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Cisco Live 2011 Industrial Intelligence Day Customer feedback – “A Great Success”

Cisco Live’s first ever “Industrial Intelligence Day” focusing on manufacturing and industrial customer needs was judged a great success according to the feedback  given at the sessions in Las Vegas this week. In an action packed day attendees heard about trends in network convergence between business IT and Industrial plant networks, and how standard Ethernet IP protocols were becoming prevalent in industrial and control networks.

As Master of Ceremonies, I had the pleasure of introducing Alan Cohen, Vice President, Global Public Sector & Industry Solutions. Alan kicked off the day talking about the care-abouts of executives in Manufacturers and how Cisco is addressing them. He used real-life customer examples such as Coca-Cola, General Motors, GE, Continental Tire and Anglo Platinum. Alan expressed how Cisco was helping these customers address the challenges of  Growth, Market Transitions, Innovation, Risk and Goverance.  This set up a good interactive environment for Bryce Barnes and John Parello to introduce Energy and Sustainability for the manufacturing sector. Bryce pointed out that 35% of all energy usage in the world is consumed by manufacturing industry and we added that that figure goes over 50% if you include the transportation and distribution of those manufactured goods and materials.

After watching John Chamber’s Insightful Keynote, delegates returned to hear Paul Didier and Chris Haley (both Cisco) and Gregory Wilcox (Rockwell Automation) talk about the status and trends for wired LANs including resilience and security with a fascinating presentation on Motion from Gregory. That was followed by wireless strategies from David Wolf and Scott Friberg from Cisco talking about wireless innovations and real-world testing where wireless is now deemed appropriate for time critical applications. Then delegates went to the main tent for a thought-provoking session. Read More »

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Become Cloud-Powered with Context-Aware Networking

Context-Aware, Cisco Borderless Networks Accelerate the Adoption of Cloud services

According to a recent Cisco Enterprise customer poll, 50% of those surveyed are interested in deploying some type of cloud infrastructure – whether it is public, private, or a hybrid.  According to Forrester, (“Sourcing Groups Prepare For 2011 — Cloud Is Key Initiative 11/10”) Cloud adoption is already over 25% in North America, and continues to grow in Europe.

There are many reasons for migration to Cloud, including application portability on any device, business agility to deliver services and expand into new business models, and operational simplicity.

While many headlines talk about the Cloud, there is little mention of the role of the network in enabling Cloud services.

As organizations move to the cloud, and the varied devices and connection types accessing private and public cloud services,  they become prone to malware or Web vulnerabilities.  There’s also the risk of data loss. Ultimately, IT is faced with “can the network secure these connections, users, and data in a manner that ensures reliability and seamlessness?”  It is no wonder that a Forrester blog cited  that Security is the #1 barrier for cloud adoption.

Another concern is network performance. 83% of CIOs considered performance a top
concern for cloud services in an IDC Enterprise panel.  Management of virtualization has also become more complex.  According to an Enterprise Strategy Group study,  44% of  IT consider virtualization to have a major impact on network and server management.

The Cloud-Powered Business announcement today highlights for customers how the network is delivering solutions to break through these barriers to Cloud adoption: Security and Performance.

In this short interview, Praveen Akkiraju, SVP/GM of Services Routing Technology Group will discuss how Cisco is enabling organizations to accelerate adoption of cloud services by extending Borderless Networks to deliver secure, reliable, and optimized cloud services, “The Critical Role of the Network in Supporting Cloud-Based Solutions”.

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Rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

Greetings from Las Vegas!  I’m writing to you from Cisco Live at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where we’ve unveiled an array of new products affirming that the rumors of the Cisco Catalyst switch’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.   While others in the industry were hard at work commoditizing the switching market, Cisco doubled down on innovation by revamping the entire Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio. 

Complete Catalyst refresh from the campus core to the network edge

Since 2010, Cisco has undertaken a top-to-bottom enhancement of the Cisco Catalyst switching portfolio starting with the introduction of the Catalyst Compact Switch, 2960-S, 3560-X, and 3750-X Series switches for fixed access; Supervisor 7-E and associated line cards for Catalyst 4500E; and now a revitalization of the flagship Catalyst 6500E Series product line consisting of, 

  • A 2 Terabit Supervisor that pushes the platform to new levels of performance and scalability with triple the switch fabric bandwidth and quadruple the scalability of the previous generation.
  • Six new line cards including the new 69xx Series that deliver 80 gigabit line rate, non-blocking performance as well as support for 40 gigabit Ethernet connectivity to handle future growth. 
  • An array of service modules – WiSM 2 for wireless, ASA-SM for security, NAM-3 for network management at 10G speeds, and ACE-30 for load balancing – tightly integrating network services to lower complexity and simplify operations.

Best of all, these new capabilities are available to the 25,000+ Catalyst 6500 customers without the need for a costly fork-lift upgrade!

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Cisco Live 2011 Secret Session Codes for Industrial Intelligence Day!

Many of you have asked me and my team about the session codes for the new Manufacturing Industry Industrial Intelligence day on 12th July 2011 and how to register for the exclusive sessions if you’re attending Cisco Live! So here’s the scoop:

Since many of you have a full conference registration package, you have access to Industrial Intelligence Day as part of your pass. Yes – we made it possible! You can game the system. We made it easier than Groupon!

You can  sign up for the following 3 sessions on CiscoLive Scheduler at (use your login you received with your confirmation) and just click ‘add to schedule’. 

The great thing is you can now  win an iPAD2 by attending these sessions*

The 3 sessions are:

SIPIAD-1420 – Improving Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Industrial Applications
SIPIAD-1421 – Advanced Industrial Networks: Wired, Wireless, Resilient & Precise
SIPIAD-1423 – Industrial Intelligence Key Note and Panel
These 3 sessions comprise Industrial Intelligence Day (full agenda at

Please note that all 3 sessions will all be conveniently held in the same room – Mandalay Bay F on Tuesday, July 12th, starting with a hosted breakfast at 7 am.  An informal networking hosted lunch is also included as part of the day. Read More »

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Two Partners Offer Advice on How to Drive Sales with the Cius and AppHQ

“Use it. Know it. Sell it.” That’s what Ken Snyder, emerging technology solutions manager at partner CDW, has to say about the Cisco Cius, the ultra-portable enterprise tablet that’s changing the way that businesses work.

With its integrated Wi-Fi, 4G data, 720p HD video, and interoperability with Cisco TelePresence systems, not to mention its inclusion of one-click access to WebEx meetings and AppHQ, the new application ecosystem built specifically for Cius, the Cius can be a powerful tool that can help customers collaborate and work from remote locations, both seamlessly and securely.

The Cius enables multiple opportunities for partners to drive sales, offer professional services and expand their customer base, according to Richard McLeod, Cisco’s senior director of collaboration sales in the Worldwide Partner Organization. He says there are opportunities for partners to upgrade their customers’ networks, particularly since it cuts across Cisco’s technology architectures: Collaboration, Data Center and Virtualization, and Borderless Networks.

And that’s definitely what I heard when I chatted with Ken, as well as with Steve Reese, director of solutions marketing for partner Nexus IS, Inc., about their experiences using the Cius and selling it to customers. Ken and Steve also offered advice to partners looking to include in the Cius in their portfolio.

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