“This isn’t about charity—it’s about giving back to the military.”
These were the words of the DJ as participants knelt down on one knee at the starting line of Tough Mudder, an 11+ mile course with 20+ military style obstacles. I took this challenge last weekend at Northstar Ski Resort by Lake Tahoe with four other Cisco employees, plus three friends.
Cisco employee John Milo on the Log Jammin’ Obstacle at the Tough Mudder Norcal 2012
Tough Mudder benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps empower and support post-9/11 veterans as they heal their physical wounds (such as lost limbs) and emotional wounds (such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and re-assimilate into society. Many Wounded Warriors completed the course alongside us.
To help you to take advantage as soon as possible of the UCS platform, I talked yesterday with Carl Fijat, from Cisco Advanced Services to better understand how easy and painless the RISC migration can be. Carl who was presenting on the Cisco booth ( #1221) talked about the extensive methodology and comprehensive set of tools offered to the customers who are ready to migrate .
If you have deployed a SAP solutions, chances are that you have also Cisco network solutions in your company. But do you realize that you can get much more out of the presence of the two vendors in your company? And if you run also solutions either from EMC and NetApp you are now literally seating on a golden opportunity. October 9th webcast is your chance to know more.
Cisco and SAP are very natural partners – Both companies are very interested in providing what business customers are increasingly eager to get out of an intelligent infrastructure ready for cloud, big data , and data analytics : Improve personal productivity, increase process visibility, expand customer insight, manage risks and provide security, with the promise of achieving unprecedented level of business agility, financial efficiency and IT simplification.
Over the past years , SAP introduced a new concept with SAP HANA, “a game changer in Memory platform, allowing customers to run the business differently thanks to an easy , near real-time access to a vast amount of data” to quote Ryan Veerubhotla, SAP AG , VP Ecosystem and channels – If you haven’t already seen this educative , easy to understand video, check out . A great way to see how data in motion become data in action!
Truth is ..for a solution such a SAP HANA to be very successful , it requires an outstanding infrastructure – And that’s where the Cisco Unified Data Center plays a central role –
Whether we talk about Unified Computing Systems, Unified Fabric or Unified management including Intelligent Automation, the Data Center portfolio of solutions that Cisco can deploy for a SAP user makes a tremendous difference in terms of ease of deployment, ease of management , cost reduction and containment and of course performances. (a quick reminder that Cisco UCS broke in less than 3 years + 70 world-record benchmarks including this week a TPC-C benchmark)
In a blog post last week, Cisco cited its recent landmark 100 Gbps IPoDWDM trial with BT, which demonstrates ways to create a Next-Generation Internet, one that can handle a million minutes of video every second without having to trench new fiber or dig up streets. However, there is more behind this story because faster alone doesn’t represent a complete solution to the enormity of the challenge facing network operators. Carriers such as BT need the solution to be bigger, stronger, and smarter.
Take for example, the complexity of traffic flows. To a basic user, the Internet “Information Superhighway” of yesteryear had essentially one on-ramp and one off-ramp. Traffic traveled largely in a very straightforward pattern. Due to the growing popularity of mobility and cloud computing, traffic is quickly becoming multidirectional. According to Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, the mobile Internet will increase 18-fold by 2016 and cloud services will expand 12-fold by 2015. What’s more, VNI research indicates that by 2016 there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections. That’s 2.5 connections for every per person on earth!
To keep up, service providers must deploy networks that are more elastic to more easily grow and keep pace with these shifts. Like exercise, these innovations are vital for the heart of the Next-Generation Internet, the service provider core network. Today we announced several innovations for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) to Read More »
Massive amounts of data are being created every day, and shaping the way we live, work, and interact. Big Data can give a strategic advantage. Big Data can also create a richer experience for customer. We all agree about that.
But early on our scientists have speculated on the implications of the explosion of data. They described their vision for a future Internet of Things — when trillions of networked computers could free people to focus their energies on pressing issues like climate change or resource shortages. (See video interview from David Evans, (@DaveTheFuturist) Cisco’s Chief Futurist and Chief Technologist and blog from Shaun Kirby, Director of Cisco’s Innovations Architecture Practice for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions)
Today we definitely see the Internet as the next realm for Big Data to shine : From a video camera, a tire pressure sensor to a smart meter these devices are creating a constant flow of data. In fact, as Carlos Dominguez , Cisco SVP , Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO explains in his today blog “Finding Wisdom in Big Data” , the data generated by the devices will very soon make up the majority of all information available. With the caveat , that the real-time nature of these new sources of data requires that it is evaluated in motion and in meaningful way. The value of data is often dictated by time – being at its highest value as it is created. It is less and less relevant to look at them later.