Lippis Report Issue 77: The New Campus Networking Architecture

February 19th, 2007

The campus network is a structural component of the network business platform. No other part of IT has the ability to deliver real corporate value like the campus network does. A disproportionate number of IT and business assets flow across and interact with a campus network. The evolution of computing and applications toward integrating personal and back-office computing environments is occurring over and in the campus network and in its wake is re-defining IT architecture and its relationship to the business platform. As the lines and boundaries of data center, storage, computing, applications and networking blend and blur IT architecture will evolve into a single corporate asset which spans the entire campus network, from the data center, through the campus, across desktops and laptops to mobile end-points. The campus network is changing into an agile and flexible fabric, able to change its configuration and properties based upon application flow to deliver optimized application performance with the goal of improved user experience and satisfaction. In short, campus networking requirements and thus design are fundamentally changing.

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New Design Principles For Campus Networking

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February 19th, 2007

Guest Kumar SrikantanI am joined by Kumar Srikantan, Senior Director of Internet Switching Business Unit at Cisco to discuss systemic IT changes which are driving new design principals for campus networking. IT departments are required to support real-time multimedia services, multi-directional traffic, seamless wired and wireless connectivity, virtualized resources, automated management, etc. In this podcast Kumar and I discuss how these IT trends have forced campus networking to evolve beyond a connectivity service to a strategic business platform by delivering network services. One key attribute of new campus network design is the ability of the network to detect specific applications and alter its configuration to deliver the best performance and experience to users. Now that is strategic. You need to listen to this podcast. Enjoy, Nick.

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Optimizing Branch-Office Network Infrastructure Total Cost of Ownership with Cisco Integrated Services Routers

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February 19th, 2007

By Cisco Systems

The world has evolved into a global village. Businesses see the need to establish their presence in strategically important areas and gain from unique partnering and customer opportunities. Branch-office users comprise 30 to 90 percent of enterprise employees globally, with remote locations and users consuming 70 to 90 percent of business resources. To be successful, these employees require access to the same applications, systems and tools as employees located at a corporate headquarters. But the cost and complexity of owning and operating a full-service branch are difficult to predict. Does the existing equipment have enough headroom to support branch-office growth needs? What are the complexities in introducing a new application in the branch office? Is there a significant cost and learning curve to implement a new solution?

Cisco Propels Networking to Business Platform Level

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February 12th, 2007

Picture of Marie HattarMarie Hattar, Ciscos Senior Director, Network Systems Marketing joins the Lippis Report Podcast to explore issues of network architecture as the blue print and framework for the new networked business platform. The increased stature and value of networking within corporate IT is discussed as well as its attributes and business value. Lippis and Hattar propose that networking is the new business platform and provide guidance to IT executives on how best to leverage their networking investment for corporate advantage. Enjoy, Nick

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Lippis Report Issue 76: Unified Communications: Are You Ready?

February 5th, 2007

Are you ready for Unified Communications? Let me be very straightforward, the entire enterprise market will adopt Unified Communications or UC in time. The reason and reality is that IT departments will not have a choice. UC will come at you from employees, IT vendors, service providers, system integrators and IT consultants. It will creep into applications and networks as you upgrade to the next operating system, patch or software image. There´s a high chance that you already have pockets of UC deployments now but just don´t know it. The reason I am so confident about UC is that its value is so compelling and large that enterprises will not resist UC but embrace it as it makes communications fun and improves productivity. Here´s one example of why UC is a fait accompli.

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Adaptive Networks: Turn Your Network into a Strategic Asset

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February 5th, 2007

By John McHugh, Vice President and General Manager

ProCurve Networking by HP

This download is the presentation version of the ProCurve Networking by HP white paper described here. If you don´t have the time to read the white paper or if you want a good companion to the paper then download this presentation.

Shimano American Corp.: A Unified Communications Case Study

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February 5th, 2007

Shimano American Corp. is the North American operation of the Japan-based Shimano Inc. The company distributes both the best bicycle components on the planet and fishing tackle throughout North America. Since its founding, Shimano has focused on providing high-quality products for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as cycling and fishing.

