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From Rust to Gold: The Olympics Makes East London the Ultimate Winner

The Olympic torch hasn’t been carried into the Opening Ceremonies yet – it’s still a year and a half away before the Summer Games consume London – but there is a crescendo of energy that is already palpable as you tour the main site where the competition will play out.

East London, a community that has longed for rejuvenation, is finally getting it. At Cisco Live! Europe, held a few days ago in London, we had a chance to tour the expansive construction site that is fast becoming the heart of the 2012 Summer Olympics. If the pictures below are spotty, apologies. It’s the best I could do with a smartphone camera and a tour bus rocking gently over gravel and muddy roads. But quality aside, you will be able to see that the arenas and main stadium are taking shape. The architecture is distinct and contemporary. The athletes’ village is modern and amenable. The construction is ingenious and environmentally friendly. For example, the basketball arena can actually be folded up and transported to another location. Hundreds of thousands of local newts were carefully relocated to a temporary environment prior to digging.

With all the care that is being taken, Cisco is making sure it does its part. Cisco is the official network infrastructure partner of the London 2012 Games.

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What’s the Power of the Network?

What do people think of when you say The Network or Networking Technology? What do YOU think? The latter is at the heart of the question we were looking to answer when we created a video from the floor of the 2011 International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. With the help of few industry leaders, musicians and, of course, your everyday talking, walking robot, we gathered some insightful and diverse answers. Then we put the question to our Cisco Facebook community as well as the Networking Academy Facebook crowd. The answers lead us to crown Cisco’s Facebook SuperFan of the month, William Westman Malmi from Umeå, Sweden.

“In one word: Synergy. The power of many is always greater than the power of one, exponentially.”
William Westman Malmi, on The Power of the Network”

What we learned from the wealth of responses…and what we are still learning as we hope to hear from YOU in this blog post…is that the definition and the relevance of the network varies considerably from person to person, depending on perspective. But, regardless of how it is defined, whether it be a social definition or more technical in focus, one thing is certain, everyone has an answer to this question. And, that alone reflects the true Power of the Network.

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VIP 17: Creating Opportunities for Partners’ Growth and Profits

February 3, 2011 at 6:51 am PST

A message from Ricardo Moreno--Senior Director, Strategy, Planning, and Programs, WW Channels…

Cisco’s Value Incentive Program (VIP) helps increase partner profits by rewarding you twice a year with a rebate payment for building Cisco-based practices.

The role of the network continues to grow and creates new opportunities for Cisco and our partners. It’s also changing the dynamics of the industry. We’ve heard from so many of you that you really value the VIP program, so we are simplifying and enhancing it to create new growth opportunities, revenue streams, and more profits for you.

January 30 marks the 17th consecutive rollout of the VIP program, or VIP 17 (it runs until July 30, 2011). With this iteration, there are a number of changes that are designed to create new growth opportunities, new revenue streams, and greater profitability for you.

Let’s walk through those changes now…

VIP 17 has three tracks (Borderless Network, Collaboration, and Virtualization). Here is a summary of the changes by track:
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Top 5 Predictions Redux

Did you know there’s a correlation between a country’s coffee consumption and its appetite for technology? Here’s a follow-up to an earlier blog I posted on my Top 5 predictions for 2011 which range from network economics to books and eReaders to coffee drinking.

Many of you shared some great insights and I’m eager to hear more. What trends do you see coming in your crystal ball?

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Exascale: it’s not just the (networking) hardware

January 24, 2011 at 7:45 am PST

Many in the HPC research community are starting to work on “exascale” these days — the ability to do 10^18 floating point operations per second.  Exascale is such a difficult problem that it will require new technologies in many different areas before it can become a reality.  Case in point is this entry at Inside HPC today entitled, “InfiniBand Charts Course to Exascale“.

It cites The Exascale Report and a blog entry by Lloyd Dickman at the IBTA about their course going forward.  It’s a good read — Lloyd’s a smart, thoughtful guy.

That being said, there’s a key piece missing from the discussion: the (networking) software.  More specifically: the current OpenFabrics Verbs API abstractions are (probably) unsuitable for exascale, a fact that Fab Tillier (Microsoft) and I presented at the OpenFabrics workshop in Sonoma last year (1up, 2up).

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