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Urban Sustainability – Not Just A Dream

As world leaders ponder how to meet the growing demand for energy and resources, while reducing global carbon emissions, cities are challenged even further. The exponential growth of cities has resulted in enormous urban challenges:  scarcity of resources; skyrocketing passenger, cargo, and digital traffic; and outdated and overloaded infrastructures.

The continued expansion of the Internet and our society’s increased connectivity seemingly amplify these urban challenges. However, Cisco and Schneider Electric see an opportunity to create a new future for cities, and they are already making cities more efficient and connected today.

The key is transforming a city from the inside out:

  • Developing an efficient infrastructure for the utilities network, transportation systems, buildings, and public services.
  • Adding connectivity to integrate these efficiency solutions, and including people in the social conversation.
  • Reducing carbon emissions and environmental consequences of urban life to ensure sustainability.

This transformation requires that the city’s operating systems, such as utilities and transportation, function with optimal efficiency, allowing data collection for operations optimization. In order to solve the “pain points” that negatively affect city residents (such as power outages), it is critical to optimize each individual system, as well as the overall structure and connections among systems. Efficient integrated operating systems that create connections will improve services, offer better information sharing, and enhance a city’s sustainability and livability, transforming it into a Smart City.

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Telepresence and the Treadmill: This Is Not Your Father’s Office

Cisco’s been ahead of the curve for years when it comes to technology and flexibility in the workplace, now the company is taking it to a new level when it comes to connected workspaces. Just step into Building Eight on Cisco’s main campus in San Jose and you’ll see what we mean. You’ll be greeted by modern clean lines, open workspaces and seating that provides flexibility. Gone are the giant cubicle walls and desks filled sky high with paperwork. Instead, you’ll find open environments with more natural light, and setups that allow an employee to drop in, connect and have all the tools they need to succeed.

The new on-site spaces include Quiet Rooms if you need deep focus, Project Rooms for group collaboration, Audio Privacy Rooms for phone calls, and Day Lockers for use during a meeting or lunch. Employees also get IP phones with Extension Mobility and access to conference rooms with Telepresence.

Open Office Space at Cisco's Building Eight

Open Office Space at Cisco’s Building Eight

An Audio Privacy Room

Community Wall at Cisco's Building Eight

Community Wall at Cisco’s Building Eight

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2012 Cisco Learning Partner Awards Showcase the Best of the Best

This week, Cisco unveiled the winners of its 2012 Learning Partner Awards at its Global Learning Partner Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Cisco Learning Partners help Cisco prepare partners to meet their customers’ technology needs by providing technical and business-readiness authorized training and enablement. Cisco Learning Partners provide the advanced technical, certification, and product training to individuals that enable Cisco partners and customers to deploy technology and business solutions with greater confidence and increase the overall productivity and profitability of their businesses. Cisco authorized training provides a solid foundation of skills and resources to enable channel partners to design, implement, and manage the latest converging technologies.

The Cisco Learning Partner Awards recognize exemplary Learning Partners who demonstrate best-in-class business practices. These winners also  serve as a model to the industry. Criteria include:

  • Collaboration with Cisco and other Learning Partners
  • Developing innovative new programs to enhance the student experience
  • Acceleration of positive growth
  • Delivering the highest quality training and enablement for the channel

Award winners in various categories are below.  Read More »

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The Impact of Programmability on Networks Part 2

brian shodaYesterday we reprinted the first part of Telecom Asia magazine’s interview with Brian Shoda, director of Cisco NGN architecture sales for Asia Pacific. Here is the second and final part of the story.

4. [Telecom Asia] How can telcos better optimize and simplify their network architectures?

[Brian Shoda] The traditional layered and hierarchical model of network architecture has served operators well for many years. Today, the demands on operator networks are vastly different to those of the past. Optimization and simplification of network architectures is a key focus for most operators. Long lead times for activating new capacity, idle link capacity, and 1:1 bandwidth reservation are all costly methodologies and are no longer feasible for the modern operator.

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Time Flies! Expanding our Decade-Long Partnership with NetApp

The old saying that “time flies by” couldn’t be any more true when I reflect on our decade-long partnership with NetApp. Over the past ten years new technology trends, changing consumption models, and fast-evolving customer needs have altered the IT industry landscape. But the Cisco-NetApp partnership has stood the test of time. Why? Because it was built on a solid foundation: remarkably aligned visions of the future of IT, complimentary technology solutions, and similar corporate cultures.

Over the past two years our partnership momentum has accelerated with the success of the FlexPod architecture. Cisco and NetApp now have more than 2,100 FlexPod customers, deployments in 35 countries and more than 700 channel partners. In fact, our channel partners have proven to be the secret sauce driving FlexPod momentum.

Today, Cisco and NetApp are announcing an expansion of our winning partnership to make it easier for customers to deploy and access next-generation cloud infrastructure solutions. The partnership expansion is built around four key areas:  Read More »

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