Friday, 31 October 2014

Cisco Develops Security Solutions To Address The 'Internet of Things' Quandary For End Users



Whether you’re a security executive, systems integrator or a residential alarm dealer,you will inevitably be impacted  in one form or another  by the technology trend that has become known as the Internet of Things or IoT for short.The belief is that in the not too distant future, nearly every device or sensor that people use,no matter how miniscule,will be connected to the Internet.In fact, research firm Gartner predicts that the market for IoT technology will be worth $1.9 trillion by 2020.

The security industry has already seen this to an extent with the advent of IP video and access control products,but many people believe that this technology evolution will not stop there. In fact,one company that has been firmly behind this trend for several years now is Cisco,which has developed a complete portfolio of physical security solutions around what the company refers to as the “Internet of Everything. 

Right now,we’re living in a very interesting point in time with a lot of different factors in terms of technologies and market trends coming together to create a perfect storm of very unique inflection points,said Roberto De La Mora,Cisco’s senior director of marketing for IoT solutions.At Cisco,we’ve been working on the Internet of Things for a while now and we have a whole Internet of Things portfolio for different vertical markets and industries.

According to Brian Apgar,senior director of engineering IT software and Cisco Systems, the company has developed its customers' needs quickly "on the problems they are trying seen deal with its security solutions to complex and want to scale to implement systems much larger than in the past.

His problems are issues around Internet,Apgar said.How large installations,distributed systems that can be scaled? How video sensors are linked together to manage to create meaningful information? How to control the flow of management data from the edge of the network to define the information that really matters, to save and to act? and how data on people who need it most,so you can make decisions and create value and optimize their? business processes see this in all vertical markets we look whether oil and gas, transportation,education,projects the city safe and protected or retail.

To address these growing complexities, Cisco announced several new products and capabilities at the ASIS 2014 conference in Atlanta including:
  • Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) Version 7.6 – the latest version of the company’s video management software features two capabilities to address problems associated with the Internet of Everything. First, scalable application management at the edge allows users to manage millions of end points using the federation capabilities in VSM 7.6. Secondly, the new version now has an end-to-end, high-availability capability, which is required for IoT applications.
  • New camera models – the 6500PD 1080p HD IP camera and 7530 5-megapixel dome IP camera  offer advanced video analytics at the edge. This new level of intelligence at the edge provides end users with the ability to analyze data from the cameras and determine if it is essential to security personnel.
  • IPICS (IP Interoperability and Collaboration System) update – the company can now link mobile devices that leverage either the Android or iOS platforms with real-time dispatch and voice communications connected to the rest of the IPICS networ
From the perspective of building a highly scalable solution is succeeded in some respects, a little harder,Apgar said. In one of the displays we have in the city,we have hundreds of thousands of cameras and got to try to handle this scale is difficult and we believe that our system is one of the few still in the situation it is.If you are in the ADD additional complexity of trying to pull in data from the sensors and another layer on the integration of analytical, has a fairly sophisticated integration problem.


You really have to look at the architecture of a system from scratch to design can be impossible to reach, only the scale, but also provide points of integration of various third-party technologies to be allowed to go and I think we work particularly relative good with VSM out to provide a very strong architecture providing multiple points of integration for partners to solve these problems.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Cisco Reorganization To Affect 25,000 Employees: Sources



Applications are flying from Cisco like so many owls in Harry Potter film,according to sources. A massive reorganization of Cisco routing and switching business engineering has, up to 25,000 people.This includes some massive changes to the device that generated $ 21700000000 in sales,or 60% of total 2013 sales of the company.

Engineering teams are lit under the head of Engineering Pankaj Patel.It is passed from individual to individual product teams concentrated in two large multi-functional teams with a group focused on software that other hardware.We understand that senior managers Manager to go with the general title away,but people under them, with the title of vice president and vice president are not the main objective.Thus,Cisco will not have enough to cut middle management.


However,sources tell us,many older people have dusted off their resumes and are looking around.It is a good time to network and infrastructure start ups for Cisco people are asking.Back in the company,is the goal of the reorganization around the small fiefdom,the General Manager of Cisco products have emerged in recent years under the/system to eliminate. By all into two groups,Cisco expects people to work together and to share more, so that the entire company more agile.

The reorganization came from the recommendations of two independent consultants,according to a source.But in the short term, several sources have said that there is a lot of confusion and frustration,especially around budget,as each manager tries to figure out what resources remain and what she found.This is to be expected with a major reorganization, a source said.

