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  • Cisco IT’s User Experience Playbook: Content, Search, and Collaboration

    Cisco Blog » Inside Cisco IT
    Katty Coulson
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you or one of your co-workers ever said “I can’t find my stuff!”? We’ve heard it a lot. Chapter 3 of Cisco IT’s User Experience (UX) Playbook is dedicated to never having to hear “I can’t find my stuff” again.  According to a 2009 report by IDC, a typical information worker spends 8.8 hours per week searching for information, and more than 40 percent of this time is spent on unsuccessful searches. As a result, information workers spend an additional 2.5 hours per week recreating content they couldn’t [...]
  • Who Will Be the Winners in the IoT Revolution?

    Cisco Blog » Connected Life Exchange
    Stuart Taylor
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:07 am
    Every new technology revolution creates new technology company powerhouses and relegates others to the ashes of history. The PC revolution gave us the likes of Microsoft and Intel, the Internet revolution created companies like Cisco, Google, and Amazon, and lately the mobile revolution has created market giants like Apple, Samsung and Facebook. We are in the early days of another transformative technology revolution – The Internet of Things. Connected everything to everything in a smart, data-rich world will fundamentally transform [...]
 
 
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  • Cisco IT’s User Experience Playbook: Content, Search, and Collaboration

    Katty Coulson
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you or one of your co-workers ever said “I can’t find my stuff!”? We’ve heard it a lot. Chapter 3 of Cisco IT’s User Experience (UX) Playbook is dedicated to never having to hear “I can’t find my stuff” again.  According to a 2009 report by IDC, a typical information worker spends 8.8 hours per week searching for information, and more than 40 percent of this time is spent on unsuccessful searches. As a result, information workers spend an additional 2.5 hours per week recreating content they couldn’t [...]
  • To Outsource IT, or Not to Outsource IT? That is the Question.

    Rich Gore
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
    Sharing IT stories is the backbone of Cisco on Cisco, and architecture is the backbone of IT. However, can you get by with outsourcing your IT? Sure, it may sound like a good idea, and there definitely are positive aspects to that, but when you lose control of your architecture, IT becomes slow and outdated. In the video below I share how I respond to this common question of whether or not it is a good idea to outsource IT.
  • Data Center Day Shines in the Lone Star State

    Rachael Chambers
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    The third annual Cisco IT Data Center Day put a spotlight on the Internet of Everything ( IoE ) market transition and gains of deploying an Application Centric Infrastructure ( ACI ). Over 300 attendees, including 124 customers representing 85 different companies, attended the event held at our state-of-the-art data center in Allen, Texas. 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…
  • ACI Makes Sense for the Enterprise Environment

    Sidney Morgan
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    Watch as I provide Rich Gore, Cisco IT member of Technical Staff, an update on how Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is enabling Cisco IT to operate efficiently and effectively from the Data Center in Allen, Texas. We review the physical infrastructure along with the virtual environment that runs on top. We explore implementation costs, smaller environment deployment options, load balancing and Quality of Service (QoS) delivery systems.  
  • Cisco IT Helps Groom Future STEM Talent

    Katty Coulson
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fostering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a business imperative for Cisco. STEM careers are an important element of Cisco IT, and factor significantly in growing our diverse pool of talent and maintaining competitive advantage. Cisco IT supports several company STEM initiatives through mentoring, IT training, and job programs with schools in local communities. We get to provide community outreach while helping to inspire and develop the next generation of IT talent. We recently had the privilege to [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Connected Life Exchange

  • Who Will Be the Winners in the IoT Revolution?

    Stuart Taylor
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:07 am
    Every new technology revolution creates new technology company powerhouses and relegates others to the ashes of history. The PC revolution gave us the likes of Microsoft and Intel, the Internet revolution created companies like Cisco, Google, and Amazon, and lately the mobile revolution has created market giants like Apple, Samsung and Facebook. We are in the early days of another transformative technology revolution – The Internet of Things. Connected everything to everything in a smart, data-rich world will fundamentally transform [...]
  • The shifting approach to solving problems

    Matt Reath
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Cisco Live this year in San Diego was full of paradigm shifts for many technologists this year. The overall tech industry is going through many changes that affect all of us. My experience was not unique in that sense. From the Internet of Things (IoT) to Dev Ops and automation to ACI/SDN it is a very exciting time.   With the explosion of connected devices comes the challenge of not only connecting all of these devices but connecting them reliably [...]
  • 10 Predictions for the Future of the Internet of Things

    Stuart Taylor
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    We are in the early days of another transformative technology revolution. Wired magazine described a new era where “the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.” The Internet of Things (IoT) is a world where up to 50 billion things (or devices) will be connected to the Internet by 2020; or, the equivalent of 6 devices for every person on the planet. We are already [...]
  • How to Build a Strong Service Provider Business

    Matt Reath
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    The world of the service provider, specifically for cable and telco providers, is becoming an ever-changing environment. Previous funding models, like USF and ConnectAmerica, are in flux. Customer demands are shifting from lower bandwidth consuming web browsing to immersive video, cloud services, the Internet of Things, and other bandwidth intensive applications. These changes, if not planned for and adapted to, can weaken service provider operations and customer satisfaction. Developing a strong service provider business that can pace itself with these [...]
  • Is Big Data the Eyeballs of the Dot-Com Era?

