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An Innovative Infrastructure to Capture the Value of the Internet of Everything

As the saying goes, the constants in life are death and taxes. We all know there are more than those two, including change and its counterpart, disruption. Business success will result from responsiveness and adaptation that will happen at a rate and with intelligence that we’ve only begun to get our heads around.  And, most CIOs I speak with are asking about how they can adapt and scale their infrastructure to be prepared as the Internet of Things evolves into the Internet of Everything.

Learn how your infrastructure can be intelligent, flexible and secure during constant business transformation. Click on each interactive tile to discover relevant facts.

Learn how your infrastructure can be intelligent, flexible and secure during constant business transformation. Click on each interactive tile to discover relevant facts.

This change brings big implications for IT. The role of IT is changing, in the face of cloud and mobile apps, and the growing understanding that every company is a technology company. From the consumerization of IT to what Gartner Vice President David Cearley calls the “four powerful forces: social, mobile, cloud and information,” IT must increasingly demonstrate it can add value to the business, by rapidly and securely rolling out new services, apps and capabilities in a connected world.

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4 Things That Can Get Done in Washington in 2014

When folks ask me what policy actions are going to take place in 2014, an election year, my knee jerk reaction is to say, “not much.”

But when I spend a moment to think about it, there is a substantial agenda of things that can be accomplished next year from a tech industry perspective.   Here’s the short list:

Patent reform – there’s real momentum behind patent reform.  The 325-90 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives shows that support for patent reform is strong and bipartisan.  There will be a hearing in the Senate on December 17, and the Senate Judiciary Committee will hopefully take up the bill soon in the New Year.  This legislation is critically important to help level the playing field against patent assertion entities, which we know as patent trolls. It helps dry up the financial incentives that allow patent trolls to thrive.

E-rate modernization and reform – The FCC has on its docket E-rate modernization.  This program has connected 100,000 schools and libraries to the Internet since its inception in 1996.  Now the program needs to be updated to meet the modern needs of schools and libraries.   Cisco has made 5 major recommendations for reform in our white paper, “High Speed Broadband in Every Classroom: The Promise of a Modernized E-Rate Program.”  We will continue to work with the FCC to get E-rate reform over the finish line in 2014.

Adding more mobile spectrum – Also in front of the FCC is an effort to create more spectrum for WiFi.  There is a looming spectrum crunch in this country, and by 2017, there will be 67 times more mobile internet traffic than in 2007.  That’s like adding double the cars on the beltway each year for the next five years.  We need an all-of-the-above policy on spectrum, and a critical component is more spectrum for wifi in the 5 GHz band as part of a larger effort to add more mobile spectrum.

Trade -  The U.S. has a robust trade agenda in front of it in  2014, and we’re hopeful that there will be significant progress in more areas.  The U.S. made substantial progress in Bali last week.  Now the hard work to get agreements finalized, approved, and ratified must be done.  Trade is critical to helping U.S. companies grow and thrive in overseas markets.

That’s four major issues there.  As my grandmother would say, that’s not chopped liver.

So even in an election year, there’s a considerable amount of work that can and should be done.

 

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  • How it abstracts the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers into a single pane of glass that reduces the complexity of managing your data center infrastructure
  • Speaking fluently to Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and EMC or NetApp storage, how your organization receives the full functionality and benefits of the compute, network and storage layers.  As a stocking stuff, the hypervisor layer is included as well.  
  • Lastly, comprehensive management across physical, virtual and bare metal environments from a single pane of glass

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Numerous sessions are scheduled over the next few months but the next two showings are:  December 17, 2013 and January 14, 2014.  We have two sessions each day to accommodate different time zones — choose the one that best meets your schedule. 

As work begins to slow down in preparation for the holidays, now is the perfect time to take an hour out of your day and learn more about Cisco UCS Director’s centralized automation and management capabilities. It will be an hour well spent.

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MegaTrends: New Video Services and Their Potential Impact on Your Network – Part 2

In the first part we discussed how video services are evolving within enterprise networks. Content may be sourced from internal servers, BYOD end points or external content providers, thereby creating a mix of managed and unmanaged services. This has led not only to growth in traffic, but also a competition for actual resources between the different types of services.

We have discussed how these services are evolving, now moving to a per application, per session model which ensures that specific resources are allocated depending on the nature of the usage. Tools such as those provided by the medianet architecture, combined with changes in defaulting all traffic within the VPN session back to the corporate network, contribute to this evolution in session management.

Once again, we turn to Thomas Kernen to provide some insight into how recent technology improvements are designed to help with managing video traffic growth and enabling better content distribution models.

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Cisco gets behind the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, Australia

From the 1st to the 7th of December 2,000 Special Olympics athletes, 600 coaches and officials, over 4,000 volunteers and an estimated 200,000 spectators from over 32 countries in the Asia Pacific region converged on the City of Newcastle to take part in the first ever Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games.

I am extremely proud to say that 130 of those volunteers were from Cisco’s Product and Service Sales, Technical Services, Advanced Services, Technical Assistant Centre (TAC), Customer Service, Marketing, HR and other functional groups. These Cisco employees made the trip up the F3 from Sydney to devote their personal time to what was a fantastic event, but one that could not have happened without the contribution of the over 4,000 volunteers.

The Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games is 2013’s biggest event in regional Australia and was opened by Quentin Bryce, Governor General of Australia, in a glittering opening ceremony. The highlight of the event was the sheer enthusiasm shown by the athletes, officials and spectators from all the countries participating. The Special Olympics are all about inclusion and making everyone feel a part of something big.  Spectators attending the opening ceremony and each event showed the same levels of enthusiasm for the small contingents of athletes from likes of Mongolia and Cambodia as they did for the mammoth 398-strong Australian Team.

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