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Why Should You Care About Cisco DNA? (An Engineer’s Perspective)

[fa icon="calendar'] September 8, 2017 - Written by Jaymes Krueger
Posted in Intelligent Networks

For years, we’ve heard about Software Defined Networking (SDN), and while the hype has been tremendous, we in the engineering community have joked that SDN stands for “Still Does Nothing”. Now that that SDN has been overhyped, marketers have moved on to terms like SD-Access (or SD-WAN) and Digitization. So, when Cisco recently announced their Digital Network Architecture, or DNA, the engineering community reacted with a collective yawn. Just another marketing term, right? Is this just an attempt to erase stale connotations of the first-generation SDN? Not exactly, as it turns out. Where SDN was the automation of network management, Cisco DNA is the automation of the network itself, or  “digital networking”.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Internet Star –Increase Security and Reduce Risk with a Layered Security Posture

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26, 2017 - Written by Derrick Whisel
Posted in Security, Intelligent Networks, Mobility

 Twinkle, Twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like an Access Point providing Wi-Fi!

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Why Working with a Partner Beats Buying from a Vendor

[fa icon="calendar'] February 23, 2017 - Written by Justin Bera
Posted in Collaboration, Data Center, Intelligent Networks, Security

Part One Of a Five-Part Series


2017 marks my twentieth year in the IT field and fifth working in the reseller space. I feel like I’ve seen it all, but one thing that seems constant regardless of the organization is the struggle to reconcile the relationship between vendors and the business. I think I’ve heard every theory and strategy out there. Some want a different vendor for each architecture: the different eggs in different baskets theory. Some take every purchase as a challenge to get an ever-cheaper price: the pit them against each other theory. While others go with my personal favorite, “I like to spread it around:” the I want everyone to like me and get an equal cut of my budget theory.

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The Internet of Things and Why You Should Be Afraid…Very Afraid.

[fa icon="calendar'] December 8, 2016 - Written by Derrick Whisel
Posted in Intelligent Networks, Mobility, Security

In late October of 2016, a domain name service (DNS), host and Internet management company for 80+ major websites experienced several bouts of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by botnets (short for “robot network”). The end devices were being controlled by a Control Server (CNC Server) not unlike the Droid Control Ships controlling the Droid Armies in Star Wars. The FBI has stated that they do not have any confirmation of a specific group or groups claiming responsibility in the hacker community, but they believe the machines were infected with a variation of the Mirai malware.

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Utilizing Wi-Fi Data and Analytics to Improve Customer Insights

[fa icon="calendar'] December 2, 2016 - Written by Internetwork Engineering
Posted in Mobility, Intelligent Networks

In today’s busy marketplace, it’s no surprise that businesses everywhere are looking to gain a competitive advantage. As the competition continues to increase, many businesses have found a way to do just that by gathering information on consumer consumption and utilization patterns.

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