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Unified Fabric for a Backup Server

September 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm PST

Outside of that large, black, monolithic machine in the middle of the datacenter referred to as the mainframe, there aren’t that many servers that require as many network and storage connections as the backup server.  It’s not really sexy, it’s not computing Pi, generally doesn’t run a hypervisor and is bought with one goal in mind, move data. Not just some data, but a lot.  These machines often move all of the data in your datacenter off of disk and onto tape, either real or virtual.  In many datacenters, these backup servers are sometimes the only non-x86 platforms left due to their ability to contain high numbers of HBAs for SAN connectivity and NICs for network connectivity.   They’re like the tractors of the datacenter. Read More »

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Cisco Unveils Videoscape Distribution Suite at IBC 2012

September 10, 2012 at 8:34 am PST

By any measure, consumers are watching more video with more screens than ever before. Mobile devices both in the home and on the go that make consuming video simple are creating a tidal wave of data. For network owners, the trend of traffic growing faster than revenue is accelerating and putting enormous pressure on existing content delivery networks (CDNs).
At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, Cisco unveiled its expanded and enhanced CDN portfolio, branded as the Cisco Videoscape™ Distribution Suite (VDS). Cisco VDS, which encompasses eight different products serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture and is a complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality.

Cisco Product Manager Eli Fuchs discusses VDS and the resulting features and functionality it brings to providers across the video ecosystem.

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Secure your retail premises with new Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7

In June 2012, National Retail Federation released its  National Retail Security Survey.  In that report it suggests retailers in 2011 lost $34.5 billion to retail theft, or shrink – the loss of inventory due to employee theft, shoplifting, paperwork errors, or supplier fraud. Overall that accounts for approximately 1.41 percent of retailers sales last year.

One of the areas which retailers have invested in to address the shrink and security issue in gereral is video survieillance.  This can cover areas including loading docks and the parking lot  at distribution centers, or along the aisles and checkout in the stores for theft or criminal activities. 

Cisco  recently announced a new Video Surveillance Manager 7 with Suite of Hyper-Scalable Connected Physical Security Solutions that can help retailers address their video surveillance needs in a scalable and flexible manner. Read More »

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Cisco collaborates with Insigma to accelerate the development of Smart+Connected Communities in China

Those of you who have visited Hangzhou will know that it is one of the most beautiful cities in China with the stunning West Lake as one the city’s key attractions. Hangzhou plays a key role in Cisco’s innovation and research and development strategy for China, with one of our main R&D campuses based in the city. Hangzhou is also home to Insigma, a global strategic IT services and solution provider that works with leading companies around the world. Insigma collaborates closely with Zhejiang University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious universities, based in Hangzhou. The city was therefore the perfect setting today to announce a strategic collaboration with Insigma which will deepen Cisco’s expertise in Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) in China.

Hangzou West Lake

As part of the collaboration, Cisco and Insigma have made a strategic investment in City Cloud International Co., Ltd., a company that will help scale the devopment of  S+CC in China using intelligent networks to deliver new, platform-based cloud services across the country. Cisco has a strong collaboration with Insigma on S+CC; the company announced its smart city strategy at the Cisco Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

China’s urban population will expand to the 1 billion mark by 2030 with 350 million added to the urban population by 2025. The country will have 221 cities with a population of more than a million. I’m Dutch, and to put that in perspective, the whole of Europe has only 35 such cities today. 5 billion square meters of road will be paved. 5 million buildings will be built of which 50,000 could be skyscrapers – the equivalent of constructing up to ten New York cities. This unprecedented pace of urbanization in China is accompanied by rapid growth in the adoption of technology: video-on-demand traffic; the Internet of Things and data passing through the cloud. Cisco estimates that by 2016, China will be the second highest IP-traffic generating country in the world.

At Cisco, we truly believe technology will play a key enablement role in the achievement of China’s ambitious goals, as outlined in the 12th Five Year Plan. Sustainable urbanization, access to healthcare for everyone at an affordable cost and educational scaling can only be achieved via technology and new business models such as cloud computing. The future of competition will be between cities. Enabling overall sustainability – economic, social and environmental – using technology, will be integral for cities to develop and prosper.

Madam Jiang Yi, CEO of Insigma Technology Company Ltd. and Owen Chan of Cisco conclude the proceedings

City Cloud International Co., Ltd. will help  build Smart+Connected Communities thought leadership, platform and solutions using intelligent networks to deliver public and private services in cities across China. There has been great collaboration between the leadership teams of Insigma, which is backed up by the Zhejiang University, and Cisco led by our Greater China Chairman and CEO, Owen Chan. We are very excited about the innovation we can create for the city of Hangzhou, the province of Zhejiang and the whole of China.

At Cisco, we believe that we are creating a new industry for this next generation of smart+connected communities that will depend upon five key areas: visionary leadership, global open standards, smart regulation, public private partnerships and a new ecosystem. Our collaboration with Insigma through City Cloud International Co., Ltd is a great example of these five key areas coming together.

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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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