Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations Solutions Guide

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May 29th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

Lower TCO by Activating Embedded Switch Tools that Automate Lifecycle Management Operations

Cisco® Catalyst® SmartOperations is a comprehensive toolkit of network services built into the foundation of Cisco Catalyst LAN switches. These embedded capabilities simplify and automate switch lifecycle management tasks and the QoS policy enforcement that real-time voice and video network traffic requires. There are about a dozen of these network service features, which together form the Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations Toolkit (“SmartOperations”), and they ship on Cisco Catalyst platforms running LAN Base or higher software. Cisco Catalyst SmartOperations tools lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by simplifying and automating network planning, deployment, monitoring, and troubleshooting.

The Total Economic Impact™ of Cisco Catalyst AccessSwitches

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May 29th, 2012

By Norman Forbush, Forrester Research

Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cisco Catalyst Access Switches. For this study, Forrester conducted interviews with five existing Cisco customers and completed an online market survey of 104 senior network managers. The analysis showed that operating expense (opex) contributed up to 70% of total cost of ownership (TCO) and found that TCO is 14% less when IT deploys Cisco Catalyst Access Switches versus others.

Cisco Catalyst Access Switches Lower TCO by 14% According To Forrester

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May 28th, 2012

Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cisco Catalyst Access Switches. They found that corporations that deployed Cisco Catalyst Access switches were better off by 14% than if they had deployed other Ethernet switches. They also found that IT executives who deploy non Cisco Ethernet switches spend twice as much of TCO on operational cost. I talk with Pradeep Parmar, Switching Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems on life cycle cost of network ownership and how Cisco’s Catalyst Access Switches deliver lower operational cost.

Broadcom App-IQ Technology for Web 2.0 Application Intelligence in the Enterprise Edge Network

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April 16th, 2012

By Broadcom

This white paper explores the use of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise, their impact on the performance of the network, and the available solutions in the industry for traffic visualization. It introduces Broadcom’s App-IQ technology, which is available as an integrated feature in its latest generation of Enterprise LAN Ethernet switch solutions. Together with integrated WLAN capabilities, these switch solutions form the cornerstone of leading switch OEM products, as they deliver on the promise of mobility and visibility required in current and next-generation networks. This paper also describes how this technology can help IT managers implement policies for Web 2.0 traffic patterns using cost-effective, power-efficient, network edge and aggregation switches.

Multivendor Network Architectures, TCO and Operational Risk

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March 19th, 2012

By Deloitte

Enterprises face increasingly complex choices in their network vendor strategies. IT leaders must introduce new technology for critical business functions, while managing IT costs and balancing operational risks.This report summarizes the findings from a detailed customer survey conducted by Deloitte to examine the operational, financial, and risk factors associated with the use of single vendor and multivendor approaches in different types of enterprise networks. By providing a framework for understanding the overall value drivers associated with these networking strategies, this report is intended to help IT decision makers evaluate the potential impact of different approaches.

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.

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.

Analyzing the Hard Numbers for Your Campus LAN A Total Cost of Ownership Comparison By Info-Tech Research Group

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February 10th, 2010

Info-Tech Research Group found that in each case, the five- year TCO of 3Com’s H3C portfolio is lower than its comparable Cisco products, across 1000-, 3000-, and 5000-user campus LAN scenarios. Cisco charges a price premium of 34% to 40% over H3C solutions, which fluctuates depending on the design. These percentages translate into thousands of dollars in cost-savings for customers who choose H3C and H3C infrastructure. Given the turbulent economic climate, this can mean more money for other projects, fewer job cuts, or even a stronger bottom line.

Download Info-Tech Research Group’s campus TCO analysis here.