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Cisco Powers NASDAQ Marquee

Yesterday, Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of the Emerging Technologies Business Group and Thomas Wyatt, vice president of the Digital Media Systems business unit, visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square and presided over the NASDAQ Closing Bell.  Why yesterday?  Well, NASDAQ and Cisco unveiled the newly designed NASDAQ Marquee in Times Square with a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the close of the market. Cisco’s Digital Signage solution is now being utilized to manage and schedule the content being displayed on the NASDAQ Marquee sign. 

Press release:

Check out the video below

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Home Networking Made Easy through Pure Innovation

When my wife and I go to our favorite restaurant, one of the things we always take advantage of is the valet service they offer.  While we are certainly able to find parking and walk across the parking lot, the extended Boston winters can make it more challenging than it needs to be.  It’s not that we wouldn’t go to the same restaurant if it didn’t offer valet services, but it just makes it so much easier.

Apparently, this analogy is even more pronounced with consumers who are interested in setting up a wireless network in their home.    Market data suggests that the home wireless network market in the US has only reached a 28% level of penetrationwith complexity of install being one of the main barriers of further adoption.

Well, this has all changed this week with the introduction of our Valet line of home wireless routers that make home networking a plug-n-play experience.  This latest innovation is in direct response to the needs of the market, but perhaps even more exciting is that it’s a solid proof point of the collaboration occurring between some of the newest additions to our Cisco Consumer Products Group– namely Pure Digital and Pure Networks.  Think about it– by combining the people that made capturing video easy (Flip!) with the people who focused on creating software to enhance the user experience in home networking (Pure Networks) and adding them to a team that lead the market in home networking (former Linksys) we have achieved a level of innovation that directly meets the needs of the market. 


So, just like the valet service at our favorite spot enhances our dining experience, we truly believe that the Valet line will do the same thing for consumers who want the benefits of wireless connectivity.  Check it out.


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Cisco Gets Physical

No, we’re not spending more time (or in my case – any time) at the gym.  Cisco’s Physical Security business is booming.  As the market continues to transition from legacy systems to networked IP-based systems and solutions, Cisco is clearly in a unique position and our recent customer successes validate it.  Some recent customer wins include:

  • The City of Joilet in Illinois is using Cisco’s IP-based video surveillance solutions alongside legacy analog equipment as a cost-effective way to increase the sophistication of its crime prevention effort, minimize management of overhead and increase situational awareness in problematic areas.
  • Council Rock School District in Pennsylvania is creating a safe environment for its students by leveraging its existing IP network to deploy both Cisco video surveillance and access control throughout 16 schools; across 72 square miles.
  • The City of Canoas, Brazil; San Luis Potosi City, Mexico; Moss Point School District; Harrisonville School District; and LOTT Alliance Water Treatment Plant, are among other public sector institutions benefiting from the Cisco Connected Physical Security portfolio.

Check out the short video below on how Cisco worked with Elon University to improve safety on campus.

In addition to the customer wins, we recently announced some enhancements to our video surveillance, access control and incident response solutions. Check out the video from Craig Cotton below for more information.

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March Madness & Cisco TelePresence Madness

I’m a big fan of March Madness.  I love watching the b-ball games, but the part I enjoy most is the emotion and passion it brings out in people.  As I’ve watched my friends favorite teams / alma maters get eliminated, I couldn’t help but laugh and wonder about their reactions and even if there were some tears shed.  And this has made me think (I do this on occasion)… As immersive Telepresence/Video experiences continue to become more pervasive in our professional and personal life, it’s not far-fetched to think I may get to see some tears shed via Telepresence during future March Madness tournaments. I can’t wait!

On to business. As the title states, we’re also experiencing a sort of Cisco TelePresence Madness.  The customer announcements are getting more frequent and the scope of rollouts are getting more extensive as organizations turn to the power of Cisco TelePresence to solve collaboration challenges and create new opportunities.  And today, Bank of America & Cisco announced an agreement to deploy the largest network of Cisco TelePresence systems in the world.  Huge win for Cisco.

Some interesting details on the Bank of America announcement:

  • Bank of America is deploying the largest network of Cisco TelePresence systems with an initial 200 units being installed across the bank’s global operations by year-end.
  • Cisco TelePresence will become the new standard for room-based video collaboration at Bank of America.

Press Release:

Check out the short video clip of Marc Gordon, CTO, Bank of America, discussing the significance of this deployment across the bank’s footprint and excitement around the use of this technology among associates worldwide. 


