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Cisco UPOE at Interop New York

October 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm PST

Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) can power a wide range of devices resiliently over the network with 60-watts of power per port. We showed a few of these devices getting powered through UPOE at Interop. Customers looking to deploy virtual desktops were impressed with the fact that they don’t have to pull 110/220V circuits for new campuses. Here is a short video of me walking through the demos at the show.

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Thank You Steve Jobs

The world lost an incredible man on Wednesday. With Steve Jobs’ passing, everyone is reflecting on the impact he had. His life, his vision, his passion and his creations touched everyone, everywhere. As President Obama said in a statement, “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.

This is a good time to reflect on how Steve’s work has impacted our work here at Cisco.  Steve spearheaded innovation in so many ways – and his success largely resulted from his strong focus on user experience. Clearly, he wanted to create amazing, innovative products, but at the end of the day his goal was to make them easy-to-use so that everyone would feel like they could take part.  From elementary school students to grandparents and everyone in-between, the world is now connecting, learning and embracing technology more.  He has fundamentally changed the way that products are designed and has taught us by example about what it means to put the consumer first.

As we work every day, we must pay homage to the man that paved the way for new media and communication experiences for the masses. We all have something we can learn from him.  Thank you Steve.

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Leading by Example on Energy Reduction

October 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm PST

Cisco’s TelePresence product is helping organizations around the world reduce their carbon footprints. A perfect example is the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which just held its annual global launch through video conferencing for the first time ever.

Where once executives and speakers would have flown in from far-flung locations around the globe to attend the meeting, people from nine locations on four continents gathered at a virtual conference table to discuss the challenging environmental problems facing our planet. Read More »

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Cisco Live On-Demand: Powered By Cisco TelePresence

If you have attended Cisco Live, you know that Cisco technology powers many different features of the show.   Digital media signage, IP phones, VXI thin clients, hundreds of wireless APs, and of course the enterprise-grade Cisco network.

At Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas, we activated more Cisco technology, this time from the TelePresence family.    Each Cisco Live event has up to 500 breakout sessions for attendees to learn and interact with Cisco experts.  Recording those sessions for on-demand viewing has always been a priority for our team, and using Cisco technology is always a win for our attendees.    During this event, we put our Cisco TelePresence products to the test, bringing together codecs, HD video, automation, and transcoding systems together to create a unique experience for our virtual audience.

For this pilot capture project, we focused on four session rooms.   Each room was outfitted with a Cisco C-Series C40 or C90 codec, connected to the following:  laptop VGA feed, presenter audio feed, and our Cisco network.   Each codec comes with an HD camera, which was placed on a tripod and connected to the C40.   The camera sits unmanned, and can be controlled remotely.   Once the audio levels are set, the system in the room runs unmanned at this point.

In our control room, we ran a Cisco Video Communication server,  which registered the units onto our network, as well as handled call routing.   With over 40 sessions to record over three days, we looked to automate the system where possible, so we turned to the Cisco TelePresence Management Server.  This device allowed us to program in all session metadata as well as start/stop times.   This reduced the possibility of human error, and enabled the crew to focus on other duties.   To facilitate the recording the sessions, we used the Cisco TelePresence Content Server.  This device has two main functionalities- session recording and transcoding.   It can record multiple sessions at once, and can transcode to just about any format.

A few moments before the session began, the TCS connected to the corresponding room, and began recording both the video and the VGA feed.   At the end of the session, the TCS disconnects and begins to transcode the video capture.   Once the video is transformed into an editable format, a technician will edit the file and then place it back into the transcode queue for the final pass. The slides are captured in real time, allowing perfect sync with the presenter discussion.

The output you see here is the final version.

This pilot session capture project demonstrated the versatility of TelePresence to go beyond just video conferencing, to a system that creates, transforms and shares content.    Our team plans to increase the use of this system at future events across Cisco, enabling us to further bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual world.  You can watch these sessions, as well as over 1000 others at www.CiscoLiveVirtual.com.

If you have questions or comments on these Cisco TelePresence systems, please respond in the comments.

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Introducing New Ways to Capture, Transform and Share Enterprise Video

Today, Cisco announced a new strategy for capturing, transforming and sharing video called Enterprise Video Content. As a part of this announcement, we have new product features across our entire enterprise video portfolio that enable customers to watch any video from any device, at any time. New capabilities and complete integration across Cisco Show and Share, Cisco MXE 3500, and Cisco TelePresence Content Server improve how end users can create and consume video, by:

  • Simplifying how end users can capture video from any telepresence or videoconferencing endpoint, record and then auto-publish or live stream that video into Show and Share
  • Enabling any end user to transform video – adapting any kind of media, including recorded video meetings and Cisco WebEx recordings, so they can be played and shared on any device
  • Enhancing how users can easily search video and navigate to find the most relevant video content
  • Accelerating live and on-demand video delivery across the enterprise to branch offices and remote users

In the video below, I introduce what Cisco means by Enterprise Video Content and how it is changing video applications across the enterprise.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VC-mo3a0ao

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