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    Cisco Blog » Inside Cisco IT

  • Dear Contact Center Marketing Director

    Rob Maynard
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Contact Center Marketing Director, I’ve been thinking a long time about this and I wanted to write and mention a few annoying things about your contact center. I also have some great suggestions for you on how you can improve your customer service. I’m not saying I have all the answers but as a valued customer I thought you might like to hear from me. I believe these opinions are not just mine, but probably span a large part [...]
  • Bumbling and Stumbling in the Data Center

    Douglas Alger
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What’s the klutziest thing you’ve ever done in a Data Center? Over the years I’ve seen people drop tools, tangle patch cords and step into notched floor tiles.  Once when I was giving a Data Center tour a fellow was so intent to see how outside air was drawn into the HVAC system that he whacked his head on a viewing window. I’ve encountered outages caused by clumsiness, too.  In one case a co-worker was lifting a floor tile and [...]
  • Network Dependency Mapping Helps Clean Up Our Application Portfolio

    Sumanta Mandal
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    My team is moving hundreds of applications to our new Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform, and network dependency mapping is the first step in this migration. Most of Cisco IT’s applications are three tiered with web and middle tier residing on the same Java Virtual Machine (JVM) connecting to a database. A typical application may have one or more JVMs that connect to one or more databases. Sometimes the databases internally connect to other databases. Over the last five years, [...]
  • Why Are We Reinventing Our Marketing Function?

    Pascal Lendermann
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Our customers’ expectations and buying behaviors are changing, and more brands compete for their attention. We either need to reinvent our approach to marketing or risk losing business to our competitors. The big change in buying behavior is that most of us now research a product online before we ever meet with a salesperson. This is true whether we’re looking to buy a washing machine or IT infrastructure. // Let’s say you’re in the market for a new TV. Not [...]
  • Bye-Bye Email. Hello Cisco Spark!

    Rammesh Rajagopal
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whatever new technology comes out, it seems that the number of emails we get every day only continues to rise. Well, not everywhere. On my last birthday, I received wishes from 65 sources: 58 from friends through Facebook and the remaining 7 from the financial institutions that I deal with (all automated system notifications). Like me, I am sure that many of you have a personal email inbox with mostly subscriptions and like messages and very few emails from friends. [...]
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    Cisco Blog » TechWiseTV

  • Microsoft Lync Made Better

    Robb Boyd
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Jabber supports Lync interoperability despite having to work with proprietary Microsoft protocols.
  • Cisco Modeling Labs on TechWiseTV

    Robb Boyd
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Designing, building, testing and launching physical networks can be an expensive, complex and time-consuming endeavor, and these trends are putting a premium on the need to speed up the process.
  • Intercloud Fabric: Unleashing Hybrid Cloud

    Robb Boyd
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    TechWiseTV Episode 174 featuring Cisco Intercloud Fabric , part of the Enterprise Cloud Suite with guest John McDonough, @johnamcdonough YouTube Preview  var tag = document.createElement('script'); tag.src = 'https://www.youtube.com/iframe_api'; var firstScriptTag = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; firstScriptTag.parentNode.insertBefore(tag, firstScriptTag); var player; function onYouTubeIframeAPIReady() { jQuery('.youTubePlay').each(function() { var iframeID = jQuery(this).attr('id'); player = new YT.Player(iframeID, { height: '390', width: '640', videoId: iframeID, events: {…
  • TechWiseTV SP: Cloud VPN

    Robb Boyd
    7 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    We ARE going to show you a specific service, using YOUR network, where the technology can be ready to go faster than your marketing or sales department can be ready to sell it.
  • Network Service Orchestration enabled by Tail-f

    Robb Boyd
    4 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    These engineers recognized that network management was full of increasingly complex ‘stuff’ being ladled over the top of our networks ignoring the root issues. They believed that a standardized data construct that could be used within any vendor, but it would be such a monumental undertaking that up to that point, nobody had tackled it. This significantly changes how services are created. It changes the focus from defining a configuration to defining a service. This is a capability that a business leader can understand and get behind.
 
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    Cisco Blog » Digital and Social

  • Which Business Wireless Product is Right For You?

    Martin Hardee
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    There’s a simple new Wireless Products Selector on Cisco.com that we hope will make it quicker to choose the right wireless product for you. It’s right at the top of our  Wireless products page : This leads to a very simple, intuitive tool that guides you to choosing the right wireless access point or wireless LAN controller: Feel free to  take it for a spin!    
  • New #SocialRoundup: How New Live-Streaming Video Applications are Changing Views on Content

    Autumn Truong
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    It’s estimated that nearly three-fourths of the world’s mobile data traffic will be in the form of video content by 2019, with an expected 13-fold increase between 2014 and 2019. And more than half of the mobile devices connected to the network will be “smart” ones. As mobility continues to expand, Cisco, like many brands, is exploring the most innovative ways to integrate real-time video with our social media to engage with customers, influencers and employees. YouTube and Google+ Hangout On Air have been steady options. But [...]
  • Cisco.com goes Mobile – One Page at a Time

    Joann Hartman
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Did you know Cisco.com gets more than 355.5M visits a year?  One out of every 10 visits is from a mobile device and mobile usage is growing. Much of the Cisco website is mobile-friendly, with the new Cisco.com Home page, Product pages, revised Support Home Page, and over 7,800 Model pages. Now we are turning our attention to 200K+standalone, single HTML content pages. A new mobile-friendly (responsive) template is being applied to all content pages on Cisco.com . In June, the team converted [...]
  • Social Selling: A Sales & Marketing Love Story