    Stuart Taylor
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Remember the halcyon days of the Dot-Com era? A frothy stock market, venture capital money flowing like water and famous sock puppets characterized the exuberance of the day. One company (Boo.com) spent $188 million in just six months to create an online fashion store. And 16 start-ups spent over $2 million each for a 30 second advertising slot during Superbowl XXXIV to crow of their existence. But, all of the money didn’t matter – the mantra was all about capturing [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » High Performance Computing Networking

  • Libfabric paper at IEEE Hot Interconnects

    Jeff Squyres
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    Later today, Sean Hefty will present a paper about the OpenFabrics Interfaces  (a.k.a. “ libfabric “) at the 2015 IEEE Hot Interconnects conference . Libfabric is the next-generation Linux library being developed by an open source consortium of vendors and academic researchers that implements the OpenFabrics Interfaces, specifically designed to expose application-focused networking functionality to high performance applications (e.g., MPI, PGAS, SHMEM, datacenter applications, etc.). I’ve described libfabric in a few prior blog entires , and how we actively support Cisco…
  • MPI outside of C and Fortran (part 2)

    Jeff Squyres
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my previous blog entry , I answered a user question about how MPI defines its global constants, specifically in the context of interactions with other languages. I went beyond that answer, and also explained why MPI does not define an ABI. In this entry, I’ll go into the “how does MPI interact with other languages?” part of the question. Let me start off by saying: MPI officially only defines bindings for C and Fortran. MPI-2 defined C++ bindings, but those have been deprecated and later [...]
  • MPI outside of C and Fortran

    Jeff Squyres
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Recently, a reader asked me about how MPI defines its global constants . More specifically, the user was asking how MPI defines its interactions with languages other than C and Fortran (i.e., the two officially-supported language bindings). This is a good question, and has implications on both the MPI standards documents and various MPI implementations.  Let’s dive in. First, let’s discuss the “how does MPI define its global symbols?” part of the question. In the MPI-3.1 document, section 2.5.4 defines MPI’s named constants.  All of them are guaranteed to be…
  • EuroMPI 2015 Call for participation

    Jeff Squyres
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    EuroMPI 2015 is presented in cooperation with ACM and SIGHPC in Bordeaux France, 21st – 23rd September, 2015. EuroMPI is the prime annual meeting for researchers, developers, and students in message-passing parallel computing with MPI and related paradigms. Deadline of early registration is Sept 1st, 2015 The conference will feature 14 strong technical paper presentations, 3 invited talks, 3 tutorials and posters. The detailed conference information is being incrementally updated at the main conference web site . TUTORIALS Performance analysis for High Performance Systems, François…
  • Open MPI new versioning scheme and roadmap

    Jeff Squyres
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Open MPI recently updated its version numbering scheme and development roadmap. This new scheme aims to provide more semantic information in the Open MPI “A.B.C” version number to both end users and system administrators. There are a number of details worth understanding about the new version number scheme, but we recognize that many people won’t want to read a detailed description of the plan.  So here’s the TL;DR version: Starting with v1.10.0: No more odd/even series. “Version A.B.C”: each number [...]
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  • Updating the Company that Updates the Home

    Byron Magrane
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    As the world’s largest appliance maker, Whirlpool Corporation knows a thing or two about innovations. But the company recently looked at its factories’ mixed networking devices and realized that their backend infrastructure needed some innovating too. An unstable wireless network set-up was costing the company money, was difficult to troubleshoot and simply could not keep up with new technologies. Whirlpool turned to Cisco and the appliance company’s service provider, Black Box Network Services, to come up with a plan to [...]
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – September 4, 2015

    Darek Rensing
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:30 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. Here’s what you might have missed this week: Off the Top Cisco and Apple Announce Partnership This week, at our yearly Global Sales Experience Conference (GSX) in Las Vegas, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, surprised everyone by joining John Chambers on stage to announce an exciting new partnership between Apple and Cisco . The two companies are [...]
  • Catch These Cisco Speakers at OpenStack Summit Tokyo!

