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.

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.

Top 5 Network Performance Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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January 9th, 2012

By Infoblox

When asked to identify the No. 1 cause of network performance problems, IT organization typically point to denial-of-service attacks, computer viruses, fiber cuts, power outages and hardware failures-the events that receive the most publicity and media coverage. However, studies by research firms such as Gartner Group and Enterprise Management Associates indicate that over two-thirds of network issues are actually tied to seemingly simple everyday activity: the process of IT staff making network configuration changes. This whitepaper looks at the top 5 common network performance management mistakes and discusses how IT organization can mitigate them via automating network management and giving appropriate visibility to different levels of IT staff.

A New Holistic Approach to Enterprise Network Management Integrated Wired, Wireless and Policy Management

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August 8th, 2011

By Nicholas John Lippis III

IT business leaders are demanding a unified policy-driven
management strategy for network access and security, mobile
endpoints including iPads, tablets and smartphones. A holistic
network approach is the unification of these management assets
to simplify operations and shift control to IT leaders. A holistic
network approach from Cisco Systems is to streamline NetOps
through the automated orchestration of policy, management and
infrastructure. In this model, network administrators will not have
to access multiple different management systems to collect data,
correlate it manually and then attempt to identify problem location.
One management system, Cisco Prime NCS with integrated
links to ISE delivers this service to NetOps drastically improving
network visibility and reducing troubleshooting time through a
client- or user-focused approach to managing corporate networks
in the age of mobile and cloud computing.