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When a colleague pointed out a recent blog discouraging participation in the Cisco Developer Contest because of a suit filed by FSF related to our Linksys division, I thought it was worth sharing some of the things we’ve done within the open source community and how we’ve developed yet another avenue to work with this communityCisco has been a strong supporter of open source software from early on, and we’ve made extensive contributions to the Linux Kernel -in fact, we’re among the top contributors, and we’re also active members of projects in Eclipse, FreeBSD, Apache and many others. A number of significant contributions are described at Open at Cisco.Many in the open source community know this already, and are very supportive of Cisco’s contributions, with the Linux Magazine’s recognition and the articulate blog from the Linux Foundation. It is important for our customers and partners to know that Cisco takes its open source software obligations seriously and we are disappointed that a suit has been filed by FSF related to our Linksys division. As people in the community know, we have always worked closely with FSF, and hope to reach a resolution agreeable to the company and the Foundation. Read More »

Introducing Unified Computing to the Data Center

“œI’ve discovered that the less I say, the more rumors I start” -Bobby ClarkeLately, there has been a lot of speculation by the technorati that”something is going on over at Cisco!” I am sure you have all read the blogs and reports in traditional media asserting that Cisco is going to enter new markets, compete for new business, and build new products. The answer? Yes, Yes and Yes, of course!Yes, Cisco is entering new markets. We view periods of economic uncertainty as the perfect time to challenge the status quo and evolve our business to deliver customer and shareholder value. Cisco’s success has always been driven by investments in market adjacencies during times that may cause other companies to blink. Read More »

An “Inaugural” Opportunity for Security

As the U.S. presidential inauguration arrives, all eyes are on Barack Obama. From our industry’s vantage point, many of those eyes are centered squarely on his intent to increase technology’s role in facilitating better government.Within this arena, one of the most critical areas of focus is security — protecting our borders, our interests, and our populace. To do this, the scope of national security includes cyberspace. More than a year ago, a commission associated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies was created involving 30 security professionals from the private and public sectors. The CSIS commission began outlining recommendations for the incoming president that would guide him in improving the country’s cybersecurity. Together, they created a report entitled Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency.One of the commission members is John N. Stewart, the chief security officer for Cisco. John recently taped these video messages for those interested in learning about the threat landscape that the United States is facing, the report and its recommendations, and a closer look at one of the key suggestions — the need to rebuild the partnership between public and private sectors. The Threat LandscapeOverview of the Report & RecommendationsKey Recommendation: Rebuild the Public-Private PartnershipEmbedded videos are after the jump.The CSIS report has been reviewed by Obama and his security team, and as he takes office today, it will be interesting to see how the commission’s recommendations are addressed and, hopefully, executed. To view the report: Read More »

Human Network Getting Bigger and….Grayer?

Today, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report that “the share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now.” My own social networking experience attests to this stat, as I am now Facebook friends with my across-the-street neighbor growing up in Misenheimer, NC…and the stats further are proven by the fact that I am also FB friends with his son and daughter (my contemporaries). I now have mini-communities of friends, it seems, from each phase and/or job of my life…including a few from kindergarten!!View the full report here.

Collaboration is Critical to Educational System Transformation

Posted on behalf of Michael Stevenson, vice president of Global Education, Cisco It’s no good teaching 21st century skills and then testing students on traditional facts and knowledge. During the Learning and Technology World Forum in London this week, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft called upon educational leaders, governments and other companies to work together to transform education, and to concentrate especially on the problem of assessment.The three companies have brought together OECD and some of the world’s leading experts to devise a new approach to assessment. We hope that through this collaboration we will enable countries around the world to use ICT to assess their students’ competence in 21st century skills by 2012.In so many countries today, the talk is of economic transformation. But the only way these transformations can happen is if the education systems are fixed first. In fact, all around the world, people are struggling with the age-old problem of improving education standards quickly and at scale.The key is to make sure students leave school with the skill sets they need to succeed in the 21st-Century economy: problem-solving, team-working and critical thinking are the ones most people name first. But this is a tall order for governments to achieve alone. It really requires a long-term, collaborative commitment from the public and private sector. We look forward to being a part of this process.