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Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers Statement on Senate Passage of Stimulus Package

“Passage of the stimulus package in the Senate sends a message to all Americans that we are investing in the future of our country. From broadband, healthcare information technology, Smart Grid and education, a foundation will be laid to help stabilize our economy and create growth that will benefit all Americans.”

The Twitterati Mean Business

I have something to confess: I am not much of a Twitterer @ascohen. Although I like to blog, and I have become relentless on Facebook, powered by the sagging belt syndrome of carrying an iPhone and a Blackberry that have allowed me to become an ambidextrous Web 2.0er, alas, I have not yet fully jumped to the”Jitter of Twitter.” But I have seen it, enviously, in action. Our CTO, Pamasaree Warrior is one of the most Tweeted Cisco figures (over 4500 followers), with Doug Gourlay and the”Hole in the Data Center” gang following rapidly on her heels At our Collaboration Launch in September, I observed about 80 of the world’s leading analysts Tweeting away for days, turbocharged by Cisco presentations on our strategy and a ready supply of coffee and caffeinated soda. Read More »

Cisco CEO in “The Biggest Opportunity of our Lifetime”

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers contributed a guest column to the Wall Street Journal management page which is now online. In the column he says the current economic downturn gives us “the biggest opportunity of our lifetime” to fundamentally re-architect the way we manage, as well as how we utilize IT in healthcare, education and energy.He writes:”The current economic environment has been described in many ways: the greatest crisis in a half-century; the first meltdown of global proportions; the greatest threat to U.S. leadership.I believe we should describe it another way: the biggest opportunity of our lifetime. We now have the opportunity to re-invent the way we manage companies and get work done. With the government considering a stimulus package, we have the ability to invest this funding in the areas that could potentially transform companies, industries and our economy.”Read the full column here. ( requires a paid subscription)Chambers wrote an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News in January on the importance of broadband entitled “Time to Broadband Our Economy.”

IPv6 Transition: Ready or Not?

Remember the rush to prepare for Y2K? Well, there’s a similar imperative for customers to prepare for the transition to IPv6 as the number of IPv4 addresses diminishes as we near 2011. What’s driving this? The increasing number of devices and the fact that more and more emerging countries are connecting to the Internet and requiring IP addresses.If you take a look at the IP addresses throughout the world today (see image of the world with primarily N. America and Europe, Japan, Australia”lit” up) you can imagine the impending shortage as emerging countries eventually do get connected.Take a listen to Cisco CTO wireless, security and access routing Pat Calhoun as he provides the highlights of a customer panel he hosted last week on the successes and challenges of transitioning to IPv6. Customer panelists represented the following organizations: Read More »

VIDEO: Cisco CFO Talks Q209 Earnings on Yahoo Tech Ticker

Cisco CFO Frank Calderoni interviewed with Yahoo! Tech Ticker’s Aaron Task this morning about our Q209 earnings report, which happened yesterday.Task writes:”In the accompanying video, Frank Calderoni, Cisco’s CFO, discusses how the company is weathering the economic storm and addresses the following issues:-How the deterioration in Cisco’s orders deteriorated in January vs. late 2008, leading to its grim forecast.-The lack of visibility in predicting when Cisco might return to its promised 12%-17% growth rate. -How Cisco is investing its huge cash horde.-If and when Cisco might join the mass-layoff parade.”