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Virtualized Collaboration: Unifying Virtual Desktop, Voice and Video

At Enterprise Connect last week, Cisco Jabber and Cisco TelePresence weren’t the only stars of the show.  Cisco’s desktop virtualization thin clients, Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC), were getting quite a bit of attention also. Some may find this surprising since Enterprise Connect has traditionally been considered a “voice” show.  But just as the market has moved beyond voice to more mobile, social and visual collaboration, it has also evolved to a world of virtual collaboration. With the resulting unexpected benefit of unification of the complete office desktop, which in turn enables a variety of mobile strategies, many companies are now reconsidering their virtual desktop projects as voice and video become a must have for the users.

Last year at Enterprise Connect, we discussed how Cisco is helping customers address the challenges with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Cisco’s end to end virtual workspace solution with new desktop virtualization clients.  In addition to the VXC 2000 series that were featured on the Exhibition Hall, we offered Cisco NDA sessions on VXI, where we demonstrated a new thin client we were working on, VXC 6215.

Last week, we demoed this new device in the Enterprise Connect Exhibit Hall and got a lot of interest from the conference attendees.  The attendees immediately understood the value of VXC 6215, which unifies virtual desktops with voice and video, all in one device, without compromising the user experience.  Many of them used the word “smart” to describe how VXC 6215 eliminates the classic “hairpin” issue that is associated with today’s traditional desktop virtualization thin clients when voice and video is not separated from the display protocol.  With VXC 6215, we’ve applied the network intelligence to route voice and video traffic, point to point, without traversing back to the data center.

VXC 6215 is available and shipping today.  Read More »

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How to be more “wild and crazy” in your online world

Comedian Steve Martin got on Twitter two years ago and now has two and half million followers, and enough tweets for a new book called “The Ten, Make that Nine, Habits of Very Organized People, Make that Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin.” Steve says people are actually funnier in their tweets than in person and calls it “a new form of comedy.”

How can we all be this creative online …whether it’s 140 words or 400?

Science writer and blogger Jonah Lehrer in another new book “Imagine: How Creativity Works” says to be creative, “Let go!” He says as we get older, we  become too self aware, pay too much attention to details, and hold back.

Certainly, technology can help let out our creative side. We have Pinterest to create virtual scrapbooks and Draw Something to play virtual Pictionary. You draw something on the screen of your mobile phone and your opponent on another phone tries to guess it. It’s the top downloaded free app in the world, and is now owned by Zynga.

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Expert Sharon Burton Shares Five Must Dos for Your Next Webinar

Watch this on-demand WebEx to learn five key steps for delivering a successful webinar.

This is one of two webinars expert Sharon Burton has recorded for us to help you create a successful event.

From her book, “Eight Steps to Amazing Webinars,” Sharon runs through five key areas that are often neglected when producing a webinar. In this short session, you’ll learn how to manage the process, add value to your event, extend the reach of your event and more.

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Socially-Conscious Businesses and Nonprofits Find Common Ground at 12NTC

Tomorrow I’m heading to the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in San Francisco with several colleagues from Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team.

You may be wondering, “What does a global corporation have to do with nonprofits?” I worked in the nonprofit field for ten years before I joined Cisco, so I can answer: Everything.

We are still in a down economy. Individual donors are able to give less, and governments have been forced to cut social programs. Businesses, especially technology ones, are often innovative, entrepreneurial, and run by people who think giving back to society is important.

For organizations struggling to solve the world’s biggest problems today, corporate involvement is essential.

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How to Turn Your Brand into a Digital Powerhouse [VIDEO]

We sat down with Jeanette Gibson (@JeanetteG), Sr. Director, Global Social and Digital Media at Cisco to talk about a brand’s journey through the digital world. In our video interview, she shared with us the 5 stages of transformation to reach Digital Nirvana. Credit goes to Ant’s Eye View for the development of this framework. Check it out and if you like the video, please share this blog. Read More »

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