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It's a few weeks since Cisco announced the next step in its journey toward simplifying and automating network provisioning and management: Cisco DNA Centre. Building on the APIC-EM, which we've been using for a while to help configure intelligent wide-area networks (iWAN), Cisco promises that DNA Centre will be a transformative tool in network design, provisioning, policy management, and support. It's up to people like me to work out whether and when that promise will be fulfilled.

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Recently we've been talking a lot about the software-defined network (SDN). In our customer briefing The Rise of the Apps, we looked at the way modern, app-driven consumption is steering businesses toward outcome-driven, software-defined alternatives to traditional IT provisioning. Later in August, solutions architect Daren Vallyon followed up with his own analogy for how we might consider the SDN as a type of flexible-use building.

Now Cisco has teamed up with the Dummies' Guide series to produce SDN for Dummies: a more detailed walkthrough of software-defined networks, their technology, applications, benefits and requirements.

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If the next generation of workers see wireless access and cloud storage as the norm, what will their expectations be when they join the workforce? How will you support their potential?

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What happens when two organisations, each with its own network infrastructure, merge?

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