    Jennifer Roberts
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    For the past year, I’ve worked with Carola van der Linden ( Carola van der Linden ), Marketing Manager in EMEAR, on Social Selling. I wanted to get her unique perspective on how sales and marketing works together and what marketing can learn from sales. Carola brings not only a deep understanding of how social is used in her region but first hand experience implementing new capabilities to the sales organization. Jennifer Roberts: You’ve been working on the social selling program for some time, what do you think marketing [...]
  • Gamification: DevNet Zone at Cisco Live San Diego 2015 Review

    Deanna Belle
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Gamification – Does it really motivate your audience to engage, achieve goals and become a more active contributor within your community? Based on our most recent implementation of gamification at Cisco Live San Diego 2015 last month, the answer to this question is an astounding YES. Let’s take a quick step back. What exactly is gamification? Gamification can be defined in a number of ways but I like to define it as the application of online game mechanics in a non-game setting to motivate users to engage, achieve goals [...]
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  • Your Files Are Encrypted with a “Windows 10 Upgrade”

    Talos Group
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    This post was authored by Nick Biasini with contributions from Craig Williams & Alex Chiu Update 8/1: To see a video of this threat in action click  here Adversaries are always trying to take advantage of current events to lure users into executing their malicious payload. These campaigns are usually focussed around social events and are seen on a constant basis. Today, Talos discovered a spam campaign that was taking advantage of a different type of current event. Microsoft released Windows 10 earlier this week (July 29) and [...]
  • Serving up cloud options just got easier

    Adrian den Hartog
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Got cloud?  It’s no secret that implementing cloud technologies allows IT to rapidly react and dynamically deliver new services to any business or organization almost instantly. In an ideal world, cloud services—whether private, public, or hybrid—allow users access to applications wherever, however, and whenever they need. Operating in the cloud can help solve some of your most cumbersome business and IT challenges. For starters, it can provide scalability, reduce costs, improve collaboration, and enable automation. It sounds great, right? So [...]
  • Miercom Agrees: Cisco Controllers with Dynamic Bandwidth Selection are the Tops

    Shivesh Ganotra
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Cisco recently introduced another addition to its Radio Resource Management (RRM) algorithm – Dynamic Bandwidth Selection (DBS). Previously, controllers only had the ability to automatically assign channels and power levels, while the AP channel widths were manually assigned for each AP Group. A choice of 20MHz, 40MHz, or 80MHz channel widths were offered within the Access Point (AP) groups, allowing for the APs to all be on the same chosen channel width. With the addition of DBS, the APs can [...]
  • #InternetOfEverything Accelerates Critical “Air Care” for CALSTAR

    Tony Shakib
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    I’ve been blogging a lot lately about how smart organizations in all industries need to embrace a digital transformation in order to innovate and compete at the blistering pace of the Internet’s next wave—the Internet of Everything (IoE). The pace of digital disruption is affecting the transportation industry in significant ways. The IoE is driving safety , mobility and efficiency efforts across the industry. And, while streamlining operations is critical to the success of any agency, it’s even more important when inefficiency [...]
  • Changing the Way We Deliver Vulnerability and Threat Intelligence

    Jeff Shipley
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We are making some changes to the way Cisco Security provides and shares vulnerability and threat intelligence to make it more consumable by our customers and the security community. The Cisco Security IntelliShield Service has been successfully delivering multi-vendor security intelligence to our customers for 15 years. During this time, the security intelligence market has continued to evolve to more integrated and automated solutions. Similarly, the Cisco Security strategy has evolved to add machine-readable security content. We have seen an [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Financial Services

  • Digital Payments Lack the Framework for Success…And That Needs To Change

    Jeff Kastelic
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Co-authored with Mark Kovarski In an era of constant technological evolution, our utilization of different technologies, including mobile devices, has had massive impact on the financial services industry. As a result, the industry is facing major disruption as new technology translates into new ways of exchanging value (money). In fact, digital payment concepts are constantly developing, with technology advances changing the payment universe as we know it. Disruptive innovations, such as Apple Pay, continue to gain scaled acceptance globally. Contactless [...]
  • How Banks Can Capture New Customers by Adopting a Digital Strategy for Mortgage Lending

    Leni Selvaggio
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    Banks are experiencing market disruptors attacking from many angles. They’re facing competition not only within the financial services industry, but also from non-traditional banking institutions that are delivering new mortgage lending models and innovative digital services that provide the convenience and personalization consumers want. Unless banks adopt these new models as well, they risk losing customers and revenue to competitors and emerging market disruptors. In this blog, I’ll focus on how banks can implement a digital branch strategy for mortgage [...]
  • Making the Branch Core to Omnichannel, and a Hub for Financial Expertise

    Leni Selvaggio
    11 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    I recently returned from a Financial Services Summit event in China, where I discussed trends in an omnichannel delivery strategy with an audience from 30 banks. A central part of my discussion was the notion that things are not changing, they’ve already changed. Consumers across the globe have a heavy appetite for digital services. Digital consumers across all age groups are adopting new digital behaviors at a faster pace. For example, it took one European bank 10 years to have [...]
  • Make Collaboration a Key Part of Your Litigation and Claims Handling Strategy

