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GREEN on St. Patty’s Week

March 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

First, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I, of course, forgot to don a green shirt…or socks…or anything, so even though I have a bit of Irish in me I’m not “showing the colors,” so to speak. I hope this acknowledgement by blog will suffice.This week is a good week for green generally. Our CEO John Chambers is talking virtually through TelePresence to former U.S. Vice President (and Nobel Laureate and Oscar winner) Al Gore on Wednesday about on climate change and technology innovation on Wednesday, March 19 at 11AM ET (8AM PT). Please join the conversation by registering for this webcast at www.cisco.com/offer/ecopanel.And, to turn personal, I’m a bit green with envy over the teams that were included in the NCAA basketball tournament*. My school, Wake Forest, was not chosen to participate…and, even though we had a winning record and I thought, surely, we’d go to the NIT tournament, we were not chosen for that post-season tourney either…which leaves me a little green in the gills, as they say. So, maybe I am wearing a bit of green today.*I’m going to have to go with my home-state North Carolina Tar Heels to win it all this year. Read More »

Al Gore and John Chambers on Climate Change and Technology Innovation

March 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Nobel Laureate, Oscar Winner and former Vice President Al Gore will join Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers in a virtual conversation on climate change and technology innovation on Wednesday, March 19 at 11AM ET (8AM PT). Please join the conversation by registering for this webcast at www.cisco.com/offer/ecopanel.They will be joined by Cisco’s Sue Bostrom, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, in a Cisco TelePresence session before a live audience at VoiceCon to examine the critical role that technology and innovation can play in mitigating climate change. Some topics they will cover include: the latest observations of the effects of global warming and the impact of information technology; how businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovation; and, how the technology industry can help create the most sustainable model for addressing global climate change.If you would like to submit other ideas for the panel discussion or suggest questions, please send these to: ecopanelquestions@external.cisco.comTelePresence is our high-definition, life-size video conferencing system that allows real-time communication and collaboration in which, in this instance, our panelists will appear as if they are in the same room even though they will be thousands of miles apart. This virtual discussion will take place via with John Chambers, Al Gore and Sue Bostrom addressing live audiences simultaneously in London, England, Orlando, Fla.,and several other locations around the world. We have done over 70,000 TelePresence sessions within Cisco which has enabled us to avoid travel in nearly 13,000 of those meetings, saving nearly $100M to date…and, of course, reduce our carbon footprint.We hope you can join this event. Please register for the webcast at www.cisco.com/offer/ecopanel.

What is Your Digital Footprint?

March 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

The New York Times BITS blog today wrote about a new study out by IDC that says that at, “281 exabytes, the digital universe in 2007 was 10 percent larger than the firm had projected a year ago. And the world’s assemblage of all things digital will grow at a compound yearly rate of 59 percent through 2011. That adds up to a tenfold jump over five years, to 1,800 exabytes. (Not that there is any real way to visualize it, but an exabyte - a billion gigabytes - is said to be 50,000 times larger than a digitized Library of Congress.)”This, of course, is good news for companies like Cisco that build the infrastructure that transports, virtualizes, globalizes and stores (among other things) this type of (increasingly video) data. Our CEO, John Chambers, wrote a Forbes column last year about the exponential growth of bandwidth needs, storage and the like.And our friends at EMC have posted the IDC report along with a nifty “digital footprint calculator*” on their website that allows you to answer a few questions to show what your digital footprint might be…mine turned out to 7,828 megabytes…and, as I post this, counting…(*Note: you have to download an executable file in order to “play” this game -- which, of course adds to your digital footprint…)

Apple iPhone Enterprise-ready with Cisco VPN

Today at Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, CA, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs and SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller announced new iPhone software 2.0 which will be released in June 2008 and will incorporate enterprise security features such as Cisco IPsec VPN and email/contact/calendar sync with Microsoft Exchange. This announcement is a testament of the growing trend of people around the world who are becoming more connected and collaborative in every aspect of their lives-including at work. We, of course, are pleased that Apple recognized Cisco’s leadership in enterprise security by incorporating our Cisco VPN technology into their iPhone new software release. While sitting in the audience, I couldn’t help but think that something wonderful was happening-The convergence of devices (iPhone), applications (Microsoft Exchange) and the platform, or network, (Cisco) we’re all working together to transform how we collaborate at work. Can wait to see what comes next!applephoto.jpg(Apple photo of Phil Schiller)You can view the video of the presentation at Apple here. Post by Pamela Ferrill, Cisco PR Manager

Web 2.0 Marketing Campaign for the ASR 1000 Series

Suraj Shetty, senior director of service provider marketing at Cisco discusses the importance of web 2.0 marketing as both a component of the launch and a driver for adoption of the platform itself.