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Cisco and Control4 Sign Strategic Agreement to Deliver Network-Enabled Automation Platforms

Cisco and Control4 have signed a strategic agreement to deliver network-enabled automation platforms for connected smart communities and home energy deployments around the world.  Cisco is leading an investment in Control4, and the collaboration between the two companies includes the integration of Control4® technology into Cisco’s Service Delivery Platform and the introduction of Cisco-branded Control4® products.  Additionally, Control4 will become a key member of Cisco’s ecosystem in delivering specialized applications to meet the needs of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities and utility customers and deliver on the vision of Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco’s Home Energy Management Solution.  

As Cisco’s Wim Elfrink noted, “Cisco’s collaboration with Control4 will offer our customers the network as the platform to transform and manage their properties, enhance economic development and city management, and improve energy management and citizens’ quality of life.”

For more information, visit:

http://www.control4.com/about-us/press/2011/02/15/control4-and-cisco/

Cisco Drives Enhanced Video Experience Across Wireless Networks

Cisco continues on the MOVE.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Cisco introduced MOVE (monetization, optimization, Videoscape experience) solutions that help service providers monetize and optimize mobile video.   

Cisco MOVE is a strategic framework of solutions that include Cisco Mobile Videoscape™, Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi and Cisco Adaptive Intelligent Routing (AIR). Cisco MOVE is the next phase of Cisco’s service provider mobility strategy, which enables service providers to better monetize and optimize their networks, while delivering personalized mobile services across wired and wireless networks.

In the larger view, Cisco MOVE solutions are designed to address the increasing volume of mobile data traffic — particularly video. According to the recently released Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2010 to 2015, two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2015. Mobile video traffic is projected to more than double every year between 2010 and 2015.

-          Cisco Mobile Videoscape enables mobile operators to deliver enhanced mobile video experiences to customers through new technology on the Cisco ASR 5000 and Cisco Unified Computing System™ platforms. These platforms link the mobile network to the larger video distribution network enabled by the Cisco Content Delivery Network capabilities of Cisco Videoscape. The solution also utilizes the capabilities of the new Cisco Videoscape Media Suite to offer efficient and cost-effective content management across multiple screens.

-           Cisco’s Service Provider Wi-Fi Solution is a carrier-grade solution allows service providers to efficiently utilize Wi-Fi for mobile data offload.  Cisco SP WiFi with the Cisco Next Generation Hotspot technology provides standardized, seamless, highly-secure authentication enabling roaming and delivering a host of new services and mobile experiences.

-          Cisco Adaptive Intelligent Routing (AIR) lowers the cost of mobile data traffic by providing service intelligence throughout the network. Extending across the Cisco ASR 1000, Cisco ASR 5000 and Cisco ASR 9000 platforms, Cisco AIR distributes and shares network and customer intelligence broadly to interact and communicate on individual traffic types, and to optimize traffic routing and handling for the best service experience at the lowest cost.

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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Inlet Technologies

Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately-held Inlet Technologies, a leading provider of Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) digital media processing platforms.  Based in Raleigh, N.C., Inlet will strengthen the capabilities of Cisco’s Videoscape TV platform, allowing service and content providers to deliver compelling video experiences to any device over any Internet Protocol (IP) network. 

Press Release:  http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/corp_020411.html

Check out the video below of Kip Compton (Sr. Director in our Service Provider Video Technology Group) where he addresses the acquisition and how the technology aligns within our Videoscape platform.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x6EQIahk5I

WAAS going on in 2011!

February 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm PST

Gartner has recently published the 2010 WAN Optimization Controller Magic Quadrant.   We all know that Gartner can be strict about how vendors characterize its research, so instead of editorializing I’ll let the Magic Quadrant graph speak for itself :

* See below for official Gartner policy use

You can read the full Gartner Magic Quadrant report here:  ttp://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/cisco/208714.html

In lieu of commenting on relatively the placement of all the dots, which would only raise the ire of Gartner’s usage police, I’ll instead focus this post on why I think Cisco did so well this year.  Cisco continuously strives on new WOC solutions to grow with the demands of our customers. Agility, cost reduction, simplicity and flexible deployment drive our recent innovations.  And also to keep in mind we had recent innovations that were NOT included in the 2010 MQ, these new solutions are:  

  •  vWAAS (virtual WAAS) is the industry’s first cloud-ready WAN optimization product that can be deployed in an elastic, multi-tenant, and on-demand manner. Cisco vWAAS enables the transition to public and private clouds and is a key proof point in the Cisco Unified Network Services (UNS) pillar, a central part of the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architecture.

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Cisco Continues its Momentum in the Energy/Smart Grid Market

Cisco’s Connected Energy Group is exhibiting at the DistribuTECH conference taking place this week in San Diego, where it is making some exciting updates as well. Building on progress made in 2010 and expanding its smart grid activities in substation and home, Cisco is announcing partnerships with leading smart grid industry players ECOtality and Cooper Industries.

Cisco and ECOtality have completed the development for integrating the Blink Network charger interface with Cisco’s Home Energy Management Solution (HEMS).  http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2011/prod_013111c.html

Additionally, Cisco announced a strategic relationship with Cooper Industries where Cooper will incorporate Cisco’s Connected Grid products into their substation automation solutions.  http://www.cooperpower.com/news/pr.cfm?NewsID=247

Cisco’s vision is for information technology to transform how the world manages its energy and environmental challenges.  The goal of Cisco’s Connected Energy Group is to build an extensive product and services portfolio, based on a smarter, connected energy grid, that will bring this vision to reality.  Within the last year Cisco has made important steps to further its commitment to the energy/smart grid market with several strategic announcements, product introductions, key partnerships and acquisitions. Cisco continues that momentum this week through its partnerships with ECOtality and Cooper Industries.

For more information:

 - Cisco Connected Energy:

http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/energy/external_utilities.html

- ECOtality: http://www.ecotality.com

- Cooper Industries: http://www.cooperindustries.com

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