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[Cisco Developer Contest] Robert Whiteley of Forrester Research joins the judging panel

Our top ten finalist teams keep busy, as we edge past the mid-point of Phase-2 of the Developer contest. As part of the organizing team, we’re equally busy with a key task -- ensuring our judging panel is locked down quickly. Sometime back, we announced Zeus Kerravala from Yankee coming on board as one of our external judges.We’re now pleased to announce Robert Whiteley, Principal Analyst and Research Director at Forrester Research has accepted our invitation to join the judging panel. Rob Whitely brings a diverse and deep perspective of various industry trends and is very well respected for his business acumen and his technological insights and we’re very lucky to have him be a part of the panel.Before we launched the contest back in October 2008, we sounded out Rob to see if the idea had merit, and his encouragement motivated us to roll it out. Now, when I reached out to him a little while ago to see if he was interested, Rob was unequivocal with a yes. He also took some time out to share his thoughts on the contest. In his characteristic style, Rob weighs in on the relevance of the Developer contest and its timing as he muses on “the maturing of folks who are ready to take on the Network as a platform”. Read More »

A Thriller no more

It has been a little over a week since Michael Jackson passed away. A number of my friends are traveling to Los Angeles to go lay a flower on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or make a trip to the Neverland Ranch to pay their respects. It is amazing how his death has suddenly made people realize what his life meant. I, like so many others, had forgotten how much his music had meant to me and the influence his videos had on me growing up. Last week brought back all of those in a flood as we looked up his various performances on DVD and some of the rarer ones on YouTube, reminiscing. Clearly, others felt the same, as when news of his death hit the various bulletins, the Internet slowed down and many sites crashed including Twitter, Wikipedia. Reportedly, Google searches were also impacted.The debate about his death and his life will go on. Sensationalism will prevail, and I have no idea of what is true about his personal life. However, all this will put the spotlight back on what truly should be his legacy -- his music and his constant innovations that put him in a different league altogether. Whether it be perfecting the “moonwalk”, or filing a patent for gravity-defining boots, incorporating jaw-dropping special effects, or even that little hiccup he managed to introduce in many of his songs giving them the edgy feel, he was always innovating to turn up every performance that extra notch. His ‘Thriller’ still manages to stop people from what they’re doing and glance at the screen, even after 25 years. image Read More »

Network Authentication

June 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Interop Las Vegas 2009 is now in the rearview mirror. I came back with a lot of discussions still echoing in my ears. The gathering was smaller than last year but still a good turn out. Cisco conducted a poll among conference attendees. More than 70% of them picked security as an area of interests, higher than any other areas. And network authentication was a hot topic.So what is network authentication all about? On a very basic level, it is about understanding who is coming to the network. There are a number of ways to implement network authentication. 802.1X is one of them (see my blog on Identity based networking services). NAC (network access control) is another. In fact, most NAC solutions on the market support 802.1X as a deployment option. So why is it that not everyone is doing network authentication today? No merit? Inconvenience for end users? Too costly? Read More »

SAGEM Fax over IP solution built on the Cisco AXP platform

Christian Larocque, VP of Business Development at Sagem Interstar and Tugba Goksel of Cisco discuss how to leverage Cisco AXP for Network aware Unified Communications Solutions. Learn how Cisco Application Extension Platform enhances the capabilities of the Cisco ISR.

Live from Interop 2009! Prashanth Shenoy talks about Webex Node for Cisco ASR 1000 series

Prashanth Shenoy discusses how WebEx Node for Cisco ASR 1000 Series can help customers reduce bandwidth costs and increase productivity.