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Any value in ‘Network Management’?

February 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

imageWe are working on a new episode (TWTV44) that will focus on the value of network management. Our goal at this point is to take a 360 degree view of the options available from single element managers, through open source, non-Cisco (but Cisco friendly) options like SolarWinds and of course our beloved CiscoWorks. This is a lot of info to pack into a one hour show so we want to make it valuable -- we need your thoughts:What do you think of the topic in general?What is top of mind for you in this area -- i.e. “they better cover… X”What is your experience/reality with various networking management products -- pro and con.Got any tips, tricks or otherwise you would like to share? Upload a video, screen capture or whatever works for you -- be sure and put a link in the comments here. Perhaps you can shape the show and we can call you out and thank you on the air. Let us know what you think!

Voice Recognition and Search

February 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Checking out an interesting combination of Voice Recognition, search and text messaging. I liked the results I got playing with ChaCha.com today. Read Ed Baig’s USA Today article for more detail.

Great Eplanation on what EnergyWise brings to your Cisco Network

February 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Thanks to Rob Aldrich’s blog entry that tipped me off to this great little flash/video explanation. Rob provides good context around our recent building management acquisition and how all this starts to fit together.Don’t forget we cover EnergyWise next week, February 19 with Rob Aldrich and one of the original developers, John Parello. Robb

Valentines Day Gift Ideas

February 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Just in time for Valentines. Kudo’s to our ASR team. I like this. The product stuff is easy to find more on at www.cisco.com/go/asrThe rest of the hijinks can be found at www.techedgeweekly.comRobb

EnergyWise

Reducing costs related to the power consumed by devices is the mantra of today’s accounting team. This time consuming process involves the comparisonof device efficiency, power consumption, and the total number of devices needed. What we lack is a holistic means to measure the day-to-day powerconsumed by all network-attached devices which includes the traditional facilities like heating, cooling, and lighting resources. Ethernet is giving us a new way of utilizing power management correlation in a Cisco network. That is the tag line right? I can tell you that my experience with EnergyWise was very cool. The coders at Cisco really did this one right. They used the cloud computing model as a template for EnergyWise and they integrated directly into IOS. I believe this is going to be a real big deal this year. I know that SolarWinds is working on a management package to take advantage of this feature, plus many others as. We are premiering EnergyWise on TechWiseTV on 19Feb09. Then we are doing a more detailed follow on WebEX workshop with one of the code jockeys that wrote it up John Parello. As IT folks we are always looking for ways to advance our career and stand out in a crowd. I strongly believe the energy conservation (and Data Center but I will save that for another blog) are going to be huge fields. Join us for both events ! Jimmy Ray Purser