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  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire OpenDNS

    News@Cisco: Press Releases and Features
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire OpenDNS

    News@Cisco: News and Press Releases
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
  • The Network Week in Review & Look Ahead: June 22-26

    News@Cisco: Top Stories
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Let’s Build Tomorrow Today: The Growth, Passion and Reality of IT Management

    Cisco Blog » Inside Cisco IT
    Ryan Medrano
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my pre-Cisco Live US blog , I talked about my excitement and how I was greatly anticipating the event. I was both excited and nervous to present, wanting to participate in everything, and network with as many customers as possible. The week left me absolutely drained, but it was unlike any experience I have had in my 15 years at Cisco.// With Cisco IT hosting the IT Management program, I felt a huge sense of pride and a responsibility to make sure that [...]
  • 10 Predictions for the Future of the Internet of Things

    Cisco Blog » Connected Life Exchange
    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 [...]
 
 
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    Cisco Blog » Inside Cisco IT

  • Let’s Build Tomorrow Today: The Growth, Passion and Reality of IT Management

    Ryan Medrano
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my pre-Cisco Live US blog , I talked about my excitement and how I was greatly anticipating the event. I was both excited and nervous to present, wanting to participate in everything, and network with as many customers as possible. The week left me absolutely drained, but it was unlike any experience I have had in my 15 years at Cisco.// With Cisco IT hosting the IT Management program, I felt a huge sense of pride and a responsibility to make sure that [...]
  • Contact Center Technology Answers for Mobile Customer Care

    Rob Maynard
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Has your company adapted the contact center environment for mobile customers? What are you waiting for? Fast IT is the new sheriff in town and mobility should be right at the top of corporate IT roadmaps. Agile methodologies are quickly becoming standard practice utilized across all facets of organizations to adapt and survive the fast changing technology landscape. According to a reputable industry source (Gartner, June 2014) mobile devices have long surpassed traditional desktop and laptop computer sales. Smartphone and [...]
  • Should you think about moving your Contact Center to the Cloud?

    Rob Maynard
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    In the world of Fast IT, the “Cloud” is a hot topic and standard conversation in roadmap meetings across all IT domains. Unless you have been away on a spiritual retreat with monks in a cave for the past year, it has been a subject that you could not have avoided. “When will it be available”? “How fast can our system be migrated”? “What are the features and functionality the cloud contact center offers”? These are often the questions that [...]
  • IoE and Big Data Part 2: Defining the Information Architecture

    Piyush Bhargava
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    For an IT department, big data may be the largest and most complex challenge that comes with the Internet of Everything (IoE). We must be able to manage, process, and make that data available to many users and applications so they can turn it into valuable business insights. Within Cisco IT, we are meeting this challenge by defining a new information architecture, which is described in this post. The Part 1 post discusses how to evaluate IoE use cases and [...]
  • Introducing the 2015 Cisco Live Millennial Team

    Lindsay Sierra
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Meet the 2015 Cisco Live Millennial Team from the IT Management Track! We aim to bring energy, excitement, and engaging conversation to Cisco Live to make it one of the best events you’ve ever attended.  If you see us there, feel free to come talk to us! var tag = document.createElement('script'); tag.src = 'https://www.youtube.com/iframe_api'; var firstScriptTag = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; firstScriptTag.parentNode.insertBefore(tag, firstScriptTag); var player; function onYouTubeIframeAPIReady() { jQuery('.youTubePlay').each(function() { var iframeID =…
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  • 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 [...]
  • Is the Internet of Things the New Dot-Com Era?

    Stuart Taylor
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Fifteen to twenty years ago we were in the middle of another frothy, technology-hyped revolution — the Dot-Com era. Mass adoption of the Internet promised radical changes in business and our everyday life and a new social and economic Utopia. In those halcyon days, stock prices were on a tear, venture capital money flowed like water, and countless start-ups greedily chased the pot of gold. Could the most recent technology revolution, the Internet of Things, be another Dot-Com experience? Like [...]
  • 10 Predictions for the Future of Wi-Fi and Mobility

    Stuart Taylor
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    The close of every year brings startling headlines that herald the continued meteoric rise of mobility. This past year was no exception. The 2014 announcement that there are now more mobile subscribers than inhabitants on the planet exemplified the mobile zeitgeist and its importance in our daily lives. But, the big mobile news in 2014 was around Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi continues to blanket the world, with iPass estimating that the number of public hotspots will increase almost 8-fold over the next [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » High Performance Computing Networking

  • 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 [...]
  • MPI-3.1: It’s official!

    Jeff Squyres
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Woo hoo! MPI 3.1 votes : aside from one organization who had the leave before the final vote, the MPI Forum unanimously voted to approve MPI-3.1. Get your fresh, hot copy of the MPI-3.1 specification (I’m told that physical books will become available in the coming months for those who are interested — can you guess what color the books will be?). MPI-3.1 is mainly a bug fix release.  Here’s a brief list of what has changed since MPI-3.0: Added address addition/subtraction operators (MPI_AINT_ADD / MPI_AINT_DIFF) Defined several thread query functions to [...]
  • MPI newbie: What is “operating system bypass”?

