Ballarat Grammar Secures BYOD with HP SDN and Sentinel SDN Security Application

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September 23rd, 2013


Gregory Bell, Head of Technical Services, Ballarat Grammar said “The Sentinel SDN application takes away a lot of the manual labor that we used to do. We now know exactly where the infections are and how many there are—we can detect threats and respond in a proactive manner. That saves us hours of work every week.” Ballarat Grammar is a K-12 independent Anglican school located in Victoria, Australia. An extensive parkland campus hosts a flourishing community of 250 faculty and 1,400 students, with over 200 of the students living on campus in boarding houses. Ballart Grammar looked toward HP’s SDN portfolio to increase student and faculty productivity and educational opportunities by allowing users to bring their own devices and securely connect to the network.

Save Your School Money with Lower Networking Costs from Avaya

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March 25th, 2013

by Avaya

With the increased adoption of online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative learning models, the K-12 education paradigm is shifting. These models use a modernized curriculum containing digital content and cloud-based applications accessed through one-to-one computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Underpinning these advances is the essential need for an “Always-On Learning” network, a modern infrastructure that delivers performance, reliability and operational simplicity, 24 x 7. This white paper details TCO savings for public school networks. For a large suburban school district, savings can be as high as $4.12 million in one year and $6.73 million in five years.

Cisco Invests In Unified Access To Address Fundamental Changes In Enterprise Networking And BYOD

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January 29th, 2013

Cisco is fundamentally changing the way it approaches network  by prioritizing R&D to deliver a common user experience independent upon wired, wireless or remote access. In addition, to simplifying network operations and reducing opex, Cisco is unifying its product suites for One Policy, One Management and One Network to address the BYOD megatrend.  Its approach is to deliver a unified access or holistic solution to IT business leaders that span both wired, wireless and remote network access with a common security,  management and features framework. Cisco calls this new approach Cisco Unified Access. Cisco is also introducing a new converged wired and wireless switch –  Catalyst 3850 switch.   Jeff Reed; Vice President and General Manager Unified Access Group at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s  Unified Access strategy and new Catalyst 3850 switch.

Duration: 15:26 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:03 sec

Question 1 @ 2:22: First would you like to add to my intro, that is what is Unified Access and what’s driving it?

Question 2 @ 3:02: What are the basic elements of UA from a product development point of view, that is where is Cisco investing to deliver UA?

Question 3 @ 5:07: Can you expand on the new 3850 product especially around the topic of virtualized WLAN controllers.

Question 4 @ 7:08: How does UA address BYOD, Video and security trends?

Question 5 @ 10:52: How much does IOS 15.0 Infrastructure play a part in UA?

Question 6 @ 12:47: What do you expect the business outcomes to be for those that deploy UA?

Closing @ 14:41: Summary of UA and its impact on business process.


Siemens Enterprise Communications Rethinks The Future of User Communication Interfaces and Experience

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December 17th, 2012

Jan Hickish

The communications industry changed in 2007 with the iPhone introduction, resulting in a fundamental change in the way people communicate!  Smartphone communications experience is richer and as such employees are demanding to use their iOS and Android devices at work, which has ushered in the Bring You Own Devices era.   But there’s a divide between smartphones and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC)?  How do IT leaders bridge the gap between BYOD and UCC investments?  I talk with Jan Hickisch of Siemens about the bridge it’s building to link BYOD and UCC from a user experience point of view.

Duration 9 minutes and 32 seconds:

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:01 sec: Let’s start with a discussion about how Siemens is adjusting its product set to user adoption of mobile platforms and what changes you anticipate in user experience

Question 2 @ 3:05 sec: There’s a concept that Siemens calls “vibrant conversations” to describe the future of user experience.  Can you elaborate?

Question 3 @ 5:00 sec: Another Siemens’ concept in the area of user interfaces and experiences is “thought trail”.  What is it and how does it work?

Question 4 @ 6:43 sec:  There’s one last concept I want to explore and that’s “unified domains” for presence, messaging, contact and directory integration within OpenScape UC Mobile? What is unified domains and how does it work.

Question 5 @ 7:47 sec:  The coolest feature of OpenScape UC Mobile is Call Swipe; can you quickly describe?

