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The Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSD) v1.0 course gives you the knowledge you need to design Cisco® wireless networks. The course covers design specifics from scenario design concepts through the installation phase and into post-deployment validation.
This course, including the self-paced material, helps prepare you to take the exam, Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (300-425 ENWLSD), which leads to to the new CCNP®
Enterprise and Cisco Certified
Specialist – Enterprise Wireless Design certifications.

After taking this course, you should be able to:
● Describe and implement a Cisco-recommended structured design methodology
● Describe and implement industry standards, amendments, certifications, and Requests For Comments (RFCs)
● Describe and implement Cisco enhanced wireless features
● Describe and implement the wireless design process
● Describe and implement specific vertical designs
● Describe and implement site survey processes
● Describe and implement network validation processes

● Describing and Implementing a Structured Wireless Design Methodology
◦ Importance of Planning Wireless Design with a Structured Methodology
◦ Cisco Structured Design Model
◦ Cisco Design Guides and Cisco Validated Designs for Wireless Networks
◦ Role of the Project Manager When Designing Wireless Networks
● Describing and Implementing Industry Protocols and Standards
◦ Wireless Standards Bodies
◦ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Standard and Amendments
◦ Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) Certifications
◦ Relevant Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Wireless RFCs
◦ Practice Activity
● Describing and Implementing Cisco Enhanced Wireless Features
◦ Hardware and Software Choices for a Wireless Network Design
◦ Cisco Infrastructure Settings for Wireless Network Design
◦ Cisco Enhanced Wireless Features
● Examining Cisco Mobility and Roaming
◦ Mobility and Intercontroller Mobility in a Wireless Network
◦ Optimize Client Roaming in a Wireless Network
◦ Cisco Workgroup Bridge (WGB) and WGB Roaming in a Wireless Network
● Describing and Implementing the Wireless Design Process
◦ Overview of Wireless Design Process
◦ Meet with the Customer to Discuss the Wireless Network Design
◦ Customer Information Gathering for a Wireless Network Design
◦ Design the Wireless Network
◦ Deployment of the Wireless Network
◦ Validation and Final Adjustments of the Wireless Network
◦ Wireless Network Design Project Documents and Deliverables
● Describing and Implementing Specific Vertical Designs
◦ Designs for Wireless Applications
◦ Wireless Network Design Within the Campus
◦ Extend Wireless Networks to the Branch Sites
● Examining Special Considerations in Advanced Wireless Designs
◦ High-Density Designs in Wireless Networks
◦ Introducing Location and Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Concepts
◦ Design for Location
◦ FastLocate and HyperLocation
◦ Bridges and Mesh in a Wireless Network Design
◦ Redundancy and High Availability in a Wireless Network
● Describing and Implementing the Site Survey Processes
◦ Site Survey Types
◦ Special Arrangements Needed for Site Surveys
◦ Safety Aspects to be Considered During Site Surveys
◦ Site Survey Tools in Cisco Prime Infrastructure
◦ Third-Party Site Survey Software and Hardware Tools
● Describing and Implementing Wireless Network Validation Processes
◦ Post-installation Wireless Network Validation
◦ Making Post-installation Changes to a Wireless Network
◦ Wireless Network Handoff to the Customer
◦ Installation Report

Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks (ENWLSD)
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Channel News

Rick Whiting

For the week ending Dec. 1, CRN takes a look at the companies that brought their ‘A’ game to the channel including Drata, Nvidia, Cisco Systems, Cognizant and DTEX.


The Week Ending Dec. 9

Topping this week’s Came to Win list is security and compliance startup Drata for an impressive funding round at a time when venture capital is hard to come by.

Also making this week’s list are Nvidia and Deutsche Bank for a ground-breaking alliance to develop AI technology for the financial services industry. Cisco Systems makes the list for a big win in a patent legal case, as do Cognizant for a strategic acquisition and DTEX for stepping up its channel game with a new partner program.

Security Startup Drata Raises Additional $200M As It Eyes Channel Growth

Raising venture capital has become markedly more difficult for tech startups in exact months as economic uncertain continues and potential investors become more cautious. But security and compliance automation startup Drata was a big winner this week when it reported raising an impressive $200 million in a Series C funding round.

The round brought the San Diego-based company’s total funding to $300 million and boosted its valuation to $2 billion. The company plans to use most of the new financing to accelerate its research and development work.

