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Cisco Advances Networking to Tackle Most Challenging IT Tasks: Secure Access for Any Device, Unified Management, High-Quality Video Anywhere

Furthering its leadership in networking, last week Cisco introduced new security,  management, and video solutions to its Borderless Networks portfolio to help information technology departments more efficiently manage the proliferation of mobile devices, ongoing changes in workforce habits, and the impact of video on the network.

The innovations include:

- Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for policy management
- Cisco Prime for Enterprise to help organizations more effectively manage their network and network services
- Cisco Medianet and video conferencing to optimize video delivery.  Highlighting Cisco’s commitment to on-going innovation in its core technologies, this announcement included details of integrated video conferencing on the ISR G2.

To get an update on the full announcement, please watch this short video featuring Marie Hattar, VP of Borderless Networks Marketing and Ross Fowler, VP of Borderless Networks Sales here.

For the full press release, please click here.

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Cisco, AT&T and Marriott Utilize the Power of the Network and Video for New Entertainment Experience

For years now, we’ve said the power of the network and video will change the way we live, work and play.  Today, utilizing the power of the network and video and in partnership with AT&T and Marriott, award winning artist, Jewel, will perform a solo acoustic performance that will be connected globally to multiple Telepresence Rooms including the NAB show floor and streamed live over the Internet.

Just another example of how the power of the network and video is bringing people together and providing new experiences.

For more information on the Jewel performance or if you want to experience via USTREAM, check out the link below.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/ts_040811.html

New Architectural Specializations for Cisco Partners: Borderless, Data Center, Collaboration

To enable our partners to take advantage of the market opportunities that lie ahead, Cisco is evolving it’s channel partner program with architecture specializations, including Borderless Networks, Collaboration, and Data Center Architecture Specializations. To find out more about how we are enabling our partners to make the transition and capture the opportunities that lie ahead, please check out our Channels Blog

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Market-Leading Cisco CRS Platform Leads Again

Derided as an expensive box that would experience little demand when it was introduced in 2004, the Cisco CRS core routing platform has time and again proven those predictions wrong.  

At its inception, some thought Cisco would never sell more than 50 CRS units.  It has now sold the CRS to more than 450 service providers in 80+ countries . . . and counting.  

The CRS-3 has ramped even faster than the CRS-1, shipping to more than 80 operators – including nearly 20 Tier 1s – in more than 30 countries in just the first year since it was introduced.

And Cisco isn’t stopping there.  The company today announced major packet transport enhancements to the CRS-3, which was designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and support the tremendous growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.  

  • Introducing Flexible Packet Transport for New Market Opportunities – The Cisco CRS-3 flexible packet-transport capability is a form of label switching enabled with the addition of a blade to the Cisco CRS. This scales the core network economically with fast switching, providing a high-speed, agile transport backbone.
  • Significant Savings With a Single Cisco CRS-3 Platform – Because the flexible packet-transport capability does not require a new standalone product to be deployed in a network, operators can easily add it to existing CRS-3 networks without expensive, time-consuming qualification testing.  The CRS-3 delivers functionality that competitive solutions require three platforms to deliver.  Thus, the CRS-3 lowers total cost of ownership by as much as 40 percent. 

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Cisco ‘Walks the Walk’ – Showcasing in Their Second Data Center in Allen, Texas

April 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm PST

On April 15th Cisco will be opening a second data center in Allen, Texas.  This is not just any data center ladies and gents, this state-of-the-art data center demonstrates Cisco’s architectural vision and strategy by incorporation their latest innovations; Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus switch portfolios, and the latest green technologies.

What degree of green are we talking about? LED lighting – naturally, solar power -- absolutely,  water-efficient landscaping – by all means, use of recycled building materials – affirmative. But to take it up a notch, Cisco used LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) when building the data center.   LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance metrics such as energy saving, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reductions, etc.  

You can listen to a live broadcast on April 15that 3:30pm, ET with CIO Rebecca Jacoby and VP of IT John Manville.   They will discuss in more detail about how it was built to be “ultra green” and how this data center fits into Cisco’s overall data center and cloud strategy: www.ustream.tv/ciscotv.   

It is exciting to see what was first a vision of a data center strategy, that developed into products to grow with that strategy.  Makes me ponder what will the 3rddata center be comprised of?  Walk that walk Cisco (with a carbon-free footprint of course).

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