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Cisco IP NGN Becomes Even More End to End

The Cisco end-to-end IP NGN just became even more comprehensive.

Thanks to the acquisition of Starent.

Cisco has expanded the ASR Series platforms with the ASR 5000, as a result of the Starent purchase finalized just before Christmas.  The ASR 5000 gives Cisco an even better IP NGN offering for mobile operators, who are struggling to deal with exploding mobile Internet traffic, multimedia applications and demanding consumers.  


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No Surprise — Mobile Data Traffic Keeps Growing

Global mobile data traffic will continue to rapidly increase through 2014, according to the the latest update to Cisco’s VNI Mobile Forecast for 2009-2014.  No surprise there. 

But the details are sometimes surprising, often mind-boggling.


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Introducing OTV: New Datacenter 3.0 Technology Tackles Global Virtual Machine and Workload Mobility

Plenty of ink has been spilled on today’s technology releases from Cisco.  Most notably, Omar does a fantastic job of detailing the new technologies Cisco is bringing to market today, including Overlay Transport Virtualization and Cisco’s new 10GBase-T offerings.  I’m going to embed some video below on both, but before I do, I thought I’d take a brief moment to draw out some of the exciting ramifications of OTV.

As previously mentioned, my knowledge tends toward the compute side of the house.  OTV is very much a networking technology (in technical terms it allows you to overlay a Layer 3 network on top of a Layer 2 network) available for the Nexus 7000 datacenter switches starting today.  However, the practical implication of this technology are very much compute and virtualization relevant.  In essence, OTV easily enables full VM and workload mobility between disparate datacenters.

Already OTV is getting rave reviews from virtualization vendors, such as VMware. “Moving workloads between data centers has typically involved complex and time-consuming network design and configurations,” said Ben Matheson, senior director, global partner marketing, VMware. “VMotion can now leverage Cisco OTV to easily and cost-effectively move data center workloads across long distances, providing customers with resource flexibility and workload portability that span across geographically dispersed data centers.  This represents a significant advancement for virtualized environments by simplifying and accelerating long-distance workload migrations.”

But don’t take my word for it, here’s oodles more info on OTV:


Additionally, today we also announced new 10GBase-T products to help customers ease the transition to 10GbE networking:




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Cisco Q2 Earning Spotlight Nexus and UCS Momentum. How’s 450% Growth?

The big mo!  That’s what everyone keep asking about Cisco’s new datacenter products.  How’s uptake?  How many customers?  How’s business?


In case you missed yesterday’s earnings call, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on some of the Nexus and Unified Computing stats that John Chambers mentioned:


  • Nexus 5000 grew 450% YoY
  • Nexus 7000 grew 140% YoY
  • UCS now has more than 400 customers
  • UCS orders grew more than 100% QoQ


And that was all before John intimated that Nexus was poised to become a billion dollar business this year.  In other words, BLAMO!


Since we are reflecting on the market traction of our datacenter products, I also thought I’d take a moment to point out the growing number of UCS customer references that are beginning to come online.  As I used to do references work, I’m well aware of what a lagging indicator case studies can be of actual market traction: Every 10 leads typically result in 1 completed case study, and case studies often take 6 months or more to complete, which isn’t always helpful when the product has been shipping for two quarters.  Nevertheless, the UCS case study roster is beginning to fill in nicely.  Here are some highlights:


Construction: Tutor Perini

“In data centers, less is more, and the Cisco UCS requires less cabling, less power, less cooling and, most important, less overhead,” says James McGibney, data center lead, Tutor Perini.

Legal: ExamWorks

“We chose the Cisco UCS because it is built for virtualization. We looked at blade systems as well, but only the Cisco UCS supports the scale and speed we need, and in a small form factor,” says Brian Denton, chief technology officer, ExamWorks.

Healthcare: Molina Healthcare

“Having the right footprint on the network, storage, and server side will allow us to have a lower cost structure and be more competitive,” says Larry Santucci, director of data center operations for Molina Healthcare. “We anticipate a 20 percent cost savings by using the Unified Computing System alone.”

Education: Seattle University

“We cut down on the amount of people deploying software in multiple areas for specific classroom needs and requests,” says Dan Duffy, Chief Technology Officer, Seattle University. “The Cisco Unified Computing System provides centralized management across campus that modernizes our learning environment.”

Law enforcement: TASER International

“The economics of the Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus switch platform are superior and will become even more so as our service grows. And Cisco is a trusted name to potential customers,” Jas Dhillon, Chief Strategy Officer of TASER International and General Manager of TASER Virtual Systems.



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It’s a Common Theme… Video, Video and More Video

It’s pretty safe to say Cisco digs video.  Additionally, it’s pretty safe to say we don’t discriminate when it comes to market segments and enabling them to utilize the power of video for collaboration, communications and entertainment.  Our goal is to make video pervasive across all facets of people’s lives.

On to the topic at hand.  Yesterday, we announced some big news on the TelePresence (Collaboration / Video) front.  First, we announced the release of an interoperability protocol to the public domain that allows multi-screen TelePresence systems to interoperate.  This is a very significant step in creating a new open standard for TelePresence, similar to other industry video standards.  Secondly, we announced two new endpoints (Cisco TelePresence System 3010 and 3210) that offer better energy utilization and data-sharing experiences.  Lastly, we announced five new Cisco TelePresence experiences designed for teaching; brainstorming, design meetings and other active collaboration sessions; remote demonstrations; concierge services; and webcasting and session recording.  Pretty big steps for Cisco in continuing to drive the TelePresence (Collaboration / Video) market.

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