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Cisco’s continued commitment to WAN Optimization (WAAS) Market and Our Customers

WAN Optimization is an essential element of Cisco’s network-centric platform strategy, enabling key transitions such as data center consolidation, virtualization, cloud, virtual desktops and BYOD. Cisco is continuing to invest in the Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio to drive our strategy of integrating WAN Optimization into the network fabric to achieve unmatched scale, performance, and simplicity, while reducing overall customer TCO. The WAAS team is an integral part of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group to help achieve these goals.

Recent speculation that Cisco has dissolved its WAAS business is inaccurate. Cisco’s strategy to deliver WAAS pervasively as part of the Cisco WAN infrastructure remains unchanged.

Consistent with the strategy of providing application optimization as a key function of the network infrastructure, Cisco provides a broad portfolio of appliances, router-integrated and virtualized form factors. Strong alignment between the WAAS and Services Routing Group (SRG) product development teams has helped drive innovations such as AppNav with WAVE appliances for data centers, Cloud Services Routers with virtual WAAS for public clouds and highly scalable router-integrated form factors. Cisco accelerates a wide variety of applications including file, email, web, secure applications, SaaS, virtual desktops and cloud services.

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Have Your Doctors Gone Digital?

When you go in for your annual exam, does your doctor enter notes on a laptop, send your prescriptions direct to the pharmacy, and make your lab results available online for your? Or does your doctor still pull out that bulging manila folder full of patient history notes, write prescriptions on paper using unintelligible handwriting, and wait days to get results for X-Rays or MRIs? There are incentives for going digital, but how many doctors do you know who have taken the plunge?

A recent national survey of healthcare workers found that adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is significantly below expected. For the uninitiated, “meaningful use” is a term indicating doctors have an electronic health record system with the capability to take specific actions with the system. Examples of these actions include sending and tracking pharmacy prescriptions, getting drug interaction warnings, and sending clinical visit summaries to other clinics.

In hard numbers, the survey found that in 2011 only 11% of physicians were both intending to apply and had an EHR system with the capabilities needed for the meaningful use designation. This is surprising as there are financial incentives to get to meaningful use. A recent case study shows that getting the right infrastructure in place can dramatically aid physicians in this goal and get them the designation in a matter of months.

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Five Most Interesting Things for Borderless Networks at Cisco Live

I’ve had a few days back at home.  I’m fully recovered from the jet-lag and general lack of sleep.  The non-stop geek-fest that is Cisco Live is now over.  With some time to look back at everything that happened in San Diego, I’m blown away by how this might have been one of the best events I’ve been to in 16 years and how it’s too bad that it’s going to be a whole year before we get to do it again.  Here are some of the things that made a huge impression on many of the attendees I spoke to that week. Read More »

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Enterprise Guide to CiscoLive

If you’re headed for CiscoLive! next week, you need a game plan.  There is going to be a lot to see, a lot to do, and a lot to take in – all in under a week.  Below, I’ve got a list for you of some of the best technical sessions to check out and some previously-un-published lightening talks to attend – you’ll be glad you did.  This guide is pretty heavy on the Cloud Connected solutions but you can also get some great ideas on how to keep up with preparing your enterprise for BYOD, the latest in security and a few other important technologies too.  If you’re not going to CiscoLive – there are some ways you can play along at home.  This might actually be preferable if you like keeping up with the latest news in your PJs.

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Journey to Cisco Live San Diego

Recently, I heard a beautiful Beethoven Quartet Opus 131 piece played in an office not too far from mine. Its rhythm was so tranquil that the notes visually sang in my ears and brought up images of Ike sitting behind Cisco WAAS Central Manager listening to classical music on his headphones. (“Who is Ike?” You may ask. On the surface, Ike is your everyday IT guy that wins the girl’s heart in Ike wins with a vendor you can trust.  Behind the scene, Ike is the hero that keeps productivity high and end-user satisfied, all working together, to propel his organization ahead of the competition.)

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