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The Business Value of Cisco Big Data Solutions

Since it’s inception five years ago Cisco’s Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) offerings have consistently driven positive technical and business value for our customers at many levels, some examples:

• Cisco UCS regularly delivers top-level performance as showcased via our leading benchmarking results.

• In their datacenters our customers have recognized material gains in operational efficiency with substantial benefits in provisioning, deployment, management, and staffing.

• In their physical environments customer value is derived in lowered heating, cooling, space, and cabling advantages.

The trend continues… Cisco UCS is the gift that keeps on giving! In a recent third party survey we were able to gather insight on the benefits received by customer’s use of our Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure Solution for Big Data. Here’s an overview:

Summary: Business Value of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data

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Closing the Knowledge Gap in Manufacturing: Converge IT with OT

Recently, the article “Making IoT Pay in Manufacturing” in Forbes caught my eye with a few interesting statistics from a recent study:

71% of manufacturers say IoT will have a significant impact or some impact on their business over the next five years (24% and 47% respectively)

Yet 24% have no company wide understanding of IoT.

While the majority of manufacturers see the value of IoT, there’s a significant knowledge gap in how to best plan for and capitalize on these technologies.

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Cisco Connected Health, Winter 2016 Edition

Have you read the latest Cisco Connected Health newsletter? We encourage you to explore the customer success stories, white papers, and videos to learn new and innovative ways to provide your caregivers with highly secure and reliable access to health information, regardless of location.

Visit Cisco in Booth 2643 at HIMSS16
Join us in booth 2643 to see new solutions for patient engagement, telehealth, security, application integration and more. Chat with Cisco Healthcare specialists, experience hands-on demos, and watch our in-booth theater presentation

Video Case Study: Moffitt Cancer Center Embraces Video Collaboration
John Maass, Director of Conferencing at Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the ease of using Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMRs) to better engage doctors, patients and staff through video collaboration.

Cisco Connected Caring Creates Uplifting Experiences for Patients
A partnership between Cisco, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a group of passionate artist ambassadors like singer and songwriter Keith Urban creates special, uplifting experiences, via Cisco TelePresence, for those who need them most: children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Telemedicine Connects Rural Communities to World-Class Care
Marcus Autism Center’s telemedicine room allows patients in rural Georgia to meet face-to-face with medical specialists in Atlanta.

Cisco Services for Connected Health
Digitalization has changed the way healthcare is delivered, creating new challenges and opportunities as more and more devices, data and applications are added onto your network. Cisco has partnered with key industry leaders such as GE, Apple, Extension Health and UCSF, to provide greater value to caregivers, patients and providers to capitalize on the digital revolution.

Be sure to subscribe now to get our quarterly newsletter delivered directly to your inbox!

Cisco Connected Health Newsletter

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12 Interns Share Why They #LoveWhereYouWork (Cisco!)

1700 Interns. 30+ countries. 85+ offices. Interns are a big part of what makes Cisco tick!

I am a Program Manager for The Global Intern Program. We organize events, learning opportunities and more to enhance the intern experience at Cisco.

Cisco is currently asking employees to tell us why they #LoveWhereYouWork. But I wanted to make sure that interns around the world made their voice heard, too!

Here are 12 reasons that our interns #LoveWhereYouWork.

Fränze Winski, Berlin, Germany


“The amazing work we´re doing together as a highly diverse team (openBerlin team: you rock!!), the absolute support in career and in personal life as well as the huge opportunities to develop my skills and building up my knowledge.”


Rakshitha Ram, Bangalore, India


“I can’t deny the amazing feeling of having super high speed internet all the time for the first time since I began to work. Goodies, off sites, team lunches and dinners with awesome people was the best part of it all.”


Gisela Alfaro, Guadalajara, Mexico


“Having the opportunity to be part of such a big industry in one of the best companies of the world.”


David Gefen, Jerusalem, Israel


“I love that with Cisco I am able to be a part of a powerful global community.”


Karol Dziegiel, Krakow, Poland


“PEOPLE. I am peopleholic. People in my Office, people that have visited us, people that I have visited, people that I have cooperated with via TelePresence. And coffee. And pizzas. And parties.”


Seonah Han, Ottawa, ON, Canada


“There are many things I enjoyed as an intern but it’s the learning environment I appreciate the most. I learned so much from my mentor and other engineers in the team. I owe them for all the knowledge I gained during the internship.”


Muath Alghamdi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


“Being part of the family that changed – and will keep changing – people’s life!”


Michelle Howard, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA


“It’s the people. We have a true “team” culture where we pursue continuous success while sharing many laughs along the way. In my short time with Cisco, I have met countless incredible leaders and individuals, strengthening my belief that Cisco is where I want to be.”


Justin Etzine, San Jose, California, USA


“We get to contribute to the latest Cisco developments, including the Internet of Everything, data science, etc., even as interns. Also, a concert in Levi Stadium with all the San Jose employees was fun, too!”


