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Are you a Super User?

Sure there is invariably going to be the requisite smack talking around this topic -- John Earnhardt claims that he was twittering when”it was spelled with only ‘t’” and Mike Kisch counters that he has adopted a”100% visual lifestyle” also known as”videotarian” (ok, not really, but go with me on this one…).To help settle things once and for all, Cisco recently announced the Cisco VNI Pulse PC Application -- it’s a free application to show users how much network bandwidth they consume and the types of applications they use. This application shows users the amount and types of traffic that flow to and from their computer and provides aggregated network usage proof points of all global users of this application for comparison purposes. Read More »

So you mastered finding Waldo and Goldbug, now test your skills with Cisco Smarts

Waldo and Goldbug charactersWe’ve all spent countless hours scanning every inch of every page of “Where’s Waldo” and “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” trying to find that iconic striped shirt and smiling goldbug all the while learning about different people, places, and things. Read More »

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

heartsIt’s that time of year again when I’m on the hunt to find the absolute perfect valentine’s gift for my wife (part of my continuing effort to justify why someone like her should still give someone like me the time of day.)Because of the vital importance of this to my overall state of mind, I need something that inspires a sense of awe in her, signifies her importance to me, and represents”Forever,”"Commitment,” and”I love you.”Such a large task is usually quite difficult to achieve, but, this year, thanks to techedgeweekly, my search is over-this idea is perfect!

Video Everywhere

highways for videoOver the last year, we have continued to see mass adoption of video in every aspect of our lives and it is changing the way we live, work play and learn. Just this weekend, I was with a friend showing off his new ‘toy’ a SlingCatcher, watching videos coming into his laptop on his TV screen. As if this was not enough, he also had his DVR accessible from his new Blackberry Storm watching the sports highlights. Just look anywhere online or offline, at work or at home, video is become pervasive across multiple screens and across multiple access technologies for not just entertainment but also for communications. Clearly this will validate the growth in traffic in IP networks and impact networks worldwide. Most Service Providers have been anticipating this growth and considering all types of options to prepare themselves to stay ahead of the traffic growth curve cost effectively. But what we need to ask is -- will we ever get ahead of the curve? If we take the analogy of roads and traffic, given enough time, every highway/freeway/road is challenged with the volume of traffic requiring continual expansion. So, whether it’s your favorite access technology (3G, 4G, FTTX, xDSL, etc.) or the most exotic technology in the transmission network, just remember….the only constant is ‘change’. We will continue to see new ways of filling up the pipes…and for someone that builds routers, that’s music to my ears. :)

3000 CRS-1′s and counting”¦.!

Cisco Carrier Routing System  (CRS-1)Our flagship router, the Cisco Carrier Routing System or CRS-1, just hit the 3000 units shipped milestone, which not only speaks to the trend of the IP transformation happening worldwide but marks yet another great accomplishment for this platform. When we launched the CRS-1 in May 2004, industry cynicism was high because the capabilities were so far ahead of what competitors offered (which is still the case), and people didn’t see demand evolving as aggressively as would be needed to predicate demand. Some said no more than 50 units would ever be needed and no more than 5 providers worldwide would ever be customers. Read More »