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How Social Media Improves Collaboration – Automation World, November 2011

Check out the November Issue of Automation World Magazine and find out more about How Social Media Improves Collaboration.

If you want to know more about some of the things Cisco is doing in the way of Social Media for our Customers, check out the story in the print version of Automation World November 2011.

You can click the link here and you’ll see some great information about Baker Hughes and their use of Cisco’s Corporate Social Media Tools. Social Media isn’t just about YouTube, Twitter and blogs – though we all use them – you’re watching this on YouTube and maybe got here by reading my blog! But it’s more than that… Read More »

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Medianet – Horizontal & Vertical integration – In practice!

In the last medianet blog, Ulrica de Fort-Menares described the medianet architecture as two concepts: horizontal and vertical integration. In this blog we will discuss some examples of these concepts.

Vertical integration is about applications and network working together end-to-end across the network to deliver intelligent services. One of the ways to realize this vertical integration is through Media Services Interface (MSI) which was discussed in an earlier blog. MSI is a software component that is embedded in video endpoints and collaboration applications allowing them to leverage intelligent network services. The network also benefits from the integration by being able to get contextual information from the endpoints and applications.

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2012 Predictions: These I Like

It took me awhile to go through all the random Top 10 of 2011 lists for various topics, so now I’m ready to look ahead to 2012’s preponderance of pundit predictions. Or maybe I’m just fashionably late. I’ve tripped over a few reports here and there – some quite possibly developed by caffeinated squirrels on a treadmill.

Not me, but she looks like she's predicting something...

On the technology front, I found one more interesting than others. Instead of putting a small group of experts in a room and not letting them out until they agree on a list, Baseline Magazine annually surveys business and technology managers at companies with 100+ employees to ask about their organizations’ investments, plans, and strategies. Across several hundred respondents, patterns evolve.

Whoever these people are, coming from the desk I use, I like the way they (and their companies) think. Following – their predictions and my two cents (maybe three or four).

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Bypass Electrical Headaches with Power over Ethernet

Plug PoE devices into your network for easy, anywhere electrical power

Have you ever needed to plug in a new phone, but you were all out of electrical outlets? Or maybe you’ve tried to install a wireless access point close to the ceiling, but no outlets were nearby. When you first start building your small business network, powering up hardware is the least of your worries. But after you’ve laid some cables and maxed out even your power strips, you may find outlets a precious commodity. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the easy way to get around wiring when you need electricity for new devices. PoE provides a way to deliver power over your network to a variety of network-attached devices.

PoE allows electrical power to pass over standard Ethernet cables along with data traffic. Hardware equipped with PoE can be plugged directly into the network for a power source—no wall socket necessary. There’s a wide range of these network-attached devices that provide PoE support, including switches, wireless access points (WAPs), IP phones, video cameras, point-of-sale devices, and more.

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Recently Voted into MPI-3

In the January MPI Forum meeting, several proposals passed their 2nd votes, meaning that they are “in” MPI-3.  That being said, MPI-3 is not yet finalized (and won’t be for many more months), so changes can still happen.

  • Making the C++ bindings optional
  • Updating RMA (a.k.a., “one-sided”)
  • Creating a new “MPIT” tools interface

I’ll describe each of these briefly below.

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