The Platform Opinions and Insights from Cisco en Copyright 2010 2010-05-04T12:00:07+00:00 Providing a More Collaborative, Interactive Classroom Learning Environment through Video It’s become increasingly clear that media-rich applications like video are transforming how we communicate, work, and live.  As someone who has spent years working in the Public Sector space, I’ve seen a major transformation in Education, including new ways we are approaching teaching and helping individuals to learn.  At Cisco, we are continuing our commitment to better education through the use of video through a variety of methods: video surveillance to protect our students; Digital Media Signage to provide a more interactive environment which better connects schools with their communities, students, and parents; and through TelePresence and Webex for enhanced classroom and distance learning applications.  

Our Video-Enabled Teaching and Learning Solution platform helps students in K-12 and higher education gain the skills they need to advance in today’s workplace by introducing them to a more collaborative, virtual learning environment.  This transformational learning environment will  empower them with 21st-century skills needed to increase overall U.S. competitiveness and job preparedness.  Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers shared his perspective on the future of collaboration and the value for education during a recent virtual forum for education leaders.

National LambdaRail Pioneering America’s Broadband Future News@Cisco writer Charles Waltner offers a look at efforts of the National LamdaRail.

He writes:

One of the hottest topics in the networking industry these days is how the United State’s should develop its broadband infrastructure, highlighted most recently by the Federal Communications Commission’s comprehensive, multi-billion dollar plan to keep the country competitive in the age of the Internet. But since 2003, one organization has been quietly building a big part of the country’s digital future on its own.

Cisco #1 on Greenpeace Ranking of IT companies Today, Greenpeace announced their “Cool IT Leaderboard.”  Cisco is very proud to be listed as #1 on the Greenpeace Cool IT Leaderboard.

“Cisco vaults to the top of the Leaderboard, doubling its score from the previous version by demonstrating the effectiveness of its greenhouse emissions-saving solutions such as smart grid technology and office energy management.” - Greenpeace

For more information on Greenpeace’s rankings and on their “Cool IT” program, please visit:

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Cisco CleanAir: An Air Freshener With an Award-Winning Scent You’ve heard Cisco talk about the consumerization of IT, in which the lines blur between devices, work, and home. You’ve heard the company talk about Borderless Networks and the need to extend information access to virtually any device anywhere at any time. But beyond the product launches and the press releases, it’s all a fact of life, and Cisco has been innovating technology to make that lifestyle easier.

Yesterday was the latest example. Cisco announced a new series of wireless access points with CleanAir technology. The first of its kind, CleanAir is the only solution that completely addresses the interference challenge of delivering business-critical applications over wireless networks. In short, it “cleans the air,” serving as a traffic cop for the various wireless signals zipping around you. It detects, classifies, locates and mitigates the impact of wireless interference so that the information you need can be accessed in a timely and reliable fashion. Microwaves, Bluetooth devices, mobile phones, security cameras, garage door openers, etc. – CleanAir technology tackles it all.

Another Smart Hire for Cisco Smart Grid Team In March of this year I was thrilled when Jeff Taft from Accenture joined Cisco’s Smart Grid team as the Global Smart Grid Architect.  As a 25 year veteran of the energy and technology sectors, I knew this globally recognized expert would help accelerate Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy.

Today, I am equally excited about Paul De Martini joining the Cisco Smart Grid team as Chief Technology Officer.  Paul joins us from Southern California Edison (SCE) where he was vice president of Advanced Technology, leading SCE’s smart grid strategy, policy and technology development.

Also a recognized expert in the energy and utility industries, Paul will take Cisco’s smart grid leadership team and strategy to a new level.  He’s a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology IST Smart Grid Interoperability Governing Board, the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Y2030 Strategic Planning Committee and the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Intelligrid program.

With his firsthand experience at a large and progressive utility as well as his expertise in regulatory matters, he adds valuable perspective and insight to an already talented team.  

Welcome, Paul!

