Work how you like, where you like with Webex

Work how you like, where you like with Webex

Work how you like, where you like with Webex

Work will never be the same. When the pandemic hit, organisations moved almost completely to remote work to keep business running and keep people safe. As many parts of the world emerge from the pandemic, it’s clear that the future of work will be “hybrid” – a mixed mode in which some people work in the office, others from home, and others from anywhere. Hybrid work is about adapting to how teams work best and creating experiences that reach everyone.

Cisco Webex powers a new way of collaborating that’s centred around the work you do, not where you do it—whether it’s in the office, at home, or anywhere in between.

57%

expect to be in the office 10 days or less each month.

98%

believe future meetings will include remote participants.

97%

want changes to make the office safer before they return.

The Future of work is hybrid

Hybrid work is here to stay, and the best hybrid work solutions enable a better way of work that is flexible, inclusive, supportive, secure and managed. Webex is focused an enabling the best experiences for hybrid work. Webex transforms familiar tools and familiar spaces into something more collaborative.

Impressively secure. Incredibly collaborative.

The world becomes your workplace when all of your work is all in one app.

Calling

Make and receive calls with colleagues or customers with a fully integrated, carrier-grade cloud phone system.

Meetings

Drive more inclusive discussions with innovative features that minimise interruptions and amplify every voice.

Messaging

Create inclusive experiences

Include everyone with features that make sure anyone can participate regardless of their geography, communication style, or language.

Translate in real time

Don’t let language get in the way of how your teams collaborate. Translate real-time into 100+ languages and get post-meeting transcriptions.

Choose your focus

Create a meeting view that works best for you with custom layouts that let you choose the content and people you want to see.

Find your flow with Webex.

Experience hybrid work that can adapt to any industry model and all of your needs

So what is SD-WAN and why does it matter?

So what is SD-WAN and why does it matter?

So What is SD-WAN and why does it matter

Times have changed, and enterprises are using the cloud and subscribing to software-as-a-service (SaaS). While users traditionally connected back to the corporate data centre to access business applications, are now accessing those same applications in the cloud.

As a result, the traditional WAN is no longer suitable mainly because backhauling all traffic – including that destined for the cloud – from branch offices to the headquarters introduces latency and impairs application performance.

SD-WAN provides WAN simplification, lower costs, bandwidth efficiency and a seamless on-ramp to the cloud with significant application performance especially for critical applications without sacrificing security and data privacy. The value of SD-WAN is clear. Organisations not only save money but benefit from increased business agility and worker productivity. It also enables IT to deploy new applications more quickly and accelerate time-to-value.

A Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a virtual WAN architecture that allows enterprises to leverage any combination of transport services – including MPLS, LTE and broadband internet services – to securely connect users to applications.

An SD-WAN uses a centralised control function to securely and intelligently direct traffic across the WAN. This increases application performance and delivers a high quality user experience, resulting in increased business productivity, agility and reduced costs for IT.

Traditional WANs based on conventional routers were never designed for the cloud. They typically require backhauling all traffic – including cloud- destined traffic – from branch offices to a hub or headquarters data centre where advanced security inspection services can be applied. The delay caused by backhaul impairs application performance resulting in a poor user experience and lost productivity.

Unlike the traditional router-centric WAN architecture, the SD-WAN model is designed to fully support applications hosted in on-premise data centres, public or private clouds and SaaS services such as Salesforce.com, Workday, Office 365 and Dropbox, while delivering the highest levels of application performance.

Basic SD-WAN vs Business-driven SD-WAN

Not all SD-WANs are created equal – Many SD-WAN solutions are basic SD-WAN solutions or “just good enough” solutions. These solutions lack the intelligence, reliability, performance and scale needed to ensure a superior network experience. And remember, without a fast, secure and high performing network, enterprise digital transformation initiatives can stall because they rely on apps that rely on services that in turn rely on the network. SD-WAN is a hot topic and is driving strategic decisions within the enterprise. So, what is a Business-driven SD-WAN and why is Basic SD-WAN not good enough?

The primary difference between SDN and SD-WAN is how they are used. SDN has been used in traditional telecom and data centre infrastructures, enabling services on-demand, reducing high operational costs and improving network performance and scalability. SD-WAN, on the other hand, is a cost-effective alternative to the traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks, providing connectivity for geographically dispersed locations in a scalable and secure way.

Both SDN and SD-WAN are based on the same methodology of separating the control plane from the data plane to make networking more intelligent. Architecturally they are similar in many ways:

  • Centralised management or orchestration – the control plane
  • Distributed data forwarding function – the data plane
  • Application-driven traffic routing policies

That said here are the differences between the two technologies.