    Ali Amagasu
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:55 pm
    OpenStack Summit Tokyo is just eight weeks away now, and we’re happy to say that event organizers have chosen about a dozen of Cisco’s OpenStack pros to speak at different breakout sessions during the event. And believe it or not, these sessions are not all about networking. Oh sure, I can see how you’d think that. It is our thing after all. But the truth is there’s more to us than that. Way more. We’re that bespectacled physics professor you once had, who rolls in to [...]
  • Which Collaboration Applications Are Right for Me?

    Craig Smythe
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:38 pm
    As a member of the Sales Engineer Organization,  I spend lots of my time staying close to midsized customers observing how teams that do great work are leveraging applications to collaborate.   The number of choices available can make choosing the right tools an interesting journey. Is there one solution to meet all needs? Midmarket organizations face these questions.   As I talked to several midsized companies this past year, I heard how improving team productivity is top of mind.  Keeping employees [...]
  • Cloud DVR transforms video services—for operators as much as their subscribers

    David Yates
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:32 pm
    A few years ago, the idea of cloud-based digital video recording (DVR) was an aspiration. Today, while the technology is still relatively new, it’s already seeing broad adoption in the market. In a recent webcast conducted with Parks Associates, attendees revealed the breadth of cloud-based services they were already using to catch up on TV content. From basic “pause live TV” features to full cloud DVR , check out the range of cloud services already available: There are lots of good reasons [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Education

  • New IT Career Strategies for a Dynamic Technology Ecosystem

    Antonella Corno
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Skills such as IT management and software development have become intricately interconnected as new digital architectures enable new technologies. As a result, tech companies are innovating increasingly advanced and sophisticated solutions to meet the demands of a services-rich environment. Collaboration environments, rich media and cloud services delivery models are examples of the many new drivers that are changing the way we operate. The massive influx of data from the growing Internet of Things is what really dictates the new requirements [...]
  • Cybersecurity 101: Assessing the Threat & Mitigating Cyber Risks in Higher Education

    Renee Patton
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Cybersecurity threats in the higher education community continue to rise at an alarming rate. Poor security strategies and the need for open learning environments make securing these institutions an even harder problem to solve. It is no longer a matter of whether or not you will be hacked, rather when. Higher education leaders are recognizing the need for a cybersecurity strategy that encompasses responsibility across the institution, from the boardroom to the classroom. Join The Chertoff Group and Cisco on June 24th with [...]
  • Campus Safety National Forum – Leveraging Technology to Increase Campus Safety

    Renee Patton
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    This week, Cisco is sponsoring the Campus Safety National Forum in Washington, DC. This two-day conference is the premier National Forum for helping security and law enforcement executives, healthcare and education administrators and other education stakeholders from across the country learn how to better safeguard the lives and property on their campuses. At Cisco, we feel that events such as the Campus Safety National Forum provide a great platform for leaders to share best practices and learn from one another. We believe that technology [...]
  • Overcoming Cancer in a Connected World

    Renee Patton
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    My Story: Beth Carter from LCPS-TV on Vimeo . Growing up, we all had a favorite teacher. It may have been an impassioned English teacher keen on Shakespeare and Tolkien or perhaps a Science teacher with an over-the-top flair for dramatic experiments. As teachers, they inspired and challenged us. As memories, they continue to travel with us throughout life, still often influencing our behavior. For me that memory is Mr. Meredith, of AP English. His passion for teaching helped shape my own approach as an English [...]
  • Join us at Cisco Live to see how IoE Improves Learning Outcomes

    Renee Patton
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Analysts agree that academic institutions worldwide face more complex challenges than ever before and are under tremendous pressure to cut costs. At the same time, they also need to provide greater access to education, increased security, and improved outcomes and services, among others. Through solutions enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE), these academic institutions can successfully address their challenges, transforming schools and universities into connected campuses and taking them to the next level of an improved and digitized learning [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Government

  • #WednesdayWalkabout Series: A Day on the Bay

    Mirko Bass
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:46 am
    The influence of the Internet is often overlooked considering its ubiquitous presence in all facets of our lives today. But we have entered a new era in the life of the Internet and it begs the question, what role will it play in the future? The Internet of Everything is paving the way in to the digital era, bringing with it the proliferation of network-connected objects, processes, living things, and mountains of data that will truly change our world. Let’s then take a [...]
  • #WednesdayWalkabout Series: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

    Barry Einsig
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Highways, bridges, railways, mass transit, ports, airports, and their cyber networks are all a part of critical transportation infrastructure, which is essential to the daily function of 21st century society. As urban population centers grow, so does the demand on transportation infrastructure. More and more commuters are shifting from using roadways to rail, bus and other means of public transportation. This shift is changing the role of public transportation systems and the station hubs that support them. Commuters demand full connectivity [...]
  • Improving Military Operations with Smart and Connected Bases

