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Internet of Things World Forum – Why, What, Who and How

Last month, the Internet of Things was added to Oxford Dictionaries Online.  IoT was added along with such august terms as BYOD, Bitcoin, and even selfie.  While the ODO isn’t the OED – it’s the younger, hipper sibling focused on current English and modern meanings – this addition is just one more datapoint on the growing awareness around the coming Internet of Things.

Internet of things has been around as a term since about 1999, however, it’s recent popularity is due to a few emerging trends.  In the consumer space there’s been wide adoption of connected products such as smart thermostats and intelligent pedometers.  In the enterprise (and here I am using enterprise to represent many types of larger organizations – including local and national governments, non-profits, academia and companies) we’ve seen the rise of BYOD which you could argue is the first mainstream IoT form-factor. Read More »

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Reduce Switch Power Consumption By Up To 80%

September 18, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

First Look New Catalyst 2960-XCisco Catalyst 2960-X is our greenest Catalyst access switch ever. If all similar switches shipped in 2012 were as energy efficient as Catalyst 2960-X, you would save enough energy to power every household in San Francisco for more than 3 years. Here’s how:

  1. At power up, Catalyst 2960-X consumes lower power than other comparable switches.
  2. Cisco EnergyWise monitors and controls the power consumption of PoE and PoE+ devices connected to the switch. You can turn off IP phones and wireless access points automatically after business hours.
  3. Energy Efficient Ethernet provides power savings when there is no traffic on switch ports. This saves about 15 watts for a 48 port-switch and 8 watts for a 24 port-switch.
  4. Downlink Hibernation Mode shuts down the downlink interface to save half watt per port when the connected devices are not in use, for example, after the office hours.
  5. Switch Hibernation Mode puts the switch to sleep mode during off hours and weekends. In this mode, the switch consumes as low as 6 watts, compared to 47 watts in active mode.

Collectively, these green features can reduce power consumption by up to 80%. Read More »

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Cisco Named to Working Mother 100 Best Companies List

As a working mom of two of the best and brightest kids (no bias here!) I couldn’t be prouder that Cisco again made the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list.  When you think about it though, “Mother” is a bit of a misnomer here. Really most Cisco employees, about 99 percent in fact, benefit from the flexible work practices that have become the hallmark of our corporate culture and one of the things that makes Cisco such a great place to work.

Progressive, flexible work policies are table stakes, but lets not forget about the technology that has made it all possible. I remember back in the day, I was working late one night at home when my dial up (yes, dial up) malfunctioned. I had to hop in the car close to midnight and drive to the Cisco office just to log onto the corporate network and send an email. Today, thanks to the power of the network (do I sound like a commercial?) I can work from anywhere, at anytime and be productive.

While flexibility is key, it’s not the only thing that Working Mother highlights as a characteristic of a “Best Company.”   Check out the complete story for more details.

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Have a Problem? Ask an Expert (Even if He, She, or It Is 3,000 Miles Away)

Your smart sprinkler system is happily pumping water to your lawn in highly efficient sprays that are “aware” of the soil, the climate, the weather, the time of day, and even whether or not your kids are playing in the backyard on a Saturday. Suddenly, a faulty valve bursts and an uncontrolled geyser erupts. One part of your property is about to be ruined by flooding while the rest of the lawn is left to yellow in the sun.

You and your family are miles away, yet you know all about it.  Sensors throughout the system alert your smartphone. At the same time, machine-to-machine signals shut down the pumps, and an expert from the sprinkler company is dispatched to your home with the precise replacement part and the real-time knowledge to fix the system.

It’s a great example of how the Internet of Everything (IoE) may soon funnel precise information in real time to the people — or machines — that need it most. Many of these “remote expert” technologies are either already here or on the horizon.

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IPAM is Essential to Network Management

By Tim Rooney, Director, Product Management, BT Diamond IP

The discipline of network management has long offered technical and business benefits to organizations with the centralization of the monitoring, control, and provisioning of distributed network elements such as routers and application or services databases. These benefits include holistic management of a network from a centralized point where appropriate resources can be leveraged for troubleshooting, resolution, and escalation. The centralized “top down” approach also lends itself well to supporting structured network change control procedures.

It’s a small leap to consider DNS and DHCP servers as network elements in need of network management within an IP network, as they provide critical enabling services to clients or subscribers. While not in-band or on the data path for user IP traffic like traditional network elements, DNS and DHCP servers provide foundational services required to make such in-band data paths possible and usable, including automated IP address assignment and simpler IP application navigation.

But one cannot manage Read More »

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