Network technologies and trends

July 22, 2009  6:13 AM

Review for CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator

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If you are preparing for the CCNA 640-802 Certification exam and you are not willing to invest on hardware to setup you own lab, then the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator released recently by Cisco Press  is the right Simulator for you.

The CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator  is a state of the art, interactive simulation software, which allows you to practice your networking skills with more than 250 labs, specifically designed strengthen CCNA and CCENT exam topics, including router and switch navigation and administration, LAN switching, IP addressing, routing, WANs, Spanning Tree Protocols,  VLANs and trunking, IP routing protocols, scaling IP, and troubleshooting.


The CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator will surely allow you to discover the realistic network device response as you work through each of the labs developed by the bestselling author and an expert instructor Wendell Odom.



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July 21, 2009  7:58 AM

Support after sales Matters (Cisco Press Support is great)

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 Whenever we buy anything either it might be a small thing or huge buch of servers, we always think of support. Yes support matters a lot, especially after buying any piece of software, study guide or a simulator. When Cisco Press released the CCENT 640-822 Network Simulator, I purchased the Simulator to test and see what Cisco Press is offering in this simulator, which was amazing and in fact I wrote a review as well in my ITKE blog.


Recently Cisco Press released the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator, when I purchased the CCENT 640-822 Network Simulator there was an offer , so I was entitled for a free upgrade of the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator. When Cisco Press released the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator I was thinking of upgrade but the CCENT 640-822 Network Simulator was corrupted in my laptop and I was not able to activate the product. Immediately I contacted the Cisco Press Support and my problem was solved in matter of hours, which was really amazing.


My past experience with other vendors was not as great as of Cisco Press Support. Which proved to be vital for the Certification aspirers, as time matters? Without proper support we can suffer a lot.

July 20, 2009  5:32 AM

“The Data Center of the future” was great.

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Dear folks as you all know on 15th of July 2009, Cisco Systems along APC by Schneider Electric, EMC, Emerson Network Power, NetApp, Oracle, Panduit, and VMware conducted a live virtual event “Data Center of the future”

The event was a great success, I never imagined a virtual event of this standard and the presentations were simply amazing. The interaction was amazing and I was zapped by the virtual environment. For a moment I felt as if I am in the auditorium physically. I really enjoyed each and every presentation.

As I am leaving in the other part of the World time was the major constrain for me. I did miss few presentations, but now I have an opportunity to watch them offline.  As Cisco Systems along with its event partners are allowing us to access on demand presentations. If you have missed this event no worries, you have one more opportunity to access the content on demand. You can download the slides as well. Wow.

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July 13, 2009  5:43 AM

Data center of the future an event to attend!

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Since we are in the process of Data Center, these days I am always looking for the resources, seminars, webcast related to the Data Center.

Cisco Systems, APC by Schneider Electric, EMC, Emerson Network Power, NetApp, Oracle, Panduit, and VMware joined hands together to share their vision for the unified computing and data center consolidation. They are conducting a live event on 15th of July 2009.

Pic Courtesy: Cisco Systems.

 The Unified Computing and Data Center Consolidation virtual event is a one-day live program, where you can access the webcast full of informative presentations that will cover wide range of important topics.

  • Increasing business agility
  • Reducing total cost of ownership
  • Increasing compute and virtual machine scalability
  • Achieving immediate productivity gains through consolidation of inefficient, underutilized infrastructure
  • Improving energy efficiency and extending the life of your existing data centers
  • Starting to lay the foundation for a best-practice architecture to deal with the emerging needs of the 21-century business and new business models
  • Accelerating the deployment and reducing the risks

So register now and enjoy the wonderful event, may be you can win an IPhone.

Unified Computing and Data Center Consolidation Virtual Event

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT


Register  –

July 11, 2009  12:19 PM

Cisco announces four new Certifications!

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 Last week, I have received the newsletter from Cisco Systems about announcement of four new Cisco certifications.

“In response to the growing demand for IT professionals who can design, manage, and maintain converged technologies across global network infrastructures, Cisco announced the release of four new certifications at the Cisco Live! show, held this week in San Francisco, CA.

Cisco Certified Architect, CCNP Wireless, and two new Cisco Datacenter Unified Computing Specialists reinforce Cisco’s commitment developing state of the art, technology driven, role based certifications that meet the demands of today’s network professional.”


