It also provides more capabilities, such as:

  • Networkwide visibility to over 1000 applications
  • Granular control on application prioritization and path control
  • Enterprise-class optimization that increases application performance up to 70 percent
  • Industry-leading security services, including VPN and threat defense

With the option to add Cisco UCS E-Series server blades and Cisco Cloud Connectors to Cisco ISR-AX, you can build a complete virtualized application platform in one branch router.

 Cisco ISR-AX is available on Cisco 4451-X, 3900, 2900, and 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers

And Cisco ISR-AX includes:

  • Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC), with NBAR2, QoS, and PfR
  • WAN optimization - Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)
  • Security, including firewall, IP Security (IPsec) and SSL VPN
  • Cisco Services-Ready Engine (SRE) Modules or Max RAM (optional: UCS E-Series)

 The Cisco ASR1000-AX is available on the ASR 1000 Series and includes:

  • Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC), with NBAR2, QoS, and PfR
  • WAN optimization - Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS) and Cisco AppNav
  • Security, including firewall, IP Security (IPsec) and SSL VPN
  • 5 Gbps Performance

Reference from

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/enterprise-networks/application-experience/index.html#~overview

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Cisco ASR 1000 Series Use Cases

March 21 2017 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco Routers, #Technology, #Cisco Technology - IT News

When your enterprises or organization are going to choose the Cisco ASR 1000 Series, you should know these Cisco ASR 1000 Series Enterprise and Service Provider Applications.

Cisco ASR 1000 Series routers sit at the edge of your enterprise data center or large office connecting to the WAN, as well as in service provider points of presence (POPs). The Cisco ASR 1000 Series will benefit the following types of customers:

  • Enterprises experiencing explosive network traffic as mobility, cloud networking, and video and collaboration usage increase: Cisco ASRs consolidate these various traffic streams and apply traffic management and redundancy properties to them to maintain consistent performance among enterprise sites and cloud locations.
  • Network service providers needing to deliver high-performance services, such as DCI and branch-office server aggregation, to business customers: Service providers can also use the multiservice routers to deploy hosted and managed services to business and multimedia services to residential customers.
  • Existing Cisco 7200 Series Router (end-of-sale) customers looking for simple migration to a new multiservice platform that delivers greater performance with the same design.

Tables2 and Table3 describe enterprise and service provider application examples, respectively.

Table2. Cisco ASR 1000 Series Enterprise Applications

Deployment Scenario

Description

System Characteristics

WAN edge: Guarantee high-priority applications by creating a virtual “glass ceiling” for lower-priority applications. Improve user experiences.

● Applies Modular QoS CLI (MQC) policies on VLANs or tunnels

● Limits an arbitrary collection of low‑priority traffic to a certain bandwidth

● Classifies based on differentiated services code point (DSCP), Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR), and Cisco IOS Cisco IOS FPM (FPM) into numerous hierarchies, one for high priority and one for low priority

● Implements flexible hierarchies

● Supports 464,000 queues

● Allows all queues to have a minimum, maximum, and excess bandwidth with priority propagation

Multiservice, scalable, and secure headend:

IP Security (IPsec) VPN aggregation scales to meet the new bandwidth demands of service provider IP VPNs.

● Reduces capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) by migrating and consolidating to fewer Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers

● Protects investment through easy transition to much higher encryption support, offering encryption support of up to 78 Gbps with the 200-Gbps Cisco ASR 1000 Series ESP (ASR1000-ESP200)

● Offers easier management through embedded security services in the Cisco Flow Processor, with no additional service modules or blades required

● Optimized for QoS and IP Multicast applications

● Supports thousands of sites

● Supports 8,000 IPsec tunnels

● Offers up to 78-Gbps encryption performance and up to 200-Gbps noncryptographic throughput support with the Cisco ASR 1000 Series 200-Gbps Embedded Services Processor
(ASR1000-ESP200) engine

Embedded high-speed firewall:

With the Zone-Based Policy Firewall, the Cisco ASR 1000 Series acts as an implicit and complete barrier between any interfaces not members of the same zone. An explicit zone-pair policy must be specified (using Cisco Policy Language; that is, MQC) in each direction between each zone pair. The policy establishes within the router the kind of stateful inspection (Layer 4, Layer 7, or application) and session parameters to apply to each zone pairing.

