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  • The Network Week in Review & Look Ahead: May 25-29

    News@Cisco: Press Releases and Features
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
  • The Network Week in Review & Look Ahead: May 25-29

    News@Cisco: News and Press Releases
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
  • How We Migrate Hundreds of Applications to the New ACI Platform

    Cisco Blog » Inside Cisco IT
    Sumanta Mandal
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I am in the trenches of our migration to an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform, helping my team transition hundreds of applications. Cisco IT has broken down the migration process into nine steps: Complete network dependency mapping. In this exercise, the applications team validates the mapping of Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) to databases, for upstream and downstream applications. Build the ACI fabric in parallel with the existing infrastructure using Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Install seed compute into ACI fabric. Connect [...]
  • TechWiseTV SP: Cloud VPN

    Cisco Blog » Cisco Interaction Network
    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.
 
 
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  • How We Migrate Hundreds of Applications to the New ACI Platform

    Sumanta Mandal
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I am in the trenches of our migration to an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform, helping my team transition hundreds of applications. Cisco IT has broken down the migration process into nine steps: Complete network dependency mapping. In this exercise, the applications team validates the mapping of Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) to databases, for upstream and downstream applications. Build the ACI fabric in parallel with the existing infrastructure using Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Install seed compute into ACI fabric. Connect [...]
  • Inside Cisco IT: Enabling the Collaboration Culture

    Campbell Taylor
    27 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    After too long, business is becoming more immediate and visual. Think of it this way – a couple of thousand years ago business was often done in a market place or trading post, face to face in person. Technology meant supply lines and trade was able to extend geographically so business had to be conducted in part, with asynchronous delayed communication by post and then the telegraph.// Then in the last century real time communication was introduced that could reach [...]
  • IoE and Big Data Part 1: Evaluating Use Cases

    Piyush Bhargava
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s no question that the Internet of Everything (IoE) and all of the data it generates will revolutionize core business functions. The challenge today is how to prepare your organization so it can get the most benefit from the arrival of IoE connectivity and big data. One approach is to look at the IoE opportunity in two parts: Evaluating use cases (discussed in this post) and defining the information architecture (covered in an upcoming Part 2).// The goal for any [...]
  • Why Videography is Important to Cisco IT

    Alex Felker
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am a videographer in Cisco IT. Often when I introduce myself, people are either intrigued or utterly confused. Cisco is full of software and hardware engineers, IT architects, IP telephony wizards, and sales account managers galore. Where does videography fit in? (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){(i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new…
  • 5 Tips for Building an Effective Continuous Delivery Team

    Heather Yurko
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Becoming part of a continuous delivery team can seem daunting. Being tasked with creating one, even more so. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking a step-by-step approach and having your end goal in mind can get you and your team there intact. Here are some tips that I follow as we move toward continuous delivery in a way that is sustainable for my business partners and my team, and that minimizes risk to delivery.// 1.    Start with [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Cisco Interaction Network

  • 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.
  • Fundamentals of 802.11ac Wave 2

    Robb Boyd
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Wi-Fi technologies continue to pick up speed as 802.11ac Wave 2 is now making its way into new deployments. What is really happening within these latest changes and what do they mean for your strategy? Watch and learn as Robb Boyd shares the five most important nuances found within these advancements on this TechWiseTV Fundamentals.
  • How to Dress for the Camera

    Robb Boyd
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    What should I wear on your video? We get this question all the time. As much as camera technology has advanced over time, there are still some important things to understand about how light is processed through a lens and what your choice of attire can do to mess it up. Our eyes are still better at adjusting to many things than a camera is. The color and the patterns we see will look different through the lens. When it comes to TV, you really want to dress for the camera to look your best. Some people worry too much - but it is good to have a little knowledge as to WHY we are asking you not…
  • Tour the Cisco Allen Data Center

    Robb Boyd
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    I had been looking forward to revisiting one of my favorite data center’s.   We had done this first back in 2011 and that video continues to do pretty well. We had a chance to go back this year and one of the first things I noticed when we returned…it was filling up.  All the open floor space we shot the open for in 2011 was now filled and their were crews still pulling in fresh cable, racking new equipment and more. It was a busy place all night long.   (Watch the full tour) [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Digital and Social

  • Don’t Be Arrogant

    Uwe Grunewald
    22 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The problem of the digital age for economy and society is not so much about the digitization of everything – it’s the exponential speed of the change. We human beings are not used to such a speed in all of our history. Companies who understand that, don’t feel comfortable at all anymore and act. So did my employer ZEISS, a world famous brand in optical based in Germany – and mechanical technologies since 170 years. I was challenged to find [...]
  • From “How Many” to “Who” – A Simple Step toward Profound Insights

    Sri Srikanth
    21 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Data Monetization – the art of applying Data to drive business value, sometimes pivots on fairly simple steps with profound consequences. One such step in the world of Digital is when one progresses from mastering the metrics of “How many” visitors to understanding the “Who” are these visitors? In reality, the notion of “Who” is understood to a very limited degree by Digital property owners, unless the visitor willingly parts way with some of that information. B2B property owners have an even [...]
  • Yes, a New Cisco.com Home Page