The North American division of Shimano handles sales and distribution of the company´s products over a broad area, and its sales staff is often on the road. Shimano American worked with Siemens to implement an IP-based phone system and unified communications capability that enables Shimano American´s revenue-generating employees to more effectively communicate with customers and collaborate with each other.

Adaptive Networks Vision: ProCurve Networking by HP´s vision for harnessing the power of your organization´s network and turning it into a strategic asset

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February 5th, 2007

By John McHugh, Vice President and General Manager

ProCurve Networking by HP

Today, change is a constant ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú and the pace of change is accelerating ferociously. But what can, and should, organizations do to deal with this fact of modern life? In this paper, ProCurve Networking by HP examine how organizations can remain competitive in the face of change. It starts with reviewing old assumptions and questioning the status quo, especially when it comes to information technology (IT) and network infrastructure decisions.

ProCurve presents its vision for adaptive networks: the future of networks that are personalized and open, that establish a comprehensive network view and that adapt to the needs of users, applications and organizations.

In this vision, ProCurve outlines how the right network infrastructure is crucial for enabling your organization to compete effectively by fortifying security, increasing productivity and reducing complexity across your organization. ProCurve provides the secret to optimizing your IT initiatives today, while offering a path to turn your organization´s network into a strategic asset tomorrow.

Benefits of Deploying Cisco Unified Communications within a Cisco Intelligent Network

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February 5th, 2007

By Cisco Systems

Adoption of IP Communications continues to accelerate as many businesses and organizations embrace this powerful technology. According to Synergy Research, the sales of IP telephony systems, to date the most popular of all IP Communications applications, are projected to top US $10 billion by 2009. Cisco Systems alone is displacing almost 15,000 traditional phones every business day, and more than 48,000 Cisco customers use Cisco Unified Communications, the largest number of IP Communications installations in the industry. In this paper Cisco defines the value of taking the integrated systems approach of laying Cisco Unified Communications on top of a Cisco Intelligent Network. It details the linkage between Cisco´s Unified Communications and intelligent networks, making the case for an all Cisco network and communications environment, and it is best paper I have read on this subject.

Better Enterprise Applications on Any Network: A New Era of Intelligent Communications

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February 5th, 2007

By Avaya

This white paper provides Avaya´s view, vision and investment in unified communications, communications-enabled business processes and its intelligent communications strategy. Since the mid ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ√Ä√∫90s, Avaya has been enabling customers to leverage the performance, reliability and functionality of traditional voice solutions onto pervasive IP networks providing ubiquitous communications applications, reduced costs and operational efficiencies. It is through exacting focus on reliability, security, and interoperability that Avaya has accomplished this. Avaya is leading the industry with intelligent communications where Business Communications Applications and Business Applications start to blur. Web Services and an architectural approach known as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) are allowing for this integration across traditionally separate application domains. Applications and services are able to ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ?√¨discover" and communicate with each other more holistically across the network.

Unified Communications: Are You Ready?

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February 5th, 2007

By The Lippis Report

This exclusive white paper by The Lippis Report features insights from Nick Lippis, President Lippis Enterprises; Zeus Kerravala, Senior Vice President of The Yankee Group´s Enterprise Research; and Jorge Blanco, Avaya´s Vice President of Solutions & Software Portfolio Management. The white paper is based upon two Lippis Report podcasts that feature Mr. Lippis with both Mr. Kerravala "ippis and Kerravala Define Unified Communications Value", and Mr. Blanco ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ?√¨Jorge Blanco on Avaya´s Unified Communications" discussing industry dynamics around unified communications. In this white paper you´ll learn how two of the most respected industry analysts define unified communications and why organizations are considering its use to improve business operations. With vivid examples of the problems it solves and its value to users and IT, you´ll begin to understand how unified communications improves productivity and enhances business processes. Then, learn how the Avaya Unified Communications solution uniquely integrates into an existing multi-vendor environment for both back-office integration and end-user access and control across multiple working modes, networks and devices. Finally, you´ll find out if you are ready to move towards unified communications and how Avaya can help you choose a path that is right for your business.