Cisco has not publicly discussed the reorganization much.Although he said he would do another round of layoffs in August.As previously reported,this was the fourth year in a row,the Cisco fiscal year ended by employees to observe redundancy letters.These cuts, however,is expected to be in the whole of society; not only from the technical unit switching / routing.Cisco executives said employees are also engaged in some units.When the dust settles,expect that Cisco is its template slimmer 8% or 6,000 fewer people.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cisco Splats Bash Bug in Busy Swatting Season


Cisco has begun its response to the Bash “Shell Shocked” vulnerability, the 20-year-old bug that's sent the *nix world into a frenzy.It's going to be a long slog for the Borg, but in its advisory, Cisco has so far identified 31 individual products vulnerable to Shell Shocked, compared to seven confirmed not vulnerable. Another 23 products are under investigation at this stage.

The vulnerable systems fall under the following categories: three in its network application, service and acceleration line; three in network content and security (the identity services engine, intrusion prevention systems, and its access control server); the Unified Intelligence Center management system; various switches including the Nexus line; unified computing and unified communications products; and a bunch of telepresence products.

Software updates are available for the vulnerable systems, the company says.Cisco also says it's created a signature for its IPS and Snort products so that attempts to exploit Shell Shocked can be spotted and blocked.


The all-clear siren has been blown for Cisco's Adaptive Security Appliance; IOS; IOS-XR on ASR 9000, CRS, and XR 1200 routers; IronPort ESA/SMA; Private Internet eXchange; Sourcefire Defense Center and Sensor products; and wireless LAN controllers.Last week was a busy week for the Borg, with security bugs also getting swatted in IOS domain naming, NAT, metadata services, SIP, DHCP and RSVP software. ®


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined cloud offerings under their respective Cisco Unified Data Center and Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architectures.


As a follow on to that, Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to align and more deeply integrate products and operations in cloud and data center markets. Like last year’s agreement, this one will also include Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switches, with Microsoft Cloud OS software, including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Azure.

Microsoft is a big customer of Cisco’s. Microsoft data centers house the second most servers of any, and Cisco is one of two – Arista being the other – top-of-rack switch vendors into those data centers, according to Dell’Oro Group. So in data centers, they should be in synch; in unified communications, not so much.

This go-to-market agreement is good for three years. Cisco and Microsoft will align partner incentive programs for mutual channel partners, and sales teams will collaborate on cloud and data center opportunities.

Some low hanging fruit is migrating Windows 2003 customers to Windows 2012 R2 on the Cisco UCS platform, the companies noted. In the first year of the deal, the companies will focus on six countries the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Australia with expansion to follow.

Cisco will also add Microsoft cloud products to its NetApp FlexPod and EMC VSPEX integrated IT infrastructure systems. Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure and InterCloud Fabric will be integrated with Microsoft cloud products in future release.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Architecture

Understanding the role that Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) plays in a converged network from different perspectives of IT necessary for successful installation and configuration. Architecture requirements, hardware and software and the licensing model for Cisco Unified Communications Manager are described in this chapter.This advice is written in Chapter 1 of the Manager Cisco Unified Communications Implementation extracted by Dennis Hartmann and published by Cisco Press. You can read the entire chapter for free at the link above.


CUCM extends the features and functions of enterprise network devices to packet telephony telephony. This packet telephony network devices, including Cisco IP phones, media processing devices, VoIP gateways, and multimedia applications. The services of data, voice and video extra,as converged messaging multimedia conferencing, collaborative contact centers, and interactive multimedia response systems interact with the IP telephony solution through the CUCM programming interface (API).

CUCM provides these functions:

Call processing: Call processing refers to the complete process of originating, routing, and terminating calls, including any billing and statistical collection processes.Signaling and device control: CUCM sets up all the signaling connections between call endpoints and directs devices such as phones, gateways, and conference bridges to establish and tear down streaming connections. Saignaling is also referred to as call control and call setup/call teardown.

Dial plan administration: The dial plan is a set of configurable lists that CUCM uses to perform call routing. CUCM is responsible for digit analysis of all calls. CUCM enables users to create scalable dial plans.

Phone feature administration: CUCM extends services such as hold, transfer, forward, conference, speed dial, redial, call park, and many other features to IP phones and gateways.

Directory services: CUCM uses its own database to store user information. User authentication is performed locally or against an external directory. Directory synchronization allows for centralized user management. Directory synchronization allows CUCM to leverage users already configured in a corporate-wide directory. Microsoft Active Directory (2000 and 2003), Netscape 4.x, iPlanet 5.1, and Sun ONE 5.2 directory integrations are supported. The local CUCM database is a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)-compliant database (LDAPv3) component in the IBM Informix Database Server (IDS).

