Network technologies and trends

June 20, 2010  5:09 AM

Cisco WebEx Connect IM can improve productivity for Customers

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Cisco Systems releases newest version of WebEx Connect IM, some of the features the newly released Cisco WebEx Connect IM (6.5) allows the users to access their contact lists and send messages via a browser –based IM client. With the browser-based IM client the solution can be accessible from any computer with any operating system, wow!

The Cisco WebEx Connect IM for Windows is now localized for French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, further expanding its ease of use for global organizations.

The release of newest version of WebEx Connect IM brings logging on Server-side, which allows organizations to capture logs of all IM traffic for more efficient regulatory compliance.

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June 18, 2010  7:10 AM

Cisco Systems is hosting Techdays! Be part of it.

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Would you like to join the Cisco’s technical experts for an in-depth discussion about the latest innovations-products, features and like experience the demos and roadmaps to develop strategies and deploy solutions that increases resiliency, agility and productivity, then you have a golden opportunity.

Cisco Systems is hosting successful Tech Days series in your region to keep you informed about the latest developments in borderless networks, virtualization, and collaboration technologies starting 9th June to 30th June 2010.

City Date Registration Link
Memphis, TN June 9, 2010 Register Now
Melville, NY June 23, 2010 Register Now
Des Moines, IA June 23, 2010 Register Now
Grand Rapids, MI June 24, 2010 Register Now
Mobile, AL June 24, 2010 Register Now
Harrisburg, PA June 30, 2010 Register Now
Bloomington, IL July 14, 2010 Register Now

They are offering three tracks, unfortunately I am leaving the other part of the World, I know I am missing a great opportunity, I love Borderless Networks.

Borderless Networks Track

Learn how systems innovations across routing, switching, wireless, acceleration, and security help organizations deliver mobility, security, and performance to transform the way IT delivers and scales those services on the network.

Focus: Using the Network to Optimize TCO and Business Agility

Unified Communications Track

Learn how IP-based collaboration technologies can better position companies to operate more efficiently while using new mobile and web-based applications. Each session will cover solution strategies and roadmaps, practical demonstrations, and technical configuration and design principles.

Focus: Unified Communications on Cisco Unified Computing System: Virtualizing Cisco Unified Communications

Virtualization Track

The proliferation of data center virtualization is promoting an architectural transformation from network to storage to computing. Learn how Cisco and its partners provide an adaptive IT architecture that enables organizations to realize benefits today and in the future.

Focus: Unified Computing with Unified Fabric

June 16, 2010  5:49 AM

How to configure a DHCP server in a Cisco Aironet Access Points?

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If you want to configure DHCP service in Cisco Aironet 1100 and 1200 series Access Points its pretty simple. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server capability was first available on the Cisco Aironet 1100 and 1200 series Access Points (APs) in version 12.2(11)JA1.

When an AP is configured as a DHCP server, it can provide IP addresses to an Ethernet-capable PC connected to its Ethernet port or to wireless client devices that associate to the AP.

Following example shows how to configure DHCP service on the Cisco Aironet 1100 and 1200 series Access Points

ITKE-AP01#configure terminal

ITKE-AP01(config)#ip dhcp excluded-address –

ITKE-AP01(config)#ip dhcp pool ITKE

ITKE-AP01(dhcp-config)# network

ITKE-AP01(dhcp-config)#lease 20



June 12, 2010  6:44 AM

Cisco Systems into Storage? For SMB’s is a reality

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Now even the small-business market segments do matters, on June 11th Cisco Systems entered into the small-business market with its new storage product Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage. The Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage is a desktop solution with business application, data encryption and built-in servers specifically designed for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Pic Courtesy: Cisco Systems

The Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage family consists of two-bay, four-bay and six-bay desktop network storage units and it offers the following features

  • High performance: Class-leading performance reduces backup time and allows multiple people to use the device simultaneously.
  • Built-in and add-on applications: Extend capabilities beyond storage, and get more for your money. Running applications on Cisco Smart Storage helps ensure that they are available at all times, and can eliminate the need for additional devices on the network.
  • Security and data encryption: On-disk data encryption protects critical business data stored on disk even if hard drives are stolen.
  • Simplified configuration and management: Setup takes minutes and a straightforward, browser-based interface simplifies configuration.
  • Flexibility: Choose from multiple backup modes and share files across Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms.
  • Reliable, high-availability design: Safeguard data and reduce downtime with Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) 0, 1, 5, and 6 configurations, and hot-swappable drives.
  • Service and support: Protect your investment with Cisco Small Business Pro Service, which provides three-year, peace-of-mind coverage