    Michael Hodge
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    As more people, process, devices and data become linked together through the Internet of Everything (IoE), the benefits from those connections become more widespread. While IoE is often discussed in terms of the future, it is already helping employees more effectively perform their jobs, turning cities into energy- and cost-saving urban centers and redefining how state and federal government agencies serve their constituents. Both personally and professionally, connecting the unconnected is changing daily life. This is no different in the [...]
  • On-Demand Video Can Transform the Way our Police Departments Train

    Bob Stanberry
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    While we most often think of the Internet of Everything (IoE) as transforming public safety forces out in the field, change can actually begin before an officer is even leaves the station. Classroom training for officers is crucial, enabling them to stay safe and perform at the highest level out in the field. Current events highlight just how important good training is, ensuring officers know how to act in all situations and act as good example of public safety in [...]
  • #WednesdayWalkabout Series: Smart Parking and Lighting Make All the Difference

    Markus Wissmann
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    Let there be light…and parking spots! There’s nothing like the quiet (or in my case, not-so-quiet) desperation of circling a few city blocks, over and over again, looking for a spot to park. You can almost feel your sanity slipping away. The search for a parking space is not only terribly frustrating; it is also a major contributor to traffic congestion and carbon emissions. And we all love the classic case of walking home at night, tripping every few steps [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Retail

  • Enabling Retail Business Innovation With Threat-Centric Security

    Marc Solomon
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Last year was one of the biggest years for retail data breaches, with credit card data from well over 106 million shoppers stolen from two of America’s largest retailers alone. The attacks shook consumer confidence, eroded brand loyalty, and cost the industry millions of dollars. Even though the retail and security industries have been talking about compliance and security for more than a decade, breaches continue. And while research shows that compliance with PCI DSS has improved in recent years, [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • Combining the Power of Cisco and Apple

    Chuck Robbins
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    In today’s world, technology is changing how we work every day. We’re always on the go – working from anywhere in the world at any time, and we’re increasingly dependent on our mobile devices to keep us connected. We want the best user experience regardless of where we are, and we want to know that we can always connect, that our connection is secure, and that our enterprise apps will simply work. I’m thrilled about our new partnership we announced today with [...]
  • A Second Wave of Cloud Adoption is On the Rise. Are You Ready?

    Nick Earle
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Disrupt or be disrupted. That’s the mantra of IT organizations and boardrooms across the globe. At least in the ones that will still be around. A recent report projects that digital disruption will displace approximately 40 percent of incumbent companies in each of the 12 industries studied within the next five years. The winners will be those companies that can innovate faster than their competitors. And they’re relying on the cloud (private, public, or hybrid) to get it done. According to a [...]
  • Protecting Innovation: Update on District Court and ITC Actions

    Mark Chandler
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our legal action to stop Arista’s copying and use of Cisco’s intellectual property is proceeding according to schedule. With a number of important procedural steps about to take place, we feel now is a good time to provide an update. Last December we brought two actions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California . All of the related patents cover features that were invented by individuals who worked for Cisco and who are now at Arista, or by individuals at Cisco who worked with executives who are now at [...]
  • IT Competitions Unleash Critical Thinking and Hone Job Skills

    Tae Yoo
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    One year from now more than 10,500 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees will put their skills and perseverance to the test at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next year’s medal winners may go on to become professional athletes, role models, and commercial spokespeople – for many, the visibility and success they achieve in front of an international audience launches their careers. Most of us are familiar with the world’s largest international multi-sport event. But it [...]
  • Why the Fortune 500 is Fast Becoming the Digital 500

    Mala Anand
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    As part of its research for this year’s annual Fortune™ 500 issue the magazine polled the CEOs of all the companies on its latest list of industry leaders. When asked, “What is your company’s greatest challenge?” the number one answer among the CEOs was, “The rapid pace of technological change.” Holding second position on their list of challenges was cybersecurity. The magazine remarked on the results, “Today’s CEOs clearly recognize that new technologies are going to radically change the way [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Inclusion and Diversity

  • Are the skills we have today be relevant tomorrow?

    Monique Morrow
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Are we Disrupting Ourselves out of jobs? This blog is to provoke dialogue on the opportunities we all have to learn and change our skill sets accordingly. Diversity of  mindsets definitely is a key factor in this discussion. In speaking about Cybersecurity, only 11% of the profession includes women today. This fact itself opens up the discussion on how we can get more women to consider a career in cybersecurity.Moreover, we all are responsible for learning and being comfortable in [...]
  • Are you a Talent Magnet or a Micromanager?

    Emma Roffey
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    I care passionately about good leadership and adore discovering new books or hearing leaders speak.   I have recently discovered and met Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, a book on leadership I highly recommend. Liz’s book is based on research of 150 leaders across Europe , Middle East and Asia and studies how some leaders can get twice as much productivity from their teams as other leaders. In her book Liz shares with you a secret and that is that good [...]
  • Old Boys? Meet the New Girls!

