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Show me the Money? Not so fast…

If you had the chance to take a job offer for more money, but not have the ability to work outside the office or accept a lower pay package and have the flexibility to work anytime, from anywhere  so you could realize a work life balance – what would you do?

The Connected World Report, released yesterday, confirms that two out of three or 66 percent of the employees surveyed around the world said they would choose the lower-paying job with more flexibility.  What is even more significant about this response is it comes during a time of great economic global uncertainty.

This research is further evidence that going to a borderless network is becoming more important as the changing dynamics of businesses and employee expectations as the global workforce becomes increasingly mobile and distributed.  Employee lifestyles, inside and outside the office, are making access to corporate and personal applications and information on any device a requirement.

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One Plus One Equals What?

I was fascinated with genetics when I was young, and still to this day, I somewhat regret that I didn’t choose Life Sciences as my major. I was amazed in 2000 to see that a group of scientists under the Human Genome Project has completely sequenced genome – a full five years before the expected date of completion. This project was considered a mega project because the human genome has billions of base-pairs, and was carried out by geneticists in many countries.

How did they do it? I’d attribute the success to collaborative efforts and the power of AND, or one plus one is greater than two. It may be hard for me to explain the laws of math behind this equation to my second grader, but this is the power that drove the success of the Human Genome Project. Today, I want to share with you another great example of this power in-force: the Cisco EnergyWise Ecosystem Partnership.

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What’s more important—time or money? What if you didn’t have to choose?

I was chatting with a colleague recently who was recounting her experience as a first-year engineer just out of school. It was a role that required designing and troubleshooting complicated networks—MPLS or ATM with intricate VPI/VCIs. Not being a technical person, the acronyms alone seemed daunting to me. But what became painfully obvious was the time and resource drain that is inherent when supporting a vast number of customers with needs that change on an ongoing basis. Without a standardized reference or blueprint, they were forced each time to create—and re-create—the wheel, over and over. It was clearly a problem in need of a solution—and an architectural one at that.

At Cisco, we’ve been talking about how Borderless Networks can transform your business—from the IT management side of things, and from the end-user experience perspective. But what helps make that a reality is the underlying architectural blueprint.

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What is a medianet?

Enterprises are starting to adopt all types of video usage to significantly increase worker productivity, improve collaboration, reduce costs, move towards Green IT by reducing their carbon footprint, streamline and optimize business operations. Adding new video services radically changes the demands on the network. Video consumes significantly more bandwidth than voice so over-provisioning in the network to avoid resource contention problems is not a viable option. Also, the requirement is not simply about the bandwidth, it is about rich service capabilities that must be enabled in the network; for example, how to protect multimedia sessions in progress against the risk of quality impairment due to intermittent extreme network conditions, and how to efficiently deliver one-to-many interactions. There is a need for the network to be aware and respond to the needs of a range of media and network applications.

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Power of Participation Launch Roundup

If you attended the Cisco Power of Participation virtual event yesterday, you probably noticed the tremendous amount of announcements around new products, solutions and technologies for both the data center and Cisco Borderless Networks. Now that the dust has settled, I thought it would be a good time to go through some of those announcements, highlight what I think is important, and point you to where you can get more information.

One of the key announcements in the launch was Application Velocity, a new network service for providing application performance, visibility, control and survivability – especially for remote connections to branch offices or cloud-based services. There are a lot of different technologies that fall under that umbrella, but I wanted to highlight three:

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