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It Really Is a Borderless World

I’m here in Las Vegas helping to construct InteropNet – the network that runs Interop 2011. Cisco is a primary infrastructure vendor for Interop this year. An interesting story just happened that I thought I would tell you about.

Imagine this. You’ve been planning for months to participate in Interop. You’ve helped design and build the network. Now it comes time for your chance to show off your work, and –disaster!  – something comes up that won’t let you attend. Your teammates can help, but –darn it – you would just love to be there.

This was the case for Rob Sherwood, a researcher associated with Stanford University. His team is running the InteropNet Demo Labs in Las Vegas. But a last minute medical emergency meant Rob could not be here in person.

Enter Cisco. We were here in Las Vegas already, and we had a number of Cisco Telepresence EX90 units connected to the network. We had some units at the Network Help Desk, and the Sales suites, but we were looking for additional use-cases to demonstrate the solution.  This opportunity was too good to pass up --  a great use case, and a chance to help out our fellow InteropNet teammates.

We hooked Rob up with the Cisco Movi client, and placed one of the EX90s on a desk in the demo area. The network is running Cisco Medianet so video is  already optimized.  Turned it on – little fiddling on Rob’s home network, and Rob popped up on the screen.

Now Rob is there as a resource for his team, and can (virtually) answer questions on technology during the show. What does Cisco mean when we say “Borderless”? There is your answer.

Rob Sherwood at InteropNet Demo Lab (Virtually)

Rob Sherwood at InteropNet Demo Lab (Virtually)

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