    Dr. Christine Bailey
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:53 pm
    If you look at the numbers, the picture is bleak for women working in technology. According to new research conducted by The Wall Street Journal , there is still a huge gender gap worldwide. Of the eight technology companies profiled, (ebay, Apple, LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter) ebay leads the pack with only 24% of women in technology roles; Twitter trails with 10%. Is the outlook really that bleak? Here’s a look at several promising initiatives aimed at closing the tech gender gap: [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Enterprise Networks

  • Increase Your Network Operations IQ

    Mala Anand
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is the time of year when summer vacations end and students head back to the classroom. For those of us who have school-age children like me, it’s important that we know that their academic environment provides access to tools and information that will ensure successful learning. Knowledge of our children’s academic resources gives us the power to help shape their educational outcomes. Perhaps surprisingly, improving young minds is a bit like improving network operations. As in academia, IT environments [...]
  • Improve Your Backbone, Improve Your Business

    Bart Peluso
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Cisco recently announced the Cisco Catalyst 6840-X backbone switch to address new network backbone needs, especially in space constrained deployments. According to the Visual Networking Index , Network traffic has grown exponentially over the last several years, and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2018, there will be over 20 billion networked devices, a 100% increase from 10 billion in 2011. Business IP traffic is expected to reach 13.1 exabytes per month in 2016 [1] . While devices grow in number, wireless [...]
  • An SD-WAN Bill of Rights

    Jason Rolleston
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my last blog post , I talked about the business outcomes customers are looking to achieve when evaluating SD-WAN solutions. However, if you are going to invest in an SD-WAN solution, it is also important to think about the trends that might impact your WAN and remote sites in the next few years. Are you prepared for trends like digital disruption or the Internet of Things (IoT), which are transforming businesses and creating new sources of competitive advantage? Today’s leading businesses are constantly reinventing themselves to disrupt [...]
  • The Evolution of Networking Software

    Joel Conover
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    As a long time networking veteran, I’ve watched our industry change and respond to a wide variety of disruptive changes. I remember PictureTel ISDN videoconferences on the IBM PC. Then came  IP video conferencing in the early ’90s.  Things picked up 1991, when Microsoft launched Windows Media Player 1.0. Though Windows Media Player and Microsoft Multimedia Extensions arrived without much fanfare, they ushered in the ability to record and playback audio, and display high-performance graphics on the desktop PC — [...]
  • Cisco to Kick-off Networking Field Day 10 on August 19th at 9:30am

    Breana Jordan
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    We are excited to share that Cisco will be participating in Networking Field Day 10 this year. Cisco brings together independent thought leaders and our engineers to share information and opinions in a two-hour interactive discussion format. If you cannot attend NFD10 all presentations will be live streamed from the Tech Field Day website . These are the topics Cisco is covering this year at #NFD10: Intelligent WAN (IWAN) Architecture: We are busting the myth that IWAN is part of a marchitecture and explaining [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • Which Collaboration Applications Are Right for Me?

    Craig Smythe
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:38 pm
    As a member of the Sales Engineer Organization,  I spend lots of my time staying close to midsized customers observing how teams that do great work are leveraging applications to collaborate.   The number of choices available can make choosing the right tools an interesting journey. Is there one solution to meet all needs? Midmarket organizations face these questions.   As I talked to several midsized companies this past year, I heard how improving team productivity is top of mind.  Keeping employees [...]
  • The Four Dimensions of Open

    Jonathan Rosenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Last week, I posted about our Project Thor , our effort at creating a royalty-free next-generation video codec. This post generated lots of comments – which is great! But also illustrated that there is a lot of confusion about what it means for something to be open. I’d like to remedy that here and describe the four dimensions of open. Yup, four. Dimension 1: “Open as in Open Source” One dimension of open is whether the technology is available in open source [...]
  • What Future Do You See?

    Rowan Trollope
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The future fascinates me. I grew up reading Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Kurt Vonnegut. And watching every sci-fi movie that came out. Robots, aliens, utopia, dystopia – I loved it all. Today, imagining what the future looks like is a big part of my job. In June, I got to participate in a futurist session at Cisco Live where I had to make one prediction about what the year 2025 would be like. (See Ambient Computing below or watch [...]
  • Cisco Products Receive Highest Scores in 3 of 4 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Communications

    Thomas McCafferty
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    The evaluation is complete. And we think Cisco Unified Communications scored well. Very well, in fact. Just released, the 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Communications is a product-centric overview of UC vendors. The report digs deeper into the vendors represented in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for UC . In Gartner’s words, it’s “intended to help organizations define their requirements and select specific products that match their needs as aligned with one of the use cases.” In the report, Gartner evaluates the effectiveness of vendors in addressing user needs in four…
  • Cisco Named as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications 2015

    Thomas McCafferty
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    Cisco Unified Communications Delivers a Full Experience As I read the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications by Bern Elliot and Steve Blood, August 10, 2015, one word stood out: full. full:  adjective – not lacking or omitting anything; complete It’s a word that Gartner mentions when describing leaders. “Leaders have a full UC offering and strong market presence, and demonstrate success in the field. They have a strong presence in related markets to expand their footprint in UC. These vendors and their channel partners [...]
 
