My wife had the opportunity to be a volunteer at the recent 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. She was one of those ubiquitous “blue-jackets” who blanketed the city, helping people with transport, ticketing, crowd control and whatever else was needed. (Locally, we referred to them as the Smurfs). It meant a lot of early mornings, late evenings and weekends for her, but it was a terrific chance to be a small part of a big event.
As luck would have it, during the same time, I was working on the lead-up to our recent Cisco Borderless Access event. Which meant – you guessed it – a lot of early mornings, late evenings and weekends, as we tried to make this a truly global launch. For a period of a couple of months, our primary mode of communication was notes on the kitchen table and text messages to each other’s phones.
Oh, did I mention that my son had a hockey tournament during all this?
Anyway, as we are winding down from the big events, I think we are both pretty satisfied with the results.
One other parallel between the Olympics and the Cisco Borderless Access launch is how different audiences focused on different aspects of the events. For the Olympics, I was glued to the heart-pounding hockey, but – oddly – found myself fascinated with the less-than-heart-pounding curling.
Different audiences had different points-of-view about what they saw in the Cisco Borderless Access launch as well. While most of the press focused on the refresh of the access switching portfolio, others saw things through the lens of their own interests – especially bloggers. Here are a couple of interesting ones:
- Azi Ronen at the Broadband Traffic Management blog ponders the role of medianet in the enterprise, and what it might mean for Service Providers.
- Matthew Wheeland at the GreenerComputing blog takes a look at the Cisco energy management story, and especially Cisco EnergyWise Orchestrator
There was a lot of technical depth in Wednesday’s announcement, and it was network-wide, with something of interest for everyone. What about you? Any blogs on Cisco Borderless Access that caught your eye? Share them in the comments.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go reintroduce myself to my family.