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2012 Cisco Live!: Increasing Interconnectivity and Innovation

Last week, Cisco Live in San Diego served as the perfect backdrop for showcasing the pace of innovation. We’ve come quite a long way from the Cisco Live of the ‘90s--those ancestral brick cell phones and clunky PC workstations! This year, people were using their phones to record videos, share pictures, check email, and send out quick tweets as they walked around. Proof positive that mobile internet connectivity has allowed us to better integrate the different roles we play in our everyday lives and to be more productive. No matter where I was, Cisco Jabber kept me connected to my colleagues and team who couldn’t be there.  But just because they weren’t there with me, doesn’t mean they couldn’t experience Cisco Live. In fact, they could remotely access all of the goings-on from any device with internet connectivity.

We are in a decade where flexibility seems to be the mantra and innovation the expectation.  Elastic mobile architectures, as enabled by the recently released ASR 5500 mobile internet platform, showcase flexibility being built from the ground up.  And flexibility is most obvious in our choice of consumer devices and the ability to work our way as enabled by the Cisco Unified Workspace. Ultimately, great minds generate growth and innovation.  Cisco helps by providing better networking and collaborative tools that free those minds to do their magic. It all adds up to a continuous innovation life cycle.

 

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Cisco Live 2012 Happenings – Manufacturing Industry related

June 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST

Connected Industries Booth

It was great to see the Cisco Connected Industries Booth that I blogged about recently humming at Cisco Live this week. Lots of delegates interested in talking about Converged Plant-wide networks, Machine-to-Machine applications and technologies, and all the different network sensing, diagnostic and management capabilities of our Partners such as Rockwell Automation, Panduit Corp, Emerson , OSIsoft LLC and Honeywell Process Solutions.

Maciej Kranz, CIBU VP, talks to attendees

I videoed a few of the demos and will talk about them in future blogs, but I wanted to share some great images from the booth, and also from the ‘Table-Topics’ I helped moderate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some delegates really get the trends and are on their way to implemented open standards networks throughout their organizations. During the Table topics a pharmaceutical company and a utilities company talked about ‘Wireless in Manufacturing’ and the direction they were taking. There are challenges ahead and we talked about how Cisco was helping to tackle some of the key ones -- security and manageability came out tops, so Cisco’s Secure-X architecture advances were appreciated.

Table Topics provides a relaxed discussion

The Rockwell Robot, the OSIsoft PI software, the Panduit solutions and the Emerson and Honeywell sensor networks booths (Wireless Hart and ISA100 respectively) were all big draws, as were the new IE2000 hardened switches from Cisco. There was huge interest in the M2M demonstrations and the way the ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming as huge as the 2008 forecasts predicted.

The Cisco Live event is a mixture of learning, networking and discussion. If you get a chance to attend you’ll meet folks from all over the world and see that the challenges and solutions are often not that different between countries or organizations.

Watch out for my next blogs where I go into more depth on the demonstrations and messaging from Cisco.

 

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Hear from Our Customers at Cisco Live San Diego

As organizations work to evolve their IT infrastructure into a cloud-based model, one concept becomes self-evident: connecting users to the cloud with confidence. In order to achieve that, any virtual infrastructure must have the ability to pool multiple physical devices into a single virtual instance, then expand and contract that instance simultaneously and instantaneously based on application, location or line of business requirements. Such needs further emphasize the importance of design flexibility and scalable deployment models within the WAN. Cisco WAAS provides exactly that and more. But, don’t just take our words for it. Hear directly from our customers at Cisco Live this week.  Read More »

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Cloud a Hot Topic at CiscoLive!

It’s that time of year again when we all gather for Cisco Live US to share the latest and greatest in the world of IT and networking. This year the event is being held in San Diego, and there are 17,000 in-person attendees—a new record! One of my favorite things about Cisco Live is that I have a chance to interact one-on-one with customers, partners, and analysts. When I do, the topic of the cloud invariably is on their minds.

Of course many already know about the Cisco CloudVerse strategy and solution set, which is based on the Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services, all of which are supported by Cisco and partner professional services. What they might not know about, however, are all of the advancements Cisco has made to make cloud networks truly intelligent since last December when we originally announced CloudVerse.

Yesterday here at Cisco Live, we announced Cisco Cloud Connected Solution as the latest innovation in the Cloud Intelligent Network. This solution adds a host of capabilities to your already existing network infrastructure, allowing you to take full advantage of cloud computing.  A number of new capabilities were introduced, but my personal favorites are the Cloud Connectors and the new Read More »

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Cisco Live, Day 1

June 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm PST

So, I wrapped up CiscoLive Day 1 with a chance to catch up at the end of the day with Fred Nix of EMC (@NixFred) and Vaughn Stewart of NetApp (@vStewed). While the conversation covered a number of topics, not all them appropriate for a corporate blog, we did commit this part of the conversation to tape.  I think this segment  highlights a couple of things.  First, how our ecosystem of data center partners is second to none--these guys are rock stars and they represent equally cool companies.  Second, I think this really shows how much IT has evolved and the lines have blurred so that folks like EMC and NetApp are able move beyond their storage roots and deliver comprehensive infrastructure solutions to our customers through their vBlock and FlexPod offerings, respectively.

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