Cisco Unified Access Technology Overview: Converged Access

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April 8th, 2013

by Cisco Systems

Less than one percent of things in the physical world are network connected. In the near future, the growth of the Internet of everything (IoE), which Cisco defines as the convergences of people, process, data, and things, will make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, creating unprecedented opportunities for countries, businesses and individuals. However, although the number of devices, applications and bandwidth demands are growing, the size of IT staff and budget remains static. IT organizations are struggling to manage the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and growth of mobile devices and traffic.They face two main challenges:

● Complexity of managing separate wired and wireless networks, multiple management and network operating systems plus chaotic device onboarding processes.

● Inconsistency of wired and wireless architecture, policy, security, features and operations.

When compared with wired networks, wireless also does not have the same level of granular quality of service (QoS), policy and security enforcement close to endpoint devices. Cisco® Unified Access is an intelligent network platform for IoE to enable greater business agility, operational efficiencies and new connected experiences.

Intelligent Networking for the Optimized Agile Datacenter

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March 25th, 2013

by IDC Brad Casemore, sponsored by IBM System Networking

As the use of server virtualization has matured, IT organizations are realizing they cannot achieve an optimized and agile datacenter unless the network architecture is designed to support converged systems. Therefore, any approach to converged systems that leaves networking as a secondary consideration will be doomed to failure. Fortunately, the industry has responded with networking products that are integrated with converged systems architectures. These solutions deliver the high performance required for next-generation datacenters. This approach delivers benefits in several areas, including optimization of physical and virtual resources, reduction in ongoing management of virtual machines, increased security, and IT agility. This white paper describes the business and economic advantages of an intelligent datacenter network for converged system applications.

Aligning Network Management with Converging Operational Priorities

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March 25th, 2013

by Cisco Systems

The age of cloud and virtualization is spawning renewed focus on networking, increasing the demands that networks be highly resilient at all times. While advanced features within network technologies clearly play a role in meeting this need, advances in network management technologies and practices are also an essential ingredient. This has driven demand for converging and integrating network management tools and functions, to pave the way for better awareness of the role that networks play in the organizations they are designed to support, and also for improving efficiency and accuracy in planning and operations. In this ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) whitepaper, the essential drivers and requirements for converging, unifying, and aligning network management are examined, and the newly updated Cisco Prime Infrastructure management solution is reviewed in this context.