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IBC 2012: Cisco and NDS on Fast Track to Deliver TV’s Future

Let’s face it, TV has changed more in the last five years than the first 50 combined.  And Cisco, backed by newly acquired NDS, is on a fast track to reinvent TV as we know it.

The International Broadcasting Convention (“IBC 2012”) commenced in Amsterdam today amid  anticipation for what Cisco and newly acquired NDS will deliver to an industry in  continuous transition, one that faces both unprecedented opportunity and rapidly shifting customer expectations.

Jesper Andersen, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group, provided  insight into how his organization will enable a true next-generation TV experience that is more immersive, engaging and social, while creating new revenue opportunities for service and content providers worldwide. Cisco today revealed its expanded content delivery network portfolio, the Cisco Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS), and announced several Videoscape customer deployments, as well.

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Onward California: UC and Cisco celebrate a long-standing collaboration

Whether you know it or not, the University of California has probably played a part in your day — from the batteries developed for the hybrid car you drive, research that helped grow the fruits and vegetables you eat, or friends and family members that may have attended or work at one of the world-class UC campuses, national labs, or life-saving medical centers.

And Cisco’s connections with UC run deep. According to LinkedIn, nearly 5,100 Cisco employees have a UC degree.

The UC system has launched the Onward California tour to encourage thousands of passionate supporters to share why they think UC makes California better. The tour celebrates some great UC people and innovations, many of which may surprise you, and has some fun, interactive ways you can share your UC connections.

As a California-based company, we’re proud to host a stop and encourage our employees, regardless of where you went to college, to join UC staff in celebrating the collaboration.

UC’s Onward California Mobile Tour will be coming to Cisco’s San Jose Campus on September 17, 2012 in the parking lot between bldgs. 4 & 5 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Come show your support for UC and for higher education in California, and get a free ice cream treat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about the campaign, and some of the groundbreaking research conducted through the UC system at www.onwardcalifornia.com.

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Cisco UCS Technology Innovation Drive OpEx and CapEx Savings for Microsoft Environments

September 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm PST

It’s been a busy week as Cisco has been active with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 launch activities around the world. We’ve spoken with customers at events in Toronto and New York City with many more in person and digital events to go…

While the week’s focus was on Windows Server 2012 and the datacenter, I thought I would orient this post on how our UCS server family architecture is already benefitting customers in their own Microsoft focused environments. Below is a snippet of metrics, all from publicly available Cisco case studies, and they each demonstrate how Cisco UCS not only advances your data center forward technically but also drives efficiencies in OpEx and CapEx budget spend:

  • 97% -- Young America. Increased their server virtualization rate from 20% to 97%.
  • 80% -- National FFA – This nation-wide organization significantly per server reduced management time.
  • 70% -- Secure 24 – U.S. based service provider saw a tremendous reduction in datacenter cabling.  
  • 66% -- Microsoft – One of Microsoft’s Redmond, WA based datacenter achieved double digit power savings.
  • 40% -- Human Kinetics – Illinois based health and lifestyle firm recognized a large reduction in server acquisition costs.
  • 12 weeks to 10 minutesING Direct (Australia) – Large financial firm experienced a drop in the time needed to provision a new banking environment.
  • 2 Days to 2 hoursVolunteer State Community College – Tennessee based college improved the time required to deploy a desktop for students.
  • $1,575 to $80Slumberland – Mattress retail firm in the U.S. achieved a reduction in per server management cost.

Cisco’s UCS server family, as well as our other datacenter assets such as our Nexus switch family and Cisco Advanced Services, support the full range of Microsoft environments – Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and VDI. For virtualization, we’re hypervisor agnostic, too so Hyper-V, VMware, etc. are equally supported.  Bottom line is  Cisco technology will help create a better datacenter for you while also being friendly to your OpEx and CapEx budget spend.