    Jeff Squyres
    30 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    The term “operating system bypass” (or “OS bypass”) is typically tossed around in MPI and HPC conversations; it’s generally something that is considered a “must have” in order to get good performance with many MPI applications. But what is it?  And if it’s good for performance, why don’t all applications use OS bypass? The usual model for accessing networking hardware (e.g., Network Interface Cards, or NICs) is to make userspace API calls — such as TCP socket calls including bind(2), connect(2), [...]
  • That Jonathan Dursi blog entry

    Jeff Squyres
    1 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Jonathan Dursi recently posted a fairly controversial blog entry entitled “ HPC is dying, and MPI is killing it .” Some people immediately dismissed the blog post (and its followups) as trolling.  Others praised Jonathan for bringing up the issues. Brock Palen and I recently chatted with Jonathan about this blog entry on RCE-Cast . Here’s my take on Jonathan’s writings: Jonathan posted two followup blog entries ( this one and this one ), which do a good job of further explaining his viewpoint and discussing feedback that he received. I don’t necessarily agree…
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    Cisco Blog » Digital and Social

  • Some tuning on Cisco.com search

    Martin Hardee
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    We done some fine-tuning on the search on Cisco.com : It should feel faster, especially after the first search you do Results should be even more relevant Popular features like the “information box” for key queries remain intact Let us know how it’s working for you!  
  • Cisco.com: Did you notice?

    Martin Hardee
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    If you’re an astute visitor to Cisco.com, you’ll notice a couple of our prominent pages have gotten some nice functional updates. . First, the all new Support & Downloads page, which went just through some tweaks, streamlining, and a mobile-friendly update: Some new functions on the new Support & Downloads page: Quicker searches for downloads and products Easy focus on top product categories Quick, visible access to open support cases, recent downloads, and recently visited products in support “Responsive” so it works nicely [...]
  • We don’t need ‘The Rock’ to save the day, we just need to ‘Get Social’!

    Jeremy Bevan
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    Mobile applications and sensors are commonly used to monitor traffic, health & wellness and incidents such as road traffic accidents.  But what about the threat of catastrophic disasters such as earthquakes where the loss of life can be unprecedented? The sun drenched, Californian city of Pasadena is known for hosting the annual Rose Bowl Football game.  It is also located near the infamous San Andreas Fault (SAF).  If you paid attention in geography class at school or if you’ve seen [...]
  • Buckle up! It’s time to take off for Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego (#CLUS)

    Kathleen Mudge
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Cisco Live provides a rich lineup of education, with over 700 sessions to increase your knowledge and propel your career.  You can also network with likeminded professionals and industry thought leaders providing additional value from your involvement long after the conference ends. To help you get the most from your Cisco Live experience, be sure to take advantage of these social media opportunities: Expand your professional network – Cisco Live offers multiple opportunities to enrich and broaden your network.  Start with the [...]
  • Join our live #CiscoChat events at Cisco Live!

    Laura Babbili
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Cisco Live! is less than a week away, and we’re excited to announce that #CiscoChat is bringing you conversations right from the event floor. Whether you’re onsite or at home, you can participate in any and all of our social chats. From collaboration to cloud and women being fearless in their professional and personal lives to the impact of the Internet of Everything (IoE), the #CiscoChat program’s consistent schedule and discussion of timely technology trends have generated powerful conversations between Cisco and our social community. We can’t [...]
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  • Some tuning on Cisco.com search

    Martin Hardee
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    We done some fine-tuning on the search on Cisco.com : It should feel faster, especially after the first search you do Results should be even more relevant Popular features like the “information box” for key queries remain intact Let us know how it’s working for you!  
  • Provide Service at Your Customer’s Convenience

    John Gaudin
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    As consumers, we have many options in how we browse, research, and purchase products today.  We expect more freedom and flexibility in how we work with retail companies. Forward-looking companies strive to improve their customers’ experiences and provide flexibility without compromising quality. However, some industries are considered conservative and rigid. Financial institutions are often seen this way. It’s ironic. Financial institutions brought us ATMs, online banking, bill payer, and generally made us more self-sufficient with our funds. Unfortunately, areas such as…
  • Let’s Build Tomorrow Today: The Growth, Passion and Reality of IT Management

    Ryan Medrano
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my pre-Cisco Live US blog , I talked about my excitement and how I was greatly anticipating the event. I was both excited and nervous to present, wanting to participate in everything, and network with as many customers as possible. The week left me absolutely drained, but it was unlike any experience I have had in my 15 years at Cisco.// With Cisco IT hosting the IT Management program, I felt a huge sense of pride and a responsibility to make sure that [...]
  • Hello World!

