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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…

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Innovation at the Core and Interop NY 2009

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…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…

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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…

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Cisco Connects Culture of Innovation, Collaboration to Business Results

The Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell recently put together a nice piece on Brian Schipper, Senior Vice President of HR. The article not only profiles Schipper’s career, but also touches upon how his team keeps Cisco employees engaged and performing at a high level. Technology definitely plays a role, but an additional, and essential component is having an inclusive and diverse workforce. Through this, companies are ab…

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Wishful Thinking: The Innovation Edition

…ome up with?”  I was reminded about this when I recently ran across a diatribe on our “lack of innovation”.  So, as a company, I will readily admit that there are a number of things we need to work on (and are), but “lack of innovation”? Really?   Let’s deconstruct this a little bit.  Just for the sake of argument, let’s start with a definition.  My trusty Mac dictionary defines &…

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