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Mobility Express

A few months of ago I was asked to help bring up a branch site for one of LookingPoint’s clients.   This was unscheduled work and it was the first time I encountered Cisco’s Mobility Express.   My previous projects have been enterprise deployments either using the traditional WLC or Meraki’s cloud managed APs.   With Mobility Express, Cisco allows an AP to run as a wireless controller.    Starting with 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, Cisco embedded a virtual WLC into the access point.  I was pleasantly surprise and thought this make perfect sense for branch offices or for small to medium-sized businesses.   No longer are branch sites tethered to HQ for wireless with capwap tunnels from branch site APs having to register with the WLC at HQ.   This can be a great solution for sites with limited IT staff. 

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Fireside Chat: Hyperflex

In this Fireside Chat, CEO - Sean Barr, sits down with Senior Solutions Architect - Marshall Hill, to discuss hyperconverged infrastructure and Cisco Hyperflex. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this Fireside

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Marketing Velocity: Barcelona

This week I’m in Barcelona at Cisco’s Marketing Velocity conference learning about Cisco’s marketing strategies for the year and better ways to get new technology content to our customers. In today’s digital era, businesses have become completely borderless. With so many competitive solutions, customers aren’t just buying a product or service, they are buying an amazing experience. So much so that 53% of buyers choose their vendor based on buyers experience according to CEB. It’s up to us to provide our customers with quality solutions, experiences, and a relevant human experience.

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Cisco Device Upgrades

Upgrading Cisco software (IOS, IOS-XE, ASA code, etc.) can be a little daunting sometimes.  For the most part, installations are straight forward, but there is usually a fair amount at stake.  Ideally, your environment should be designed with high-availability in mind, allowing you to perform maintenance (and endure unplanned outages) without business impact.  But that isn’t always financially possible, especially for remote sites and smaller branch offices.  This makes things especially difficult for the engineers tasked with performing this maintenance remotely.  Losing access to a device and watching your continuous ping not receive replies for 5, 10, 15 minutes or even longer sometimes is always taxing!  That said, they almost always come back, usually just shortly after real panic starts to set in.  While we can’t be 100% sure everything is going to work every time (we didn’t write the code or design the hardware), if we do our due diligence we can increase our chances of success. 

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Cisco and Broadsoft – Cloud just got better!

First off let me say, this blog is just my read on what the acquisition may mean for customers, there is no information in this document that has been provided by either Cisco or Broadsoft. This is our take on what it could mean and what we are excited about! This acquisition connects two individually successful collaboration companies and makes them better together. Cisco has a history of quickly integrating companies, taking what they do well and merging it with their current offerings, and mitigating product gaps.

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Cisco's 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report

Security has been a leading topic throughout 2017 across all industries. Malware, more specifically ransomware, has been a dominant cyber threat with damage costs predicted to exceed $5 billion this year, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.John Stewart Quote.pngCisco recently released their 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report. This year is the 10-year anniversary of the annual report, which provides key insights and threat intelligence findings from across the entire Cisco portfolio.  Along with threat intelligence Cisco also incorporates a collection of results from 2,900 surveyed customers into the report, highlighting:

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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

I have recently been working with a customer on designing and building out a new Data Center. This task is something that is not as common as it once was, with many of our customers adopting a cloud first methodology (AWS, Azure etc.) when it comes time for a DC refresh. Since it’s a been a while since I have dived into DC technology I figured it was about time that I take another look at Cisco SDN data center offering ACI. Below are some notes that I have made while researching this solution.

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The Who and How of SD-Access

Earlier this year Cisco released their new Digital Network Architecture (DNA), which they are calling “intent-based networking”. Cisco DNA is an open, programmable architecture that turns business intent into business results, and is the foundation for The Network. Intuitive. Cisco also released their Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) solution, which is the “industry’s first intent-based networking solution for the Enterprise built on the principles of Cisco’s DNA”. SD-Access provides

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Cisco’s Configuration Rollback Feature

It’s approaching 10pm on Friday night and you are getting ready to apply your IWAN / Routing Protocol / <Insert major project of your choosing> migration script to the very last of your branch site routers. You have been saving this branch till last for a very special reason. This is after all that branch site that is in the furthest darkest corner of the globe. Your company of course has no local IT resource there and even if they did its probably that site that you can only get to via 3-hour snowmobile ride. This is the site that has the potential to really ruin your weekend. But hey that’s why we left it until last right. We have applied our configurations to our other 10 sites without a hitch, you have this change down pat. At this rate, you might even make it to the bar in time celebrate your success with a couple of well-earned adult beverages.

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Marketing Velocity 2017

I had the pleasure of spending this week enjoying Cisco’s 10th Marketing Velocity conference in Chicago, IL. Cisco Marketing Velocity brings partners from all over the world together to hear from Cisco executives and industry experts to help get inspired, energize marketing practices, and learn what’s coming next. The world of marketing has changed drastically since Marketing Velocity debuted, as was evident when Michelle Chiantera noted the topic “Will Social Selling Impact the B2B Market?” from the first agenda 10 years ago.

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