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​Cisco tackling human element of security with cyber training course

Cisco has launched a cybersecurity course aimed at teaching adults how to avoid the most common threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities cyberspace presents.

BrandPost: NVM Express Has Transformed Fast Storage in the Cloud –...

If we go back to 2009, the work to define NVM Express (NVMe) had just begun, and around that same time, Microsoft Azure made its first major purchase of Serial ATA (SATA) based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help accelerate its storage servers by offloading the storage commit log. Microsoft knew that non-volatile memory (e.g, NAND Flash) would become very important for cloud computing, although it was still very expensive and restricted to use in limited applications.
It was also clear to Microsoft that the SATA interface would be unsuitable to handle the performance of future high performance SSDs.In 2011, as NVM Express had just had its first revision published, a competing standards proposal came on the scene called SCSI Express.
SCSI Express was designed to use the traditional SCSI command set (including three decades of legacy infrastructure for hard drives) on top of the PCI Express interface. Looking at the technical merits, there was consensus in the Microsoft Windows and Azure teams that NVMe was the better interface definition for NAND Flash and to scale to future NVM technologies (e.g., 3D XPointtrade; Technology, MRAM, etc). Microsoft worried that competing standards would lead to many headaches in the market, and thus, Microsoft Azure decided at the time to support the NVMe standard and collaborate with other industry leaders promoting NVMe including Cisco, Dell, Intel, Micron, Microsemi, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Seagate, WD to avoid bifurcation of the market by investing in NVMe to ensure it met the needs of the Cloud.
In this article, we will describe the journey of the past five years, where today NVMe is the predominant SSD interface used by Microsoft Azure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cisco Patches XXE, DOS, Code Execution Vulnerabilities

Cisco patched three vulnerabilities in three products this week that if exploited, could have resulted in a denial of service, crash and in some instances, arbitrary and remote code execution.

BrandPost: Programming the Network: It’s a Whole New World

With Open IOS XE, Cisco is changing the game Old-school network engineers probably remember the Cisco 2500-series router.
It ran a slow Motorola 68000 CPU, the monolithic IOS operating system, and did one thing only:  route packets.Routers and switches have certainly sped up since then, and the operating system has been modernized, but networking hasn't changed much otherwise. We still use CLI and SNMP to manage our networks the same way we did in the 1990s.With Open IOS XE, however, Cisco is changing the game. We now support powerful programmable interfaces like NETCONF and YANG. We can easily on-board devices without tedious manual configuration, and we can host Python scripts and applications all directly on the box.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BrandPost: The New Network – It’s for Developers!

With Open IOS XE, Cisco is changing the game Old-school network engineers probably remember the Cisco 2500-series router.
It ran a slow Motorola 68000 CPU, the monolithic IOS operating system, and did one thing only:  route packets.Routers and switches have certainly sped up since then, and the operating system has been modernized, but networking hasn't changed much otherwise. We still use CLI and SNMP to manage our networks the same way we did in the 1990s.With Open IOS XE, however, Cisco is changing the game. We now support powerful programmable interfaces like NETCONF and YANG. We can easily on-board devices without tedious manual configuration, and we can host Python scripts and applications all directly on the box.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Logicalis acquires Packet Systems Indonesia to Grow Customer Base and Strengthen...

London, 20 June, 2017 – Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, together with Metrodata, a dominant ICT company in Indonesia, today announced it has agreed to acquire Packet Systems Indonesia (PSI), a leading ICT systems integrator and services company. PSI is a Cisco Gold Partner specialising in data centre, collaboration, Service Provider & Enterprise Network, and information security solutions. PSI will be integrated with the existing Indonesian operation, Logicalis Metrodata Indonesia (LMI),... Source: RealWire

BrandPost: DevNet’s ‘Fast Lane Validated’ — What Does...

  Major developments are happening within the Apple and Cisco partnership as discussed by Susie Wee, VP and CTO of Cisco Devnet in her blog posted on June 5. The partnership started with iOS 10 and included the higher-quality Wi-Fi connections and the ability to extend the prioritization of business-critical apps within enterprise networks.  With the release of iOS 11, announced on June 5, macOS apps can also take advantage of app prioritization on a Cisco Wi-Fi network!So how does this relate to developers you may ask? developer.cisco.com First of all, if you are still not aware of what Fast lane does, check out this demo to understand what higher-quality Wi-Fi connections mean in todayrsquo;s video-savvy world.   Imagine having worked hard to develop an app that uses voice and video, but your network administrator isnrsquo;t aware that your app is business critical and thus bandwidth issues cause poor app performance.  Essentially, your app would be treated like any other streaming video or social media software, and with any congestion or bandwidth issues, the quality of your app is impacted!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cisco includes Italtel’s enterprise SDN application in official catalogue

The first time for an Italtel product to be part of Ciscorsquo;s Global Pricing List (GPL) Milan, 12 June 2017 – Italtel, a multinational company operating in the Information and Technology sector, with a strong focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), SDN/NFV, cyber security, analytics and all-IP communication solutions, today announced its Netwrapper application has been included in the official Cisco GPL catalogue. Netwrapper is the outcome of the strong cooperation between Italtel and... Source: RealWire

Caesars Entertainment, Chilirsquo;s Grill & Bar, Cisco and Colorado Department of...

Chicago – June 09, 2017 – Caesars Entertainment, Chilirsquo;s Grill & Bar, Cisco, Colorado Department of Transportation and Visa are among the winners of the 2017 North American Employee Engagement Awards (EE Awards) in association with CultureNextreg; by Maritz Motivation Solutions.

The full list of the winners and those who were highly commended can be found below.

They received their award at a ceremony that followed a conference on Employee Engagement in Chicago yesterday.The Conference... Source: RealWire

Cisco Patches Critical Flaws in Prime Data Center Network Manager

Cisco patched two critical flaws in its Prime Data Center Network Manager, including one that could be exploited remotely and allow an attacker root access.

Cisco NX-OS Software Fibre Channel over Ethernet Denial of Service Vulnerability

A vulnerability in the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol implementation in Cisco NX-OS Software could allow an unauthenticated, adjacent attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition when an FCoE-related process u...

How serverless changes application development

Pete Johnson is a technical solutions architect at Cisco.Serverless software architectures have generated a lot of interest. How much interest? Like, 2000 people at a conference breakout session —that level of interest. The photo below shows Datadog devops evangelist Matt Williams delivering a session about Lambda at AWS re:Invent last December.

The jam-packed venue was originally designed to house “Phantom of the Opera.”Hyun Auh Irsquo;ve been going to tech conferences for 25 years, and I have never been to a breakout that required a mezzanine before.
Serverless is catching like wildfire.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here