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Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 4: The User Portal

January 4, 2013 at 10:22 am PST

The New Year 2013 has well and truly arrived -- Happy New Year to all -- and it’s time for me to continue on the Cisco journey of data center and cloud transformation.  Last month I introduced the Cisco Domain TenSM  framework, the approach we in Cisco Services take to help customers enhance and transform their data centers. As a summary introduction, our latest video which shows how the Cisco Domain Ten framework helps guide you on such a data center transformation.

I then discussed the first few domains individually: (1) Domain One -- Facilities and Infrastructure, (2) Domain Two -- Virtualization and Abstraction, and (3) Domain Three -- Automation and Orchestration.  Now let’s examine Domain 4 -- the User Portal, which I’ve highlighted in the diagram below:

Cisco Domain Ten framework - Highlighting Domain 4, the User Portal

Cisco Domain Ten framework -- Highlighting Domain 4, the User Portal

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Why Every Business Should Be a Fan of Teleworking

While employee work flexibility and increased job satisfaction are strong reasons to consider teleworking solutions, the latest report from the Telework Research Network shows that there are even more compelling reasons to support teleworking at your business.

Can you imagine a world where teleworking was the norm? In their U.S. report, the research organization identifies potential national savings of over $700 BILLION a year if those with compatible jobs and a desire to work from home did so just half the time. The Telework Research Network paints a pretty picture with these potential savings:

  • A typical business would save $11,000 per person per year
  • The telecommuters would save between $2,000 and $7,000 a year
  • The oil savings would equate to over 37% of our Persian Gulf imports
  • The greenhouse gas reduction would be the equivalent of taking the entire New York State workforce permanently off the road.

You don’t need to be a finance person to see that this is one bandwagon businesses need to jump onto!

Don’t know where to start? It’s easy, and Cisco’s here to help.

The Cisco OfficeExtend 600 solution helps businesses enable teleworkers by extending wireless and wired access to the corporate network to the workers home or remote office locations.  The OfficeExtend solution provides secure access to the corporate network to deliver the same comprehensive access to business services that workers would get in main business office. Additionally, a corporate wired or wireless Cisco IP phone can be added to improve collaboration for teleworkers.

In addition, the teleworker can also setup personal wireless or wired access for personal use in their home or remote office.  The data traffic from the personal access is segmented and does not have access to the corporate network. This give the worker the flexibility to have a single Access Point in the home for work related access as well as personal networking activities while knowing that their corporate data traffic is fully secured.

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For more information please check out Cisco OfficeExtend Solution and Cisco Teleworker Solutions

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Scenery from Skyfall, cycling by the Loch Ness Monster and 60mph+ Winds

January 4, 2013 at 4:01 am PST

If you’ve followed my posts over 2012 for Cisco Data Center,  you may have noticed that I took a slight departure back in September from data center topics to tell you about a “Giving Back” initiative I was part of in 2012 -- the “Deloitte Ride Across Britain” (RAB).   I noted previously the role of Cisco WAAS as part of our “Network on Wheels”, one of the technologies we consult on in our Cisco Data Center Services customer engagements.   I did at the time promise an update on the actual ride itself, which if you read my earlier post, you may be interested in. So forgive me while I stray from the data center topic for today!

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Smart Connected Vehicles – Changing How We Drive

The Internet of Everything is the idea that we can start connecting everything around us. Connections between people, things, and machines to produce intelligent data will lead the way we experience life. Therefore, cars and vehicles can be connected to provide a richer and more valuable driving experience. How will Cisco fall into this mix? Cisco’s intelligent network can provide the underlying platform to host innovation.

Cisco and NXP announced today an investment in Cohda Wireless to advance intelligent transport systems and  car-to-x communication. Cisco’s intelligent network will allow vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian connections to provide a safer environment and optimize the driving experience. Your car is already filled with digital devices. Imagine what can happen if those devices; such as sensors, navigation, radio, or even lights become connected to the environment around you. Your navigation might one day lead you directly into an empty parking spot. Cisco has already begun this vision with Streetline through an app that shows real time parking in San Mateo and San Carlos.   When will this technology be implemented into all cars? Perhaps it will be 2017 or even 2014. No one knows for sure, but it is obvious that the technology of tomorrow is here.

Tune into the segment below as I explain more on how Cisco plans to revolutionize the way we drive.

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Protecting Our Networks: It’s a Team Game Now!

January 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm PST

I have been coaching youth sports for the past seven plus years now and one of my common mantras when speaking to the girls and boys each season is that “we will win as a team and lose as a team.”  In other words, I will never tolerate one player acting selfishly enough to think he or she is above everyone else on the team.  I strive to instill the objective that we will collectively pool our talents for the betterment of the team.  We use this approach because each boy and girl, believe it or not, brings with himself or herself a unique set of abilities and strengths with which the entire team will benefit.

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