Programming interface to external applications: CUCM provides a programming interface to external applications such as Cisco IP SoftPhone, Cisco IP Communicator, Cisco Unified IP Interactive Voice Response (IP IVR), Cisco Personal Assistant,Cisco Unified Personal Communicator, and CUCM Attendant Console.Backup and restore tools: CUCM provides a Disaster Recovery System (DRS) to back up and restore the CUCM configuration database. The DRS system also backs up call details records (CDR), call management records (CMR), and the CDR Analysis and Reporting (CAR) database.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Cisco,Citrix Offer Joint Mobility Platform

Cisco and Citrix Systems,whose association and includes work in areas such as desktop virtualization cloud services and mobile device management mobile infrastructure now come around.At Citrix Synergy 2014 show in Los Angeles,May 06,the two companies announced Cisco Workspace Mobile Solution with Citrix , the combination of computing power , network and Cisco Security Suite with the new Citrix workspace tools mobile virtualization and mobility. The goal is to provide organizations with a complete range of enterprise mobility infrastructure according to officials from both companies.


Citrix Workspace suite presented during the show , part of a large group of ads to mobility , virtualization and networking.This new solution with Cisco Citrix Workspace Mobile built in workspace Citrix Suite battery technology provides complete hardware and software to deliver all applications content and tools workers need on any device, Prashanth Shenoy director of networks corporate Cisco said in a post on the company blog .This new workspace is excellent solution for companies moving into the second stage of its mobility journey.where their focus is on providing all applications,content and services your employees need in their devices. This solution can help your employees partners and consultants work and collaborate on their mobile devices and desktop from anywhere.

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Companies are under increasing pressure from the more mobile work force to make it easier for employees to access the corporate network and business applications anytime, anywhere and on any devicenotebooks tablets to smartphones . IT departments dealing Bring your own device ( BYOD ) environments work to ensure that if access is available infrastructure and enterprise data is secure.

Today we offer our customers a powerful solution that improves the experience and user productivity while simplifying and securing the IT infrastructure in a cost effective manner , Sudhakar Ramakrishna , senior vice president and general manager of the Division of Business and Service Providers Citrix , said in a statement.
The joint offering will be available later this month.

A recent survey by Cisco 400 midmarket companies and professionals highlighted the need for solutions that improve mobility experienced while protecting user data of the company. Forty -nine percent of respondents said their organizations had no mobility strategy in place throughout the company, and of those, 43 percent said that the integration of mobility solutions is simple.


The main concerns are mobile security (78 percent)  mobile device management (65 percent ) and VPN access (64 percent) . The challenge of increased mobility , and that 64 percent of respondents , was the management of security risks.

The joint solution is based on technologies Unified Access Cisco Cisco Cisco Citrix for dense mobile environments and Identity Services Engine for the implementation of automated policy.Citrix helps these solutions in the private workspace as XenMobile for implementing policy and automated desktop application and virtualization capabilities.Companies also make reference design architectures available to make it easier for customers to deploy and implement the mobility of the platform and ensure interoperability previously tested .

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

642-447 Exam Question

Question No: 1

Which two of these describe Meet-Me conferencing? (Choose two)

A. The conference originator of the conference acts as the controller of the conference and is the only participant who can add or remove other participants.
B. Any participant can add and remove other conference participants.
C. Anyone who has calling privileges to call the directory number while the conference is active can join the conference.
D. Multiple ad hoc conference can be added.
E. A range of directory numbers must be allocated for exclusive use by the conference.

Answer: C,E

Question No: 2

Time-of-day routing in Cisco Unified Communications Manager is configured in which of these ways?

A. by specifying a time schedule on the phone device CSS
B. by specifying a time period on the phone device CSS
C. by specifying a time schedule on the partition that is being used for time-of-day routing
D. by specifying a time period on the partition that is being used for time-of-day routing
E. directly on the route pattern using an explicit timetable

Answer: C

Explanation:

Incorrect Answer : ABDE

Explanation : Time-of-Day routing comprises individual time periods that the administrator defines and groups into time schedules. The administrator associates time schedules with a partition.In the Partition Configuration window, the administrator chooses either the time zone of the originating device or any specific time zone for a time schedule.
Link :

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/voice_ip_comm/cucm/admin/8_5_1/ccmsys/a03tod.html


Reference : Cisco Unified Communications Manager System Guide Release 8.5(1), page-177.