Cisco and the Red Cross Launch Global Volunteer Initiative Coinciding with National Volunteer Week 2010, the American Red Cross and Cisco recently announced the creation of one of the largest corporate employee volunteer programs in the history of the Red Cross.  To help prepare their communities for, and respond to, natural and other disasters when and where they strike, Cisco employees around the world will participate in emergency response training provided by the Red Cross.  Volunteers will learn about applying essential principles to disaster response; providing mass care related to first aid, shelter, food and supply distribution; and about identifying volunteer opportunities.

In recognition of Cisco’s 25th anniversary, Chairman and CEO John Chambers called on Cisco employees to perform 200,000 collective hours of community service by year’s end.  Also, during a recent employee volunteer fair at Cisco’s Silicon Valley campus, California State Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker, remarked on Cisco’s 360 degree approach to volunteering or “doing volunteering on steroids.” 

Innovation: Then and Now @ Interop 2010 The saying goes that to know where you are going, you have to know where you have been.  And so I reflected on next week’s Borderless Networks events at Interop 2010.  Interop has been around for a long time; over 20 years.  And during that time, there is no question that innovation has changed the way we live, learn, work and play.  

The very first Interop show in 1985 was all about TCP/IP.  Dan Lynch, the “father” of Interop, envisioned a gathering of vendors coming together to test the interoperability of their TCP/IP implementations.  Interop played a meaningful role in the development and adoption of TCP/IP.  Just six short years ago, the theme of the show focused on VoIP, collaboration, and data centers. This year the themes focus on Cloud, Green IT and Virtualization.   What is important to note is Cisco has been at the forefront of all these themes and conversations, in most cases driving the technological evolution, that is making these themes a reality – where today we are able to realize the secure, mobile freedom of a truly Borderless Network Experience

Cisco’s presence at Interop this year will provide a plethora of insights into the competitive differentiation our customers can gain when they realize what being Borderless really means to them – a Borderless Network Architecture that makes it possible to have seamless, reliable, and secure access to information anytime, anywhere, from any device.

Cisco Completes TANDBERG Offer We have completed our voluntary offer on TANDBERG, a global leader in video communications. The close of this transaction, and the consequent creation of an extensive combined product portfolio, accelerate Cisco’s vision of changing the way people communicate and collaborate by delivering simple, unique and interoperable collaboration experiences.

The full TANDBERG product line is now part of the Cisco TelePresence™ portfolio. Through this combined offering, the Cisco TelePresence business provides customers with access to a fully integrated architecture, a comprehensive network-based endpoint and infrastructure portfolio – designed to help provide multivendor interoperability – and a suite of unique experiences, customizable applications and flexible deployment models.

See press release here.

Cisco is Doing Something Right with Social Media…(At least according to B2B Magazine) On April 12th, the winners were announced for BtoB’s Social Media Marketing Awards. And, drum roll please…. Cisco won in three different categories!

In the Integrated Tech category, Cisco myPlanNet Game took home top honors. This fun simulation game helps our customers learn about Cisco Service Provider solutions by putting you in the shoes of a service provider CEO. It’s a virtual world game that can be fun to play, yet educational and relevant to business customers at the same time.

Apple Announces Cisco SSL VPN Support on iPhone OS 4 Last week, Apple announced the upcoming iPhone OS 4, which will deliver a suite of enterprise-focused features, including the ability to support SSL VPN connectivity using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client.

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client delivers ubiquitous access to authenticated users, enabling increased productivity by providing “anytime access” to the network.  In addition, the client provides full tunnel connectivity while being versatile, lightweight, and user-friendly.  AnyConnect users can now have an in-office experience to virtually any application or resource from their iPhone without compromising device battery or performance. Finally, the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client provides an optimized VPN connection (via DTLS) for latency-sensitive traffic, such as voice over IP (VoIP) traffic or TCP-based application access.

Once iPhone OS 4 is released, Cisco will  be making available an app to enable AnyConnect connectivity. Enterprise customers can then leverage Cisco AnyConnect & SSL VPN for secure & mobile-friendly connectivity to their corporate resources, enabling to them to truly enterprise-enable their iPhone/iPod touch/iPad mobile workforce.