B2B Tech Talk with Ingram Micro
B2B Tech Talk with Ingram Micro

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Enterprise Networking With Cisco | Cisco Series

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Organizing enterprise networking can be stressful. Learn how to control all access points

Dan Stewart, Senior Business Transformation Engineer for Cisco Solutions at Ingram Micro, gives us the lowdown on organizing an effective and comprehensive digital environment using Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA).  

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Would you want TA scale, even middlesized medium size to large environments that allows you to really seeeverything in one view and trouble shoot and add that security to it fromthat product series, you're listening to Beto be techdogwith Inger microne the place to learn about new technology and technologicaladvances before they become mainstream? This is the Cisco Edition Taking YourBusiness a level up, let's get into it, welcome to be to be tec top with anger,micro. I'm your host, Kerry Roberts and our guests today is Dan Stwart, thesenior business transformation engineer, forcisco solutions at angram microwelcome Dann, so excited happy here today. Thank you. Carry started to behere myself, so today we're chatting about enterprise networking. Can youtell us what enterprise networking is and how it applies to businesses almost definitely so. Enterprisenetworking is what you would think of as the main connection points for yourdevices as you connect to your resources. Most of US use that toconnect to but think of businesses they want to connect to shared resources,applications office, communications, things of that nature. You need ways toconnect everything to each other, so typically, an enterprise network wouldbe comprised of the different components of network routers networks,switches and, of course, a wireless inferast Tucture, because mosteverything now is of mobile environment, all rapped with the blanket of securityto make sure that your devices connect securely to the resource a they want toaccess now. I Know Sisco recently worked with the annual GamingConvention Bliskn to create a network...

...that powered demos panels andchampionship games and Bliescot hosted thirty five thousand people in personand another ten million people globally watching a line that is a ton of people.Can you talk about how Cisco supports a large scale roll out events like thismost? Definitely that's a pretty impressive conference and Sisco puts ona few conferences like that, amongst others, like Cisco, live they host forpartners where you do have these. You K now tens of thousands of people comingin all looking to again access their resources, their connections to mostlythe Internet hat most people do that by way of wireless connections and a lotof the support gets into that infrastructure. Where do we help place?The right axis points to cover the most amount of users to give the most amountof performance to those devices, especially like convention Hales. Youwant to have you know how many you know hundreds of people in one area, allwith their phones out and most times they have phones, plus a smart watch orsomething all communicating with data. That's a lot of preplanning that youcan take advantage of with things that Sisco has with regards to theirwireless applications or wireless axess poins, all those connect to each otherthrough their Sisco catalist switches that are the robust infrastructure fortheir environments. All of that structure truly is managed by WITHCISCOis driving. Is that goal of an intent based network driven by what they calltheir DNA center solution or a digital network architecture? How they do thatis saying? Well, I got a lot of individual pieces, a lot of axisspoints, maybe hundreds of axiss points that connect all these thousands ofclients. How do I manage all of that? How do I see all that data? How do Imake sure it's you know running smoothly or if any, to troel shootsomething? How quickly is it to go and...

...find that issue to remediate it toactually have that best case user result? If you treated all theseproducts that are part of that enterprise network is, I guess,independent components. It can become a very big challenge, especially when youhave environments like this that have tons of Guas and tons of expectations.T at that Wifi or wireless connection is just going to always work so withthings like DNA center, which is a appliance base solution today thatallows you to see, monitor, manage all of your connections and components fromone single screen and then layer on a healthy dost of security components. Ontop of that allows you to scale up as far as you need, because yourmanagement really becomes one source of truth. No, I mean that's incredible andit's great that they're able to to do something like that with such largeconferences, such as Wiscon now, technology is always changing, and soonwe'll have access to things like Fi, g and Y by six. What is the differencebetween five G and Y five six, and why is it important to know about themgreat question, so those are definitely great terms that are hitting our ourmarketing right, so we're seeing that from commercials receiving our UM wireless providers come out and say:Hey Five GS, the next way, and obviously, as numbers go up in ourstructure. That means you get bigger and better performance ind featuresright. So it's really a not a tal of of competing technologies. They're reallylooking at these technologies as complimentary to each other. Ui Startwith Yfi six. First, because that's really more near to an enterprisenetwork solution and something that actually you can traditionally control.You can buy your axis points where that Wy fisic standard is coming from andwhat happens is over a period of time, we've seen axiss points get better andbetter performance. If you look at you...

...know, maybe ou familiar with somewireless terminalogy you've seen different letters like wireless andwireless eghto, two Ni, eleven AC and now ax came out and kind of whathappened. Was All these letters were kindof confusing to the market? Theydon't know what was new, what wasn't new, so they went back and said: Let'sjust number this from starting with four o five and six and then, if we cansee the numbers go up, they just means you get bigger and better performance. What's transition to a little bit in yfive, six is we've seen kind of a peak ofperformance for my devices interfacing with my axis points that interface withthe environment that now we're trying to see wile. I have all these devicesin my environment now than I ever had before it's more than just a laptop ora cellphone. If now tablets, you have smart watches, you have the IO t devicsall these sensors, all these things that you never had an a network beforebetter, usually connecting over wireless and what we've seen with Wyfie six and really the goal from it is to use it as more of an efficiency playin a wireless space. We're not going to see massive improvements in performance,but we will see it as a better use of devices on the network itself. Having abetter experience, I can now have more iotdevices that play in a certainfrequency of my network operate a lot more efficiently and I can have myusers that are streaming video online. The same time that I have littledevices like your thermis stats that need very little data to becommunicating simultaneously and that's, allowing us to have more and moredevices more and more communications and able to now give us an overall,better experience for the continued growth of wireless ofvices in myenvironment. So knowing that with Wif, I six, you actually have the ability tocontrol. That is a you know: Enterprise...