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Benchmark-apalooza: Cisco UCS Nabs Intel World Records For Virtualization, App Serving and HPC

In case you missed the news, Intel released a bunch of world record benchmarks for 2 socket x86 servers, and big ups to UCS for its three impressive world records—more than any other x86 vendor. Sure, benchmarks and statistics share damn lies together, and as a marketing communications professional, there is nothing that induces sleep faster than benchmark debate. Just the same, please allow me to expound on this particular set of world records because I do think there are some interesting comments to be made:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System B250 M2 Server set a new record(1) with results of 35.83 @ 26 tiles in the VMware VMmark benchmark. While Cisco blades with extended memory and virtualized NIC controller are expected to win in virtualized environments, the VMmark benchmark is a significant win because it measure both virtualized system density and performance, and the UCS score represents a 43% improvement over the previous winner.
  • Cisco Unified Computing System C250 M2 Server set a new record on the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, which measured application server performance, running a complete Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle 11g and Oracle WebLogic stack. While its no secret that UCS should do well in the app server category, the workload focus is still a nifty win for UCS—an opinion that Oracle clearly shares.
  • Cisco also achieved top results(2) in several key High Performance Computing benchmarks including SPECfp_rate_base2006, SPECompM2001, SPECompL2001, and Linpack, as well as the compute intensive integer performance benchmark, SPECint_rate_base2006.  Its nice to see UCS do well in computationally intensive areas.

Here, lifted from the Intel website, are all of the new world records:

Highlights on Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series-based server (March 16, 2010)
Segment – Benchmark Platform/Partner Software Details Result (gain over
Intel® Xeon® processor X5570)
General Purpose
Computing – SPECint*_
Dell PowerEdge R710* Intel® C++ Compiler 11.1 – SLES 11 355 (+40%) Number one x86 two socket server result
Scientific Computing
– SPECfp*_rate_
Dell PowerEdge R710* Intel C++ Compiler 11.1 – SLES 11 248 (+25%) Number one x86 two socket server result
Virtualization –
Cisco UCS B250M2* VMware ESX 4.0 U1* 35.83@26 tiles (+42%) Number one two socket result
Energy Efficiency – SPECpower*_
ssj2008 (Single Node Server)
IBM x3650 M3* IBM* J9 JVM 2,927 overall ssj_ops/watt (+42%) (gain over Intel® Xeon® processor L5530) Number one two socket single node server result
Energy Efficiency – SPECpower*_ssj2008 (Multi-Node Server) IBM dx360 M3* IBM* J9 JVM 3,038 ssj_ops/watt (+31%) Number one two socket Multi-node server result
eCommerce – SPECjbb*2005 Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S6* IBM* J9 VM* – Microsoft Windows Server 2008* 928,393 BOPS (+46%) Number one x86 two socket server result
Application Server –
Cisco UCS C250 M2* Oracle WebLogic Server* SE Rel. 10.3 – Oracle 11g Database*, Oracle Enterprise Linux* 5,185 JOPS(+30%) World record for the most JOPS (Java Operations Per Second) per Chip
Web Server – SPECWeb*2005 Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S6* Rock Web Server* v1.4.7 – Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* 5.3 104,422(+25%) Highest SPECWeb2005 result ever
Enterprise Resource
Planning – SAP-SD*
Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S6 SAP ERP 6.0* (Unicode) 4,860 Number of Benchmark Users Number one two socket result
HPC – SPEComp*Mbase
Cisco UCS B200 M2* RHEL 5.4*, Intel C++ Compiler 11.1 52,314(+20%) Number one two socket result
Intel Result server cluster Suse Linux Enterprise Server* Excellent cluster scaling Number one two socket cluster result
Integer Single Task
– SPECint*_
Fujitsu PRIMERGY* RX300 S6 Intel C++ Compiler 11.1, SLES 11 38.9 (+10%) Number one x86 two socket server result
using SPECint*_rate
Fujitsu PRIMERGY* RX300 S6 Intel C++ Compiler 11.1, SLES 11 Intel® Xeon® processor L5640 uses 30% lower power than Intel® Xeon® processor X5570 at SPECint*_rate_base2006 score of 250 Same performance as Intel® Xeon® X5570 with 30% lower power results for

results for

HPC – Black-Scholes*
(Financial Services)
Supermicro* Black-Scholes 11.5 seconds (+60%) Exceptional gain over previous generation

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