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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: July 11- July 15

Welcome back to another weekly wrap up of our top stories and features from The Network. For those of you who participated in or even watched CiscoLive, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Check out what we’ve been up to this week.

1.) Cisco Live 2011

As you all know by now, CiscoLive is just wrapping up in Las Vegas this week. Do you attend Cisco Live onsite or virtually? Tell us your story and you could be featured as the Ultimate Cisco Live Attendee! Turn in your submissions today!

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Missed it? A Recap on Tuesday’s Events from Cisco Live 2011

It’s been a whirlwind of a day at Cisco Live! In case you missed anything, here’s a quick recap on the day’s events.

To kick off the morning, we announced a refresh of the world’s most widely deployed switch, the Catalyst 6500. Fun fact: the new Sup2T is powerful enough to handle 250 Harry Potter DVDs per second!

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SVP John McCool and Scott Gainey

Then our Chairman and CEO, John Chambers, ushered in by a flash mob, delivered his keynote address to a packed house and a virtual audience of 40,000 from over 150 countries!

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Flashmob takes over Cisco Live

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John Chambers delivers his keynote address

Next, I got a behind the scenes look at some of the impressive technology that goes behind supporting over 15,000 Cisco Live attendees. It took about 4 days to build the Network Operations Center and it tracks realtime traffic on the network in the convention center.

And finally, I got my hands on the new Cisco Cius. It may not come with Angry Birds out of the box, but I’m told if you’re on your IT Manager’s good side, they just might enable it for you… oh, and it has HD video, Cisco TelePresence, and VXI technology.

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Hands on with Cius

Check back again tomorrow for more news and updates from CiscoLive 2011 and click here for more photos from the day!

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New Switch Will Help You and Your Customers Tackle Networking Challenges

Whether it’s the increasing proliferation of connected devices, the growth of video traffic, cloud computing business models, and increasingly mobile workforces—no doubt there are big changes happening in IT.

At Cisco Live, we’ve got the tools to provide your customers’ networks with more speed and flexibility than ever before. And today Cisco is announcing multiple innovations into the flagship Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, so you and your customers can be ready to face all the changes ahead.

The new innovations include industry firsts, such as seamless IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch’s hardware platform, new network virtualization capabilities, a comprehensive set of L4-7 integrated services modules, and new application performance and visibility monitoring through a completely revamped implementation of NetFlow.

The new supervisor engine can increase the throughput capability of the Catalyst 6500 from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold increase. It can also quadruple the number of devices or users that can connect to a network. For example, a single Catalyst 6500 can now support up to 10,000 mobile devices.

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Out of the Closet Intelligence

March 29, 2011 at 4:00 am PST

I am still pleasantly surprised that the title of this show “Intelligent Switches Come out of the Closet” has not been yanked by our censors. The show is a good one of course, and double entendre aside, this notion of moving out of the switching closet and putting switch resources right at a critical point of entry is exactly what we are talking about. This is another of our three shows taped at CiscoLive in London, the Borderless team released a new line of ‘compact switches’ purpose-built for a very unique environment.

You can watch the full show by clicking here (this link will take you into our virtual environment which does require registration the first time you go…nice thing is you only have to do this once and you can poke around to see the rest of our content).

Lets review a bit about the content

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Cisco announces new “teleworker” wireless solutions – working from home just got a whole lot easier

When Cisco conducted an industry survey a few months back, the research revealed that 61% of employees believe they don’t need to be in an office to be productive – and two-thirds of employees place a higher value on workplace flexibility than salary. Attitudes toward working remotely have certainly shifted over recent years, as working from home is no longer seen as a privilege – it’s expected.

But for just about any employee who has ever needed to work from home, getting a home office wireless network up and running can be time consuming, even if you already have an existing home network. By the time you change network profiles, start VPN clients, and deal with security concerns, not to mention time spent on the phone with the corporate IT helpdesk, you can easily spend a good chunk of your day setting up and configuring your wireless network.

But once again, Cisco can help.

Cisco announced today new OfficeExtend wireless solutions designed toward making the whole teleworking process painless for both the remote worker and the IT manager back at the corporate office. With the new OfficeExtend wireless solutions from Cisco, not only can you have home network profiles for personal use, but as an additional feature, the very same corporate WLAN profiles and security that you using at the office can now be replicated at home.  And better yet, the new wireless solutions require no intervention from end users by allowing IT departments to remotely manage home access points alongside the rest of their corporate infrastructure.   Read More »

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