TWTV120: Defending the Data Center


Episode 120, Project ID 1219

Taped August 14, 2012 (Studio 13)

Released September 12, 2012

Guests: Per Hagen, Scott Gainey, Jaishree Subramania, Jeff Aboud, Swastik Bihani, Anil Kapur

We had to dig further, past our initial meetings internally and determine what would make this particular story unique from previous ones we have told this year.  Three really good shows done earlier now provide great context for appreciating the innovation we talk about in this one.   Check out: Fundamentals of High End FirewallsFundamentals of Intrusion Prevention and (TechWiseTV 115) Firewall Reinvention with the ASA-CX

So topically, Security in the Data Center is an easy hit of course.   It seems to top many lists. As Cisco broadens the tool set with new models and deployment options, we broke this one down along party lines:  

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Jaishree brought in Scott Gainey for the top down view in Segment 2. 

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Jimmy Ray hosted Per Hagen as he explained how the new clustering technology in the ASA worked.   NOTE: ASA 5515-X running the latest software release 8.6(1) was featured in the BYOD CVD (Cisco Validated Design) Smart Solution Design Guide.

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Anil Kapur revealed how IPS (from Cisco anyway…) can now play effectively in a data center strategy.  

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Jeff Aboud joined me to illustrate how all of these new models now give us the flexibility to model a security architecture that complements the network/business strategy.  

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Swastik Bihani then joined us and showed new email encryption capabilities across all of our devices and web security changes worth knowing about. 

For a good design guide on this one - check out this well done paper (pdf) from our friends at the SBA labs

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 

CiscoLive San Diego 2012

Robb & Prashanth on Stage, Jimmy Ray on the Wireless FeedCiscoLive was held in beautiful San Diego this year.  Sure wish we could do it here every year...its been Vegas (burnout!) for the last few years and now for 2013 I understand it will be Orlando.  We followed a new pattern in our production here that seems to be working out well. Instead of producing 2 to 3 full themed shows, we are doing individual segments, editing them on site and uploading within what is usually a 3 hour time frame.  

SDN Controller Demo (Network Slicing)
Nexus Switch Portfolio in 3D (Kaon)
Voice Survivability for HCS:
ScanSafe: Efficient Cloud Security:
Enhanced Cloud with AVC:
Cloud Optimization at Scale with AppNav:
UCS E-Series Server for ISR G2
CUBE: Cloud Based Video Recording



TWTV107: Journey to Enterprise Cloud Computing

Project 1050
Taped February 22, 2012, Released April 12, 2012
Guests: Vikrant Karvir, Yousuf Hasan, Jim Bugwadia

Clouded Understanding

The experts at TechWiseTV want to clear up the mystery and potential confusion of “cloud.”  What it is and what it is not, why TechWiseTV thinks it is important and why you should too, and how to apply it within your own organization in whatever way and means it makes sense.  

This episode is full of actionable information and insights, including:
•    A look into real-life deployments across a wide swath of industries 
•    An in-depth look at the various hybrid cloud models worth considering
•    How Cisco’s Cloud Portal offering enables a flexible service model gateway