Cisco Systems is a relatively new player in to Storage business especially into SMB segment, Ian Pennel, co-chair of Cisco’s Small Business Council, highlighted the company’s storage directions:

To help small businesses effectively manage the explosion of electronic information, we’ve built an innovative new family of storage solutions. The addition of these new devices further emphasizes Cisco’s commitment to providing small businesses with affordable, easy-to-use technology they require to optimize productivity and drive growth.

June 8, 2010  5:32 AM

iOS or IOS – Apple’s version is iOS

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Last night when I  read the WWDC 2010 opening notes and the release of iPhone 4 by Steve Jobs for a moment I was shocked when I saw the name iOS, what is Cisco Systems IOS doing here with Apple.

It’s clear Apple has changed the name of iPhone OS to iOS. We all know IOS is around more than two decades a popular Cisco operating system for Cisco devices.

Cisco has agreed to license the iOS trademark used for its core operating system to the Cupertino company which has decided that should be the new name of the OS powering the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

June 6, 2010  5:59 AM

Key differences between NX-OS and Cisco IOS – Part 1

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Since long time we are used to Cisco IOS version and few Cisco Switches with CatOS, now the era of NX-OS is coming. These days I am seeing more and more Organizations are moving towards Nexus Switches for their Core and Server farm. Since Nexus Switches are pretty new and they work with NX-OS.  NX-OS is different from IOS, in this article I will try to highlight on some of the key differences between NX-OS and IOS.

We are familiar with the traditional Cisco IOS command line interface (CLI); the CLI interface of NX-OS is pretty similar to Cisco IOS.

One of the key differences I have noted is NX-OS is when you first log into NX-OS, you go directly into EXEC ode.

NX-OS features are based on license model, where as in IOS what matter was the type of IOS you installed. A good beginning from Cisco as you can install the required features, more over you can try a 120 day license grace period for testing.  After 120 days of testing the features will be automatically removed. This is some thing you never experienced in Cisco IOS.

Cisco NX-OS has the capability to either enable or disable the features OSPF, BGP, etc. by using the feature configuration command.

I will try to come up with some more details in the upcoming post.

May 31, 2010  9:11 PM

The power of Social Networking & Tweetchat

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We all know it’s the era of Social Networking, I am pretty sure most us are enjoying twittering, facebook, linkedin, buzz, mysapce etc. Hardly I know a Professional without any association with Social Networking.

These days huge corporations are banking on Social Networking sites, infact major vendors are developing their communication products keeping in mind of Social Networking sites. One among those is Avaya communications. There Call Center solution does address these issues. Dell generated more than $3 million in sales using a Twitter account @DellOutlet.

Now Cisco Systems is conducting their first ever live chat on Twitter about the growing impact of social software and collaboration tools within the enterprise on Wednesday, June 9th from 11:00am – 12:00pm PT using the #CollabChat hashtag.

The Cisco enterprise collaboration experts Panel participants include:

  • Phil Heyneker, Manager, Collaboration Solutions Marketing
  • Lawrence Liu, Product Manager, Enterprise Collaboration (@LLiu)
  • Lynn Lucas, Senior Director, Collaboration Solutions Marketing (@Lylucas)
  • Paul Russell, Business Development Manager, Enterprise Collaboration (@parussel)
  • Joe Schueller, Sales Business Development Manager, Collaboration Business Transformation (@JoeSchueller)
  • Vishnukant Varma, Software Engineer, Enterprise Collaboration (@vishnukvarma)

Discussion will include:

  • The role of enterprise policy in Enterprise 2.0
  • The importance of interoperability and open integration
  • How the unified content model enables collaboration

Submit questions in advance to @CiscoCollab or submit by posting a comment below (log in with userid to post a comment).

What is a TweetChat?

Tweet chats are online conversations, held at a pre-arranged time, between a group of Twitter users, and using a specific Twitter hashtag to identify the discussion.

How Do I Participate?

