Cisco APJC Network AnnouncementsThu, 21 Feb 2019 17:05:16 -0800The WAN is dead. Long live the SD-WAN. early as 2011, analyst firms such as IDC were documenting the challenges with Wide Area Network (WAN) environments. In its top 10 predictions for 2011, IDC mentioned the WAN was reaching a breaking point due to the pressures of cloud and security requirements. More recently, Gartner said that “by 2021, more than 65% of WAN edge infrastructure refresh initiatives will be based on SD-WAN versus traditional routers, up from less than 30% as of 2Q18”. 2018-12-14 Tractors, Cars, and the meaning of Intent-Based Networking Networking (IBN) is a hot topic right now and as with many hot topics there is often confusion. Even though Cisco announced it a year ago at Cisco Live US, at this year’s event the most frequently asked question was still: “What is intent based networking?”. Part of the confusion comes from the definition of intent itself. Dictionaries say intent is the notion of “purpose or design”. Marketers will say that intent in the network means “the network knows what to do and it runs itself”. Network engineers, however, have a slightly different understanding and will tell you that the network has always been automated and self-driven. So, what's different and what's changed?2018-06-25 That time I fat-fingered an IP address and brought the Network down a network engineer responsible for a 40,000 user network, I once " fat-fingered an IP address connecting to the regional network gateway, cutting off the entire campus for 15 long minutes. Like me, I’m sure most of network engineers have a story of a time when a simple change had wider ramifications, so the guiding motto has always been “better safe than sorry". The problem with this approach is that demands on the network are increasing.2018-05-03 Is it the end of “mean time to innocence” for network engineers? digitization drives all information to be accessible online, the first user reaction when an application or data is inaccessible is to blame the network. A recent Cisco study shows that network engineers spend almost 50% of their time on network troubleshooting to try to find and resolve those problems. This has become such a concern that engineers have coined the term "mean time to innocence" to describe this tendency to point the finger at the network. This may be coming to an end with Cisco DNA Center. Read more to know about the network innovations that promise to transform the experience for network engineers, but also for digital businesses. 2018-01-17