    Carmen Shirkey Collins
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Welcome to the Life at Cisco blog. This is our “hello world” post, our inaugural post to tell you what you might come to expect from us. Managed by the Talent Acquisition team at Cisco, the goal of the Life at Cisco blog is to show why working at Cisco is awesome. Listen to outgoing CEO John Chambers, or incoming CEO Chuck Robbins speak about Cisco employees, and you’ll always hear one word. Family. That’s what we are, one big [...]
  • Intercloud Microservices with Docker and Nirmata

    Kenneth Owens
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:35 pm
    At Cisco Intercloud CTO Innovation Center, innovative vendors are selected to integrate and build cloud services for customer and market trials. We combine the world’s best ISVs with Cisco’s best to bring unique innovations to our customers.   At Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego, we launched one such solution – Intercloud Microservices with Docker, Nirmata, and the Cisco ONE Enterprise Suite.  The Intercloud Microservices solution enables a new breed of DevOps – where business get unprecedented agility at scale using [...]
 
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    Cisco Blog » Education

  • 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 [...]
  • Cisco Education: Learn Without Limits

    Renee Patton
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    There’s no doubt that learning is changing. In the past, learning was constrained by time and place. We all might remember, fondly or not, the traditional classroom, static desks in rows, plumes of chalk dust permeating the air, and trips to the library on foot as a group.  Now, lecture halls are emptying out, and in many classrooms across the country, students can become bored and disengaged. The very educational business model itself is forcing educational institutions to cut costs [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Government

  • Network-Centric Warfare: How IoE is Transforming Defense

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

    Bob Stanberry
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    The Internet of Everything (IoE) is changing the game for public safety. Through connected smart technologies, public safety agencies can continue to drive the needle forward as they serve their growing populations even as budgets remain constrained. Today’s deputies and officers are accustomed to a mobile world and expect these technologies to be commonplace on the job to improve situational awareness for law enforcement and first responders. First responders pioneered robust and reliable communications. Police and fire radio systems remain [...]
  • Security Is a Top Priority for Feds and Should Be Moving Forward

    Peter Romness
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    It’s no secret that security is top priority for the federal government. It seems like every week we are hearing about a new threat, hack, or breach that has hit an agency. In just the past few weeks, we’ve heard about significant breaches that have resulted in both citizen and federal employee information being compromised. Obviously, these kinds of attacks are putting agencies on alert. This is especially important as organizations continue to embrace new technologies and polices to improve [...]
  • Federal Agencies and the Internet of Things

    Dan Kent
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Earlier this week, Federal Computer Week ran an article – “ Are agencies really ready for the Internet of Things?” – that discusses the potential challenges government agencies face when implementing the Internet of Things (IoT). The article’s author spoke to Gary Hall, chief technology officer for Federal Defense at Cisco, about these challenges, as well as why federal agencies can’t afford to ignore IoT any longer. The biggest concern that all organizations have with IoT is the massive scope it involves – there is a huge volume of [...]
  • Experience the Digital Community at Cisco Live

    Brenda Germundson
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Cities, states, and other communities continue to face an increasing variety of challenges: traffic congestion , parking , public safety and security , waste and water management, and access to education and healthcare. As such, government leaders are looking to technology to solve these challenges, while also finding more efficient ways to provide better services , reduce the carbon footprint, and enhance livability. Solutions enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE), such as the Cisco Smart+Connected City Operations Center , can successfully enable communities to become digital and to…
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    Cisco Blog » Manufacturing

  • Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Industrial Internet of Everything at Cisco Live

    Douglas Bellin
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I just returned from Cisco Live and the vibe was incredible. We had over 25,000 customers attend this event and additional partners and Cisco employees that pretty much took over San Diego. I had the pleasure of spending most of my time in the Connected Factory Experience Manufacturing vignette, as part of the industry stories in the World of Solutions part of the conference. This was truly the biggest business area in a key vertical for Cisco. During this time frame, I [...]
  • Mitigating Security Threats in Manufacturing with Cisco’s Connected Factory

    Bryan Tantzen
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Today’s manufacturing industry faces an aging industrial machinery infrastructure that presents huge security challenges poised for continued growth in the coming months and years. Increasingly, manufacturers are beginning to view data security as a top barrier to realizing the value of the Internet of Everything (IoE). In fact, the steady growth of the IoE is creating efficiencies and cost savings across the entire value chain, presenting a $3.9 trillion value opportunity for manufacturers. However, this exponential growth of connections and integration between people, [...]
  • Digital Disruption for Life Sciences: Rx for Transformation

    Randal Kenworthy
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Co-authored with Ibrahim Khalid According to a recent BMI study, R&D investments in Pharmaceuticals, places Life Sciences as a leader on the list of global ‘outperforming industries’. This may not be a surprise considering the confluence of factors from the global aging populations to the shift to value and outcomes as well as a highly politicized healthcare marketplace. In addition, the consumerization of health care is driving growth in multi-channel marketing and more social media and digital engagements. This new [...]
  • IoE/IoT Globetrotting Part 2: Off to CiscoLive!