    Tom Filep
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    For those of us who have been in this industry awhile, the Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance market continues to be plagued by inefficiencies in claims handling and litigation management. Adjusters assigned to manage the claim are geographically dispersed, have varying degrees of expertise about the loss event, and handle multiple claims simultaneously. Disparate legacy systems still exist, and silos are prevalent between business, technology, and lines of business. This can result in wasted time and compromised claim performance. Industry [...]
  • The Connected Life: The Art of the Possible in Insurance

    Brent Boxell
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Gathering and Harvesting New Data through “The Connected Life” The Connected Life, the digital life is steadily emerging. Today’s insurance consumers are increasingly tech savvy and want services on demand and expect them to be readily accessible anywhere, anytime. Because of this, the insurance industry and more specifically, the personal property and casualty insurance sector, is experiencing a significant period of change and opportunity. The primary change agent in this disruption is the significant amount of specific data that an insurance organization can gain for individual [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Government

  • Courts Series Kick-off: Connected Justice for All

    Judge M. Boyd Patterson, Jr. (ret.)
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Imagine the price of connecting all of the moving parts within our justice system. Think of the time and money it takes to do so. From pre-trial hearings, attorney conferences and arraignment to administrative proceedings and remote testimony then disposition and even post-trial proceedings, all of these services can be streamlined through Cisco’s Connected Justice solution . Through connectivity of mobile devices, cameras, sensors, transfer vehicles, the Internet of Everything (IoE) allows law enforcement, courts and corrections staff to streamline the justice process. Cisco’s [...]
  • #WednesdayWalkabout Series: Big Data Benefits for the Digital Citizen

    Anil Menon
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Co-authored with Munish Khetrapal Big data, what’s the big deal? With the pressure to innovate faster, the onslaught of rapid urbanization, and heightened citizen expectations, government organizations and leaders are looking to the Internet of Everything . Of the many technology trends that enable the Internet of Everything, big data and analytics warrant special consideration. The astonishing amount of data traversing today’s networks is growing exponentially each day. A recent IDC research report highlights that from now until 2020, the digital universe will double every two [...]
  • #WednesdayWalkabout Series Kickoff: The Internet of Everything and Tomorrow’s Digital Cities, Today

    Brenda Germundson
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    It’s Here and It’s Happening Now As large populations shift to urban areas, cities are under tremendous pressure to compete economically and grow sustainably. In the era of digital disruption, citizens are also expecting more from their engagements with local, regional, and national government organizations and leaders. In response to these pressing challenges, communities around the world are going digital and creating new, intelligent connections with the Internet of Everything (IoE). #WednesdayWalkabout in our Digital Community We’d like to invite you to join us [...]
  • New Collaboration Cloud Harnesses the Power of IoE to Improve Public Safety

    Kim Majerus
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    To see the growing role that technology is playing in law enforcement, all we need to do is turn on the news. From the growing call for police body worn cameras to the lack of physical security surveillance capabilities in an aged correctional facility system, there is an increased demand for law enforcement organizations to respond more quickly and effectively and with greater transparency to crises. In order to improve the collaboration and communication within agencies and with the broader [...]
  • Network-Centric Warfare: How IoE is Transforming Defense

    Cindy DeCarlo
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    The power of the Internet of Everything (IoE) lies in connecting the unconnected, bringing together people, process, data and things to create new and exciting possibilities. These connections are already transforming the world today, from corporate business to local government. One area in particular that has been significantly transformed by connectivity over the years is our nation’s defense. Throughout the past 30 years, Cisco has been working closely with the Department of Defense to transform its operations from a point-to-point [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Retail

  • How to Make Your In-Store Data Meaningful

    Dianne Lamendola
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:41 pm
    As an omnichannel retailer, you are probably offering your products to shoppers both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. And, like most retailers, you are no doubt collecting online data and running detailed website analytics that help you track preferred products, pricing, shopper behavior, ratings, and so on. But are you able to gather these same detailed metrics in your physical store, telling you why shoppers choose your store over your competitor’s? How to create a better experience on the floor? [...]
  • The Internet of Things: Retail without Boundaries at Synergy

    Anne M. McClelland
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Last week I was in Orlando attending NCR’s Synergy Conference, which, this year focused on “Inspired Commerce.”  At the show I heard a lot of dialog with retailers and technology partners about how the Internet of Things and the integrated use of mobility in our day-to-day lives is changing how retailers engage with consumers. I addressed this topic in my session at the show, but wanted to mention a few highlights in hindsight. First, the use of mobile devices during [...]
  • Finding New Directions for Retail: The Ever-Changing Store

    Anne M. McClelland
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Hello, everyone! My name is Anne McClelland, and I am the new director for Cisco’s retail and hospitality sales team in the U.S. I’m excited to have the chance to write for Cisco’s retail blog program, and you’ll be hearing from me regularly sharing some insights, musings, and speculations on trends as well as giving you information about Cisco’s resources for the industry. One of the interesting discussions that I’m having with our customers right now is about the relationship [...]
  • Achieving a 3D View of Your Shoppers

    Rajesh Vargheese
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    If every click made by a shopper on an online store can be considered valuable information, surely every step taken by a shopper in a physical store is also a similar wealth of data. While clearly this is valuable input that many stores would like to have, the means to collect and process it is not available everywhere. This fact has resulted in a significant gap in the information available in an online as opposed to a physical store. Can [...]
  • Why Your In-Store Web, Mobile, and Video Experiences Matter

