Cisco is excited to announce the Cisco LTE Advanced 3.0 release is available for all ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 series platforms running on IOS XE 16.3(2). LTE Advanced 3.0 supports all scalable multi-core ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 series platforms with full dual carrier aggregation across all segments and regions. Customers can expect the standard, rich feature set of Cisco Advanced LTE and Cisco IOS XE as well as: Faster DL speeds – Theoretical CAT6 speed of DL 300 Mbps means LTE Advanced is 2-3x faster than CAT3/CAT4 LTE and has even lower latency. Actual speeds are dependent on specific service provider live network LTE provisioning and channel bandwidth. Higher LTE performance will, in some cases, require a performance license upgrade (e.g. ISR 4221 and 4321 require a performance license upgrade to maximize LTE Advanced CAT6 DL 300 Mbps). Increased scalability – Increased LTE Advanced CAT6 scalability with ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 Series’ separate multi-core data/control planes architecture. Short installation time and rapid deployment – Quick branch turn-up for instant connectivity in remote offices, ATMs, construction sites, retail stores, and small-medium businesses (anywhere there is cellular coverage). Configurable for fail-over from wired WAN in case of wire line outages. Full dual carrier aggregation – LTE Advanced carrier aggregation utilizes multiple frequency bands simultaneously making it possible for carriers to transmit data to a device like a wireless router through a single “aggregated data pipe”. Devices switch frequency bands in just a few milliseconds. So, even if one band drops, the device stays connected via a second band. Network resiliency – through IWAN diversity with or without another wired link and full carrier aggregation. What are the key features? Key features include: SMS, standalone active GPS, 4G MIB (3G MIB with full 4G extension), IMS Bearer QOS, Multi-VRF, Multi-PDN, and multiple profiles as well as: Primary LTE Advanced - Wireless WAN link, WWAN IWAN diversity or seamless WAN backup (e.g. for remote offices, branches, even with ENCS Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and services). Multi-carrier support - Expansion to additional geographies with more FDD/TDD multi-carrier frequencies means the NIMs can be easily reprogramed to a different carrier (within the same country) using firmware image switching and provisioning (using the same LTE Advanced NIM). Integration with ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 Series – Tightly integrated with modular ISR 4000 (including the new ISR 4221) and the new ENCS 5400 series, both leveraging rich IOS-XE based security and numerous other advanced NFV functions and services. Enterprise Dying Gasp – This feature can program and send SMS messaging when ISR 4000 or ENCS platform power is lost (e.g. a text message such as: “This ISR/ENCS platform in building 24 has lost power”). A visible RSSI status BAR on module faceplate to help site installation and troubleshooting is also included. Dual micro SIMs – dual micro SIMs for primary and backup SIM support (within the same country) with auto SIM detection capability. LTE Advanced NIMs are now available on CCW. Look for these PID Names: - NIM-LTEA-EA (for North America and EMEAR) - NIM-LTEA-LA (for all India, China, Japan, Australia, ASEAN, and LATAM) For more details and NIM product specifications go to: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/routers/4000-series-integrated-services-routers-isr/datasheet_C78-738511.html
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Guest post by Vikramjeet Singh For the last 5 years, Cisco has been empowering your branch IT networks with DC-class servers. 3000+ customers and growing. Our UCS E-series servers slim down your branch hardware footprint and boost application deployment flexibility with a converged network, compute, and storage platform. Do Even More with Less In this fast-paced digital world, the digitization of customer experiences and the Internet of Everything require you to run more mission-critical applications on the branch edge. With our new 3 rd generation UCS E-series single wide blade, turbocharge your branch compute by 2x (compared to 2 nd generation) without huge, power guzzling rack servers or dedicated appliance. Figure 1: 3 rd Gen. UCS E-series Single Wide 160S-M3 For example, let’s take a retail use case. In a typical deployment, a store may run a WAN optimization service such as Cisco virtual WAAS (vWAAS) and a Point-of-Sale (PoS) application on a UCS E-series within an ISR 4000 router. To accommodate guest Wi-Fi, the same blade can also run a virtual Wireless LAN controller (vWLC) to centralize wireless network visibility. And if physical security is monitored through video surveillance, then MediaSense is deployed to support recording, playback, live streaming, and storage of voice, video for business intelligence. Of course, you cannot omit the Intrusion Detection and Prevention System, e.g. FirePOWER Threat Defense either. However, there are two major concerns when deploying a multitude of applications. Limited compute resources for high performance threat detection solution such as FirePOWER IDS/IPS Lack of storage capacity which restricts high data storage applications and forces frequent cloud backups, thus further increasing costs With the 3 rd Gen UCS E-series 160S-M3, you don’t need a separate appliance for MediaSense or FirePOWER IDS/IPS. It can run on the same UCS E-series along with vWAAS and the PoS application . Additionally, you can leverage the extra higher storage capacity, up to 4TB, for print servers in large branches, security camera feeds, or any proprietary data intensive applications. By converging more apps into one blade, you reduce both OpEx and CapEx without compromising performance. With UCS E-Series, you can take on compute-intensive applications and high-storage use-cases. See our model comparison chart below for the right specs that meet your specific IT challenges. Now that I got you excited, checkout these resources to learn more about Cisco UCS E-series. Latest solution overview 3D model with datasheet and video 5 customer testimonials with use-cases and deployment Alaskan Bank Virtualizes Branches for Productivity Benefits Retailer Maximizes Space, Increases Resiliency with Store-in-a-Box Insurance Company Virtualizes Data Center and Desktops Swiss SP Courts Clients with Savvy, Affordable Cloud Services Navaho Partners with Cisco to Capture Virtual Image Storage Market We are working on pretty amazing stuff. Stay tuned for more exciting updates in 2017!
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