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Rise of the Machines

I’ve been thinking about how machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will evolve, and what it will mean for the network. We seven billion humans think we’re the majority, with about one billion of us connected to the Internet and more than three billion chatting on cell phones. But there’s another population that overshadows us: Machines. By some counts, there are 10 times as many of them as of us -over 70 billion. Most of them are not yet connected, but this will change. Cars, irrigation systems, and weather sensors are just the beginning. Proprietary, legacy systems are converging on IP due to cost efficiencies and benefits of standardization. New technologies such as Zigbee promise to tie together disparate devices in a cost-effective mesh. We sometimes joke about having a constant caffeine connection, where you’re hit with another infusion just as your energy starts to dip. But there is something to be said about delivery trucks being able to plan based on a real-time view of inventory or to simply operate more safely thanks to an automated monitoring system that can detect issues with operation or maintenance. In fact, Computerworld’s Rob Mitchell just wrote a great article about this very topic. Read More »

Cisco #1 in Enterprise Voice AND #1 Enterprise Telephony Worldwide

Post by Steve Slattery, VP, Cisco Voice Technology GroupThe release of the Q1 2008 Enterprise Voice Market Share Report from Synergy Research Group, a leading research firm, marks a significant milestone for Cisco in Unified Communications. For the first time, Cisco took the number one market share position for Enterprise Telephony followed by Avaya, Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent and Siemens Enterprise. We are now selling more voice systems than all of the other vendors in less than ten years since we entered the market. (Note: Synergy defines Enterprise Telephony as Enterprise IP Telephony plus Traditional TDM Telephony, excluding VoIP gateways). Further, according to Synergy, Cisco remained the market leader in Enterprise Voice, IP Phone and Enterprise IP Telephony markets; and managed to post the only positive quarter among the large vendors with a growth rate of 0.9 percent sequentially. No matter how you count the revenues -be it IP or TDM -Cisco is now providing more customers with telephony solutions than any other vendor in the industry.

Cisco Motion: Evolve Your Mobility Network

Today, we announce our mobility vision called “Cisco Motion.” Evolve your mobility network with the Cisco Mobility Services Engine and a suite of mobility services software. Fully integrated with Cisco Unified Wireless Network and Unified Communications, the mobility services engine provides the tools required to:- Unify disparate networks – Address the growth in client devices – Facilitate collaboration – Benefit from a wide variety of third party mobility applications – Cisco Motion can help you put your employees, partners, customers, and even corporate assets in Motion.Read more about Cisco Motion on our News@Cisco site and learn more about the Cisco Mobility Services Engine…you can also view videos on Motion and the Mobility Services Engine.

Forrester and Lopez Comment on Cisco Mobility

It is great for us to talk about what we think about this or that or the other (in this case, mobility), but it is useful to hear what others think about our plans for mobility as well. In the following three videos, we hear from Ellen Daley of Forrester chatting with Alan Cohen, Cisco VP for Enterprise and Mid-Market Solutions; Ellen Daley solo; and Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research talking about Cisco’s approach to mobility.Alan Cohen and Ellen Daley on mobility Read More »

Cisco Webcast on Mobility

WHAT?: Tomorrow, we will host a webcast and slide presentation to discuss our overall mobility strategy. Following a brief presentation, a Q&A session will be held. WHO?: Cisco executives Brett Galloway, senior vice president - Wireless and Security Technology Group, and Ben Gibson, senior director, Mobility Solutions. WHEN?: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 1:30PM (PDT)HOW?: Listen and watch via the Internet at RSVP: Not necessary.