The Post Great Recession IT Industry Structure

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September 28th, 2009

lippis-kerravalaZeus Kerravala of Yankee joins me to discuss the post Great Recession IT industry structure. Our industry has dramatically consolidated over the past year and as the economy improves a new concentrated order is emerging filled with winners, losers and dark horses. Layer on top of macro economic caused shifts is new IT buying patters plus a new technology wave of virtualization and cloud computing which promises to alter IT delivery. We discuss Cisco, Nortel, Avaya, 3Com, Siemens, HP, IBM, Juniper, Force 10, Brocade, Arista Networks, Alcatel Lucent, Ruckus Wireless, Enterasys the potentially new JV between Cisco and EMC plus many others in this jam packed extended edition podcast. You may want to load this onto your ipod and listen to it coming or going to work. Enjoy.

Lippis Report 132: Mitigating Pandemic-Caused Business Outage With Teleworking

September 21st, 2009

nicklippis.jpgThe World Health Organization (WHO) has reported over 182,166 laboratory-confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus with 1,799 deaths. In June 2009 the WHO raised the pandemic alert level to six, signaling a pandemic of this influenza is underway. If the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, is in full pandemic force during the fall and winter months of the seasonal flu, 40 to 50 percent of the workforce could be affected; yes that’s 40 to 50%. However, early numbers indicate H1N1 is no more infectious than seasonal flu strains that typically hit each year. But H1N1 could still pose a significant threat. New flu strains can mutate, sometimes becoming more serious and more contagious. Businesses may have already been impacted by the spring and summer outbreaks of 2009 H1N1 influenza affecting their employees. CDC anticipates that more communities may be affected than were in the spring/summer 2009, and/or more severely affected, reflecting wider transmission and possibly greater impact. In addition, this fall and winter seasonal influenza viruses may cause illness at the same time as 2009 H1N1.

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Mitigating Business Outage With Pandemic Planning

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September 21st, 2009

SamanthaThe World Health Organization (WHO) has reported over 182,166 laboratory-confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus with 1,799 deaths. In June 2009 the WHO raised the pandemic alert level to six, signaling a pandemic of this influenza is underway. If the H1N1 virus is in full pandemic force during the fall and winter months of the flu season then an estimated 40 to 50 percent of the workforce could be affected. To assist business and IT leaders in developing strategies to mitigate the impact of pandemics and other natural or man-made disasters, I asked Samantha Ma, Security Solutions Manager at Cisco Systems to be my guest since she is an expert in business continuity preparation.

TLS Proxy and Phone Proxy for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series

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September 21st, 2009

By Cisco Systems
Firewalls can provide a range of services to protect unified communications applications and servers, but need to be able to inspect encrypted signaling and media traffic. Beginning with Cisco ASA Software Release 8.0(4), Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances support both TLS Proxy and Phone Proxy for protecting unified communications solutions deployments. Cisco TLS Proxy provides secure interworking between the firewall and encrypted voice calls within the campus or branch network. Cisco Phone Proxy enables organizations to use the native phone encryption capability in Cisco IP phones to create secure calls from the Internet or externally connected phones. Phone Proxy can also be used to provide a secure VLAN traversal solution for Cisco IP Communicator soft phones on the data VLAN that are connecting to IP phones on the phone VLAN.

How Cisco IT Provides Remote Network Access for Small Offices and Teleworkers

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September 21st, 2009

by Cisco Systems
The CiscoVirtual Office solution extends the Cisco routed intranet, via secure VPN Internet connections, into thousands of employees’ homes and, in the future, small offices. This case study describes the deployment of the Cisco Virtual Office solution within Cisco’s own network, an advanced enterprise environment that is one of the largest and most complex in the world. As of mid-2008, Cisco had more than 15,000 internal users for the Cisco Virtual Office solution. This deployment is yielding the benefits of increased employee productivity and job satisfaction, IT cost savings, and reductions in Cisco’s environmental impact. IT leaders can draw on Cisco IT’s real-world experience in this area to help support similar enterprise needs.

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Business Resiliency: Making Risk and Recovery a Major Component of Business Strategy

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September 21st, 2009

by Cisco Systems

Every manager faces the prospect of an operations breakdown. That is the risk of doing business in an uncertain world. But business resiliency implies more than successfully coping with disasters and disruptions when they occur. Managers need to give their employees the knowledge, means and confidence to overcome, and even take advantage of, the potential risks that pervade the business environment. A successful business resiliency program involves anticipating and preparing for the major disruptive threat exposures that any company faces, while taking a risk-adjusted, capital-allocation-based approach to managing risks. With foresight and proper planning, organizations can develop a level of resilience that allows them to withstand any emergency that could put their people and business in jeopardy.
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Cisco OfficeExtend

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September 21st, 2009

by Cisco Systems

Traditionally, one of the main concerns associated with widespread teleworking adoption has been workforce productivity. Specifically, how can employees stay connected and productive in a remote environment? Will they have access to the tools and resources that they need to do their job?