    Martin Hardee
    20 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    We’ve updated the design of the Cisco.com home page. Not just because we wanted to, but for you. Here’s a point by point overview, starting with the desktop/laptop version: Same top of page navigation. We’ve keep the same top of page categories, and “mega menu” navigation, as these work very well today. (Yes, we’ll continue to tune these every so often as we have been.) Quick Tasks. This new element is based on your feedback about your most important regular [...]
  • Focusing on customers’ top digital journeys

    Martin Hardee
    9 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    I’ve often written about how we  optimize to our Customers’ and Partners’ top journeys  across our web sites and mobile apps. We’ve found that focusing relentlessly on the top things that visitors do with us online (versus following the latest cool digital fads) helps us stay grounded.  Customers and Partners drive their own journeys, and we’re reminded of this every time we run a user test with them or  look at the analytics from our sites. Following this “top tasks” approach, we’ve been able to raise usability scores in key areas…
  • Mobilegeddon: Are you Ready?

    Mark Yolton
    5 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    You may have seen the news about Google changing their search algorithm to account for ‘mobile-friendly’ results . Excitable folks in the news media are portending significant shifts and swings in search results, with some fortunes dashed, primarily due to the fact that those websites that are not responsive (those that do not re-size and re-configure depending on whether a desktop versus a mobile phone is displaying them) will suffer. For reference, even just a few shifts in position for a consumer [...]
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  • Enhancing HDX: Improved Mitigation of Wi-Fi Interference through Wi-Fi-Triggered Event-Driven Radio Resource Management (ED-RRM)

    Allen Huotari
    29 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Cisco Systems is announcing a new set of features that enhance its HDX (High Density Experience) suite. This blog is the fourth in a series that explains the new features that comprise the enhancements to HDX. The first three blogs in the Enhancing HDX series are here and here and here . The rapid and massive adoption of Wi-Fi into handheld devices has created new challenges for managing a wireless network. As a consequence, the traditional view of a rogue Access Point has [...]
  • Cisco and Big Data and Analytics Partners unveil vertical solutions at Cisco Live

    Jim McHugh
    29 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Why do I love  Big Data  so much? It’s because there are endless possibilities to deliver on the  Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity that will create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, countries, and individuals. Analytics is an enormous part of that value creation and is estimated to drive $7.3T of the $19T IoE opportunity over the next 10 years. Big Data and Analytics take the data created by people, processes, and things – that’s held within the  Data Center  and at the  Edge – and convert [...]
  • How We Migrate Hundreds of Applications to the New ACI Platform

    Sumanta Mandal
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    I am in the trenches of our migration to an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform, helping my team transition hundreds of applications. Cisco IT has broken down the migration process into nine steps: Complete network dependency mapping. In this exercise, the applications team validates the mapping of Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) to databases, for upstream and downstream applications. Build the ACI fabric in parallel with the existing infrastructure using Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Install seed compute into ACI fabric. Connect [...]
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 29, 2015

    David Durham
    29 May 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.
  • Video Collaboration and the Present Mom

    Kim Nguyen
    29 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    “Mom, is there anything you don’t do well?” That came from Jaden, my twelve-year-old daughter, after a particularly arduous week tackling algebra and a To Kill a Mockingbird essay with a little help from me. Clearly, I don’t do everything well, but the validation felt really good coming from a kid who I think is pretty extraordinary, herself. I might be slightly biased, but there’s enough evidence for extraordinary that some of my colleagues call me “Tiger Mom.” What they [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Financial Services

  • 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 [...]
  • Enabling “The Easy” Button for Insurance

    Rob Cornwell
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Nearly a year ago, I wrote a blog titled, “ Mayday for Insurance and Financial Services ,” where I detailed how next-generation customer experience capabilities, such as virtual interactions between business experts and customers, are transforming business processes – such as the “Mayday” button technology offered on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. The purpose of that blog was to explain virtual interaction capabilities and discuss how they are likely to become integrated into the insurance industry in the near future. So what’s changed? Well, I’ve gone from [...]
  • The Advice Advantage: How Banks Can Close the ‘Value Gap’ and Regain Customer Trust

    Paul Jameson
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    Today’s banking consumers are used to experiences that reflect their likes, dislikes, past histories, and even their future plans. But not always from their banks. These kinds of interactions are more common when buying an online book, streaming a movie, or planning a vacation. Despite numerous omnichannel initiatives, many banks continue to lag in providing contextual, relevant, and convenient experiences to their customers. And while many customers yearn for personalized financial guidance, a Cisco survey of 7,200 smartphone users and bank [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Government