On the day of the event, login to and follow the #CollabChat hashtag.  Alternatively, you can use your favorite Twitter client (i.e. Tweet Grid, TweetDeck) or TwitterSearch to follow the chat hashtag.  During the event, you can follow the discussion, contribute questions, and submit your own comments by using the same hashtag

May 31, 2010  4:31 PM

How to configure the POE settings in Cisco Catalyst Switch to support Nortel IP Phone?

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In this article we will see how a Cisco Catalyst Switch 3750 – POE switch can be configured to support the Nortel IP phone and the power modes supported by the Cisco 3750 Switch.

The Cisco Catalyst Switches 3750-24PS and 3750-48PS support 370 Watts of inline power, and by default, the power mode of a port is set to auto.

Use the command show power inline to check the inline power configuration and status as demonstrated below

ITKE-AS01#sh power inline

Module Available Used Remaining

(Watts) (Watts) (Watts)

—— ——— ——– ———

1 370.0 114.8 255.2

Interface Admin (Watts) Power Class Max

Oper Device

——— —— ———- ——- ——————- —– —-

Gi1/0/1 auto on 15.4 Ieee PD 3 15.4

Gi1/0/2 static on 15.4 Ieee PD n/a 15.4

There are three modes of PoE configuration on Cisco Catalyst 3750 Switch.

1) Auto (Default, recommended with Nortel IP phones)

The switch automatically detects if the connected device requires power. If the switch

discovers a powered device connected to the port it grants power.

2) Static

The switch pre-allocates power to the port and guarantees that power will be available for the port even when no powered device is connected, the switch allocates the port configured maximum wattage. Any powered device that uses less than or equal to the maximum wattage is guaranteed to be powered when it is connected to the static port. However if the powered-device IEEE class is greater than the maximum wattage, the switch does not supply power to it.

3) (Never) Off

The switch disables powered-device detection and never powers the PoE port. Use this mode only when you want to make sure power is never applied to a PoE-capable port.

May 31, 2010  1:18 PM

CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 Configuration Practice Labs in eBook format

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Recently Cisco Press released the CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 Configuration Practice Labs in eBook format. This title can be downloaded from the Cisco Press website. The CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 Configuration Practice Labs provides you an opportunity to practice the theoretical knowledge you gained.

The title allows you to test each lab and compare configurations and routing table with the required answers. The point scoring for each question let’s you know whether you passed or failed each lab. Definitely a great practicing manual for the CCIE aspirers, thanks to Cisco Press as they are offering the extensive set of practice labs that sell for hundreds of dollars elsewhere

May 31, 2010  5:19 AM

Cisco announces Smart Grid Solutions

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Last week Cisco Systems announced the first offering in its “Connected Grid” portfolio, a transformational Router and Switch that will help utilities more reliably and efficiently deliver electric power from generation facilities to businesses and homes, resulting in better energy management, as well as economic and environmental benefits.

“Right now [utilities] have to run different lines for different types of communication — data, voice and so on — and they’re paying a lot in operating expenses for those leased lines,” said Sanket Amberkar, Cisco’s senior director of Smart Grid Strategy.

Facts / Highlights:

·         The Cisco 2010 Connected Grid Router (CGR 2010) and Cisco 2520 Connected Grid Switch (CGS 2520) are purpose-built for the most demanding utility substation environments. 

·         They are designed specifically for the Smart Grid communications infrastructure and are the first in Cisco’s new Connected Grid portfolio, a family of products that will deliver highly secure, end-to-end and standards-based communications solutions for the smart grid from generation facilities to businesses and homes.

·         Together, the Cisco CGR 2010 and Cisco CGS 2520 form a secure communications infrastructure to capture and analyze information in near-real-time from multiple intelligent electronic devices in the substation.  This helps utility operators better manage and maintain power transmission and distribution equipment, as well as increase the reliability of power delivery by quickly identifying, isolating, diagnosing and, at times, automatically repairing faults.  This will also help utilities better integrate renewable energy into the grid.

·         The Cisco solution also extends network-based security and management policies to substations, supporting remote engineering access and proactive maintenance programs.

·         The products are based on Cisco IOS Software, an operating system that delivers high reliability and resiliency as well as multiple network services including support for supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, protocols. 

·         Cisco IOS Software consolidates network security, quality of service and network segmentation on a common communications platform, delivering mission-critical reliability and reducing operational expenses.

·         Cisco’s Connected Grid products represent the latest in Cisco’s energy management offerings, which include Cisco EnergyWise and the Network Building Mediator

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