Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off The Top
This week Cisco unveiled details around the popular Value Incentive Program (VIP) 22. A new 90-day grace period, new Cloud Services Reseller Track, and the simplified Express Track are just a few of the changes made to VIP to help make you more successful.
VIP 22 is open for enrollment now until September 6, 2013. Check out the VIP 22 blog post to get details on how to enroll so you can start earning rewards. Read More »
Earlier this week, our colleagues at Cox took the wraps off a beauty of a next-new version of personalized television, branded “Contour.” It’s a continuation of its service extensions earlier this year into screens “beyond the TV,” such as iPads, tablets, laptops, and smartphones.
Until Contour, the app was called “Cox TV Connect,” and offered a hundred or so linear channels. With the additions that shaped it into “Contour,” Cox customers get that plus a whole lot more — and I say that because it really is a whole lot more.
Many branch offices rely on Cisco ISR G2 (Integrated Services Router, Gen 2) as their IT platform. This router series delivers highly secure data, voice, video, and application services through a modular design. This turns the router into a platform for WAN Optimization (through Cisco WAAS) and Application Visibility and Control, among other services.
When companies need to add a server into the mix at their branch, Cisco’s UCS E-Series is an obvious choice. You basically have a server blade that can be inserted right into your router. The E-Series is especially great for multisite organizations that have centralized IT but still need to host applications locally at their branch office. This need can come from performance requirements, survivability, or compliance, for example. Read More »
According to a recent Cisco News article the Internet of Everything (IoE) is a multi-trillion dollar opportunity that incorporates data gathering, data processing, data analysis, data visualization, data optimization, data storage and retrieval, etc. Data is being generated at an exponential rate and with the IoE even more data will be generated.
The companies that win in this space are going to be the ones who understand how to synthesize meaningful relationships from the ocean of data (i.e. contextually relevant relationships), how to discern new knowledge, how to act on this knowledge, and how to communicate this new knowledge based on the context of an end-user or a machine.
Big Data technologies will play a pivotal role in the IoE, and therefore provide many opportunities for innovation; those wishing to gain a better understanding of several of the technologies involved in this exciting field are encouraged to watch the following video.