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Cisco to Keynote at VoiceCon

Tony Bates, Cisco SVP, to deliver keynote at VoiceCon on Cisco’s Vision for the Future of Collaboration.  

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Cisco Announces First Eos Customer in Europe – Dogwoof

Yes, you read the headline correctly - Dogwoof.  I have to say, I think it’s a great company name -- brings a smile to my face every time I write it. 

On to the point.  Today, Cisco announced Dogwoof as its first Eos customer in Europe. Dogwoof is a leading independent film distributor in the United Kingdom specializing in social issue films and documentaries.  Dogwoof, which recently distributed films such as Age of Stupid, and the Academy Award- nominated documentaries Food, Inc. and Burma VJ, is deploying the Eos platform to expand and empower its increasing online community, enabling conversations around the social issues raised by the films beyond the initial viewing.  Additionally, individual Eos-powered sites will be developed for each film that Dogwoof distributes and the social issue it addresses.  Each of the film sites will tie back to a centralized Dogwoof site called “Good with Film” that will help audience members interact not only with social films and their content, but also with other people interested in the same topics.

For more information, check out the video below from Scott Brown.

 

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Happy Birthday UCS!

I’m a “dessert first” kind of person, and there is no better time than when celebrating a birthday!  It has already been one year since the launch of Cisco’s Unified Computing System….and what an exciting year it’s been.

The UCS team has made tremendous progress in a short period of time. During our last earning statement in January, John Chambers publicly announced more than 400 UCS customers—and growing every day. Over the course of the previous year, we expanded the family from the B-Series blade server--which adapts to specific business application demands, intelligently scales energy use, and offers best-in-class virtualization thanks to its NIC card--to the C-Series rack-mount servers, which extends the benefits of the Unified Computing System to another industry standard form factor.

A year ago, we introduced Unified Computing as a both an evolutionary and  revolutionary new approach to achieving the business agility and return on investment made possible by a virtualized data center. The journey to Unified Computing can be taken in an incremental “building block” approach, which allows customers to see tangible benefits as they progress through the stage of virtualization.

Unified Computing is not an “all or nothing” proposition — Cisco understands that modern data centers are heterogeneous environments with complex interdependencies. Unified Computing components can be deployed as customers’ needs and operational readiness dictate and integrated easily into existing architectures — bringing incremental advantages and investment protection to any computing infrastructure. Potential customers can embark upon this journey in several stages:

  1. Start by introducing systems that are optimized for virtualization into an existing infrastructure.
  2. Unify fabrics across servers and storage.
  3. Unify management.

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The Timely Demise of Computer Telephony Integration

Interesting blog from John Hernandez, where he talks about the demise of computer telephony.  Please take a read:

http://blogs.cisco.com/collaboration/comments/the_timely_demise_of_computer_telephony_integration/#more

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Cisco WAAS Optimizes Cloud Application Delivery

Cloud computing results in lower costs for infrastructure, accelerated development and deployment, and more scalable solutions through adoption of a scalable multi-tenant solution.  But the benefits of adopting a cloud solution are largely dependent on the performance of your WAN and LAN. This increase in traffic is caused by an increase in the number of remote users in branch offices, the number of applications that traverse a WAN link, and an increase in WAN hops overall.  The increased utilization of SaaS Cloud applications such as Webex and Salesforce.com has spawned a significant increase in the need for optimizing enterprise WANs. Enterprises adopting cloud computing find it useful to deploy WAN Optimization solutions like Cisco WAAS to improve performance WAN performance.

It is estimated that, sixty percent of SaaS applications are accessed from the SaaS hosting center and then backhauled through the corporate data center branch offices, traditional problems of WAN latency, packet loss, and bandwidth limitations for centralized application delivery can be magnified when deploying SaaS based cloud applications. The challenges enterprises face when deploying SaaS in a cloud environment include:

Performance: Application response times for branch-office and mobile users

Security: End-to-end application security for optimized traffic

Availability: Disaster recovery and survivability in the event of an outage or data loss

 It is because of these enterprise challenges that WAN Optimization technologies such as Cisco WAAS are of increasing importance in SaaS cloud environments.

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