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IT Made Simple: Take the Meraki Challenge

Simple: not a word that you generally associate with IT and network management – until now.

At Cisco Live Milan, we introduced a Cloud-Managed IT solution based on Cisco Meraki, and showed over 8,000 Cisco customers and partners how easy IT management can be. It’s so easy, that practically anyone with a basic understanding of the network can use the Meraki dashboard to manage and configure the network quickly and easily.

During the opening keynote, we kicked off the Meraki Challenge, a fun contest which allows customers and partners to experience first-hand how fast IT can be with Meraki. It was particularly enjoyable to watch Cisco’s marketing team compete against and beat the systems engineering team on stage – it brought back fond memories of the Tortoise and the Hare story from my childhood.

Over a thousand partners and customers have already taken the challenge. Internally at Cisco, the contest inspired some fierce competition amongst us Type A sales and marketing folks.  I completed the Meraki Challenge in 3 minutes and 55 seconds; do you think you can beat me?

Take the Meraki Challenge now!

Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself and take the challenge today You can win an Apple or Android watch or even an all-expenses-paid tropical vacation. Not to mention serious bragging rights with your IT friends.

Cloud Managed Simplicity and Speed:  Enabling Fast IT

With the digital business transformation, the role of IT is becoming more critical to business success. More and more IT managers are rethinking how to make their networks more agile and accelerate the roll out of applications that are critical to the business. The IT organizations for Motel 6 and Forever New are two recent customer examples where IT made a big difference in helping to deliver positive business outcomes for the company. Motel 6 deployed one of the world’s largest wireless networks supporting 1100 locations and 70,000 guestrooms in less than five months.  Forever New provided point of sale iPad in more than 260 retail stores in 11 countries in less than 10 minutes per store.  With Meraki, they were able to do it in just 5 months.

Cisco’s Meraki Cloud-Managed IT made it happen with a simple business philosophy: make IT dramatically easier to manage and monitor using cloud management.  With one view of the entire IT landscape – applications, users, devices, network and compute –  including critical LoB and IT metrics, IT managers are able to resolve problems quicker and make better decisions.  With more than 200,000 Meraki networks deployed, the value of cloud-managed IT is clear.

So there is only one thing left for you to do now – learn more about Cisco Meraki and try it for yourself. Visit the Cisco Meraki Cloud-Managed IT solution website for more information. You can even try Cisco Meraki for free by requesting an evaluation, watching a demo, or getting a free access point.

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Fast IT: Capturing True Value for the Digital Enterprise

Today’s CIOs lead in a world where rapid innovation is the key to success and disruption is a constant threat. Now, more than ever, technology is one of the biggest drivers of achieving successful business outcomes. In this new era of Internet of Everything (IoE) computing, CIOs are being called upon to streamline and optimize complex infrastructures, transform their operating models to drive innovation, and, as importantly, leverage this innovation to capture their share of the IoE Value at Stake.  Not an easy task for even the most experienced CIO.

Traditional IT infrastructures are complex, manual, and non-programmable — they can’t quickly respond to the needs of a given business. Because of this, the bulk of IT resources are often consumed with “keeping the lights on”, leaving few resources to drive transformation or innovation. Unfortunately, competitive pressures are leaving lines of business owners unwilling to wait for IT resources.   It’s become patently clear that a fundamental shift is needed Read More »

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Protecting Innovation: Update on Status of Arista Litigation

In our last posting, we referenced Arista’s effort to consolidate the two International Trade Commission cases we had filed. Arista acknowledged that their move would have the effect of delaying the resolution of the cases for up to six months. With that effort rejected by the Commission, today Arista moved to formally delay the target date for completion of the case by six months. These cases involve the pervasive copying of Cisco’s intellectual property (see my original blog on the ITC case here). We want to be clear: these cases should progress quickly and we will oppose any delay. We expect the ITC to rule soon on that motion, and hope they will reject delay.

