July 8, 2011  1:55 PM

New Cisco SMB Phone System

Posted by: Joshua Wood
3000, Cisco, CMBE, pricing

Hi all, as of late Cisco has been coming up some really amazing products that would work well for the SMB. However, not all of these products are for sale yet such as the 3560-c switches. While that is currently true of the phone system in a box that Cisco has recently put up on their website it...

June 6, 2011  11:59 PM

HP is Catching Up to Cisco

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, HP, Procurve, router

Hi all, well HP bought 3Com. That was good move for HP. In fact, it was a great move for a company that wants to compete with Cisco on their own turf. Has HP integrated the 3Com product line into their own well enough? Gartner thinks so. Based on the link below Gartner gave HP a pretty sweet bump...

April 5, 2011  1:00 AM

New Cisco SMB Switches

Posted by: Joshua Wood
3560-c, Cisco, SMB, Switch

Hello all, Cisco comes out with products almost continually it seems. They are big company with an even bigger base of users and companies to service. The landscape of the networking field doesn’t change like some of the other facets of IT does but it does move along a good pace. Cisco recently,...

March 16, 2011  1:00 AM

MPLS Pseudo-Wire Basics – Part 5

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, MPLS

Hello all, this is the last post in the series that deals with a very basic MPLS pseudo-wire setup. I am sure that this or a related topic will be worth reviewing the future but for now let’s wrap up what we have so far. Well, we have the basic design that I used for our examples and our...

March 14, 2011  1:00 AM

MPLS Pseudo-Wire Basics – Part 4

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, MPLS

Hello all, now that we have the design, CE and PE pieces outlined let’s go over the P or provider core routers. This is really straight forward because the core routers are essentially only receiving, re-tagging and sending the traffic out again. There is more to it than that of course but you...

March 11, 2011  1:00 AM

MPLS Pseudo-Wire Basics – Part 3

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, MPLS

Welcome back, after the previous two posts we have the design and the client side devices. These are pretty straightforward. The client devices are obviously out of the loop when it comes to participating in the layer 2 tunneling of traffic across the providers network. Let’s take a look at the...

March 9, 2011  1:00 AM

MPLS Pseudo-Wire Basics – Part 2

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, MPLS

Hello, now that we have the initial design laid out and now that we have some of the basic terminology outlined let’s start laying out the configs. For this lab setup I am using all Cisco 2911 routers with the Data feature set running IOS 15.1. That is a long way of saying that I am using MPLS...

March 7, 2011  1:00 AM

MPLS Pseudo-Wire Basics – Part 1

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, MPLS

Hello, I work for an ISP. As one of the tasks that I have deploying tech that isn`t necessarily new but is new to my company is part of my job. One of the exciting techs that I get to test and deploy is called MPLS or Multi-Protocol Label Switching. And it is awesome. When I was looking at...

August 28, 2008  1:21 PM

Cisco to Target Exchange

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, Exchange

Based on a few articles and blogs it looks like Cisco is going to start tredding into Microsoft's territory a bit. Granted Microsoft Exchange is a well established product and it is unlikely that anyone is going to displace it easily but Cisco has a habit of taking over industries that it sees as...

July 10, 2008  12:00 PM

Cisco Packet Magazine

Posted by: Joshua Wood
Cisco, Training

Cisco has it's own magazine that it publishes where it explains up-coming features, what companies it purchased, how to perform common tasks and a whole bunch of other information. The magazine is really well put together and can be downloaded in PDF form for free

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