But the company is also looking to substantially increase its channel sales over the next few years, up from the 15 percent of revenue currently generated through the channel, co-founder and CEO Adam Markowitz told CRN.

Drata has grown from a few hundred customers to well over 2,000 in just the last 12 months.

Nvidia And Deutsche Bank AI Alliance Targets $1 Trillion Financial Services Opportunity

Chipmaker Nvidia and global banking giant Deutsche Bank unveiled a strategic alliance this week through which the two companies will build artificial intelligence and machine learning technology for the financial services industry.

Through the multi-year collaboration agreement Nvidia and Deutsche Bank will develop a range of applications including intelligent avatars, speech AI and fraud detection based on Nvidia’s AI Enterprise software. The project is also expected to accelerate the development of a broad range of AI-powered services.

Industry consulting firm McKinsey has projected the annual global economic impact of AI in the financial services sector to grow to as much as $1 trillion per year.

Nvidia and Deutsche Bank executives said the fruits of the development work, including new AI frameworks and workflows for financial service use cases, will ultimately prove beneficial to solution and service providers in the IT channel.

Cisco Scores Legal Win After Supreme Court Refuses To Restore $2.75B Award In Patent Fight

Cisco Systems was a big winner this week when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Centripetal Networks to reinstate a $2.75 billion award against Cisco in a cybersecurity patent dispute.

The 2020 award by a lower court federal judge, the largest in U.S. patent law history, was overturned in June by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. That court ruled that the federal judge in the original trial, Henry Morgan, should have recused himself when, after the trial but before issuing his ruling, he learned that his wife owned 100 shares of Cisco stock.

Cybersecurity company Centripetal Networks appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal means that the case must start over in a U.S. District Court. Cisco said it looked forward to “addressing the merits” of the case in District Court.

Centripetal Networks sued Cisco in 2018 claiming that the networking giant used Centripetal’s network protection technology in its network switches and routers and in monitoring software that analyzes data from those devices.

Cognizant Looks To Boost Its SAP, Utility Industry Expertise With Utegration Acquisition

Global IT solution provider Cognizant struck a deal this week to acquire Utegration, a Houston-based solution provider specializing in SAP services and products with a focus on the energy and utilities industries.

With the acquisition, expected to close by year-end, Cognizant has the opportunity to expand its reach into the fast-growing utilities industry market for SAP.

Cognizant, No. 7 on CRN’s 202 Solution Provider 500, already works with such vendors as SAP, Workday, Salesforce and Oracle in its enterprise platform services business.

Utegration will be a big part of Cognizant’s plans to continue to quickly grow its SAP business.

Brian Stoner
Brian Stoner

DTEX Launches New Partner Program As It Eyes 2023 Mid-Market Expansion

DTEX Systems launched a new partner program this week that the insider threat intelligence company expects to leverage when it starts to expand into the mid-market in 2023.

Earlier this year, the San Jose, Calif.-based DTEX, which now primarily focuses on large enterprise customers, hired its first-ever channel chief, Brian Stoner, a 20-year channel veteran who previously worked at FireEye, McAfee and other tech firms.

Stoner’s mandate: completely revamp and build out DTEX’s channel and alliances program in anticipation of a shift in sales to medium-size organizations next year.

The new DTEX Systems Global Partner Program provides value-added resellers, referral partners, consultants, and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with special pricing, marketing resources, and sales support to increase revenue and margins through endpoint upsell opportunities, the company said.

Though the company doesn’t disclose what percentage of its revenues currently come via the channel, Stoner told CRN that “our goal is to be 100-percent channel.”

Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at

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Killexams : Cisco updates SD-WAN to simplify provisioning, management

Cisco is set to unveil a new edition of its SD-WAN software that will extend the system’s reach and include new management capabilities.

Among the most significant enhancements to Cisco SD-WAN release 17.10, expected in December, is the ability to use Cisco SD-WAN Multi Region Fabric (MRF) support with existing Software Defined Cloud Interconnect (SDCI) systems to significantly expand the reach and control of the SD-WAN environment. 

MRF lets customers divide their SD-WAN environments into multiple regional networks that operate distinctly from one another, along with a central core-region network for managing inter-regional traffic, according to Cisco. 

SDCI technology is used to link enterprise resources to a variety of cloud, network, and internet service providers. Cisco customers could use SDCI with their SD-WAN deployments in the past but not MRF.

