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Video and Telepresence Integral to Supporting a Mobile Workforce

March 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm PST

Whether you work for a government agency, a hospital, or a school (or you attend school as a student) the verdict is in--you needn’t spend all day in your office, classroom, or examination room to productively do your job or complete your assignments.

Consider these examples: In San Antonio, Texas, detectives obtain search warrants via in-vehicle laptop telepresence connections to judges; doctors in a California hospital use tablets to videoconference with their colleagues; and, thanks to a telepresence-equipped mobile robot, Lyndon Baty, a 16-year old with kidney disease who cannot attend regular high school, interacts from home with his teachers and peers and participates in lessons as if he were sitting in the classroom.

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Italian Service Provider Transforms Virtualized Server Farm Management

March 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm PST

FASTWEB logoA key component of Cisco’s Unified Data Center and our virtual networking portfolio is the Nexus 1010 virtual services appliance. We were excited last month when we announced a more scalable version, the Nexus 1010-X. As I pointed out before, the idea of a virtual services appliance is to provide a dedicated hardware platform for running a wide range of network services, monitoring and security virtual machines rather than having them share server resources with key business applications. From an administrative point of view, these network services VM’s can be managed by the networking team, rather than the teams running VM’s on the application servers, which is the right division of labor. The Nexus 1010 platform runs NX-OS and basically looks like a network device rather than a VM host, helping the network admins manage the service policies.

Now we are releasing a case study of an Italian service provider, FASTWEB, who is using the Nexus 1010 to simplify the management of their virtual network, and network service policies. As part of a sustained and forward looking strategy, the Italian service provider has built a next-generation network for delivering converged voice, video, data and mobile services. This investment has enabled FASTWEB to accelerate the creation of new, differentiated offers for business and residential customers, while reducing operational complexity and overhead.

The Nexus 1010 supports network analysis down to the VM layer, giving FASTWEB’s network administrators granular visibility to virtual workloads, without having to trouble the storage and virtualization operations teams.

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What’s the Key to Cisco Cius Success? ‘Appify’!

March 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm PST

With the proliferation of iPads and other consumer devices, the Cius is quickly becoming a hot commodity for customers. With the device’s support for a diverse set of third-party endpoints and Unified Computing System (UCS) integration, unique applications, and video, the Cius is truly a business-focused tablet that fits right into the network.

And the key to selling the Cius? According to Tech2000 CEO George Churchwell it’s all about “appifying” the environment.

Appify? Huh? What does this Learning Solutions Partner know that we don’t?
Well, let’s start with a definition. You won’t find this in the dictionary:

appify [ap-uh-fahy]
verb: To apply mobile solutions that allow the Cius developer’s kit to be implemented, thereby letting the Cius apps and functionality lead the sale. With apps, UCS solutions and WebEx solutions can be integrated right into the Cius platform and help solve customer problems.

This strategy has been wildly successful for Tech2000, which has helped a number of Cisco partners sell UCS solutions by creating apps. Unlike an iPad, the Cius offers the ability to integrate wireless and WebEx solutions right into apps and into the platform while solving a customer problem.

Watch this video as George offers advice and examples of successful Cius apps and tips to help partners get training on the go.

What else did George have to say? Keep reading for his advice, tips, and experiences with apps and the Cius. Read More »

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An Orange, An Apple, A like for IPv6!

How many devices do you have that are sucking up IP addresses?  Apple continues to lure me in for the latest and greatest iPad and iPhones, with the new iPad being the latest to capture my eye.  This continual proliferation of devices has been illustrated in the latest VNI results.  Apple of course enables these devices with a fully functioning IPv6 stack as was demonstrated at the IPv6 World Congress this year.  While at the IPv6 World Congress 2012 we had the opportunity to chat with Jacqueline Queiroz , a Network Architect with Orange, about IPv6 adoption.

Network operators, content providers and device manufacturers all are navigating the IPv6 migration waters – Orange is no different.  IPv6 adoption progress varies, but France has been proven to be one of the global leaders in IPv6 adoption.  This was well chronicled in a study conducted by Google and discussed further here.  Orange being headquartered in France plays an obvious role in this adoption trend. Read More »

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Are You Taking Care of Your Customers’ Wireless Experience in Your Branches?

Traditionally, customer satisfaction is driven by product availability and the ability of the staff to assist the shopper and complete the transaction. This model today is being broken by the modern consumer who is playing by different rules.

In a recent New York Times article on younger shoppers who prefer technology to staff assistance, retailers like Nordstrom are discovering that customers are using mobile applications not just in remote locations, but right in the store requiring them to improve their store’s Wi-Fi experience.

In addition,

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