My dad went to UC Berkeley for engineering, and he always told us that his college life was the definition of minimalist: all he needed was his books, the library, and his intramural volleyball team, dubbed “Open Set” by his teammate (who was a math major). He is currently helping my sister move into her freshman dorm, and you’d be amazed by his current expectations for colleges. Of course they need to have cafeterias serving international fare. Of course they need to have gyms with ellipticals, treadmills, and pools. Of course they need to have libraries with state of the art resources. Of course he, and his child, should be able to get Wi-Fi on their smartphone and laptop in each of those places and everywhere in between! And that’s just what the PARENTS are thinking.
Just like the cafeterias, the gyms, and the libraries, wireless connectivity is not just something that would be nice to have, but a requirement to keep current and prospective students (and their parents, AND their multiple devices) satisfied.
IT organizations all across the world are faced with a ubiquitous challenge of how to handle the implications of BYOD. Corporations have the luxury of implementing a top down approach, defining and enforcing policies amongst its workforce; but other environments, especially schools and universities, are faced with additional pressures from their user populations. Higher education in particular poses stringent demands on support and bandwidth for their own devices.
Meet the University of Louisville, 22,250 students strong. The problem: a legacy network unable to meet the current requirements of today’s higher education campuses. With 6400 faculty and staff across 8.5 million square feet and 114 buildings across three campuses, the growing organization needed a strong, stable, scalable, wireless solution.
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It’s no secret that Cisco Unified Computing Sytem (UCS) has had some tremendous success in terms of customer adoption. In just three short years, UCS is nipping at the heals of IBM for the #2 spot for Worldwide x86 blade server revenue with 15.2% market share, compared to IBM’s 15.4%. In fact, Cisco now has over 15,000 customers that have moved from legacy architectures to a more “Unified” approach, combining compute, network and storage access into a single, easy to manage solution.
So what’s missing?
Well, believe it or not, until now it was relatively hard to do business with Cisco. Quoting and ordering took days instead of minutes. Well Cisco is changing that with the release of its new online presence called “Cisco Build and Price“, offering direct access to blade server pricing and rack server pricing.
A Simple Approach to Building and Pricing Cisco UCS Servers
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Tags: blade server, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, server, server pricing, UCS, unified computing system
In June 2012, National Retail Federation released its National Retail Security Survey. In that report it suggests retailers in 2011 lost $34.5 billion to retail theft, or shrink – the loss of inventory due to employee theft, shoplifting, paperwork errors, or supplier fraud. Overall that accounts for approximately 1.41 percent of retailers sales last year.
One of the areas which retailers have invested in to address the shrink and security issue in gereral is video survieillance. This can cover areas including loading docks and the parking lot at distribution centers, or along the aisles and checkout in the stores for theft or criminal activities.
Cisco recently announced a new Video Surveillance Manager 7 with Suite of Hyper-Scalable Connected Physical Security Solutions that can help retailers address their video surveillance needs in a scalable and flexible manner. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, physical security, retail, retailing, VSM
Those of you who have visited Hangzhou will know that it is one of the most beautiful cities in China with the stunning West Lake as one the city’s key attractions. Hangzhou plays a key role in Cisco’s innovation and research and development strategy for China, with one of our main R&D campuses based in the city. Hangzhou is also home to Insigma, a global strategic IT services and solution provider that works with leading companies around the world. Insigma collaborates closely with Zhejiang University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious universities, based in Hangzhou. The city was therefore the perfect setting today to announce a strategic collaboration with Insigma which will deepen Cisco’s expertise in Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) in China.
Hangzou West Lake
As part of the collaboration, Cisco and Insigma have made a strategic investment in City Cloud International Co., Ltd., a company that will help scale the devopment of S+CC in China using intelligent networks to deliver new, platform-based cloud services across the country. Cisco has a strong collaboration with Insigma on S+CC; the company announced its smart city strategy at the Cisco Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
China’s urban population will expand to the 1 billion mark by 2030 with 350 million added to the urban population by 2025. The country will have 221 cities with a population of more than a million. I’m Dutch, and to put that in perspective, the whole of Europe has only 35 such cities today. 5 billion square meters of road will be paved. 5 million buildings will be built of which 50,000 could be skyscrapers – the equivalent of constructing up to ten New York cities. This unprecedented pace of urbanization in China is accompanied by rapid growth in the adoption of technology: video-on-demand traffic; the Internet of Things and data passing through the cloud. Cisco estimates that by 2016, China will be the second highest IP-traffic generating country in the world.
At Cisco, we truly believe technology will play a key enablement role in the achievement of China’s ambitious goals, as outlined in the 12th Five Year Plan. Sustainable urbanization, access to healthcare for everyone at an affordable cost and educational scaling can only be achieved via technology and new business models such as cloud computing. The future of competition will be between cities. Enabling overall sustainability – economic, social and environmental – using technology, will be integral for cities to develop and prosper.
Madam Jiang Yi, CEO of Insigma Technology Company Ltd. and Owen Chan of Cisco conclude the proceedings
City Cloud International Co., Ltd. will help build Smart+Connected Communities thought leadership, platform and solutions using intelligent networks to deliver public and private services in cities across China. There has been great collaboration between the leadership teams of Insigma, which is backed up by the Zhejiang University, and Cisco led by our Greater China Chairman and CEO, Owen Chan. We are very excited about the innovation we can create for the city of Hangzhou, the province of Zhejiang and the whole of China.
At Cisco, we believe that we are creating a new industry for this next generation of smart+connected communities that will depend upon five key areas: visionary leadership, global open standards, smart regulation, public private partnerships and a new ecosystem. Our collaboration with Insigma through City Cloud International Co., Ltd is a great example of these five key areas coming together.
Tags: China, Cisco, Smart + Connected Communities, Smart Cities
Many of you following this blog are very likely familiar with the Media Services Interface (MSI) and the key role MSI plays in the Medianet architecture. The MSI is an SDK residing on rich media applicationsand endpoints that makes the network and applications smarter together. Over the past several months the MSI has been increasingly integrated across a wide range of Cisco applications and endpoints. The path forward looks very exciting with plans for many more rich media applications integrating with the MSI.
The Cisco Developer Network program for Medianet system management partners has been in place for some time now and has been instrumental in helping 3rd party network management system partners leverage the benefits of medianet from a network standpoint. We are pleased to announce the expansion of this program to include MSI interoperability verification and testing for system management partners. For the first time, system management partners that are focused on the endpoint and application side of the equation can use the MSI to proactively monitor application performance and accelerate troubleshooting.
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Tags: business video, enterprise networks, medianet, MSI, network management stations, nms, rich media applications, sdk, video