By combining the two technologies and using the Cloud OnRamp Multicloud Interconnect Gateway in Cisco SD-WAN software, customers can now set network, configuration and security policies across a wide variety of locations from a central site. Cisco’s SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp links branch offices or individual remote users to cloud applications such as Cisco’s Webex, Microsoft 365, AWS, Google, Oracle, Salesforce and more.

Customers can now assign regions and roles to SD-WAN edges deployed within SDCI infrastructure, and they can segment MRF regions into multiple sub-regions and share border routers between these sub-regions, allowing for better redundancy and failover-centric network designs, according to John Joyal, senior manager, product and solutions marketing with Cisco's enterprise SD-WAN and routing group. (Joyal wrote a blog about Cisco's SD-WAN MRF enhancements.)

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Killexams : SONiC builds muscle for enterprise-network service in 2023

The coming year could be a very big one for the open-source network operating system SONiC as it garners start-up support and increasing interest from major networking vendors.

The Linux-based Software for Open Networking in the Cloud decouples network software from the underlying hardware and lets it run on hundreds of switches and ASICs from multiple vendors while supporting a full suite of network features such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), remote direct memory access (RDMA), QoS, and Ethernet/IP. 

It was developed and then open-sourced by Microsoft, which in April turned the project over to the Linux Foundation and its 450,000 developers. The vendor community supporting SONiC has been growing, too, and includes Dell, Arista, Nokia, Alibaba, Comcast, Cisco, Broadcom, Juniper Apstra, Edgecore, Innovium, Nvidia-Mellanox, Celetica and VMware.

“SONiC adoption will significantly outpace the overall market with growth in the coming years,” said Alan Weckel, an analyst with the 650 Group, which predicts that worldwide SONiC revenue will exceed $5 billion by 2026.

“We will see two approaches to SONiC,” Weckel said. “The first and more common one will be enterprises using SONiC in combination with branded boxes from Arista, Cisco, Dell, and Juniper to get their feet wet and benefit from SONiC without huge risk.”

The second will be more of a pure-play SONiC, where it is installed on white-box switches and the existing network is replaced with SONiC, a model Weckel said would be viewed as “as a true replacement of branded vendor infrastructure. There are a lot of cloud automation pieces in SONiC that enterprises can use to complement existing vendors, which is why the first path will be more common.”

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Killexams : Ampere ‘Cloud Native Processors’ Can Help Achieve Sustainability Goals

Environmental sustainability is no longer just a corporate social responsibility but a business imperative. That was evident at the exact Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit, where sustainability was the theme in almost every booth.

We are all aware of the rising energy consumption of hyperscale data centers the comparisons to towns and even small countries. Of course, the solution is straightforward - more compute with less power. This opportunity has created a new wave of innovative startup chipset companies. I recently wrote an article about Groq, which focuses on discrete chips for specialized workloads such as artificial intelligence (AI).

Ampere is another rising star with the same goal but a different strategy. Ampere is designing purpose-built, multi-core processors optimized for multi-tenant cloud workloads.

Time for a new type of CPU

I am an avid chip guy who has been in the industry for many years. This story reminded me of the transition from mainframes to a client-server model a couple of decades ago. First, the usage model changed, followed by the adaptation of the software to become higher performance more and more efficient, and then finally, the hardware changed. We are going through a similar transition right now. Cloud-native has happened from an architectural perspective and also from a software perspective. It is time for a cloud-native processor to drive higher performance and improved sustainability.

Enterprise-class processors – the wrong tool for the cloud

CSPs must have profitable cloud infrastructure while delivering the performance customers expect. Enterprise-class processors are not the right tool for cloud-native workloads and can negatively impact customer SLAs and add unpredictability.

Enterprise-class processors support applications written as monolithic blocks of code executed in a dedicated environment. Enterprise-class processors have evolved with increasing power and large amounts of memory with innovations such as high-capacity cores, higher CPU frequencies, and larger caches.

Simultaneous multithreading (SMT) and Turbo Boost are enhancements that can be effective for the correct use case but not for latency-sensitive, scalable cloud-native workloads.

SMT enables each physical core to split into two logical threads simultaneously executing separate instruction sequences. Turbo Boost automatically runs cores faster than the rated operating frequencies.

SMT can cause problems in a multi-tenant cloud environment. Multiple applications must share execution resources when a CPU core has two SMT threads. A resource-intensive workload, known as a noisy neighbor, will cause workloads on the other SMT thread will slow from lack of execution resources. Similarly, Turbo Boost can cause unpredictable performance depending on the type of workload.

