Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems helps seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected. An integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships, working together to identify our customers’ needs and provide solutions that fuel their success.

We have preserved this keen focus on solving business challenges since our founding in 1984. Len Bosack and wife Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices, but technological shortcomings did not allow such communication. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols, and as a result of solving their challenge, the multiprotocol router was born.

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Core2Africa Value Proposition for Cisco Systems

Core2Africa has been a Cisco Systems partner since 2010, having developed a high level of knowledge, skill and experience working a variety of customers in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Multiple implementations across a variety of local and global service providers positions Core2Africa as the premier integrator for Cisco Systems in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

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Solutions Matrix

Cisco Systems fits into all five pillars of the Core2Africa SNAAP Matrix, namely Subscriber, Networks, Analytics, Automation and Protection, aligning with the challenges that have arisen within the service provider environment, including:
• Network Performance and Dimensioning
• Visibility & Understanding of Subscriber Behaviour, Network Behaviour and Service Behaviour
• Quality of Service
• Price Compression
• Service Commoditisation
• Reduced Barriers to Entry for New Competitors
• Security
• Revenue Leakage

In line with these challenges Core2Africa has developed a structured approach to best manage them: S-N-A-A-P

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Core2Africa Product Focus

Core2Africa promotes, sells and implements Cisco Systems routers, switches, including software-defined networking, and firewalls. All implementations are conducted using Core2Africa Professional Services, following a Structured 7-Step End-to-End Approach, and supported by Core2Africa Maintenance & Support Services.



Cisco routing provides intent-based networking for the WAN, LAN, and cloud. Our network routers include advanced analytics, application optimization, automated provisioning, and integrated security to deliver a complete, proven solution. Read more . . .

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Cisco Network Convergence System 5500 Series

The Network Convergence System (NCS) 5500 Series offers an industry-leading density of routed 100 GE ports for high-scale WAN aggregation. It is designed to efficiently scale between data centres and large enterprise, web, and service provider WAN and aggregation networks. Read more . . .

5500 Series DATASHEET

Cisco Network Convergence System 6000 Series Routers

The Network Convergence System (NCS) 6000 helps enable superior network agility, packet-optical convergence, and petabits-per-second system scale. It facilitates the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network to support virtualization and programmability at a low total cost of ownership and delivers high-bandwidth mobile, video, and cloud services to end-users. Read more . . .

6000 Series DATASHEET

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers

Today, you have to provide access to compute and content at the edge for billions of devices. You need a simple, programmable network that can deliver residential and business service on a common infrastructure. The ASR 9000 is the flagship platform for Layer 2 and Layer 3 service terminations. When you combine it with the segment routing in IOS XR software and Cisco Crosswork Network Insights, you have a network that can handle the multi-cloud era. Read more . . .



A choice of traditional, cloud-managed, or full fabric-control mode as well as a range of features, scales, port speeds, and interface types from 1G to 100G. Cisco’s fixed and modular, core, distribution, and access LAN switches have been designed for a new era of intent-based networking. Read more . . .

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Data Centre Switches

Built for scale, industry-leading automation, programmability, and real-time visibility, unmatched scale and performance, embedded security, real-time deep analytics, multi-speed ports, and cost advantage. Read more . . .


Campus LAN Switching – Core and Distribution

Cisco Catalyst and Cisco Nexus campus core and distribution LAN switches provide a broad range of deployment options in features, scale, port speeds, and interface types. Our fixed and modular core and distribution LAN switches have been designed to extend intent-based networking from the edge to the core and beyond. In a world that is always changing, you need a network that constantly learns, constantly adapts, and constantly protects. Read more . . .


Campus LAN Switches – Access

Cisco Catalyst access switches bring wired and wireless together to drive digital transformation, to dramatically simplify operations and continuously optimize to support business goals. Read more . . .


Software-Defined Networking

Cisco SD-WAN is a cloud-first architecture that separates data and control planes, managed through the Cisco vManage console. You can quickly establish an SD-WAN overlay fabric to connect data centres, branches, campuses, and colocation facilities to improve network speed, security, and efficiency. Read more . . .

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Cisco SD-WAN End-to-End Deployment

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Cisco SD-WAN vEdge Routers



Cisco Next-Generation Firewalls: Prevent breaches, get deep visibility to detect and stop threats fast, and automate your network and security operations to save time and work smarter. Read more . . .


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Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

Better security, faster speeds, smaller footprint. Stop more threats with our fully integrated next-generation firewall (NGFW) appliance. The 4100 Series’ 1-rack-unit size is ideal at the Internet edge and in high-performance environments. It shows you what’s happening on your network, detects attacks earlier so you can act faster, and reduces management complexity. Read more . . .


