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Announcing Tweetchat with Marie Hattar, VP Borderless Networks Marketing

Those of you that already know @MarieHattar will understand why I am really excited about being able to give you this opportunity to chat directly with her via Twitter on June 8th.

In the last six months alone, Marie has been to Mumbai to deliver the keynote at Interop Mumbai, to Paris to talk about technology in the luxury goods industry and to New Orleans for Cisco’s own Partner Summit.  During the chat, Marie hopes to answer any questions you may have about the network as a strategic business asset. She also plans to share global customer case studies and other anecdotes from her travels.

Tweetchat Info
Date: Wednesday 8th June 2011
Time: 09.30 – 10.00 PT [12.30 – 13.00 ET / 18.30 – 19.00 Central European Time ]
Hashtags: #engn  #cisco

We hope you will be able to join us for this chat.  If you would like to ask any questions or suggest topics ahead of time, please DM @MaleeD or get in touch via email.

Thank you and we look forward to chatting with you then!

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Cisco is Helping First Wind Connect & Secure its Assets

First Wind, an independent energy company focused on utility-scale wind projects in the U.S., is using communications technology to more efficiently manage their operations and produce wind power.  They have deployed a unified Cisco network throughout various parts of its operations to support data, video and voice communications for lowered costs and greater reliability. And on May 25, Cisco and GE announced that they will work together to provide wireless connectivity to the First Wind’s site in Milford, Utah. 

Read more about the advancements by First Wind to make their wind and business operations more efficient and effective in Laura Ipsen’s (SVP/GM for Cisco Connected Energy) blog post.

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IP Traffic, Devices, Users – Growth, Growth, Growth

Over the past several years, Cisco introduced and has regularly updated and expanded its Visual Networking Index (VNI), which projects IP traffic trends based upon independent analyst forecasts, usage surveys from operators and other primary research.   The VNI has become a valuable resource – described by some as an “industry standard”.

Today, Cisco announced the latest edition of the VNI, covering the period 2010-2015.  It includes findings such as:

  • The number of network-connected devices will be more than 15 billion, twice the world’s population, by 2015.
  • The total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year.
  • The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010.

Global IP traffic is on the verge of reaching 1 zettabyte – which is equal to a sextillion bytes, or a trillion gigabytes.  Cisco has identified four primary drivers of growth:

  1. An increasing number of devices: The proliferation of tablets, mobile phones, connected appliances and other smart machines is driving demand for connectivity.  By 2015, there will be more than two connections for each person on earth.
  2. More Internet users: By 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users –more than 40 percent of the world’s projected population.
  3. Faster broadband speed: The average fixed broadband speed is expected to increase four-fold, from 7 megabits per second in 2010 to 28 Mbps in 2015.
  4. More video: By 2015, 1 million video minutes –the equivalent of 674 days –will traverse the Internet every second.

Following is a URL to a video about this new version of the VNI:” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

In addition, relevant documents and information are available at

If you have further questions after watching the VoD and reading the relevant information, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Customer Collaboration Market Update Podcast

 I caught up with Ross Daniels, Director, Solutions Marketing for Customer Collaboration recently to see what was new over the last quarter in Cisco’s Customer Collaboration business.

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Cisco Celebrates Small Business Week

We’ve said it before, small business is big business.  Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. They make invaluable contributions to the country’s economy in many ways, including creating 60-80 percent of new jobs. This week celebrates National Small Business Week and Cisco celebrates Small Business too.  Small businesses are a driving force of innovation, and technology plays a big part in enabling those efforts.  All week, on our Small Business blog we’ll be shining the spotlight on small businesses that have put technology to work for them to help them succeed. Take a look at these stories and videos!

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