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From San Jose to London

January 18, 2012
at 5:04 pm PST

The new year 2012 brings new expectations and changes. The city of San Jose, for example, enacted a ban on plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailer check outs. In response, residents and approximately 5,000 retailers are all adjusting to this new experience, making San Jose the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags. Apparently San Jose, along with many other cities, is determined to avoid perpetuating the history of urban area pollution.  The environmental destruction has plagued so many places, including the River Thames in London which was declared “biologically dead” in the 1950s.

From environmental movements (Bring Your Own Bag – BYOB) to business trends (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD), San Jose and London reflect where the world is going. Cisco Live London (Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2012) is in the limelight for the next several weeks with many sessions and demonstrations addressing these top-of-mind concerns:

  • How can you execute better today and tomorrow with enhanced network performance?
  • How do you prepare for cloud deployments and other new technologies?
  • How can you bring down the total cost of owning your networks, while greatly improving business efficiency?

Whether you’ll physically attend the event, or you’ll join online, this is a great opportunity to connect with your peers on these ideas.

As an example, check out how Nagra-OpenTV accomplishes several critical business goals. This firm enables advanced television services for providers worldwide, providing security for online content delivered to 144 million smartcards. Mr. Andrew Gray, now Director of Global Network Infrastructure of Nagra-OpenTV’s parent company, was heavily involved in these efforts. With a Cisco end-to-end network and single-pane management, Andrew and the team reduced IT troubleshooting time by 80%. The result is a high-availability platform that supports efficient and agile product development. The company’s Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches with Flexible NetFlow help them identify where the biggest bandwidth demands are coming from, discover undesired behavior, enforce remediation policies, and analyze traffic patterns for better capacity planning.  With a pay-as-you-grow stacking switch solution, Cisco 3000 Series Switches have enabled Nagra-OpenTV to minimize its upfront investment while maintaining the flexibility to quickly ramp up for new business opportunities.

Andrew said that he’s thinking about attending Cisco Live London if his schedule permits. You might run into him there.  Attend our customer panel event to hear how your peers are thriving in times of change (Tues Jan 31 and Wedn Feb 1, Session Code: BRKSPS-2205).  Join us in the World of Solutions to discover how Cisco switching innovations for campus and data center can help you build your intelligent infrastructures.

And while you are there, you can enjoy the River Thames which is the cleanest it has been in more than 150 years with returning wildlife.

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