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Devices, Devices, Everywhere [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine a world where the number of mobile-connected devices nearly equals the number of people on the planet. It’s closer than you might think, with one forecast calling for 7.1 billion devices accessing the mobile network the by 2015.  It’s not just the mobile network that’s growing.  When you also consider other things (PCs, laptops, tablets, etc.) connecting to the Internet, forecasts jump to 25 billion that same year and to 50 billion by 2020.  This kind of growth will put a tremendous load on networks globally.  But there’s more to it than that. What we really need to prepare for, aside from the sheer number of interactions, is the quality of those interactions.

Why? Let’s take a closer look. The network has to support everyone in the ecosystem, from the enterprise itself to employees and customers. When people go online, they want to use their preferred devices to get there, and they want to share information with anyone, anywhere, and at any time. And, of course, it all needs to happen securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

Having the right infrastructure in place lets IT departments meet all these requirements. They can do more than just keep pace with the number of devices accessing the network — they can deliver better interactions with higher levels of security and reliability. They can address the changing dynamics between employees, the enterprise, and their customers, to meet evolving expectations.


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Techwise TV Workshop: The Power of Innovative Architecture: The Ethernet Service Plus 6500 Line Card

May 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm PST

Visit Cisco Live Virtual on Wednesday, May 25th at 10am Pacific to view the live Techwise TV Workshop “The Power of Innovative Architecture: The Ethernet Service Plus 6500 Line Card”. Join Cisco’s TechWiseTV Chief Geek Jimmy Ray Purser as he hosts Cisco Engineer Amit Singh in a deep dive on the brand new ES+ line card. They will examine the design and troubleshooting benefits this ground breaking architecture gives to Data Center, Enterprise and Service Provider engineers, with flexibility for future service deployments and scaling system capacity. Experts will be available for live Q&A.

Access is free. Attendees to Cisco Live Virtual can access over one thousand keynotes, super sessions and technical sessions, as well as network with peers, visit our Partner Resource Center and play games and win prizes.

Speaker: Jimmy Ray Purser and Amit Singh
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 17:00 GMT
Location: www.ciscolivevirtual.com

For more information on the TechWiseTV and to access on-demand video content, visit: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/techwisetv

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Talk2Cisco Recap: The Future of Video in the Enterprise

Video is transitioning rapidly from a consumer technology to a must-have enterprise business tool. In the latest episode of Talk2Cisco Guido Jouret, Cisco’s VP/GM of the Enterprise Video Group and CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group, discusses all the ways companies are and will be using video to deliver better customer experience and achieve business goals.

(3:15) How video is being used in the enterprise.
(7:45) How video delivers better customer experience.
(9:25) Video deployment challenges.
(24:00) The ROI of video.
(26:00) The impact of digital signage.
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Talking Switching with John McCool: From Enterprise to Data Center

We heard from SVP Keith Goodwin at Partner Summit that while we are helping partners move to the cloud, we are also still focusing on our core technologies, namely routing and switching. And it’s no secret that the switching market is evolving.

Have you been wondering what the real story is behind switching market share? What industry trends are shaping the next wave of networking innovation? And what is Cisco’s switching strategy?

All of these were top-of-mind questions addressed in a recent investor relations webcast—led by John McCool, SVP and GM, Data Center, Switching and Services—to discuss Cisco’s Ethernet switching business and the competitive landscape.

McCool gave investors a brief presentation, which was followed by a Q&A session. You can listen to the entire broadcast here: Tech Talk: Ethernet Switching, From the Enterprise to the Data Center.

Looking for specific information within the broadcast? Here are some time stamps that indicate where John addresses port transitions, market share trends, and more.

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RFID: Context Aware and Location – a Brief History & Introduction

March 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm PST

My distant relative - Flight Lieutenant KJP Granger (Royal Air Force) and his DH82A Gipsy Moth - did the forerunner of RFID save him from being shot down?

Some of the best technological advances are made during times of conflict. Sad that it should be so, but the silver lining is that many of the advances are focused on defending, protecting and shielding people. Active RFID, the kind of solution provided by Cisco and AeroScout, in many ways started out that way.

Looking back decades to WWII, radar was already being developed in ernest by the British in the run-up to the second world war. Many countries were developing radar at that time, but most folks agree that Robert Watson Watt, later Sir Robert, was the prime mover-and-shaker.  It took US marketing (in the form of the US Navy) to coin the term RADAR, for radio detection and ranging.

So where does Context Aware Location RFID come in? Well, whilst radar itself was useful, the  British needed to know whether those planes coming over the English Channel were returning Spitfires and allied bombers, or attacking Luftwaffe aircraft. It was the same Watson-Watt that helped produce the ‘Identification friend or foe’ (IFF) system that  used a transponder on the allied aircraft that was ‘excited’ by the radar system and actively sent back a signal to the base saying friend. My own cousin, Flight Lieutenant KJP Granger, Officer Trainer RAF, was grateful for that!

Now fast forward decades to today. The technology for today’s RFID is a little different, but the concept is the same. So let’s keep the aeronautical theme going and talk about Boeing and its use of RFID.      Read More »

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