    Chet Namboodri
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Having recently returned from weeks of event keynotes, customer roundtables, briefings and engagements (plus a few culinary adventures) in Greater China, I’ll start there with a few insights and observations. Despite one of the sharpest slow-downs in the Chinese manufacturing sector in recent history that have continued to shrink for the third consecutive month , I sensed an optimism and determination to persevere that haven’t waned, nor has China’s march to global leadership of manufacturing GDP. A recent report from Rhodium Group indicates the number of American workers…
  • Event Recap: Cisco at American Manufacturing and North American Manufacturing Excellence Summits

    Gradey Caldwell
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    We recently attended the American Manufacturing Summit (AMS) and North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit (NAMES) held in Chicago, IL where Cisco was a main sponsor at both events. AMS provided a great opportunity for industry executives to have in-depth discussions on IoT and its impact on manufacturing while NAMES brought together manufacturing executives looking to implement a better, more efficient way of manufacturing. Major themes from the American Manufacturing Summit: Manufacturers stand to reap the greatest benefit from the IoT transition. This is based on the opportunities for…
 
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    Cisco Blog » Retail

  • Finding New Directions for Retail: The Ever-Changing Store

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

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

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

  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire OpenDNS

    Hilton Romanski
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    Every day, more people, processes, data and things become connected. As this trend continues to grow exponentially, so too, do opportunities for security breaches and malicious threats. With an estimated 50 billion devices being connected by 2020, enterprise customers will face greater challenges in protecting their ever-expanding networks. To address these risks Cisco is focused on providing solutions across the extended network for its customers, what we call Security Everywhere . We are embedding threat protection capabilities from the enterprise infrastructure to [...]
  • Digital Transformation in the Oil & Gas Industry: “Drill, Data, Drill!”

    Mala Anand
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Drill, baby, drill” makes for an easy mantra when it comes to energy exploration, but the oil and gas (O&G) industry moved past simply drilling long ago with the introduction of digital information processing. For example, integrated production modeling was introduced in the 1970s. With the recent turmoil in the energy industry, the stakes are even higher for O&G companies to work smarter and more efficiently. Forward-looking businesses are making the transition to true digital transformation, which requires the adoption [...]
  • At the Center of the Digital Vortex: Chaos, Disruption, and Opportunity

    Martin McPhee
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The only thing that remains constant is change. It’s an old adage. While it has always been true, it’s especially relevant now. Today’s pace of technology change is akin to a vortex, relentlessly and chaotically sweeping everything into its spiral path, demanding digitization. As with a real vortex, the force of this change is too strong to ignore and those objects (or business models) that fail to adapt will break apart and fall away. Indeed, digital disruption has the potential [...]
  • Statement on House Judiciary Committee 
Passage of Patent Reform Legislation

    Mark Chandler
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The House Judiciary Committee today approved patent reform legislation that helps create a level playing field for those seeking to encourage innovation. This is the second time in two weeks that a key Congressional committee voted in favor of reform. It is a clear demonstration of the bipartisan, bicameral support for reform. Like any legislation, this bill is not perfect, but it takes a meaningful step toward reform which we support. The committee approved a strong fee-shifting provision, and beat [...]
  • 50 Billion Things, Coming to a Cloud Near You

    Nick Earle
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Today at Cisco Live we announced an expansion of our Intercloud strategy . We added new features and capabilities for our hybrid cloud software, Cisco Intercloud Fabric , along with the addition of 35 independent software vendors committed to developing Intercloud-enabled services for customers.  Together these developments will give customers more choice, compliance and control in the hybrid cloud world. But there is a bigger opportunity that goes beyond hybrid cloud. We’re not just developing a new cloud platform and connecting the world of [...]
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    Cisco Blog » Inclusion and Diversity

  • Who is your point of reference?

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

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

    Liz Centoni
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    In April this year, Cisco sponsored the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference held at the San Jose Marriott. This was part of a concerted effort to advance and attract women in technical and leadership roles in the technology industry. At the beginning of our partnership with IEEE we asked ourselves: “What is it going to take to change an industry, to give every woman in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) a seat at the innovation table?” We discussed the equality needed to pursue opportunities, [...]
  • Want to be heard? Be quiet.

    Dr. Christine Bailey
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    In a world that has become more digital and collaborative — where everyone struggles to be heard — the temptation is to shout louder. But what if a different leadership style could be more effective? What if listening rather than broadcasting could make us agile in an unpredictable world? Listening-centric leadership is a big departure from traditional management styles, which are based on being the most dominant force in the room. But it’s fast gaining traction. For example, in a [...]
  • Cisco’s Empowered Women’s Network’s #reDefineCommunity Contest 2nd runner up

    Rehana Rehman
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    We are less than a week away from our 3rd Annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network’s forum at Cisco Live and we have some exciting news to share! Congratulations to Vidushi Sharma! After careful deliberation of all the entries, Vidushi has been selected as our 2nd runner up for the #reDefineCommunity Contest for the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network! 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…
 
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  • Application Visibility Makes Parenting Easier!

