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Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future

August 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I thought I should bring yesterday’s A1 story in the Washington Post to your attention, “Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future.” Broadband speeds in the U.S. are something that we’ve been discussing at Cisco for a long time and something that our sister (brother?) High Tech Policy blog has spent time on as well.The lede sentence brings you right into the story, “Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.” The next two graphs, however, are what is truly scary: “Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world’s fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show. … Accelerating broadband speed in this country — as well as in South Korea and much of Europe — is pushing open doors to Internet innovation that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the United States.” Read More »

“The Internet Is Still Dead and Boring”

August 28, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

What tha?Mark Cuban is a smart guy. I like him even more after reading his blog post of yesterday…(see title above). His whole point is that the Internet is “dead and boring” because it has become an integral part of our lives and when it reaches that status it is a good thing indeed -- he uses the word “utility.” He delineates all the stuff he does on the net to show his bona fides (he does more than 99.9% of people on the net), but his key point (in my reading) is that the Internet has now become a part of our everyday lives, which makes it dead and boring. I might disagree with his word choices, but I agree with his main point -- the Internet (and, hence, network) has become integral to our lives. He actually had an earlier post that started this conversation.He’s a good blogger too. What a great headline! Made me read it…and I stole it and maybe you read this post because of the headline too? Read More »

Next Gen News@Cisco Site Focuses on Web 2.0

August 25, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Our award-winning newsroom site, News@Cisco, launched it next generation look and functionality today. As more and more personalization is required and more new media (podcasts, video, blogs) are sought, the News@Cisco team developed a site that focuses on Web 2.0 functionality and features. New features on the site include more international news, personalization through audience targeting, redesign to increase readibility and usability and more…New@Cisco website (Screen grab of new site.)In the lower part of the new page, you will see a “Tell Us What You Think” banner. Please click on this and, well, tell us what you think…if you take a quick survey and give any feedback on the UI and functionality we’d be grateful.Tell us what you think about the newly redesigned News@Cisco website!

VIDEO: Cisco’s Virtual Company Meeting

August 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

As promised, here is some video footage from yesterday’s virtual company meeting with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers utilizing TelePresence to conduct the first global, virtual company meeting. I hope it gives you the flavor for the virtualness (is that a word?) of the attendees from around the country and around the world (Amsterdam, London, Bangalore, Atlanta, Boxborough, RTP and Irvine). You can get a small sense for the experience we had yesterday for this very cool use of the TelePresence technology for this meeting, but until you see it in person, it is tough to describe…and this video doesn’t do it full justice.We then turn to Cisco’s Chief Demonstration Officer, Jim Grubb, for three questions* about Cisco’s first-ever, global virtual company meeting.1. What is a virtual company meeting?2. How did this virtual company meeting happen? 3. What technology was used for this virtual meeting?*In our videos going forward, so that we are to-the-point, don’t meander and give the topline information for busy viewers, we will implement a “three questions” rule.

Cisco’s First Ever Global Company Meeting…Virtually

August 23, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Color me impressed. I’ve blogged about TelePresence before. It is cool. It is functional. It is easy to use. It is collaboration at its finest. Cisco innovated it. Today, however, we saw TelePresence on steroids or as one attendee called it “Johnapalooza.” Our CEO, John Chambers, is all about video and today’s company meeting was about as video as you can get.We had a site on our San Jose campus that set up a kind of “theater in the round” with a round, center stage on which John and other executives presented to employees. There were about 200 employees in the room and about an additional 500 or so in sites around the country and around the world. Full size. On interactive video screens enabled by our TelePresence technology. There were six large screens (16 x 9) in the room and each one represented a different site. Employees virtually attended from Amsterdam, NL; Bedfont Lakes, UK; Atlanta, GA; Irvine, CA; RTP, NC and Boxborough, MA. In a word: very cool. (Yes, that was two words, but one word won’t do it.) Side note: an additional 4000 employees attended via Cisco IPTV. Read More »