...play you can buy the latest generation,Cisco, catalist, axess, ploints or even the miracky series. If you want to gowith, he cloud managed a offering, they do have their wife Fi six axes pointsavailable today, because of that you can place them in your environment. Youcan also wait a little bit for the clients to that are wife, fisticxscapable to take advantage of all those features, but even by putting the newone in your environment, you can start seeing those benefits of performance,scale and security with how you build out your enterprise infrastructure,buts. On the other side, you have five G, five GS, a service provider service.You don't really have any control over the users on that shared space. So muchlike why five six you're going to see improve performance, anprove coveragein your buildings. It's going to have a little it more area, but it's going tobe a lower rollout. You don't have control of when that service is goingto be in your city or in your area or provided by your different carriersthat you may have only in your area depending how remote or rule you may be.Hey may not reach your land for some time. So, while it's great andsomething when it does exist, you can have a seamless experience of movingfrom a Tom, a corporate owned, WIFI, six great efficient, powerfulexperience and then, as you move out of your controlled business area, you canthen move to your five G. also high performance, high efficiency whenyou're in your car or between buildings or moving to different areas as acomplimentary technology. So that's kind of the landscape. Right now iswipisixes. Here you can invest into it and the clients are coming at a fasterpace than you will see. The FIV G, which you have to wait for serviceproviders to roll out your clients to exist from the various manufactures ofphones and then you have to look at...

...things like sometimes battery powerdust, fi g consume more batteriy than a more efficient Yfi six. That could be acontinued story of how we leverage these different technologies in and outof their soon to be discovered best appropriate areas. Before we jumped straight back intotoday's episode, we wanted to let you know about one of the industry's mostimportant events: Ingre Miros, one o thousand and nineteen, even on NovmerEighteenth through November, twenty first at the Gay Lord Rocky'sconvention. So one is your chance to experience. What's new and excitinginsecurity, Iot cloud and more also you'll be able to network with otherbusinesses, industry experts, Ingra, microassociates and or vendorporterscontact your Ingra micro representative for details on how to register todayall right, let's get back to the show, I think that's a tremendous way todescribe the difference, and you know there's just so many things coming outwith more an more devices to manage. How do you suggest that companiescontrol their networks overall? It kindo goes back to that BLUSCONconversation where we look at that large deployment of all my m switchesand wiryless for that environment, and I mentioned that platform called DNAcenter. Truly, that is the direction that Cisco was looking to go for,seeing your campus style environment. You want to add all of your devices,not just in one building, but you may have multiple branch offices, remotebuildings, different sites across the country across the world, that you needto have visibility into. If you can move that into a single dashboard or asingle pane of glass, where you can see everything going on, you now have thatability to make those larger scale changes across the board. So you cannow see when your softar versions might...

...be out of date and then push those outto your devices to make sure you're maintaining a level of securitycompliance. You can push entirer feature updates to your devices with afew cliqus trying to really move yourself into more of an automatedapproach and less manual approach, because if you can have a centralmanager, this DNA center solution work with your infrastructure and you kindof say, Hey. I want this thing to happen. I have an intent. I have thisgoal for this configuration we rolled out or this branch sights to be broughtup. If I had to do that manually, that's alot of pieces components and sometimes, as we are prone to errors, things canhappen by manual intervention. If I can have my devices t talk to each other andwork together to say hey. This is the best way to approach this and then doall those configuration commands for me when I just give it a little bit ofinput, it can execute a lot of output and now changes that could take a longtime or in some cases, ire never going to happen because you're so reluctantto make a Security Patch for network outage or you make a change. Yourdevice coand have a an issue with something else down the chain that youmay not know about, because you're only looking at a certain point product. Sowhen you want TA scale, even middle sized medium size to largeenvironments. That allows you to really see everything in one view and trouble,shoot and add that security to it from that product series. Yes, automation,saving time, efficiency, all incredibly important- and I know Cisco- has a wayof blending. What is and what is next when it comes to enterprise networking,can you talk about that solution, which is called inten based networking andwhat it does yeah? I kindo tease that a little bit in the last ancwer there Umthat really is built on some of the...

