At CES 2009, Cisco announced our Eos social entertainment platform that enables Media & Entertainment companies to more economically create, manage and monetize social entertainment experiences built around their portfolios of branded content.
As we sit here in Las Vegas at CES one year later and reflect, it’s been a pretty amazing year for the Eos platform. We announced in August 2009 that Warner Music Group is running full speed ahead with the Eos platform. Now, this week at CES we announced three new customers including the Travel Channel, All Access Today and The Eleven Seven Music Group/Tenth Street Entertainment. Additionally, we also announced the Eos partner ecosystem program and some interesting new features for the platform.
Check out the video from Dan Scheinman, SVP & GM of the Cisco Media Solutions Group below. In the video, he reflects on the past year and discusses the new Eos announcements at CES 2010.
Last week, TASER International Chairman Tom Smith and SVP Yogesh Saini hosted a Cisco TV show on their use of Cisco UCS and Nexus products to build a SaaS offering called Evidence.com.
While Cisco products put food on the family table over here, I’d be remiss not to lead with how utterly cool the TASER offering is on a technical level. They are mounting Axon video cameras and wearable computers on police offices in order to capture live video of events and store it for playback on demand at their evidence.com cloud offering. Frankly, it makes servers and switches sound about as exciting as folded sheet metal.
That is until you consider the scale of storing and streaming a whole mess of video on demand. Once you begin to think about that on a datacenter level the demands become quite daunting--never mind the need to scale that infrastructure quickly as the service grows.
And then you can throw in the challenges associated with housing sensitive information, such as that on police captured videos. Suffice it to say there are serious regulatory and security challenges. And these challenges need to be addressed at an architectural level.
Log on to the Cisco TV show to see how Cisco helped TASER go from RFP to fully operational datacenter in 98 days.
Vendors and Providers often shout “first ever” to many things. Okay okay… But, in the case of BT and Cisco’s announcement this week it’s worth taking a look at, you be the judge. The announcement is more than BT’s global “cloud” based IPT solution from their Onevoice UCC portfolio which is a first and unique in and of itself in its next gen platform and consumption model for users. It’s based on utility-based pricing with a monthly per-user charge for service. The solution provides global coverage, using BT’s extensive network reach. Way to go.
But it also represents an evolution for Cisco in its offering especially with Services and a bit of a new business model approach. Cisco’s got some serious skin in the game here and committment to our SP customers is paramount….
Time flys. Today Cisco celebrates the year anniversary of its $100 Million investment in Small Business with a flurry of new offers from Services to Channel Partner programs and of course, technology solutions all designed to help Small Business connect, secure and communicate in order to accelerate their businesses.
There’s been skeptics watching to see if Cisco is really serious about this market. Suffice it to say, there’s nothing small about its commitment to small business. With a global initiative providing over 600 networking, security and communication products purpose built and priced for the small business to some pretty compelling Services offering for partners and end users along with creative partner profitability programs and innovative financing with Cisco Capital it seems Cisco’s been busy thinking small. But that’s my opinion. What’s yours? Check out the link and listen to SVP and a co-chair of Cisco’s Small Business Council Ian Pennell share his views and reflect on the past year.
November 2009 saw the introduction of Cisco’s Unified Computing System into Emerging Markets. There is an enormous hunger amongst customers across the region to future proof their data centers and improve efficiencies in their current data centers. For analysts that are not familiar with Emerging Markets (and those that are) I thought you might be interested to hear some of the regional market drivers shaping interest across the geography.