In summary, enterprise-class cores perform well with computationally intensive applications but not in a shared cloud infrastructure.

Ampere taking a clean-slate approach to CPU design

Cloud-native applications have distributed components, such as micro-services, that perform specific tasks and collaborate to achieve an objective. A benefit is that lightweight applications are faster to develop, test, and integrate, leading to practices like continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD).

Ampere took a clean-slate approach to CPU design that caters to this new software paradigm in multi-tenant environments. CSPs want to host more end users per server with dedicated physical cores. Ampere responded with a processor design that offers near-linear scaling across a 128-core Altra processor.

Ampere's processors are immune to the "noisy neighbor" issues that plague enterprise-class processors with SMT. Ampere's processor cores are single-threaded, resulting in no resource contention and more predictable performance. With Ampere, each thread runs solo on a single core.

Changing the game in terms of sustainability

Ampere starts with single-threaded cores - one thread, one process - different from the enterprise-class processors with multiple threads competing for processor resources. Multiple threads create an unpredictable environment, whereas a single-threaded core provides the same performance with every core resulting in a high degree of predictability.

Ampere uses a constant operating frequency delivering predictability as opposed to x86 processors that employ frequency scaling. Ampere uses power-efficient cores, which allow the stacking of many cores into a processor. The highest core counts in the industry.

Ampere pipelines cores with a large private L2 cache located right next to the core. Loading data and instruction sets into the L2 cache results in a predictable performance profile for each core.

The high number of cores makes it cost-effective for CSPs to rent each core to a single customer. Customers get scalability and predictable performance. CSPs can run at the lowest possible power with fully populated racks with no stranded capacity. Running at the lowest power reduces the thermal load. The net result is a quantum leap in efficiency and maximum performance per rack.

A strong endorsement from Microsoft Azure

Microsoft now offers Azure Virtual Machines with Ampere Altra Arm-based processors that can run Linux workloads such as web servers, open-source databases, in-memory applications, big data analytics, gaming, and media.

An Ampere Altra VM is a high-performance compute alternative that scales up linearly, delivers predictable performance at full utilization, and is power efficient, directly reducing users’ overall carbon footprint.

Wrapping up

Ampere has addressed the simple question posed at the beginning - more compute with less power. A cloud native processor with single-threaded cores, consistent operating frequencies, and the most power-efficient cores in the industry, topped by a large L2 cache close to the processor resulting in a cloud-native processor built for the sustainable cloud.

Microsoft has proven this isn't a fantasy - the solution exists today. Instead of building out data centers with compute using enterprise-class processors switching to Ampere's cloud-native processors could reduce power consumption by 20 percent and still meet the compute needs.

Other major players have also embraced the Ampere technology. Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced in it will offer a cloud-native server in later in 2022 using Ampere chips. Google Cloud has launched virtual machines using Ampere Altra Arm-based processors. Oracle, in addition to being a major investor, offers a comprehensive line of Ampere platforms on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

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Killexams : Cybersecurity Resilience Emerges as Top Priority as 62% of Companies Say Security Incidents Impacted Business Operations

MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cybersecurity resilience is a top priority for companies as they look to defend against a rapidly evolving threat landscape, according to the latest edition of Cisco's annual Security Outcomes Report launched today.

Resilience has emerged as a top priority as a staggering 62 percent of organizations surveyed said they had experienced a security event that impacted business in the past two years. The leading types of incidents were network or data breaches (51.5 percent), network or system outages (51.1 percent), ransomware events (46.7 percent) and distributed denial of service attacks (46.4 percent).

These incidents resulted in severe repercussions for the companies that experienced them, along with the ecosystem of organizations they do business with. The leading impacts cited include IT and communications interruption (62.6 percent), supply chain disruption (43 percent), impaired internal operations (41.4 percent) and lasting brand damage (39.7 percent).

With stakes this high, it is no surprise that 96 percent of executives surveyed for the report said that security resilience is high priority for them. The findings further highlight that the main objectives of security resilience for security leaders and their teams are to prevent incidents, and mitigate losses when they occur.

"Technology is transforming businesses at a scale and speed never seen before. While this is creating new opportunities, it also brings with it challenges, especially on the security front. To be able to tackle these effectively, companies need the ability to anticipate, identify, and withstand cyber threats, and if breached be able to rapidly recover from one. That is what building resilience is all about," said Helen Patton, CISO, Cisco Security Business Group.

