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High Stakes Gambling with Apple Stock

Miscreants are always trying to put new twists on age-old schemes. However, I must admit that this latest twist has me slightly puzzled. Today, Cisco TRAC encountered a piece of stock related spam touting Apple’s stock, AAPL.

AAPL spam

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Introducing Cisco Data Virtualization

Fast changing business conditions require agility, a difficult challenge in your distributed on-premises, big data and cloud environments. Data virtualization makes it easy for you to access your data, no matter where it resides.

Recognizing this accelerating customer requirement, Cisco acquired data virtualization market leader Composite Software in July 2013.

Cisco’s integrated data platform optimizes query, compute and network infrastructure,so you access and query all types of data across the network as if it is in a single place.

You get the benefits of greater business insight and the flexibility you need in IT, with significant cost savings. You can then adapt to change more quickly and make better decisions in real time, without physically moving your data.

Data virtualization makes it possible to:

  • Empower your people with instant access to all the data they want, the way they want it
  • Respond faster to your changing analytics and business intelligence needs
  • Reduce complexity and save money

To learn how business and IT leaders use data virtualization to address big data and cloud challenges and drive business advantage, you can attend Cisco-sponsored Data Virtualization Day 2013 in New York City on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET.

This year’s powerful speaker line up includes:

Executives from Goldman Sachs, BMO Financial and Sky who will describe how they used data virtualization to address competitive, cost and compliance challenges

Analyst speakers including Forrester Research’s Noel Yuhanna and R20/Consultancy’s Rick van der Lans will describe the state of data virtualization today, while projecting its future

Cisco executives will communicate the vision surrounding their acquisition of Composite Software and the synergies that the combination will provide to the data virtualization user community

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TeraSort Results on Cisco UCS and Announcing Cisco Big Data Design Zone

While there is not yet an industry standard benchmark for measuring the performance of Hadoop systems (yes, there is work in progress – WBDB, BigDataTop100 etc), workloads like TeraSort have become a popular choice to benchmark and stress test Hadoop clusters.

TeraSort is very simple, consists of three map/reduce programs (i) TeraGen – generates the dataset (ii) TeraSort – samples and sort the dataset (iii) TeraValidate – validates the output. With multiple vendors now publishing TeraSort results, organizations can make reasonable performance comparisons while evaluating Hadoop clusters.

We conducted a series of TeraSort tests on our popular Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data rack with 16 Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Servers equipped with two Intel Xeon E5-2665 processors, running Apache Hadoop distribution, see figure below,  demonstrating industry leading performance and scalability over a range of data set sizes from 100GB to 50TB.  For example, out of the box, our 10TB result is 40 percent faster than HP’s published result on 18 HP ProLiant DL380 Servers equipped with two Intel Xeon E5-2667 processors.


While Hadoop offers many advantages for organizations, the Cisco story isn’t complete without including collaborations with our ecosystem partners that enables us to offer complete solution stacks. We support leading Hadoop distributions including Cloudera, HortonWorks, Intel, MapR, and Pivotal on our Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data. We just announced our Big Data Design Zone that offers Cisco Validated Designs (CVD)  – pretested and validated architectures that  accelerate the time to value for customers while reducing risks and deployment challenges.

Additional Information:
Cisco Big Data Design Zone
Cisco UCS Demonstrates Leading TeraSort Benchmark Performance
Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data

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Industry Recognition for a Year of Channel Success in Australia

Leading IT channel publication, Australian Reseller News, hosted its annual ICT Industry Awards last night which aim to recognise and celebrate channel excellence over the past year.

Cisco has always been a partner-focused organisation but over the past year we have significantly invested in and improved a number of our partner programmes and services, particularly in the mid-market and cloud.

This commitment to the channel saw Cisco named as a finalist in two vendor categories and three individual categories:

  • Hardware Vendor of the year
  • Best Emerging Technology Initiative (Collaboration)
  • Personal Innovation in Sales Excellence:  Nykaj Nair, Territory Business Manager, Cisco ANZ
  • Personal Innovation in Technical Excellence: Andrew Babakhan, Technical Leader, Cisco Asia Pacific Technical Services
  • Community Award for Channel Champion in Philanthropy:  Rob Partington, Partner Account Manager in New South Wales, Cisco ANZ

At last night’s awards ceremony, Cisco was recognised as the winner in the category of “Best Emerging Technology” for our collaboration initiatives. Our Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) caught the eye of the judges and in particular the way our local sales and marketing teams support partners and help them drive revenue with the solution. Cisco HCS is already helping a number of customers roll out collaboration in the cloud. The Tasmanian Government has rolled out the solution with Cisco partner, Anittel. Amcom, CSC, Gen-i, and Telstra have also announced that they are delivering collaboration-as-a-service powered by Cisco.

Cisco was also highly commended for Hardware Vendor of the Year. Programs such as the Partner Enablement Portal and improved and enhanced programs to support the mid-market further strengthened Cisco’s position as a partner-led organisation. Our sales and marketing teams here in the region have done a fantastic job of working with partners to implement these programs.

We are also exceptionally proud that three of our employees were shortlisted in personal innovation categories. In fact, Nykaj Nair, Cisco Territory Business Manager in South Australia, was highly commended for Sales Excellence after a great year which saw him work with partners to grow Cisco’s business in the commercial segment at a CAGR of 25%. Congratulations also, to Andrew Babakhan and Rob Partington for being shortlisted for Technical Excellence and Philanthropy respectively.

As the awards are judged by our peers and partners in the industry, they have a special significance for Cisco. Huge congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners! It was great to see the Australian IT Channel out in force for what was a great night.

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From left to right: Cisco’s Nykaj Nair, Anthony Miller, Ken Boal, Jason Brouwers, Linda Horiuchi, Andrew Babakhan, and Bud Kapoor.

ISO/IEC JTC 1 Leads Global Innovation through ICT

There is no sphere of life today that is not impacted by information and communication technology (ICT). ICT fuels innovation, efficiency, and economic growth, both in the ICT-producing and ICT-using sectors – in other words, the whole interconnected world.

The ICT industry is complex and forward-thinking by its very nature. From a standardization perspective, this means that any document developed needs to at once respond to and anticipate the needs of a multitude of different industries and applications operating on a global scale. The effectiveness and growth of the industry are dependent upon the ability of the many component parts and systems to inter-operate, work reliably and efficiently, and meet diverse needs.


World Standards Week 2013 is September 30th – October 4th in Washington, DC. Subjects like this will be discussed.
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The International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, has addressed the standardization needs of the ICT industry around the world since 1987. ISO/IEC JTC 1 is the place where the basic building blocks of new technologies are defined and the foundations of ICT infrastructures are laid.

JTC 1 works to address the standardization needs of the global ICT industry, speeding the developmental process and the wide deployment of relevant standards. The U.S. plays a leading role in JTC 1, with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) holding the secretariat. ANSI member and accredited standards developer the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) serves as the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator to JTC 1.

JTC 1 is one of the largest and most prolific technical committees in the international standardization community. With over 2,600 published standards under the broad umbrella of the committee and its 19 subcommittees, including ISO/IEC JTC 1/ SC 17, Cards and personal identification (credit cards/contactless cards), ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 27, IT Security Techniques (common criteria/identity management); and, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information (MPEG/JPEG).

JTC 1 makes a tremendous impact on the ICT industry worldwide. The issues that JTC 1 deals with affect everyone – from the computers and credit cards that we use each day to the signaling systems that control our transportation infrastructure. Of all major industries, ICT carries the largest umbrella. Read More »

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