Lippis Report Issue 80: Extending Your Networked Business Platform to Branch Offices

April 11th, 2007

There are strong economic and technical drivers transforming branch office operations. Business leaders are growing their branch office operations at a rate of nearly 10% per year. There are multiple factors behind this growth including expanding out of region and global operations, mergers and acquisitions plus tapping into a larger pool of employees and increasing existing employee retention. Not only has there been a large spike in the number of branch office employees but they are also fueling corporate growth strategies and represent a larger share of corporate intellectual property and decision-making. It´s no wonder then that IT budget consumption to support branch office operations is as high as 70%! It is for all these reasons that the corporate network business platform needs to be extended to include branch offices. In this Lippis Report we´ll show you how.

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Cisco StackWise and StackWise Plus Technology

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April 11th, 2007

By Cisco Systems

This white paper provides an overview of the Cisco® StackWise and Cisco StackWise Plus technologies and the specific mechanisms that they use to create a unified, logical switching architecture through the linkage of multiple, fixed configuration switches. This paper focuses on stack interconnect behavior, stack creation and modification; Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding; and quality-of-service (QoS) mechanisms. The goal of the paper is to help the reader understand how the Cisco StackWise and StackWise Plus technologies deliver advanced performance for voice, video, and Gigabit Ethernet applications.

Using Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series Switches for Converged Applications

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April 11th, 2007

By Cisco Systems

Applications such as IP telephony are increasingly becoming popular as a growing number of organizations realize the cost and productivity benefits achieved by the convergence of voice, video, and data networks. At the same time, successful deployment and operation rely on the network being able to provide certain crucial capabilities. An important part of IP telephony deployment is the selection of equipment suitable for the task. Cisco® Catalyst® 3750-E Series Switches represent a resilient and scalable switching solution appropriate for IP telephony deployments because they provide specialized capabilities needed for a successful deployment of IP telephony, reduced operating costs and investment protection.

Winning Branch Office Network Strategies

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April 10th, 2007

Inbar Lasser-Raab, Director of Marketing Enterprise Routing for CiscoInbar Lasser-Raab Cisco’s Director of Marketing for Enterprise Routing joins the Lippis Report podcast to discuss strategies to extend your networked business platform to branch offices. The economy has forced businesses to be closer to customers, prompting leaders to shift resources into branch offices. Branch office employees demand the same level of IT services as headquarter offices. Branch offices are spread out over large geographic distances driving up wide area network and operational cost; challenging IT solutions with low bandwidth and spotty support. But there are winning strategies that eliminate these traditional trade-offs. Hear about them by downloading this podcast.

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Lippis Report Issue 77: The New Campus Networking Architecture

February 19th, 2007

The campus network is a structural component of the network business platform. No other part of IT has the ability to deliver real corporate value like the campus network does. A disproportionate number of IT and business assets flow across and interact with a campus network. The evolution of computing and applications toward integrating personal and back-office computing environments is occurring over and in the campus network and in its wake is re-defining IT architecture and its relationship to the business platform. As the lines and boundaries of data center, storage, computing, applications and networking blend and blur IT architecture will evolve into a single corporate asset which spans the entire campus network, from the data center, through the campus, across desktops and laptops to mobile end-points. The campus network is changing into an agile and flexible fabric, able to change its configuration and properties based upon application flow to deliver optimized application performance with the goal of improved user experience and satisfaction. In short, campus networking requirements and thus design are fundamentally changing.

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New Design Principles For Campus Networking

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February 19th, 2007

Guest Kumar SrikantanI am joined by Kumar Srikantan, Senior Director of Internet Switching Business Unit at Cisco to discuss systemic IT changes which are driving new design principals for campus networking. IT departments are required to support real-time multimedia services, multi-directional traffic, seamless wired and wireless connectivity, virtualized resources, automated management, etc. In this podcast Kumar and I discuss how these IT trends have forced campus networking to evolve beyond a connectivity service to a strategic business platform by delivering network services. One key attribute of new campus network design is the ability of the network to detect specific applications and alter its configuration to deliver the best performance and experience to users. Now that is strategic. You need to listen to this podcast. Enjoy, Nick.

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Optimizing Branch-Office Network Infrastructure Total Cost of Ownership with Cisco Integrated Services Routers

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February 19th, 2007

By Cisco Systems

The world has evolved into a global village. Businesses see the need to establish their presence in strategically important areas and gain from unique partnering and customer opportunities. Branch-office users comprise 30 to 90 percent of enterprise employees globally, with remote locations and users consuming 70 to 90 percent of business resources. To be successful, these employees require access to the same applications, systems and tools as employees located at a corporate headquarters. But the cost and complexity of owning and operating a full-service branch are difficult to predict. Does the existing equipment have enough headroom to support branch-office growth needs? What are the complexities in introducing a new application in the branch office? Is there a significant cost and learning curve to implement a new solution?