"Security, after all, is a risk business. As companies don't secure everything, everywhere, security resilience allows them to focus their security resources on the pieces of the business that add the most value to an organization, and ensure that value is protected," she added.

Seven Success Factors of Security Resilience

This year's report has developed a methodology to generate a security resilience score for the organizations surveyed, and identified seven data-backed success factors. Organizations that had these factors present were among the top 90th percentile of resilient businesses. Conversely, those lacking them placed in the bottom 10th percentile of performers.

The findings of the study underline the fact that security is a human endeavor as leadership, company culture, and resourcing have an oversized impact on resilience:

  • Organizations that report poor security support from the C-suite scored 39 percent lower than those with strong executive support.
  • Businesses that report an excellent security culture scored 46 percent higher on average than those without.
  • Companies that maintain extra internal staffing and resources to respond to incidents resulted in a 15 percent boost in resilient outcomes.

In addition, businesses need to take care to reduce complexity when transitioning from on-premise to fully cloud-based environments:

  • Companies whose technology infrastructures are either mostly on-premise or mostly cloud-based had the highest, and nearly identical, security resilience scores. However, businesses that are in the initial stages of transitioning from an on-premise to a hybrid cloud environment saw scores drop between 8.5 and 14 percent depending on how difficult the hybrid environments were to manage.

Finally, adopting and maturing advanced security solutions has significant impacts to resilient outcomes:

  • Companies that reported implementing a mature Zero Trust model saw a 30 percent increase in resilience score compared to those that had none.
  • Advanced extended detection and response capabilities correlated to an incredible 45 percent increase for organizations over those that report having no detection and response solutions.
  • Converging networking and security into a mature, cloud-delivered secure access services edge boosted security resilience scores by 27 percent.

"The Security Outcomes Reports are a study into what works and what doesn't in cybersecurity. The ultimate goal is to cut through the noise in the market by identifying practices that lead to more secure outcomes for defenders," said Jeetu Patel, executive vice president and general manager of security and collaboration at Cisco. "This year we focused on identifying the key factors that elevate the security resilience of a business to among the very best in the industry."

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Killexams : Top Analyst Reports for Cisco, Mondelez & EOG Resources

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO), Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) and EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Shares of Cisco have performed in-line with the Zacks Computer - Networking industry over the past two years (+10.9% vs. +10.5%). The company’s results benefited from strength in its product portfolio, customer segments and momentum in product order growth.

It is benefiting from healthy uptake of identity and access, advanced threat and unified threat management security solutions amid high growth in Internet traffic. The buyout of Acacia is key catalyst. Cisco’s expanding portfolio with the launch of Silicon One-based 8000 routers, Nexus Cloud, Calisti and Panoptica.

Cisco also announced AppDynamics Cloud, a next-gen version of its observability platform for cloud native applications. Cisco’s investments across its security business, focusing on cloud-based offerings, is expected to drive growth. Cisco provided strong outlook for first-quarter fiscal 2023 and fiscal 2023.

(You can read the full research report on Cisco here >>>)

Mondelez's shares have gained +12.8% over the past year against the Zacks Food - Miscellaneous industry’s gain of +13.4%. The company has been gaining from strength in emerging markets and its core chocolate and biscuit categories. It has also been focused on strengthening areas with higher growth potential through prudent buyouts (like Clif Bar) and divestitures.

These upsides, together with pricing actions, fueled second-quarter 2022 results and led to the raised organic revenue guidance. However, Mondelez is seeing input cost inflation, especially for energy, transportation, packaging, wheat, dairy and edible oils.

It is also navigating through supply-chain bottlenecks due to labor shortages at third parties. Management’s guidance for 2022 reflects anticipation of the elevated cost of goods sold inflation, the timing impact of extra pricing actions and the impacts of the Ukraine war.

(You can read the full research report on Mondelez here >>>)

Shares of EOG Resources have outperformed the Zacks Oil and Gas - Exploration and Production - United States industry over the past year (+65.5% vs. +49.1%). The company has an attractive growth profile, a huge inventory of drilling opportunities, upper quartile returns and a disciplined management team. It has significant acreages in oil shale plays like Delaware, Bakken and Eagle Ford.