Example: An explicit policy allowing HTTP and Domain Name System (DNS) to traverse the Internet-demilitarized zone (DMZ) zone boundary would be required.

● The firewall is embedded in the Cisco Flow Processor; no additional service blades or modules are required.

● Multiple gigabits of bandwidth are routed while at the same time the router performs Zone‑Based Policy Firewall and other baseline features such as QoS, IPv4, IPv6, NetFlow, and others.

● The Cisco ASR 1000 Series provides logging of all firewall session states off to network management applications capable of accepting relatively huge amounts of flow data. Third-party applications can handle the session data.

● Provides firewall performance of 2.5 to 200 Gbps, depending on the ESP used

● Offers high-speed logging of 40,000 sessions per second with NetFlow Version 9

Managed CPE: This implementation of branch-office architecture offers powerful investment protection with services and scale.

● Managed customer premises equipment (CPE) helps branch offices route correctly over various types of Ethernet to comply with service-level agreements (SLAs).

● This application encrypts multiple gigabits of bandwidth without any additional service blades or modules.

● Managed CPE optimizes the WAN to route around brownouts in the service provider network to further guarantee mission-critical applications.

● This application offers small form factors (1 rack unit [1RU] for the Cisco ASR 1001-X and ASR 1001-HX and 2RUs for the Cisco ASR 1002-HX and ASR 1002-X Routers), including software modularity and ISSU.

Note: ISSU is not supported on Cisco ASR 1001-X, ASR 1001-HX, ASR 1002-HX, ASR 1002-X, or ASR 1004. Managed CPE offers accessibility even when the Cisco IOS Software is down.

● Offers first-in-industry software redundancy support, without any additional hardware module, on Cisco ASR 1001-X, ASR 1001-HX, ASR 1002-HX, ASR 1002-X, and ASR 1004; hardware redundancy and ISSU are supported on the Cisco ASR 1006 and ASR 1013.

● Offers powerful firewall and NAT performance of 2.5 to 200 Gbps and 1.8- to 78-Gbps encryption support in addition to WAN optimization and voice features

 

Table3. Cisco ASR 1000 Series Service Provider Applications

Deployment Scenario

Description

System Characteristics

Broadband L2TP Access Concentrator (LAC) or L2TP Network Server (LNS):

The solution offers Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) endpoint-to-tunnel
Point-to-Point Protocol (PPPoX) or IP sessions with bandwidth demands in the STM-1 ATM, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet range.

● The application is ideal for triple-play (data, voice, and video) wholesale deployments.

● It offers integral service delivery.

● Per-user firewall, session border controller (SBC), etc. are supported.

● Provides very high scalability of up to 64,000 subscribers and up to 16,000 tunnels

Service provider edge: Layer 3 VPN (L3VPN) provider edge:

Example: You can deploy the solution at the distributed provider edge or provider edge in global VPN networks for bandwidth demands such as asymmetric DSL (ADSL), T1/E1, STM-1, STM-4, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, etc.

● The application provides integral services in the Cisco Flow Processor.

● It provides encryption, FPM, NBAR, SBC, IP Multicast, etc.

● Offers excellent multicast performance

● Scales to 8,000 Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF) instances, 1 million Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) labels, and 4,000 access control lists (ACLs)

● Supports up to 4 million IPv4 routes

● Supports up to 4 million IPv6 routes

Service provider edge: High-end route reflector:

You can use the solution as a route reflector for bandwidth support of 40 Gbps.

● The application provides high scalability.

● It offers a modular design of the route processor and ESP with hardware and software redundancy.

● Scales up to 29 million IPv4 routes

● Supports 64,000 Layer 3 adjacencies

Next-generation voice and multimedia example: Cisco Unified Border Element Enterprise Edition (ENT Edition):

The SBC application (named Cisco Unified Border Element [ENT Edition]) performs the voice and video gateway functions simultaneously with regular IP data services. No appliance or additional service blade is required. The control protocols and media protocols work transparently within a complex voice architecture. For more information, refer to the CUBE data sheet at http://www.cisco.com/go/cube.

● Secure and authenticated Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunk connections enable service providers to offer real-time voice and video services.

● The WAN edge is simpler to manage because there is only one egress and one ingress point for access to Internet or service provider services.

