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22 October 2013
CXOToday: Cisco Global Cloud Index Projects Cloud Traffic to Dominate Data Centers
In the third annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012 - 2017) issued today, Cisco forecasts that global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data center traffic, is expected to grow 4.5-fold - a 35 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR) - from 1.2 zettabytes of annual traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017. Overall global data center traffic will grow threefold and reach a total of 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017. Approximately 17 percent of data center traffic will be fueled by end users accessing clouds for web surfing, video streaming, collaboration and connected devices, all of which contribute to the Internet of Everything, which is the networked connection of people, data, process and things. Doug Merritt, senior vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, Cisco said: "People all over the world continue to demand the ability to access personal, business and entertainment content anywhere on any device, and each transaction in a virtualized, cloud environment can cause cascading effects on the network. Because of this continuing trend, we are seeing huge increases in the amount of cloud traffic within, between and beyond data centers over the next four years."

22 October 2013
VARIndia: Cisco, NetApp Upgrade FlexPod Portfolio
Ashok Shenoy, Regional Manager, Cloud and Datacentre Sales, Cisco India & SAARC. Cisco Systems and one of its storage partners NetApp have recently made an update to their co-developed FlexPod data center system which combines the Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus data center switches, and NetApp storage components, managed by Cisco UCS Director with a single console for bare-metal and virtualized workloads. The highlight of the update is the introduction of FlexPod Select for dedicated data-intensive workloads. The FlexPod portfolio now includes FlexPod Datacenter (formerly FlexPod) for core enterprise data centers and service providers, FlexPod Express (formerly ExpressPod) for medium-sized businesses and branch offices, and FlexPod Select for data intensive workloads. FlexPod supports the growing need to tie storage, networks, applications, and analytics (such as big data) into a more automated, responsive system that increases efficiency and lowers operational expense. The new offerings build on the joint vision and strategy of Cisco and NetApp to unify branch offices, core data centers, service providers, and dedicated application infrastructures.

18 October 2013
The Telegraph: Prestigious Cisco Supplier Award 2013 Goes to Teleplan
Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, has presented Teleplan with its prestigious Excellence in Reverse Logistics Award for the third time in recent years. The awards ceremony was part of Cisco's annual Supplier Appreciation event hosted by Cisco Manufacturing. In 2007, Cisco decided to consolidate its globally fragmented multi-vendor service chain with Teleplan as a dedicated after-market service partner. Since then, Teleplan has supported Cisco's global reverse logistics service programme in Roseville (U.S.), Hong Kong (APAC) and Zoetermeer (the Netherlands) for the EMEA region. "As a company we are very proud in helping Cisco manage its returns more efficiently and positively influence the Cisco brand experience for their customers and are thrilled that our performance has been recognised again through this Award", reflects Patrick Ring, CSMO at Teleplan. "Optimizing internal material and process flows, reducing turnaround times and lowering inventory levels to reduce cash outflows are just some of the key benefits Teleplan's global service team helped deliver for Cisco under a total cost of ownership focus", comments Patrick Ring further.

17 October 2013
EFY Times: Cisco Reaches Over 100 Million Digital TV Homes And 340 Million Viewers In Asia Pacific
Cisco, the leading provider of conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions has said that its market-leading VideoGuard conditional access and digital rights management technology is now providing the critical protection of premium content to over 340 million viewers. Cisco said that it is in prime position to address the changing needs of operators now and into the future with a Research and Development (R&D) center in Bangalore, India that is dedicated to the development of video technology. With its continued commitment to research and innovation, the company currently enjoys the largest market share of the estimated 257 million digital TV homes in Asia Pacific (Source: MPA Report, May 2013). Cisco VideoGuard conditional access and digital rights management solutions make Cisco the leading CA provider in Asia Pacific with a market share of 31% , according to Screen Digest Report 2013 and Cisco’s internal subscriber data. Sue Taylor, Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific, Service Provider Video Software Solutions said, "This industry in Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic in the world. We look forward to serving millions more households that can benefit from Cisco’s enhanced TV-viewing experiences, as the demand for advanced services and applications surges."

16 October 2013
The Economic Times: Gear Makers Bet Big On Higher Tech Spend by Telecom Companies
Networking device makers are betting on higher demand from Indian telecom providers as rising data usage and the need to provide better service force carriers to spend on technology. During the last two years, technology companies saw business from telecom firms languishing as they slashed budgets and costs. The belt tightening was in response to the intense competition, which pulled down tariffs to rock-bottom levels, and squeezed profit margins. Technology spending by India's telecom sector accounts for 67 percent of the information and communication technology market. In 2013, their spending - including hardware - was $47.8 billion (Rs3 lakh crore) and is estimated to grow to $51.5 billion next year, according to research firm Gartner. Sanjay Rohatgi, managing director for service-provider sales at Cisco India, said he is seeing increasing interest from telecom firms to upgrade their networks to be able to provide high-speed internet services. Jaideep Mehta, country manager at IDC, said telecom investments in the country are at an 'inflection point' as a large part of the IT infrastructure is on the verge of becoming obsolete because the previous investment happened over three years ago. "There's huge pressure on telcos to raise their investment," Mehta said.