    Lorenz Jakober
    25 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    The lines between offline and online experiences are blurring. Customers no longer go online, they are online 24/7, and that includes inside your stores. In fact according to recent Google research, 89% of smartphone users leverage their smartphones while shopping in stores. And close to 70% of those used it to look at the retailer’s site and 21% look at apps. Furthermore, according to Laura Wade-Gery, executive director of Multi-channel eCommerce for Marks & Spencer, “Shoppers who shop on our [...]
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • Cisco’s Next Chapter Starts Today

    Chuck Robbins
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is a new day for all of us at Cisco, and I could not be more excited for our future. Under John’s leadership over the past 20 years, we have changed the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. We’re so well positioned in the market because of the vision, strategy and culture that John built, and we are all thankful for this. As I officially step into the CEO role today, I’m honored to lead what I [...]
  • Preparing for Cisco’s Next Chapter

    Chuck Robbins
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Next week, I start my new role as Cisco’s CEO. The past 90 days of my transition period have been as intense and inspiring as I expected, and I am even more excited about our next chapter. As I said I would, I have spent most of the last few months listening to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders around the world. It is clear to me that we have the right vision, strategy and assets to lead our customers [...]
  • Technicolor Acquires Cisco’s Connected Devices Division

    Hilton Romanski
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Today, Technicolor announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cisco to acquire our service provider video customer premises equipment (CPE) business for $600 million (or €550 million equivalent) in cash and stock. The companies also signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deliver next generation video and broadband solutions and services. More on this announcement can be read in the Technicolor press release . This transaction will bring together global leaders in networking, cloud, and the connected home to drive [...]
  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire MaintenanceNet

    Debbie Dunnam
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    As more of the business models in IT shift to a recurring revenue model for products, software, solutions and services, the ability to easily implement, track, manage and renew contracts is critical to maximizing revenue potential. These transitions create opportunities and change for our customers, our partners, and for Cisco. That is why I am pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire MaintenanceNet, a privately held company providing a cloud-based software platform that uses data analytics and automation to manage [...]
  • Oracle v Google: Implications of the SCOTUS decision

    Mark Chandler
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    We’ve promised to provide regular updates about important events related to our litigation to stop Arista’s wrongful copying of Cisco’s copyrighted and patented intellectual property. An action by the Supreme Court of the United States this week has the potential to change the landscape for our US District Court action related to our CLI technology. In December 2014, we took action against Arista’s verbatim copying of portions of our user manuals and over 500 of our multi-word commands in our command line interface (CLI). At the [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Inclusion and Diversity

  • Fixing Broken Windows: Shattered Myths About the Glass Ceiling

    Dr. Christine Bailey
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Leading organisations now realise that improving the representation of female leaders is crucial to business success. In fact, according to research from McKinsey , “Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.” Where are all the women? Cisco is a shining exemplar of gender diversity at the executive leadership level. A look at our Executive Leadership “wheel” shows a well-balanced team, equal parts male and female.  But many companies across the [...]
  • Carpe Diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from July’s Everyday Heroes of CiscoEWN

    Rehana Rehman
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Guest Blog and Interview by Anuja Singh  Welcome to our July edition of the monthly CEWN segment about role models. We all make resolutions and set goals to improve ourselves– but somewhere along the way, life interrupts our plans, we find ourselves juggling different priorities and invariably things get dropped. What you will find in this segment are experiences of some ordinary people who went on to achieve extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that [...]
  • CiscoChat Recap: How Do We Continue to ReDefine Ourselves?

    Rehana Rehman
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Now we know why one participant tweeted that they couldn’t wait for a “kick-a**” #CiscoChat with Cisco Live keynote speaker and award-winning CNN analyst Mel Robbins. The chat was one of the most inspirational and honest discussions of our #CiscoChat series with nearly 70 participants engaging on the theme: How Do We Continue to ReDefine Ourselves? During the chat, Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (Cisco EWN) founders Anuja Singh, Rima Alameddine & Priscila David, along with Mel Robbins, explored the “ ReDEFINE Tomorrow, Today [...]
  • Who is your point of reference?

    Emma Roffey
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    Who do you compare yourself with? Come on…… I know you do, we all do! Be it at work or in our personal lives, we can’t help but compare ourselves to other people. Ok, here’s another question for you. How many times have you compared yourself to a peer at work when they got promoted and you didn’t? I bet you went home and complained to a loved one “What is it they’ve got that I haven’t?” You most likely [...]
  • #CiscoChat: How Can Women ReDEFINE Themselves Today for Tomorrow’s Tech World?

