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Today, we introduced some new technologies and solutions that will enable networks to be optimized for a new generation of video and rich media applications and services. This new class of technologies is designed to enable advanced communications, collaboration and entertainment experiences through video- and rich media-optimized service provider, business, and home networks, known as”medianets.””œThe Internet and IP networks as we know them are changing,” said Marthin De Beer, SVP of Cisco’s Emerging Technologies group.”In the near future, 90 percent of consumer network traffic will be video and rich media…”Additionally, video-specific findings from the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2007-2012 were released today…highlights include:- Professional/traditional broadcast video content will become 80% of all Internet video viewed on PCs/laptops by 2012.- Traffic associated with user-generated video content will triple from 2008 to 2012.- More than 4 billion video streams per month will be delivered through Internet-enabled set-top boxes* by 2012. (*Internet-enabled set-top boxes include IPTV set-tops, next-generation cable set-tops, gaming consoles, and third-party standalone set-tops.)- Global VoD traffic more than doubled from 2007 to 2008 (increased by a factor of 2.4).Check out our press release to see what else we announced today, including enhanced updates for Cisco TelePresence, enabling non-stop video performance for the ASR 9000, and some customer offerings from Portugal’s Sonaecom and AT&T…and more.

Forbes: Talking Web 2.0 with Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby

Today, Ed Sperling of Forbes has an interesting Q&A with our CIO, Rebecca Jacoby. The Q&A covers such topics as Web 2.0, collaboration, employee behavior change, the role of the CIO, and IT budgets.My favorite pearl of wisdom from Rebecca on I.T.’s role in the enterprise:

“What we’re really talking about is the future of work–how people work. To structure that on an enterprise level, you have to think beyond your policies to what’s the motivation behind this. No enterprise is comfortable allowing employees to do whatever they want. It’s more about allowing them to do their work the way they want for the value of the business.”

I hope you enjoy the story.

New Cisco Record for a Video Meeting

Every quarter, we do a company meeting for all employees…it is a touch base from senior management to employees on “what’s going on?” as well as an opportunity for employees to ask senior management”what’s on their mind.” I generally tune in via IPTV rather than going there in person. This time, however, the meeting, which happened yesterday morning, was only via IPTV, the web and via TelePresence. Sites from Research Triangle Park, NC; Austin; Boxborough, MA; London; Netanya, Israel; and Montreal were beamed in via TelePresence and cameras in the room broadcast out CEO John Chambers, CFO Frank Calderoni and EVP, Ops Randy Pond to employees watching via the web and IPTV all over that world. This approach set a new record…we had over 11,000 Cisco employees watching the meeting live-and we expect more will watch the replay that is now available. Sure, we now live in more interesting times, so employees are extra interested in what management has to say (not that we always don’t), but the 11,000 viewers are more than double the previous audience and we, of course, achieved a significant cost savings as well. More and more, we will utilize TelePresence to cut down on travel, we will use WebEx to collaborate with colleagues, and we will use IPTV and web video to hold large, virtual meetings. Video is real and it keeps us in touch and thanks to…wait on it-our great network, we can send high-quality, real-time video to (at least) 11,000 employees at a time. I’ll update you the next time we break this record.

Cisco Introduces Expert-Level CCIE Certification in Wireless Networking

A recent study commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Forrester Consulting found a pervasive need for specialized networking skills.Some of the findings include:-36 percent of global companies surveyed said they have dedicated wireless specialists on their IT staff -this number will almost double in the next five years.-69 percent said they expect to have a dedicated voice specialist on their staff within five years, up from 40 percent currently.With these discoveries, as well as collaboration being a $34 billion market opportunity, today we have announced a CCIE expert-level certification in wireless networking. In the video below, Learning@Cisco General Manager Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn talks about the new CCIE certification, as well as enhancements to our popular CCIE Voice certification. More information on these announcements can be found in the press release here, as well as the Cisco Learning Network web site.Learning@Cisco is also tweeting. Follow them on Twitter. (You can follow me too, if you would like — Q1: What is the market opportunity for these skills today and in the future?Q2: What are the benefits of this new certification for individuals and employers? Q3: Where can people learn more about it?

Wim’s World Tour: A Look at Markets Around the Globe

From his home in Bangalore, India via TelePresence, Wim Elfrink, EVP of Cisco Services and Chief Globalisation Officer, talked with News@Cisco’s Peter Shaplen, about the changing world market. Join Wim as he takes a brief tour around the globe.