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Introducing Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution

Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to information technology to address major trends sweeping the healthcare industry, such as:

  • Pressure to reduce costs
  • The need for increased access to patient records to drive superior outcomes
  • Heightened concern for  security and privacy

In fact, a recent survey of 200 healthcare IT professionals and 202 caregivers – doctors and nurses – at large hospitals found that 84 percent of caregivers believe health care IT improves the care of patients. The same survey also found that hospitals fail to realize the full benefits of their IT systems. For example, they correctly emphasize investments in endpoints, but they do not make adequate investments in the networking, compute and storage infrastructure.

Cisco has partnered with industry leader Hill-Rom to bridge this divide between endpoint systems/applications and networking/compute infrastructure. Cisco leads the industry in Ethernet switching for enterprise networks, and now offers the same standards-based switching technology for medical networks through Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution in partnership with Hill-Rom. Healthcare providers can now eliminate the cost and complexity of managing separate corporate and medical networks by converging them into one Cisco network. The Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution includes:

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Enterprise Guide to CiscoLive

If you’re headed for CiscoLive! next week, you need a game plan.  There is going to be a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to take in – all in under a week.  Below, I’ve got a list for you of some of the best technical sessions to check out and some previously-un-published lightening talks to attend – you’ll be glad you did.  This guide is pretty heavy on the Cloud Connected solutions but you can also get some great ideas on how to keep up with preparing your enterprise for BYOD, the latest in security and a few other important technologies too.  If you’re not going to CiscoLive – there are some ways you can play along at home.  This might actually be preferable if you like keeping up with the latest news in your PJs.

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7 Things to Check Out at Cisco Live San Diego

Photo by John Seymour

Get ready! Cisco Live 2012 kicks off in just a couple of days in San Diego and online  worldwide. With all the speakers, events, and activities to take part in, you might feel like you need a clone to keep up on all the action. Before you begin a biological feat, let me help you narrow down the possibilities with a few recommendations from the Cisco Services team:

1. Looking for some fun? Play the Cisco Pinball at the Smart Services booth in the World of Solutions and you could win a Linksys router or iPad3. You’ll also see 8 different demos of our automated network diagnostics & analysis and Mala Anand, Cisco VP of Technical Support, will be on hand to help answer any questions. You can follow @CiscoPinball on Twitter for more details and check out the pictures below for a sneak peek.  Read More »

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Enabling a Scalable Cloud-Based Model with Cisco WAAS

On my recent road trip from Vancouver to Whistler Village, I was stunned by the breathtaking beauty of British Columbia. Its lush green trees, majestic waterfront fjord, and picturesque hill tops could easily be mistaken as oil paintings by Claude Monet. Along the drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, I stopped at a fast food vendor for a quick budget meal only to be captivated by a million dollar view – see my photo on the right.

As I gazed from the rigid mountain top and snowy peaks to the clusters of cumulus clouds floating serenely above, it reminded me of our upcoming launch in San Diego and solutions that Cisco will introduce to enable the world of many clouds.

Last November, Cisco Global Cloud Index forecasted “greater than 50% of all workloads will be processed in the cloud by 2014.” Over one-third of data center traffic, as highlighted in the report, will be cloud based. As a result, download and upload speeds as well as latencies are vital measures to assess network capabilities for cloud readiness.

In a recent Global Cloud Networking Survey conducted by Cisco with more than 1,300 IT professionals, 37% of the respondents cited “a cloud-ready network” as the biggest element in designing an infrastructure for cloud deployments. And from my previous post Journey to Cisco Live San Diego, we identified the key requirements a cloud delivery solution must address. Today, we’ll explore how the Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio can help achieve a scalable cloud-based model.

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Cloud Myopia (Pitfall 3: I Can See the Data Center Clearly, but Users Look Blurry )

cloud infrastructure considerations vs. cloud data center considerationsSince my previous posts on cloud anomalies, Cisco did a worldwide survey of 1000+ IT professionals across 13 countries regarding their cloud deployments. The results reinforced challenges with performance and security and confirmed my inklings. However, one statistic was quite surprising. You would think data center is the lynchpin of cloud. However, when asked about the most critical infrastructure for cloud, 37% went for the network vs. 28% for virtualized data center. Well if cloud is all about data center consolidation, virtualization, and elasticity, then what’s the fuss about the network?  Read More »

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