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Social Media Spotlight: Our Top 21 iPhone Apps (and They’re All Free!)

In honor of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs’ memory, the Cisco Channels team wanted to share our Top 21 iPhone apps. But with more than 500,000 apps available in the iTunes App Store, how does one even begin to narrow the list down to 21?

Well, we decided to focus on free iPhone apps that we use all the time. The perfect pairing – free and useful! And for the new iPhone converts who traded in their old devices for the new iPhone 4S, this list would be a great starting point for building your own library of useful iPhone apps.

So, without further ado, our Top 21 iPhone apps are: Read More »

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Partner Update: Fresh Batch of Cisco News in Less than Five Minutes

As Andrew learned the hard way, doing your research before you make an investment pays off, whether you’re buying a car or equipment for your network.

In this episode of Partner Update, we explore total cost of ownership and why it’s the only true way to measure network costs. We also cover storytelling tips and methods learned from esteemed author and presentation expert Nancy Duarte (she created the presentation you see in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth), our October 18 TweetChat with Nancy, our October 20 broadcast covering LinkedIn for B2B, virtualization technology news, Cisco’s own Edison Peres’ travels to speak with partners in South America, LEAP centers to help partners test out data centers, tips for solution providers, and much more. Whew!

Tune in for the latest partner news:

Keep reading for a text summary and list of links mentioned during Partner Update. Read More »

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Cut Costs, Go Green with Cisco Certified Pre-Owned Equipment

Cutting costs is always a priority. And if your customers need to purchase new products, they likely will want to find the best deal. Did you know that one of the best ways they can do that is by purchasing Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment?

Pre-owned equipment is Cisco hardware that has been fully refurbished to Cisco factory specifications. It’s backed by the same warranty, and has the same maintenance and support options as new Cisco products. And…Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment can be had at discounts of as much as 30% off new product prices!

But did you know that less than 5% of Cisco channel partners currently take advantage of the availability pre-owned equipment for their customers? I got the chance to chat with Maryann Von Seggern–senior director, pre-owned equipment, Cisco Capital–and she filled me in on why partners should consider Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment for their customers’ networks, how the equipment is certified, and the financing available to partners for Certified Refurbished Equipment.

Keep reading for my full Q&A with Maryann. Read More »

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Virtual Partner Velocity Recap: How to Persuade Any Audience (and Join our Live Chat)

Did you know, some of the greatest innovations we have today were created because of a mishap?

Gum, chocolate chip cookies, potato chips (someone’s hungry), and Post-It notes, just to name a few. Okay, maybe these aren’t the greatest innovations of all time but I’ve been known to partake in several handfuls of potato chips in one sitting.

Well, we ran into some technical challenges during our latest Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast featuring best-selling author and presentation expert Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design. Although we were disappointed that we couldn’t offer our audience a live broadcast, we now have the video recording available for your viewing pleasure.

And to top it off, we’re going to couple this video with an hour-long live TweetChat session with Nancy on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 a.m. PST. So, be sure to jot down any questions you have as you’re watching the video. See, good things do come out of mishaps. (You can click this link or use the #channelschat hash tag to join the live chat.)

And don’t miss our next Virtual Velocity session on October 20 with channel strategist and blogger Heather Margolis who will share ways to leverage LinkedIn for B2B. Register now on the Partner Velocity site.

You may be wondering, “What the heck is a TweetChat and how do I join?” Read More »

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New Virtual Desktop Solutions Enable High-Quality Voice and Video

Did you know that the hosted virtual desktop market is expected to reach 15 percent of the worldwide enterprise desktop and laptop market by 2014? That means over the next few years, more and more of your customers will be looking to deploy virtual desktops using a solution that is scalable, reliable, and secure. With new products from Cisco and Citrix, you can equip your customers with the best desktop virtualization experience.

Today Cisco has unveiled the next phase of its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), enabling an uncompromised virtual desktop experience. Endpoints that are now available enable high-quality voice and video in virtual desktop environments.

Additionally, through a strategic alliance, Cisco and Citrix will improve virtual desktop end user experiences by offering solutions that ease the deployment of high-definition virtual desktops over a highly secure, “Citrix optimized” Cisco network.  Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) has been optimized for Citrix XenDesktop to  help your customers reduce the bandwidth necessary to deploy desktops virtually over wide area networks (WAN), enabling better scalability and optimal end-user collaboration experiences.

Here are additional details about what’s new:

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