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Introducing: Engineers Unplugged (Video Podcast for Technical People with a Side of Unicorns)

September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am PST

So many of the best ideas, conversations, proposals happen outside of the typical workday. After hearing so many great conversations, or seeing references to them on cocktail napkins, we decided it was time to capture those stories and share.

Engineers Unplugged Featuring @drjmetz and @scott_lowe

Engineers Unplugged Featuring @drjmetz and @scott_lowe

Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

Special thanks to Cisco’s own J Metz (@drjmetz) and EMC’s Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe) for shooting our premiere episode, Engineers Unplugged: The Future of the Data Center

What are your predictions for the Data Center of the Future? Thoughts, comments, suggestions? Post them here or in the Twitterverse with #engineersunplugged as the hashtag.

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Dinosaur Water And Data Centers

September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am PST

I love it when a small discovery causes me think about the big picture.

I’ve been researching water-related factoids for this week’s Data Center Deconstructed video on hydropower.  Along the way, I uncovered this tidbit from the U.S. Geological Survey: Read More »

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What We Can Learn from South Korea

I recently returned from Seoul, South Korea, where I gave the keynote address at the 2012 KISDI International Conference. My talk, “The Next Generation of the Internet—Revolutionizing the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn,” focused on the key trends shaping the next generation of the Internet and the implications for players in the ITC industry and government policy/regulation. However, based on what I observed in Seoul, much of the future has already arrived in South Korea.

Besides the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Seoul, South Korea has the highest domestic penetration rate of Read More »

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ICCC Press Conference – Update from Common Criteria Users Forum

Alicia Squires, Common Criteria Users Forum (CCUF) Chair, and Cisco Certifications Engineer, CC Users Forum press conference reviews the mission of the CCUF and the benefits of Common Criteria at the 13th Annual International Common Criteria Conference, held in Paris September 18-20, 2012.

The Common Criteria User Forum mission is to provide a voice and communications channel amongst the CC community including the vendors, consultants, testing laboratories, Common Criteria organizational committees, national schemes, policy makers, and other interested parties.

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Cisco IBSG Study: WiFi for Service Providers

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, mobile network traffic is expected to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015.  Global mobile traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic over this period. Because of this, mobile operators are trying to align this phenomenal network demand with revenue growth.

WiFi represents a significant business opportunity for service providers.  Many fixed, mobile or integrated SPs around the globe are either planning on or are already investing in WiFi services. Although commercial Wi-Fi hotspot services operated by specialized providers have existed for more than 15 years, WiFi is a relatively new business for the majority of SPs and has not reached the level of maturity of other well-established, “carrier-grade” communications services.  In particular, unlicensed frequencies and less-developed service management capabilities impose operational challenges.

Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) interviewed 14 SP executives worldwide to understand the trends in WiFi operations and the current challenges SPs face.   The results are in a paper titled “WiFi for Service Providers: Challenges and Opportunities for Carrier-Class Operations”. Read More »

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