    Hugo Vliegen
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Parenting in a hyper-connected world is increasingly challenged by lack of visibility into children’s internet usage, and by limited controls to customize internet usage policies per child. About a year ago, I installed a home router with parental-controls. My kids (teenage girls!) quickly complained about the additional latency it introduced on the network. User experience was clearly in the tank. I soon discovered that those controls were not granular enough to customize for different times of the day, for different [...]
  • Quick Tips for Tracking Alerts

    Doan Thai
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:19 pm
    It’s no secret, networks, in general, are more challenging to manage than before. As networks increase in complexity to embrace new business innovations, they may require more supporting devices, which, in turn, can result in even more alerts to manage. If you’re a network manager or security officer, what are you going to do? At Quintiles, they started using Smart Net Total Care to identify devices that might have security vulnerabilities. In the centralized portal, their IT team could easily access information on each [...]
  • 3 Determining Questions and One Can’t-Miss 4G LTE Webinar

    Anna Duong
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    An Unforgettable Experience It’s 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Filled with excitement and anticipation, I watched as my hot air balloon, the last one in the bunch, inflated. Around me, one after another, balloons started to float effortlessly off the ground into the air. The Napa Valley’s sun glittered in the distant as my balloon finally took off. At 1,050 feet, some fogs rolled by, then I saw it: a shadow of my balloon in the fog encircled by a [...]
  • 10 Smart New Ways to Keep Your Network Up and Running: Final Thoughts from Cisco Live

    Mala Anand
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    After several days of attending Cisco Live, I’m excited about what I’ve seen and heard. Not just from my Cisco colleagues but from customers who are transforming their businesses by using their networks in new and previously unimaginable ways. Today’s business call to action, “Disrupt or be disrupted,” couldn’t be more true. In my blog before Cisco Live, I described how we decided to combine our two most popular enterprise support services to create one powerful and flexible service. Converging SMARTnet [...]
  • Improve Your Network, Improve Your Business – Why it’s Time to Upgrade Your Campus Network

    Hasan Siraj
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Today, Cisco is announcing the Cisco Catalyst 6840-X and 3850 10G Fiber Series for campus backbones to address new network infrastructure needs, especially in space constrained deployments. According to the Visual Networking Index , traffic is expected to triple in the next four years. This means that many campus networks will lack the provisioned capacity to meet this expected growth in bandwidth. In fact, some network managers are telling us that this is already happening to their campus networks. With video and bandwidth-intensive [...]
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  • Provide Service at Your Customer’s Convenience

    John Gaudin
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    As consumers, we have many options in how we browse, research, and purchase products today.  We expect more freedom and flexibility in how we work with retail companies. Forward-looking companies strive to improve their customers’ experiences and provide flexibility without compromising quality. However, some industries are considered conservative and rigid. Financial institutions are often seen this way. It’s ironic. Financial institutions brought us ATMs, online banking, bill payer, and generally made us more self-sufficient with our funds. Unfortunately, areas such as…
  • Small Business – Make it Big with Positive Customer Experience

    Nayankumar Vaghela
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    Last week, I had an opportunity to attend an event for small and medium-sized businesses. It was an amazing experience. The business leaders there shared a passion for their solutions and a desire to take their companies to the next level and “make it big”. In a technology-enabled world, the features and functionalities of a product or service typically do not provide a sustainable competitive advantage. It’s certainly possible to grow a company if planned well. So why do only [...]
  • In Search of a Good Popsicle Story

    Kim Nguyen
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    My grandmother, now eight years passed, used to tell the best stories about Vietnam. I remember one about my grandfather who wooed her with a popsicle on one of his early visits. In the incessant heat of a mid-1940s Hanoi summer, this was a feat of magnificent proportions. But it would be rude to eat it in front of him, she thought. So she set the popsicle aside on a plate to save until after he leaves. When later she [...]
  • Introducing Cisco Remote Expert Mobile

    Ron Kafka
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    It seems like once a week I come across an article about how mobile devices will revolutionize customer care. To some degree, the articles all share a theme: “Make your life simpler with anytime anywhere access to… your bank, insurance provider, even a doctor. These articles are chock-full of facts and figures. They tell us consumers prefer to access customer care via mobile devices. And they report that companies are in their infancy when it comes to implementing improvements to [...]
  • How Cisco Scored a Spot on TWiST

    Rowan Trollope
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    If you don’t know about the podcast series, This Week in Startups (TWiST), hosted by my friend Jason Calacanis , it’s worth checking out. Jason is a legendary investor and media mogul who has his fingers in every part of the tech industry. Each week, he brings CEOs, business founders, venture capitalists, angel investors, and tech experts into his San Francisco studio to talk about the latest trends and happenings inside the world of Silicon Valley and beyond. I first met Jason around 10 years ago [...]
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  • The Napkins Dialogues: Life of a Packet (Walk), Part 1

