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    First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.
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    First Look: Cisco Nexus 9000

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    The Cisco Nexus 9000 series, the fruit of Cisco's Insieme spin-in, is more than another fast router -- it's a change in the way that high-end routers are designed and built.
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    SDN showdown: Examining the differences between VMware's NSX and Cisco's ACI

    Posted January 6, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    The arrival of Software Defined Networking (SDN), which is often talked about as a game changing technology, is pitting two industry kingpins and former allies against each other: Cisco and VMware.
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    Super-fast Wi-Fi: Cisco, Ubiquiti access points top out at nearly 400Mbps

    Posted September 16, 2013 - 11:54 am

    First wave of 802.11ac access points for the enterprise deliver speed, management features.
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    Cisco impresses with first crack at next-gen firewall

    Posted June 17, 2013 - 10:53 am

    When we tested next-generation firewalls last May, at least one important security vendor wasn't there: Cisco, because they weren't ready to be tested. Now that the ASA CX next-generation firewall has had a year to mature, we put the product through its paces, using the same methodology as our last NGFW test.
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    Cisco brings server virtualization to the branch office

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    The Cisco UCS Express family is a new set of blades that add high-performance general-purpose Intel server capabilities to the ISR G2 series of routers.
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    Cisco virtual router targets the cloud

    Posted February 25, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    The Cisco CSR 1000V router is designed for enterprise network managers who want to have a little piece of their Cisco infrastructure in the cloud.
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    7 low-cost videoconferencing services: Which is best for your meeting?

    Posted December 19, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Remote colleagues and friends are the norm today. We look at 7 online services that help you keep in touch.
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    Cisco Ironport delivers strong email protection

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 11:39 am

    The Cisco Ironport is an appliance that is deployed into an existing mail infrastructure. All emails are sent to the IronPort and the IronPort is either the last point out (most common configuration) or it can process email and then send it back to the mail server where it is sent out.
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    Cisco sets the bar for mobile security

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Cisco has been a leader in remote access VPNs since 1999, and its latest release, the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution, will make both end users and network managers very happy, despite a few rough parts.
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    Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution may leave SMBs out in the cold

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution is a two-box enterprise play that poses some problems for small and midsized businesses.
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    Cisco CleanAir battles Wi-Fi smog

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    There's a long-standing need in wired networks to verify the quality of connectivity of wire, cable, and fiber with appropriate test equipment. But with wireless nets, this requirement extends beyond initial site surveys and occasional troubleshooting.
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    Review: Cisco SA 520 firewall disappoints

    Posted November 9, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    There are two ways to look at the Cisco SA 520 network security appliance. On one hand, it offers a solid array of features: 65Mbps IPSec VPN throughput, 100Mbps overall throughput, integrated firewall (limited to 100 rules), built-in filtering for common services like IM and P2P networking, SSL VPN, IPS, DDNS, and multi-WAN support. On the other hand, it has nearly no relation to the rest of Cisco's security solutions.
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    Cisco FabricPath

    Posted October 25, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Cisco has three words for network architects looking to grow their data centers: Faster. Flatter. Simpler.
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    Cisco NAC: Strong in-line enforcement

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 1:31 pm

    While Cisco's overall NAC strategy is in flux, a NAC Appliance investment is likely to come with substantial purchase protection — just be sure to keep your SMARTnet contract up to date.
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    Cisco's NAC goes off track, customers taken aback

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 10:45 am

    As the most important supplier of network infrastructure to enterprises, Cisco's NAC products are a natural point of curiosity for network managers. Unfortunately, though, Cisco's approach to NAC has been riddled with in-fighting, false starts, delayed product releases, and a good dose of chaos and confusion.
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    First glimpse: Cisco OTV

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Long distance VMotion via Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization, or how to succeed at data center extension without really trying.
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    Have a Network? Get Network Magic Pro

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 9:21 am

    If you own or are involved with a small business with a peer-to-peer network, you need help. You'd rather run your business than get bogged down with network administration--and you most likely don't have the tools for administering your network. That's where Cisco Network Magic Pro ($50, 7-day free trial) comes in.
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    Nexus 7000 aims for data center dominance

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 3:45 pm

    Building a big data center and looking for a switch to match? How do 256 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and nearly 1.7 terabits of capacity sound? That's what Cisco is offering with its brand new Nexus 7000 Series data center switches.
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