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  • A Strong Partnership: Cisco and Microsoft

    Rick Speyer
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    Cisco continues to develop their partnership with Microsoft becoming a critical component of the Microsoft Data Centers across the globe. 80% of the data centers around the globe already include Cisco networking switches and routers. More and more of these same Data Centers are also making the switch to Cisco UCS server platforms .  There are many advantages to using Cisco UCS as your server platform. IDC recently competed a study interviewing many Cisco UCS installed customers and determined that by installing your application on [...]
  • The Long Road to the Cloud – Changes in Application Deployment Criteria

    Jim McHugh
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In today’s world as more and more customers prepare to take advantage of cloud technologies, they are finding that private cloud and colocation services are essential options in their journey to the cloud. We are lucky to have Dan Harrington, as a guest blogger. Dan is a Research Director covering Datacenter trends at 451 Research. His primary focus is managing 451’s Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters study which surveys thousands of enterprises a year about their datacenter strategies. Out of the insights of his surveys, Dan [...]
  • VMware and Cisco UCS Enhance the Advantages of vRealize

    Ken Spear
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Cisco and VMware continue to work together to deliver the benefits of automation and the software-defined data center (SDDC). The integration of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) management software with VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 is another example of the ongoing investment by both companies. It delivers significant efficiencies, improved performance, and a proactive means of managing operations. As the theme of VMworld 2015 claims, this solution can help your organization be “Ready for Any.” Keeping IT Simple VMware vRealize Operations (formerly called [...]
  • Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution

    Jim McHugh
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution   SAP just announced the release of SAP HANA Vora . SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. Cisco, provider of UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, is working with SAP to achieve the following: Process Big Data simply and cost-effectively for real-time business applications and analytics Provide enterprise-class drill-down insight into raw data Blend incoming data from customers, partners, and smart devices Combine [...]
  • Agile Application Delivery with UCS-Powered VDI

    Francoise Rees
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re off to another edition of VMworld with some great technology to showcase. Our theme this year is your data center is everywhere, the center of innovation. And talking about innovation we will be demoing some recent work around our desktop virtualization solution with VMware. We will have demo pods showcasing our UCS solutions for Virtual SAN and VDI as well as a demo showing graphic acceleration for VDI with Cisco UCS and NVIDIA GRID on Horizon. By the way, [...]
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  • Updating the Company that Updates the Home

    Byron Magrane
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    As the world’s largest appliance maker, Whirlpool Corporation knows a thing or two about innovations. But the company recently looked at its factories’ mixed networking devices and realized that their backend infrastructure needed some innovating too. An unstable wireless network set-up was costing the company money, was difficult to troubleshoot and simply could not keep up with new technologies. Whirlpool turned to Cisco and the appliance company’s service provider, Black Box Network Services, to come up with a plan to [...]
  • Tips on Getting the Most from the Apple Watch and Your Wireless Network

    Rahul Tiwari
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:50 am
    Since the release of Apple watch in April 2015, a considerable amount of articles have been published on the features of the watch and how it connects to the iPhone through either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Unlike those pieces, this article analyzes the impact of the Apple watch on the wireless network. The Apple watch is powered with watchOS and features Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy and 802.11b/g/n to connect to the iPhone 5 or later version. The Apple watch is single [...]
  • My productivity has and is increasing. Does yours?

    Gerd DeBruycker
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:07 am
    I am a typical Gen X employee and started my career as a university teacher in the early days of the Internet. I was restricted to working in an office and wasted a great deal of my time commuting. Once I arrived into my office, I tried to be as productive as possible which wasn’t always easy after commuting – especially if I’d encountered delays on my journey. Same challenge on the way back. This was my life for many [...]
  • #Ciscochat: CMX Analytics Creating Personalized Mobile Experiences

    Luka Yang
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Analytics  helps you create personalized mobile experiences for mobile end users and gain operational efficiency with location-based services. CMX Analytics lets you tap into the visitors connected lifestyle and provide relevant mobile content while gaining meaningful data. Cisco CMX Analytics allows mobile customers to connect through your onsite Wi-Fi. It opens a direct channel of communication to let you better understand and deliver what your guests truly want. The ability to capture new customers and engage with existing ones by delivering more…
  • Best Practices for Effective Technology Deployment in Education

