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CiscoLive Milan Highlights: IoE, SDN and a lot of wine

Aside from an ill-timed Milanese taxi strike and a lot of rain and snow, the first CiscoLive of 2014 was a fascinating week. Cisco EVP Rob Lloyd announced our latest Cisco ONE capabilities with a new APIC Enterprise module and the new Inter Cloud capability for moving workload (virtual machines) between private and public clouds.  Both of these announcements underscore Cisco’s expansion into software-defined infrastructure. Now IT administrators can centrally apply policies across data center, WAN and access networks and transparently move workloads and apps across private and public clouds. Now, that’s agility. That’s lower operational costs.

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The Key to the Connected World? The Programmable World

Your house-cleaning robot connects to your lighting system, which connects to your garage door, which connects to your car. All of these devices in turn connect to your smartphone, which, among many other things, enables YOU to connect to a community of like-minded, creative souls looking for — you guessed it — better ways to connect and program things.

This is just a small glimpse into how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is transforming our lives. With its explosion in connectivity — from 10 billion “things” today to 50 billion in 2020 — IoE is changing the world in complex and challenging ways. But there are also exciting opportunities to manage the complexity, share ideas, and drive ever-higher levels of innovation and collaboration.

One name for this new paradigm is the Programmable World.

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An Open Framework for the Internet of Things

Cisco has had a jam-packed week at DistribuTECH last week. This year’s conference – held in San Antonio, Texas – was a great opportunity to talk with some of our key stakeholders. A highlight of the week was a very exciting announcement around a new open application framework that will drive Internet of Things innovations– called IOx.

Wednesday morning, I was joined by Cisco partners Itron, Alstom and OSIsoft to help deliver the news.  IOx is a software architecture that will impact many of Cisco’s products. The platform combines open-source Linux and Cisco IOS, to allow industries across all different segments to build applications that leverage sensor data and compute closer to the network edge (for a more in-depth look at IOx, have a look at this blog post). Soon to be embedded onto Cisco networked hardware, IOx delivers on our vision of fog computing. With the massive amount of data expected to be generated in the Internet of Things, this new computing model is necessary to parse out only the most important data back to the network (abnormalities, essentially); this will help save heaps of bandwidth, while enabling real-time responses. Itron, Alstom and OSIsoft were on-stage to provide some insight into how IOx will impact their businesses and customers. Read More »

Collaboration—It’s More than You Might Expect

Collaboration in the era of the Internet of Everything (IoE) is not just about people connecting with people. Yet when you ask most people how they picture “collaboration,” they probably think of person-to-person collaboration first: perhaps a web-based conference call where people are sharing content such as a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation. Or they might envision an immersive teleconference experience with people from different continents, across multiple time zones. Or they might think of a more traditional approach—a group of people having a lively discussion around a conference table, with someone taking notes on a whiteboard.

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Cisco IOx: An Application Enablement Framework for the Internet of Things

January 29, 2014 at 8:00 am PST

IOxThis is a three part blog that will explore some of the issues that are still holding back the Internet of Things (IoT), what Cisco is doing to help to solve these issues (via Cisco IOx), and what are some of the real life benefits that can be achieved.

Helping to solve the “Data Tsunami” for the Internet of Things

Big Data is a term being used a lot these dates. A “Data Tsunami” would be a better descriptor. In roughly 2000 years of recorded history humans created 2 Exabytes of data. The pace of data creation has accelerated at an incredible pace in the last few years, we now generate over 2.5 Exabytes of data every day:

  • Energy utility companies process 1.1 BILLION data points (.5TB) per day
  • A large offshore oil field produces 0.75TB of data weekly
  • A large refinery generates 1TB of raw data per day
  • An airplane will generate 10TB of data for every 30 minutes of flight

The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling the proliferation of connected objects, and these objects are creating a data explosion, with data coming from billions of disparate devices, located all around the world. But unless these disparate devices can work together to create meaning,  all of this data is relatively useless. Read More »

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