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Mobile World Congress 2013: Coping with Exploding Data Demand

A dominant theme for the mobile networking industry at this year’s Mobile World Congress was how to cope with exploding demand for mobile data. Part of the answer is new technology but part is better spectrum policy.

Network operators today are facing a stiff challenge to expand infrastructure to keep pace with data traffic growth as more consumers stream HD video on their mobile devices and businesses employ collaboration tools to increase productivity.  As a result, service providers are working harder than ever to manage their networks and scarce spectrum by deploying high quality small cell Wi-Fi in combination with traditional macro cell base stations. This is the “heterogenous network” or Het Net.

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PCI-related Observations from RSA 2013

As a frequent attendee of the US RSA Conference in the past, this year I had the opportunity to work in the Cisco booth on the exhibition floor. This year’s RSA event was very busy, it seemed like there was a continuous flow of people and energy across the show floor. I had the pleasure of staffing Cisco’s Compliance Solution demonstration where we test people’s knowledge of PCI compliance. This is one of my favorite demos/stations to operate because it rewards people for their hard learned knowledge and skill on the topic with a prize instead of the normal random drawing (if you get the highest score in the shortest amount of time, you’re the winner!). I was surprised by the number of attendees that did not want to take our quiz. Was it a fear of being put on the spot? Or were they just not very knowledgeable about PCI? I consider the RSA conference as a security minded conference and thought a solid business driver like PCI Compliance would be front and center for many security professionals that often have to justify security purchases. Further, given the proliferation of data breaches across all industry segments, this should be a top of mind topic. Many industries outside of retail accept credit cards for payment of services and products (e.g., hospital co-pays, DMV fees, city permits, Insurance payments, hotels, transit stations) so when all three days of the quiz were won by retailers I was a bit surprised. I would have expected a few security vendors or professionals to have won at least one day! Read More »

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Cisco Connected Industries at Hannover Messe! Hannover, Germany, 8-12 April, 2013

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Internet of Things is a hot topic this year, and the HANNOVER MESSE 2013 show is no exception.  This year’s theme, “Integrated Industry” focuses on the growing integration of all areas of industry:  “Machines, industrial equipment, work pieces and system components will soon be capable of exchanging data in real-time.”Hannover Picture

Join Cisco at Hannover Messe 2013 !!  Our booth is located in Hall 8, Stand D14.  At last year’s Hannover Show Cisco launched The Connected Industry Group (CIG)  and this year we will showcase how our Cisco Industrial Smart Solution’s end-to end architecture, and ruggedized product portfolio enables the “Integrated Industry” by delivering value throughout the entire manufacturing value chain.

Our  industrial hardware will be on static display allowing customers to “touch and feel” all models of the Industrial Ethernet portfolio:  IE3000IE2000IE3010, C819AIR1552, ESR5915ESR5940819 M2M router. We will showcase how Power over Ethernet (PoE) for our IE 2k/3k switches and Network Address Translation for our IE2K switch will help drive the Internet of Things (IoT) in industrial applications.

Learn how the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution can provide the following operational network benefits:
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Why Cisco Partners Are Embracing Hosted Collaboration

March 14, 2013 at 9:56 am PST

True collaboration solutions offer communications and collaboration capabilities on any device, at any time, and from anywhere. That’s been the case for some time, and never more true than now as customers embrace hosted collaboration as a key consumption and delivery model.

Here at Cisco, we’re constantly refining our efforts to make hosted collaboration not only easy for customers to use, but also easy for partners to sell. And I’m happy to report that Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) is delivering for Cisco partners on our promise of “no compromise” cloud collaboration.

You’ve probably seen the recent industry reports, including researcher Gartner’s favorable assessment of how HCS adoption is accelerating. But Cisco’s momentum with hosted collaboration is showing up all over the place. With a robust global network of 40 HCS partners, we are leading a market shift toward cloud through which we could see several million HCS seats sold and delivered by the channel this year alone.

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Collaboration is Hot … How Collaboration Technologies Can Enable Corporate Healthcare

I’ve talked a lot about how collaboration technology helps companies better communicate and connect with internal and external teams – both locally and globally – and all of the business benefits that come along with that.  What I haven’t addressed up until today is how collaboration technology can also be used to provide healthcare benefits to employees. Today I’m pleased to introduce this new topic. Read More »