Multi-Protocol Reality in the Data Center

It may be easier for the Chicago Cubs to get a pennant than a group of engineers to agree on a protocol it the data center.  Some perceive Cisco Unified Fabric as an exclusive approach when in reality it is the most inclusive and thus flexible architecture available.  This TechWiseTV episode brings in the experts as we go from FICON to iSCSI, FCOE to FCIP.  Technology you can use, from geeks you can trust.

Segment 1: Guest Rajeev Bhardwaj explains the reality of Protocol options for Unified Fabric

Segment 2: Cisco Fabric Path: The Engineering Perspective

Segment 3: Mastering Cisco MDS Interop Modes

Segment 4: Guest J Metz and Cisco Storage Protocols 

Fundamentals: Cloud Services Router

The benefits of hosted cloud services can now be extended to the enterprise WAN. The CSR 1000v is a software router deployed as a virtual machine in a provider-hosted cloud. Serving as a router per tenant each with its own routing instance and thus its own VPN connections, firewall policies, QoS rules, access control and more. Watch Fundamentals of the Cisco Cloud Services Router for an entertaining look at this cloud intelligent technology.

Why Networking 101

We will have some short form, simple but direct content coming out soon - modeled directly after some videos that Jimmy Ray did for our SMB group a number of years back. I wanted to embed a few samples here along with the view counts as of this blew my socks off.

What is a VLAN? (51,867 views)

What is a Router vs a Switch (51,417 views)

What is the Ethernet (22,836 views)

What is a Firewall (25,114 views)

What is NAT (23,206 views)

What is Multicasting (18,136 views)

We don't want to do the old topics that have already been covered - so we started a list that JR wanted to cover moving forward.   The first four are:

- Data Deduplication

 - Virtualization

 - Cat5e/Cat6 cabling

 - Port/Socket

Look for these to come out shortly.  What are your thoughts on the topics?   Do you have ideas for valuable quick hit topics we could cover?  Let us know in the comments!


Universal Power over Ethernet

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UPoE, or Universal Power over Ethernet, is the latest innovation from Cisco with broad, positive implications for many enterprise operations. We are not new at this. Cisco has been pushing the standards since 2000 for the incorporation of electrical power running on the same cable as data. UPoE is a big milestone as we can now consolidate 60 watts on a single CAT5E cable.  

The flexibility that this enables cannot be overstated. Multiple third party vendors are jumping into the ecosystem here as dynamic environments using Virtual Desktops with integrated monitors, IP Turret systems for trading floors, not to mention building management, physical security and host of networking devices such as AP’s and compact switches that are often installed in very obscure locations.

The Catalyst 4500E is the initial beneficiary of this industry first for Cisco and this episode of TechWiseTV covers not just the use case and deployment examples as we go hands on with the big switch, but also a unique deep dive into understanding just how this works. A full appreciation for the engineering talent behind this innovation is warranted on this one when we go beyond the power negotiation and get into the physics of heat dissipation and other hurdles that had to be overcome. It's the action packed TechWiseTV you have come to expect!

Watch the Show Right Here:

Resources to check out:

Unleash the Power of your Network (whitepaper .pdf)

Segment Break Down:

Sylvia gets the context from Pradeep Parmar

Jimmy Ray is taking us ‘inside the cable – make sure we can appreciate just impressive this is electrically

Nikhil Sharma is our guest engineer with a UPOE demo from the CiscoLive show floor and right here with us in the lab as we go hands-on the Catalyst 4500E TWTV101_UPOE 2011-09-27 at 05-38-04

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Dear social insecurity

Originally released back in January of 2011, this was a segment inside a security special show we taped at the end of 2010 doing a deepdive on the Cisco Annual Security Report.  I wanted to write something a bit snarky....I like the way it turned out. The jokes may only be obvious to security folks.

My script:

SCENE: 3B - VO Package - Open Letter to Koobface
LOCATION: Discussion Area


Dear Koobface.  Can I still call you Koob?

