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What Question Would You Ask a Cisco Networking Exec Face to Face?

If you are attending Cisco Live Europe in London (Jan 31 to Feb 3), here is a panel that you won’t want to miss.  Six top Cisco engineering executives in charge of the innovative technologies for wireless, security, WAN optimization and the network  will all participate in a panel “Enable the Cloud,  Enable Private Mobile Devices, Enable the Future…”.

During this panel the executives will unveil their vision of what will shape the future of IT in the next several years.  If you have ever had a question you’ve always wanted to ask – this is your opportunity.

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Why Hybrid Clouds Look Like my Grandma’s Network?

Do you think hybrid clouds look like your granny’s network too? Well, that may be extreme, but there is no doubt that hybrid clouds are networked in ways we saw things connected a decade back. Consider a recent example I came across while discussing cloud adoption at a large global enterprise headquartered in the US. Their Asia office wanted to deploy a regional application for local use. It was impractical to deploy it at one of the two large data centers in the US since user experience would be sub-optimal due to latency issues. Hence they chose a local cloud provider to host the application. Sort of a hybrid cloud situation. So what? Read More »

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Omni Channel Retailing—Connecting Anytime, Anywhere, Even at 30,000 Feet

At the National Retail Federation conference and expo this past week in New York, Cisco released its latest study on how consumers are hopping across multiple channels and how retailers can catch ‘Em and keep ‘Em. On my way from San Francisco to New York this week, I was shopping at the airport and did an e-book purchase and downloaded it to my tablet using the onboard wireless Internet service at 30,000 feet.

Think about the impact of this new consumer reality to retailers such as Sport Chalet, who needs to build a strong foundation to support customers anytime anywhere.

Sport Chalet CEO, Craig Levra, and CIO, Ted Jackson, discuss how they are satisfying shoppers and improving operations with Cisco technology.

Some of the capabilities that retailers need to provide going forward in the omnichannel world include:

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Medianet – Horizontal and Vertical Integration

medianet network architecture for videoMedianet is the architecture for video and the architecture has two very simple concepts:

  1. Horizontal integration:
    Deliver a consistent experience
  2. Vertical integration:
    Build intelligence into the network

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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), Read More »

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