    Daryl Coon
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Technology is all the rage in education circles. But correctly deploying mobile technology takes more than talk. Without a clear path, schools and districts can make common mistakes that hamstring their efforts. In a recent article “Ten Barriers to Technology Adoption”, Travis Allen, president and CEO of iSchool Initiative, explains the common issues he sees impeding the adoption of technology throughout the world. However, with some preplanning, many of these challenges can be avoided. In short, schools and districts should [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Security

  • Cognitive Research: Learning Detectors of Malicious Network Traffic

    Talos Group
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    This post was authored by Karel Bartos , Vojtech Franc , & Michal Sofka . Malware is constantly evolving and changing. One way to identify malware is by analyzing the communication that the malware performs on the network. Using machine learning, these traffic patterns can be utilized to identify malicious software. Machine learning faces two obstacles: obtaining a sufficient training set of malicious and normal traffic and retraining the system as malware evolves. This post will analyze an approach that overcomes these obstacles by developing a [...]
  • Malware Meets SysAdmin – Automation Tools Gone Bad

    Talos Group
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    This post was authored by  Alex Chiu and Xabier Ugarte Pedrero . Talos recently spotted a targeted phishing attack with several unique characteristics that are not normally seen. While we monitor phishing campaigns used to distribute threats such as Dridex , Upatre , and Cryptowall , targeted phishing attacks are more convincing because the format of the message is personalized to the targeted user. This targeted attack was more difficult to detect because adversaries chose to leverage AutoIT, a well known freeware administration tool for automating system management [...]
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Out of Band Advisory

    Talos Group
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Today an out of band advisory was released by Microsoft to address CVE-2015-2502 . This vulnerability is addressed by MS15-093 . MS15-093 address a memory corruption vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. This affects all currently supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10. This advisory is rated critical. An attacker can craft a web page designed to exploit this vulnerability and lure a user into visiting it.  The compromise will result in remote code execution at the [...]
  • A Global Cybergovernance Framework: The Real Infrastructure Needed to Support a More Secure Internet

    Eric Wenger
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    As part of a broader “Cybersecurity Call to Action” outlined in the Cisco 2015 Midyear Security Report , Cisco has called for the development of a cohesive, multi-stakeholder, global cybergovernance framework. Investing in the development of such a framework is essential to supporting innovation and economic growth in business on the global stage. While there has been an increasing awareness that managing cyber risks is essential to the operation of any networked system, current mechanisms are not effective to protect businesses from cyberattacks. The lack [...]
  • Talos Identifies Multiple Memory Corruption Issues in Quicktime

    Talos Group
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Update 2015-08-21: This post has been updated to reflect an additional advisory released on August 20. Talos, in conjunction with Apple’s security advisories issued on August 13 and August 20, has released six advisories for vulnerabilities that Talos found in Apple Quicktime. In accordance with our Vendor Vulnerability Reporting and Disclosure policy, these vulnerabilities have been reported to Apple and CERT.  This post serves as a summary for the advisories being released in coordination with Apple and CERT. Ryan Pentney and Richard Johnson of Talos [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Partner

  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – September 4, 2015

    Darek Rensing
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:30 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. Here’s what you might have missed this week: Off the Top Cisco and Apple Announce Partnership This week, at our yearly Global Sales Experience Conference (GSX) in Las Vegas, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, surprised everyone by joining John Chambers on stage to announce an exciting new partnership between Apple and Cisco . The two companies are [...]
  • Are You Ready for a Fresh New Start? Take a Step Back for Maximum Impact

    Karin Surber
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    As summer comes to a close, many of us have kids who are returning to school with shiny new shoes and eager smiles. After a few months off, their minds are ready for the new school year and are open to learning again. Or if you have a high-schooler like me, they may not be as eager and are counting the years until they graduate. Either way, the importance of getting a fresh new start is critical to making the [...]
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 28, 2015

    Darek Rensing
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    You might notice the Weekly Rewind this week is coming from a new author. Well that’s because I’m taking over publishing the Cisco Partner Blog. David Durham, who you’ve heard from for two years now, is moving to a different role here at Cisco, but you’ll still see him around here on the Partner Blog from time to time. Consider me your new guide to the Cisco Partner Blog. I’ll be continuing the Partner Weekly Rewind and the popular Partner Voices feature series. We may [...]
  • OpenDNS Helps Partners Expand Their Security Practice and Accelerate Profitability

    Ken Trombetta
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Frequent and major cybersecurity breaches have occurred this year, with some causing immense financial damage across many industry segments and leading to a loss of reputation and in some cases lost customers.
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 21, 2015

    David Durham
    21 Aug 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 » SP360: Service Provider