  • Local Government and Law Enforcement Share Unique Insights

    Bob Stanberry
    27 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Cisco recently held a public safety panel to discuss how public sector agencies are addressing reduced workforces and constrained budgets. Central to the topic of discussion were cost-effective solutions to keep citizens and public spaces safe. Jonathan Thompson, executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association , and Jeff Teer, a telecom analyst for the city of McAllen, Texas, were among the panelists who led the conversation. These leaders discussed integrating the right technology to enhance public safety and support the justice system. Challenges [...]
  • Government’s Journey to IPv6

    Tim Martin
    15 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Last month, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2015 North American IPv6 Summit . Several hundred IPv6 experts and networking professionals attended from across the country to discuss the IPv6 adoption, hear about the latest IPv6 research and learn what others are doing to prepare for the transition to IPv6. To refresh, IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides identification for computers on networks and allows computers to talk to each other. The existing Internet Protocol, IPv4, [...]
  • Feds Relationship with the Cloud: It’s Complicated

    Mike Younkers
    13 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Cloud computing is not a new concept for federal IT managers. The idea of transitioning to the cloud has been discussed, evaluated, loved and scrutinized for several years. There has and continues to be tremendous excitement about the benefits cloud computing can offer federal agencies, including increased flexibility, scalability and cost-efficiency. However, concerns still remain for agencies considering cloud adoption, primarily being security and lack of data control. Earlier this year, MeriTalk released its “Cloud Without the Commitment” report following [...]
  • Enterprise Architecture: The Key to Unlocking the Value of Convergence

    Gary Hall
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the DGI Enterprise Architecture Conference & Expo. Specifically, I spoke about enterprise architecture’s role in the convergence of big data, mobility and cloud. Emerging technologies can provide tremendous value to public sector organizations, but these organizations need Enterprise Architecture to transform IT services and deliver operational success and mission outcomes. According to Gartner , Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a discipline that delivers value to organizations by presenting business and IT leaders with recommendations for…
  • IoE and Convergence: The Path toward Greater Efficiency and Improved Citizen Services

    Dan Kent
    5 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    As technology continues to evolve rapidly, citizens and end-user government employees are reaping the benefits. Government is responding to the growing demand for increased e-services and faster access to data by aligning resources to more adequately support a fully connected world, or as we like to call it the Internet of Everything (IoE). The Difference between IoE and Convergence IoE is the networked connection of people, processes, data and things. This extends beyond machine-to-machine communication (often referenced as the Internet [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Manufacturing

  • Certifying for the Hyperconnected Plant Floor

    Sudarshan Krishnamurthi
    28 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The Internet of Everything (IoE)—bringing together previously unconnected people, processes, data and things—opens a world of possibilities in terms of creating new capabilities, richer experiences and unparalleled economic opportunity for organizations, individuals, and nations. Cisco predicts that 50+ billion devices will be connected by 2020. The ramifications are enormous and varied, including how manufacturing plants operate . The exchange between information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) is increasing as the industrial plant floor and corporate enterprise become…
  • Cisco Manufacturing Partner Librestream Wins Award at PS 2015

    Douglas Bellin
    20 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    Cisco’s ecosystem of partners consists of leading technology providers that complement our leading networking solutions. One such partner, Librestream Technologies , which offers mobile video collaboration hardware and software, recently won one of the coveted Business Solution Outcomes Awards (in the Manufacturing and Energy segment) at Partner Summit held last month in Montreal. The Business Outcomes Contest is designed to recognize, promote and award the innovative work being done by Cisco solution partners to transform businesses and industries. There were over 70 submissions and only a…
  • How to Capture the Value of Industrial IoT: Smart Connected Operations

    Kevin Davenport
    18 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Despite the seeming media saturation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the importance of industrial adoption, it was eye-opening to hear that 47% of manufacturers are still unclear on the value of IoT and how to proceed with adoption.   Cisco recently partnered with LNS Research on a research study to further understand the dynamics behind this. Take a look at this Slide share below to see a summary of the study’s findings: LNS Research: Capturing the Business Value of the Industrial IoT from Cisco Business Insights To get more details directly from the analysts who authored this study…
  • 3D printing is here. How will your organization respond?

    Greg McCarthy
    7 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    As someone who has spent his career developing a deep knowledge of manufacturing and software, I’m rapidly becoming a major “fan” of 3D printing. The technology offers exciting possibilities that can radically change multiple industries including manufacturing. According to Industry Week, “a survey by the global consultancy PwC found that 67% of manufacturers are adopting 3-D printing in some way, most frequently in prototyping.” At the same time, ubiquitous 3D printing introduces new complexities around intellectual property ownership, counterfeiting and diversion issues that…
  • We’re Ready to Obsolete Product Recalls: Are You?

