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Borderless Power Management with Cisco EnergyWise

Cisco EnergyWise was first introduced in February 2009 (Best of InterOp 2009 Green Award) and is basically a response to the very high demand from businesses to monitor, control and manage energy.

“Green” is a hot topic nowadays. Not only will it save businesses a lot of money instantly but having a green image as a business is also of not to be underestimated value in terms of marketing.

Think about the environmental concerns and government directives, there is an increased need for sustainable and “green” business IT operations.
Methods to measure power consumption and control energy output are now the focus of businesses worldwide, with customers looking for consolidated energy management across different device and communications media.

So what exactly is Cisco EnergyWise ?

Cisco EnergyWise is an innovative architecture, available “free of charge” in our existing Cisco Catalyst switches and Integrated Services Routers.

EnergyWise enables companies to measure the power consumption of their network infrastructure and network-attached devices, and to manage the power consumption using specific policies leading to reduced power consumption and important cost savings, and this potentially for any powered device.

How does it all work? Well I can’t explain it better then Robb Boyd:
Fundamentals of Cisco EnergyWise

Cisco’s vision for EnergyWise consists out of 3 phases:

Phase 1: ‘Network Control’, is the management of the energy consumption of IP enabled Power over Ethernet devices like IP-phones, physical security cameras and wireless access points through EnergyWise.

In my next blog I’ll talk more about Phase 2!

Learn more: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10195/index.html

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Borderless Collaboration #3: Cisco VPN Phone


In this third article about Borderless Collaboration, we will discuss about the Cisco VPN Phone solution, one of the new feature of the Cisco UC Manager 8.0 release.

Cisco VPN Phone is a cost-effective solution for extending the reach of your UC environment outside the perimeter of your Firewall. It permits to establish a Secure connection from any location to your Intranet. It adds an other option for the teleworkers or small branches office communications needs and complements the existing teleworkers offering  like CVO, AnyConnect or  OfficeExtend.

Cisco VPN Phone is a fully enabled VPN connection between remote locations and HQ. It is, unlike its predecessor Phone Proxy, encapsulating all the traffic from the phone. Permitting the use of phone xml apps (like Extension Mobility)  ontop of secure signaling and VoIP.

How it helps your business ?

Cisco VPN Client for IP Phones is easy to install, to use and to manage. No more headaches when providing Unified Communications to teleworkers, remoter contact center agents, small branches, temporary deployment, sales events or disaster recovery plants.

You will be able to implement remote connectivity without extra hardware then an IP Phone !

Let’s take the example of road winter maintenance keeping role; a group of people have to wait for the GO from HQ before staring spreading salt on the road. now if those people can wait, truck loaded, at home instead of staying in a regional dispatch station…

What do you get ?

Happier employees, diverse location for quicker and more efficient actions and lower costs from keeping the employees at home !

How to implement it ?

With only a few simple configuration steps you will activate the VPN client on IP Phones (and #1 being already covered for you data VPN needs)

Step 1: Configure Anyconnect VPN access on ASA to provide network access. This can be achieve using CLI or ASDM GUI

Step 2: Upload VPN certificates to UC Manager: from OS admin page, choose Security > Certificate Management.

Step 3: Configure the VPN gatway in UC Manager: in CUCM admin page, under Advanced Features > VPN VPN Gateway.

Step 4: Create a VPN group in Advanced Features > VPN VPN Group.

Step5: Configure the (optional) VPN Profile under Advanced Features > VPN VPN Profile.

Step 6: Assign VPN group and profile into common phone profile. this is done under Device > Device Settings > Common Phone Profile

Then apply the configuration on your IP Phone

You can use your Cisco IP Phone to establish a VPN connection.

VPN client is supported on 7942G, 7945G, 7962G, 7965G, 7975G and 99xx/89xx IP Phones. Require UC Manager 8.0.1 and Phone firmware equal or above 9.0(2)SR1S.

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