SDN SD-WAN
Mainly used in data centres Deployed in branch offices and data centres
Centralised orchestration and control Centralised orchestration, control and zero-touch provisioning
Separation of control and data forwarding plane Separation of control and data forwarding plane
Technology has taken a long time to mature Recent technology but maturing very rapidly
Variations of commodity and specialised switching hardware Off-the-shelf x86 appliances – physical, virtual, cloud
Savings come from improved operational efficiencies Savings come from leveraging lower WAN transport and infrastructure costs and improved operational efficiencies

 

Top Benefits of SD-WAN

Building a Better WAN with a Complete Solution

Not all SD-WANs are created equal. By building a better WAN with HPE Aruba and Silver Peak, customers can realise an extended range of benefits:

  • Lower WAN OPEX and CAPEX
  • Greater business agility and responsiveness
  • Increased application performance across the WAN
  • Assure business intent with advanced application visibility and control
  • Robust edge-to-edge security and micro-segmentation
  • Extensibility to 3rd party products via service chaining

Choosing an SD-WAN Vendor

All SD-WANs Are Not Created Equal

SD-WANs are quickly emerging as a preferred solution for leveraging the internet for enterprise connectivity. There are several key foundational components that come with an SD-WAN, including:

  • Ability to leverage multiple forms of connectivity including broadband
  • Dynamic path selection
  • Zero-touch provisioning
  • Centralised management
  • Dramatic cost reductions

The value of a foundational SD-WAN on its own is clear. Organisations not only save money but benefit from increased business agility and worker productivity. It also enables IT to deploy new applications more quickly and accelerate time-to-value.

To achieve the maximum benefit from an SD-WAN, it’s important to fully investigate your options before selecting a specific SD-WAN solution. The question should not simply be: “How can I deploy an SD-WAN?” It should be: “How can I build a better WAN? One that addresses the new demands created by the Cloud; one that doesn’t disrupt my existing WAN during the transition.”

While an SD-WAN is a critical component of building a better WAN, a complete solution must address a broader set of requirements:

  • Performance – Deliver predictable application performance and quality of service across the WAN
  • Visibility and control – See and control all applications and data running across the WAN
  • Security – Secure and segment all WAN traffic and applications
  • Extensibility – Able to service chain other WAN services and route across the WAN

That’s where HPE Aruba and Silver Peak comes in. HPE Aruba and Silver Peak offers a complete range of hardware, software and cloud-based solutions that provide secure, reliable virtual WAN overlays to connect users to applications.

HPE Aruba and Silver Peak SD-WAN solutions give IT the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport technologies without compromising application performance. This dramatically lowers costs, boosts business performance and accelerates time to value.

Moving to an SD-WAN

Non-Disruptive Migration is Possible

Adding SD-WAN to an existing WAN infrastructure couldn’t be simpler. With HPE Aruba and Silver Peak, it can be a seamless transition. During the migration, all existing WAN equipment, services and connections continue to operate as before.

HPE Aruba and Silver Peak’s flexible deployment model allows IT to add appliances, either physical or virtual, whenever and wherever new sites are added to the SD-WAN. Once authenticated and authorised, Orchestrator automatically configures and seamlessly merges them into the SD-WAN.

In other words, you can start immediately and migrate at your own pace, without disruption.

If you’re ready to empower your remote workforce, enable seamless edge-to-cloud connectivity and optimise IT operations, contact us today.

Source: Silver Peak System Inc https://www.silver-peak.com/sd-wan/sd-wan-explained

A renewed focus on business resilience

A renewed focus on business resilience

Our world is facing an acceleration in the frequency, diversity, and impact of disruptions. Planning your network to help your organisation respond to the unexpected is now more important than ever.

Cisco Wi-Fi 6 solutions go above and beyond industry standards and other vendors’ solutions with both hardware and software innovations that meet your needs today and tomorrow.

Begin your Wi-Fi 6 journey

Prepare to meet changing network demands with Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax. With it, you’ll get faster wireless speeds, increased capacity, and improved reliability to power entirely new mobile experiences. Wi-Fi 6 achieves speeds up to 4 times faster than previous Wi-Fi standards, improving the user experience and performance of bandwidth-hungry apps like voice, video, and collaboration. Go beyond Wi-Fi 6 with Cisco Catalyst 9100 Series access points.

Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points

Transform how you work and support remote users. Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points prepare your network for the future of supporting, and going beyond, Wi-Fi 6. With users expecting an immersive experience, coupled with IoT becoming the new mobile, we are now more dependent on Wi-Fi than ever before. Cisco Catalyst 9100 Access Points, powered by Wi-Fi 6 technology and supporting Cisco’s intent-based networking architecture, are ready for the growing user expectations, IoT devices, and next-generation cloud-driven applications.

Resilient

A Wi-Fi 6-enabled Catalyst 9100 Access Point gives your network a capacity boost and helps it run efficiently.

Secure

With image signing, secure boot, Cisco Trust Anchor, and more, the Catalyst 9100 Access Point helps secure your entire network.

Intelligent

Paired with Cisco DNA software, the Catalyst 9100 Access Point provides you with enhanced analytics and more efficiency

The secret to success for your organisation is being better—faster. Do both with Cisco Wi‑Fi 6.

