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Cisco WebEx Mail has arrived!

Yes folks, it’s here.  This week Cisco introduced the next evolution of corporate-grade email, Cisco WebEx Mail.  It is a hosted email solution (using technology from the acquisition of PostPath in 2008) which features native Microsoft Outlook interoperability, optimized mobile device support, and browser-independent AJAX web 2.0 access.

Hear details on Cisco WebEx Mail from Duncan Greatwood, Senior Director of Cisco WebEx Mail and former CEO of PostPath:

READERS:  What are your thoughts on the Cisco WebEx Mail news?  Do you think enterprise customers are ready to move to hosted email?

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Cisco extends its collaboration portfolio and drives business value

  • Significant product introductions across all categories of Cisco’s collaboration portfolio
  • Inter-company collaboration through rich video, voice, and presence
  • New enterprise social software solutions
  • Cisco’s hosted email offering, based on the Postpath acquisition

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Live from the Cisco Collaboration Summit

Live from Cisco’s 2009 Collaboration Summit.  Excitement is in the air and there is much buzz about the Cisco Collaboration announcements.





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Gartner Symposium, Fall 2009

Last week, I narrowly escaped the inevitable, yet all too early New England snowstorms for a welcome respite in sunny Orlando.  Instead of being blanketed with large white flakes of snow, I was ensconced by valuable dialogue and engaged with intriguing presentations by leading industry analysts at the Gartner Symposium

The presentations given by the Gartner analysts reflected some of their recently published research reports.  Throughout the conference Gartner advised that IT organizations focus on Pattern-Based Strategy, Context Aware Computing, and Operational Technologies to maintain system integrity:

1)    Pattern Based Strategy: understanding “how activities, events, objects, and information may form new patterns that represent an opportunity for innovation or a threat of disruption to business operations or strategy.  Introducing Pattern-Based Strategy, Yvonne Genovese et al, 7 August 2009

2)     Context Aware Computing:  Context-Aware Computing: Context Drives Next-Generation User Interfaces, Jackie Fenn et al, 25 September 2009

3)    Operational Technologies: Gartner defines operational technologies as “devices, sensors, and software used to control or monitor physical assets and processes in real time to maintain system integrity.”  Findings: Operational Technologies Increasingly Need to Be Integrated With IT, John P. Roberts et al, 20 October 2009

Did you attend Symposium?  How are you using these concepts to build trust in your organization?

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IBM Begins Hawking the Cisco Nexus 4000 Blade Switch

A week or so back, Cisco announced the availability of the Nexus 4000–an FCoE switchdesigned to fit in other vendor racks.  The Nexus 4000 heralded great benefits, not the least of which included the promise of extending the unified fabric to a host of new platforms.  There was only one problem with the otherwise stellar announcement: We neglected to tell you who would be selling the product.

Well, as reported in El Reg today, the first of those partners, IBM, has begun selling the Nexus 4000 (expect more vendors to follow suit).  And, as Kash points out on his excellent blog you can find the Nexus 4000 blade switch IBM description at:

and included in the IBM websites below:

and on the Cisco website:

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