The company has estimated 11,500 net undrilled premium locations in those promising shale plays, brightening the production outlook. Also, EOG’s balance sheet is significantly less levered than the composite stocks belonging to the industry. For this year, EOG Resources announced a special dividend of $1.50 per share.

However, the company’s rising lease and well operating expenses is hurting its bottom-line. Also, the upstream energy company has been paying lower dividends than the composite stocks belonging to the energy sector over the past five years. As such, the stock warrants a cautious stance.

(You can read the full research report on EOG Resources here >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Waste Management, Inc. (WM), Dominion Energy, Inc. (D), and General Mills, Inc. (GIS).

Mark Vickery
Senior Editor

Note: Sheraz Mian heads the Zacks Equity Research department and is a well-regarded expert of aggregate earnings. He is frequently quoted in the print and electronic media and publishes the weekly Earnings Trends and Earnings Preview reports. If you want an email notification each time Sheraz publishes a new article, please click here>>>

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Killexams : Cisco’s Chuck Robbins On XaaS: We ‘Realized We Weren’t As Operationally Ready’

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Gina Narcisi

‘Cisco’s got some ground to cover, but it’s really about the long game. While you can argue they are late to market, we believe that they’re going to be able to learn from the lessons of all their competitors and come out with even stronger products,’ one Cisco partner tells CRN about the company’s as-a-service drive.


Customers are looking for different ways to acquire the IT they need, including buying in an as-a-service model to save some capital, but Cisco has faced a few exact hindrances to as a service, according to the company’s executives.

For the San Jose, Calif.-based tech giant, supply chain constraints have been an ongoing obstacle to the Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) trend because Cisco and its partners couldn’t deliver the equipment that’s part of as-a-service offers, specifically, its Cisco Plus strategy.

“And then we also realized we weren’t as operationally ready,” Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told analysts regarding the company’s XaaS push at Cisco Partner Summit 2022 earlier this month.

Many customers interpreted the launch of Cisco Plus as just a different way to finance IT — a “fancy lease” — versus a true XaaS model, said Neil Anderson, area vice president of cloud and infrastructure solutions for Maryland Heights, Mo.-based Cisco Gold partner World Wide Technology (WWT).

But channel partners want to put vendor XaaS offerings “under the hood” and built their own services on top of the stack to create a turnkey offering for their end customers. Customers, on the other hand, often want to have the option to manage some of their own IT, Anderson said.

“Part of the problem in getting to a true as-a-service model, as a utility, is that most customers still want some form of co-management. They don’t want somebody to just do everything for them and they have no visibility into it. They want a portal where they can see how things are going, maybe touch a few things. So, this idea of co-management, I think, is going to be really important for network as a service,” he said.

[Related: Cisco’s X Factor: How Chuck Robbins Is Taking Partners Into The Future ]

WWT is seeing this prerequisite across the board — not just in networking, but also in the collaboration space. The firm is seeing more RFPs with a requirement for managed services. “That allows the partner to add an additional layer of value to it so it’s not just a resell lead, it’s [giving] the partner some skin in the game long term,” said Joe Berger, area vice president of Digital Experiences for WWT.

Cisco Channel Chief Oliver Tuszik told CRN in an interview that the company is focused on enabling customers to buy and consume the Cisco portfolio in an as a service motion if that’s how they’d like to buy, and for more partners to sell in an as a service model.

“Our strategy must be that we allow our customers, wherever they are in the world, to buy whatever Cisco has in his portfolio in an as a service or managed motion,” Tuszik said.

But the as-a-service effort goes beyond products. It’s about building out Cisco’s Provider partner role the company introduced in 2021 within its Global Partner Program, he said, a role built with the MSP partner in mind and recognizes partners based on their investment in managed services and as-a-service solutions. As the managed services business has taken off, Cisco has since upped its investments in Provider partners with predictable pricing, deal registration for managed services, more flexible consumption options, dedicated investment and business development funds, technical support enablement, and co-marketing, the company said.

Cisco is also building more modular programs and new incentive schemes, Tuszik said. “We are incentivizing our people to sell partner-managed services,” he told CRN. “We’re paying our sales team more if they sell a partner-managed service — 50 percent more,” he added.

At Partner Summit 2022, the tech giant revealed it had tripled the number of staff working on service creation motions with partners, as well as a 1.5x payout multiplier to support the growth of partner-managed SD-WAN, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), and full-stack observability offers.