Cisco Firepower 9300 Series

Modular security platform for service providers. This carrier-grade next-generation firewall (NGFW) is ideal for data centres and other high-performance settings that require low latency and high throughput. Deliver scalable, consistent security to workloads and data flows across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. With tightly integrated services, the Firepower 9300 Series lowers costs and supports open, programmable networks. Read more . . .


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Cisco Systems Product Updates and News

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NOTE: These product updates include ONLY those products sold and supported by Core2Africa.

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White Papers

VXLAN EVPN Multi-Site Design and Deployment

This document describes how to achieve a Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) Multi-Site design by integrating VXLAN EVPN fabrics with EVPN Multi-Site architecture for seamless Layer 2 and Layer 3 extension. In addition to the technical details, this document presents design considerations and sample configurations to illustrate the EVPN Multi-Site approach. The VXLAN Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) EVPN fabric (or site) can be extended at Layer 2 and Layer 3 with various technologies. However, the sole focus of this document is on how this extension can be achieved by using EVPN Multi-Site architecture, an integrated interconnectivity approach for VXLAN BGP EVPN fabrics. EVPN Multi-Site technology is based on IETF draft-sharma-multi-site-evpn. VXLAN EVPN Multi-Site architecture is independent of the transport network between sites. Nevertheless, this document provides the best practices and recommendations for a successful deployment.

Introduction to Cisco ASR 9000 Series Network Virtualization Technology

Service providers worldwide face high customer expectations along with growing demand for network services. The need for efficiency, high availability, and rapid time to deployment has never been greater, but the network has never been more complex. Too often, supporting the required density and high availability in access and edge networks means using hundreds of complicated routing platforms and protocols that increase operating costs and
slow time to revenue. Now, Cisco offers a revolutionary approach to high availability and access network density based on virtual network architecture. With the new Cisco® Network Virtualization (nV) technology in the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, service providers can radically simplify the network, reduce operating costs, and improve network and service resiliency, all while supporting greater scale and density. This document provides an overview of the Cisco virtual network architectural model and describes how Cisco nV capabilities can be used to optimize edge and access services.

Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) SNMP Monitoring

This article primarily discusses the SNMP monitoring capabilities of an appliance running Firepower Threat Defense (FTD). It also looks at health policies that can be configured from the Firepower Management Center (FMC), which is another way to monitor the health of the managed devices automatically from the FMC. There are at least three options available for monitoring the health of a Cisco Firepower® appliance running FTD. Two of these options rely on SNMP from two different software sources. The third one relies on custom scripts that FMC runs on its managed devices.

Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Multi-Instance Capability on Cisco Firepower 4100 and 9300 Series Appliances

“Multitenancy is a reference to the mode of operation of software where multiple independent instances of one or multiple applications operate in a shared environment. The instances (tenants) are logically isolated, but physically integrated. The degree of logical isolation must be complete, but the degree of physical integration will vary. The more physical integration, the harder it is to preserve the logical isolation. The tenants (application instances) can be representations of organizations that obtained access to the multitenant application (this is the scenario of an ISV offering services of an application to multiple customer organizations). The tenants may also be multiple applications competing for shared underlying resources (this is the scenario of a private or public cloud where multiple applications are offered in a common cloud environment).”

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Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series Switches Architecture

Enterprise campus networks are undergoing profound changes to support ever-increasing bandwidth demands on the access layer, heightened by the introduction of the 802.11ac and 802.11ax standards and the rapid growth of powerful endpoints requiring speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. These networks are in dire need of an infrastructure that can scale rapidly and accommodate the new breed of endpoints without the need to replace the complete cabling infrastructure.

Cisco® Catalyst® 9300 Series Switches are the foundation of Cisco’s next-generation enterprise-class access layer solutions. These fixed, stackable switches are available in various configurations, including data, Universal Power over Ethernet (UPoE), and Multigigabit models. They deliver exceptional table scales (MAC/route/ACL) and buffering capabilities for enterprise applications.

Cisco Software-Defined WAN for Secure Networks

Cisco SD-WAN also helps you connect and manage multiple branch offices while lowering WAN costs and improving security. The solution provides a secure hybrid overlay technology that virtualizes the enterprise WAN with centralized management and control. Cisco SD-WAN builds an overlay fabric that is carrier and transport-agnostic. This allows network-wide segmentation for lines of business, compliance, and business partners. It also offers optimized performance for public clouds and the Internet.

Software-Defined Branch

With the Cisco SD-Branch, network functions run inside a virtualized environment. SD-Branch deployments can even split up virtual appliances into discrete functions and then centralize these functions (such as any related to enterprise policy) into the headquarters, private data centre, or hybrid cloud, rather than have to configure and deploy it all in branches. This approach is known as a Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN).

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