As 2012 comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve experienced in data centre virtualisation over the past 12 months.
Let’s start with our customers. We’re seeing Australian businesses of all sizes and industry verticals using Cisco UCS to gain solid advantages to their business and lowering IT costs. And while market share can vary from quarter to quarter, we are enormously pleased that for the first time leading analyst firm IDC has reported that Cisco is the current market share leader for x86 blade servers in Australia (Source: IDC Q3 CY2012 x86 Blade Server Market Share, Nov. 28, 2012).
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Tags: Australia, Cisco UCS
The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is an international collaborative project to construct a low frequency radio telescope as a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a global mega-science project to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The MWA after eight years of construction was finally launched last Friday in West Australia where Cisco announced that it had teamed up with the MWA to provide technology from our next generation data centre portfolio.
With all the buzz around “big data” there’s nothing that reflects this more than the future rollout of the SKA and the current MWA project. At the MWA, Cisco gear will be tasked with managing the immense levels of data that will be created by the instrument -- which covers an area of 2000 square metres. Given its scale the MWA has an extremely high performance requirement due to the large volumes of raw radio signals being received. The high performance and scalability of Cisco’s data centre portfolio suite is the perfect fit for such an important and massive project. For an overview of the project check out this video taken from the launch.
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Tags: Australia, Big Data, SKA
Today the Australian and New Zealand Governments, along with founding partner, Cisco, officially open the inaugural Telework Week 2012. In Australia we are kicking the week off with The Telework Congress at Melbourne University, which will include presentations from an exciting lineup of speakers, including the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
(If you have not yet signed up for Telework week, it’s not too late, Australians can do so hereand New Zealanders can do so here)
Australian Prime Minister Gillard opens the Telework Congress and National Telework Week with a live Cisco TelePresence keynote from Canberra. Showcasing the technologies that underpin teleworking, Gillard is the highest possible champion for telework in Australia.
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Tags: Australia, New Zealand, telework
Last week, The Hub Melbourne launched Australia’s first Dialogue Café. Dialogue Café is home to a high-definition video conferencing network specifically designed to facilitate dialogue between people from across the world to address social issues. The Hub Melbourne’s first Dialogue Café exchange will be with Cleveland, Ohio for a discussion on social enterprise business models. National Australia Bank (NAB) helped fund the project and we contributed by providing state-of-the-art Cisco TelePresence.
See the press release and video from the launch of the Dialogue Café here.
Dialogue Café will allow Australians to meet face-to-face with a diverse group of citizens around the world to informally discuss ideas that address social, environmental and economic issues, such as youth literacy and the job skills required for work in the 21st century. The concept is a vision of individuals from different cities and cultures around the world to collaborate and share experiences, to learn from each other and to work together to make the world a better place.
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Tags: Australia, TelePresence
It’s that time of year again: the race that stops a nation. Computers are switched off, tools are put down and everyone in Victoria gets a public holiday, just to watch the famous Australian horse race, the Melbourne Cup. The richest and most prestigious horse race in Australia will be held, as it is every year, at 3 p.m. AEDT on the first Tuesday of the month (today!), at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. A racecourse that is soon to become the most technologically advanced in the world, thanks to the Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi Solution and StadiumVision.
With plans to be operational before the 2013 Melbourne Cup, the Wi-Fi solution will provide punters with all the information they need to place bets, order food, and get around the venue (over 100,000 people attend the venue on Melbourne Cup day). The roll out of Cisco technology at Flemington will allow the Victoria Racing Club, the operators of the venue, to provide an interactive race experience to patrons by providing directional seat information upon arrival, real-time traffic and weather updates and exclusive video content. The technology will also offer sponsors and advertisers new opportunities to engage patrons with dynamic and highly targeted content and promotions.
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Tags: Australia, sports and entertainment