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From San Jose to London

January 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm PST

The new year 2012 brings new expectations and changes. The city of San Jose, for example, enacted a ban on plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailer check outs. In response, residents and approximately 5,000 retailers are all adjusting to this new experience, making San Jose the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags. Apparently San Jose, along with many other cities, is determined to avoid perpetuating the history of urban area pollution.  The environmental destruction has plagued so many places, including the River Thames in London which was declared “biologically dead” in the 1950s.

From environmental movements (Bring Your Own Bag – BYOB) to business trends (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD), Read More »

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Correlating NetFlow Data for Proactive Security: Network Notoriety

Prelude

In this short article the reader will first learn what NetFlow is and how it works. Next the reader will understand how it can be as an important security tool. Finally, a technique for correlating NetFlow results with public sources of Internet reputation, along with the tool “Netoriety,” which implements the technique, will be introduced and explained.
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Forrester Report on Virtual Security Adoption in the Data Center

January 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm PST

Forrester logoForrester Research released this week a new Technology Adoption Profile (TAP) report on Virtual Security in the Data Center. The research report, which was commissioned by Cisco, asked enterprise data center owners how they were currently addressing security and compliance issues on their virtual applications, and how they anticipate incorporating new technology going forward.

Table 1 - Virtual Security Drivers

Figure 1. Security continues to lead the challenges and concerns of new virtualization projects.

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Retail Therapy for the Modern Shopper: Cisco at NRF 2012

This week I am delighted to once again be in the city that never sleeps: New York. In addition to enjoying the shopping and dining of New York, I am excited to be attending this year’s 101st National Retail Federation Convention & Expo (NRF). With over 22,000 retail professionals from 82 countries attending to discuss the industry’s most critical topics, this year’s NRF promises to be full of innovations that will seamlessly integrate technology into everyday shopping.

Cisco will be demonstrating several new products of its own at NRF this week — Cisco StyleMe, Cisco Interactive Services for Retail, Cisco Architecture Experience Theater, Cisco Store in a Box, Cisco and Agilence Point-of-Sale Video Auditing, and Cisco Cius™ Tablet for Retail.  With the combination of these and today’s release of our survey revealing consumer’s shopping behaviors, retailers will have a much easier time providing a more pleasant experience for the customer while increasing sales and employee productivity.

As a woman who loves fashion, I am particularly excited by the NRF demonstration of Cisco’s StyleMe, a virtual fashion mirror that would allow me to explore the store’s inventory database to find what I want, virtually try it on, and accessorize. While creating my outfit I can also capture images to send for approval by my personal fashionistas -- my daughters.

How much more fun and easier can shopping get?

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‘Power Up’ Your Profits in 2012 with Cisco’s New Connected Grid Portfolio

January 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm PST

Dodging downed power lines isn’t fun. But building a self-healing, reliable smart grid to help eliminate costly downed power lines is. And it just got easier to build your business in the utilities sector with our newly expanded Connected Grid portfolio of solutions and services.

This “whole offer” pumps up Cisco’s relevancy in this market segment—and, more importantly, puts our partners at the forefront of this important transition.

With the Connected Grid portfolio, you can offer customers the end-to-end intelligence they need to update the world’s electrical grids. And the entire process begins with the all-inclusive blueprint known as the Cisco GridBlocks Architecture.

This brand-new architecture provides a forward-looking view of integrating the electrical grid, as well as specific network deployment guidance. It also includes a framework to help with the design and deployment of comprehensive grid management and security solutions.

So don’t think this innovative, multi-service communications platform—the utility industry’s first—is reserved solely for partners already working with customers in this space. It provides an excellent opportunity for partners who want to generate new sources of revenue.

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