“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
At CiscoLive 2011, more than 15,000 customers, partners, and thought leaders have came together to celebrate and explore the evolution and convergence of technology and business. I came away with even greater respect for the innovation taking place in today’s enterprises and excited by the role Cisco is taking in developing and delivering the network vision and solutions helping to drive that innovation. Read More »
Cisco Live’s first ever “Industrial Intelligence Day” focusing on manufacturing and industrial customer needs was judged a great success according to the feedback given at the sessions in Las Vegas this week. In an action packed day attendees heard about trends in network convergence between business IT and Industrial plant networks, and how standard Ethernet IP protocols were becoming prevalent in industrial and control networks.
As Master of Ceremonies, I had the pleasure of introducing Alan Cohen, Vice President, Global Public Sector & Industry Solutions. Alan kicked off the day talking about the care-abouts of executives in Manufacturers and how Cisco is addressing them. He used real-life customer examples such as Coca-Cola, General Motors, GE, Continental Tire and Anglo Platinum. Alan expressed how Cisco was helping these customers address the challenges of Growth, Market Transitions, Innovation, Risk and Goverance. This set up a good interactive environment for Bryce Barnes and John Parello to introduce Energy and Sustainability for the manufacturing sector. Bryce pointed out that 35% of all energy usage in the world is consumed by manufacturing industry and we added that that figure goes over 50% if you include the transportation and distribution of those manufactured goods and materials.
After watching John Chamber’s Insightful Keynote, delegates returned to hear Paul Didier and Chris Haley (both Cisco) and Gregory Wilcox (Rockwell Automation) talk about the status and trends for wired LANs including resilience and security with a fascinating presentation on Motion from Gregory. That was followed by wireless strategies from David Wolf and Scott Friberg from Cisco talking about wireless innovations and real-world testing where wireless is now deemed appropriate for time critical applications. Then delegates went to the main tent for a thought-provoking session. Read More »
Padma kicked off her talk with a few mind-boggling stats—did you know that currently 13 billion devices connect to the network? That equals two devices for every person on earth. That number is expected to grow to 50 billion devices, meaning each of us will own six. (I guess that means it’s ok if I lose my phone, I can always grab my tablet!)
And speaking of tablets, Padma said that by the end of her talk, she estimates that over 6000 tablets will have been sold. That’s a lot of devices that rely on the network—so how is Cisco is responding to the demand?
One of the delimmas that faces retailers today is the need to control costs and innovate to support new ways to providing a compelling shopping experience across all shopping channels.
In Jon Stine’s recent blog Big Pipes and Lean Stores, Jon talked about the store evolving into a living breathing web site. Just like a highly dynamic web site with rapidly changing content and integration to other channels, stores will need to replicate that functionality to serve the new generation of consumers. Retailers with traditional inflexible store IT infrastructure will find it very difficult to adapt to this dynamic environment in a cost effective manner.
Guest Brian Kilcourse, Managing Partner Retail Systems Research and Jon Stine will discuss the retailers who retailers must face this dieimma head on.
Michael Heffler, Retail Solutions Manager and Bart McGlothin, Retail Solutions Architect will present how retailers can rely on the network to reduce costs and increase flexibility.
In areas including Lean Store and Lean Data Center, this involves projects such as as simplifying and moving IT equipment from the store to the data center and leveraging virtualization and centralized management of IT services in the stores .
By moving to a network-based architecture with a belt (back-up) and suspenders (survivability) to deliver services, this strategy can help retailers evolve to a private and public cloud services platfom in the future.
Steven Ross, Vice President of Technology, Chico’s FAS, Inc. is our special guest and he will present on his experience with dynamic architecture and working with Cisco data center technologies.
As I travel the world, I ask my customers two simple questions:
First, are you virtualizing your data center? (Universally the answer is yes.)
Second, have you deployed any virtual security solution? (Universally the answer is no.)
Wow. How can this be? Does a virtual data center not need security? Not a chance. It needs security more than ever. Most customers are confining their virtualized infrastructure into secure zones, or virtual local area networks (VLANs). That’s useful for a first phase, but excessive VLAN segmentation holds us back from achieving the efficiencies of the utility computing model—and it also gets really complicated really quickly.