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Cisco Celebrates 25 Years of Technology Innovation

Today, as we celebrate 25 years as a company , we think about how Cisco has watched the industry evolve.  In this video from, Rebecca Jacoby, senior vice president and chief information officer of Cisco, discusses lessons learned during the Dot Com Bubble Burst and how the Internet has changed over the years.    To watch the full length video go click here….


Cisco and BT…Delivering Hosted Innovation

Today, Cisco and BT announced a groundbreaking global, hosted unified communications solution.  As the news release points out, there are lots of aspects of the deal to capture the imagination.  The industry trend… There’s no denying that hosted unified communications are hot.  In fact, Cisco predicts that one third of all unified communications will be sold as a hosted solution over the next three to five years.&nbs…


Innovation and Standards Update

In my last blog post on standards and innovation (Why Standards Matter…And When They Don’t) I mentioned that Cisco’s VNTag, had been submitted to the IEEE for standardization. Last week, the IEEE authorized a project, 802.1Qbh: Bridged Port Extension, to amend the Ethernet switch standard to include capabilities like those provided by our VNTag technology. Official Scope of Project: Amendment specifies protocols…


Innovation at the Core and Interop NY 2009”

…twork technologies. After all, these technologies form the essential structure that will continue to support IT innovations in areas such as high-performance video communication (one of the primary topics at Interop this year). One of the major demonstrations at the show centered on Cisco Catalyst switches. Cisco switches play a significant role in optimizing new video applications, setting throughput records for network virtualization, and ensur…


Why Standards Matter…And When They Don’t

…o do.  And herein lies the inherent contradiction of networking standards and the constant tension between innovation and standards.   Ultimately customers look to us to address their problems: “I need my network to _________ (fill in the blank) so I can support the needs of my business–oh, and I’d like that ASAP, please” .  Luckily, our customer base is not shy, so when we see a trend, we move to address it…