    Chet Namboodri
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    “Product Recall.” Just these two words are enough to strike fear in the heart of a manufacturer.  As John Kern points out in his blog,  The Internet of Everything Will Help Solve Problems That Lead To Recalls , “Product recalls can be a headache for customers and consumers, but a financial nightmare for manufacturers.” Not only are longer-term corporate reputations and brand promises deflated, but even more insidious, shorter-term litigation and financial liabilities become a daily reality for industrial companies facing recalls. Issues like the…
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    Cisco Blog » Retail

  • 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 [...]
  • Analytics Opens a Window into Each Shopper’s Journey

    Mala Anand
    25 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The key to retail today is customer understanding —where each customer stands on his or her personal shopping journey, whether in-store or out. Retailers must “know” each shopper as never before. And they must offer the kinds of contextual, personally relevant experiences that will optimize their merchandise mix, create faster inventory turns, and drive greater customer engagement. Yet, as a recent Cisco study revealed, offline retailers – or retailers that combine on and offline capabilities – have their own unique advantages [...]
  • A Retail Revolution: The Digital Generation Is Changing the Way We Work, Live, Play, Learn, and Shop

    Anabelle Pinto
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Retailers once had a pretty clear idea of who shopped where and how they did it. After all, there were not that many options available for shoppers. Consumers would see an ad or peruse a catalog, and then visit the physical store with the hope that their preferred item was in stock. These days, retailers understand there is an entirely new kind of shopper. Indeed, since the advent of e-commerce, retail complexity has increased exponentially, and today’s digital consumer navigates [...]
  • Joe Bradley on the Hyper-Relevant Retailer: From Dark Assets to Dynamic Processes

    Dianne Lamendola
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    One customer can be multiple shoppers, and retailers need real-time insight into every shopping journey. Be sure to take a look at Cisco VP Joseph Bradley’s new blog as he shares three retail Internet of Everything attributes that deliver hyper-relevance and build a dynamic infrastructure: http://cs.co/9003xAm3
  • New Study Tells Retailers: Win Consumers’ Trust to Deliver the Experiences They Want

    Dianne Lamendola
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Be sure to check out Blair Christie’s new blog on winning consumer trust! She discusses how a new Cisco study shows that shoppers are looking for efficiency, engagement, and savings from the store. For example: 77 percent of respondents said they would be “somewhat” or “very likely” to use a solution to optimize the checkout process. 79 percent indicated a willingness to take advantage of in-store offers provided via digital signage 73 percent said they’d like to receive special offers [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • Internet of Everything Innovation Centers Facilitate Change

    Wim Elfrink
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Innovation – exponential innovation – is needed to capitalize on the $19 trillion in value at stake that the Internet of Everything (IoE) is poised to generate worldwide over the next decade. We’ve entered a time of co-innovation and experimentation via rapid prototyping and an ecosystem of partners to develop new business models and new sources of revenue. To facilitate this process, we’ve established Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centers globally with capabilities to bring together established businesses, incubators, startups, developers and partners. These Centers are…
  • Announcing Cisco’s Data & Analytics Conference

    Mike Flannagan
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is an exciting day for me. Today, we are announcing our first annual Data & Analytics Conference in Chicago, October 20-22. If you’ve previously joined us for Data Virtualization Day, you’ll find this expanded experience responds to your feedback and the changes your business is experiencing as the industry embraces the relevance of analytics. To share our enthusiasm, and in honor of David Lettermen’s Final Late Show broadcast, here are the Top 10 reasons why you should join us at our conference this [...]
  • Analytics Opens a Window into Each Shopper’s Journey

    Mala Anand
    11 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The key to retail today is customer understanding —where each customer stands on his or her personal shopping journey, whether in-store or out. Retailers must “know” each shopper as never before. And they must offer the kinds of contextual, personally relevant experiences that will optimize their merchandise mix, create faster inventory turns, and drive greater customer engagement. After all, the typical customer today is mobile, connected, and has heightened expectations. Many are accustomed to a deeper level of real-time interaction [...]
  • Cisco and the NBA are ready for the Playoffs

    Blair Christie
    8 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Throughout the season, the NBA Replay Center has found itself at the center of some of the game’s most gripping plays. Time stands still as fans, players and coaches all wait with bated breath as the close calls are confirmed. Such was the case on March 30th when the Sacramento Kings played the Memphis Grizzlies and Courtney Lee’s jaw-dropping buzzer beater turned an intense game of basketball on its head. As the ball went in the net, no one in [...]
  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Tropo

    Hilton Romanski
    7 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cisco has been on a mission to make collaboration super-simple. From our video devices that require no user’s manual, to our cameras that sense and automatically adjust when the speaker suddenly stands and walks to the white board, we’re paying attention to the details; we’re making collaborating less frustrating and providing a better user experience—so we can all get great work done. With our laser focus on simplicity, it should come as no surprise that we’ve given lots of thought to [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Inclusion and Diversity

  • Carpe Diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from May’s Everyday Heroes of CEWN

    Rehana Rehman
    6 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Guest Blog and Interview by Anuja Singh  Welcome to our 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 is inspiration from ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that the rest of us can identify with; [...]
  • #RedefineCommunity with Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Social Media Contest

    Rehana Rehman
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Guest Blog written by Carissa Lada, Customer Support Engineer Here at Cisco, it’s easy to understand the importance of technology. We can connect with people around the world, do our jobs more efficiently, and create innovative solutions that have never been seen before. Technology also gives us the ability to change the world in unprecedented ways.   The best part is that we know there are incredible people out in our community making a difference and embodying Cisco’s mission to change the [...]
  • Join The Internet of Women@Cisco and Invent Together!

