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Cisco’s Data Center Fabric Continues to Innovate

October 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm PST

As my niece was snapping away pictures on her digital camera, I told her about the ” back when I was a kid stories”; when you would have to be careful about the sun over exposing your film and having to anxiously wait days to see them.   I then rampaged on about how you would HAVE to go to the library to look up information for book reports, how my tape player always jammed on my favorite part of the song, and the video recorder my dad had was so heavy he’d use his shoulder to leverage the weight.  Amazing how dramatically technology is changing, information being only a click click away.

People are now living in the time of “faster” -- data, video, photos, social media, the demand is growing exponentially higher by the day.  How are networks keeping up with these demands? I’ll tell you one thing, it’s not sitting on the same data center configurations from 5 years ago, heck not even a year ago.   Listening to the requirements of customer’s needs,  data centers need to have scalability, flexibility, and speed to rapidly move across networks.

Today, Cisco has announced several industry leading innovations in the Nexus switching portfolio that spans across the Unified Fabric portfolio.  Please join us on October 25th at 9:00 a.m., PT to hear from industry analysts, customers and Cisco executives speaking in more detail about our product portfolio enhancements: “Evolutionary Fabric, Revolutionary Scale”.

Please also check out a great blog by Shashi Kiran, Director of DC/V on this topic: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/re-defining-fabric-scale-thinking-beyond-the-box/

To learn more: http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=500209

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Entel Selects Cisco Cloud Services

Service providers are recognizing the power of Cisco’s cloud solutions to deliver best-in-class services to their customers. Based in Chile, Entel has worked to integrate the power of data center computing with the intelligence of the network in a Unified Service Delivery approach. The combination of network and compute sets Entel apart as a leading provider in Chile.

Check out what Entel is saying about the quality of Cisco’s services and solutions, including UCS servers and Nexus data center switching.

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Videoscape Gains Further Traction with Service Providers

Last week at IBC 2011, Cisco announced several examples of how we are implementing Cisco Videoscape™ with International Service Providers.  Cisco Videoscape is a service provider solution that lets consumers bring together content from pay TV, online, and on-demand sources to create a truly immersive TV experience on any device.

KT, Korea’s leading telecommunications service provider, will be deploying Videoscape Media Suite and shares Cisco’s Videoscape vision and strategy to evolve their network over time to deliver content across TV, PC, mobile and tablet screens.

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Bringing Cisco’s Network Virtualization (nV) Technology to Mobile Networks

The Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing system has gone mobile.

Cisco announced that it is bringing its nV (Network Virtualization) technology to mobile networks and unveiled three powerful new platforms for the ASR 9000 family:

  • ASR 901 cell site router, a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites;
  • ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router, a compact Ethernet access device for business, residential, and mobile applications; and
  • ASR 9901 small edge router, a smaller version of the ASR 9000 for low-capacity deployments.

Benefits include:

  • Simplified Network Operations: The ASR 9000 system uses Cisco nV (network virtualization) technology to lower operating costs by up to 69% and capital expense costs by up to 67% (when compared with competing edge platforms). 
  • Simplified IPv6 Migrations: Cisco delivers on its strategy of building IPv6 next-generation networks to simplify the design, deployment and management of services.
  • Simplified Service Management: Plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime, cost-effective configurations and ease of deployment reduce the need for costly on-site setup, support and maintenance, while providing hardware and software savings.

nV technology capabilities (unveiled June 7) now extend all the way to the access layer to help operators further optimize operations and maximize the cost benefits of virtualized infrastructures.  nV technology also provides topology-, place- and capability-agnostic resource consolidation and virtualization for simplified operations, increased network capacity and accelerated IPv6 services. Operators can deploy nV technology with a simple software upgrade.

These innovative solutions deliver on the promise of the Cisco MOVE (Monetization, Optimization, Video Experience) strategic framework, which helps operators better manage, enhance and profit from the rapidly growing volume of Internet traffic and the proliferation of connected devices.

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Building on the Cisco Collaboration Momentum

Cisco’s collaboration business has been growing q/q due to creating solutions that truly address customer needs.  With this tech and talent acquisition of Versly, a team with a deep sw pedigree, Cisco is continuing to evolve it’s portfolio to meet the growing customer pain points.

Cisco Announces Acquisition of Versly

SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 29, 2011 – Cisco today announced that it has acquired privately-held Versly. Based in San Francisco, Versly integrates collaboration capabilities via a plug-in into Microsoft Office applications, simplifying the way people work by enabling more effective collaboration around content in documents, spreadsheets, presentations and email.

“Collaboration is a top priority at Cisco. With this acquisition we’re enhancing our collaboration offerings and improving the user experience by integrating social technologies within the business applications individuals and teams use at work,” said Murali Sitaram, vice president and general manager, Collaboration Software Group (CSG), Cisco. “Furthermore, the integration with Versly will drive productivity improvements for organizations and their knowledge workers, many of whom are among the 600 million Microsoft Office users.”

Collaboration is one of Cisco’s five company priorities and represents what Cisco believes to be a total addressable market of $45 billion. The acquisition will provide more opportunity for Cisco partners to provide enhanced collaboration solutions to customers.  Versly’s software will be integrated into a variety of Cisco’s collaboration offerings including Cisco Quad, Cisco Jabber and Cisco WebEx. For example, users will be able to receive automatic notifications within Cisco Quad when the content of a document has changed, escalate from simply reviewing a document to an instant messaging session through Cisco Jabber, or initiate a web conferencing session from a presentation through Cisco WebEx.

“With this acquisition we are gaining strong talent and innovative technology that builds on Cisco’s successful collaboration platform,” said Ned Hooper, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco.  “We continue to expand our collaboration architecture to change the way businesses work.”

Upon the close of the acquisition, Versly employees will be integrated into Cisco CSG.  Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed.

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