Yu Dao Yan (Dean), Shanghai, China


“Enjoying the fitness and sports club with other interns.”


Stephanie Souvleris, St. Leonards, Australia


“The support and training you are provided, along with being able to experiment and test on the newest technologies available in the market. This internship gives us responsibility and a purpose, giving us an insight into corporate life, and the skills to communicate and collaborate with different types of people from all around the world!”


Rafael Brabec, Zurich, Switzerland


“The Cisco people and culture are not only open and honest, but the team also cares about you and you feel a part of it immediately.”


Want to #LoveWhereYouWork too? Join us! We’re looking for interns!




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Growing Up Open Source

Growing Up Open Source

I guess I got tired of waiting around for someone else to do it for me?” ~ Young Frank Walker.


This quote was taken from the Movie “Tomorrowland.” This was the innocent response young Frank Walker gave when asked why he built a jet pack. I couldn’t find a better description to answer the common question, “How did Open Source Software come to existence?”

 Open Source reflects an open-mind. It does not only describe a type of software license, it is bigger than that, it is a culture. One way we can understand this culture, is to observe and recognize it through its impact on an individual’s life, and that’s what this post is about.

Twenty years ago, in my teenage years, I got struck by cupid’s arrow, for the internet. A network with the power to connect the world, is too strong to miss. It wasn’t long before I sacrificed a sound system capable of playing the nastiest rap tunes that were so dear to me, to buy a computer, get on the internet bandwagon.

Just like every other teenage kid, my jaw dropped every time I came across news of how teenagers can break security of sophisticated systems from their bedrooms, I was intrigued, wanted to begin but not sure where to go? I headed down to where these genius teenagers would hang out, the IRC chat rooms of EFNet.

On these chat rooms, lots of ambiguous technical terms were continuously scrolling, the one that caught my eyes, ended with the letter X (Linux).. It took me some time to realize that LinuX is not really a hacking tool, it is nothing but an Operating System.


Completely clueless but extremely determined, my mission in life was installing Slackware Linux on my Desktop. Bear in mind, that was 1994, so installing Linux was not as easy as today, I remember holding 3 floppy disks, not knowing what to do with them, one had the Kernel, one had the Master boot record and one with the Shell. After nights on end of head banging, “Linux” was installed, only with a black terminal and a blinking cursor. A 13 year old kid could not be happier.

Ten years later (2004), I found myself responsible for securing the network of an Internet Service Provider, serving thousands of subscribers. Such a responsibility was never going to be possible for a young guy of my age, without the Open Source exposure of my teenage years. That time, the challenge was different, but the solution was the same. Find a way to stop Denial of Service attacks on the network, without paying top dollar for fancy solutions.

The IRC world of Open Source enthusiasts turned into serious business, I found myself sitting in meetings with Executives, explaining why our internet gateway was receiving millions of malicious packets, filling our pipes, and how I came across an ‘experimental’ piece of software with a funny name (Zazu), to stop these attacks. As you would expect, Zazu is Open Source. The author and I collaborated to modify it and ultimately ended up with a solution that was tailored to our needs.

Fast forward again, ten years later (2015), where Open Source has gone mainstream. The culture is expanding into new frontiers. Check out OPNFV (Open Platform for NFV). This is not your common Open Source project, it’s not about writing code, it’s about system-integration, but in an Open Source fashion.

The Linux foundation is working with Network Operators and Vendors on OPNFV, a community-driven effort to integrate NFV and SDN projects.

Cisco is heavily involved in OPNFV and other Open Source initiatives like Opendaylight, Openstack…etc. The Cisco team of contributors and I attended the OPNFV first Summit in San Francisco (November 2015), we gave different presentations on different projects, My presentation was to demonstrate a use-case of how building a fancy cloud-based service is no longer a daunting task, using Open Source components included in OPNFV.

OPNFV produced their first release (Arno) as a lab-ready reference platform that integrated Openstack, Opendaylight and OVS, Previously, that required a complex setup that takes weeks or even months. These are big projects that require lots of integration work. They also offer easy programmable interfaces (REST APIs) that the community can leverage to build valuable applications. The second release of OPNFV is called (Brahmaputra).

During the OPNFV Summit, It was particularly interesting to see the cross-vendor collaboration. Ignoring commercial or technical competitiveness, I saw people from competing vendors sit together to discuss progress, hack code, and practice slides. I found this spirit to be too good to miss, so I signed up to one of the OPNFV projects (Functest) and I am happy to be back to the IRC-style meetings that I used to enjoy 20 years ago.

In conclusion, over the span of 20 years, It is obvious that Open Source was and still is the major contributor to my career development, no matter how different my scope is, whether a child’s play, a network operator or a product vendor. Open Source culture finds a way to get involved, solve problems, encourage collaboration and networking between people and bits/bytes.

Curious about getting started in Open Source. Here is  great example from OPNFV.

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Guest Blog by:

Ahmed Maged,
Cisco Engineer

Keep the conversation going on Twitter!  @amaged



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