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Vblock for Cisco Unified Communications Can Speed Time to Revenue

A little while back I blogged about the Vblock solution for Cisco HCS. This time around I’ve got answers about another solution, Vblock for Cisco Unified Communications, which is designed for delivering hosted services.

To succeed in today’s fast paced, global economy, businesses must be able to communicate and collaborate. This requires access to a range of voice, video, and messaging communication tools. While the essence of communication is to break down barriers, organizations today must contend with the barriers imposed by increasingly complex communications environments. The VCE solution enables rapid deployment of Cisco Unified Communications applications on Vblock Infrastructure Platforms to provide an integrated hardware and software solution that connects people, information, and teams, helping to enable comprehensive and effective collaborative experiences.

Before you keep reading, watch the video Cisco UC “As-A-Service” Offers on Vblock Platform, which provides an overview of the solution, and what customers can expect.


What are the advantages of Vblock? Keep reading for the FAQ. Read More »

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Cisco Partners Build Secure Data Center for Vegas-Based Global Cash Access

July 29, 2011 at 9:05 am PST

Any trip to Las Vegas would be incomplete without at least one pull of the lever on a slot machine—after all, gaming forms the core of the Las Vegas experience. But what about all that money changing hands? It has to be managed by someone. That someone is Global Cash Access (GCA), which processes US$24 million per day globally, making it the second-largest transaction processor in the world.

GCA’s products and services provide gaming patrons access to cash through a variety of methods, including ATM cash withdrawals, point-of-sale debit card transactions, credit card cash advances, and money transfers. While GCA has a thriving business, it had a problem on its hands—an aging infrastructure. Its network had originally been designed to be highly secure, but its processes were completely manual. The company had 2000 devices deployed in 800 locations worldwide, and provisioning and management was a nightmare. Their system often required at least two engineers and many days to add a new server, application, or customer to the network.

Of course, where there’s a network problem, Cisco partners are there to help. Cisco Gold Partner Nexus IS assisted in planning, designing, and implementing a new network and data center for GCA, while World Wide Technology, also a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, provided planning, design, and implementation for the data center elements of GCA’s infrastructure.

When I was at Cisco Live in Vegas, I got the chance to chat with Dave Elsner, VP of Sales and Marketing at Nexus IS. He filled me in on the process of planning GCA’s new data center, equipment deployed, and what’s in store for the future.

Keep reading to get more details on the new data center, its benefits, and what’s in store for GCA. Read More »

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Grow Your Business with the New Partner Readiness and Support eBook

July 27, 2011 at 10:11 am PST

I guess the age-old saying is true, great ideas come to those who “think outside the box.”

The Worldwide Partner Readiness and Support team did just that and incorporated the old “Partner Enablement (PE) in a Box” PowerPoint slides into a new, interactive eBook to help increase your productivity and sales. Not only is it packed with useful information to help partners successfully and profitably sell, deliver, and support Cisco Architectures and Solutions, but it’s also easy to use.

The eBook separates partner programs and tools into five convenient sections organized by selling stage. Each section includes: Read More »

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Social Media Spotlight: Video Editing Tutorial

July 26, 2011 at 11:55 am PST

As we heard at Cisco Live 2011, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers predicted that by 2014, video will account for 91% of internet traffic and will be the leading way we communicate.

And partners know of the importance of using video in their marketing strategies to give their messages an extra boost. We received great feedback on our Social Media Spotlight: Top 10 Tips for Setting Up the Perfect Video blog post and we know you’re ready for more tips!

Well, our video expert Andrew Phillips, is back to share a tutorial on how to get your video ready for primetime.

Watch this video as Andrew shares step-by-step instructions on how to edit your video clips in iMovie (standard video editing software on Macs), add transitions, title screens, music, and more! He also shares some general video editing that can apply to any video project.

Let’s get started:

Become a Video Editing Pro by following Andrew’s iMovie Tutorial. Read More »

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CRN Names Three Cisco Executives to the Women of the Channel Power 100 List

Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women are projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total labor force growth in the U.S. between 2008 and 2018? That statistic certainly demonstrates how women take on critical roles in the workplace in the U.S., though that’s also undoubtedly true worldwide. And in the channel, women contribute in significant and important ways, as well.

Every year CRN honors women in the channel with its Women of the Channel Power 100 List — this elite list, which is taken from the ranks of CRN’s annual Women of the Channel, “spotlights 100 female executives who stand out as driving forces in their respective companies and in the industry as a whole.”

We’re happy to announce that three executives from Cisco have been included this year: Wendy Bahr, SVP of Global and Transformational Partnerships; Maria Cannon, VP of Business Management and Operations; and Julie Hens, VP of Distribution for U.S./Canada. It’s a big honor, and we agree that these women epitomize success, and contribute in multiple ways to Cisco’s success and its commitment to our partners.

According to CRN, Wendy’s strategic and integrated focus on global and transformational partners has enabled her and her team to define new business models and routes to market. Maria’s focus on simplifying business can be seen in the success of such programs as My Cisco. And Julie has helped build a strong foundation for future data center growth.

In addition, two more Cisco executives, Dawn Duross, Director of the Public Sector Organization, and Maryann Von Seggern, Director of Cisco Capital, also made the 2011 Women of the Channel list.

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