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Location-Based Services & Monetization for Service Providers

Location Based Services in the Service Provider (SP) world is a very hot topic at present, with many SP’s looking for monetization opportunities for Wi-Fi.

Cisco has been working with our service provider customers to help deliver monetization capabilities; one way of opening new revenue opportunities is by using our new Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Solution.

Dr. Brendan O’Brien, Director of Product Marketing for Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences, continues his thought leadership blog series to tackle the trend towards location-based services in the Service Provider space. Brendan takes a brief look at some of the drivers for Wi-Fi in the SP world and some steps along the value chain, then dives into the emerging models where SP’s are beginning to focus their attentions on monetization and new, additional revenue opportunities. Read more at 

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The Workplace of the Future: Connected, Collaborative, Creative

The Internet of Everything is reshaping every aspect of our lives—including how and where we work. Think back to the 1950s, when the telephone was the only connected device in the typical office, and collaboration happened only when coworkers physically walked to a conference room for a face-to-face meeting.

Today, we take for granted an ever-expanding collection of connected devices and collaboration tools that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago—smartphones, tablets, ”smart” white boards, online meetings, web video conferencing,  online document sharing, TelePresence, social media—all helping us change the ways we communicate, collaborate, and share.

With the amount of new technical information in the world doubling every two years, the future holds the promise of even greater, faster change. Google Glass is just the beginning of a whole new category of wearable technology that will enable even tighter integration of technology with work and life.

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How Secure is Your Secure Access?

In June, I attended the Gartner Security Summit in Washington, D.C. where I was asked by quite a few security executives, “My network folks just bought ISE, but what is ISE and what type of security does it provide?”  Fast forward to July, and I wish I had this SANS review on ISE to offer a month earlier.  (SANS, as many security professionals know, is a highly regarded organization on IT security and cyber security.) Read More »

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Shared Value Benefits Society and Business

The Shared Value Initiative just released a video interview of  Cisco Corporate Affairs Senior Director Kathy Mulvany, taken during the Global Shared Value Leadership Summit in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The term “shared value” is the concept that a company can enhance its own competitiveness while simultaneously alleviating social problems in the communities where it operates. What differentiates shared value from other initiatives is that it is far more sustainable than simply writing a check, than more traditional philanthropy, according to Kathy. “We really believe that if you are going to be able to maintain over the long run in driving community investment and building healthy markets for your products and services, that shared value provides a framework by which you can do that,” she says in the video interview.


One of the most important elements of shared value is building strategic relationships. The world today faces some major social challenges that cannot be addressed by one stakeholder alone. Business, governments, and nonprofits need to work together to create organizations and communities where people can thrive.

Want to learn more about share value? Visit the Shared Value Initiative or read Kathy’s blog on creating shared value through local cluster development.

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Cisco and NetApp Expand the FlexPod Portfolio


Since its launch in 2010, FlexPod has been a tremendous success with more than 2,400 customers in 35 countries globally. This success has created new opportunities. Customers are requesting additional solutions based on the FlexPod platform to address an even broader spectrum of deployment types, workloads, and applications. Smaller and midsize IT departments need solutions that are fast and easy to deploy. Enterprise data centers want scale and advanced features. There is also demand for infrastructure solutions that are highly tuned to specific workloads.

Today Cisco and NetApp have extended the value of FlexPod by broadening the portfolio with new offerings, products, and validated designs. FlexPod Select joins the FlexPod portfolio which currently includes FlexPod Express (formerly ExpressPod) for medium sized businesses and FlexPod Datacenter (Formerly FlexPod) for core enterprise data centers and service providers.

FlexPod Select is targeted at performance- and data-intensive workloads such as Big Data, analytics, and high-performance computing.

I urge you to watch the video below between Keith Barto, Sr. Architect at Cisco and NetApp’s Vaughn Stewart, Director of Technical Marketing, summarizing the recent FlexPod announcements.

FlexPod Select features high-performance NetApp E-Series storage, Cisco UCS C-Series servers, Cisco Nexus Switches, and Cisco management software. FlexPod Select is the first solution in the family to feature NetApp E-Series, delivering outstanding bandwidth performance, extreme density, and modular flexibility for a wide-range of data-intensive workloads.

Hadoop will be the first solution based on the FlexPod Select architecture. Initially, there will be two validated configurations designed to accelerate deployment of Hadoop on the FlexPod architecture: FlexPod Select with Cloudera including Apache Hadoop and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform. These new solutions based on Hadoop can enable organizations to simplify and reduce risk of Big Data architectures while delivering the performance to ask bigger questions of their data.

FlexPod Datacenter features Nexus 7000

Another important announcement is FlexPod Datacenter solutions now feature the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches. The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches provide the highest levels of network availability, advanced features, and scalability. How much scalability? The Nexus 7000 is the highest-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet system in the industry, supporting up to 768 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also enables end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) delivering a unified Ethernet fabric, and provides Data Center Interconnect (DCI) capabilities for multi-data center deployments.

We are also introducing FlexPod Datacenter with SnapProtect to provide comprehensive Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape backup and recovery solution that includes specific implementation guidance for popular uses such as with VMware, NAS shares and Microsoft Exchange.  Last but not least, we have updated FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Private Cloud to include support for Microsoft System Center and the Cisco Nexus 1000v switch, which was recently awarded Best of TechEd in the System Management and Operation category.

Through our shared vision and joint development, Cisco and NetApp will continue to enhance the FlexPod portfolio to grow and support additional workloads, operating models and the dynamic needs of applications.

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