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Mobile, Video, Cloud – Can A “Good-Enough” Network Handle It All?

April 26, 2011 at 10:35 am PST

There are times in our lives when good enough works just fine.

For example, a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle is good enough to get you from point A to B, but not for driving on the Autobahn. (I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a Porche 911.)

And a 19-inch tube TV is certainly good enough for watching reruns of “Magnum P.I.,” but not for watching the big game. (I’d go for a 50-inch LED HD flatscreen TV, thank you very much.)

The same goes for the network. Good enough is fine for the network if all you need to do is send a few emails or watch an occasional video.

But a good-enough network isn’t good enough for…

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The Seven Deadly Network Sins: Common Misperceptions About Good-Enough Networks

April 25, 2011 at 11:09 am PST

We’ve all settled for less in our lives. Maybe you bought a pair of shoes that were a little tight, but the sale price was way too good to pass up. Or perhaps you got a brand-new digital camera that wasn’t exactly the one you wanted, but last year’s model way a much better price.

While everyone loves getting a good deal, sometimes buying the less expensive option means sacrificing quality. You’d pay good money to make those blisters on your feet disappear and when those pictures of your daughter’s graduation don’t come out, you curse yourself for spending less.

When it comes to the network, saving a few dollars up front may sound good, but losing the ability to capitalize on trends such as video, mobility, and cloud just don’t add up. (And may cause headaches down the road.)

In fact, research shows that over the long run, it may not even be the most cost efficient.  Building a tactical network based on low-cost point products and services increases the total cost of ownership for most organizations by at least 20 to 35 % over a three-year time frame, according to the white paper “Debunking the Myths of A ‘Good Enough’ Network.”

The white paper findings also indicate that a network is only as reliable as its weakest link. And saving a bit of money on a router may be offset by the cost of an outage – and then some. That’s just one of the seven deadly network sins.

What are the other seven deadly network sins? And what should you know about a multi-vendor approach to building business-critical networks?

Tune into our webcast, hosted by Rob Lloyd (Cisco’s executive vice president of worldwide operations) to find out. The webcast will also feature executives from The Royal Bank of Scotland and Cisco Gold Partner BlueWater Communications Group.

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Smarter endpoints and smarter network: An end to end Medianet becomes a reality!

April 25, 2011 at 9:12 am PST

Finally it’s here. Cisco has been working on integrating the Media Services Interface (MSI) into the WebEx Meeting Client.

For those unfamiliar with the MSI, it’s an SDK developed to enable applications to interact with a Cisco Medianet. One of the long standing challenges IT organizations have faced has been to harmonize the needs of applications and endpoints with the network services required to meet those needs. It’s been a case of ships in the night as network administrators have done their best to deliver services while having limited interaction with the endpoints and applications that leverage those services. Asking endpoints and applications to consistently implement all the networking protocols to enable them to leverage the network has often led to mixed results; inconsistent or incomplete protocol stack implementations led to interoperability issues with the burden usually falling on the end customer.

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News@Cisco Week in Review and Look Ahead: April 18-22

You know the drill…check out our top news stories of the week and what to look forward to next week.

1.)  Talk2Cisco: The Future of Video in the Enterprise

Yesterday Guido Jouret, Cisco’s VP/GM of the Enterprise Video Group and CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group joined Talk2Cisco for an interactive discussion about pervasive video. Jouret explained what the big buzz around video in the enterprise is all about and how enterprise organizations are harnessing video technologies to support their overall business. Miss the broadcast? Watch the replay above!

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Talk2Cisco Recap: The Future of Video in the Enterprise

Video is transitioning rapidly from a consumer technology to a must-have enterprise business tool. In the latest episode of Talk2Cisco Guido Jouret, Cisco’s VP/GM of the Enterprise Video Group and CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group, discusses all the ways companies are and will be using video to deliver better customer experience and achieve business goals.

(3:15) How video is being used in the enterprise.
(7:45) How video delivers better customer experience.
(9:25) Video deployment challenges.
(24:00) The ROI of video.
(26:00) The impact of digital signage.
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