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Are you ready? Cisco Live 2017!

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Are you ready? Cisco Live 2017!

Hey everyone!   The dynamic Cisco Champion duo of Paul Campbell (@paulmc3) and Robert Hawley (@writeerase) are heading out to Cisco Live again this year representing ROVE!

Did you catch our recap from 2016?  If not, click here! This year we're going to switch it up a little bit and post a daily blog update highlighting the news of the day as best we can!

Now, down to business! Last year was my first Cisco Live and I learned a lot.  I'd like to provide 5 top tips for Cisco Live from my perspective.

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Integrate Fortinet Firewalls to enhance Cisco ACI security

Welcome to a quick blog about enhancing your Cisco ACI security by integrating Fortinet Firewalls through L4-L7 service insertion.  

First, let's take a look at the topology we want to setup (pictured below, who doesn't like pictures?).  Underneath a single tenant and single VRF, we have two separate bridge domains called LAB_DATA and FortiTest.  LAB_DATA has three EPGs, and FortiTest has only one.  Underneath LAB_DATA's bridge domain we have two subnets configured.

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Cisco CloudCenter Summary

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Cisco CloudCenter Summary

had the opportunity to attend a 4 day partner Cisco Cloudcenter (formerly known as CliQr) class. For those not familiar with CloudCenter, it is an Application-Defined Cloud Management Platform that allows users to easily deploy and manage any application on any supported cloud, (private, AWS, Azure, Google, etc.)

CloudCenter has a simple architecture that consists of 2 primary components:

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Goodbye VGA & HDMI Cable! Wireless DESKTOP Sharing is now available with Cisco Spark!

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Goodbye VGA & HDMI Cable! Wireless DESKTOP Sharing is now available with Cisco Spark!

We’ve been able to use Cisco’s Wireless Proximity feature for quite some time on Telepresence room systems registered to on-premise infrastructure (Unified Communications Manager or VCS) to share content (desktop screen, power point presentations, etc.), but this has been a much-requested feature for those of us who have taken the plunge into the world of Cisco’s cloud-based telephony platform called Spark.  Removing clutter from the conference room table top has been a goal of all our customers who are fed up with VGA and HDMI cables strewn all over the place.  A cable for sharing content has been required with room endpoints registered to the Spark service … until now!

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How to stay ahead as we migrate away from traditional route switch

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How to stay ahead as we migrate away from traditional route switch

For the past ten years, I have been a traditional route/switch network engineer.  I have worked with spanning-tree environments that needed to be cleaned up.  I've helped transition between protocols like MSTP, STP, and Rapid-PVST.  I've looked at the routing protocols and helped migrate from RIP to EIGRP or OSPF.  Looking at the WAN, we have MPLS, DMVPNs, and other carrier-grade circuits running various IGPs or BGP.  I've worked in the data center and held firm my delineation where the network ends and other teams begin.  But, is that the world we live in today?  No. For the past five years, I have become more intimately involved in technologies such as storage (storage pools, LUNs), server virtualization (multi-hypervisor, configurations, deployments), security, load balancing, and more.  That said, I know I'm not the only one.  I hear this from companies who are going through the transition or those that have completed it.  Some companies will maintain this segregation and siloed environments for a while, but the shift is here and the time to evolve is now.

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Firewalling within SDN - Bending the Unbendable

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Firewalling within SDN - Bending the Unbendable

Software-defined networking continues to be a hot topic for businesses looking to streamline their networks and data centers.  With single pane of glass management, SDN offerings ease management workload as well as offer powerful automation tasks to enable your team to work smarter. Cisco’s offering to this realm, ACI, follows suit.  Under the covers, ACI functions by bending the traditional understanding of routing and switching.  IP addresses, MAC addresses, VLAN tags, and other familiar networking components are treated more abstractly, with the fabric doing much of the heavy lifting for you.  But what if you’re looking to take your SDN network to the next level: for example, how would an ASA firewall, abiding by the strict rules of traditional networking, mix with an SDN environment?

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