    Rehana Rehman
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Each year, Cisco Live is packed with thousands of partners, innovators and progressive thinkers looking beyond today to transform technology tomorrow. For women in the technology industry, Cisco Live 2015 provided us with the opportunity to “ReDEFINE” ourselves, both personally and professionally.  CEWN hosted several events during Cisco Live, including riveting keynotes, intuitive panels, “TED talk”-style stories and invaluable executive mentoring sessions with Cisco leaders. As part of the third annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN) Forum at Cisco Live, we [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Enterprise Networks

  • How to Make the Invisible Visible: An Automated Answer for Network Transparency

    Mala Anand
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Let’s face it. Danger lurks inside every enterprise network, and when it hits, addressing the crisis with manual processes that are inefficient and error-prone can take days – or even weeks – to resolve. If you’ve ever been in a situation like this, minutes can seem like hours. You’re aware that not only is fast problem resolution critical, but that the displaced effort and incremental time incurred by you or your staff in resolving the issue is detrimental as well. [...]
  • #CiscoChat: Benefits of Software-Defined WAN Solutions

    Lisa Marcyes
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    Depending on the publications you favor or industry news sites you frequent, Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WANs) are either the next best thing on the network horizon, or a tech innovation that still needs to be met with just a hint of skepticism. Regardless of your stance, the question on most people’s mind is can this emerging technology deliver the benefits it promises? Answering this question is critical.  Today’s WANs are becoming increasingly complex and in turn, difficult to manage.  And SD-WANs are garnering more [...]
  • Cisco extends market leadership for Unified Access with revolutionary ASIC

    Ivor Diedricks
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Cisco innovates in the industry’s largest product line Cisco Unified Access is about converging wired and wireless networks to improve scale and quickly launch new services with new levels of security and compliance. When Cisco launched the Catalyst 3850 and WLC 5760 Controller in January 2013, it stood alone in the market for truly converging Wired and Wireless networks. Over the course of the last 2.5 years, Cisco has progressively extended its lead with more platforms and features based on the revolutionary ASIC which makes this rich [...]
  • Converged Access Branch Design (MC over WAN)

    Viten Patel
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    “Why can’t I have MC across a WAN boundary to manage multiple branch MA?” I get this question a lot. I get asked if it isn’t logical to have the MC at a central location across a WAN boundary managing multiple MA at different branch locations. Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend this architectural construct for folks who are migrating from the centralized WiFi world and I totally get their confusion around this subject. It’s very crucial to get the design [...]
  • Proving the Value of SD-WAN

    Anna Duong
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In a recent TechTarget survey , it was noted that despite the hypes about numerous benefits of SD-WAN – one of which is the ability to create a hybrid WAN environment (i.e. MPLS and Internet or LTE links), something Gartner claims will be “the new normal,” – only 10% of enterprises plan to deploy hybrid WAN in the next 12 months. The greatest concern for the slow uptake is whether Quality of Service (QoS) can be done over Internet connections. In addition [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • “Clear and Differentiated” Video Wins the Day    

    Snorre Kjesbu
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Sometimes when the essence of something is so eloquently captured, there’s no need to say it any differently. That’s how I felt when I read Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Group Video Systems report . In it, we feel Gartner confirms Cisco’s position as an established leader in the group video systems market who offers “a clear and differentiated set of devices, with form factors now available for virtually any meeting space.” I have a theory on how we achieved a “clear and differentiated” product set – by finding [...]
  • Reduce Costs and Increase User Adoption of Video

    Angela Murphy
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Yesterday I took my car to get a dent fixed. It was one of those dents that, while barely visible, required a lot of time and expense to fix. (In fact, you had to kind of crouch down and look very closely at the underside of one panel to see it.) But given that it cut all the way through the paint, I couldn’t ignore it! When I collected the car in the evening, I was glad to see no [...]
  • Bringing Our “A” Game: Cisco Again Recognized as a UC&C Industry Leader by IDC

    Thomas McCafferty
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    I’ve noticed that many business clichés have been invading my language. I’ve been trying to be proactive in curbing the habit. Needless to say, it’s not working. So instead of trying to cut back, at the end of the day I’ve decided to push the envelope and give 110% to using as many as possible in this post. My hope is that this moves the needle in creating my own behavioral paradigm shift.  Has it become cliché to be the “industry leader”? As [...]
  • Transforming Customer Care with the Cisco Collaboration Cloud

    Girish Variyath
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Customers are interacting with organizations in many different ways – from voice to email, chat and social media – using a variety of devices including smartphones and tablets. Many organizations are still figuring out how to deal with the evolving customer who is using any channel, any device and at any time. You need collaboration tools to share information faster and make more informed decisions. Legacy metrics are no longer adequate to measure customer engagement. The terms of engagement are [...]
  • Get Unplugged with Cisco Spark Product Managers

    Jeff Marusak
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    A few weeks ago, we brought a video crew up to the Cisco Spark office in San Francisco. We asked product managers Taylor, Renaldo, and Eric to show us Cisco  Spark and chat about product development. Given Taylor is a former Stanford football player, Eric used to do standup comedy, and Renaldo is just “the man,” I figured it couldn’t hurt to go a little off script with these characters. We set up what MTV’s Real World might call a “confessional” with a person in [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Data Center

  • ITD: Learn how to deploy ITD in 10 minutes

    Samar Sharma
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is being deployed by a large number of customers, and it is saving them massive CAPEX and OPEX, while providing unprecedented scale and high availability. Here is a 10 minute video that shows step by step ITD deployment. var tag = document.createElement('script'); tag.src = 'https://www.youtube.com/iframe_api'; var firstScriptTag = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; firstScriptTag.parentNode.insertBefore(tag, firstScriptTag); var player; function onYouTubeIframeAPIReady() { jQuery('.youTubePlay').each(function() { var iframeID =…
  • F5 Agility 2015, Washington DC – Exciting week awaits us