These cases in the ITC are separate from the two District Court cases which we filed on December 5, one of which was stayed by mutual agreement earlier today pending the outcome of the ITC cases. Earlier today, a Bloomberg News article reported that, “Arista Networks Wins Ruling Putting Cisco Patent Case on Hold”, which Barron’s “Tech Trader Daily” picked up as “Favorable Ruling Against Cisco, Case on Hold, Says Bloomberg.”  The Bloomberg article correctly reported that the “case is delayed until U.S. International Trade Commission completes its investigations.” Both outlets have since clarified the reporting (see: Cisco Says Bloomberg Story in Error, Arista Stay of Hearing is Procedural Detail).

What the initial article didn’t mention was that the stay was pre-agreed by both Cisco and Arista. This was effectively automatic after the ITC cases against Arista were filed on December 21.  As a matter of law, a stay of District Court litigation is allowed to avoid duplicative proceedings when an ITC action is also pending, an approach we strongly favor to help reduce court costs. In fact, our February 4 ITC filing we publicly stated that the “District Court action will be stayed without opposition from Cisco”.

These are complicated proceedings and those without a legal background may have trouble following all the procedural and major rulings. Some of today’s confusion about the District Court stay might have been avoided if we’d drawn more attention to our non-opposition filing, which is why we are committed to updating interested parties on this case, as needed. I’ll continue to blog updates on this important case, and you can follow me for updates at @ChandlerCisco.

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Cloud Comes to Life at Cisco Live!

What a difference nine months can make!

Last April, Rob Lloyd walked on stage at PS14 and announced our Intercloud strategy. Fast-forward to Cisco Live! last week, where Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala were on the main stage talking with customers and partners about how they’re already bringing Intercloud to life. Cloud was one of the hottest topics this year. No wonder – in a relatively short time, we have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of cloud.

It was exciting to see the Cloud, Software, and Managed Services engine step up a gear at Cisco Live!. Keynotes, demonstrations, booths, and breakout sessions were all about cloud as an enabler for capturing the Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunity. We need to build on that momentum, because the transition is happening now, and it’s happening fast!

There’s a real ‘start-up’ energy to this proactive disruption we’re driving. Accenture is only one of the many industry “big hitters” amongst the 45 partners that have joined us. Together, we will make Intercloud do for the cloud what the Internet did for all those disconnected, proprietary networks back in the ‘80s.

Are you wondering if we have the credibility to lead the charge? Let me tell you … yes, we do! Read More »

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Cisco’s All-Star Starting Five

This week, Cisco and NBA celebrate how the Internet of Everything (IoE) powers the fan experience. Thanks to advancements in technology, we’re changing courtside connectivity between the game, the player and the fan.

Like any NBA team, an IT infrastructure begins with a starting lineup of technologies that enable a winning Internet of Everything strategy. In excitement for the NBA All-Star game, Cisco picked its Starting Five for today’s IT environment. Check out our picks below and share your favorites on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the tag #ConnectedFan.

Point Guard:

A point guard is fast and agile, and responds quickly to pressing demands brought about by unseen difficulties. Any coach can appreciate the “automatic” abilities of a veteran point guard who can sense problems before they happen and eliminate the headaches to improve the overall team’s performance. Like any successful point guard, IoE can help accelerate your organization’s ability to compete in today’s dynamic market. Through the enablement of people, process, data and things, IoE is estimated to drive a 21% increase in corporate profits.

Shooting Guard:

The shooting guard is a high profile position that drives results. The efficient creation, deployment and management of applications in today’s environment greatly affect the bottom line. ACI has the potential to drive high-visibility, high-impact results for the organization that no other technology can make.

Small Forward:

Quick and lean, the small forward is the most versatile player who just gets the job done. Like Fast IT, the small forward is in the trenches and works with the team to accomplish bigger goals. Fast IT is Cisco’s operational model for the Internet of Everything, providing organizations with the ability to provide the connectivity that allows IoE to provide a real impact on businesses that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

Power Forward:

The power forward is the team’s most powerful traveler, known for mid-range jump shots and the ability to fulfill multiple roles in your lineup. With today’s mobile workforce and the continued proliferation of connected devices, your mobility strategy must be equally expansive and adaptable to effectively meet today’s business demands on your network.


This is your bigman — the tallest player in your lineup who is the anchor for your team’s defense. With a Fast IT model, security enables you to assess, react to, and guard against threats.

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