In a few days at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live. This year we are expecting record attendance exceeding 20,000 participants, 9 amazing keynotes, 600 sessions, live demos at world of solutions, big analyst and partner presence, and last but not least, the opportunity for you to meet and network with top minds in high-tech. If you are new to Cisco Live and feel overwhelmed by the grandness of the event, let me assure you that you are not alone. I have been there before. I have set out in this blog to give you an easy walkabout of Cisco Datacenter highlights, particularly the Cisco ACI key activities over the duration of the event.
Much like you I will also be eagerly looking to attend John Chambers’ majestic keynote that starts the proceedings on Monday, May 19. John in his unique style will lead with the Theme “Tomorrow Starts Here” covering leading industry trends such as Internet of Everything (IOE), Fast IT, and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) among many others. So, do not miss this opportunity. I want to shift gears and take you on a fast cruise of Cisco Data Center and Cisco ACI highlights at the event.
In less than a year since the announcement, Cisco ACI has taken the industry by storm with a large customer base and several of the industry’s key partners such as Microsoft, Red Hat, Citrix, F5, et al endorsing and building joint solutions. There is so much excitement around ACI at this year’s Cisco Live. I want to give a structure to how I am planning to cover the topic in this blog. Essentially, I consider them as Cisco-led and Partner led.
Cisco has a packed agenda of ACI activities and announcements. Cisco APIC, which enables ACI Fabric mode on Nexus 9000 networks, will be available this summer along with a robust Go-To-Market (GTM) strategy that includes additional eco-system partners, Cisco Validated Designs (CVD), additional platform support and leading-edge hardware innovations across the portfolio. We are also introducing two new additions to the existing portfolio of Nexus 9000 to meet scalability, flexibility and performance requirements of standalone and ACI mode deployments.
Executive ACI speaking sessions feature prominently this year with Cisco President Rob Lloyd’s session “Infrastructure for the Agile Enterprise” keynote, May 20, 10 AM, at the North Hall. Rob’s keynote also features Soni Jiandani, who will present how ACI delivers agility. Rob Soderbery and Soni Jiandani are presenting a technology trends keynote (GENSK 1109) on May 21, 8.30 am, titled “Fast Track to Fast IT: Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure”, another choice from a catalog of exciting offers.
I’m excited to announce that we have deepened our relationship with General Motors. This quarter, as John talked about on our Q3 FY14 earnings call, we closed a first-of-its-kind, multi-year deal to license Cisco’s software portfolio to GM.
This innovative licensing agreement involving all of our software – and hardware, where needed – will give GM greater speed and flexibility to drive business value. So, for example, when GM needs to increase their collaboration solutions across the company they have access to our full suite of products to do that. Going forward, Cisco and GM will continue to partner to deliver on GM’s business goals up to and including the Internet of Everything.
Cisco is proud to work with GM and other large enterprises to help them achieve their goals and overcome their biggest challenges. We realize that every company must now be a technology company and we are thrilled and excited that GM is taking a huge, innovative step with Cisco as a partner to better serve their customers, partners and employees around the world.
Hamburg will swiftly emerge as the world’s first Smart Seatropolis.
With an advanced, end-to-end network that connects real-time information between urban services and adjacent port operations, historic Hamburg is leapfrogging into the 21st century.
Two weeks ago, I signed an agreement with Hamburg’s city officials to co-develop a framework upon which Internet of Everything services can deliver container loads of new value to both citizens and businesses, especially the Hamburg Port Authority.
The Memorandum of Understanding focuses on how to collaboratively define, develop and deploy inter-linked solutions and services throughout the greater metro-port area – the Seatropolis!
At the 28-square-mile port – the third busiest in Europe – sensor-enabled Smart Parking for large cargo trucks will speed the flow of traffic for both transporters and commuters, as well as reduce pollution from idling engines. With throughput of 139 million tons at the port last year, Smart Parking for trucks – a world first — has the dual benefit of improving supply chain efficiency and the quality of life for Hamburg citizens living, working and visiting just across the mighty River Elbe.
Cities worldwide are competing with each other to gain prominence, draw investment, and attract new highly productive citizens. How do they create and sustain an economic environment that will foster long-term prosperity, safety and security, environmental well-being and cultural vitality? These are the key challenges city leaders face today.
How can Smart+Connected City Infrastructure Management and Internet of Things solutions that Cisco provides help cities achieve these outcomes?
Chances are you’ve searched for a parking space recently or been stuck in traffic. It’s estimated that 30% of traffic in city centers is caused by drivers searching for parking spaces. Connected cities are addressing that. Perhaps you’ve had spotty wifi connectivity on public transportation? Connected cities are addressing that too. Have you wished your streets were safe and pothole-free? You guessed it. Connected cities are already working on these issues, too. Read More »
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a juggernaut of change, transforming organizations in profound ways. It sows disruption, and it grants enormous opportunities. But this sweeping wave of change is not reserved for what we normally think of as “technology companies.” In the IoE economy, even seemingly “analog” endeavors must be bestowed with network connectivity, no matter how venerable a company’s roots or old its traditions.
In a world where Everyone Is a Tech Company, there are some great examples of older companies that are heeding this new reality. Retail, manufacturing, transportation, and education are just a few of the places where people, process, data, and things are being connected in startling new ways. Companies that are ahead of the IoE transformation curve will ensure their competiveness in marketplaces that are ever more vulnerable to disruption.
Dundee Precious Metalsprovides a great example of a company that is embracing change. A far-flung global organization, the company, for example, runs Europe’s largest mine in Chelopech, Bulgaria, from which it ships gold-rich copper ore to a smelter in Namibia. Yet through IoE-related technologies, executives at the company’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada, have gained unprecedented visibility into all aspects of their operations.
The end result? A boon in safety, efficiency, and productivity.