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Integration of Linksys by Cisco Small Business

We have been focused on the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market for some time now and I wanted to point your attention to an announcement we made today around our SMB go-to-market strategy. In order to better meet the needs of small business customers and the channels partners that serve them, we are very pleased to share that Cisco is integrating the Linksys Partner Connection program into the Cisco Channel Partner Program. This includes bringing the Linksys by Cisco Business Series products into the Cisco small and medium-sized business (SMB) portfolio and giving our channel partners access to one of the largest SMB portfolios on the market today. The SMB market represents a tremendous growth opportunity for Cisco and its channel partners and we are committed to providing our customers and channel partners with a wide variety of technology options. SMB customers are nothing if not diverse and a broad portfolio helps partners win more customers. Read More »

Universal Broadband: If You Build it, Will they Come?

Since the early days of DSL, we’ve heard of the concept of universal broadband. And we’ve also heard that, in the US, pricing and penetration have caused us to lag behind other first-world nations in broadband connectivity. Enter new kid on the block, InternetforEveryone.org. It was founded to promote the cause, looking to the government for a mandate. Pointing to California as a poster child, it asserts that only 50 percent have broadband at home; that the financial digital divide is very real. It would appear that universal broadband does not mean universal demand. But I’m not so sure we’re seeing the whole picture. In fact, some studies actually put California at the head of the Internet ‘savvy’ frontier across home and business. While we may not have 100 Mbps to everyone’s front door, we know what to do with what we have. And, although some of us may not have broadband at home, we’re more than eager to take advantage of the connection from work. So, is it really a question of haves and have-nots? Is it connectivity, or is it something deeper? Read More »

8/8/2008

August 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

It would be rude not to blog on such a lucky day. Throughout history, 08-08 seems to be a magnet for big stuff happening. Roger Federer’s birthday. Donnie Most’s birthday (yes, that is the man you know as Ralph Malph of Happy Days.) So, this 08-08-08 thing is extra lucky. Obviously, the Olympics opened today. (For info on Cisco’s assist to NBC on the Olympics, see here.) And, the purpose of this post: a colleague is getting married today (Congratulations, Heather and Larry!!!), have a great day and a great break!!

NBC Achieves “Holy Grail of Digital Video” for Beijing Olympics

August 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco IP Video technology will enable groundbreaking NBC coverage of Beijing Olympic Games. NBC will provide Olympic experience anywhere, anyplace, anytime to multiple delivery platforms. Craig Lau, vice president for Information Technology, NBC Olympics states,”With the Cisco network solution, we’ve achieved the Holy Grail of digital video, which is the ability to perform shot selections on low-resolution files and extract high-resolution material from those files even as they are being recorded. That is a huge accomplishment.” He continues:”Cisco is a trusted partner, and in the demanding IT environment of the Olympic Games, we depend on trusted relationships. We have absolute deadlines for when Olympics coverage begins and ends. Cisco technologies help us exceed expectations and meet our timetables in an unforgiving environment.”Tony Bates, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Group says, “We are making broadcast history, executing the creation, management and distribution of digital video in a way that’s never been achieved before….The next best thing to being in Beijing is to be able to see the event coverage.” I, for one, am looking forward to following some events online and via broadcast, but it is cool that NBC is enabling people to access the content via multiple platforms…and it is cool that Cisco is able to help NBC accomplish this. Here’s where you need to go to follow coverage of the Olympics on NBC.

VIDEO: Elfrink Comments on Globalization in FY08

August 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Wim Elfrink is one of our five Executive Vice Presidents. He is also the leader of our Globalization Centre in Bangalore, India. In fact, he is our Chief Globalization Officer. He was back at Cisco HQ in San Jose, CA for the past bit and I was able to catch up with him after our FY08 earnings announcement yesterday and asked him to share his thoughts on globalization writ large, his past year in India, his efforts in Emerging Countries, and more. His experience has been fascinating and I hope you enjoy him sharing his experience in this video.