Cisco and Telefonica Deliver Platform for Testing Advanced Converged Networks Leveraging Software Defined Networking and Open, Standards-Based Capabilities
Sep 17 14
Cisco and Telefónica have announced the creation of an advanced testing platform to jointly explore and capitalize on the benefits of converged IP and optical networks. Convergence of IP and optical networks based on IETF standards makes it possible to unify the planning, management and engineering of optical network layers and IP network layers, with a consequent improvement in efficiency and a cost savings. Telefónica will be leveraging the Cisco Open Network Architecture comprised of the Evolved Services Plaform (ESP) and Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) which combine both hardware and software to deliver innovative capabilities for global carriers. These capabilities include virtual network functions (NfV), software-defined networking (SDN) and advanced orchestration functionality. Key Highlights are over the next two years, Cisco and Telefónica will be jointly using the Cisco WAN Automation Engine software, which automates and optimizes the engineering of the WAN network, provisioning flexible SLAs (Service Level Agreements) and ultimately, creating a better user experience; Telefonica and Cisco will collaborate on different use cases extracted from the Telefónica network topology, including multilayer restoration, the creation of a multidomain route and a multilevel by-pass, all of this with a multi-vendor approach in order to guarantee compatibility between products from different manufacturers; The tests will be based on various hardware solutions from Cisco and other vendors that are widely used in the market. Cisco gears included such as Cisco CRS Series routers and transport platform Cisco Network Convergence System 2000; The testing platform with also be using Cisco nLight, which is multilayer control technology (GMPLS, Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching) facilitating the exchange of information between the IP and optical layers to optimize operations and maximize the benefits of a convergent transport network; Telefónica will be validating models which help minimize investment cost (by means of redundant and underutilized resources) and to achieve a unified network architecture that is more efficient, less complex and easier to upscale, downscale and operate, enabling it to obtain significant savings in operating and capital costs; The testing platform -- located within Telefónica R&D facilities - is the first in its class in Spain, and consists of a multidisciplinary team formed by engineers and researchers from Cisco and Telefónica.
Cisco Brings Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Center to Berlin
Sep 17 14
Cisco and the City of Berlin announced openBerlin, a Cisco(R) IoE Innovation Center, to be located in Berlin's Schöneberg district. Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centers are aimed at catalyzing and showcasing IoE innovation and development, bringing together customers, industry partners, startups, application developers, accelerators, government organizations and universities. Berlin is one of six new Cisco IoE Innovation Center locations, including Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Songdo, South Korea; Barcelona, Spain; and London, England. The official opening of the center is planned for 2015. Cisco intends to invest close to $30 million in the new site over the coming years.
Cisco Unveils Threat-Focused Next-Generation Firewall
Sep 16 14
Cisco is changing the way organizations protect against sophisticated threats with the introduction of the threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW). Cisco(R) ASA with FirePOWER Services provides the full contextual awareness and dynamic controls needed to automatically assess threats, correlate intelligence, and optimize defenses to protect all networks. By integrating the proven Cisco ASA 5500 Series firewall with application control, and the Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) from Sourcefire(R), Cisco is providing integrated threat defense across the entire attack continuum - before, during and after an attack. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services is an adaptive, threat-focused NGFW that delivers superior, multi-layered protection, extending its capabilities far beyond legacy NGFW solutions. Until now, NGFWs have focused on policy and application control and have been unable to address advanced and zero-day attacks. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services changes this, taking a visibility-driven, threat-focused and platform-based approach: Visibility-Driven - Delivering full contextual awareness of users, mobile devices, client-side apps, virtual machine--to-machine communications, vulnerabilities, threats, URLs, and other important telemetry. Its enterprise-class management capabilities provide users with dashboards and drill-down reports of discovered hosts, suspect applications, threats, and Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) for comprehensive visibility. Threat-Focused - Incorporating NGIPS for comprehensive protection from known and advanced threats, as well as AMP to combat against zero-day and persistent attacks. Big data analytics, continuous analysis and Cisco Collective Security Intelligence (CSI) work together to provide detection, blocking, tracking, analysis, and remediation capabilities to protect against the full spectrum of attacks, known and unknown. Platform--Based - Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services combines proven firewall functionality and application control, NGIPS capability, and advanced breach detection and remediation in a single device. The integration provides organizations with better protection, while also reducing operating costs and complexity. This new solution simplifies an organization's security architecture and reduces its network footprint with fewer security devices to manage and deploy and ability to license subscriptions to extend functionality. Given shifting business models and the fast-changing threat landscape, an organization's approach to reducing the time from breach to recovery needs to be truly integrated and threat-focused. With mounting concern at the executive level regarding the threat of lost intellectual property and compromised customer information and confidence, organizations require broad coverage across all potential attack vectors that can rapidly adjust and learn from new attack methods, and then implement that intelligence to protect them. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides that integrated threat defense to truly help businesses address their biggest security risks -- advanced and zero-day threats. Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides superior visibility and continuous analysis to detect advanced, multi-vector threats and streamlines and automates response for both known and unknown malware. It also offers holistic, actionable IoCs that speed threat investigation and retrospective remediation, along with integrated incident response scoping and automated detection policy updates. All of these innovations are supported by an enterprise-class stateful firewall, VPN, advanced clustering and granular application-layer and risk-based controls that evoke tailored NGIPS threat detection policies to optimize security effectiveness. Open source security integration with Snort, OpenAppID and ClamAV further allows customers to easily customize security to address new or specific threats and applications as quickly as possible. Customers can gain the benefits of the solutions in two ways: Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services (customers can purchase ASA 5500-X Series and ASA 5585-X Series firewall products with a bundled FirePOWER Services license); FirePOWER Services for Cisco ASA (customers can enable FirePOWER Services on existing ASA 5500-X Series and ASA 5585-X Series firewall products). Cisco, with its partners, also provides professional and technical security services to help accelerate migration from customers' current security environments to the integrated threat defense of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services. With deep expertise, proven processes and tools, and global resource availability, Cisco's security services help organizations migrate quickly and with minimal disruption.