    Ravi Balakrishnan
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Only a few weeks remain for the Fall season to officially set in, and it’s still quite hot in Washington DC. The fast approaching F5 Agility event is further adding a sizzle to the conference scene at the Gaylord National resort and convention center in DC. During Aug 4-7, we are going to hear F5’s leaders, customers, and partners share how the latest solutions from F5 are transforming what’s possible for today’s organizations. In about a year’s time Cisco ACI and F5 partnership has [...]
  • Unleashing UCS Integrated Infrastructure

    Tim Stack
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    A new edition of UnleashingIT showcases a variety of companies that are taking advantage of Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure based solutions to support dramatic growth, expand services, increase uptime, and respond to changing business demands faster. Cisco, works with industry-leading and emerging storage technology partners, to offer a tremendous choice of integrated infrastructure solutions based on UCS Integrated Infrastructure: FlexPod  with NetApp VCE  VBlock Systems Cisco Solutions for VSPEX  with EMC VersaStack Solution  with IBM Cisco Solutions for UCP Select  with Hitachi…
  • Cisco UCS delivers top TPC-H result for non-clustered systems at 3000-GB scale factor

    Girish Kulkarni
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server continues its tradition of Industry leadership with the latest announcement of the best TPC-H benchmark result at the 3000GB scale factor in non-cluster category, in concert with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition. This TPC-H result with Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server is 57 percent faster than the HP DL580 and 47 percent less expensive, and it surpasses servers from other contenders, including Fujitsu and Lenovo as shown in the graphic below:                                          Results Comparisons…
  • Part 2: How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?!?!

    Stephen Speirs
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Last week I introduced this topic, the pervasive problem of “comatose” servers in data centers, based upon an interesting recent eWeek article entitled “ 30 Percent of Servers Worldwide Sit Idle ”, which in turn was based upon the research report by Stanford University in conjunction with the Anthesis Group .  In my blog, I described the costs of this problem, ranging from the obvious (e.g. power and facilities) to the hidden (e.g. un-used software licenses).  This week I’ll discuss why this happens and what you can do about this problem. Why Does this Happen? There are various…
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    Cisco Blog » Mobility

  • Miercom Agrees: Cisco Controllers with Dynamic Bandwidth Selection are the Tops

    Shivesh Ganotra
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Cisco recently introduced another addition to its Radio Resource Management (RRM) algorithm – Dynamic Bandwidth Selection (DBS). Previously, controllers only had the ability to automatically assign channels and power levels, while the AP channel widths were manually assigned for each AP Group. A choice of 20MHz, 40MHz, or 80MHz channel widths were offered within the Access Point (AP) groups, allowing for the APs to all be on the same chosen channel width. With the addition of DBS, the APs can [...]
  • Miercom Verified: The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller is Ready for Your Next Generation of Wireless Networks!

    Kshitij Mahant
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Businesses around the world are moving their focus from Mobile Apps to Mobile Experience. With Wi-Fi extending reliable coverage into public places, your users are going to expect the same service from you—a dependable high-speed user experience. The problem is, user devices are increasingly demanding more bandwidth. How are you going to meet that demand? To help increase the bandwidth needed to take wireless networks into support of the next generation of devices, Cisco Wireless Controller’s Control Plane scale has [...]
  • Cisco’s Approach to Telehealth White Paper

    Jason Mortensen
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Telehealth is an important initiative for healthcare organizations today. It is generally accepted that telehealth deployments can help reduce costs and improve patient services while expanding the geographic footprint of the organization. Cisco’s robust interoperability, security, and video technology have put us at the forefront of telehealth.  Over the years, our teams have seen a recurring theme of limited deployments in a small handful of areas across healthcare organization.  These limited or siloed deployments typically lack a unifying strategy or architecture [...]
  • This Summer’s Blockbuster starring Cisco Wireless

    Pushkar Sharma
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Last summer Cisco embarked on the ‘WLAN Express’ journey with the introduction of WLAN Express Setup. As I wrote about here , the Express Setup provides an easy three-step wizard to establish a best-in-class Enterprise wireless solution. These best practices are enabled by default, meaning that the solution is Cisco-powered and ready to go in matter of minutes once you take it out of the box. When AireOS software release 8.1 debuted earlier this summer, Cisco introduced an enhanced WLAN Express [...]
  • Aislelabs and Cisco Take Off

    Jagdish Girimaji
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    A CMX Partner Ecosystem Blog Ecosystem partners are an important adjunct to Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). They augment the analytic and customer engagement capabilities of the solution with innovative business outcomes. This blog is one in a series that will highlight several of our CMX Ecosystem Partners . Today—Aislelabs. Based in Toronto, Canada, Aislelabs is a Cisco Solutions partner with a portfolio of advanced location-based technologies serving large indoor venues such as shopping malls, airports, big box retail stores, convention centers, and [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Security

  • Your Files Are Encrypted with a “Windows 10 Upgrade”

    Talos Group
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    This post was authored by Nick Biasini with contributions from Craig Williams & Alex Chiu Update 8/1: To see a video of this threat in action click  here Adversaries are always trying to take advantage of current events to lure users into executing their malicious payload. These campaigns are usually focussed around social events and are seen on a constant basis. Today, Talos discovered a spam campaign that was taking advantage of a different type of current event. Microsoft released Windows 10 earlier this week (July 29) and [...]
  • Changing the Way We Deliver Vulnerability and Threat Intelligence

