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Revealing the Cisco ASR 9000 Series

The journey of Ira, our well intentioned though not so perceptive journalist, came to an end today with the announcement of the innovative, new Cisco ASR 9000 Series. However, I’m still not sure he has figured it out yet…here’s the final installment of Ira’s blog, TechEdgeWeekly, and a video of his encounter with fellow SP360 blogger, SVP Kelly Ahuja and VP Praveen Akkiraju, who are among the several hundred creators of this platform.For details on the Cisco ASR 9000 Series, both SVP Pankaj Patel, who co-heads our service provider business council, and Charlie Guyer, who leads our Service Provider Analyst Relations team have posted. We also have a great amount of information on a very dynamic website (in the spirit of an automobile site, no less, Ira, so you were close…) and, of course, on Newsroom@Cisco.There’s a lot to digest there, but in summary, I look at this as a great example of Cisco innovation -- it took four years and more than two hundred people to design what our service provider customers need in anticipation of things to come. While Ira’s journey may be over, the journey of the Cisco ASR 9000 Series is just beginning. And the journey of Cisco, bringing innovative solutions to market to help us all achieve the infinite possibilities the network has to offer is still strongly and resolutely continuing.

Next-Next Generation?

Monique MorrowSince my last post from Beijing, I have presented at the MPLS Conference in Washington D.C. this past October on so called Next Generation Interconnect.”Å“Interconnect”is inaccurate really; because the opportunity is to consider a model for federated service abstraction with the following attributes:

  1. Federated Services (network is a database) e.g., for experimentation or for network management (monitor, control)
  2. API, Policies
  3. Governance, Trust, Economics
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Not a car, a school bus, or a dumptruck…

Not a car, a school bus, or a dumptruck? More than a week later, and it seems that the reporter I mentioned in an earlier post is still a bit stumped as to the announcement Cisco is coming out with on November 11th.Here are some clips of his not-so-successful interviews with our CTO Padmasree Warrior, SVP Pankaj Patel, and CEO & Chairman John Chambers.Hang in there, Ira, only a few more days to go!

Cisco Launching a Car?

intrepid reporter at deskThat is the hypothesis of a”reporter” from TechEdge Weekly who was wandering our campus recently. He and his editor were at Cisco headquarters recently asking questions of some of our most senior executives -even John Chambers. He crossed my path in an elevator, and I don’t think he gleaned much-he was a bit”tied up” and distracted. The reporter also apparently ran into John Earnhardt, who writes for our main Platform blog, who was out and about this weekend in Menlo Park (likely buying a train or firetruck toy-) Firetrucks, Trains and Video -- The PlatformI can’t comment on Ira’s hypothesis that Cisco is getting into the car business. If true, it would be a pretty dramatic expansion of our business model. While I like to think that I usually have a heads up on our big announcements and know of one major announcement on the 11th, I have to admit that this time though I am scratching my head on the car idea.A couple of questions that I’m curious about if true:

  • What’s the mileage?
  • Do we get a good employee discount?
  • Does it have Corinthian leather?

Here are some clips of our reporter’s meetings with our VP of PR, Terry Anderson, and our CEO, John Chambers. Though apparently, the reporter needs to do a bit more background research on our Company’s leadership, I have to admit that I am intrigued to see what turns up in part 2-. In the meantime, I’ll likely be peppering his blog with a few questions-.

Powering Down the Network?

wind turbines Noticed the rising energy cost recently? What have you done to lower the carbon footprint? The IT and Communications infrastructure is growing dramatically driven by increasing traffic loads. Enterprises and Service Providers are incurring rising energy costs and exploring ways to control these expenses. While it’s important for all equipment vendors to do all that is possible to improve the energy efficiency, it’s important to consider the following. Within the enterprise the power use per employee is up dramatically with the deployment of high power computers, printers, telphone and peripheral devices. Infact, even some of the new technologies that enable collaboration incur additional energy costs. In addition, the computing and storage power required within the data center continues to rise driven by an insatiable appetite for personal and professional content. Relatively speaking, the network’s contribution to the overall energy consumption is much lower than all of the other components. Read More »