Last week Cisco announced that Minter-Ellison, one of the largest full-service law firms in the Asia Pacific region, selected Quad as their collaborative workspace, supporting their ‘One Firm’ vision. This is part of a broader rollout of Cisco technology by Minter-Ellison to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between their 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff based in Australia, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
As Mark Twain supposedly wrote, ‘rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated’ – a phrase that certainly rings true for Cisco’s Catalyst 6500.
With a raft of new innovations recently announced at Cisco Live, competitors that were struggling to catch-up with the last iteration of this flagship switch have now seen their goalposts shift yet again.
The latest innovations provide Catalyst 6500 customers with the capability to evolve their network infrastructure for the coming decade’s proliferation of connected devices, growth of video traffic, cloud computing business models and increasingly mobile workforces—without requiring “rip and replace” upgrades.
So, once again, Cisco continues to deliver business-enhancing innovation and investment protection for its customers – and with a platform that many had wrongly assumed was dead. Amongst the enhancements announced were:
- Yet another ‘industry first’ with seamless IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch’s hardware platform
- New network virtualisation capabilities
- A comprehensive set of L4-7 integrated services modules and new application performance and visibility monitoring through a revamped implementation of NetFlow.
The real key though is the introduction of the highly anticipated Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T, a 2-terabit card that unlocks 80 gigabits per second per slot, new feature-rich 10-gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet line cards, and next-generation borderless services that provide customers with new mobility, security, network analysis and load balancing capabilities.
The new supervisor engine provides a threefold increase on throughput capability. It can also quadruple the number of devices or users that can connect to a network. For example, a single Catalyst 6500 can now support up to 10,000 mobile devices.
All new line cards and the 2 Tbps supervisor are compatible with all Cisco E-Series chassis models, offering minimal intervention to the existing Catalyst 6500 E-Series infrastructure. This compatibility prevents rip-and-replace upgrades that jeopardize a customer’s network uptime and require additional personnel, expenses and time.
The video below features Kumar Srikantan, Cisco’s VP of Marketing for the Scalable Networks Business Unit, as he talks about the latest updates to the Catalyst 6500, why Cisco and our customers are so excited about them and what it means for the broader industry. Enjoy!
Years ago I was working for a videoconferencing company in Austin, TX where the CEO had a success quadrant. The ultimate success quadrant focused on getting things done right, the right way. A perfect analogy for how Cisco organized and executed the annual industry analyst gathering called C-Scape in Las Vegas July 11-13.
I work daily with the industry analysts from Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Current Analysis and many other top-flight groups. I acknowledge here and now that industry analysts have a tough job. Analysts are consistently bombarded with information from vendors all demanding attention and seeking the analyst relations “golden ticket” of a positive note, blog, report, or recommendation that the analyst group’s client consider a vendor’s product line.
So, it was nice at C-Scape to see a truly international contingent of industry analysts who were hungry for information and details about Cisco’s technology innovations, products and services. That’s exactly what they got served.
What positively separates C-Scape from many competitors’ analyst conferences is the access. I am talking about access to the highest levels of leadership at Cisco. It starts with John Chambers’ keynote. At his C-Scape keynote Mr. Chambers first proudly pointed out that Cisco is the current market leader in 11 of 17 product categories. He outlined the company’s top 5 priorities including the core router and switch line; communications and collaboration; data center, virtualization and cloud; video, and; architectures. It’s just where you would expect Cisco to lead the industry and Mr. Chambers, and the leadership team, are fully committed to delivering. If you were looking for a bold statement, here’s a direct quote from Mr. Chambers, “Five years from now video will be the primary form of IT.” Finally, Mr. Chambers delivered this promise, “When problems occur, we’ll be there for you like no other company in the world.”
Analyst access doesn’t stop with Mr. Chambers and his executive team. Another differentiator is the fact that analyst one-on-one sessions with Cisco team members are one hour instead of one-half hour. It enables both the analyst and Cisco to have a full, solid discussion and advice interaction.
As a member of the data center and virtualization team at Cisco I am very proud of the analyst roundtables segment where Cisco data center, Unified Computing Systems, and virtualization leaders meet with groups of analysts for full-on discussions. There was the UCS Futures Roundtable with UCS leaders David Lawler and Satinder Sethi. There was the roundtable entitled” Data Center Fabric: Unifying Compute, Network, Storage and Virtualization” featuring vice presidents David Yen, Soni Jiandani and John McCool. There was the Data Center customer panel entitled “The ROI of Fabric” moderated by Stephanie Carullo and featuring customers Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Travelport, NASDAQ and the Walz Group. There was the roundtable entitled “Private Cloud Architectures: The CTO’s Perspective” led by executives Lew Tucker, David Yen and Soni Jiandani.
In addition, analysts got to hear from Dave Evans, Cisco’s Chief Futurist (that’s just about the coolest title in technology) who presented “10 Tech Trends that Will Change the World in the Next 10 Years.”
If you follow Twitter or industry analyst blogs you already know that the feedback was that C-Scape was the strongest and best Cisco analyst conference to date. Frankly that’s very encouraging. For the Unified Computing System (UCS) team, it was another superior opportunity to continue to tell our story about the meteoric rise of UCS over the last two years where we are already number three worldwide in blade server marketshare. There is much to do yet indeed and UCS has the team to get it done: Done right, the right way.
Recently, of course, Cisco announced major advancements to the ASR 9000. These will dramatically increase capabilities at the network edge and make it simpler for service providers to architect the next generation of the Internet to be more visual, mobile and virtual.
In addition, Cisco has announced quite a number of ASR 9000 customers throughout the world:
- US Signal (U.S.)
- Comcast (U.S.)
- China Telecom (China)
- Tata (India)
- FastWeb (Italy)
- Cox Communications (US)
- NTT Plala (Japan)
- NBC (US)
- Also, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAF_eqX6aXQ
- Main One Cable (Nigeria)
- MegaFon (Russia)
In regard to the CRS, Cisco released figures showing significant momentum for the market-leading CRS-3, as well as announcing additional capabilities for the platform. In less than a year since the product was launched, Cisco shipped CRS-3 units to more than 80 global service providers in more than 30 countries. Since 2004, Cisco CRS units have been shipped to more than 450 service providers in more than 80 countries.
There have also been several public announcements of customer deployments for the CRS platform:
Cisco today announced the Cisco® Enterprise Content Delivery System (ECDS)®, a set of video distribution products that work together to address IT leaders’ growing challenge of delivering the highest-quality live and on-demand video content to end users anywhere, anytime.
As a key video infrastructure component of the Cisco medianet architecture, ECDS consists of hardware appliances and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) virtual blade software. The appliances and software work together to help organizations distribute live video content via streaming or multicasting, and, on-demand video via caching and prepositioning. ECDS also provides an IT-friendly management system for easy setup, configuration, maintenance, and monitoring of video. ECDS works together with Cisco WAAS to form a complete WAN optimization solution for video, applications and data.
Below a video of Janice Le Litvinoff, General Manager of Cisco’s Digital Media Systems talking more about the solution.