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The Evolution of Energy Management at Cisco

We’ve come a long way from the days of flicking a light switch as you left the office.  Through technological innovation with Cisco Borderless Networks, we can now do things like turn off all the lights in an office building through the click of the mouse from the network administrator’s desk.  You’ve probably seen our video showcasing this – but how did we get here? 

On January 29th, 2009 at CiscoLive! Barcelona, Cisco unveiled EnergyWise and Network Building Mediator, two solutions that provide customers the ability to monitor, measure and manage energy consumption through their Cisco Network.   

But what prompted Cisco to develop these solutions in the first place, and what trends influenced the creation of EnergyWise?  We’re glad you asked.

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The Visual Workplace

On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV: Music Television launched their very first music video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.  The launch of MTV changed the face of music as we knew it.  Instead of staring at magazine photos or waiting for that moment when we’d be lucky enough to see our favorite musicians in concert, we could now see our favorite bands come alive right before our eyes every day via music  videos. To say that MTV, and music videos, had a profound effect on the music industry, as well as pop culture, is the understatement of the century.    

In other words, when it comes to music,  video changed everything.

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Cybersecurity Action at the White House

Perhaps you work for a company, the public sector (like a government agency or a hospital) or a small business.  Or perhaps you are currently not in the workforce. No matter what your profession, your instincts may tell you that cybersecurity is personally important to you. You’ll be happy to learn that many citizens and organizations around the world, including the United States federal government, are working towards a common goal to make cyberspace a safer place. My visit last week to the White House to attend a national cybersecurity event further confirmed this notion.

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Approaching the Gate: Meet your I-Prize Finalists

We’d like to introduce you to three of the nine final teams in Cisco’s global I-Prize competition gunning for the $250,000 grand prize!

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Infonetics’ Top 5 Priorities for Borderless Networks

In a recent Innovation blog, I discussed the genesis of Borderless Networks at Cisco and traced the path of technology advances that have served this vision over the last year. To offer another perspective on trends affecting today’s networks, I’d like to point readers to an Infonetics Research whitepaper on Borderless Networks.

Infonetics begins by citing some key “mistakes” being made by organizations looking to take best advantage of the rapid technological changes that are transforming the face of communications and collaboration. Network designers who react to each change or new requirement by adding new equipment and services in a piecemeal approach are struggling to keep pace. Network operators who are faced with testing, deploying, and managing a growing base of networking devices and users are unable to take advantage of the operational economies of consolidated systems, consistent services, and central policies. Network planners who have limited visibility and control over network conditions – present and future – face significant challenges in meeting onrushing IT and business demands.

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