Today, IT leaders can use the wireless network to extend enterprise IT services by delivering secure, rich and manageable network services to teleworkers and employees working outside of a traditional office environment. By properly securing, maintaining, and managing this environment, employees can be productive anywhere outside of the traditional office.

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Lippis Report 131: Avaya & Siemens Vie For Nortel, With Bidding & Anti-Trust Phases Looming. How Customers Should Prepare?

September 6th, 2009

nicklippis.jpgIn late July Avaya announced that it had signed an agreement with Nortel to purchase its enterprise business for $475 million. The agreement would add talent, bolster Avaya’s channel partner network, increase its presence in the growing government business and expand its product portfolio to include the computer networking gear of routing and switching. But this is not a simple transaction. On September 11th Nortel will hold a bidding process to entertain other offers with a hope to gain more value, i.e., dollars for its enterprise assets. In addition, whoever wins the bidding process must then pass anti-trust hurdles in all the countries in which Nortel conducts business. In short, it will not be until first quarter of 2010 before anyone knows who will own Nortel’s enterprise business.

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Navigating Network Infrastructure Expenditures During Business Transformations

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September 6th, 2009

By Nicholas John Lippis III, President, Lippis Consulting

This paper explores tools and techniques available to business and IT leaders who seek to maintain and increase network availability through management, device feature exploitation and network design, especially during business process change. The mixed network vendor approach to diversity and redundancy is explored and brought into question as some IT leaders, pressured by lower capital budgets, seek to procure infrastructure from low cost providers as a means to make ends meet. The paper takes the position that a common network based upon mixed network supplier platforms paradoxically reduces network availability by increasing complexity and operational cost, the highest cost component in total cost of ownership (TCO). The paper further identifies that a mixed network vendor environment restricts design options, increases security vulnerabilities and limits the ability to optimize application performance.

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Cisco Location Service Solution: Enabling Mobility in Wired and Wireless Networks with Modular Cisco Catalyst® Platforms

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September 6th, 2009

by Cisco Systems

Cisco Catalyst® Family switches have been continuously evolving to provide converged infrastructure for wired and wireless networks. Cisco Catalyst® 4500 and 6500 Series Switches support enhanced Power over Ethernet (ePoE) for wireless IEEE 802.11n access points. Cisco Catalyst® 4500 Series line cards are the first in the industry to provide up to 30 watts (W) of inline power per port to enable the next generation of unified applications. The Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series supports a centralized and scalable wireless solution in the form of the Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series/7600 Series Wireless Services Module (WiSM). The Catalyst® 4500 Series will be introducing support for EnergyWise and Cisco location services in Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.2(52)SG. This paper focuses on a feature called Network Mobility Service Protocol (NMSP), which will be introduced in Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.2(52)SG for the Cisco Catalyst® 4500 Series Switches.

Mixed Vendor Networks Drive Complexity & Opex Upt

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September 6th, 2009

nicklippis.jpgMixed vendor network environments increase complexity and complexity is not reliability’s best friend. In the following 3-minute Lippis Report podcast, Nick Lippis discusses network complexity and the disruptive outcomes it creates via two examples: the US Customs and Border Protection Agency at Los Angeles Airport and global Skype VoIP service.

Cisco Seeks To Add Visibility and Control to Electrical Systems via a Smart Grid Communication Infrastructure

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September 6th, 2009

inbar.jpgThe system that provides electricity transmission, commonly called the electrical grid, is under intense scrutiny to make it smarter. Today’s electrical grid was designed decades ago without optimization and information flow of electricity consumption beyond local utilities, leaving businesses, homeowners and utilities blind to how electricity is being consumed. The Smart Grid adds intelligence from energy source to consumption end- points so that businesses and homeowners can view their consumption and control their usage while utilities can better manage electricity demand and delivery. The building of the Smart Grid is an estimated market of $20 B/yr over the next five years with governments passing legislation, mandates and partial funding to build it. For perspective, Smart Grid networks have the potential to be much larger than the Internet! The building of highly scalable and secure IP networks is Cisco’s core competency, making them uniquely qualified to supply it. I talk with Inbar Lasser-Raab, Senior Director, Network Systems and Smart Grid Solutions at Cisco about Cisco’s Smart Grid.