    Jeff Shipley
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We are making some changes to the way Cisco Security provides and shares vulnerability and threat intelligence to make it more consumable by our customers and the security community. The Cisco Security IntelliShield Service has been successfully delivering multi-vendor security intelligence to our customers for 15 years. During this time, the security intelligence market has continued to evolve to more integrated and automated solutions. Similarly, the Cisco Security strategy has evolved to add machine-readable security content. We have seen an [...]
  • Change is Coming to the Security Industry – and This is a Good Thing

    Jason Brvenik
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cisco presents a vision of the future in the Cisco 2015 Midyear Security Report that we expect many—particularly in the security industry—might find a little controversial. We suggest that over the next five years, there will be a continued wave of industry consolidation—driven less by financially motivated M&A and more by the need for capable solutions—that brings together niche innovators and long-standing players for the greater cause of protecting organizations. And then what? This consolidation will lead to the development of an integrated threat defense [...]
  • Midyear Security Report: Exploit Kits and Ransomware Get Creative

    Craig Williams
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The modern online adversary is out to make money, not simply hack networks for the fun of it. In the Cisco 2015 Midyear Security Report , there’s yet more evidence that criminals are using tools with ever-increasing sophistication to steal valuable personal or financial data and sell it, coerce users into paying ransoms for their own data, and generally reap financial rewards for their exploits. The Angler exploit kit continues to lead the market in terms of sophistication and effectiveness. As explained in the Cisco [...]
  • Announcing the 2015 Midyear Security Report

    John Stewart
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our 2015 Midyear Security Report (MSR)  is out this week, and it’s been a bumpy year when you consider the innovative, resilient, and evasive nature of the global cyber attacks we’ve seen in recent months. Our team continues to see adversaries who rapidly refine their ability to develop and deploy malware that evades detection. It is sobering to note that our MSR confirms that the security industry is just not keeping pace with the attackers. The MSR is our follow-up to the Cisco Annual Security Report (ASR), which we [...]
 
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  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – July 31, 2015

    David Durham
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way.
  • Open Your Mind to See More Closed Deals

    Karin Surber
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Are you an open minded person sales professional? Most of you reading this will say “Yes, I am open minded” without really thinking through the question.  Now more than ever we live in a world that is constantly changing. Keeping an open mind with your customers, prospects and other stakeholders is critical to your ability to survive and even thrive in this evolving and dynamic business environment. Unfortunately there’s no proven test to determine whether you are truly open-minded but [...]
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – July 24, 2015

    David Durham
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way.
  • Evolution of Smart Net Total Care – Unique Opportunities for Our Partners

    Raja Sundaram
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    The Internet of Everything (IoE) completely reinvents the way we operate. It makes us more productive and competitive, and opens new opportunities for business. At the heart of this innovation is the NETWORK. The IoE puts new demands on the way the network is managed and operated. The network must securely support apps, devices, clouds, and enable personal experiences. As a result, customers must become more proactive to prevent network problems before they occur. The best way to do this [...]
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – July 17, 2015

    David Durham
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way.
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    Cisco Blog » High Tech Policy

  • Concerns about the Department of Commerce’s Proposed Export Rule under the Wassenaar Arrangement

    Eric Wenger
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Today, Cisco filed comments on a Proposed Rule published by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in an effort to comply with an international agreement called the Wassenaar Arrangement. The proposal would regulate a wide array of technologies used in security research as controlled exports, in the same manner as if they were munitions. Cisco, along with many other stakeholders in the cybersecurity research field, has identified a number of significant concerns that we believe require BIS to [...]
  • Statement of Jennifer Sanford on Passage of Trade Package

    Jennifer Sanford
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Congress has now approved a landmark trade package including Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance.  This is a significant accomplishment that just a week ago looked in serious doubt. This trade package will give President Obama the ability to conclude negotiations on the TransPacific Partnership; it gives Congress the authority to establish priorities in those negotiations, and it provides $1.8 billion for worker re-training. Free trade supports American jobs.  At our facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, for [...]
  • Statement by Mark Chandler on Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Patent Reform

    Mark Chandler
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The Senate Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved patent litigation reform, clearing a hurdle which proved insurmountable in the last Congress. This is a major milestone that demonstrates strong bipartisan, bicameral support for meaningful patent reform. It clears the way for the Senate to act. The bill approved by Committee takes a major step toward restoring fairness and balance to our patent litigation system.  It makes sure that patent assertion entities which bring objectively unreasonable lawsuits can be held to account [...]
  • Cisco Welcomes Introduction of Senate Patent Litigation Reform Bill

    Mark Chandler
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The introduction of Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act of 2015 represents a major milestone on the long road to patent reform. On behalf of Cisco, let me thank Senators Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, Schumer, Lee, Hatch and Klobuchar for their work to forge bipartisan support for this legislation. The problem of abusive patent litigation lawsuits continues to grow, costing our nation’s economy billions of dollars every year. Patent assertion entities don’t make or produce anything, instead they use abusive tactics to force settlements and drive up legal fees. [...]
  • The Paradox of ICT’s Impact on Growth and Inequality

    Robert Pepper
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Thirty years ago a UN commission published the Maitland Report , proposing that by the early 21st century, every individual on the planet should “be within easy reach of a telephone” given the economic benefits. That was interpreted as being within a one day walk of a phone. Anyone suggesting back then that over 90% of the global population would be covered by mobile cellular signals, and over half of the world’s population would have a phone in their pocket, would have been [...]
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    Cisco Blog » SP360: Service Provider

