By now, many people have had a glimpse of Cisco TelePresence, whether in the workplace or on Fox Network’s television show 24. Cisco TelePresence creates a live, face-to-face communication experience, with ultra high video and audio quality that makes it seem like you’re meeting in-person. You can hear a subtle change in voice tone or see a skeptical look as well as you could if you were sitting across the desk. The in-person experience makes interactions much more effective because around 60 percent of communications comes from body language, which you just can’t see on small, low-definition video window.
Is your company’s IT budget shrinking while the IT department is expected to deliver the same level of quality and services? Are you looking for ways to allocate IT resources that are more consistent with business needs? Would you like to improve productivity and efficiency inside IT and reduce IT spending?
If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” you might want to consider the merits of moving your IT organization to a services-centric model such as IT as a Service (ITaaS). This is the model Cisco IT is moving toward.
As part of our six-year vision to implement a planet-friendly, service-oriented IT infrastructure for our internal customers, Cisco has been consolidating data centers and gradually migrating functions and applications into a cloud architecture. In our Bangalore, India and Richardson, Texas virtual tours, we discuss how consolidation, convergence, and virtualization of network, compute, and storage resources are improving efficiency by reducing OpEx and CapEx, while increasing availability. In our new facility under construction, which we call Texas Data Center 2, or DC2, we are taking these incremental steps to the next level with a fully virtualized, cloud-based site that will complete the first of what we call a “metro virtual pair.”
Like many companies today, Cisco is charting its course to cloud computing while addressing greenhouse gas reductions. In the next step of our migration strategy, Cisco is building a virtualized, planet-friendly production data center facility in the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area.
Mobile calls can be expensive. Still, in business environments it’s common to see people on their mobile phones, standing next to a (very low cost) corporate IP phone. It makes you want to merge those two: to bring together the convenience of mobile phones with the low cost of a corporate phone network. Dual mode phones do just that. But, as Cisco IT is finding out, it’s not an easy job to get the best of both worlds.