  • Cisco Certified Architect (Available January, 2010): Cisco Certified Architect is highest level of accreditation achievable within the Cisco Career Certification program. It is the pinnacle for individuals wishing to show their formal validation of both design and IT skills in Cisco technologies and infrastructure.
  • CCNP Wireless (Available July 24th, 2009): Built on the growing need for professionals responsible for the design, implementation, security, and operation of wireless networks and mobility infrastructures, CCNP Wireless certification recognizes the critical importance of professionals who support and manage Cisco wireless LANs and networks.
  • DC Unified Computing Design Specialist: It is designed to test students knowledge of the fundamentals of the Cisco Unified Compute System and their ability to implement a virtualized Data Center environment. In addition the student also tested on how to implement the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) in an enterprise data center routing and switching infrastructure with the next-generation Cisco Nexus product family.
  • DC Unified Computing Support Specialist: It validates an engineer’s ability to design scalable, reliable, and intelligent Data Center Virtualization solutions based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) along with other Cisco Data Center products, server virtualization software, and server operating systems.


July 10, 2009  9:20 PM

Cisco 2009 Midyear Security report will be available on 14th July,2009

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Cisco Systems will release its Mid Year Security Report on 14th of July. The Cisco 2009 Midyear Security Report will present the overview of Cisco Security Intelligence, highlighting threat information and trends from the first half of the year 2009. The Cisco 2009 Midyear Security Report also includes recommendations from Cisco Security experts and predictions of how identified trends will evolve.

Pic Courtesy: Cisco Systems

Meanwhile there will be a webcast on 14th July, 2009. Where the Cisco Security, Fred Kost and Patrick Peterson, will discuss findings from the Cisco 2009 Midyear Security report recapping the security events and trends from the first half of this year.

Do check the webcast  on 14th of July, 2009

When: July 14th, 2009.
Time: 8am PDT
Fred Kost and Patrick Peterson, Cisco Security Executives

July 8, 2009  10:02 AM

Cisco Press releases “Interconnecting Data Centers Using VPLS”

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Cisco Press just released the book “Interconnecting Data Centers Using VPLS (Ensure Business Continuance on Virtualized Networks by Implementing Layer 2 Connectivity Across Layer 3)” . This book deals with the interconnection of Data Centers using VPLS . Virtualization techniques were developed to solve many problems with business continuance; however these solutions now pose severe network challenges and business continuance issues of their own. This book describes Cisco’s break-through solutions that evolve your network toward support of server virtualization techniques ensuring a highly-resilient network solution by implementing Layer 2 connectivity across Layer 3 network infrastructure using VPLS.


·         Interconnecting Data Centers Using VPLS (Ensure Business Continuance on Virtualized Networks by Implementing Layer 2 Connectivity Across Layer 3)
By Nash Darukhanawalla, Patrice Bellagamba.

·         Published by Cisco Press.

·         Series: Networking Technology.


July 4, 2009  7:38 AM

The Fujitsu Datacenter Technology Event – Starts 5th July

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Starting 5th of July 2009, Fujitsu Technology Solutions is conducting a Data Center Technology Event, if you are residing in Riyadh Jeddah or Al Khobar you have a change to register yourself and be the part of the event. In this event you can witness enterprise infrastructure in a new dimension, with their expertise across a range of technologies. Get an exclusive preview of the world’s most business dynamic IT that easily adapts to any requirement and in use with leading companies worldwide.

Register Now.

July 4, 2009  6:06 AM

Unlocking the Potential of Virtualization – Techwise TV Webcast on 30th July

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Starting July 30th Cisco Systems’ TechWiseTV will be broadcasting the webcast by the title Unlocking the Potential of Virtualization”.  So act now and register for this online Webcast, learn how the revolutionary new Cisco Nexus 1000V, and Cisco VN-Link enable you to automatically empower virtual servers with the same network properties as physical servers. Learn how these new solutions will allow you to dramatically expand and accelerate your data center virtualization initiatives, so you can reap its full benefits.

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The agenda is as follows



Segment 1: The Real Impediments to Virtualization

Virtualization severed a critical link between server and network activities creating a blindness that is hampering true adoption of virtualization benefits.Segment 2: Understanding VN-Link and the Nexus 1000v
Port Profiles will bring a smile to your face as you witness first hand how sanity is not just restored but enhanced beyond what it ever was in the purely physical world.

Segment 3: Network Interface Virtualization
We breakdown the innovation that brings the physical switch back into the mix and greatly expands your deployment options and architectural models.

Segment 4: Virtualization and your Storage Environment
Increased virtualization equals increased demand on the network to access storage – We show what you need to know for eliminating costly storage silos from your network.






Register Now.

June 27, 2009  4:41 PM

One year completed,while blogging with ITKE

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

I am really thankful to IT KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE for providing me an opportunity to blog with them; it’s my privilege to be associated with IT KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE. I learned a lot while blogging to this wonderful knowledge portal. It’s the vigorous support and guidance from the team of IT KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE encourages any individual to be the part of this great portal. I would siege this opportunity to thank Brent Sheets the community manager, Jenny Mackintosh  and Sean Brooks.


I hope to be continuing my journey with IT KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE.



Yasir Irfan

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