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Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet – Universal, Resilient, Efficient

July 7, 2011 at 8:10 am PST

In the year 2000, we introduced 7 Watts inline power on our switching platforms. Since then, we have consistently doubled the power per port every 2 – 4 years. And now we are doing it again. Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) is doubling the power delivered per port to 60 Watts on our modular access switching platform – the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. So what does that mean?

 It means network power resiliency to a wide range of devices and seamless integration with Cisco EnergyWise, to help lower energy bills.

Cisco UPOE opens up a whole new range of devices to network power that was previously not possible with PoE+: virtual desktop monitors, IP Turrets for financial trading, Personal TelePresence systems, compact switches, building management gateway devices, and more. Plus, it lowers capital expenditures by consolidating backup power infrastructure into the wiring closet. And with Cisco UPOE, you can forget the need for wall circuits for end devices that are connected to an access switch. Beyond capital expenditures, Cisco UPOE lowers on-going costs by eliminating battery replacement cycles for devices such as building badge readers.

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Come meet the Enterprise medianet team at Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas

If you are at Cisco Live in Las Vegas next week, stop by for a chat with Cisco technology experts on your video & network implementations. The Enterprise medianet team has the expertise and experience to help you evolve your network to support emerging video requirements. Come visit the Medianet booth to see the Enterprise Medianet demos, we will feature demos at the Borderless Network and the Video booths:

Cisco Prime Collaboration Manager (CPCM), which provides support for mediatrace and IPSLA video operations, will also be doing demos at the Cisco Prime and Collaboration booths:

  • TelePresence endpoints being managed – get an  at-a-glance view of the whole video infrastructure, and respond to problems related to video in time
  • Telepresence deployment being managed and monitored with CPCM 1.1.

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SevOne Performance Appliance Solution (SevOne PAS™) supports Cisco Performance Monitor

July 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm PST

On May 26th, 2011,  SevOne  successfully completed the interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 for its product SevOne Performance Appliance Solution (SevOne PASTM)(press announcement) through the medianet systems management Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program.

The SevOne team was in our lab in RTP for two days, where they went through intensive test review of their product against a purpose built medianet-enabled network. SevOne PASTM provides support to medianet performance monitor that has been discussed in previous blogs.

 Performance monitor collects performance statistics including loss, delay and jitter at the network elements. This approach provides the most extensive visibility because all the flows between video source and sink must go through the network infrastructure. It also eliminates the need for expensive probes which would lead to increased costs for data collection and operational expense.

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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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