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Mobilizing The Internet of Everything: More Valuable, Meaningful Connections

We’ve been hearing a lot about the transition to the Internet of Everything, and the billions of new devices that will be coming online in the next few years. It’s clear that the network isn’t just for PCs, smartphones, and tablets anymore. We’re entering an age where home appliances, disposable consumer gadgets, and even buildings will be on the net and sharing information.

But the Internet of Everything is not only about connected things, it’s about the amazing things that will happen when you connect people, process and data with those things —and change the way we work, live, play, and learn. And in today’s fast-moving world, these new connections must be mobile.

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Manufacturing Innovation Begins with a Converged Network

Many manufacturers are gathered at the ARC World Industry Forum in Orlando this week discussing new technologies, best practices and emerging standards in manufacturing.  They’re talking about how to drive innovation with real-time advanced analytics, increase equipment utilization, implement energy-savings and sustainability strategies, collaborate amongst supply chain expertise with machine-level context and awareness, and enable mobile computing, cyber security and safety. One top of mind theme is The Internet of Things and its positive impact on all of these business goals.  But before manufacturers can capitalize on the Internet of Things, they will need a standards-based, converged, intelligent IP networking platform.

Standards-based IP networks drive operational efficiency and increase asset utilization to create greater profitability. An IP-based network can also streamline the connection of factory floor systems to private clouds, where manufacturing data is more secure and can be analyzed for production quality and product volumes based on real-time information.  This real-time data analysis can be flexibly accessed from multiple devices.

IT OT imageTo ease implementing a converged network, Cisco is introducing the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution, a Cisco end-to-end network architecture that leverages standard, unmodified Ethernet while offering greater security and management efficiencies, enabling innovations across the manufacturing value chain.

The Cisco Industrial Smart Solution brings together operation technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to create a flexible and scalable, standards-based IP network.   The smart solution is an expansion of the Converged Plant wide Ethernet (CPwE) architecture, co-developed by Cisco and Rockwell Automation, and is successfully deployed in many plant floor environments.

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Introducing Maciej Kranz, VP/GM of Cisco Connected Industries Group.

February 11, 2013 at 2:33 am PST

I am very pleased to welcome Maciej Kranz to the Manufacturing Blog community.

Maciej is the VP and General Manager of the Connected Industries Group (CIG) here at Cisco.

Cred Maciej KranzHe drives the vision and strategy for a business unit that’s focused on developing  intelligent networks for process and discrete manufacturing, transportation, machine-to-machine communication and connected vehicles.

Before leading CIG, Maciej led other Cisco teams that help to improve the business processes of Cisco customers.  He led the efforts across Cisco businesses to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps so that enterprises can conduct business and communicate from anywhere, anytime, and in any way they wish – as Borderless Networks.

Earlier, he was VP of Marketing for the Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU).  His team established industry-renowned positioning for Cisco with the Cisco Motion strategy and led the transition to 802.11n-based networks.

Maciej also led marketing for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit which he grew to a multi-billion dollar business across enterprise, small business, and Metro Ethernet networks. Read More »

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Microsoft SQL Server on UCS : Higher Performance and Lower Cost

February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm PST

AppBlogPicOrganizations use Cisco UCS servers to gain the power, flexibility, and management simplicity needed to meet their Microsoft SQL Server workload demands while increasing their IT agility.

Starting with standalone servers for performance and bandwidth, or connecting servers through Cisco UCS for automated configuration, simplified management, and massive I/O flexibility which provide SAN and network-attached storage (NAS) access, the pairing of Microsoft SQL Server with Cisco UCS provides business intelligence and OLTP applications exceptional connectivity to your data.

Let’s not about record-setting performance with lower cost, too! In its inaugural TPC-H™ result, Cisco asserted industry leadership in partnership with Microsoft, establishing Cisco UCS as the fastest 4-socket Intel Xeon processor– powered platform for running Microsoft SQL Server at the 1,000 GB scale factor.

Table 1 below outlines the flexibility of  SQL Server on UCS, describing various sized configurations to support your data management needs. Here you can see how our B series or C series UCS servers support small to medium organizations up to the largest of enterprises.

Table 1 -- UCS SQL Server Sample Configurations

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Five Myths of Telepresence Debunked!

The wide adoption and interest in telepresence has made it the target for some of the greatest myths in technology today. To respect your time, I thought it would be best to recap the five most common that I hear.

Myth #1. “It’s unaffordable and only for the enterprise”

Telepresence offers an easy and dynamic way for dispersed teams to innovate, troubleshoot and collaborate in real-time and is affordable for companies of just about any size. The development of technologies, especially via the cloud, is making the benefits of telepresence accessible to businesses around the globe. Smaller organizations are rapidly realizing the business value and rapid ROI that telepresence solutions offer and are integrating this with their broader collaboration strategy.

Myth #2. “Web-based consumer services are good enough”

Consumer-grade video services fall short of what businesses need in a video solution in several key areas, including security, quality, flexibility and feature richness. Consumer video suppliers have always promised lifelike experiences, but the reality is most solutions offer poor image and audio quality that are likely to be fuzzy and jerky. While this is generally acceptable to consumers because it’s low-cost or free, it’s not a plausible solution for conducting business.

Myth #3. “Software vs. hardware”

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