    J Metz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lately I’ve been giving a lot of presentations about storage basics. I actually really enjoy it, because it makes me rethink some of the things that I took for granted, and it helps me understand some of the gaps in my own knowledge when questions arise. When you think of how we do certain things for storage, such as choosing block-based (e.g., FC, FCoE, iSCSI), file-based (e.g., NFS, SMB), or object (e.g., Ceph, Swift, CDMI) storage platforms and protocols, it’s easy [...]
  • Cisco Continues to Support Application Virtual Switch for Application Centric Infrastructure in vSphere Deployments

    Balaji Sivasubramanian
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cisco  Application Virtual Switch  (AVS), a virtual member of the Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) family has seen increasing interest from customers who want to enforce application centric policies all the way to the virtual edge of the data center. Cisco AVS is a derivative of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch, which is the market leading 3rd party virtual switch in the industry.   Nexus 1000V has accumulated more than 10,000 customers and has been deployed in large-scale service providers to large enterprises. Recently Cisco announced Nexus 1000V support for vSphere…
  • My take on the integrated infrastructure buzz

    Adrian den Hartog
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    I recently created a playlist of my favorite 80’s, 90’s and current songs. Listening to the playlist in shuffle mode, I noticed the stark contrast and evolution of the recording quality from the old classics to the current stuff. Thank you Pink Floyd and Apple I have to admit that the quality does get progressively better overtime, but in some cases tunes just sounded over-engineered, especially on the digitally recorded tracks. As good as they may sound, they often lack [...]
  • ACI Delivered Operational Simplicity at Cisco Live San Diego

    Harry Petty
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Much of the discussion about Cisco ACI has been about accelerating the deployment of applications across infrastructure – defined by application needs and driven by policy.  There is another powerful benefit from ACI for the datacenter network administrators of today who are stretched thin trying to debug outages or respond to concerns about poor application performance. For all of them, the latest release of ACI software, Brahmaputra or APIC 1.1(1j) and NX-OS 11.1(1j), provides exciting new enhancements for managing, monitoring, [...]
  • Docker and the Rise of Microservices

    Mike Cohen
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Over the past 18 months, we’ve been witnessing a rapid transformation in the way applications are built, packaged, shipped, deployed, and instantiated.  This change has been driven by developer demands for simplicity and a shift in focus towards an application-centric view of IT.     To find evidence of this trend, look no further than the skyrocketing popularity of Docker and the movement towards microservice based architectures for running applications. You could think of microservices as a service oriented architecture built around [...]
 
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  • Putting Cisco on the Map at ONS

    Byron Magrane
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    When one of the oil and gas industry’s largest events needed a solution to save resources, time and money, they called Cisco. At the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference, organizers wanted to find a way to eliminate the paper maps, guides and updates that needed to be printed for the over 90,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors participating at the event. Forgoing the printed material, ONS came up with the idea of a digital app to guide conference goers around their [...]
  • Cisco and Brunel University Prepare for WiFi Future Together!

    Byron Magrane
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Understanding how quickly technology is growing year over year, Brunel University London looked to Cisco to enhance its bring your own device (BYOD) program with an all-encompassing and reliable WiFi access solution. In addition to the continuous WiFi access, Brunel University needed to make sure that network usage was both secure and visible. To meet the University’s needs, Cisco devised and delivered a complete BYOD Smart Solution that included access points (APs), controllers, security and network management. This solution needed to be robust [...]
  • Destination—A Stress-free Flight

    Jagdish Girimaji
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    A CMX Partner Ecosystem Blog Ecosystem partners are an important adjunct to Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). They augment the analytic and customer engagement capabilities of the solution with innovative business and/or industry-specific features. This blog is one in a continuing series that will highlight several of our CMX Ecosystem Partners. Today—Phunware. Based in Austin, Texas, Phunware is a Cisco Solutions partner and leader in the Mobile as a Service industry (MaaS). The Phunware platform enables businesses to use mobility to engage, manage, and [...]
  • It’s a Wrap! Enterprise Mobility at Cisco Live U.S. 2015

    Jolene Tam
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:15 pm
    25,000+ IT geeks have left the building – the San Diego Convention Center, specifically – now that Cisco Live U.S. wrapped last Friday. It was a huge success and we have the data to prove it, thanks to Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX). Some interesting and fun stats: You love beer. Happy Hour was, unsurprisingly, very popular, responsible for big spikes in attendance at the World of Solutions (WoS) at the end of each day. You like free swag (…and demos). Attendees, booth staffers aside, [...]
  • Cisco Live insights from CMX Analytics

    Evyatar Ram
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    We recently concluded another successful Cisco Live! event in San Diego which showcased some of the most innovative and exciting technologies in our industry. One of the most exciting solutions present at Cisco Live was in fact running in the background the whole time. CMX Analytics leverages the WLAN network to analyze how people move around the venue, where they spend their time, and when they visited different parts. So what can we tell about Cisco Live from looking at [...]
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  • Vulnerability Spotlight: Apple Quicktime Corrupt stbl Atom Remote Code Execution