  • Looking for Money in New Places

    Maywun Wong
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    There are some innovative ways to make money nowadays, and sometimes kids can come up with new ways that we hadn’t thought about.  For examples, we know some kids in the area who are raising money for various charities.  Instead of asking their relatives to sponsor them or going door-to-door to the neighbors to get the money, one child decided to sell duct tape wallets and homemade potpurri, while another decided to sell her book collection to raise money.  Those [...]
  • The Ubiquitous Nature of the Internet of Everything (IoE) drives new Network Requirements

    Usha Andra
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Co-written with Taru Khurana, Senior Analyst, SP Thought Leadership The ubiquitous nature of Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving a digital transformation in many industries and businesses. This digital disruption has already begun and it’s driving advanced cloud access and network performance requirements for a wide range of devices and machine-to machine (M2M) connections. Faster broadband speeds and lower latencies as well as wider network access are essential enablers for the future of IoE that many envision. The growing number of cloud applications that [...]
  • The Internet of Everything (IoE) will require Digital Data Storage and Recovery Innovations

    Taru Khurana
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Co-Written with Usha Andra, Senior Analyst, SP Thought Leadership For many of us, precious memories are digitally preserved in the form of pictures and videos. How we store and access our favorite photos, clips, songs and other digital content has evolved from hard disks to USB drives and now on to the cloud. And for those of us who have unfortunately dealt with a hard disk crash on our work or personal computers, we are painfully aware of the importance [...]
  • The Top Five Things That Will Drive Gigabit Consumption

    David Yates
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    By Todd McCrum, Director of Product Management, Cisco Cable Access BU Back in the earliest days of television – before satellites began spraying an instant and national video footprint over the Earth – operators wondered whether it made sense to expand spectral capacity any further. At the time (early 1950s), most markets topped out at three channels. The big question was this: why would we ever need room for more than 12 channels of television? These days, there’s a similar [...]
  • Partner with Cisco on Managed Services to Quickly Achieve New Revenue Streams

    Kailem Anderson
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Virtualized Network Function (VNF), Virtualized Managed Services (VMS) and the transition to a software based infrastructure are poised to dramatically alter the way Service Providers build and maintain their networks . End users want value, innovative functionality, and reliability, and Service Providers seek to meet these needs at the lowest cost possible. The benefits of moving to a software-based infrastructure are incredibly compelling in meeting these demands, delivering lower OPEX, reduced reliance on proprietary & expensive hardware, and faster time to market with new [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Data Center

  • ITD: Learn how to deploy ITD in 10 minutes

    Samar Sharma
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is being deployed by a large number of customers, and it is saving them massive CAPEX and OPEX, while providing unprecedented scale and high availability. Here is a 10 minute video that shows step by step ITD deployment. var tag = document.createElement('script'); tag.src = 'https://www.youtube.com/iframe_api'; var firstScriptTag = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; firstScriptTag.parentNode.insertBefore(tag, firstScriptTag); var player; function onYouTubeIframeAPIReady() { jQuery('.youTubePlay').each(function() { var iframeID =…
  • F5 Agility 2015, Washington DC – Exciting week awaits us

    Ravi Balakrishnan
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Only a few weeks remain for the Fall season to officially set in, and it’s still quite hot in Washington DC. The fast approaching F5 Agility event is further adding a sizzle to the conference scene at the Gaylord National resort and convention center in DC. During Aug 4-7, we are going to hear F5’s leaders, customers, and partners share how the latest solutions from F5 are transforming what’s possible for today’s organizations. In about a year’s time Cisco ACI and F5 partnership has [...]
  • Unleashing UCS Integrated Infrastructure

    Tim Stack
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    A new edition of UnleashingIT showcases a variety of companies that are taking advantage of Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure based solutions to support dramatic growth, expand services, increase uptime, and respond to changing business demands faster. Cisco, works with industry-leading and emerging storage technology partners, to offer a tremendous choice of integrated infrastructure solutions based on UCS Integrated Infrastructure: FlexPod  with NetApp VCE  VBlock Systems Cisco Solutions for VSPEX  with EMC VersaStack Solution  with IBM Cisco Solutions for UCP Select  with Hitachi…
  • Cisco UCS delivers top TPC-H result for non-clustered systems at 3000-GB scale factor

    Girish Kulkarni
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server continues its tradition of Industry leadership with the latest announcement of the best TPC-H benchmark result at the 3000GB scale factor in non-cluster category, in concert with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition. This TPC-H result with Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server is 57 percent faster than the HP DL580 and 47 percent less expensive, and it surpasses servers from other contenders, including Fujitsu and Lenovo as shown in the graphic below:                                          Results Comparisons…
  • Part 2: How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?!?!

    Stephen Speirs
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Last week I introduced this topic, the pervasive problem of “comatose” servers in data centers, based upon an interesting recent eWeek article entitled “ 30 Percent of Servers Worldwide Sit Idle ”, which in turn was based upon the research report by Stanford University in conjunction with the Anthesis Group .  In my blog, I described the costs of this problem, ranging from the obvious (e.g. power and facilities) to the hidden (e.g. un-used software licenses).  This week I’ll discuss why this happens and what you can do about this problem. Why Does this Happen? There are various…
 
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