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What’s more important—time or money? What if you didn’t have to choose?

I was chatting with a colleague recently who was recounting her experience as a first-year engineer just out of school. It was a role that required designing and troubleshooting complicated networks—MPLS or ATM with intricate VPI/VCIs. Not being a technical person, the acronyms alone seemed daunting to me. But what became painfully obvious was the time and resource drain that is inherent when supporting a vast number of customers with needs that change on an ongoing basis. Without a standardized reference or blueprint, they were forced each time to create—and re-create—the wheel, over and over. It was clearly a problem in need of a solution—and an architectural one at that.

At Cisco, we’ve been talking about how Borderless Networks can transform your business—from the IT management side of things, and from the end-user experience perspective. But what helps make that a reality is the underlying architectural blueprint.

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What is a medianet?

Enterprises are starting to adopt all types of video usage to significantly increase worker productivity, improve collaboration, reduce costs, move towards Green IT by reducing their carbon footprint, streamline and optimize business operations. Adding new video services radically changes the demands on the network. Video consumes significantly more bandwidth than voice so over-provisioning in the network to avoid resource contention problems is not a viable option. Also, the requirement is not simply about the bandwidth, it is about rich service capabilities that must be enabled in the network; for example, how to protect multimedia sessions in progress against the risk of quality impairment due to intermittent extreme network conditions, and how to efficiently deliver one-to-many interactions. There is a need for the network to be aware and respond to the needs of a range of media and network applications.

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Power of Participation Launch Roundup

If you attended the Cisco Power of Participation virtual event yesterday, you probably noticed the tremendous amount of announcements around new products, solutions and technologies for both the data center and Cisco Borderless Networks. Now that the dust has settled, I thought it would be a good time to go through some of those announcements, highlight what I think is important, and point you to where you can get more information.

One of the key announcements in the launch was Application Velocity, a new network service for providing application performance, visibility, control and survivability – especially for remote connections to branch offices or cloud-based services. There are a lot of different technologies that fall under that umbrella, but I wanted to highlight three:

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A Special October for Cyber Security

October 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm PST

Stop. Think. Connect. It’s the main theme for cyber security awareness that you and I will hear again and again. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Founded by volunteers from 7 companies in 2001, NCSA has grown into a strong cyber security advocate and a great example of public and private partnerships.  Last year alone, NCSA reached out to an estimated 40,000,000 people through their media campaigns, local meetings and other activities.  The National Cyber Security Awareness Month was first launched by NCSA in 2004.

Cisco will join the community to support this great event. Here are some highlights of activities where Cisco is involved:

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Are You Ready For The Borderless Network Challenge?

Many of you have been studying up on Borderless Networks, getting ready to win a fabulous trip for two to a wonder of the world.  Or maybe you have been admiring how cool you look in those 3D glasses.

Not sure what I am talking about? Then watch the video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vI0RN0u9tw&feature=player_embedded

Here is a sample of the type of questions you will experience in The Challenge (these are only examples)

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