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Secure Network Access for Personal Mobile Devices

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December 3rd, 2012

By Cisco Systems

People around the globe are enamored with smartphones and tablet computers, and feel strongly that they should be allowed to use these devices at work. By combining an architecture-based technical implementation with carefully considered business policies, organizations can create a safe and appropriate environment that blends personal and business resources. This paper discusses:

  • The growing importance of mobile devices to an efficient, productive workspace
  • The technical and business challenges of securely integrating personal devices into the enterprise network
  • Business strategies for a “bring your own device” (BYOD) environment
  • Point versus architectural network options and related products
  • The Cisco® BYOD Smart Solution

A Unified Network for the Mobile Era

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November 26th, 2012

By Avaya

Thanks to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) has become the network of choice, and as such, networks are expected to support an increasing number of real-time applications, such as voice and video communications. Yet WLANs were not designed to meet business demands for performance, scalability, consolidated management, improved Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and, more importantly, security. So how should an enterprise address the expectations of its increasingly mobile workforce in this BYOD-driven era? The answer is an intelligent, easily managed network that is truly unified and smart enough to deliver services rapidly and seamlessly. Bottom line: the answer is Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) Unified Access.

Cisco ASA and Cloud Web Security: Best-in-Class Network Security Combined with Best-in-Class Web Security

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November 26th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

Organizations that want to harness the power of the web must deal with a consequence: becoming vulnerable to web-based threats that can negatively impact data, reputation, and operations. Trends such as social networking and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) add to the challenge of securing the safety of network traffic and increase the attack footprint. Cisco® ASA Software Release 9.0, integrated with Cisco Cloud Web Security, and powered by Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO), solves the combined problems of performance and breadth of security—without affecting network complexity or business agility. This white paper explains how Cisco uses the advantages of the cloud to protect enterprises from web-based threats and to apply comprehensive policies to web content and web-application visibility within the enterprise.

BYOD: Focus on User Experience, Not the Device

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November 5th, 2012

By Zeus Kerravala

A perfect storm is the coming together of several forces to create a single, unstoppable force. Several forces in corporate IT are rapidly coming together to create the biggest transition since the birth of the mainframe — the shift to consumerized IT. This is similar to the shift that occurred in the late 1990s when the Internet exploded: low-cost PCs, home broadband, the development of the browser and Windows came together and created a perfect storm that transformed computing forever. The shift to consumerized IT will finally let IT fulfill its vision of being able to deliver any application or service to any worker using any device over any network. This shift will be driven by a set of trends including BYOD.

Cisco Office-in-a-Box: Solution with Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2, Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and VMware View

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November 5th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

The modern workplace continues to evolve, with demands for improved mobility, new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and VDI initiatives, plus a need for an increasingly agile, productive and collaborative workforce. Deploying VDI at the branch or remote office has proven a challenge to most VDI adopters. Centralizing user desktops at the data center and having users access those desktops across the WAN results in poor user experience and WAN connectivity dependency for business continuity. Cisco® Office-in-a-Box consists of the award-winning Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) platforms and the new Cisco UCS® E-Series Servers. With Cisco’s best in class network technology combined with a powerful enterprise grade compute platform in a single box Cisco delivers a way to easily collapse branch office or retail store IT services into a single box.

Lippis Report 194: One Network, One Company, Cisco Systems

June 12th, 2012

Cisco is fundamentally changing the way it approaches network access by prioritizing research and development to deliver a common user experience independent upon wired, wireless or remote access. In addition, to simplify network operations and reduce opex, Cisco is unifying its product management suites plus centralizing policy definition for network access. Its approach is to deliver a unified access or holistic solution to IT business leaders that span both wired, wireless and remote network access with a common security and management framework. Cisco calls this new approach Cisco Unified Access.

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BYOD Smart Solution

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May 14th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

Providing a work-your-way solution for diverse users with multiple devices, anytime, anywhere
Today’s CIO must deliver innovative business solutions and give employees more freedom to work the way they want – all while reducing IT complexity. Consumer devices have proven to be a cost effective and attractive way to keep employees engaged and productive, but many organizations struggle with securely introducing these devices into the network. Securing corporate data, applications, and systems is essential to any BYOD strategy, and IT organizations need to ensure a secure experience from both a device and network access perspective. As corporations develop an any-device, anywhere strategy, IT needs to know who is on the network, the location of the person, and the type and status of the device. This white paper provides a strategy for implementing BYOD securely.