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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.

Cisco’s Elastic Core and nLight solutions address Read More »

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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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National Dance Institute Waltzes Its Way Into Video Collaboration

dance 1Collaborative video isn’t just for globally dispersed teams or CEOs looking to close the next big deal. Recently, it brought together a dozen students who are connected by a love of dance but separated by 8,000 miles.

Cisco and Tata Communications have been working with the National Dance Institute (NDI) since 2011 to find ways video technology can enhance dance. Founded by former New York City ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise and  located in the heart of Harlem, NDI is dedicated to introducing children to the arts.  Using dance as a catalyst, NDI promotes the belief that the arts are primary and vital in our society and should be a major part of every child’s development and education.

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Join us for the Community for Connected Health Summit at HIMSS13

On March 4, Cisco will sponsor the 6th Annual Community for Connected Health Summit during the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition.  This year’s agenda promises to be the best one ever!

The Summit is open to all HIMSS13 attendees at no additional cost; however, registration is required as seating is limited. This is a one day program and all sessions are included in the registration. Complimentary boxed lunch is also included.

Monday, March 4, 2013Cisco Community for Connected Health
10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (check-in at 9:30 a.m.)
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Room 393
New Orleans, LA

The agenda will feature engaging presentations from:

The Net Effect – A Cisco Perspective

Dave Evans, Cisco Dave Evans
 Chief Futurist
 Cisco

Equal parts prognosticator and pragmatist, Cisco’s chief futurist will share how innovation is driving dramatic change in all fields, including healthcare.

Transforming Patient Engagement

Dr. David Langer Dr. David Langer 
 Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
 North Shore, LIJ Health System 

Kevin Friel

 Kevin Friel   
 Vice President of Enterprise Network Services
 North Shore, LIJ Health System 

Learn how a unique partnership between clinical and IT leadership has led to the practical application of technology in the care process that has greatly increased patient engagement. 

Lake Nona: A Connected Health Community

Thad Seymour Thad Seymour
 Executive Director
 Lake Nona 

The first city in the US built with ubiquitous connectivity and interconnected building, transportation, utility, and civic systems– hear how Lake Nona’s innovative design provides for unified approach to lifelong health care delivery, learning and education.
 

A Collaborative Discharge Process 

Dr. Mark Blatt Dr. Mark Blatt
 Chief Medical Director
 Intel 

A classic “moment of truth” impacting quality, the patient experience, and even the bottom-line – attend this session to learn about a technology-enabled, collaborative approach to the discharge process.

Following Dr. Blatt’s session, there will be a giveaway, sponsored by Intel, of three Ultrabook™ systems.  Must be present to win.

Ultrabook is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. 

Register now

 Co-sponsored by Intel®: 

Intel

  

 

This program is approved for up to 3.25 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS).

 

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The Impact of Programmability on Networks

brian shodaLast month Brian Shoda, a 12 year veteran of Cisco and most recently the director of Cisco’s IP NGN architecture sales for the Asia Pacific theatre, sat for an interview with Telecom Asia magazine. During the interview he discussed the impact of programmability on the network and why dynamically configuring services is important for telecom operators. Since some of our global audience doesn’t read Telecom Asia magazine they’ve graciously allowed us to reprint the interview.

1. [Telecom Asia] What are the key trends driving the transition in SP networking?

[Brian Shoda] Over the past several years, service provider networking has primarily focused on cost reduction through network optimization and revenue generation and the development of new and innovative products. However, recently with the explosion of mobile data traffic growth many operators have struggled to control capital expenditures as they scale their networks to support demand, often diverting capital from product development to ensure the on-going scalability of the infrastructure. In many markets, this has led to the stagnation of innovation and the commoditization of network services, which, in turn has lowered revenues and reduced margins as operators compete on price to maintain and grow their customer bases.

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