  • Cloud DVR transforms video services—for operators as much as their subscribers

    David Yates
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:32 pm
    A few years ago, the idea of cloud-based digital video recording (DVR) was an aspiration. Today, while the technology is still relatively new, it’s already seeing broad adoption in the market. In a recent webcast conducted with Parks Associates, attendees revealed the breadth of cloud-based services they were already using to catch up on TV content. From basic “pause live TV” features to full cloud DVR , check out the range of cloud services already available: There are lots of good reasons [...]
  • Point of View: Optimisation, Monetisation and Customer Privacy

    Andrew Mackay
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Guest blog from Paul Jesemann, Cisco Solution Consultant, Mobile Architecture, APJ In June, a mobile operator in India was accused of spying on its customers by inserting a javascript in browsing sessions on its 3G network. The service provider admitted it was using a solution to help customers keep track of data usage, yet in press and blogs , concerns were expressed about it being a privacy breach, and a means to track subscriber browsing data for monetisation purposes. Instead of unnecessarily debating the incident as such, maybe a [...]
  • Next Stop Dallas: Learn How to Automate, Optimize, and Transform your Service Delivery

    Greg Smith
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    Guest blog by Ram , SP Infrastructure Marketing Manager Service providers everywhere are trying to simplify their networks – moving services to the cloud that are easier to roll out, can be provisioned by the customer, and enable new business models. Cisco’s virtual managed service (vMS) solution uses a self-service online portal to give end users a simple way to select, subscribe to and activate highly secure and scalable network services – even if the underlying network is multivendor. The VMS platform service function packages includescloud VPNs for branch, [...]
  • ACG Research says “Cisco Continues Market Share Leadership in Mobility”

    Jim O'Leary
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:27 pm
    So the Summer of 2015 is quickly coming to a close here in New England, which means Fall is coming, and the leaves will soon begin to change color with the cooler temperatures. But according to ACC Research  the Mobile Infrastructure is getting hot again, and starting to grow, which is great news. According to ACG Research since 2014 mobile operators have been shifting more of their expenditures from the RAN to the packet core and to IP backhaul to more efficiently [...]
  • The History and Future of Internet Traffic

    Arielle Sumits
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    I remember when 1 Mbps was big bandwidth. And 45 Mbps was unbelievably, outlandishly huge bandwidth. One spring day in 1995, at the headquarters of a large technology company outside of Dallas, there was excited chatter at the proverbial water cooler about the T3 access line that was being installed. A T3 line! Nearly 45 Mbps! Every thing really is bigger in Texas! We wondered what we would do with all that bandwidth, even though there were thousands of us [...]
 
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  • A Strong Partnership: Cisco and Microsoft

    Rick Speyer
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    Cisco continues to develop their partnership with Microsoft becoming a critical component of the Microsoft Data Centers across the globe. 80% of the data centers around the globe already include Cisco networking switches and routers. More and more of these same Data Centers are also making the switch to Cisco UCS server platforms .  There are many advantages to using Cisco UCS as your server platform. IDC recently competed a study interviewing many Cisco UCS installed customers and determined that by installing your application on [...]
  • The Long Road to the Cloud – Changes in Application Deployment Criteria

    Jim McHugh
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In today’s world as more and more customers prepare to take advantage of cloud technologies, they are finding that private cloud and colocation services are essential options in their journey to the cloud. We are lucky to have Dan Harrington, as a guest blogger. Dan is a Research Director covering Datacenter trends at 451 Research. His primary focus is managing 451’s Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters study which surveys thousands of enterprises a year about their datacenter strategies. Out of the insights of his surveys, Dan [...]
  • VMware and Cisco UCS Enhance the Advantages of vRealize

    Ken Spear
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Cisco and VMware continue to work together to deliver the benefits of automation and the software-defined data center (SDDC). The integration of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) management software with VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 is another example of the ongoing investment by both companies. It delivers significant efficiencies, improved performance, and a proactive means of managing operations. As the theme of VMworld 2015 claims, this solution can help your organization be “Ready for Any.” Keeping IT Simple VMware vRealize Operations (formerly called [...]
  • Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution

    Jim McHugh
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution   SAP just announced the release of SAP HANA Vora . SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. Cisco, provider of UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, is working with SAP to achieve the following: Process Big Data simply and cost-effectively for real-time business applications and analytics Provide enterprise-class drill-down insight into raw data Blend incoming data from customers, partners, and smart devices Combine [...]
  • Agile Application Delivery with UCS-Powered VDI

    Francoise Rees
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re off to another edition of VMworld with some great technology to showcase. Our theme this year is your data center is everywhere, the center of innovation. And talking about innovation we will be demoing some recent work around our desktop virtualization solution with VMware. We will have demo pods showcasing our UCS solutions for Virtual SAN and VDI as well as a demo showing graphic acceleration for VDI with Cisco UCS and NVIDIA GRID on Horizon. By the way, [...]
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