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F5 Networks Inc. announced its next version of BIG-IQ, its intelligent management structure that provides a single point of integration for administering and orchestrating security and application delivery services. The company contends the updated version brings network operations and DevOps teams together to manage application delivery from a single point of control. It also uses role-based access control (RBAC) to regulate access to a network's resources based on the roles of individual users within the enterprise. This functionality, F5 said, eliminates the need for network managers to set individual policies. The latest version of BIG-IQ will be available in February. The new features will also be available through Cisco's application policy infrastructure controller (APIC) under terms of a partnership between the two vendors.
Cisco bolstering Meraki
Cisco announced that it is bolstering the capabilities of its Meraki network management product, making it possible for enterprises to use the cloud-based platform to oversee both wireless and wired infrastructure.
At its Cisco Live event in Milan, the company touted the benefits the enhanced platform will provide to large enterprises, but it also stressed that the platform is well-suited to any size company. Cisco contended that the new capabilities will provide users with a tool that permits a consistent management experience across both wired and wireless networks.
Anaheim Convention Center installs high density Wi-Fi Network
The Anaheim, Calif., Convention Center is beefing up its Wi-Fi network with equipment and software from Cisco. Under a partnership with Smart City Networks, the integrator will spend $2.5 million to upgrade ACC's infrastructure and provide free wireless access throughout the building. The Smart City wireless design will also include Cisco's Mobility Service Engine (MSE) and Cisco's Prime Infrastructure and will enable location-based services (LBS). The upgrade means the ACC will be the first convention center on the West Coast equipped with 10 Gbps connectivity. There will be a total of 700 access points throughout the facility.
Ipanema announces first cloud-based service
Ipanema Technologies announced its first cloud-based technology, IpanemaCloud.The service uses central management to reduce the time value-added resellers, managed service providers and telcos need to deploy the vendor's WAN services. "Moving our central management platform to the cloud allows enterprises and partners to reduce time to deploy and operate Ipanema's platform. They can now easily and safely consume Ipanema technology to guarantee their business-critical application performance anytime, from every place," said Rogier van der Wal, Ipanema's vice president of cloud services, in a statement.