Nothing should be sacrified at the altar of virtualization
Embedded communications that embrace more than just voice are a great start. But as you can see, add in the creature comforts we expect such as normal sized handsets, keypads or caller ID notification….this all helps us forget that amazing technology going on the backside…lets us focus on the communication.
Behind the Storylines
Our spotlight series continues to morph a bit and try to find its sea legs. We are still going to change a few of story-telling methods in this series going forward…but a couple of fun things we did here that I hope are appreciated. The show is embedded at the bottom of this post so you can watch it..but first, a few notes on what we did here.
We started to make fun of ‘scenarios.’ One of the hardest things about cost-effective corporate video is finding unique visuals. Even the little we did in this episode took an extra day…and that is nothing when it comes to most productions. What we did a little different here, was to create the ‘office scenario’ to help get our point across..but instead of using actors and falling prey to the easy cheese that usually develops here..we tried just doing it ourselves and then ‘breaking the 4th wall’ every so often to explain a point to the audience. Our hope is that we remain educational and a little bit fun. We should never be taken too seriously…but you won’t mistake us for actors anytime soon.
We used a real whiteboard. Most video pro’s (including our own Producer Steve Ewertz) hate whiteboards. I agree with them from a TV perspective. They are really hard to light without getting hot spots/glares, everyone looks washed out in front of them…and the contrast when people write is just not that great. But as a Cisco guy, I love whiteboards. I love how much better every engineer can communicate when they have a pen in their hand. So Steve agreed to let us do this one with Jimmy Ray explaining the ‘tech behind the tech’ and I think with the two cameras and two lights we used…this scene came out great. Plus, I think it feels natural.
This BizTech video is a first in a new series where I am hoping to find a middle ground that is certainly more business oriented than TechWiseTV but not so distant and high level that we can’t be specific.
Storywise -- these can be a challenge. Coming up with good visuals in a story like this is more difficult I think because you need both time and budget to cover these subjects well.
Before I share some of the production stuff I enjoy talkng about -- let me set up the content…let you watch it, then read on if interested in the other stuff.
The subject for this one was cross-departmental with underlying technologies from both Cisco Collaboration and Borderless teams. Virtualized Workspaces , a very specific term to denote something beyond (but certainly including VDI) is covered with Laura and her guest Phil Serburne. Jaishree brought in Neil Anderson to talk strategy around mobility…an area of incredible impact these days. We also secured Kenneth Daniels from Samsung to talk about SAFE: Secure Architecture for Enterprise . We finish out with an intro level voice over for Cisco Remote Expert
Our first step here was using co-hosts Jaishree Subramania and Laura Powers. Both great Cisco managers in thier own areas (and frequent hosts for topics on TechWiseTV). But we also stretched with a few metaphors during the transitions.
Part of this becomes an excuse whenever I can to practice my weak skills in walking and talking to a camera…(not as easy as one would think), but also, again, just to try and keep the pacing up a bit. We were shooting the Samsung interview in Richardson, TX. We had to scramble and capture that interview at the Cisco campus since we did not have a room at Samsung reserved. No worries…we shot that inside one of our conference rooms (not easy to make look interesting…but Director Steve Ewertz did his normally creative touch and made it great). We then shot my standups outside the Samsung building to make it look like we had been there. This was all authorized..but its funny how quickly security always shows up. I could only flub my lines so many times with pressure increasting from the building security guys…we pressed on…but if you look closely, you can see we are about to get approached for the last time…
One other bit of ‘behind the scenes’ I think was interesting. This same shot, if you watch it in the video, was done on a slider. These are great little additions to your camera gear for video as they can give you that cinematic movement IF you set it up correctly. Good slider shots require foreground objects or you can’t see the move. Once again, Director Steve to the rescue…if you look at the beginning of that shot…
The cameras movement is only apparent due to that green leafy branch at the start. Reality is -- Steve picked that up off the ground and held it in frame just so we could see some foreground motion and sell the shot. I love that stuff…it dawned on me that he could have kept the camera still and just pulled the branch over and we would have THOUGHT the camera was moving. So keep that in mind if you need a slider shot for you next video and you don’t have a slider!
Hope you enjoy this first BizTech. We are working on a few others that we will to bring to you soon.
Data Centres are evolving rapidly, in response to the many industry IT Megatrends we have previously discussed. Services and applications are increasingly being delivered from very large data centres and, increasingly, from hybrid and public clouds too.
Specifically, a good example of services being delivered from data centres is Hosted Desktops. I discussed in my last post how technologies such as TrustSec can help secure VXI/VDI deployments. VXI is a good example of a service originally delivered only from private data centres, now being delivered As A Service as well.
Video is (and will be) increasingly delivered from data centers as a service. Infrastructure services (servers/VM, storage…) are also delivered internally more and more through Private Clouds.
Consequently, securing those environments is now perceived by our customers CTOs and architects, as the biggest barrier to adopting clouds on a much larger scale.
We will therefore look at how TrustSec can pervasively help secure all data centre traffic. Read More »
By the year 2015, connected mobile devices will overtake desktop usage and Wi-Fi access traffic will surpass wired access traffic. From 2012 to 2017, mobile data will grow 13-fold. Looking at statistics like these, it’s clear that mobility isn’t just another trend or hot topic – it’s a fundamental transformation of how businesses and their employees access information and accomplish work. And it’s creating more opportunities for Cisco partners to engage with customers than ever before.
But the mobility opportunity is more than just a discussion of one or two technologies. A true mobility conversation includes examining your customers’ mobile workforce strategies and taking a solutions-based approach to increasing worker productivity.
We recently discussed the perfect IT storm that is currently brewing in business. BYOD, Unified Access, Video, the Many Clouds, SDN… all happening at once, on current infrastructure, and yet demanding more.
Some of the comments you made further emphasized the need to have an architectural approach.
Discussing VDI deployments with our customers in EMEAR, two things really are at the centre of our discussions from an infrastructure standpoint.
- Security, which I’ll discuss in today’s post.
- Latency and user experience. Two recent posts, here and here, provide great insight on how to tackle this challenge.
I have therefore asked Steinthor Bjarnason (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senior EMEAR Security Consultant, based out of Norway, to give me his perspective. He has 15 year experience in the security space and his perspectives are drawn from numerous customer projects, both in the Enterprise and the Service Provider space. Read More »