    Talos Group
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    This post was authored by Rich Johnson , William Largent , and Ryan Pentney . Earl Carter contributed to this post. Cisco Talos, in conjunction with Apple’s security advisory issued on June 30th,  is disclosing the discovery of a remote code execution vulnerability within Apple Quicktime. This vulnerability was initially discovered by the Talos Vulnerability Research & Development Team and reported in accordance with responsible disclosure policies to Apple. There is a remote code execution vulnerability in Apple Quicktime (TALOS-CAN-0018, CVE-2015-3667). An attacker who can control…
  • AMP Threat Grid integrates with Tripwire Enterprise

    Joe Malenfant
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today’s threat landscape is completely different than last year; and next years will be, not surprisingly, even worse. The Industrialization of Hacking has spawned a new era of professional, entrepreneurial, and resourceful cyber criminals. In recent year’s dynamic malware analysis (aka sandboxing) has become the shiny new technology that we all want, no, need to have. At one time anti-virus held this position as well, and the same will eventually be said of sandbox technology used to fight advanced malware. [...]
  • How to Land Yourself in A Dream Career in Cybersecurity

    Evelyn de Souza
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Last week I had the wonderful honor of being a presenter in the Cisco Networking Academy Find Yourself in The Future Series. To date this series has attracted over 9000 live attendees, which is testament to the extremely high levels of interest in technology careers in this region as well as the extraordinary efforts of the APAC marketing team. One figure blew me away in particular: 70% of attendees are interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is an incredibly exciting field. It draws in [...]
  • Hook, Line & Sinker: Catching Unsuspecting Users Off Guard

    Talos Group
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    This post was authored by Earl Carter . Attackers are constantly looking for ways to monetize their malicious activity. In many instances this involves targeting user data and accounts. Talos continues to see phishing attacks targeting customers of multiple high profile financial institutions.  In the past couple of months, we have observed phishing attacks against various financial customers including credit card companies, banks, credit unions, and insurance companies, as well as online businesses such as Paypal and Amazon. These phishing attacks have [...]
  • Responding to Third Party Vulnerabilities

    Morgan Stonebraker
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    We are now more than one year on from the release of HeartBleed, the first major vulnerability disclosed in widely used third-party code. This is an excellent point in time to look back at what Cisco and our customers have achieved since, including how the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) has evolved to meet this new type of threat. It’s also a key time for us to confirm and clarify our commitment to transparency in the vulnerability disclosure [...]
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  • Simplify Your Journey with the Cisco IoT System

    Andres Sintes
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Cisco continues to augment its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio, and recently launched the Cisco IoT System for its partners. With the Cisco IoT System, a comprehensive set of Cisco IoT technologies and products, partners can provide their customers an opportunity to deploy, accelerate, and innovate with IoT across various industries. The platform has six pillars: Network Connectivity Fog Computing Physical and Cyber Security Data Analytics Management and Automation Application Enablement Platform Each of the six pillars offers a cohesive [...]
  • Achieving IT Transformation with Cisco and Red Hat

    Denny Trevett
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Last week at Red Hat Summit 2015 I had the opportunity to meet with customers, partners, analysts and members of the open source community to hear their challenges.
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – June 26, 2015

    David Durham
    26 Jun 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.
  • Big Data. Big Opportunity. Real Simple: Practical Steps to Building Your Big Data Practice.

    Pamela Erdman
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I talk to partners every day about the big data opportunity. We know that partners who sell UCS see dramatically larger deal sizes for big data opportunities. We know all of this and still there is a lot of caution and skepticism from partners about jumping into this new world of big data and analytics.
  • Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – June 19, 2015

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

  • Statement of Jennifer Sanford on Passage of Trade Package

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

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

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

    Robert Pepper
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Thirty years ago a UN commission published the Maitland Report , proposing that by the early 21st century, every individual on the planet should “be within easy reach of a telephone” given the economic benefits. That was interpreted as being within a one day walk of a phone. Anyone suggesting back then that over 90% of the global population would be covered by mobile cellular signals, and over half of the world’s population would have a phone in their pocket, would have been [...]
  • An Internet that spurs not strangles innovation

    Pastora Valero
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The world we live in today is one where people, process, data and – increasingly – things are connected as never before. The Internet of EveryThing (IoE), is driving the most dynamic area of innovation, creating new business models, economic, social and environmental sustainability and also has fantastic potential to improve our quality of life. Just imagine: a blind man gaining independence because his once ordinary walking stick is able to communicate with his other senses through sensors, vibrations and [...]
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    Cisco Blog » SP360: Service Provider