You have been a wonderful friend, I remember how we first met.

Got a message from one of my old friends…click here ‘can’t believe your face in this video’ or something…you know me, I love seeing myself on camera, … wait.  I am apparently missing a required component… a ‘video codec’ I think it said..well I’m this far, I like video stuff…lets get that sucker loaded.  

Wow. I did not realize what had happened right away….but I was bitten. ‘Socially Infected’ if you will.

To be fair, your not a one friend kind of friend…  Social infection has taken on a whole new meaning in the last year thanks to this ‘Gratuitous link-sharing behavior’ I have heard it called. Social Networks are the Place to be!  And you my friend, are the expert at making money on this! Hats off to you Koob!

Well that video component you said I needed was actually an executable file that kicked off a whole bunch of activities.


Can I be honest?  You had me at ‘click here.’  But you were not done were you?  

At first I thought you were just bragging - “Gotta check in” you said I should have seen the signs - Command and control, a central feature of every budding botnet. Turns out you were just casing my place, logging my social activities and sites, I know I made it easy, all those cookies laying around - fair enough.

You were measuring windows and checking out the floor plan…making room for your tools.. Very specific tools it turns out. Now, I appreciate the effort actually, no sense hauling in tools you don’t need - you could see what I was doing.  Now, my friends are your friends!  And convenient too, since they now think all these new messages from you are coming from me.


With no extra work on my part, you even helped me become a webserver.  I’ve never been a webserver!  Now I got to act as proxy or provide relay services for all our little koobface friends - in fact, and I love this one, I did not even have to break my own CAPTCHA’s anymore.  I never liked those things!  I mean why prove I am human if I have friends that will do it for me?  Great little service.  And downright neighborly!

Thats when things started to go wrong Koob.  You know why.  It was the money.  I was already impressed with your social media propogation parlour tricks…but you showed your true colors.   You know money is what ruins most relationships.  

Your modularity should have tipped me off - the fact that you could sell yourself on a ‘pay per infection’ basis to those suspicious looking friends of yours - SEARCH HIJACKERS - ready and willing to lead my browsing preferences right into those worthless click-fraud sites…DATA STEALERS…what kind of friends are these?  Nice try convincing me it was just a creative back up strategy.   But the final straw, the ROGUE ANTI-VIRUS INSTALLERS…those guys are so old school….I can’t believe you still hang with them.   ‘Click here to protect yourself’. It does still pay I guess.  

You know Koob. Enough was enough.  You are who you hang out with.  

That is why I unfriended you.  

Fundamentals of WAAS

Cisco Wide Area Application Services - So many applications we need these days were never optimized for the networked, cloud intensive, world we now find ourselves in. Cisco WAAS (Wide Area Application Services) represents a system of technologies designed to accelerate complex applications and free up wasted bandwidth without modification to your environment. Unique capabilities are brought to your network and this Fundamentals of Cisco WAAS will make it easier to understand.


India: Safety and Security in the Crosshairs

It was just about a year ago where we worked a project that has never officially seen the light of day.  The following video is a fantastic example of taking direction - we were asked to focus our story on the unique situation India faces on a regular basis when it comes to tourism. At the time this was completed, the target release was to be timed along with the upcoming Commonwealth games where security was increasingly tight of course.  We got great access to news footage, government officials and a wealth of storylines.  At the end of the day however, agreement could never be gained on releasing it in country as planned for the emotional level of the video was coming across too strong.  Its a shame really - this is a beautifully done story and our personal goals for making sue this was not a typical corporate video were met quite well I think.  The producer to credit for this is our good friend Steffan Schulz from Strange Media.  In fact, I believe this 11 day field shoot may have also been his first experience with shooting on an SLR. Not his at the time...but now Steffan has gone on to make awesome stuff with his new Canon 5D.

You be the judge...good stuff?