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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!

July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm PST

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 https://www.ciscolive2011.com/scheduler (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 http://www.ciscolive.com/us/attendees/solutions/industrial.php?zid=us-home-spot3

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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Cisco & Lenovo: Helping Customers Manage Energy via Smarter PCs featuring Cisco EnergyWise

During our recent conversations around the benefits of an Enterprise Next-Generation Network (ENGN), the value of innovations such as Cisco EnergyWise has come up repeatedly.

Numerous global customers have reported back to us on the value of this feature in helping them to monitor, control and report on energy usage for IP-enabled devices.  These customers include Brunel University in the UK.  Thanks to Cisco EnergyWise, Brunel was able to achieve significant cost savings -- all from a feature that is available across Cisco’s Catalyst switches and doesn’t incur any additional expense!

This week, Lenovo became the latest member of the EnergyWise ecosystem – a group of over 80 partners working together with Cisco to allow customers to really maximize the impact of EnergyWise for their organizations.

The collaboration between Cisco and Lenovo will involve EnergyWise being natively supported on Lenovo ThinkPad laptops.  ThinkPad laptops featuring EnergyWise include models of the ThinkPad Edge, L, R, T, X, W and SL Series laptops.

So, what does this actually mean for customers?

Customers with a Cisco network and Lenovo ThinkPad laptops will be able to use the management and monitoring services from Cisco EnergyWise to establish more customizable and accurate energy management policies to help save money during times of peak energy costs, as well as when PCs and other IT equipment are not in use.

According to Jeff Reed, vice president of Cisco’s Unified Access Business Unit, “Lenovo pre-integrating Cisco EnergyWise in their ThinkPad laptops enables our customers to expand the value of their Cisco network without installing any additional software.  Now our Catalyst switching customers have a highly accurate PC energy management solution that delivers impressive energy savings at no extra cost.”

For more information on Cisco EnergyWise, please click here.

For more information on this week’s announcement, please click here to see Lenovo’s official press release.

If you have any comments or queries, please do not hesitate to DM me via Twitter or email me. I look forward to hearing from you!

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