Cisco Propels Networking to Business Platform Level

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February 12th, 2007

Picture of Marie HattarMarie Hattar, Ciscos Senior Director, Network Systems Marketing joins the Lippis Report Podcast to explore issues of network architecture as the blue print and framework for the new networked business platform. The increased stature and value of networking within corporate IT is discussed as well as its attributes and business value. Lippis and Hattar propose that networking is the new business platform and provide guidance to IT executives on how best to leverage their networking investment for corporate advantage. Enjoy, Nick

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Lippis Report Issue 75: The Networked Business Platform

January 22nd, 2007

The network is the new business platform. Networking is evolving well beyond its initial role as a connectivity service as unified communications, network access control, network virtualization, mobility, application fluency, location services, etc., are embedded into the network fabric and are ?¢‚Ǩ?ìcallable" entities to application developers. This increased value in networking which can be molded and shaped by IT developers to achieve corporate goals is the genesis of the new business platform. Business platforms are launch points, which deliver value to customers, suppliers and partners while offering corporate differentiation.

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Cisco Integrated Services Routers: The Value of Integrated Security For Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

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January 22nd, 2007

By Cisco Systems

Networks have evolved from closed infrastructures to integrated systems that enable organizations to work more closely with employees, partners, customers, and vendors worldwide by connecting and automating business processes and applications. Bringing applications to the Internet has had a dramatic impact on productivity and profitability – but it has also increased risk of attacks.

Security breaches can occur from a wide range of sources, including a company’s own networked PCs and servers. New worms and viruses are targeting network end-points. This is of particular concern to small and medium-sized offices, which often have limited IT resources to combat these challenges. Cisco Systems prepares organizations for attacks by helping them build self-defending networks with dramatically improved capabilities to identify, prevent, and respond to threats. An important component of the Cisco Secure Network Foundation and the Cisco Self-Defending Network is the new generation of Cisco integrated services routers. These routers are the first to deliver secure, wire-speed data, voice, video, and other advanced services to small and medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices.

This white paper focuses on the changing security landscape and the embedded security features of Cisco 800, 1800, 2800, and 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers. Market trends point to growing customer demand for concurrent integrated services in small businesses; this paper outlines the value of integrating security within the router. It also illustrates how the Cisco Smart Business Roadmap and a unique systems approach from Cisco effectively address security challenges today and well into the future.

This paper is not a technical deployment guide. Rather, it explains how Cisco is merging best-in-class network security technology with more than 20 years of routing expertise to redefine network security and provide customers with end-to-end network protection.

Empowering Branch Networks with Value-Added Integrated Services and Solutions

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January 22nd, 2007

By Cisco Systems

Today´s business realities are changing the communications landscape, accelerating convergence and integration. For example, the ubiquitous cell phone is no longer just a phone. It has now morphed into an integrated MP3 player, a camera, a camcorder, web browser, walkie-talkie, a storage media, an authentication device, allowing text messaging and e-mail : the capabilities are endless. Likewise, a computer is no longer just a fast computing machine, but a true multimedia end-point capable of serving as a DVD player/recorder, a VoIP phone, an audio player, a game machine, and even a TV, as well as a work system. Wherever one looks, the trend is obvious : integrated services and applications are being delivered in a smaller form factor, resulting in enhanced productivity and efficiency to the end user. Over the past few years, Cisco has assumed industry leadership in applying this innovative concept to a domain that is considered mission-critical: the branch router. The result is the highly successful Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) with over 2 million sold in a little more than two years. This white paper discusses the concept of Integrated Services as they apply to the branch router and how they help to create the empowered branch for small-to-medium business, large enterprises, and service providers offering managed services.

The Networked Business Platform

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January 17th, 2007

Zeus ZerravalaZeus Kerravala, SVP of The Yankee Group´s Enterprise Research joins Nick Lippis to discuss and define the network as the new business platform. Networking is evolving well beyond its initial role as a connectivity service as location, unified communications, network access control, network virtualization, mobility, application fluency etc are embedded into the network fabric and are ?¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ?√¨callable" entities to application developers. This increased value in networking that can be molded and shaped by IT developers to achieve corporate goals is the genesis of the new business platform. Zeus and I define and discuss the importance of this new role for networking within IT and the boardroom.

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Cisco’s Robert Redford on Services Oriented Networks Architecture

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July 24th, 2006

I interview Robert Redford and Greg Mayfield of Cisco to understand their Services Oriented Network Architecture, or SONA. While all major IP telephony firms have positioned WebServices/SOA as the new communications application development platform, Cisco focuses on the network as the IT platform. Cisco uses SONA to position the network beyond a connectivity service to a platform with callable services such as location, authentication, presence, call control, etc. It is a great discussion for anyone interested in where IT is going.