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Cisco Channels Social Media Spotlight: Your Questions Answered

Since starting my role in Cisco Channels social media some three years ago, I’ve been asked a lot of questions: “What video camera should I buy?” “Who do you like to follow on Twitter?” “Who does your hair?” (OK, no one’s actually asked me the last question, but drop me a note in the comments if you really want to know.)

But the most commonly asked questions that I hear over and over are: How do I get started with social media, what are the best tools to use, and how do I engage more customers? Well, in the interest of helping Cisco partners around the globe achieve resounding social media success, I’m happy to announce our new Channels blog series: Social Media Spotlight!

In this series, my fellow Channels blogger Kalpana Ettenson and I will be addressing any and all social media questions that you have. For starters, we want you to post your most burning social media questions in the comments below so we can address them in upcoming blog posts.

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Cisco UCS : When Opportunity Knocks

If you are managing an Itanium or SPARC based server architecture, you may be experiencing increasing maintenance costs, scarcity of administration resources, shrinking ISV support and unclear roadmaps from vendors like HP and Oracle/Sun.  You may not have thought there was a viable alternative, but imagine if you could unite computing, networking, and storage access resources with a management system designed to deliver the flexibility and agility needed to scale business operations.  

Cisco’s Unified Computing System was designed for the modern data center and has just expanded to include a portfolio of two-socket and four-socket blade and rack-optimized servers based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family. Check out the nine new world record performance benchmarks here. One of the new offerings is a two-socket Cisco UCS C260 server which can support up to 20 cores,  1 TB of memory and 16 SFF disk drives in a dense, 2U form factor. This is big-time compute, memory, and storage capability in an extremely small footprint. Up to 50 GB of memory per core for demanding enterprise applications, such as large-data-set and transaction-intensive databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, and decision-support systems.

Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server Video Data Sheet

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From Cairo to Nairobi – Eye to Eye at the Touch of a Button

In my last blog, “Africa – Connected Continent – At last”, I described how the arrival of affordable internet bandwidth in Africa is enabling companies to use technology to transform how they do business. Today at Cisco we have realised huge efficiencies in how we conduct our business internally and we have fundamentally changed how we communicate and collaborate with customers and partners, thanks to TelePresence.

TelePresence allow people to meet face to face over the network without the need to travel. Participants enjoy a high definition, high quality, life-size video experience and can share rich media content. We can now bring in subject matter experts from over one thousand Cisco TelePresence rooms across the globe and put them together with the vast majority of our workforce in Africa as if they were sat just across the table from each another; all at the touch of a button. In fact we can connect Cisco’s TelePresence rooms with any customer or partner TelePresence room, provided they have a B2B exchange with Cisco, so the possibilities are huge.

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Video: How to Create a Custom Facebook Tab Using Iframes


Facebook recently announced that they will be deprecating FBML (aka Facebook Markup Language), Hallelujah! How does this affect you? All custom tabs were created using the confusing (for non-engineers, i.e this guy) FBML. Now we can create custom tabs by pulling in our own web pages via an iframe. This means that you can incorporate things like HTML, CSS, and Javascript from your webpage into a custom tab for your fan page without re-coding the functionality into FBML. Here’s a four minute video on how you create a custom tab for your Facebook fan page using iframes; steps provided by Kim Woodbridge at (Anti) Social Development:

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NBA Stars Luke and Bill Walton Think Cisco ūmi is a Slam Dunk

“To see the house that I grew up in, and see the dogs that we used to play with running around behind him just makes the experience that much more personal,” said Los Angeles Lakers Forward Luke Walton on using Cisco ūmi to talk to his father, NBA legend Bill Walton.

As the Official Technology Partner of the NBA, four player/family pairs were captured connecting over Cisco ūmi from their homes.

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The first in the series is a clip of two NBA players, one retired and one in the middle of his career. With the help of Cisco ūmi, Luke and Bill took a few moments away from their busy lives to catch up on their HDTVs. Luke commented on the change in his father’s hair color, “It does look like you’ve lost most of that red hair though, big man. I don’t know if we can call you ‘Big Red’ anymore.” And, like any concerned parent, Bill made sure his son was taking care of himself, “Are you eating enough?”

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