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Partner Voices: Why Agile Tools and Processes Are Critical to IT Operations

This is the latest in a series of posts featuring partner success stories where partners share how they’re helping customers achieve their goals by using Cisco technology. This week we’re featuring Colin McNamara, Nexus IS Director of Cloud Practice and Chief Cloud Architect. 

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is gaining serious steam in our industry. Early adopters have been in production for a couple years now, and the first wave of “enterprise” SDN applications are making their way into the market.

One of the key benefits of SDN applications is that they provide a consistent view of the complete, end-to-end network topology (versus a per hop view commonly found in legacy routing protocols). This enables enterprises to implement a consistent policy across multiple hardware platforms and pass control of the network to the applications themselves. SDN also facilitates slicing (network partitioning), enhanced Network Access Control and multi-tenant data center networking – capabilities that are driving adoption and motivating vendors like Cisco and others to evolve their product lines to support this new technology.

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What Not to Miss: Interop NY 2013

Interop New York kicks off today at the Jacob Javits Center. Here’s the short list of what’s coming in the next few days:

Tech Field Day Round Table

Catch the tech deep dive on Cisco enterprise networking and wireless technologies on Tuesday October 1 at 10am EST. http://techfieldday.com/event/riny13/

Mobility & BYOD Workshop 

I’ll be live tweeting from the Mobility & BYOD Workshop on Tuesday October 1. Catch the latest from @Cisco_Mobility

Keynote

See John Chambers speak on the future of networking and the opportunity created by the Internet of Everything, live from the keynote stage on Wednesday October 2nd from 9:00 – 11:00 AM EST. http://www.interop.com/newyork/conference/keynote.php

Unified Access Momentum Launch Event 

On Thursday October 3 from 1-2pm EST, we will introduce Cisco’s lateest business-changing network innovations. We will unveil new products and solutions that enable you to expand business applications to more places with Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences. Space is limited and registration is required.

If you are not going to the show, we will also be broadcasting it live.

Cisco Booth #409

Join us for demos, theater sessions, and Meet the Expert! We’ll be keeping updates on Twitter via @Cisco_Mobility

 

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Flipped Learning – Transforming Education

To say the way students learn today has dramatically changed since I was in school would be an understatement. Not too long ago, technology played a limited role in education. Computers were not an active part of any discussion; it was a lab we went to for an hour a day.  Now students are fortunate to have access to a variety of technologies that enrich teaching methods such as interactive smart boards, laptops and tablets, video technology and more. This has transformed  the way educators engage with their classes and how students learn.

I think video collaboration technology specifically has had a profound impact on education. Today, teachers and school officials alike are utilizing video collaboration for many diverse uses such as advanced instruction, distance learning, virtual field trips and global student collaboration. Most recently, flipped learning has been receiving a considerable amount of attention and buzz for the powerful benefits it offers students and educators. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – September 27, 2013

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Cisco Collaboration is always an active topic on the Channels blog, and nothing is more important to you than growing your business. This week, Richard McLeod, senior director Worldwide Channel Sales, provided a great deal of insight on both.

Want to get your customers current, accelerate their activation and adoption? Be sure to join the conversation on Richard’s latest blog. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the Cisco Drive to 9 initiative and learn about the latest collaboration product and program updates by registering for one of Cisco’s Global Collaboration Launch October Partner Webcasts.

Be sure to join the conversation today! Read More »

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Cisco Leads the Gartner Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant Again!

Gartner has released their 2013 Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant.  For the 2nd time in a row, Cisco is recognized as a leader in this highly anticipated publication.

Here is the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure (Authors: Tim Zimmerman and Mark Fabbi; Published 3rd September 2013).

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Cisco. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Cisco.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

There are two primary criteria for the Gartner MQ — (a) the Completeness of Vision (b) Ability to Execute.

From a vision perspective, Cisco unveiled its vision of Unified Access – One Policy, One Management, One Network — more than a year back (last June, to be precise). This vision was the first step in helping our customers drive business innovations and achieving IT simplicity while addressing the rapid growth of BYOD and Mobility in their organizations.

We were also ahead of the times by having a vision for the network to be a strategic asset (and not a cost center) for our customers. And the way to make this happen was to leverage the network intelligence to drive new customer experiences and revenue opportunities. That’s where our vision of Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) came about. The idea behind CMX was to enable organizations to improve customer loyalty and increase revenue by delivering context-aware mobile information that matches their customers’ real-time needs and preferences. A retail store, for example, can use the CMX solution to enhance mobile shopping experience, increase loyalty app usage, create targeted personalized marketing and context-rich notifications, and use on-premise visibility to understand and adapt to customer behavior. Its no surprise that the majority of our customers have jointly embraced this Cisco vision and a lot of our competitors are now trying to follow suit.

But the proof is in the pudding.. Read the full blog to find out how Cisco has executed on this vision.

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