Companies like HPE and Cisco are turning to partners during this time of resource constraints and talent shortages to learn more about what the channel can offer by way of managed services and what they can take off the vendors’ hands. Customers are looking for “cloud-like” IT experiences that are more automated and that also encompass on-premises tech environments for customers grappling with requirements that prevent them from going all-in on cloud, like data sovereignty. There’s where Cisco Plus fits in, said CJ Metz, vice president of Modern Infrastructure for Irvine, Calif.-based Cisco Gold Partner Trace3.

Trace3 also partners with HPE. Metz said that the major differentiator for HPE GreenLake has been in how the company shifted its entire focus to support its as a service strategy, including executive compensation, sales compensation and the support structures that underpin it. “[HPE] just has had more time to take more risks, to learn the hard lessons,” he said.

Cisco, he added, has been forthcoming to partners about its need to catch up. “Cisco’s got some ground to cover, but it’s really about the long game. While you can argue they are late to market, we believe that they’re going to be able to learn from the lessons of all their competitors and come out with even stronger products.”

For Cisco’s part in becoming more operationally ready for XaaS, Robbins told analysts: “I think over the next 6 to 12 months, you’ll see a lot of progress on this front.”

In the meantime, Cisco already has many as-a-service offers on the market today by way of their channel partners, the CEO added.

“We’ve got stuff going in the cloud marketplaces that we didn’t have before, we’ve got partners delivering as a service today and we’ve got the SASE [Cisco Plus Secure Connect Now] offer out there,” Robbins said. “There’s a few things we need to do, but there’s an awful lot offers that are out there today for customers.”

Cisco doesn’t specifically break out revenue related to its Cisco Plus strategy, but the company’s most exact fiscal quarter that ended Oct. 29 saw software subscription revenue climb 11 percent year over year.  

Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at

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Killexams : Cisco Survey Reveals Increased Focus on Cybersecurity Resilience

A global survey of 4,700 IT professionals published this week by Cisco found the leading types of incidents were network or data breaches (52%) followed closely by network or system outages (51%), ransomware events (47%) and distributed denial-of-service attacks (46%).

Overall, the survey found 62% of organizations experienced a security event that impacted business in the past two years in the form of IT and communications interruption (63%), supply chain disruption (43%), impaired internal operations (41%) and lasting brand damage (40%).

Not surprisingly, a full 96% of respondents said security resilience is now a high priority, the survey found.

Wendy Nather, head of advisory CISOs for Cisco, said the survey made it clear organizations are changing their approach to cybersecurity as they continue to cope with a chronic shortage of cybersecurity skills at a time when attacks continue to increase in volume and sophistication.

Cisco also ranked survey respondents based on their overall level of resilience. Organizations that, for example, have a mature zero-trust model have a 30% higher resilience score compared to those that have none. Advanced extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities correlated to a 45% increase in resilience compared to organizations with no detection and response solutions. Secure access service edge (SASE) solutions delivered via the cloud deliver organizations a 27% higher security resiliency rating.

Organizations that reported poor security support from the C-suite scored 39% lower than those with strong executive support, while businesses that reported an excellent security culture scored 46% higher on average.

Exactly where IT resources are located seems to have a limited impact on cybersecurity resiliency. Organizations that are either mostly on-premises or mostly based in the cloud had the highest, and nearly identical, security resilience scores. However, organizations that are in the initial stages of transitioning from an on-premises to a hybrid cloud environment saw resilience scores drop between 9% and 14% depending on how difficult the hybrid environments were to manage.

The survey also found that organizations with dedicated resources for responding to incidents have a 15% higher resilience score, noted Nather.

In general, most organizations realize they can’t prevent every breach, added Nather. Focusing on resilience enables organizations to reduce not just the number of breaches but also the blast radius of a breach once it occurs. In fact, the best cybersecurity professionals are opting to work for organizations that have a reasonable expectation of what level of cybersecurity can really be attained and maintained, she noted. At a time when demand for cybersecurity expertise remains high, Nather noted that the culture of an organization matters.

The nature of attacks being launched has never been more diverse. Cybersecurity professionals are not only attempting to thwart multiple techniques and tactics but also anticipate how cybercriminals will adapt to target multiple classes of platforms now deployed across an extended enterprise. Each organization needs to decide what level of risk is acceptable, but it’s clear there has never been as much focus on cybersecurity as there is today. The issue now is finding a way to harness all that attention in the most efficient way possible because cybersecurity budgets are still far from unlimited.

