When I demonstrated Cisco’s newest network management technologies in my keynote address at Cisco Live last week, there were gasps and applause from the audience as they saw the difference between our next generation technology and the technology our competitors are touting as ‘good enough’.
The technologies I demonstrated (Cisco Prime, UCS Manager and the Cisco Virtual Switching System) are the great results of the more than $5 billion that Cisco invests in R&D on an annual basis. Cisco spends more on R&D than all of our networking industry peers combined and, for the record, we invest five times more (on a percentage of revenue basis) than the next largest networking vendor.
However, what’s more important than the size of our R&D budget is its impact and I’m proud to say that the Patent Board today recognized Cisco as the #1 innovator among 141 companies in its annual Telecom and Communications industry scorecard. Cisco ranked #1 for both the number of patents granted, as well as for the overall strength of the company’s patent portfolio, which is a combined measure of quality and quantity.
That’s a tremendous accomplishment, and I am very proud of our fantastically talented engineers. Credit is particularly due to Cisco Senior Vice President of Research and Advanced Development, Joel Bion, for his tremendous leadership of our R&D efforts. As I often say, great engineers make innovation look easy.
To our customers the message is also clear: whether it’s the 500 patents earned by the recently refreshed Catalyst 6500 (the world’s most popular switching platform) or those awarded in the creation of our ground-breaking Cisco Cius enterprise collaboration tablet, world-beating innovation is something you can always expect from Cisco.
You can find a comprehensive analysis of the Patent Board’s latest Telecom and Communications industry scorecard in the Wall Street Journal (password required).
Tags: Catalyst 6500, cisco prime, Cisco Virtual Switching System, patent, Research and Development, UCS Manager
Microsoft TechEd 2011 was a great opportunity to talk to customers about Cisco UCS and Microsoft applications. We had so many attendees come by the booth and ask questions about UCS that we meet out target goal of customer engagments within the first two days. I was surprised how many people did not realize the depth of the platform or the integration points we provide from both an application and consolidation standpoint.
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Tags: Cisco Developer Network, Cisco Validated Designs, goUCS, Hyper-V, Microsoft SQL Server R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0, Opalis, PowerShell, UCS, UCS B250 M2, UCS Manager
So the UCS elves have been busy and just released version 1.4 of our UCS firmware. Instead of summarizing the elements of 1.4 here, I’ll refer you to a most excellent post by my cohort M. Sean McGee (@mseanmcgee) which you can read here. A couple of my favorite new features include integration of the C-Series rack servers into UCS Manager, chassis and multi-chassis power capping on the B-Series, and a number of networking enhancements. You can find the full release notes here, but I’d suggest you start with the blog post first--kinda the Cliff Notes version.
Tags: Data Center Business Advantage, UCS, UCS Manager
[Part II of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part I, III, IV, V, VI]
One of the great things about being a market disruptor is that you don’t need to carry along all of the baggage that slow down other companies as technology or market transitions occur. Of course, one of the frequent challenges to being a disruptor is that you often have to ask customers to adopt an entirely new technology standard in order to realize the benefits of your product.
With the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), we actually deliver the best of both worlds. Read More »
Tags: 10GbE, Cisco UCS, citrix, Data Center Business Advantage, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, UCS Manager, UCSM, VMware, x86