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The Zettabyte Era is Upon Us

As many of the regular readers know, this time of year is one of my favorite.  Sure, kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and that summer vacation is within reach… but the real kicker?  The release of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast – this time for the period between 2011 and 2016.

We’ve been doing this report for 6 years now, and it has provided a lens into many of the changes we’ve seen in the industry, and there are many:

  • Changes the units of measurement just to quantify the amount of traffic – moving from petabytes to exabytes to now – for the first time ever – zettabytes
  • Changes in the types of devices that are driving traffic – from primarily PCs to now smartphones, tablets, TVs and the Internet of Things
  • Changes in the services and applications we’re using those devices for – from primarily data-centric to ones that are far more experience-centric.

Throughout all of those changes, however, we have had a constant – and that is the seemingly endless appetite we have for bandwidth and the incredible opportunities the network provides for societies, businesses, service providers, and consumers like you and me.

This year, the Cisco VNI forecasts that traffic from 2011-2016 will grow four-fold to reach 1.3 Zettabytes by 2016.  A zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes (10 to the 21st power in bytes = a lot).  To put that in perspective, all the IP traffic that has hit the global networks in the Internet years to date (1984-2012) has generated 1.2 Read More »

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It’s Not the Spa, It’s the Hotel Wi-Fi that’s Key

Travel website hotels.com not long ago published the results of a survey on hotel amenities asking travelers to identify the most important features in selecting a particular property. The most popular was the availability of free Wi-Fi access and that this amenity overwhelmingly factored into the decision on which hotel to book. Thirty-eight percent of travelers reported that free Wi-Fi played a part in their decision as a “must” to stay at a specific hotel, 35 percent reported it is the simple amenity they want to see more in hotels, with 31 percent wishing it would become a standard in all hotels in 2012.

A Hotels.com survey reveals which amenities guests want the most.

We see this trend towards “have to have wireless access” – in a hotel, airport, or at the office as being consistent with Read More »

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Cisco Helps Ensure that Bermuda is Connected to the Global Economy

Part of what makes the network so powerful is its ability to transform economies and enable countries to leverage their unique characteristics, no matter how remote. Recently on SP360, we discussed how Iceland is becoming a leader in green cloud computing because of its low-cost geothermal power and high speed connectivity back to Europe and North America.

Bermuda, another island nation, is also harnessing the power of the network to maintain its leading role in the international insurance, trading, and financial sectors. Earlier this month, Read More »

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Economics in a World of Many Clouds

Welcome to a world of many clouds. Today’s leaders can architect their own private clouds for maximum security, purchase services from public-cloud providers, or find the right balance between the two. In some cases, business services that once cost millions of dollars in internal technology and IT staffing can be garnered for just hundreds of dollars per month when outsourced to the public cloud. Enterprises are significantly impacted by top- and bottom-line benefits.

Top-line growth results from a host of enhancements:

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Cisco Flashmob! Did You See the Green Men? … and Other Cool Cable Show News

This year’s Cable Show kicked off with a … well, with a flash mob! First one ever for this event. All very exciting, if you ask me, or the hundreds of other cable onlookers on hand at the Boston Convention Center this morning.

Here’s how it went down: When the Show floor opened yesterday, at 11:00am, attendees mixed it up with 100 or so professional troupe dancers, some dressed in green stretchy suits, head to toe, with signage: “Don’t miss the event of the Show! Imagine Park, today at 11:30am! Be there!”  Mysterious.

When Cisco Fellow John Chapman took the Imagine Park stage at about 11:40am, it wasn’t to talk about CCAP, or the future of DOCSIS, or anything else, for that matter – because the green people and flash mobbers took over, in a big way. See for yourself:

But flashmobbing isn’t all we’re doing in Boston to shine the spotlight on the many good things happening in cable technology. We’re also glad to announce our work with Bright House Networks, to help businesses and school districts manage the security risks that come with the “BYOD” (bring your own device) realities of today.

Specifically, we’re working with Bright House to help the nation’s 10th-largest school district, serving 179,000 students, with a cloud-based managed services mix (IP VPNs, security; unified communications to come) to more than 250 sites. More here.

And today we announced another Videoscape deal with one of China’s largest cable operators. Oriental Cable Network is working with Cisco to advance its multi-screen video efforts, using Videoscape Quickstart, featuring a mix of products including Videoscape Media Suite, Content Delivery System IS (CDS-IS), Cisco Media Processor (CMP) and Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM).

On the floor, do please come by Booth #1453, to check out our brand spankin’ new DS384 line cards, for our RF Gateway 10 chassis. Why you care: 10 cards, each capable of 10 Gbps. Apply one for redundancy, still get 160 Gbps of potential downstream throughput. Hello, full spectrum!

All in, it’s a great cable week in Boston! We’re here ‘til Wednesday afternoon, come on by.

Meanwhile, check out what John Chapman has to say about DOCSIS:

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