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Killexams : Cisco Hologram will power the future of work

For the longest time, hologram technology was something we associated with science fiction movies and video games. Who can forget the first time they saw 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope and its iconic opening scene where Princess Leia asks Obi-Wan Kenobi for help.

Holographic technology is a virtual 3D render using beams of light, of individuals that are alive or from the past that you can see or interact with to manipulate images, maps and charts.

We have since seen it being used in other ways such as to resurrect dead artists like Tupac and ham him performing at Coachella, fashion shows in New York. It’s also been used by surgeons who work with X-rays or CT scans in real-time while performing an operation.

Recently, journalists experienced hologram technology first hand, outside of the science fiction world, at Cisco’s laboratories in Norway.

Webex Hologram is Cisco’s next-generation hybrid work collaboration tool that claims to be the industry’s only real-time meeting solution that leverages augmented reality headsets to combine feature rich Webex meeting functionality with immersive 3D holograms. It provides a “one to many” presenter experience so participants can dial in remotely.

It is a software that uses immersive technologies, lets you share physical and digital content, offers a multi-dimensional experience, and most importantly, it is headset agnostic. It is compatible with AR headsets like Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap.

I experienced Webex Hologram with a Microsoft HoloLens 2 at Cisco’s laboratories very briefly. The quick demo involved interacting with cartoon characters Tom and Jerry.

As with all new tech, it took a while to set up. It involved using my fingers to access menu items virtually in front of me. I could tap, pinch to zoom, grip and drag using my index finger and thumb.

It felt natural to interact with what was in front of me, based on my previous experiences with VR. You need to look all around you for objects or menus that could be either to the right, left, up or down, and not just in front of you.

Snorre Kjesbu, senior vice-president and general manager of Webex Devices, says making holograms useful in a business environment is not about creating a Jedi Council, jokingly adding that we did not need to see him in three dimensions.

“As soon as we start discussing objects, this becomes very interesting. Imagine if you can’t travel or don’t want to travel but want to cut time between a production facility and a design facility. What if you could come into this place?”

Kjesbu says Webex Hologram combines 2D and 3D, and when you have a conference, you simply put the glasses on, and you can all discuss an object. “As soon as you do that, you’ve created something super useful.”

The company says Webex Hologram represents its step towards delivering a work experience so seamless that there is no gap between virtual and in-person collaboration.

Earlier this year, the McLaren Formula 1 racing team announced an extended partnership with Webex by Cisco, who are now an official technology partner to the F1 team from 2022.

Cisco will provide McLaren with access to solutions like enterprise networking, WiFi, digital signage, and collaboration, but also pilot new and emerging tech to aid reliable connectivity on race days and its headquarters.

“Imagine they’re out there racing, but the engineers back in the workshop are designing a new part; you can hold up that part and look at it from all angles, and you can combine that physical part with a 3D representation of the same type of object — then it starts getting interesting,” said Kjesbu.

Earlier this year, the McLaren Formula 1 racing team announced an extended partnership with Webex by Cisco, who are now an official technology partner to the F1 team from 2022.

McLaren, known for incorporating innovation as part of its business, will be using Cisco’s AR holographic solutions to speed up its design process and decision making through real-time feedback and collaboration between designers and engineers at its headquarters and onsite pit crews.

Kjesbu said the company saw an opportunity to make 3D holograms useful today. It can be used for companies making sneakers, handbags or engineering objects.

Kjesbu added that collaborating digitally is key to hybrid working conditions. “One of our key tools is digital collaboration — to have the ability to whiteboard and ideate even when people are remote. That was a luxury resource, now it’s a requirement.”

Hybrid work is both different and more difficult than before, because there have been some shifts in the office, he said. “It used to be a place where we came to work. Now people come into the office when you’re going to meet and collaborate.”

“During Covid, we were able to execute, and companies were able to execute incredibly well, but there were casualties and one of them was around innovation. How do you get innovation if you schedule that you are going to be innovative on Fridays between 10 and 11?”

Hybrid work needs to be reimagined, says Kjesbu. “You must be able to collaborate at any location, it has to be interoperable, you must be able to join through any meeting platform, and the software must promote equity and inclusion, so everyone is on the same level.”

The Cisco Webex app works on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android, including the ability to access its background noise removal feature. A new partnership with Microsoft announced in October allows MS Teams to run natively on Cisco’s Room and Desk

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