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Smithsonian Upgrades Network with Cisco Optical Solution and Switches

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The Smithsonian Institution and Cisco are collaborating to help the Smithsonian enhance the experience for more than 30 million visitors, who each year enjoy the services offered by the world’s largest museum and research organization. As an avid user of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world, I support and welcome this great opportunity

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MCNC Powers Advanced Academic and Economic Development Research and Communications

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MCNC, the non-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), is working with us to help MCNC enhance the user experience for those who enjoy their broadband and communications services for advanced academic and economic development organizations.

NCREN is a fiber-based network that spans more than 2,600 miles across the entire state of North Carolina. MCNC also provides broadband services for numerous non-profit hospitals and public health agencies through the N.C. Telehealth Network.

MCNC is working on a $144 million expansion of its network with efforts expected to be complete by end of this year. Their initiative, known as Golden Read More »

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Gold, Silver, Bronze and …Green! Cisco Wins AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award

Today’s always-on, connected lifestyles and business practices have reached new levels according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012 to 2017.  In fact, in the next five years, worldwide mobile data traffic is predicted to increase 13-fold, with global mobile data traffic growing 70 percent in 2012.

hWith customers on all seven continents, Cisco provides essential Internet networking platforms that enable these connected experiences, and we embrace our profound responsibility to deliver innovative networking solutions that also minimize energy consumption and environmental impact.

 So it is with great pride for Cisco to receive AT&T’s 2012 Supplier Sustainability Award in Energy Efficiency, which recognizes outstanding contributions in energy efficiency, environment, greenhouse gas emissions, and water use. These are topics of critical importance to both our business operations and the environment.

hSmartphones and other connected technologies have increased data traffic on AT&T’s networks by 20,000 percent between 2007 and 2011. Cisco’s Cisco Carrier Routing System is helping AT&T meet growing data demands while also staying on track to meet its goal of reducing electricity intensity 60 percent by 2014, over a 2008 baseline. 

Cisco has received top rankings for its environmental sustainability efforts including being included in the Carbon Disclosure Project Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for five consecutive years (2008-2012) and being ranked second in Greenpeace’s Cool IT Challenge in 2012.  Cisco has also been recognized by Corporate Knights, Forbes Magazine, and Interbrand for its commitment to sustainability

Cisco recently announced that it had achieved its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goal in 2012 and set a new target of cutting GHG emissions worldwide by 40% absolute by FY2017.

Congratulations to the Cisco service provider engineering team and the entire Cisco engineering organization for this achievement and its continued efforts maintaining this critical balance for our customers and partners.

Additional details regarding Cisco’s commitment to energy efficiency can be found on our Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Web page and in our 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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Faster, Bigger, Stronger, and Smarter: The Next Generation Internet Needs the Cisco Elastic Core

In a blog post last week, Cisco cited its recent landmark 100 Gbps IPoDWDM trial with BT, which demonstrates ways to create a Next-Generation Internet, one that can handle a million minutes of video every second without having to trench new fiber or dig up streets. However, there is more behind this story because faster alone doesn’t represent a complete solution to the enormity of the challenge facing network operators.  Carriers such as BT need the solution to be bigger, stronger, and smarter.

Take for example, the complexity of traffic flows. To a basic user, the Internet “Information Superhighway” of yesteryear had essentially one on-ramp and one off-ramp.  Traffic traveled largely in a very straightforward pattern. Due to the growing popularity of mobility and cloud computing, traffic is quickly becoming multidirectional. According to Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, the mobile Internet will increase 18-fold by 2016 and cloud services will expand 12-fold by 2015. What’s more, VNI research indicates that by 2016 there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections. That’s 2.5 connections for every per person on earth!

To keep up, service providers must deploy networks that are more elastic to more easily grow and keep pace with these shifts. Like exercise, these innovations are vital for the heart of the Next-Generation Internet, the service provider core network.  Today we announced several innovations for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) to Read More »

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Cisco Gains Core Routing Market Share for 7th Consecutive Quarter

Many years ago, when Cisco first began preaching the virtues of network intelligence, only the ardent technophiles – the customers we love the most – seemed to pay close attention.

How times have changed.

The continuing explosion in IP traffic and the proliferation of connected devices and applications is dramatically transforming network traffic patterns, making network intelligence more important than ever.

Cisco’s continuous innovation in network architectural intelligence continues to pay off:

  • ACG’s 1Q2012 market share report was recently released, and Cisco grew its No. 1 position in the edge and core routing segments: Cisco has gained core routing market share in seven straight quarters (and 12 of the last 13 quarters), and edge routing market share four of the last five quarters.

Consider this: The CRS-3 has achieved $1 billion in total orders, with nearly 200 customers and almost 3,000 systems shipped, in just a year and a half.   In total, Cisco has over 460 total CRS customers.

Cisco’s architectural approach enables the best delivery of video and mobility through leveraging the network intersection points of the cloud, network, and client. This architectural approach has given Cisco the ability to play many roles in the network, giving us access to where all the intelligence resides. No other company can compare to the amount of presence and intelligence we have in the network.

Innovations such as nV (network virtualization) technology, which intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single ASR 9000 system, deliver up to 70 percent operational expense savings, increase network capacities and accelerate IPv6 service deployments. Therefore we’re addressing our customer’s most important business concerns by:

  • Lowering  capex through simplifying their network
  • Lowering  opex through scaling their network for operational efficiencies
  • Increasing revenue through enabling them to leverage network intelligence

We are pleased with our consistent performance over time despite the very competitive nature of the service provider routing market, and with our culture of continuous innovation we are confident in our ability to be the partner of choice for global service providers in helping them where it matters most – their bottom lines.

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