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Video Apps for Government: Scaling Video Surveillance with UCS

Today from CiscoLive in Melbourne Australia, Cisco announced Video Surveillance for UCS.

The word from down under is “hyper-scalable” with support for tens of thousands of cameras with  increases of up to 1,000 percent with the modular UCS platform versus dedicated server solutions.

Cisco Video Surveillance helps public sector organizations transform the way they protect people, property and critical infrastructure

Cisco Video Surveillance on Unified Computing System also delivers:

  • Rapid provisioning from 8 weeks to 15 minutes
  • Reduced infrastructure costs, faster disaster recovery and deployment, reduced staffing needs and cooling costs
  • Improved performance, scalability, agility and manageability

Read this whitepaper to see more examples for how video apps can also help government agencies stretch budgets and reduce costs.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit Australia, perhaps next year.  Here’s some nice photos from the CiscoLive show floor.

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Consumer Devices Changing the Public Sector Workspace

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement is taking hold in workplaces around the world, but some of my recent reading has led me to explore more deeply the impact of this trend on communication and security in the public sector.

An article in Forbes summed it up well: people rely more and more on smaller, mobile gadgets, and they’re using these devices to support telepresence and other collaboration tools to conduct work-related business. Though this embrace of BYOD (also called consumerization) means more flexibility to work from anywhere, more accessibility to coworkers and supervisors, and more opportunities for collaboration, it raises security concerns.

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GPON in the Campus Network – A Misuse of Perfectly Good Technology?

What’s wrong with running my campus network on Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology you ask?

Let me count the ways!

I was just reading a White Paper by Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report entitled, “GPON vs Gigabit Ethernet in Campus Networking” that lays out the issues pretty well in my opinion, and concludes up front that GPON is “suited to niche applications” and that “many GPON assertions and claims are overstated.”

Nick does a nice job of contrasting the two approaches, a last mile SP technology (GPON) that might be a good choice for the home & kids, with a Highly Available Ethernet Design that should be used to run a real business.

I’ll leave it to you to read the details, but he covers facts on all the key areas from power consumption and cabling costs to network scaling, single points of failure, and troubleshooting capabilites.

All this adds up to GPON being a poor choice in the Campus when you look at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) even though the initial acquisition costs might be lower for the hardware itself.  When you look under the covers, the real price is quite high for GPON in terms of a “lack of flexibility, greater power consumption (certainly not green), limited network capacity, upgrades are system-wide events, troubleshooting tools and skilled technicians are limited and lacking, and multiple single points of failure exist.”

He goes on to say, with the Ethernet market being tens of billions of dollars, research and development is assured while competition privdes the motivation for innovation and feature enhancement.  An Ethernet campus network is a safe investment.

Caveat emptor!

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Cisco Unified Computing is Revolutionizing the DoD DataCenter

Cisco’s Chris Ericksen describes how a Unified Computing Solution will allow any DoD datacenter become more streamlined, smart and powerful, and provide a true virtual experience that allows you to work your way.

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Video and Telepresence Integral to Supporting a Mobile Workforce

Whether you work for a government agency, a hospital, or a school (or you attend school as a student) the verdict is in–you needn’t spend all day in your office, classroom, or examination room to productively do your job or complete your assignments.

Consider these examples: In San Antonio, Texas, detectives obtain search warrants via in-vehicle laptop telepresence connections to judges; doctors in a California hospital use tablets to videoconference with their colleagues; and, thanks to a telepresence-equipped mobile robot, Lyndon Baty, a 16-year old with kidney disease who cannot attend regular high school, interacts from home with his teachers and peers and participates in lessons as if he were sitting in the classroom.

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