Lippis Report 126: Unified Fabric Options Are Finally Here

May 18th, 2009

Nick LippisData center IT pros live in interesting times, as they have not seen design changes so sweeping since IBM introduced S360 architecture in the early 1960s. While Moore’s Law maps out a hardware compute trajectory of higher capacity, increased density and lower pricing, a new software approach to computing, networking and storage has been building over the past few years which is accelerating the effect of Moore’s Law and fundamentally changing data center design and IT delivery. At the center of this change is virtualization of computing, storage and networking which is starting to expand beyond the data center all the way to client end points. The value of virtualization’s economics and utility is well documented with power, cooling and server reduction thanks to an increase in the number of applications that run on servers. And while the industry is readying for a second generation of virtualized data centers thanks to VMware’s vSphere 4, another data center innovation is finally taking shape that offers consolidation of LAN and SAN switches, reduced cabling requirements and cost while increasing performance. This innovation is called a unified fabric. In this Lippis Report Research Note we discuss the unified fabric (UF) from architecture, maturity, and value proposition points of view.
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Virtualizing Contact Centers: The EDS-Avaya approach

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May 18th, 2009

By Avaya & EDS

Contact center decision-makers are focused on helping their company increase operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction. New contact center technologies, labor and market uncertainties are leading organizations to transition to an IP-based, or virtualized, model. This new paradigm removes significant operating expense from an enterprise, vastly simplifies the application and network infrastructure, and facilitates new contact center operating models such as agent off-shoring. These new architectures and operating models can dramatically reduce costs and improve an organization’s responsiveness to marketplace changes. This white paper is based upon years of real-world experience afforded by the Avaya/EDS partnership.

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Future-Proof Networking: Making Decisions That Last

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May 18th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

As the global economy slowed in 2008, then came to a screeching halt in 2009, it sent a wave of change through the IT community. A mind shift gradually began to take place and CIOs found themselves pausing and reevaluating their investment decisions, realizing that now was the time to make sure every investment being made was not only in line with their company’s strategic vision, but also driving them diligently toward their goals. Smart CIOs have become more strategically minded and are positioning their companies to thrive after surviving these tough economic times. This white paper provides market data based upon CIO interviews of IT projects now being funded and viewed as strategic.

To see if your priority of budgeted IT projects are strategic download this white paper.

Cisco Launches Hybrid WebEx Model to Reduce WAN Bandwidth

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May 18th, 2009

Terre BraccoAccording to Frost and Sullivan’s July 2008 World Web Conferencing Services Forecast, the web collaboration market is expected to grow at 22.5% CAGR through 2013! That’s the good news. In larger organizations that use web conferencing for a mix of internal, external and a combination of sessions there is growing evidence that WAN bandwidth is being heavily consumed. To significantly reduce WAN bandwidth cost while Web conferencing load increases, Cisco has offered a hybrid model by introducing the WebEx Node for the ASR 1000. Tere’ Bracco, Senior Marketing Manager for Network Systems and Security at Cisco joins the program to discuss web conferencing trends and the new hybrid model for WebEx.

Lippis Report 125: Cisco Launches Cloud-Based Global Correlation Threat Defense

May 4th, 2009

During this downturn Cisco has taken the opportunity to launch initiatives that rivals simply do not have the scale and wherewithal to deliver. Cisco is delivering well thought out solutions to big problems with its smart grid initiative, EnergyWise energy management, Unified Computing System (UCS), collaboration, and now IT security. At RSA Cisco launched its Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) that leverages its presence in service provider and enterprise networks to deliver a global correlation of threats and in the process offers the deepest and widest range of IT security defenses available in the industry. SIO is in essence a “security cloud” service capable of identifying threats propagating throughout the internet and intranets before corporate networks are infected by transmitting mitigating code to enterprise security devices such as IPS, firewall, Web and email systems.

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Cisco Security Intelligence Operations At-A-Glance

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May 4th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

This short three page At-A-Glance paper provides a quick description of Cisco Security Intelligence Operations. Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) is an advanced security i

Cisco SAFE: A Security Reference Architecture: The Changing Network and Security Landscape

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May 4th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

Innovations such as virtualization, cloud computing, and web-based access for employees, partners, and customers are bringing about a dramatic evolution in nearly every organization’s infrastructure. Many organizations are also transitioning from physical-based collaboration processes to collaborating across geographies by building distributed networks to gain a time-to-market advantage. Web 2.0 technologies, mobility, social networking and service-oriented architectures (SOAs) are creating new ways to work and collaborate, and to reach out to customers and partners.

From a security standpoint, these changes have brought with them new and complex challenges. Traditional point security tools are limited in their ability to support and secure this business transformation, either leaving critical new resources unprotected or preventing the deployment of new services as they do not secure new processes and protocols. At the same time, organizations are facing a host of new threats that target many of these new services and impact network and service availability.

Find out how to protect your organization without restricting use of new productive IT solutions by downloading this paper.

WAN Advantage: New Thinking in Branch Office and WAN Edge Design plus Services

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May 4th, 2009

By Nick Lippis, Lippis Consulting

Along with a turbulent macroeconomic cycle comes business rationalization and in networking the wide area offers a unique opportunity to deliver value, both in terms of operational efficiency and business initiative alignment. Advances in network-embedded, software-based WAN Services such as security, unified communications (UC) and WAN optimization are starting to deliver the same type of application experience and management tools to control application performance that was once only available over the LAN. But the wide area network has been pieced together, usually site by site, without a comprehensive plan. This lack of planning is most acute in branch-office-to-WAN and data center connections as geographically distributed branches are connected with inconsistent WAN Services and indigenous WAN transport. IT planners are being offered an opportunity to implement a common set of WAN Services embedded within routers such as UC, WAN optimization, security etc., between branch, headquarter and data center sites which promises to lower operational spend, align business initiatives and policy while delivering Local Area Networks (LANs) -like application performance. This paper presents a strategy for common WAN Services embedded in routers connecting branch offices to data centers and larger corporate sites that speed up workflow and business process for all employees independent of geographic location.

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Cisco Security Intelligence Operations Delivers Global Correlation for Threat Defense via a Security Cloud

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May 4th, 2009

Ambika GadreToday’s collaborative infrastructure and evolving security landscape brings an abundance of risk. Newly adopted IT tools and services, often untried and vulnerable, allow cybercriminals to exploit them to sabotage or gain financially. The newest wave of threats such as Conficker, McColo, Srizbi etc often target personal data propagating via multiple blended vehicles such as web, email, and USB keys to bypass legacy security tools. Even strong security technologies are often unable to keep up with today’s attacks: they are too nimble, specialized, and targeted. Cisco’s new Security Intelligence Operations or SIO offering identifies threats in real time via global correlation so that businesses can be more secure in their IT defenses. Ambika Gadre, Director Product Marketing in the Cisco Security Technology Business Unit discusses SIO, reputation scoring, global correlation and a powerful approach to mitigating blended exploits from infecting your corporation.

Sneak Peak at the May 7th IT Innovation Forum and Cisco’s Spring Innovations Launch

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May 4th, 2009

Marlowe FenneMarlowe Fenne, Cisco Systems Solutions Marketing Manager in the Network Systems group, joins me to talk about the IT Innovations forum and Cisco’s spring announcements. We discuss the business results of exploiting WAN Advantage, Webex Node, Virtual Connect, Security, Unified Communications, AXP, Switching, H1N1’s reminder of the importance of telecommuting and much more. Marlowe also provides a sneak preview of the May 7th IT Innovations Forum at which I present and you can attend for free at http://www.ciscoitinnovationsforum.com.