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Welcome to the Family: The Catalyst 9200 is Born

 

Two years ago Cisco introduced the Catalyst 9000 series switches as the next generation of campus switches.  Every Catalyst switch family had an equivalent 9K to replace it; the 3800s were replaced with the 9300, the 4500s were replaced with the 9500, and the long standing 6500 chassis switches were replaced with the 9400.  Cisco was consolidating all Catalyst switches into the 9000 series, well all but one.  It seemed, at the time, that the wildly successful Catalyst 2000 series switch was spared from the chopping block as there was no comparable 9K.  Enter the 9200!

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Cisco Live 2018: Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of Cisco Live was filled with amazing new technology, new applications, new innovative services, and the power of Cisco’s partnerships. Cisco is continuing to build their intent-based networking with DNA, DNA Center now DNA Assurance. What really caught our attention today was the network and security innovations and integrations. Here are our top takeaways. 

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Fireside Chat: SD-WAN Update

In this Fireside Chat CEO, Sean Barr, sits down with Senior Solutions Architect, Chris Marshall, to discuss SD-WAN updates that have happened throughout 2017. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this Fireside Chat.

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SD-WAN Update

In January of this year LookingPoint Senior Solutions Architect, Chris Marshall, wrote a blog highlighting a technology we had just started hearing more about, SD-WAN. To recap, SD-WAN is an acronym for Software Defined Wide Area Network, and is a specific application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) that simplifies WAN management and connects enterprise networks. SD-WAN provides aggregation of WAN bandwidth, centralized control and policy enforcement, and visibility into network traffic.

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Fireside Chat: SD-Access

In this Fireside Chat CEO, Sean Barr, sits down with Consulting Services SME, Dominic Zeni, to discuss Cisco’s introduction of software defined networking for the access layer of campus and branch office networks: SD-Access. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this Fireside Chat.

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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 SD-Access

Software-Defined Access 

By now I’m sure you have heard the new product announcements from Cisco around Software Defined Access (SD-Access). This announcement is a departure from the typical “new box” announcements that we are familiar with from the networking behemoth. Yes, there are new boxes, but this announcement is much more than that - it is the beginning of a new era for networking. Cisco marketing will appreciate me clarifying, that SD-Access is a part of The Network. [pause for dramatic effect] Intuitive. Now, I’ll be the first one to cringe or poke fun at marketing terminology used in IT industry, and this one would seem certainly ripe for the poking. However, based on what I have seen thus far, there is nothing to cringe at here.

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