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Cisco Visual Networking Index: Interactive Graphic

May 24, 2010 - 4 Comments

Data, data, data.  So much data.  Who’s feeling overwhelmed?  At times, I think we all are. 

Today, we offer some information about how we create our VNI, or Visual Networking Index.  The VNI is a snapshot of how networks are used and what kind of data flows over them.  The VNI “examines many of the most popular communication options available today, from computers and TVs to webcams and gaming consoles. It also includes growth data for most types of networks carrying Internet protocol (IP) traffic, including mobile data and private business networks.”  (See full News@Cisco story here.)

What I wanted to highlight for you is another way to look at all this data.  A graphic.  USAToday and The New York Times have been doing it for years.  We thought we’d steal a bit of their success and try to display the VNI content in an interactive display to show the data in a easy to read, compelling way.

We’d love your thoughts on this way to display data…and, if you are so compelled to blog on this or share it yourselves, the embed code is on the News@Cisco story…or you can grab the code below.

Embed code for Cisco’s VNI interactive graphic:

<object width=”365″ height=”451″><param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always” /><param name=”movie” value=””></param><embed src=”” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”365″ height=”451″></embed></object>

More information on the VNI.  The next VNI update comes out in early June…watch this space for an update.


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  1. Interesting article. Visuals help and VNI for private companies essential but I agree the option for a logarithmic scale would speed the interpretation of historical data and help track growth.

  2. Very useful information you’ve provided here. VNI management is no doubt a vital part in progressing further with the records aligned carefully and in a good manner. For the massive traffic from different network, having a compiled and complete record could help in a very positive way.

  3. Excellent article, informed into a very simple and interesting way. Congratulations by the quality of the page and Web and a warm greeting from Chile.

  4. Looking good…May be if you add an option to see the data in logarithmic scale, because it is difficult to visualize historical data due to the exponential growth.Cheers.