  • Segment Routing, the engine to Application Engineered Routing

    Greg Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Guest blog by Frederic Trate, SP Product and Solutions Marketing For those, who read my previous blog, you surely want to know more about Application Engineered Routing. As Segment Routing sits at the very heart of Application Engineered Routing, let me start explaining how the former works. I’m going to draw an analogy between how IP networks route data traffic and how the airline companies transport luggage. The point here is not to get into technical details; for those interested in the [...]
  • Spring PONC makes Triumphant Return to Dallas

    Greg Smith
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions Cisco’s Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) triumphantly returned to Dallas this past May after two consecutive years in San Jose. Over 270 members of the network operator community attended the ninth iteration of this annual event. The conference followed the traditional 3-day agenda: Day-1: General Session presentations featuring Cisco leadership/experts, industry analyst and VIP customer presentations, with the Keynote delivered by Kelly Ahuja, Cisco SVP Service Provider Segment. Day-2: Workshops [...]
  • Cisco Live: We Are Ready. Are You Ready, Service Provider?

    Greg Smith
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing June 7, 2015 was the day when Cisco Live was officially kicked off in San Diego. 25,000 attendees came together to open the next chapter in Cisco’s history. The convention center and surrounding area was buzzing with excitement, with conversations including and focused on security, service provider, app development and becoming digital, to name a few. An additional 80,000 joined Cisco Live online throughout the week. John Chambers , Cisco CEO, emotionally delivered his 20th and final Cisco [...]
  • The world cuts the cable: Wireless Traffic to Exceed Fixed IP Traffic Next Year

    Andrew Mackay
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    One key take out for me from the latest Cisco VNI report is that wireless traffic is about to exceed fixed for the first time. Today wireless (Wi-Fi & Mobile) is 46% of total IP traffic, in 5-years it will be 67%. In fact at the projected rate of traffic migration this significant milestone will be reached next year. Proportion of total global IP traffic This is no surprise given the way Mobile devices have become the internet portal of choice to [...]
  • Cisco Helps Spark New Zealand Serve Up The Voice Of The Future

    Jim O'Leary
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
      Remember when voice was the original mobile network use-case? It was a much simpler time, with more network control, greater profit, and fewer competitors. Fast forward to today and like the rest of the Service Provider industry, mobile voice communications are changing, and changing very rapidly. Mobile networks must provide a cost-effective, rich user experience. According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), by the close of 2014 there were 360 mobile operators that had commercially launched LTE networks and service [...]
 
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  • The Napkins Dialogues: Life of a Packet (Walk), Part 1

    J Metz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lately I’ve been giving a lot of presentations about storage basics. I actually really enjoy it, because it makes me rethink some of the things that I took for granted, and it helps me understand some of the gaps in my own knowledge when questions arise. When you think of how we do certain things for storage, such as choosing block-based (e.g., FC, FCoE, iSCSI), file-based (e.g., NFS, SMB), or object (e.g., Ceph, Swift, CDMI) storage platforms and protocols, it’s easy [...]
  • Cisco Continues to Support Application Virtual Switch for Application Centric Infrastructure in vSphere Deployments

    Balaji Sivasubramanian
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cisco  Application Virtual Switch  (AVS), a virtual member of the Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) family has seen increasing interest from customers who want to enforce application centric policies all the way to the virtual edge of the data center. Cisco AVS is a derivative of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch, which is the market leading 3rd party virtual switch in the industry.   Nexus 1000V has accumulated more than 10,000 customers and has been deployed in large-scale service providers to large enterprises. Recently Cisco announced Nexus 1000V support for vSphere…
  • My take on the integrated infrastructure buzz

    Adrian den Hartog
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    I recently created a playlist of my favorite 80’s, 90’s and current songs. Listening to the playlist in shuffle mode, I noticed the stark contrast and evolution of the recording quality from the old classics to the current stuff. Thank you Pink Floyd and Apple I have to admit that the quality does get progressively better overtime, but in some cases tunes just sounded over-engineered, especially on the digitally recorded tracks. As good as they may sound, they often lack [...]
  • ACI Delivered Operational Simplicity at Cisco Live San Diego

    Harry Petty
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Much of the discussion about Cisco ACI has been about accelerating the deployment of applications across infrastructure – defined by application needs and driven by policy.  There is another powerful benefit from ACI for the datacenter network administrators of today who are stretched thin trying to debug outages or respond to concerns about poor application performance. For all of them, the latest release of ACI software, Brahmaputra or APIC 1.1(1j) and NX-OS 11.1(1j), provides exciting new enhancements for managing, monitoring, [...]
  • Docker and the Rise of Microservices

    Mike Cohen
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Over the past 18 months, we’ve been witnessing a rapid transformation in the way applications are built, packaged, shipped, deployed, and instantiated.  This change has been driven by developer demands for simplicity and a shift in focus towards an application-centric view of IT.     To find evidence of this trend, look no further than the skyrocketing popularity of Docker and the movement towards microservice based architectures for running applications. You could think of microservices as a service oriented architecture built around [...]
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