 

Cisco Webex – A single collaboration solution in the cloud

Cisco Webex – A single collaboration solution in the cloud

A single collaboration solution in the cloud

Keep your teams happier, more productive, and more connected than ever before with powerful collaboration tools designed for your business. Cisco Webex ensures that collaboration happens all in one place, from anywhere you are, with Webex Cloud Calling, Cisco Webex Meetings, and Webex Teams

Technology that puts people and teams first

Cisco® Webex is a feature-rich, yet easy-to-use, collaboration solution that keeps people and teamwork connected anytime, anywhere, on any device. Webex brings together calling, messaging, meeting, file sharing, whiteboarding, and more—in one elegant app—so you can streamline teamwork and produce great results, faster than ever, making the meeting experience 10x better than being there.

Secure end-to-end business collaboration, reimagined

Call.

Flexible, secure, hybrid, on-premises, and cloud calling options with Webex Calling.

Meet.

Secure, simple, private, and reliable video conferences, screen sharing, and whiteboarding. Meet with up to 200 people with Webex Meetings.

Message.

Secure, private communications with end-to-end encryption. Connect to anyone from anywhere with Webex Teams.

Huddle.

From the desk to the boardroom, whether in the office or working remotely, experience exceptional video and crystal-clear sound with Webex Rooms.

Collaborate confidently with a safe, secure connection.

Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your data and communications are secure, from software to devices, with anyone inside or outside your organisation.

Automatic integrations make collaboration a breeze.

Webex is a true plug-and-play app that is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS, Android, leading business apps, and Cisco’s industry-leading security solutions.

The Cisco Webex advantage

In-person or afar, Webex brings everyone together to do exceptional work.

Cisco offers a rich Guest User experience that Microsoft and Zoom can’t match – enabling businesses to connect easier. Only Webex is fully business-ready today.

Microsoft Teams provides basic VoIP and call back functionality.

Tip: Security issues are real in Microsoft Teams. Example: potential data leaks, since admins cannot prevent unauthorised sharing.

 

Zoom has a simple, easy-to-use interface and is riding a wave of popularity.

Tip: There is a difference between consumer-grade products and enterprise-grade solutions. Customers should look hard at how well – or poorly – Zoom integrates with other technologies in their environment, especially security.

Make secure collaboration a reality

Break down communication barriers, ditch formality, and work securely with anyone, anywhere. Seamlessly secure your remote workforce with experts who make safe and productive experiences a reality.

The always-on network for the always-on business

The always-on network for the always-on business

The always-on network for the always-on business

Crystal-clear audiovisuals. Seamless conferencing. Secure transactions.

These aren’t just nice-to-haves—they’re make-or break functions for organisations of every size. These functions are essential in creating a frictionless network experience. They keep employees engaged and performing at their best. They enable you to meet your customers where they’re at. They can be a game-changer for your business.

The Aruba Instant On portfolio delivers a high-performance, secure networking solution at a price that won’t break the bank. Instant On access points and switches can be installed in minutes with no expertise required. With solutions designed for indoor, outdoor, hospitality, and SOHO environments, there’s an option for practically every need.

With Aruba Instant On, you’re getting a combination of world-class performance, network security, and simplified setup and management to meet your specific needs. More than that, you’re acquiring premium hardware and software that’s scalable, cost-effective, and supportive of emerging apps and IoT—all while delivering the best user and IT experience possible.

Cisco Small Business Routers

Cisco Small Business Routers

Highly secure network access for small businesses

Securely connecting your small business to the outside world is as important as connecting your internal network devices to one another. Cisco Small Business Routers offer virtual private networking (VPN) technology, so your remote workers can connect to your network through a secure Internet pathway.

What are Routers?

Very simply, routers connect your business to the outside world. Where switches connect devices to other devices in your office, routers connect networks to other networks, including the Internet. They may be called different things – routers, VPN firewalls, or gateways – but, ultimately, they enable your employees to share a single external connection. Routers can enable you to securely connect two offices and allow staff working remotely to connect to your network. They may also include other features to help keep your business secure.

Why choose Cisco routing technology?

Only Cisco offers such a broad range of choices for connecting your business to the world. Whether your needs are simple or more sophisticated, Cisco routing solutions deliver business-class features that you will want to make part of your network foundations.

Features and benefits

Highly secure VPN access

Keep your remote workers secure with access for five to 100 workers, depending on your needs.

Comprehensive security

Built-in firewalls, advanced encryption, and authentication features protect against external threats, keeping your assets safe.

Easy installation

Our browser-based configuration gets you connected quickly.

The heart of our solution is a Cisco Small Business core network, which delivers reliable, secure data communications. It includes built-in security, enabling our customers to create separate, secure networks for each of their clients and create secure VPN connections. The features made it very easy to make Cisco the final choice.

– Austin Smith, founder of Digital Son, a Cisco Partner

Deliver exceptional routing performance

Build a resilient, highly secure routing infrastructure.
Enable high availability and less risk with services for routing solutions.