● The control plane is separated from the data-forwarding plane, so the signaling and control processes are separate from media processing.

● The CUBE SBC application can be used for SIP trunk video and/or audio services provided by service providers or for Internet-accessible SIP line-side services to Cisco Unified Communications Manager.

● Facilitates SBC with security, QoS, IPv4, and IPv6 (IP Unicast and IP Multicast simultaneously)

● Supports 16,000 simultaneous voice calls and multimedia data of up to 200 Gbps with accounting, firewall, and call quality enabled

● Integrated with inbox high-availability infrastructure and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Relay

Reference from

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/routers/asr-1000-series-aggregation-services-routers/datasheet-c78-731632.html

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Introducing Cisco Software-Defined Storage Solutions

November 23 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Networking, #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Technology, #IT, #Data Center

Today the Storage plays a more and more important role in the data center: from storing email messages and documents to saving business-critical information, intellectual property, and transaction detail. As businesses continue to become more connected, the old ways of storing and archiving data are changing to accommodate growing amounts of data and demand for anytime, anywhere access to information.

Historically, IT organizations transitioned from systems with individual disk drives to storage arrays that allowed disk drives to be grouped together to form a larger area of capacity. When fast and easy access to more capacity was needed, storage area networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS) emerged to deliver capacity over the network. More recently, integrated systems and hyper-converged infrastructure have been added to networks to simplify resource acquisition and deployment and facilitate easy scaling. As companies try to balance storage access, performance, and cost, software-defined storage is becoming more popular, taking this evolution a step farther.

Software-defined storage is the next phase of server virtualization technology, moving beyond virtual machines to virtual data stores. It combines industry-standard x86-architecture servers that are optimized for direct-attached storage (DAS) with a distributed software abstraction layer. This intelligent software transforms systems into a single, logical pool of cost-effective, scale-out storage resources that are easily integrated and managed within your data center.

Cisco Solutions for Software-Defined Storage

Our solutions provide the storage flexibility you need to support growing amounts of data and deliver fast access to information and innovation. You can choose from a variety of systems and expansion cards according to the capacity and performance needs of your users and applications. Our modular approach lets you:

• Reduce risk and complexity: You need confidence that your software-defined infrastructure will work right the first time. Cisco’s collaboration and validation with a large partner ecosystem of software vendors gives you a choice of proven solutions and reference architectures while helping your IT staff integrate storage innovation with your IT processes and business applications at low risk. As a result, you can easily procure the solution you need and accelerate implementation and deployment.

Cisco Solutions Deliver the Foundation for Software-Defined Storage Deployments

Target Environments

  • File, block, and object storage
  • Email servers
  • Collaboration environments
  • Video surveillance archiving
  • Content distribution networks
  • Data protection solutions
  • Private cloud storage

• Gain versatility: The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) portfolio offers a variety of server options for rightsizing your software-defined storage deployments. You can deploy Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers to support many common storage scenarios, and use Cisco UCS S-Series Storage Servers when you need highly scalable and available storage infrastructure (Figure 1).

• Scale on demand: You can scale the storage capacity, performance, and protocols used in your software-defined storage infrastructure at your pace and with a smaller increment of scale than with traditional large-scale storage solutions. With the flexibility to choose what to scale and when to scale it, you can start with a small configuration and expand to petabytes of capacity, and you can distribute I/O operations among servers to accelerate I/O operations.

• Improve the efficiency of your IT operations: Cisco UCS Manager provides the automation you need to be efficient. Role- and policybased management makes it easy to deploy terabytes to petabytes of storage capacity in minutes. Cisco UCS service profiles and storage profiles extend these capabilities, allowing you to specify the ways that servers and disk drives should be identified, configured, connected, and used. You can configure hundreds of storage servers as easily as you can configure one, in a repeatable manner.

• Reduce vendor lock-in: Whether you need to support a remote or branch office or a large enterprise data center, our broad ecosystem of partners offers what you need. We work together to test, validate, and document joint solutions so that you can get your softwaredefined storage solutions up and running quickly and with confidence.

Next Steps Call your Cisco sales representative or authorized partner to find out how Cisco UCS solutions can help you create the best software-defined storage solution for your business and applications.

From https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/solutions/collateral/data-center-virtualization/software-defined-storage-solutions/software-defined-solution.pdf

 

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