Cisco SDN Controller for Enterprise Networks: APIC-EM and IWAN App

In my previous blog “APIC-EM: The evolution from traditional management to SDN-led, policy-based automation” I discussed how traditional management is transitioning to an abstracted model which will hide implementation details in order to accomplish simplification … something we are all looking for.

Today we will be going a bit deeper into this concept and discuss a very exciting application of APIC-EM: IWAN App.

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Cisco IWAN solution or Intelligent WAN is an architecture that allows customers to leverage lower cost transports in their branch offices in order to increase performance and application experience without compromising security and operational costs. Continue reading

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Gen X 3.0: No more Middle Child Syndrome

We Gen Xers[1] have often been labelled as disaffected, ignored, sandwiched between the boomers (the trailblazers) and millennials (the innovators). I don’t think Douglas Copeland intended to malign us but we’ve always been referred to as the “slacker generation”. Nowadays, the media and organizational behaviourists focus on millennials and their style, their needs, their wants … So what about us? Most of us Xers are going to be in the workplace for another 20-plus years, so we too are interested in new ways of working, new applications, innovating, being agile … all the “millennial traits”. Are we really that different??

This summer Cisco Canada moved to a beautiful new office space. It is open concept with lots of informal shared spaces (we have fun booths and funky couches). At the same time, our summer interns were on-boarded. As the Collaboration Marketing Manager, I have a vested interest in understanding how people collaborate, so I found myself acting a little like a cultural anthropologist observing the way this generation worked.  Continue reading

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Northern Hospitality – Connected

Author: Shawn Cardinal 

Connected North is a program with an ambition to provide quality video communications to remote communities in Northern Canada. This program will connect these communities with interactive education and healthcare services. For education in particular, students benefit from directly engaging with subject matter experts brought into the classroom through two-way video, for live interactive sessions. Students also connect with peers of the same age throughout Canada as part of the program’s ‘Classroom Connect’ component, to share rich educational and cultural experiences. Teachers are also able to make use of the technology for professional development workshops and mentoring opportunities.

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My involvement with Connected North was quite simple; travel to Black Lake in northern Saskatchewan, install a Cisco MX300 in the Father Porte Memorial Dene School and train the principal on how to use the unit. I would soon find out there was much more to be discovered.  Continue reading

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The Cisco Experience: A Student’s Perspective

The all-too familiar feeling of change is in the air as the last week of Cisco’s Canadian Intern experience comes to a close. I’ve only begun to notice how often change presents itself since starting University last September, and although new experiences are pleasant, there are changes not so readily welcomed – such as returning my badge and 30-pound laptop in exchange for a student ID card and a stack of textbooks.

Keeping with the theme of change, I’ve made a list of three key takeaways which will change the way I work, live and play – all of which I learned from working at Cisco this summer.  Continue reading

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APIC-EM: The Evolution From Traditional Management to SDN-led, Policy-based Automation

The acronym SDN (Software Defined Networking) has been around for a while yet is still one of those concepts that mean different things to different people. At Cisco when we started the SDN journey for the Campus and Branch we asked our customers how SDN could benefit their networks. The answer to this question was that customers were looking for Simplification, Automation and Programmability.

APIC-EM stands for Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module and is the answer to these requirements in the Campus and Branch. With APIC-EM we are slowly transitioning from a traditional management approach to policy-based automation.

The goal of APIC-EM is to provide an abstraction to the complexity we experience today when deploying policies in our networks. Let’s provide an example to illustrate what is the difference between deploying policies in the traditional way compared to policy-based automation with APIC-EM.  Continue reading

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Leveraging Spark as an Intern, Startup Growth Hacker, Troublemaker & Son

Here is my story as to why Cisco Spark is not a tool only for companies and business professionals but everyone.

Cisco Spark was not a self-sought out discovery on the App Store. It was a mandatory tool we had to download as we began our internship. Being a long time avid user of Slack and other various IM tools, I was not receptive to adopt another one. For this reason, I created a Facebook group to ensure all the interns were able to stay in touch. However, 4 months later the Facebook group was a big joke, not used a single time at all, and here is why Cisco Spark has changed how I work, live, and play.

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Why is an internship at Cisco Canada awesome? You Get to Make a Meaningful Difference.

Chatting over coffee this morning, we realized sadly over Americanos that only 10 days remained in our Cisco internship experience. In a flurry of account planning, pivot tables and WebEx meetings, the entire four months had flown by. Although we’ve learned so much from the experience as sales interns, the access to education we’ve enabled in the community makes us most proud. Through a book drive benefitting the Children’s Book Bank and mentorship hours donated to Girls Learning Code, the Canadian intern team has left its impact this summer on the next generation of learners.

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Cisco IoE Innovation Centre Toronto: Building our Innovation HQ

The idea of thought leadership — putting forth new ways of thinking around how to leverage the connection of devices, machines, and things — will be a major focus at the Toronto IoE Innovation Centre. In general, Cisco IoE Innovation Centers help define relationships within the IoE ecosystem by way of increased and focused collaboration with academia, start-ups and partners and customers — serving as a catalyst for greater IoE adoption.

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The Journey to the Cloud

The Journey to the Cloud represents a transformational evolution in the IT industry. It is changing the way we all work and manage our systems, regardless of industry and size. Along with SaskTel, we would like to introduce our first coauthored blogging series discussing Cloud services. Stay tuned and hear from Cisco Canada and SaskTel industry leaders monthly.

In our first blog we interview Patrick Skinner, Technical Sales Consultant/Client Technology Manager, SaskTel and here is what he had to say about the journey to the Cloud…

Q1. What types of public cloud services are being adopted most by customers in the markets that you serve?  Continue reading

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Kangaroo Farts and the Teachable Moment

Not only are they cute, but marsupials like kangaroos produce eco-friendly farts that intrigue scientists battling climate change.

Not only are they cute, but marsupials like kangaroos produce eco-friendly farts that intrigue scientists battling climate change.

Author:  Sabrina Greupner is the Ontario Science Centre’s Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies. This is Cisco’s first museum-based fellowship.

As any adult who’s ever tried to hold the attention of a group of children knows, nothing can derail focus faster than a fart. One minute you’re discussing geography, and the next, it’s all about the groans and giggles.

When you’re connecting with students, you learn to roll with the olfactory punches, as it were. So, when the gas obviously passed in a Nunavut classroom during a recent Cisco Connected North telepresence session with the Ontario Science Centre, Educator Russell Zeid jumped on the chance to turn it into a teachable moment.  Continue reading

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