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Great Eplanation on what EnergyWise brings to your Cisco Network

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

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


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

EnergyWise is just plain Smart

ComputerWorld Blogger Eric Lundquist wrote that we have outsmarted our competition by not only focusing on bringing real economical value to the ongoing ‘green’ movement these days but doing so while others have focused on new home technology and such. “In a slow economy, companies are only going to invest in projects with a measurable ROI and a cost saving equation. In this shattered economy, the ROI imperative rules supreme.” Eric wrote. He went on to say “Microsoft and H-P took their eye off the ball when they all became enamored with developing in-home media networks rather than networks that would monitor and manage home power and utility use.” Thanks Eric. I of course agree. Hope all of you can see the geeky details behind all of this when we air our next TechWiseTV epsiode “Network Energy Efficiency” on February 19.

PCI Security Architecture

One of the most visited booths at NRF in New York was focused on security and the PCI Architecture that Cisco offers. This is always a sticky subject of course and it is interesting to see the foundational nature of security still given some focus in a bad economy. Now, in my experience, people talking about security and people actually working on it and/or spending money to improve can often be from two different groups. None-the-less, take a look at this short overview I got from Wayne Kennedy while I was out there.Robb