Network Procurement: The Journey from CAPEX through TCO to Business Value

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January 29th, 2012

By CFO World

With CAPEX accounting for only 20% of the cost of a network, it is important to look beyond initial expenditures and consider TCO and the business value a network can provide. A third-party TCO comparison of a Cisco network versus other vendors illustrates that Cisco can deliver a 13% better TCO even before business benefits, such as network uptime and employee productivity are considered. Further, the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture acts as a platform for service delivery, allowing your IT organization to say “yes” to business and revenue-enhancing opportunities.

Next-Generation Networks: Business Value for Today and Tomorrow

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November 7th, 2011

by Cisco Systems

It can be easy to forget how much depends on the enterprise network—until you have to tell the VP of sales that he can’t use his iPhone on the corporate network because the appropriate security controls aren’t in place. Or you must tell the CIO that expanding the virtualization initiative to include business-critical applications will severely tax bandwidth. The truth is, nearly everything in modern businesses is dependent on the enterprise network, and every decision you make is based on whether the network can handle it. This paper takes a look at a common pitfall in IT circles that can have a serious impact on the IT decision maker’s ability to say “yes” to new business initiatives. It also offers recommendations for IT organizations that wish to act as business enablers.

The Economics of Networking

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October 12th, 2011

A third-party business consulting firm analyzed the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Cisco enterprise customer networks, and contrasted that TCO to “good enough” networks from other networking vendors. Key findings:
1) TCO is a better metric than CapEx to assess network cost because it considers the full impact on IT spend, including CapEx, services, labor, bandwidth and energy.
2) The Cisco Borderless Network Architecture can deliver up to 13% better TCO than a “good enough” network, offering compelling value for the strategic Cisco investment.
3) Even if architectural benefits are discounted in the analysis, Cisco is, at most, a 7% TCO premium over other vendors due to IT labor savings and extended product lifecycles from Cisco solutions.
4) The single biggest benefit of Cisco’s architectural approach is labor savings. Labor constitutes 50% of TCO and Cisco delivers 5% to 10% labor savings driven by unified wired and wireless and embedded security.
5) A quality network delivers business benefits beyond TCO, including improved network uptime, higher user productivity and a lower threat of security breaches.

Deploying and Managing Pervasive Enterprise Mobile Endpoints and Video Communications with Borderless Networks

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May 24th, 2011

By Nick Lippis, the Lippis Report

IT business leaders are being confronted with a choice: either embrace users’ freedom or liberty to choose a mobile endpoint and applications that they deem appropriate to support their work, or dictate a limited number of supported mobile endpoints and applications in which employees must choose? At the center of this decision are security concerns and control as the number of mobile endpoints connecting into enterprise networks skyrocket. A larger secondary effect is that employees are downloading low cost (99 cents to $4.99) mobile applications, which is changing the mix of corporate application portfolios without IT visibility but user request for support. At the same time, video communications is expanding throughout the enterprise and the endpoints it supports. IT business leaders can avoid this difficult choice and offer users freedom to choose the mobile endpoint and applications of their liking, and still maintain security and control by deploying a Borderless Network. In this industry white paper, we review market dynamics shaping mobile computing plus video communications and how a Borderless Network offers user choice, IT management control and in the process, a more productive and agile workforce.

Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2

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February 14th, 2011

by Cisco Systems

Cisco® Borderless Networks is a next-generation architecture that helps IT evolve its infrastructure to deliver seamless, secure and reliable access in a world with many new and shifting borders. The Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) constitute a critical component of the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture and deliver performance requirements for the next generation of WAN and network services, enabling the cost-effective delivery of high-definition collaboration at the branch office, and providing a secure transition to the next generation of cloud and virtualized network services. This white paper discusses the concept of integrated services as they apply to the branch-office router, and how they help to enable the borderless branch office for small- to medium-sized business, large enterprises and service providers offering managed services.

Cisco 3Q10 Global Threat Report

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Key Highlights

• 79% of clicks on “Here You Have” email occurred within the first three hours of the worm’s spread.
• During 3Q10, 7% of all Web malware encounters resulted from Google referrers, followed by Yahoo at 2%, Bing/MSN at 1% and Sina at 0.1%.
• Exploits targeted Sun Java increased from 5% of all Web malware encounters in July 2010 to 7% in September 2010.
• The Rustock Botnet was the highest occurring ROS event in 3Q10, at 21% of events handled during the report period.
• Peak Rustock activity occurred in late August 2010, declining in September 2010.

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Understand the Savings of Deploying a Cisco Borderless Network

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December 13th, 2010

By Forrester Research

Read the commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting: Total Economic Impact of Cisco’s Borderless Networks.

Splunk Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and Splunk

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a Splunk SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the Splunk SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

RSA Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and RSA

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a RSA SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the RSA SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

nFX Cinxi One Security Information and Event Management Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and nFX Cinxi One

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment -Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a nFX Cinxi One SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the nFX Cinxi One SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

LogLogic Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and LogLogic

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a LogLogic SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the LogLogic SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

ArcSight Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and ArcSight

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to the ArcSight SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the ArcSight SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

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Cisco ClientLink: Optimized Device Performance with 802.11n

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November 30th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Over the next few years Wi-Fi networks will transition to 802.11n technology. During this time, many networks will support a mix of 802.11a/g and 802.11n clients. Because they operate at lower data rates, the older clients can reduce the capacity of the entire network. ClientLink technology can help solve problems related to adoption of 802.11n in mixed-client networks by making sure that 802.11a/g clients operate at the best possible rates, especially when they are near cell boundaries.

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Enterprise Routing Portfolio for Borderless Networks

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November 15th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

This is a first, while this paper is not “white,” it’s a very cool one- page view of Cisco’s borderless network routers. You have to check this out:

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