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John Chambers at Cisco Live 2011: Cisco Will Drive the Future of Networking

July 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm PST

Cisco Live 2011 officially kicked off today in true Las Vegas style. As conference attendees waited for Cisco SVP Carlos Dominguez to give the welcome address, flash mobbers disguised as event attendees suddenly arose from their seats and began a choreographed dance to the Black Eyed Peas’ hit “I Gotta Feeling.” and the Beatles song “All Together Now.”

Carlos then entered the stage and welcomed the staggering number of attendees: 15,000+ live attendees and 40,000+ virtual attendees across 150+ countries.

Then it was Chairman and CEO John Chambers’ turn to address attendees. Keeping in line with recent announcements, John agreed that there was a need to simplify operations at Cisco to make it easier for customers and partners to do business with us and he promised that changes would be coming soon.

He then dove into Cisco’s five main priorities: Read More »

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This Week at Cisco Live 2011: Networking, Cloud, Virtualization, and More!

July 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm PST

I’m here in Las Vegas and aside from enjoying a frosty beverage or two by the pool and betting my next paycheck at the Black Jack tables, I’m attending Cisco Live 2011. This annual education and training event is like the World Cup of networking events, where IT, networking, and communications professionals join Cisco experts and partners to learn, connect, and collaborate.

There are so many different sessions and keynotes taking place at Cisco Live this week, but don’t worry if you can’t attend every event. I’ll be posting daily recaps here on the Channels blog, talking to partners at the conference, covering the big news, as well as sending out live tweets.

Cisco Live 2011 officially kicks off tomorrow with a keynote and welcome address from Chairman and CEO John Chambers. John is slated to discuss the future of networking and communication technology, and the ways it will transform business practices, education, and social relationships.

What else is taking place at Cisco Live this week? Read More »

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News@Cisco Week in Review and Look Ahead: May 16-20

Another week…another News@Cisco recap!

The top stories of the week included a feature on  the growth in mobile commerce, an interactive infographic on greener data centers and a contributed article in Network World by John Chambers on the value of the network.

1.) Data Centers Don’t Need to Be Energy Hogs

Reducing the amount of energy that data centers consume is a top priority for many corporations because the cost savings and environmental benefits are significant. Integrating technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and Cisco Unified Fabric into data centers can dramatically lower energy consumption. Take a look at the amount of energy each technology can save.

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Message from John Chambers: Where Cisco is Taking the Network

Yesterday, our CEO John Chambers sent the following message to Cisco employees outlining the state of the company, upcoming changes and where Cisco is taking the network.  Transparency is a key tenet of Cisco’s culture, and given I’ve received a few media inquiries today as to the nature of the message, I’m sharing the letter in its entirety below.

Message from John Chambers

As many of you know, my values and approach to leadership are grounded in part by what I learned from my parents.  Both doctors, they taught me to fuel what’s healthy and to heal what’s not.  They taught me to seek solutions to challenges, not symptoms.  Over the years as your leader here at Cisco, I’ve also learned many things.  I’ve learned to read market transitions by listening deeply to our customers and partners.   And I’ve learned to adjust when and where it’s needed, quickly and transparently.

With this in mind, I’d like to share with you my thoughts about Cisco, as Gary Moore also shares his perspective after the first 30 days as our COO.  About what’s working well and is fundamental to who we are and what we stand for.  And about aspects of Cisco today we need to change, what you can expect from me and what I expect from you as we execute against our decisions and move forward, together.

First, as always, let’s start with our customers.  I’ve spent significant time recently reaching out to many of them around the world.  I’ve had extremely candid conversations about why they buy Cisco, why they don’t, and what they think we do best.  These conversations reinforce what I have known to be true about Cisco: our customers believe we are a company of passionate people that take time to imagine what’s possible, and to do what it takes to make them successful.

I’ve also solicited very direct feedback from many of you—as individuals, in small group meetings and through your participation in my blog postings and our CEC discussion forums (internal Cisco forums).   You are telling me that there is a reason you are at Cisco – our culture, our values, our vision.  You’ve also made it very clear that we must make it simpler to do the work we love to do, and to accelerate the impact we know we are making for our customers.

It is clear to me that we have incredible foundational strengths – our people, our relationships, our innovation and our strategy to extend the role of the network.  We have anticipated market transitions and made good decisions in capturing them.  We are disrupting the data center space. We are redefining the collaboration market. And we have gone big on video, a market that is changing society and business completely.

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Cisco Partner Update: Spring Break Survival Guide

April 1, 2011 at 10:19 am PST

Andrew and I missed our college days so much that we decided to join the spring break revelers and film Partner Update from sunny Coronado Beach in San Diego, California. In this episode, we’ll be delving into such important spring break topics as:

  • SPF 15 vs. SPF 20? Choose the right SPF for you!
  • Survival Guide: What to do if your friends bury you under sand while you’re napping.
  • Salt water – more nutritious than you realize.

Watch our special “Spring Break Survival Guide” edition of Partner Update.

Curious about how to prepare for your upcoming spring break?
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