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Creating a Virtualized Collaborative Workspace with Cisco VXI

Cisco Virtual Experience Infrastructure, or VXI, is a end-to-end, open desktop virtualization system designed to more easily and quickly deliver the benefits of scalable, manageable virtual desktop models in an enterprise, without sacrificing rich media experiences that users require for effective collaboration.

Listen to Cisco’s VP of Marketing for Data Center and Virtualization, Ben Gibson, discuss the benefits of Cisco’s new announcements around VXI.

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Cisco Introduces the Latest Collaboration Technologies at the 2010 Collaboration Summit

Today, Cisco kicks off our 2010 Cisco Collaboration Summit with two new major announcements in collaboration. Lynn Lucas, Director of Collaboration for Cisco, introduces these new announcements and how Cisco is transforming collaboration.

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Counting Down to Cisco’s Collaboration Summit

In my hometown of Philadelphia, if you venture past Center City (“downtown” for you out-of-towners) you’ll see row after row of very narrow, fairly identical homes connected by a common wall. These “row houses” are unique to the city of brotherly love. I never really knew how narrow they were until my mother told me the story of her first experience with…aviation.

As small children, my mother and her brothers attempted to build an airplane that they dreamed of flying through their city neighborhood. They spent many nights in the basement of their row house in South Philly nailing together the body, the wings and the propellers. Finally, after months of hard work, it was ready. The three of them carefully carried it up the stairs with great anticipation…and could not get it through the slender doorframe. They retreated back down the stairs. With great disappointment they took it apart and reassembled it in the alley outside and began their imaginary flight exercises.

My mother and uncles may not have gotten off the runway but they learned a valuable lesson (funny how all my mother’s stories had a lesson)—before undertaking a major project, it always pays to understand the big picture and plan accordingly.

Planning for effective collaboration is much the same.

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Designing easy-to-use video solutions for the enterprise

Video is becoming the preferred method of communication for enterprises on a global scale. But what is the formula for making video as easy to use as making a phone call?

In the video below, Cordell Ratzlaff, director of Engineering for Cisco’s Voice Technology Group and head of the User Design Engineering team, discusses the important design concepts his team used to develop some of Cisco’s newest voice and video endpoints and encourage the use of video.

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New Models of Global Patient Care Enabled by Video

Many businesses think that video is a nice to have, but not a must have.  Until, of course, they experience video and realize how much it adds to their interactions and decision making.  Nowhere is this truer than in healthcare, where seeing patients is critical to the care they receive, and can’t be done any other way.  For example, the doctors at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) use Cisco WebEx with video to make virtual house calls to children in Nicaragua, who require post surgery following an extensive cleft palate surgery.  When the speech therapist in Baltimore is able to show the young patient in Nicaragua how to say Gato (Cat in Spanish) using WebEx, the results are immediate and rewarding.

Watch how these doctors at the GBMC  provide speech therapy to children in Nicaragua below:

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