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ABCNews: Innovative Programs Give Vets a 2nd Chance

On this Veterans Day in the U.S., I wanted to highlight this story by ABCNews’ Bob Woodruff about injured vets coming home and one of the programs created for them. It is is called the Transition Training Academy and was created by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Naval Medical Center, Cisco, and the Wounded Warrior Project to train wounded veterans in computer IT support.Woodruff reports, “(t)o ensure that these service members succeed, the Department of Labor recently created a Web site called America’s Heroes at Work, which addresses the employment challenges that face those living with the wounds of war. The courses taught at the TTA are tailored to the specific educational needs of the wounded service members.”Our hats are off to our veterans this day and every day for their selfless service.

Cisco Introduces the ASR 9000 for the Edge

Pankaj Patel, SVP and GM of the Service Provider Group at Cisco, introduces the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series. It is the second major addition to Cisco’s router portfolio this year after the Cisco ASR 1000 was introduced in March 2008. With the 92-Terabit Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System (CRS) in the core, Cisco offers the most comprehensive core and edge solution to meet customer speed and scaling needs in the Zettabyte Era. Press release here.

Cisco is Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

Earlier this year Cisco took the #1 spot in enterprise voice and the #1 spot in enterprise telephony. I guess good news also comes in threes because, the recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications* positioned Cisco in the Leaders quadrant. According to Gartner, “The Leaders quadrant contains vendors selling comprehensive and integrated UC solutions that directly or, with well-defined partnerships, address the full range of market needs. These vendors have defined migration and evolution plans for their products in core UC areas and are using their solution sets to enter new clients into their client rosters and to expand their footprints in their client bases in new function areas.”As a key piece of the Cisco collaboration portfolio, our UC system is helping companies such as Nissan motors improve productivity, reduce costs and speed products to market, and our new Cisco Unified Communications System Release 7.0 leads the market in ease-of-use, openness and interoperability, and total cost of ownership. You can view a full copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications, compliments of Cisco, here.* Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications” by Bern Elliot, September 12, 2008. Post by Kara Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, Unified Communications

Virtual Conference Focuses on Security

Tight economic times typically prompt companies to re-evaluate budgets, resources, and infrastructure. It can be a tricky time. But the reality is that times like these are the most critical for corporate security. And, that’s why we are hosting our first Cisco IT Security Forum, a free, interactive, virtual conference. Join us on November 12. To register or learn more about the conference, go to our conference website.

What do Portugal, broadband and small businesses have in common?

You likely read about our small business networking announcement yesterday. We unveiled a global initiative and a $100 million investment focused on those businesses that typically fall under the radar of most ‘big’ IT companies: the sub-100 employee category.We made the announcement at Channel Exchange here in Lisbon, Portugal, a country whose economy has been fueled in recent years by exceptionally high levels of broadband deployment and Internet adoption . The venue seems appropriate given our belief that the second phase of the Internet has much to offer small businesses too.Before we left for Lisbon, I cornered Ian Pennell, SVP of our newly-created Small Business Technology Group, and Andrew Sage, the VP who oversees our new small business sales strategy, and asked them a few questions about our new small business initiative. I asked Ian to sum up the key points of our announcement and to answer:- Why aren’t more small business adopting networking technology today?- How are the technology needs of small businesses different to large enterprises?- How will the current economic environment affect this strategy?I asked Andrew:- Why are channel partners important to Cisco’s small business strategy?- Why is Cisco’s small business strategy good news for channel partners?- How does being able to buy from a retailer or a channel partner benefit small businesses?Finally, in this third video, we see a reaction to our news from a member of the community we care about most: our partners. Ben Donaldson of the Kytec Group in Australia tells us what he thought of Day One of Channel Exchange.