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Cisco’s new hyperscale approach to Connected Physical Security

What you need to know

In an increasingly connected world, Big Data is the latest buzzword making the rounds of venture capitalists and enterprising young startups. It offers the opportunity to turn raw data into business-impacting insights to boost sales, cut costs, and decrease cycle times. A similar revolution is happening in Video. Thanks to Moore’s law, ever higher pixel counts, and manufacturing improvements, cameras (and more importantly the software to analyze the video they capture) are proliferating. These new technologies take video surveillance to an all new level. While protecting people and assets, they can also count the number of people waiting in line at a checkout counter, generate a heat-map of the most-trafficked area of the store, and help streamline traffic flows on busy street. These increasingly intelligent camera systems will create a new capability we call Video Intelligence. This is similar to Business Intelligence, or data-mining, except that by turning video into information, it turns every camera into a real-time sensor of the real world.

Physical Security-enabled Business Transformation

The benefits of video intelligence will enable businesses and governments to radically transform the way they do business and deliver services. A video intelligence system will be an integral part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. It will run on a converged network and will connect every branch to the data centers. This will lead to a proliferation of cameras and a need to bring back the video and analytics data in realtime. We believe that this will lead to a dramatic increase in the scale of the deployment of video. Hyperscale deployments require systems capable of digesting huge video flows.

So what is a hyperscale system?

A hyperscale system is one that is capable of providing massive amounts of information and  real-time intelligence to people and devices at massive scale for a specific purpose, at global scale.  For example, think of Google, the GPS systems you use to navigate, Apple’s Siri voice recognition system or IBM’s Watson.  The emergence of hyperscale systems and the need for them, have changed the way we work, live learn and play.

Introducing Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0

On Sept 6, Cisco announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry’s first end to end system built from the ground-up and certified to run in Cisco’s UCS virtualized computing environments delivering all of the IP-based applications for Connected Physical Security together as an integrated end-to-end system. These new solutions now make it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration.  Cisco also introduced a compete new line of IP video surveillance cameras, an extension of its medianet strategy and remote management services, to help IT and security teams partner to implement very-large scale video deployments.

These new systems are capable of providing significantly greater benefits to businesses and organizations worldwide. hyperscale physical security systems will deliver intelligence and business capabilities at a fraction of the cost, and complexity of traditional physical security systems.

Powered by Cisco’s award winning Cisco Unified Computing System and Unified Data Center / Virtualization technologies, and end-to-end Medianet technologies and architectures these new systems are now becoming much faster, denser, and far simpler to use, manage and deploy, providing more than 10 times improvement in performance, space savings and TCO. Cisco’s new hyperscale systems are capable of supporting more than 10,000 streams of video on a single integrated system, with integrated applications.  Hyperscale systems have the advantage they can support the needs of not only security but also can be used for business operations, day to day, to improve efficiency and to deliver new capabilities to government and enterprise businesses.

To learn more, please check out the links below or stop by to see Cisco’s new hyperscale systems at ASIS 2012 in Philadephia (booth #213): http://www.cisco.com/go/asis

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Day One: Cisco and Microsoft Windows Server 2012

September 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm PST

 

 

 

Today Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012 with various digital and in person activities occurring  around the world showcasing their new operating system and cloud platform.  This new release will open up new technical and business scenarios for IT organizations focusing on virtualization and private-cloud initiatives.

Cisco has been actively working with Microsoft at the technical level on Windows Server 2012 integration for some time with our UCS fabric computing, UCS Management, and Nexus networking solutions.

As we have discussed in prior blog postings our UCS Manager offering is tightly integrated with System Center and PowerShell and we will include System Center SP1 support for Windows Server 2012 interoperability. With Hyper-V’s new extensible switch in Windows Server 2012, Cisco’s Nexus 1000V switch family provides new flexible virtual networking capabilities for Network Administrators affording them improved network efficiency and utilization.

Finally, on this ‘Day One’ of Windows Server 2012 we are pleased to announce that our UCS family of Intel-based servers is hardware certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012.  This “Certified for Windows Server 2012” logo demonstrates that our UCS server family meets Microsoft’s highest technical bar for Windows fundamentals and platform compatibility – meaning peace of mind for you.

To learn more on Cisco’s growing Microsoft solutions for Windows Server 2012, virtualization, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server please visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft

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