Cisco Unified Communications Delivers a Full Experience
As I read the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications by Bern Elliot and Steve Blood, August 10, 2015, one word stood out: full.
full: adjective – not lacking or omitting anything; complete
It’s a word that Gartner mentions when describing leaders.
“Leaders have a full UC offering and strong market presence, and demonstrate success in the field. They have a strong presence in related markets to expand their footprint in UC. These vendors and their channel partners have experience delivering UC to a broad range of enterprise types and into most geographic regions.”
We believe our position as a leader for unified communications in this year’s report reflects that fullness. This is especially evident in our position as furthest to the right for “Completeness of Vision.”
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Spark, collaboration, Gartner, Magic Quadrant, meeting rooms, report, UC, unified communications
Responses in a recent Cisco-sponsored Cloud Security Alliance survey (hyperlink) illustrate that many data privacy challenges previously cast in the “too hard” basket can be more readily navigated though focusing on universal principles across Cloud, IoT and Big Data. Survey responses showed a surprisingly strong level of interest in a global consumer bill of rights and responses were overwhelming in favor of the OECD data privacy principles facilitating the trends of Cloud, IoT and Big Data.
Following are the most significant findings:
Data Residency and Sovereignty
Data residency and sovereignty challenges continue to emerge. However, there was a common theme of respondents identifying “personal data” and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as the data that is required to remain resident in most countries.
73 percent of respondents indicated that there should be a call for a global consumer bill of rights and saw the United Nations as fostering that. This is of great significance with the harmonization efforts taking place in Europe with a single EU data Privacy Directive to represent 28 European member states. As well as with the renewed calls for a U.S. Consumer Bill of Privacy Rights in the United States and cross-border privacy arrangements in Australia and Asia.
Finally we explored whether OECD privacy principles that have been very influential in the development of many data privacy regulations also facilitate popular trends in cloud, IoT and big data initiatives or cause room for tension. The responses were very much in favor of facilitating the various trends.
The survey report includes an executive summary from Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and commentary from other industry experts on the positive role that privacy can play in developing new and innovative cloud, IoT and Big Data Solutions. Read the Data Protection Heat Index survey report:
Tags: Big Data, cloud, IoE, privacy, report, security, survey
Cisco Live! San Francisco was the biggest Cisco Live! yet—25,000 attendees. Read Chris’s blog for more on the network at Cisco Live! You also heard about the Mobility Services APIs enabling location-based services and location-enabled application development in Neha’s blog yesterday. The event also marked a milestone for our CMX team: successful location tracking of all 30,000 devices in the conference center with a single pair of MSEs (Mobility Services Engine) running on 7.6MR2 code to generate analytics and reports based on device location!
Let’s take a closer look at location analytics generated at Cisco Live! If you haven’t seen CMX Analytics before, let me tell you: it’s powerful. There are three pieces of CMX Analytics: Dashboard, Analytics and Reports, all generated by the location data from the MSE. Here are a few key views from the show floor:
1. Dashboard: The CMX Dashboard features a number of customizable widgets that visualize location data such as dwell time and device count by zone or by time.
Hourly Visitors for South Halls on Tuesday May 20
Tuesday marked a steady flow through the day with the World of Solutions and breakout sessions all day. You see that spike at 5pm? That’s when the beverages and refreshments came out—and then you see people tapering off round 7pm to head out for dinner.
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Cisco’s newest 802.11ac product, the Aironet 3700 Series Access Point is now orderable and shipping in the next few weeks. The AP 3700 features an integrated 11ac radio with a 4×4 architecture and Cisco’s High-Density Experience (HDX) Technology. HDX is a suite of features specific to the AP 3700 that delivers the best possible user experience, especially in high client density networks. HDX is enabled by a combination of hardware and software features on the AP 3700, features including:
- CleanAir 80 MHz – Interference detection and mitigation
- ClientLink 3.0 – RF link quality
- Smart Roam – Intelligent roaming handoff
- Turbo Performance – Performance with high client density
Aruba recently launched their 802.11ac access point, the AP-220 series, featuring a 3×3 design.
Miercom recently published a third-party evaluation of the performance between the AP 3702i and the AP-225. The report consists of a diverse range of test cases meant to gauge real-world performance of the access points. The tests include; multi-client performance, single client rate vs. range, performance in the presence of interference, and performance on reduced power. Here are some of the highlights from the report.
The AP 3700 performed very well in the multi-client performance test, thanks impart to HDX Turbo Performance. With 60 clients, the AP 3702i had a 6x performance advantage over the AP-225. The AP-225 struggled to serve all the clients and only mustered 40 Mbps total. The AP 3702i was able to transmit a healthy 236 Mbps, while maintaining fair throughput to each client.
The test consisted of 60 11ac clients, all associated to the 5 GHz radio. The clients used were 10 Dell E6430 laptops with Broadcom 4360 three spatial-stream chips, 20 Apple Macbook Air two spatial-stream laptops, and 30 Dell E6430 laptops with Intel 7260 two spatial-stream chips. Clients were setup in an open office environment surrounding the AP. Distances varied from 10’ to 50’.
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Shortly before we released this year’s Cisco VNI Forecast 2012-2017* on May 29th, I had a chance to contemplate the implications behind all the report’s data. The Forecast makes it clear that IP traffic will continue to grow “in leaps and bounds” through 2017, but there is so much more information lying hidden within the report.
* an annual projection of global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic, now in its seventh year,
used by companies, analysts, media, academia, and governments wordlwide.
For a quick overview of this year’s findings, read Thomas Barnett’s VNI blog post.
Here are six significant conclusions that came about in my review of VNI’s findings and what they mean for the future functioning of the Internet: Read More »
Tags: forecast, internet, internet protocol, ip, mobility, network, report, takeaways, visual networking index, vni