    Liz Centoni
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Inspire and connect women, celebrate achievements, encourage more women into technical and leadership roles, recruit men to be advocates for women, make a measurable difference. We can’t wait for the day when we don’t have to talk about it anymore. Until then we want to do more and say less. Because, gender equality: its not just good business, its good for business. At Cisco, we are not sitting around and waiting. We are casting a wide net by looking at [...]
  • Carpe diem – Seize the day! Inspiration from everyday heroes of CEWN

    Rehana Rehman
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Guest Blog and Interview by Anuja Singh Welcome to our monthly Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (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. In this segment, you’ll find inspiration from ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary results. Everyone featured in this series has faced challenges and opportunities that the rest of us can identify [...]
  • Let’s stop talking about STEM

    Laura Earle
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Information Technology is notorious for being one of the most male dominated sectors and has been since the field’s beginnings. Despite many attempts to attract more women into the technology world (for example, Apple and Facebook offer to freeze eggs for female employees, Microsoft supports girls aged 13 years and above to attend their DigiGirlz High Tech Camp program, and every year, Cisco participates in Girls in ICT day by inviting young females on our campuses to give them hands-on exposure to our latest technology), Silicon Valley’s tech giants are [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Enterprise Networks

  • Cisco Prime Infrastructure WorkFlows for Converged Access – Single Switch Branch Network WorkFlow

    Viten Patel
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cisco Prime WorkFlows for Converged Access are designed to help simplify the deployment of Converged Access architecture quickly and error free. There are 3 WorkFlows  – Small network, Large network and Centralized network deployment. The focus of this document is deployment of small branch offices using the Single-Switch Small Branch Deployment Model. Single Switch Branch Overview The small-size remote branch office or retail store may consist of a single or a stack of Ethernet switches to provide network connectivity to [...]
  • Cisco Intelligent WAN Delivers on SD-WAN Business Requirements

    Kiran Ghodgaonkar
    18 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I was excited to attend the Open Networking User Group Conference last week at Columbia University in New York. The Open Networking User Group is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) designs. One of the ONUG working groups is the SD-WAN Working Group which was my main interest for attending this event. The SD-WAN working has determined a set of 10 business requirements (based on user-developed use cases) that Enterprises should consider when evaluating SD-WAN solutions: 1. [...]
  • Learn How to Easily Consume Cisco Solutions – Cisco ONE Software Webinar

    Dan Lohmeyer
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    We launched Cisco ONE Software to give our customers a more valuable and flexible way to purchase and consume Cisco infrastructure software. Since the launch, more than 300 customers have switched to this more valuable and flexible model. If you’re not one of these customers – and you are still asking, “What is Cisco ONE Software?” or “What does it mean for me?” – don’t worry. On Tuesday, May 19 we’ll be holding a web event to get you up to [...]
  • Secrets to Ensuring Application Performance at the Branch

    Kiran Ghodgaonkar
    15 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Ensuring application experience at the branch is a daunting task. IT must look beyond traditional WAN challenges (like bandwidth, transport type, and speed) to applications experience. As time-to-market becomes a pillar of enterprise’s competitive advantages, application experience is key to ensuring fast service and high customer satisfaction. In today’s connected world, users demand instant connectivity and seamless experience. As the business innovates, the burden on the WAN intensifies, yet three-fourth (75%) of today enterprises say their bandwidth budget will remain [...]
  • Don’t be Bewitched by the Switch – What You Need to Know when You Evaluate Solutions

    Hasan Siraj
    1 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    It’s undeniable that the biggest convergence happening in the access layer is Wired/Wireless. Today, we’re no longer forced to treat wired and wireless any differently when it comes to network visibility and management. However, the unification of Wired/Wireless doesn’t come without its own challenges and complexity. As we’ve seen with the latest switching announcement at Interop 2015, there is a lot of noise in the marketplace and customers and partners increasingly need to cut through this to achieve their IT goals [...]
 
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  • Video Collaboration and the Present Mom

    Kim Nguyen
    29 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    “Mom, is there anything you don’t do well?” That came from Jaden, my twelve-year-old daughter, after a particularly arduous week tackling algebra and a To Kill a Mockingbird essay with a little help from me. Clearly, I don’t do everything well, but the validation felt really good coming from a kid who I think is pretty extraordinary, herself. I might be slightly biased, but there’s enough evidence for extraordinary that some of my colleagues call me “Tiger Mom.” What they [...]
  • Mobile Growth is Key Focus at 2015 ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference

