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End of an Era – Analog Television Yields to Digital

EANTC’s Jonathan Morin pulls out a linecard on a Cisco ASR 9010 routerToday, across the United States, the last regular analog television broadcasts are being shut off and by tonight all over-the-air television will only be in a digital format (with a handful of special exceptions for rural areas). Most of the press coverage today has focused on the relatively small number of people who watch TV over the airwaves yet haven’t purchased digital converter boxes. However, the real story is the opportunity it offers providers to deliver faster mobile broadband and other advanced personalized services while leveraging new business opportunties in the Zettabyte era.To mark today’s milestone, let’s look back and compare the video experience of the early televison era with that of today: Read More »

Experience Provider Mega Test & Unified Service Delivery

Testing Cisco's Media-Centric Data CenterIt was just a short time ago that I was on SP360 writing about cloud services and the impact it will have on the SP services market. This was in reference to the launch of Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery solution, and cloud computing certainly is one of the main topics that Cisco is aiming to address with USD.But that’s not the only area I’m looking at with USD. Making an almost 90-degree turn from cloud computing and business services for IT, I’ve now got a unique opportunity to deliver a “one-two” punch to demonstrate the power of the Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution -- this time talking about media and video services which generally target the consumer/residential market. Read More »

Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast Annual Update

The Annual Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast has just been released and projects a five-fold increase in traffic from 2008 to 2013, when an estimated 2/3rds of a zettabyte will cross the network.Watch to learn more about the study, the drivers, and some new applications that that help you dive into the details of the forecast and compare how your usage matches those of others around the world. Video after the jump… Read More »

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

gift boxOver the years, I’ve given quite a few Father’s Day gifts, and I’ll be the first to admit it -- they really have never even come close to represent the full extent of the admiration, appreciation, and love I have for my Dad.One year, despite my best shopping efforts, I ended up giving him a blender. Dorky and desperate I know, but what made it even worse was that it was the year that he decided that wine was his thing, so the blender got no use…(and no, he doesn’t do smoothies!) Read More »

From India to Intercloud

Monique MorrowFollowing my presentation at the Futurenet Conference in Boston on May 6, 2009 entitled, “Disruption: Emerging Technologies and Business Models,” I flew to India to meet with customers and colleagues in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The atmosphere was rather electric as the country was in the midst of its national election. With Cisco Globalisation East, we are now embarking on developing architectures and solutions for what can be broadly termed as “Connected Societies,” under which comes “Intelligent Urbanisation.” Read More »