Apr 24

Cisco releases 64bit VPN client.

Cisco has finally released a 64bit version of their IPSEC client.

I used to always use the Cisco VPN client to  establish a VPN connection to my business network. I stopped using it when I upgraded my main laptop to Windows Vista x64 back in 2006. The client back then wasn’t compatible with a 64 bit operating system, and Cisco didn’t have plans to develop a compatible version.

I always liked the Cisco VPN client, but I was forced to look for an alternative. I refused to change my operating system choice just for one application. Every other application I used back then was able to run on the 64 bit platform. I could have probably used the 32 bit version of Vista instead with no problems, but that’s just  the way I am sometimes – stubborn ;) .

I ended up just changing VPN clients.  I don’t use IPSEC anymore, and I use the native Windows 7 client to establish the VPN connection to my network. I like the way Windows 7 is working for me in that respect.  It is easy and seamless. I won’t use the Cisco client at this point, but it is good to know that Cisco has finally decided to release the client.

And who knows – I am always changing stuff around. I could end up using it again.

The following link takes you to the release notes for the client – http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/vpn_client/cisco_vpn_client/vpn_client5007/release/notes/vpnclient5007.html

Mar 09

Cisco announced new Core router, CRS 3, that will support the “Next Generation Internet.”

This morning, at 8:00 AM PST, Cisco announced something they say will “forever change the internet.” The announcement was a new core router; an upgrade to their existing CRS 1 line of core routers – the CRS 3. This new core router, they say, will lay the foundation to support the next generation internet. The next generation internet will consist of Video, Collaboration Platforms, and Distributed, virtualized architecture.

This new router, CRS 3, triples the capacity of its predecessor, CRS 1, by providing a bandwidth of up to 322 Tera bits per second. This is, Cisco states, 12 times more than their nearest competitor.

From their press release:

With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.

Here’s a Video about the CRS-3:

Mar 08

Cisco to make major announcement that will “forever change the internet”

Cisco says that it has “a significant announcement [...] that will forever change the internet and its impact on consumers, businesses and governments.”

Speculations abound through out the internet and blogosphere about what this announcement could be, and Cisco’s market share gained 3.65 % to close at $26.13 on Monday.

I’ve received the invitation, and I will be present at the live webcast event tomorrow March 9th at 9 AM Arizona time. I will post an update as soon as the webcast is done.