    Ibrahim Malick
    28 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    The explosive growth of mobile offers the greatest opportunity for contact centers. If the consensus among those at ICMI’s Contact Center Expo and Conference is any sign, mobile is the place to focus. But while there’s consensus about mobile, there isn’t consensus on a standard definition of mobile customer care. Many consider mobile to be just another device to support or another channel into the contact center. However, participants and speakers at ICMI did not have a standard definition of mobile customer care. Many consider mobile to [...]
  • Innovative Benefits of Cisco’s Collaboration Core Infrastructure Approach

    Michael Murphy
    27 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Many of the products that make up the Cisco collaboration core infrastructure are “best-in-class” solutions that deliver significant benefits in their own right. Used together, their benefits become amplified. Together, they create a comprehensive and powerful end-to-end collaboration solution. Designed to work together, the components complement and extend the value of the other components, creating a “one plus one equals three” scenario. Some of these advantages include: A consistent user experience, regardless of your location or device. This allows you to [...]
  • 13 Reasons to Check Out Collaboration at Cisco Live

    Kim Austin
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    After a purely unofficial, nonscientific process filtered by my somewhat skewed sense of humor, here are 13 compelling reasons to check out all that Cisco Collaboration has to offer from June 7th to 11th in San Diego.
  • The Days of the Mad Men Office Are Over: Create a Digital Workspace

    Aleisha Render
    19 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    We’re accelerating the speed at which we generate, test, and bring ideas to market. New digital work styles with social platforms, mobility, cloud, and video conferencing allow us to move faster. To stay competitive and agile, companies are knocking down boardroom walls — physically and virtually. They’re turning toward a digital workspace where employees can collaborate across the table or around the globe. No matter the size of your organization, you have many options as you build a digital workplace [...]
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  • Cisco and Big Data and Analytics Partners unveil vertical solutions at Cisco Live

    Jim McHugh
    29 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Why do I love  Big Data  so much? It’s because there are endless possibilities to deliver on the  Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity that will create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, countries, and individuals. Analytics is an enormous part of that value creation and is estimated to drive $7.3T of the $19T IoE opportunity over the next 10 years. Big Data and Analytics take the data created by people, processes, and things – that’s held within the  Data Center  and at the  Edge – and convert [...]
  • How Cisco ACI Stands out from other Network Virtualization Solutions – Part 2

    Rami Rammaha
    28 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    [Note: This is part 2 in a three part series of blogs discussing how Cisco ACI stands alone in the market. Part 1 | Part 3] In part 1 we talked about how Cisco ACI simplifies diagnosis and enables DevOps Model compared to competing network virtualization solutions. In this blog we’ll explore two additional critical scenarios that affect network IT teams. We’ll look at it from ACI perspective and compare that to other network virtualization solutions. 1) ACI Provides Proactive SLA Assurance IT organizations are [...]
  • Criteria for SDN/NFV Vendor Selection – Heads Up on Cisco Live

    Stephen Speirs
    28 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Cisco Live US 2015 is just around the corner, and will start in San Diego on June 7th, running through Thursday 11th June.  I’m surprised and honoured to be one of the folks wearing a “Cisco Live Speaker” shirt, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve been working on over the past year or two. I’ll be basing a lot of my presentation off of as yet unpublished, independent market research, into the challenges of SDN and NFV adoption, some of which are [...]
  • Deliver Infrastructure at the Speed of Need

    Joann Starke
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Smart devices give us access to information and services at the speed of need. But they have conditioned us to expect anything and everything faster — and that includes IT services. This expectation for speed coupled with modern technology is driving IT innovation.  Yet, in most organizations, delivery of consistent infrastructure to application or business teams is just not fast enough.   Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite contains infrastructure automation that changes that by letting you deliver IT services within minutes. A component of the [...]
  • Announcing #SelfieBINGO fun for Cisco Live! #CLUS

    Lauren Friedman
    27 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    One of the things I love about Cisco Live is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Especially fun is meeting people I’ve known on Twitter!  To help increase this fun, I’m announcing SelfieBINGO! Hopefully, this will strengthen our community (offline and on) and give people a great reason to make new friends. Between now and June 3rd I’ll be collecting twitter handles, names, and hints on where people will be. Then I’ll print up a few bingo cards, and anyone [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Mobility

  • Enhancing HDX: Improved Mitigation of Wi-Fi Interference through Wi-Fi-Triggered Event-Driven Radio Resource Management (ED-RRM)

    Allen Huotari
    29 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Cisco Systems is announcing a new set of features that enhance its HDX (High Density Experience) suite. This blog is the fourth in a series that explains the new features that comprise the enhancements to HDX. The first three blogs in the Enhancing HDX series are here and here and here . The rapid and massive adoption of Wi-Fi into handheld devices has created new challenges for managing a wireless network. As a consequence, the traditional view of a rogue Access Point has [...]
  • Mitigating Wireless Threats with Cisco Adaptive WIPS