...pillars that this DNA center solutionis really around. Is Automation is a key piece of it. Like I said you canstart rolling out large scale changes with just a few commands into theinterface assurance is going to be a huge piece and what assurance meansfrom Cisco is time of troubleshooting to that issue. Resolution can bedrastically reduced, because now you have full visibility to everythingtalking to each other and how it's connected, how it's controlled and howit's seem, and the system even gives you pads for guided remediation like itcan actually tell you hey. I think this is happening because of this issue.Here's a fix. We recommend to go, do it and here's the commands or here's thebutton. We can do to give you that view to make those changes to the specificarea. I've actually seen that myself in one of the environments that I run, weinstalled the DNA center solution on top of our worrless network, just toget some visibility into clients connecting the axis points themselvesand it wasn't really very large. I just wantd to see it for the two axes pointsin our office that we had control over as soon as I brought that up and itlearned information over the the week. It was reporting that I had a highamount of wireless interference, and that was interesting because I nevergot any complaints from anybody in the area when they came in the office theygot on the wiry list, they did what they did and they they left, and no oneever complained that something was wrong. But I go through and checked thesystem an it was telling me that hey this frequency was being overrunbecause of all the noise in the area and we found out- and we KINDOF knew alittle bit of this, but it was competing with some of our corporatewireless, a lot of our blue toothheadsets and a lot of othertesting equipment. We had in the environment that we had to go in andsee how we could change our environment up to resolve that issue, that wewouldn't have known about really without some more proactive tools inthe system. So the intense goal was to...

...say: Hey, I want to make my environmenthealthier and the outcome was seeing a lot of that visibility come from thatsolution, Sep. That is absolutely wonderful. I think it's great, you knowyou have so much passion about this and so much knowledge. If people want tolearn more about what we're talking about today, where can they connectwith you either on social media or a website? Coa Um, so I actually work and,what's known, is our business transformation center? That is in ourInger Microbuffalo campus here, and what we have is a resource best way toreach. It actually is, if you go to your favorite search engine and searchfor Inger Micro Business Transformation, center you'll, find all the informationof the solution and outcomes and approaches that we do support, which isthe department I'm in to Nthey. Give you that experience where you canactually sign up for joining us for events like this, where you can come innd work with us come in, we can work on either a high level overview oftechnologies, or we get into conversations that would actually bepurpose built for an opportunity that our partners may actually be working onto the point where we do have customers that come into our offices and we workwith them hands on with the equipmenting gear. So it's not justtalking about it. They get the hands on time with the demonstration of thoseproducts to see it for themselves. One other resource that I recommendalso part of Ringer Microgroup, is our inger micro, CISCO PARTNER showcase. You can use that search in yourfavorite browser again and that point you to a lot of these Sisco specificresources that we do have here available. For you, whether it B,Webbon or series trainings that are offered enablemen plans for partners alot of good resource that we can offer from there again that are more tailorsspecivally to the Sisco Vendor wonderfal. One of the questions we askall of the guests on this show is:...

Where do you see technology goingwithin the next year? That is a interesting question. Um Technology, my background really is inwireless. So what I see is a continued drive into Iot. That is going to beeverything I mean. I look at my house that has smart connected light switches.Smart connected outlets, smart connected Thurmos, deat and Thatce allback ended by a wirless infastructure. When I installed wireless, it usuallywas a few devices. Initially, it was just like our F, like two tablets andmaybe a phone in five years. It now has, I think, like thirty devices, allTalkingto my one access point and that's just because we want to automateand get details of things in our environment. When I look at thefacility that I work at, we see that even transforming into smart sensorsfor our power we're putting censors on our circuit breakers, we're puttingcensors in our environment all that talkd to the wireless really seeingthat evolution into that digital transformation. I'm transforming myhouse into a smart home, I'm transforming my business into a a smartbusiness and that digital transformation uually, spearheaded bythat term IOT that's kind of the device and the realm around it, but the min set of transforming myenvironment to gain data, an insights and intelligence and then use that tomake changes. That's where I see a lot of is going. How can I reduce my power?How coan I improve my AH security? How can I look at things in a different wayto go and take all these data points all this information that were startedto gather from all of our smart devices, and it's only smart and if you dosomething with that information. So that's what we're seeing and I reallysee the technology going- is using...

...digital transformation using that Iotplay, but then taking that information and applying it to a business outcometo make a change because of it, and then we can report and say wow ih'veinvested in technology, not just because it's cool and it is but it'sgon to have some sort of benefits and then Sall e talk to executives and andmy superiors, you know Ale, looking at ways to how do we save money, how wemonitize this? How do we actually gain and recroup some value and that's theway we look at? Is that data intelligence and using it for thosetypes of analytics? I love that. Thank you. So much stand for being here yknow. You can feel your passion and energy for what you're talking about,and I think you gave a great overview of what enterprisent working is today.So thank you so much for being here, oh you're, very welcome and thanks freverme cury. If you like this episode or have a question, join the discussion ontwitter at Angram Texsol with the Hash Tig bee to be tucktalk. Thank you fortuning in and subscribing to be to be tectok with Ingram micro. You've been listening to be to betechtok with ingre migrosisco edition. Taking your business a level on hostedby Karry Roberts bbitecdok is a joint production, my sweetfish media andanger micro, Ingr microproduction handled by Laura Pardon and ChristineFan to not miss an episode subscribe today in your Favorite Pot castplatform.

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