This week I had the privilege of speaking at Cisco Live 2013 about the coming explosion in connectivity among people, processes, data, and things, which Cisco calls the Internet of Everything (IoE).
This massive technological and societal shift promises to transform and accelerate our lives in profound ways as the number of connected objects soars from 10 billion today to 50 billion (and rising) by 2020.
Yet even before I left for Orlando or gave my first Cisco Live presentation, I saw ample evidence that IoE is not just a vision of the future. Increasingly, it is the Internet of today—and evolving rapidly all around us.
IoE represents the orchestration of a bevy of emerging technologies, including Big Data analytics, video, mobility, cloud, and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. And it will ultimately infuse almost everything—roads, jet-engine parts, shoes, refrigerators, soil, supermarket shelves, you name it—with cheap, tiny sensors that will generate terabytes of data to be sifted for key insights.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, cisco live, cloud, customer experience, Internet of Everything, IoE, M2M, mobility, Universal Orlando Resort
As I partake in Cisco Live! activities, I wonder how the network team handles the thousands of geeks with their 3-4 geek toys each connecting to Wi-Fi from anywhere around the convention center. I know a thing or two about how they went about planning, but hey, there is always Murphy’s Law that creeps up and nothing (always) works as planned…surprise surprise… think about the size of this conference and the World of Solutions (trade show floor) where so many of the partners want to show off their latest and greatest capability by setting up their own network. BAM: you have interference of all kinds all over the place. It’s a good thing the AP’s that are deployed have Cisco CleanAir® Technology to automatically classify and mitigates the interference. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to visualize the interference and the RF?
Enter visualization and Metageek.
It doesn’t take long for someone in the wireless industry to know that Metageek’s geeks know a thing or two about giving sizzle to RF and packets. We’ve certainly been around long enough, so that’s why we’ve been working with Metageek to cook up the Chanalyzer Pro with Cisco CleanAir® , the industry’s most advanced spectrum intelligence technology with the industry’s most visually captivating and comprehensive RF analysis tool. Perhaps you caught yesterday’s press release?
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Tags: #CLUS, Chanalyzer Pro, channel, Cisco, cleanair, interference, internet, metageek, rf, technology, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
Thinking about remote site networks in a totally new way.
This week Cisco announced a new member of the Integrated Services Router family. The ISR 4451-X might not seem that unique at first glance. Here’s Cisco releasing another new router that adds to their already extensive branch router portfolio – the ISR G2. However, the newest ISR really is a #GameChanger when it comes to building a modern, future-proof network designed with business critical applications in mind.
That isn’t just marketing fluff in this case. The ISR 4451-X was designed from the ground up with rich network services and application delivery in mind. It really is the first platform conceived and built from the very beginning with a laser focus on application experience in a remote branch office. Maybe we even need a new name because in some ways it really is changing what it means to be a “router.”
When we started thinking about designing a new high-end branch router, several things were happening simultaneously with our large Enterprise customers. First, the role of applications was changing in the network. With modern business-critical applications being delivered across the wide-area network are now critical for keeping the front doors open, the network is now more critical than ever to businesses of all types. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, enterprise networks, GameChanger, ISR 4451-X, router
This is the second post in a monthly series from Dimension Data and Cisco Channels looking at user adoption and integration of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions. Findings stem from Dimension Data’s 2013 Global UC&C Survey, developed with ICT researcher Ovum and featuring responses from more than 2,700 participants in 18 countries across 20 vertical industries.
In last month’s post, we talked about how sales of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) need to be less about flashy technology and more about the user experience – “one size” UC&C sales definitely do not fit all types of customers.
To Scott Cruikshank, director, converged communications, North America for Dimension Data, it goes even deeper than that.
“UCC is not a technology,” Scott says. “It is about improving communication and business process by leveraging technology tools. If we take a technology-first approach, we tend to look only at a particular silo of the UCC stack or limited applications for the technology.”
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, dimension data, partner, UC&C, unified communications
It’s summertime. For most people, the warmer temps and holiday weekends are the perfect excuse for a vacation. But have you ever traveled to an amusement park or exotic destination only to wait in line for hours for the hottest ride or trendiest restaurant? Or perhaps your coolness factor would skyrocket if you didn’t have to keep track of ticket stubs, receipts and maps? Well, the ups and downs of amusement park experiences may be able to be saved for the roller coasters. Could the Internet of Everything be changing how we experience…experiences?
Just recently, I stumbled across an article on All Things D by Bonnie Cha titled, Tomorrowland Today: Disney MagicBand Unlocks New Guest Experience for Park Goers. The article highlights new technology that Disney World Resort in Orlando has been using in trial phases and hopes to have broad implementation soon. The technology, called MagicBand, is a connected band (bracelet) designed to be an all-in-one device connecting park goers to everything through Radio Frequency technology. Visitors will be able to access the theme park and hotel rooms, purchase food and souvenirs and add extra options via My Disney Experience website.
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Tags: Cisco, connecting, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, Networked Entertainment, technology, travel, vacation