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Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops – The First PCs to Support Cisco EnergyWise

Cisco EnergyWise is the central nervous system for enterprise energy management. Many of you have heard of this innovation. The unique network intelligence allows for monitoring, control and reporting of energy usage for IP-enabled end devices, helping to reduce energy consumption.  More significant cost savings come with the joint Cisco and partner energy management solutions.

Cisco EnergyWise partnerships are growing rapidly.  The total number of device and application partners has increased 8x since Q2 of 2010, and now it is 80+ strong! This allows customers to take advantage of broad selections of solutions to build a true EnergyWise enterprise.

Lenovo ThinkPad is the latest to join the EnergyWise eco-system family.  Today Lenovo and Cisco announced a joint solution to manage PC power usage. With EnergyWise being natively supported, Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops become the first PCs on the market that can help to reduce energy consumption without any additional costs to customers.

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On The Edge: Increasing Online Sales with the Future of Shopping

“If there’s one reason we have done better than of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business. It certainly matters online, where word of mouth is so very, very powerful.” Jeff Bezos

In today’s business climate, any sector that has doubled revenues in the past five years is considered a wonderful outlier to the economic norm – particularly in an industry as big as fashion retailing. How are they doing it? By changing the business model and selling more on-line. In fact, according to the Telegraph, over one third of all consumers have purchased clothing over the Internet in the past year, a 26% increase over the previous one.

So how can savvy retailers build on this momentum and do it again? By taking the on-line experience to the next level. Here’s one likely future of shopping experience solution. And you can see it only at Cisco Live! July 10-14 in Las Vegas:

Imagine being able to shop virtually from anywhere much more quickly and efficiently. No more crowded, clunky dressing rooms, or trawling racks of jumbled clothes in a sprawling megastore. No more changing ten times to find the perfect color combination. Simply scroll through the menu to see an unlimited amount of inventory in one place, and see how it looks on you virtually using the latest augmented reality and network technology.

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On The Edge: Managing Exponential Change – Remotely

“…at today’s rate of change, we will achieve an amount of progress equivalent to that of the whole 20th century in 14 years ….” - Ray Kurzweil

Evidence and theories on the increasing rate of change are everywhere. From Moore’s Law to Haitz’s Law to Metcalfe’s Law, most experts agree that the speed, and therefore the value of networks, is increasing exponentially, as is our dependence on them.

With more business, culture and innovative value riding on our networks than ever before, I.T. managers everywhere are feeling increasing pressure and responsibility to keep things running smoothly, and yet they’re geographically more challenged as organizations expand globally.

Fortunately, cloud technologies are addressing some of the I.T. challenges associated with provisioning new applications remotely. For example, you can now deploy and run the most common Microsoft Window services such as file and print sharing, DHCP, and DNS, as well as many third party applications, on a blade integrated into the router itself. But I.T. needs more than virtualized services – they also need remote visibility and performance management to ensure that everyone on the network – particularly branch employees and customers – are getting maximum value and responsiveness from cloud-based applications.

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Ready for World IPv6 Day – June 8? Get ready on 6/6 with #IPv6Chat and @CiscoGeeks

In case you’ve been living under a rock, World IPv6 Day is June 8.  Many companies will participate, including Cisco. In fact, we’ve got a full day of festivities planned. From the Running of the IT Admins to the Fire Walking Of Threat Researchers, it should be a fun day.

To answer any last-minute questions and assuage your completely founded anxieties, we’re having an IPv6 TweetChat on June 6. Think of it as a nice way to ease into your morning if you’re on the west coast or a random amusement if you’re elsewhere.

TwitLatin With Bullhorns

What’s a TweetChat? Very simple. If you’re on Twitter, you ask and answer questions and add a hashtag somewhere in your tweet to identify it as part of the conversation. You can keep an eye out for others using this hashtag (via search) and see the flow of the conversation. For this chat use #IPv6Chat.

On the day of the event (June 6 – Monday! At 9-10am PDT), you can follow the conversation with hashtag #IPv6Chat on any of your favorite Twitter clients or directly on Twitter. <http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23IPv6Chat>  We will also be giving away 25 t-shirts to customers who ask questions.  Read the full terms and agreements.

More IPv6

If you’re too excited about IPv6 to wait till June 6, you can check out Cisco’s very own IPv6 page, or review some of the blogs written by my very talented colleagues.

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Nothing for World IPv6 Day

After months of anticipation, World IPv6 Day is nearly upon us.  Network equipment vendors, network service providers and networked enterprises have all diligently prepared and for twenty-four hours on June 8th we will all get to experience the fruits of that labor when more than three hundred websites offer their content using IPv6 in addition to IPv4.  If everyone has done their job right, what do we expect to happen?

Nothing.

That’s right.  The best outcome of World IPv6 Day would be a completely unchanged end-user experience, regardless of the fact that they now can use a new underlying network protocol.

Get Ready for Nothing

In order to best ensure that nothing happens, IT professionals should seek out latent IPv6 problems that may suddenly manifest themselves when so much IPv6 traffic appears.  What steps should you take to ensure that you experience nothing?

Until June 9th, the Cisco Technical Support Website will display a banner which tests the most common failure mode expected on World IPv6 Day.  Using some Javascript magic, the banner predicts the readiness of the host from which a visitor connects.  Ideally, the visitor will see teal text and a check mark icon indicating success, but a visitor who sees red text and an X icon may have a potential connectivity problem.

Even if the visitor can achieve the coveted check mark on that banner, it would not hurt to conduct a few more tests.

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