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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Tags: fashion, NRF 2012, NRF12, retail, StyleMe
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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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Connected Grid, Energy/Utilities, partners, services, Smart Grid, Solutions
At Cisco, we’ve talked many times before about the exhaustion of IPv4 address space and the need for the industry to adopt IPv6 to support the explosion in the number of people, devices, and web services and enable the continuing growth of the Internet. As you can read in the announcement on our corporate blog, today Cisco joined with other leading industry participants such as AT&T, Google, Facebook, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable to be part of the World IPv6 Launch. This means that by June 6, 2012 all participants will permanently enable IPv6 on their networks and websites.
Since deployment of IPv6 requires an industry-wide response we recently teamed with Excentis to participate in Read More »
Tags: 6rd, cgv6, EuroDOCSIS, Excentis, interop, IPv6, Service Provider, v6 world congress, World IPv6 Day
On my flight home Friday after a full week at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I was reflecting on how mobility is more important than ever before. This comes as no surprise considering the success of consumer devices and our need to be mobile in our day-to-day lives. Now, the real opportunity is how we bring mobility, video and cloud together to create the next generation internet.
At CES, Cisco showed up strong, sharing with customers, the analyst community and the media how we’re making the internet more visual by leveraging the power of Read More »
Tags: barcelona, CES, Cisco, kit beall, mobile broadband, mobility, mwc, next generation internet, Service Provider
How many ice cubes does it take to cool a server?
This week’s Data Center Deconstructed Q&A item isn’t quite phrased that way, but if you consider the history of refrigeration that’s the riddle we’re pondering. It’s a good one to figure out; Data Center designers and operators face the issue daily as part of their mission to create efficient server environments.
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Tags: Cisco, coc-data-center, cooling, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, hardware density, ice, refrigeration