    Jagdish Girimaji
    20 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Controlling the wireless network can some times feel like trying to stop a river.  Employees, customers and vendors have their favored mobile devices and they want to be able to use them for work and play. The momentum for this trend is strong and the promise of productivity high so it’s becoming increasingly difficult to fight this trend. As a result, companies are opening their network to guest traffic. As you well know, this new openness isn’t without risk. The [...]
  • Enhancing HDX: Optimized Roaming extended with 11v BSS Transition Management

    Allen Huotari
    19 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Cisco Systems is announcing a new set of features that enhance its HDX (High Density Experience) suite. This blog is the third in a series that explains the new features that comprise the enhancements to HDX. The first blog in the Enhancing HDX series is here . The second blog in the Enhancing HDX series is here . What is 802.11v? What is BSS Transition Management? Why are these Important? In this blog, two different series are intersecting: Enhancing HDX and the [...]
  • Enhancing HDX: Introducing FlexDFS – Not All DFS Solutions Are Created Equally

    Allen Huotari
    15 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Cisco Systems is announcing a new set of features that enhance its HDX (High Density Experience) suite. This blog is the second in a series that explains the new features that comprise the enhancements to HDX. 5 GHz is a great place to operate a WLAN. There is ample spectrum, and it’s far less crowded and noisy than 2.4 GHz. However, the majority of 5 GHz spectrum is shared with radar (for both weather and military systems). Therefore, Wi-Fi Access [...]
  • Cisco ISE Express Now Offers Enterprise Guest for Less

    Andrew Peters
    14 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    It’s a familiar scene – people sitting in a coffee shop or waiting room, fiddling with their mobile phones – punctuated by a single question. “Do you have Wi-Fi?”  As Wi-Fi has become ubiquitous in everyday life, customers have come to expect some level of access when visiting businesses – from coffee shops to hospitals, from waiting areas to public parks. Guest access has becomes an essential – almost required – service for practically every business, and, as technology has [...]
 
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  • New Email Security Release Adds Graymail Protection, Web Interaction Tracking, AMP Threat Grid, and More

    Dan Stotts
    28 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Each day more than 100 billion corporate email messages are exchanged1. Who doesn’t need to do a little housekeeping and eliminate unwanted emails? But you need to think twice before you click on “unsubscribe.” As you likely read in the 2015  Cisco Annual Security Report , attackers are using applications users inherently trust or view as benign, like web browser add-ons, to distribute malware. One of the latest phishing techniques is graymail – directing the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of a seemingly innocuous [...]
  • Understanding Logjam and Future-Proofing Your Infrastructure

    Dario Ciccarone
    27 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    On May 19th, 2015 a team of researchers (Henninger et. al) published a paper with the title “Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice”. The paper can be divided in two sections: 1) discrete logs on a 512-bit Diffie-Hellman (DH) group, and 2) a new attack against the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. We’ll review both sections. The discrete logs on a 512-bit Diffie-Hellman group The researchers implemented a practical attack against the Diffie-Hellman protocol, when used with a key size of 512-bit. They also theorized on the complexity (time and…
  • Little Links, Big Headaches

    Talos Group
    20 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    This post was authored by Earl Carter &  Jaeson Schultz . Talos is always fascinated by the endless creativity of those who send spam. Miscreants who automate sending spam using botnets are of particular interest. Talos has been tracking a spam botnet that over the past several months that has been spamming weight loss products, male erectile dysfunction medication, and dating/casual sex websites.  These are all typical products one would expect to be purveyed through spam. What interests us about this spam are some [...]
  • Trojanized PuTTY Software

    Chris Fry
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This post was authored by Cisco CSIRT’s Robert Semans, Brandon Enright, James Sheppard, and Matt Healy. In late 2013­­­–early 2014, a compromised FTP client dubbed “StealZilla,” based off the open source FileZilla FTP client was discovered. The attackers modified a few lines of code, recompiled the program, and disbursed the trojanized version on compromised web servers. This new attack appears to involve the same actors who reused the same techniques to alter the source code of the widely used open [...]
  • IoT Security: Keep Calm and Connect On

    Edna Conway
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s a lot of hype around securing the Internet of Things (IoT). At the end of the day, I suggest that a more reasoned approach is in order. Securing the IoT will not be achieved by frantic worry about the volume of endpoints. Myopic focus on the volume of devices in an IoT ecosystem can lead to an important misstep: forgetting that it’s the Internet of Things. That means that all this data is passing through the network. Therefore, tackling [...]
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    Cisco Blog » SP360: Service Provider

  • ACG Research says “Cisco Continues to grow Market Share Leadership in Mobility” – #1 in Mobile IP Infrastructure, Packet Core, Mobile Backhaul, PCRF, and Mobile IP Core” for Q1 2015.

