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New Switch Will Help You and Your Customers Tackle Networking Challenges

Whether it’s the increasing proliferation of connected devices, the growth of video traffic, cloud computing business models, and increasingly mobile workforces—no doubt there are big changes happening in IT.

At Cisco Live, we’ve got the tools to provide your customers’ networks with more speed and flexibility than ever before. And today Cisco is announcing multiple innovations into the flagship Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, so you and your customers can be ready to face all the changes ahead.

The new innovations include industry firsts, such as seamless IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch’s hardware platform, new network virtualization capabilities, a comprehensive set of L4-7 integrated services modules, and new application performance and visibility monitoring through a completely revamped implementation of NetFlow.

The new supervisor engine can increase the throughput capability of the Catalyst 6500 from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold increase. It can also quadruple the number of devices or users that can connect to a network. For example, a single Catalyst 6500 can now support up to 10,000 mobile devices.

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Borderless Healthcare at Cisco Live: The Doctor Will See You Now (Virtually)

July 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm PST

At Cisco Live today, we turned our attention away from the slot machines and Elvis impersonators, and sat in on the Healthcare Video Architectures session where we learned that 30% of the brain is visual and 60-90% of communication is non-verbal.

While human architecture hasn’t changed over thousands of years, computer architectures certainly have transformed in just a few years (the equivalent of thousands of years in technology time).

When it comes to healthcare--more so than in a lot of other industries--patients need to see doctors, and doctors need to see patients. And thanks to advances in technology, like Cisco HealthPresence, increases in networking speeds, and overall architectural improvements, doctors’ offices can be outfitted with all sorts of telemedicine apparatuses, allowing patients to be seen by the doctor without leaving home.

When outfitting a customer with a solution, there are four major areas for partners to think about: Quality, ease of use, bandwidth, and cost. While cost is usually the top consideration for a customer, in the session we learned that it shouldn’t drive the solution (that’s because a customer could end up buying something that doesn’t meet their clinical needs).

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This Week at Cisco Live 2011: Networking, Cloud, Virtualization, and More!

July 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm PST

I’m here in Las Vegas and aside from enjoying a frosty beverage or two by the pool and betting my next paycheck at the Black Jack tables, I’m attending Cisco Live 2011. This annual education and training event is like the World Cup of networking events, where IT, networking, and communications professionals join Cisco experts and partners to learn, connect, and collaborate.

There are so many different sessions and keynotes taking place at Cisco Live this week, but don’t worry if you can’t attend every event. I’ll be posting daily recaps here on the Channels blog, talking to partners at the conference, covering the big news, as well as sending out live tweets.

Cisco Live 2011 officially kicks off tomorrow with a keynote and welcome address from Chairman and CEO John Chambers. John is slated to discuss the future of networking and communication technology, and the ways it will transform business practices, education, and social relationships.

What else is taking place at Cisco Live this week? Read More »

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A Simpler Cisco: New Articles Cover Changes, Partner Profitability

July 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm PST

It’s no secret that we’re looking to simplify things at Cisco, streamline, provide stronger marketing support for partners, and increase partners’ profitability. 

Now, new in-depth coverage from CRN gives more detail around the changes based on discussions with Rob Lloyd, EVP of Cisco’s WW Operations.

Here’s a quick recap and links to the coverage:

Cisco Gets Back To Business
Years from now, Cisco Systems’ landmark restructuring could be viewed as a highly profitable sales game changer that effectively squelched the rising competitive threat from from aggressive competitors like Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, and Brocade.

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Customers Share WebEx Succcess Stories and Partners Get 90% Off

Did you know that WebEx has 4.8 million registered users in 225 countries? Or that more than 310,000 WebEx meetings take place every day? As a regular WebEx user myself, stats like those definitely catch my notice. And, I wonder how many plane trips (and trips to the office) are avoided as a result of using WebEx.

With its easy access on laptops, smartphones, and tablets like the Cius or the iPad, plus desktop sharing capabilities, and video to help see one another face-to-face, WebEx truly is a global collaboration tool. See what these customers have to say about how WebEx has changed the way that they conduct meetings.

And if you’re looking to take advantage of WebEx to reduce your own travel costs, read on to find out the details on a limited-time 90% WebEx Everywhere discount promotion for partners, taking place now. Read More »

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