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London Olympics 2012 Ticket Sales – Powered by Your Social Network

Welcome to the New World of Borderless Network (aka wireless technologies) leveraging the plethora of collaboration tools and apps widely available reaching millions of internet users witnessing the beginning of the Post-PC era. It is not surprising then that the collaborative power of social media has gained importance in our lives.

Speaking of passion, sports and movies, tops the charts for most Indians. And most have, at some point in time, either won or referred a friend to a cricket/football match contest on the radio or online, but how is it, when it comes to something as big as, the Olympics. What if I said, between the Athens and London Olympics, it is you who have influenced and continued to drive the sports ticket business using your social media clout and your power of the network. It surely feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s your proof: Read More »

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This Cloud is For Me

In my first job as a nurse manager every morning I was delivered a stack of interoffice envelopes.  Some mornings now when I open my email and find 40 messages have come in overnight, I think wistfully of those simpler days.  I could send a response and not hear about it again for at least a day.  Now, I can’t even read the next message before the one I just answered is back in my inbox.  And I still think whoever created mail groups must be the spawn of Satan for developing corporate sanctioned spam.

But I do love IM.  It might be the single most impactful tool to influence productivity ever.  I kept a tally one week and it saved me an average of 20 phone calls a day, or in real terms, 20 delays in getting my work done.  My friend Bethany told me the other day her company doesn’t use IM.  Are they nuts?! It is instant, focused collaboration without calling a meeting or picking up a phone.  I can go to Webex Connect, our IM tool, and instantly contact anyone in the company. Well maybe not John Chambers, but anyone else.  I will also know if this is not the time to interrupt them.   I’d give up my dishwasher before I would give up IM.

But it never occurred to me until this morning how much of the change in how I work was because of the cloud.  From the photos, music, Facebook, to email, IM and web conferences our day is comprised of many clouds.   One of the great things about working at Cisco is the abundance of data.  Global cloud traffic will increase 12-fold from 2010-2015.  And data center traffic will equal 4.6 quadrillion  emails by 2015.   I think most of that is in my Inbox.

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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Momentum [INFOGRAPHIC]

News always gets attention, right? What happens afterward? Does anyone remember the stories? Or, to look at it another way, who buys what we’re selling?

With a presidential election at hand in the U.S., expect the candidates to continue to claim that their opponent has changed his story. If you bought what he was selling before, you’re being asked to buy something different now.

Thankfully, the networking business isn’t an election. And our story for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches in campus core and distribution isn’t changing…

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Create Your own Infographic: Assessing Workday Cloud Impact

You know by now that we live in a world of many clouds, but what exactly goes into those clouds on a daily basis? Cisco recently reported that global data center traffic is projected to quadruple from 2010-1015, and more specifically, cloud traffic is forecasted to grow 12-fold during that period. By 2015, .8 ZB of that traffic will be in form of web, email, VoDs, etc. That’s the equivalent of:

Sending 4.6 quadrillion emails
Browsing 1.8 quadrillion web pages
Watching 99 trillion minutes worth of YouTube videos
Attending 15.5 trillion hours of standard-def web conferences
The self-evaluation of your own cloud activity during the workday provides clarity into the real-world impact of these numbers. Cisco’s Worklife Cloud experience weighs daily business activities against each other and provides a personalized data visualization of an average day.

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Networking Forecast: Cloudy with Increasing Zettabytes

With the onset of cloud, we’re being asked more and more by our customers about the architectural requirements that result from it.  While the customers have an instinct as to what’s needed, there seems to be less actual data to that effect than what they would like.  When confronted with a similar situation over 5 years ago about the network, we developed the Cisco Visual Networking Index which focuses on the amount of traffic carried across the network to the end user to help gauge the extent of infrastructure needed to support the data deluge.  Now with the network becoming inextricably linked to the data center and cloud, we realized we need to look at the other half of the equation as well to get a truly comprehensive architectural view.  To achieve this, we reviewed 30Tb of data each month, more than 45 million speed tests, analyst forecasts, and inputs from our customers.  The result?  The inaugural Cisco Global Cloud Index, released today.

Here are a few takeaways to consider:

  • Global data center traffic is estimated to grow four-fold to reaching a total of 4.8 zettabytes annually by 2015.
  • The vast majority of the traffic – 76% — surprisingly, doesn’t even hit the network but instead stays within the data center itself, as workloads are constantly being migrated to different virtual servers.
  • Of the total data center traffic, about 11%, or 130 exabytes of annual data center traffic in 2010 is considered part of the cloud  – however that amount is going to grow significantly in the next half decade, reaching more than a third of data center traffic, or 1.6 zettabytes annually, by 2015.

Cloud may be the concept-of-the-day for the industry, but with growth like that, it shouldn’t be discounted as a passing fad but rather a lasting trend whose impact will fundamentally affect network architectures going forward. Read More »

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