    Jim O'Leary
    28 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    So here we are in the middle of Spring 2015 and the temperature is beginning to rise, yes finally here in New England the temperature is beginning to rise after such a harsh winter. What is also on the rise according to ACG Research is the Cisco IP Infrastructure Market-Share. ACG published today their 1st Quarter 2015 Mobile IP Infrastructure Report and it stated that Cisco led the mobile industry Mobile IP Infrastructure at 44.7% up 5% QoQ Mobile IP [...]
  • Innovation in Action: Exciting Catalyst Demonstrations at TM Forum Live in Nice

    Jean-Luc Valente
    28 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Last month, I encouraged you to come visit our booth at TMFLive! in Nice to see how Cisco’s unified service management solution helps Service Providers transform their networks into centers of excellence for building customer trust and loyalty by enhancing the customer experience. Now I am proud to announce that, once again, Cisco has partnered with other industry leaders in a number of exciting Catalyst projects that take the evolution of customer experience to the next level while driving operational transformation towards unprecedented [...]
  • 2015 Cisco VNI Complete Forecast Update: Key Trends Include Mobility, M2M and Multimedia Content

    Thomas Barnett, Jr.
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, Cisco released the 10th annual VNI Global IP Traffic and Service Adoption Forecasts for 2014 – 2019 (see media release ). The primary drivers of global IP traffic growth continue to show increases that will create a greater global demand for IP network resources. As a result of these fundamentals, we are projecting that global IP traffic will grow three-fold from 2014 to 2019 –reaching 2.0 Zettabytes annually by 2019 (a 23% CAGR over the forecast period). While these projections and metrics are both interesting and important [...]
  • Get Yours Now! Cisco’s Virtual Managed Services Solution

    Ian A. Hood
    20 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lots of excitement and energy continue to surround NFV (Network Function Virtualization), and it is getting even better. During the charged atmosphere at the inaugural NFV Congress in San Jose, we were delighted by more than just technology posturing, including the availability of SDN (Software Defined Networking)/NFV platforms like Cisco’s Virtual Managed Services Solution that enable Deutsches Telekom’s International CloudVPN , and Telstra’s Symphony initiative for Unified On-Demand services. The focus of the discussions this year shifted from cost cutting towards how NFV enables…
  • #CiscoChat Recap: Powering the Internet Transformation: Getting Broadband Where It Needs to Be

    Rehana Rehman
    19 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    When the “ Gigabit City Challenge ” was issued in 2013, civic leaders and broadband provider across the country began to rethink how faster broadband speeds could move beyond satisfying consumer demand for streaming and web surfing to fuel economic growth, drive innovative development and develop gigabit communities where innovation labs would drive new business and new industry growth. The Internet of Everything (IoE) and the devices on it (an estimated 50 billion by 2020 ) are driving the urgency behind getting these high-capacity, lighting fast networks up to speed. But, [...]
 
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  • Cisco and Big Data and Analytics Partners unveil vertical solutions at Cisco Live

    Jim McHugh
    29 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Why do I love  Big Data  so much? It’s because there are endless possibilities to deliver on the  Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity that will create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, countries, and individuals. Analytics is an enormous part of that value creation and is estimated to drive $7.3T of the $19T IoE opportunity over the next 10 years. Big Data and Analytics take the data created by people, processes, and things – that’s held within the  Data Center  and at the  Edge – and convert [...]
  • How Cisco ACI Stands out from other Network Virtualization Solutions – Part 2

    Rami Rammaha
    28 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    [Note: This is part 2 in a three part series of blogs discussing how Cisco ACI stands alone in the market. Part 1 | Part 3] In part 1 we talked about how Cisco ACI simplifies diagnosis and enables DevOps Model compared to competing network virtualization solutions. In this blog we’ll explore two additional critical scenarios that affect network IT teams. We’ll look at it from ACI perspective and compare that to other network virtualization solutions. 1) ACI Provides Proactive SLA Assurance IT organizations are [...]
  • Criteria for SDN/NFV Vendor Selection – Heads Up on Cisco Live

    Stephen Speirs
    28 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Cisco Live US 2015 is just around the corner, and will start in San Diego on June 7th, running through Thursday 11th June.  I’m surprised and honoured to be one of the folks wearing a “Cisco Live Speaker” shirt, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve been working on over the past year or two. I’ll be basing a lot of my presentation off of as yet unpublished, independent market research, into the challenges of SDN and NFV adoption, some of which are [...]
  • Deliver Infrastructure at the Speed of Need

    Joann Starke
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Smart devices give us access to information and services at the speed of need. But they have conditioned us to expect anything and everything faster — and that includes IT services. This expectation for speed coupled with modern technology is driving IT innovation.  Yet, in most organizations, delivery of consistent infrastructure to application or business teams is just not fast enough.   Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite contains infrastructure automation that changes that by letting you deliver IT services within minutes. A component of the [...]
  • Announcing #SelfieBINGO fun for Cisco Live! #CLUS

    Lauren Friedman
    27 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    One of the things I love about Cisco Live is seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Especially fun is meeting people I’ve known on Twitter!  To help increase this fun, I’m announcing SelfieBINGO! Hopefully, this will strengthen our community (offline and on) and give people a great reason to make new friends. Between now and June 3rd I’ll be collecting twitter handles, names, and hints on where people will be. Then I’ll print up a few bingo cards, and anyone [...]
 
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