Cisco Integrated Networks At-A-Glance
Cisco Integrated Networks
At-A-Glance
Systems and Services in Concert
Cisco Integrated Networks: The Critical
Advantage
With the Integrated Networks model, Cisco tightens
the connection between every aspect of the network to
create a more cohesive whole that provides even greater
IT and business value. Here, Cisco combines the following two state-of-the-art network design principles:
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ystems Approach—Cisco’s high-performance
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network hardware platforms are combined with the
service-rich Cisco® IOS software to form a truly
high-value networking system.
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ervice Integration—Multiservice devices allow
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IT managers to readily activate new networking
services, allowing for zero-touch provisioning,
investment protection, simplified operations, and
continual network innovation.
Here, Cisco takes on the challenge of optimizing the
resulting network solutions, easing implementation,
operation, and innovation for network operators.
Network Deployment
Success is determined by the speed and accuracy
of execution. The following highlights specific Cisco
capabilities at work here:
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Embedded Event Manager (EEM)—Define/
Automate actions
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Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)—Advertise/Learn
devices
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AutoQoS—Provision/Manage large-scale QoS
deployments
Specific capabilities serve to highlight the positive
impact of the Integrated Networks model across four
critical execution fronts:
Application eXtension Platform (AXP)—
ISR-hosted apps
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QuantumFlow Processor (QFP)—Service
intelligence, scale
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tateful App Intelligence (SAI)—Deep-packet
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inspection
Network Operations
Success is determined by efficient execution that
increases network effectiveness and frees staff time for
high-value innovation. The following highlights specific
Cisco capabilities at work here:
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In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)—
Transparent updates
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MPLS VPNs—Dynamic and secure network
segmentation
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Network Analysis Modules (NAM)—Network
monitoring
Problem Resolution
Success is first and foremost determined by identifying
and remedying an issue before it affects the network.
Failing that, rapid resolution is critical. The following
highlights specific Cisco capabilities at work here:
Cisco Integrated Networks: Features and Fit
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Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD)—Fault
analysis, triggers
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IP SLA—Tracks and analyzes IP net and app
service levels
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Cisco Security MARS—Monitoring, analysis,
and response
Network Innovation
Success is determined looking beyond what the network
is doing now and focusing on what it has the potential
to provide. The following highlights specific Cisco
capabilities at work here:
What is Driving the Integrated Networks Model?
Many organizations have inadvertently created an
“accidental architecture” of network components. These
components connect, but do not operate in concert.
They require complex integration and interactions. They
drive system and service inconsistencies across the
network. They restrain the value of the network to the
business—now and into the future. To increase network
efficiency and meet business needs more effectively,
the network must operate as a single entity, instead of
the accidental collection of hardware and software
pieces in an already-intricate IT puzzle. You can address
this challenge by transitioning to an IT model that is
based on a single, integrated network.
Cisco Integrated Networks
At-A-Glance
Systems and Services in Concert
Is Your Network Failing to Deliver on its Promise?
There are many warning signs that point to your need to
move to the Integrated Networks model. Sample
problems include:
Impact Zone
Business
IT
End User
Warning Signs of Failed Delivery
• Inability to accommodate business shifts
• High network and IT capital and operating costs
• IT-driven innovation and compliance
• Failure to meet service-level commitments
• High-touch integration, installation, maintenance
• Limited research and application of new services
• Low productivity and satisfaction levels
• Limited or lack of access to needed resources
• Partners, customers not included in end user mix
The Cisco Integrated Network: Impact
and Import
Today’s successful IT leaders are consolidating technologies, aligning business and IT efforts, simplifying
operations, incorporating innovative technologies, and
demanding service-level accountability. The Cisco
Integrated Network incorporates these best practices
into a network system that operates as a unified network
infrastructure, providing for a consistent operating environment and set of high-value network services. Here, IT
managers are able to
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Deploy new systems and services faster and
more accurately
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Maintain the network and resolve problems
more efficiently
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Explore innovations that create ongoing
business benefits.
These IT improvements drive direct benefits to the
business and the networked end user—whether internal
or external.
For the Business React readily to business shifts
Reduce costs and exposure to
loss/risk
Drive process and profit improvements
For the End User Consistent service levels, capabilities
Rapid response to new work demands
Improved productivity and satisfaction
Place in the Network (PIN) Solution Design
In order to facilitate the adoption and implementation of
the Integrated Networks model, Cisco has developed a
number of specific solutions aimed at particular network
segments—Campus, Branch/WAN, and Data Center.
Here, optimum systems, services, and configurations
are applied to the unique challenges and requirements
of these critical network segments. Cisco Validated
Designs (CVD) play a key role in helping ensure that our
customers gain the most benefit from Cisco Integrated
Networks solutions. Here, proven network designs are
documented and provided to our field, partners, and
customers for ready and rapid implementation within
customer networks.
and safeguard the network and patient information.
Additionally, virtualization services separate traffic and
secure data.
Scenario #2—International Airport: Flexibility,
Utilization
Escalating demands for heightened security, cost containment, and improved services drove the need for a
“common use model” across the airport infrastructure.
The resulting integrated network consolidated 14
separate networks owned by different entities into a
single, easy-to-manage, infrastructure providing voice,
data, video, security, wireless, and other services.
Why Cisco for Integrated Networks?
Cisco is uniquely positioned to deliver the greatest value
with the Integrated Networks model. As both technology
provider and business partner, Cisco is unmatched in
the industry.
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echnology—Breadth or product portfolio
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combined with advanced network service
intelligence lead the industry.
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upport—Experience and execution combine to
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consistently drive high customer satisfaction and
key industry awards.
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Eco-Systems—Helping ensure that IT and network
systems deliver the greatest value to business
today and tomorrow.
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usiness—Leasing programs, strategic consulting,
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and partnering practices all contribute to customer
success.
Integrated Networks in Action
Here are two common scenarios drawn from Cisco’s
experience in supporting small and large networks
across all industries.
Scenario #1—Medical Center: Boost Service,
Compliance
Critical requirements included: improve response time
for patient care; increase network reliability to support
critical healthcare applications; and enhance network
security to comply with privacy regulations. The solution
was built using the Cisco Catalyst® 6500 switch. Network
administrators use statistics provided by Cisco GOLD to
continually monitor the health of the network. Integrated
security services support regulatory compliance
For More Information
Refer to the following links…
• Cisco Systems—Network Systems Solutions
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Ensuring Success with Cisco Validated Designs
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