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Getting up to speed on the Internet of Things – fast!

The Internet of Things (IoT) technology trend is moving faster forward than anyone anticipated. This was evident at the IoT World Forum held in Barcelona, October 29th through 31st. Thought leaders from around the globe converged to discuss wide ranging topics on the IoT, including: standards development, technology ecosystems, connecting the unconnected, data analytics, and a number of different concept-to-reality, real world implementations of the IoT in action.

[What’s the Difference Between IoT and IoE?  Two Minutes To Find Out!]

Even though the IoT technology phenomenon is rapidly growing, it’s still new for many of us. What does it mean for my industry? Where do I get started? Who do I turn to for help? Indeed, there are many of us staying up at night asking those questions! Read More »

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Here’s to You Entrepreneurs: Top 5 Go-to-Market Monetization Tips

Ged FittonBy Ged Fitton, Guest Blogger

The British Innovation Gateway (BIG) is a great Cisco-led initiative to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK. A great part of my work on BIG involves the support  of IDEALondon – Cisco’s innovation centre – and its start-ups.  And I have to say I’m always impressed with the enthusiasm and determination of companies to think outside the box, and challenge the status quo. It’s a fantastically exciting space to work in. In my role of helping companies monetise their innovation, I thought I’d share a few tips on how not to fall into the traps that I’ve seen many start-ups fall into. Read More »

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Cisco Connected Rail: Turning Vision into Reality

The world’s rail transportation systems are going places. From passenger trains that move people city to city at ever increasing speeds to freight trains that do the heavy lifting of global commerce, rail continues to power modern life. Cisco is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic industry and we enjoyed spotlighting Cisco Connected Rail solutions at a recent media event on Nov. 18-19 in New York City.

The convergence of information and networking technologies – often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) – is giving the rail industry a boost and will change the way railroads design and manage their networks to improve system safety, efficiency and to enhance the passenger experience. Cisco is leading this technology evolution to help empower the Internet of Things with industrial-grade networking technologies that drive machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. This unleashes many new capabilities, drives new business models and allows operators to offer more value added services to passengers. This boosts their revenue and improves customer service.

Most rail communication systems today were built over 20 years ago. These aging and typically proprietary networks require specialized technical teams to keep them running. As many engineers and technicians needed to maintain older systems near retirement, rail operators need to adopt smart technology strategies now to remain competitive throughout the 21st century.

Cisco’s vision for the future is built with the Internet of Things in mind – or what we call the Internet of Everything (IoE), which encompasses virtually every industry and is poised to generate trillions of dollars in value.


And, we’re already helping to transform almost every aspect of the rail industry – on board trains, in stations and at trackside, improving communications from the locomotive to Central Train Control centers and beyond.

Cisco Connected Trackside replaces older proprietary SCADA networks with secure, highly flexible IP networks to reduce complexity, lower costs, and improve safety with communications networks for train control systems. The network can connect sensors to facilitate asset management, train controls, surveillance and other services.

We’re also transforming the riding experience with Cisco Connected Train solutions that provide passengers with on-board Wi-Fi, video, and mobile applications that deliver entertainment, advertising, and scheduling information. Train stations are getting an overhaul too, thanks to Cisco’s Connected Stations that support new services like “wayfinding” touch-screen kiosks to help travelers plan trips, check schedules and take advantage of special offers.

Sharing a Vision: New York City Media Event, Nov. 18-19

On November 19th, I led a Connected Rail Roundtable discussion that focused on where the rail industry is heading, both in commercial freight and mass transit Intercity rail. Top experts from Cisco and our industry partners discussed how Cisco’s Connected Rail solutions are being deployed in rail systems and how the Internet of Everything is creating business value across different industries.

As rail enters the (IoE) revolution, there will be new services and experiences for the passenger, boosting revenues and profits for operators. IoE will deliver quantum leaps in performance. Operators will see a 1%  efficiency savings in passage and cargo train operations, equating to savings of 1.8 billion dollars a year. This will all happen when we bring connectivity to the trains, tracksides and stations.

Lastly, we saw a Cisco interactive passenger kiosk in action during our two-day media event in New York City. These kiosks are deployed in New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stations, which serves 15.1 million people.





Cisco UCS Director Wins a “Storage, Virtualization, and Cloud (SVC)” Product of the Year Award!


Last night we received the news that Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia) won the product of the year award in the category of virtualization management by the SVC Awards. Each year SVC rewards the top products, projects, companies and teams operating in the cloud, virtualization and storage sectors. 

This SVC award provides validation of the leading data center infrastructure management capabilities of Cisco UCS Diector for both virtual as well as physical resources.    Cisco UCS Director is unique in the industry because it offers  the ability to manage compute, network and storage elements — to configure the storage volume, setup the SAN and IP networks, deploy the bare-metal server, and load a hypervisor or bare-metal operating system in a single operation — from a single pane of glass.   As a result, the solution automates the time consuming manual as well as complex processes that burden IT organizations today.

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Cisco UCS Director’s unified view to manage integrated infrastructure

Here are some of the reasons why Cisco UCS Director was nominated and won the award:

  • Open and flexible solution delivering multi-vendor IT infrastructure management
  • Turnkey solution, quick time-to-value via setup within an hour
  • Out-of-the-box support for the most widely deployed converged and integrated infrastructure systems:  Vblock, FlexPod and VSPEX
  • Cisco’s unified management approach reduces deployment times from weeks to minutes — for either virtual or bare-metal environments

You can read about the award nomination here.    To learn more about Cisco UCS Director watch this video.  

Would like to see the product live?    Attend a live technical demo or register for a 60-day evaluation, visit here.

Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – November 22, 2013

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Every 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

As the Vice President of Worldwide Services Partner Organization at Cisco, Raja Sundaram’s team develops and executes Cisco Services partner programs, go-to-market strategies, and sales engagement models. This week on the Channels Blog, Raja started a new series of blogs about the huge industry disruption taking place and how partners can capitalize on it through professional services.

Raja realizes there are big challenges around cloud, virtualization, big data, programmable networks, new consumption models and changing buying centers. He takes a look back at Partner Summit 2013 and how everything must come together to deliver the Internet of Everything (IoE). Read More »

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