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June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm PST

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here and we’ve got a fresh batch of news for partners!

In this week’s Partner Update newscast, Andrew finds out that even though an actual cloud can’t stream his music, Cisco’s new Cloud Partner Program offers everything partners need to capitalize on the growth of cloud, which is expected to reach $172 billion by the year 2014.

We also get to hear Andrew’s top video tips, find out why his suit needs to go to the dry cleaners, learn about networking myths, find out how one customer deployed VXI and virtual desktops, and we answer your technical questions.

Watch this week’s Partner Update newscast.

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Cisco Announcements at InfoComm: Transforming Video Communications

Guest post by Didier Moretti, VP/GM of Cisco’s Media Experience and Analytics Business.

We are approaching a new frontier for video.  Video communications technologies like Cisco TelePresence eliminate distance, making it easier for individual and teams to meet and collaborate regardless of physical location.

But how do we extend our reach, to hundreds or even thousands of people, across many different time zones and countries, in offices or on the go and on a variety of mobile devices?

My team within Cisco has been working on addressing these needs and developing a complete solution to capture, transform, and share video content, whether live or on demand.  This week at InfoComm in Orlando, Florida, Cisco announced the newest release of the Media Experience Engine (MXE) 5600, fulfilling the next part of our capture-transform-share vision.  The MXE 5600 delivers a breadth of services aimed at addressing specific customer needs, by bringing together telepresence, video conferencing, and unified communications endpoints into WebEx, and by enabling recording and sharing of live and studio mode meetings when combined with the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.

Our solution transforms any TelePresence or video conferencing endpoint into a content creation device – and enables users to time shift and engage when they are ready, from any device, anywhere. This combination enables people to engage and leverage talent at scale, and work together in new ways that were difficult to imagine before.

Here’s how it works:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bXxkdxT0as

This is just the tip of the iceberg:

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Cisco Partner Event: Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers

As part of the Manufacturing Impact Series, here’s a reminder not to miss the Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers Webinar set for Thursday 16th June, 2011. It’s essential viewing and listening if you’re a Cisco resale or systems integration partner, or a partner looking to build a Manufacturing Practice and provide solutions to Manufacturing Industry Customer Careabouts.

Industrial Intelligence is a multi-billion dollar opportunity growing at approximately 20% per year over the next five years. Much of the growth is driven by the proliferation of smart devices globally, and Cisco partners have a unique opportunity to provide the technology to connect an estimated trillion devices by 2020. In this “how to” workshop, the speakers will  introduce the Cisco Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers market opportunity, target customers, solution portfolio, case studies, and sales tools to help partners succeed.

Click here to register for the Cisco Industrial Intelligence for Manufacturers Webinar

Date: Thursday 16th June, 2011; Time: 11.00 am -- 12.00 pm Eastern Time; (8:00 am Pacific) Place: Online.

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Cisco Announcements at InfoComm 2011: TelePresence Everywhere

Today at InfoComm 2011, Cisco announced several new advancements that make video easier to use and facilitate the adoption and deployment of telepresence across an enterprise. With these announcements, Cisco continues to deliver on our commitment to provide a market-leading high-quality telepresence experience for collaboration. TelePresence is no longer limited to the boardroom, and these new user-friendly features and capabilities make it easier for customers to easily connect and collaborate with others from any location.

Cisco’s Director of Marketing for Cisco TelePresence, Mike Kisch, describes these announcements and the key themes of InfoComm in the video below:

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Kicking off InfoComm 2011: Predicting What’s Next for Video

Welcome to InfoComm 2011! Over the next few days, we’ll be looking forward to learning more about new industry announcements and developments, and hearing more from our customers and partners at the show. This year’s InfoComm highlights the transition that companies are seeing: video is not just changing the way we communicate, but it is changing the entire way we work.

In the video below, Cisco Director of Marketing Randy Harrell describes how enterprise organizations today are identifying new strategic uses for video. Video adoption is no longer led by productivity; instead, business functions are now looking for how video can provide value to their customers and employees.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4KdrIoN1Z4

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