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AARNet crosses the Nullabor on the Great Australian Bright Coast with Cisco

Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on Earth. Many of its major cities are separated by expansive stretches of inhospitable desert. Technology, however, is no respector of barriers, natural or man-made and an initiative across Australia from Cisco and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) proves that point. Yesterday, Cisco and AARNet announced the deployment of one of the longest unregenerated high performance optical networks in the world.

Starting in Adelaide and travelling to Perth (the second most isolated major city in the world) and continuing on to the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory (MRO) in remote Western Australia, the newly deployed network will stretch 3500 km (about 2200 mi). The capacity of the network is scalable to 8Tbps over the 2700 km stretch of fibre from Adelaide to Perth, with 80 channels each providing speeds of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Transmission speeds of 100Gbps have also been consistent during testing on the 800 km stretch of fibre from Perth to the MRO.

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Historic Sports Precinct in Sydney, Australia Leaps into the Future with Cisco

One of Australia’s most prestigious and hallowed sporting grounds is the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) which is where Test Cricket was first played in 1883 between Australia and England.  While some things have not changed about the majesty of the sport since 1883, market trends indicate that fans’ expectations have changed.  We are living in an environment where sports fans are choosing the couch over the stadium due to the media-rich experience it offers, with live statistics and interactive replays the norm.

The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, which oversees the SCG as well as neighbouring Allianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium), today announced its decision to make two of Australia’s most iconic sports venues Australia’s most technically advanced and fan friendly stadia with the Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution.

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Australia Has the Potential to Become a Leader in Internet of Everything with an Increased Focus on Building Skills in IT and Entrepreneurship

As the Internet of Everything revolution takes place around the world with new “things” being connected to the Internet at an exponential rate, Australia is at risk of being left behind, according to Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Director of Innovation at University of Technology, Sydney who spoke at Cisco’s recent Internet of Everything panel discussion in Sydney (see highlights below).

Australia lags behind many parts of the world in terms of Internet of Everything (IoE) capabilities with only moderate levels of IT innovation, an IoE track record in a handful of early adopting industries (versus a wide-ranging number of industries) and low IoE optimism by IT and business leaders survey in the Cisco IoE Value at Stake Index. In fact, Australia falls behind developing nations like Brazil, India and China, and given the rate at which these economies are growing, the situation is only likely to get worse unless Australia makes changes to improve our IoE readiness. And this must start at the root of the problem, with education.

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Making Inroads into the Internet of Everything: Linfox

Linfox is an iconic Australian logistics company that is investing in technologies to connect sensors and devices that were previously stand-alones. This is allowing the company to undertake some fantastic analysis into the reliability and performance of its fleet of over 5,000 vehicles across Australia and Asia-Pacific.

Every single truck in the fleet has been fitted with connected devices that sense speed as well as accelerometers which pick up abnormal swerves, acceleration and deceleration. This allows the company to know what is happening with any vehicle at any time. As well as monitoring speed and vehicle behaviour, refrigerated vehicles are fitted with devices that provide Linfox with information about the vehicle’s temperature. These devices provide readings on the temperature at a certain point in time and also whether a container was consistently cooled to the correct temperature.

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Industry Recognition for a Year of Channel Success in Australia

Leading IT channel publication, Australian Reseller News, hosted its annual ICT Industry Awards last night which aim to recognise and celebrate channel excellence over the past year.

Cisco has always been a partner-focused organisation but over the past year we have significantly invested in and improved a number of our partner programmes and services, particularly in the mid-market and cloud.

This commitment to the channel saw Cisco named as a finalist in two vendor categories and three individual categories:

  • Hardware Vendor of the year
  • Best Emerging Technology Initiative (Collaboration)
  • Personal Innovation in Sales Excellence:  Nykaj Nair, Territory Business Manager, Cisco ANZ
  • Personal Innovation in Technical Excellence: Andrew Babakhan, Technical Leader, Cisco Asia Pacific Technical Services
  • Community Award for Channel Champion in Philanthropy:  Rob Partington, Partner Account Manager in New South Wales, Cisco ANZ

At last night’s awards ceremony, Cisco was recognised as the winner in the category of “Best Emerging Technology” for our collaboration initiatives. Our Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) caught the eye of the judges and in particular the way our local sales and marketing teams support partners and help them drive revenue with the solution. Cisco HCS is already helping a number of customers roll out collaboration in the cloud. The Tasmanian Government has rolled out the solution with Cisco partner, Anittel. Amcom, CSC, Gen-i, and Telstra have also announced that they are delivering collaboration-as-a-service powered by Cisco.

Cisco was also highly commended for Hardware Vendor of the Year. Programs such as the Partner Enablement Portal and improved and enhanced programs to support the mid-market further strengthened Cisco’s position as a partner-led organisation. Our sales and marketing teams here in the region have done a fantastic job of working with partners to implement these programs.

We are also exceptionally proud that three of our employees were shortlisted in personal innovation categories. In fact, Nykaj Nair, Cisco Territory Business Manager in South Australia, was highly commended for Sales Excellence after a great year which saw him work with partners to grow Cisco’s business in the commercial segment at a CAGR of 25%. Congratulations also, to Andrew Babakhan and Rob Partington for being shortlisted for Technical Excellence and Philanthropy respectively.

As the awards are judged by our peers and partners in the industry, they have a special significance for Cisco. Huge congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners! It was great to see the Australian IT Channel out in force for what was a great night.

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From left to right: Cisco’s Nykaj Nair, Anthony Miller, Ken Boal, Jason Brouwers, Linda Horiuchi, Andrew Babakhan, and Bud Kapoor.