15 October 2013
Telecom Lead: Exclusive: India Ranked 16 in IDC Internet of Things (IoT) Index
IDC Internet of Things (IoT) Index has ranked India, the second largest telecom market based on mobile users, at the 16 position. The market research agency expects the IoT technology and services halo effect on business to generate global revenue from $4.8 trillion in 2012 to $8.9 trillion by 2020, growing at a 7.9 percent CAGR. Networking company Cisco is betting big on Internet of Things. Recently Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers said the IT infrastructure in its first generation focused on the hardware. The next generation of virtualization and cloud gave IT the operational flexibility to focus less on hardware and more on results and performance. With the application economy, the focus will be on supporting a huge number of applications on all these connected devices.

15 October 2013
The Economic Times : Cisco Launches System for Handling Growing Internet Traffic
Cisco Systems on Tuesday launched a product, Network Convergence System, which the company says would help service providers manage the growing data and voice traffic well and offer better services to end consumers. With Internet traffic rapidly growing amid new waves of cloud, smartphones, video and machine-to-machine applications, Cisco has introduced the NCS system which is designed to serve as the foundation of more scalable and smarter Internet, the company said. “NCS is a powerful solution for service providers who are looking to create robust networks, data centres and applications this will provide a competitive edge to service providers in India who are currently grappling with multiple challenges," Sanjay Rohatgi, MD, Service Provider Sales, Cisco India and SAARC, said at the launch. "NCS can integrate with Cisco's management and orchestration software and create a highly programmable network that can provision new services and applications automatically, thus helping service providers drive new revenue models," said Sanjeev Mervana, Senior Director, Service Provider Products & Solutions, Cisco Inc.

15 October 2013
Infotech Lead: Cloud Traffic to Grow to 5.3 Zettabytes of Annual Data Center Traffic by 2017: Cisco Infotech Lead
Global cloud traffic is expected to grow from 1.2 zettabytes of annual data center traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017, increasing at 35 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR), said Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012 – 2017). Overall global data center traffic will grow threefold and reach a total of 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017. Global cloud traffic is the fastest growing component of data center traffic. Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012 - 2017) said approximately 17 percent of data center traffic will be fueled by end users accessing clouds for web surfing, video streaming, collaboration and connected devices.

11 October 2013
CIOL: Akamai and Cisco Working Together to Optimize Application Delivery Over Hybrid WAN
Announce plans for future integration of Akamai Unified Performance technology into Cisco ISR-AX Routers. Akamai Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today announced plans for future integration of Akamai Unified Performance technology into the Cisco ISR-AX series of routers. Both companies intend to co-develop enterprise network offerings, aimed at delivering the world's first enterprise WAN and Internet optimization solution to provide a secure, high-quality end user experience for both public and private cloud applications to all remote offices.

08 October 2013
CRN: Indian Customers Happy with Their Cloud Providers
According to a survey conducted jointly by Cisco Consulting Services and Intel on cloud computing and how it has altered the information technology landscape for large and mid-size enterprises globally revealed that IT leaders in emerging nations like India, Brazil and China are more upbeat about cloud computing. The study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 industries across nine key economies including 600 from India. In India, more than four out of five respondents believe that cloud will positively impact their organizations. The report noted that despite existing and potential challenges, Indian respondents cited a high level of satisfaction with their existing cloud providers. About 83 percent of respondents In India were very satisfied and another 13 percent somewhat satisfied, representing a total 96 percent positive rating. Given such high ratings, cloud providers in India are well positioned today, though they must be prepared to operate in an increasingly demanding marketplace. They will need to offer end-to-end solutions while orchestrating an ecosystem of partners. Accordingly, high ratings for cloud providers in the survey come with high demands for security capabilities, custom solutions, and guarantees on service levels, the survey noted. Neeraj Arora, Director, Cloud Computing, Cisco Consulting Services, APJC, said, "As cloud adoption in India is becoming mainstream, it is interesting to see that a number of cloud adoption decisions are being initiated by the business heads. IT departments need to increasingly remodel the way in which they partner with business. This will involve acting as a broker, or intermediary, of cloud services, orchestrating the planning and procurement process for LOBs across internal and external clouds."

08 October 2013
CXO Today: How can retailers benefit from 'Internet of things'
The Internet of Things can transform businesses across verticals and can be a boon especially to the retail sector, according to Cisco. In a recent research, the company observes that the Internet of Everything presents an enormous opportunity to capture events and use that data to create new value. However, retailers are not taking advantage of the already available data. Once they learn to do so, it can have a huge potential impact on their business. The Cisco report states that conventional brick-and-mortar retailers must tap mobile, social, video and in-store sensors to compete with the data-driven techniques of Amazon and Walmart. These companies have used data to cross-sell, up-sell and optimize the customer experience at every level.

08 October 2013
CIOL : Cisco Completes Acquisition of Sourcefire
Cisco has completed the acquisition of Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE), a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions. With the close of this acquisition, Cisco will provide one of the industry's most comprehensive advanced threat protection portfolios, as well as a broad set of enforcement and remediation options that are integrated, pervasive, continuous and open. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco is paying $76 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Sourcefire and assuming outstanding equity awards for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.7 billion, including retention-based incentives. "To truly protect against all possible attack vectors, our focus is to examine the nature of modern networked environments and devices and to defend them by deeply understanding and analyzing the mindset of the attackers,"said Christopher Young, senior vice president, Cisco Security Group.

05 October 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco, Google and SAP Mull BlackBerry Bids
Black–Berry Ltd, on the block as its smartphone business struggles, is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google Inc and SAP about selling them all or parts of itself, several sources close to the matter said. Such a deal would be an alternative to the preliminary agreement reached weeks ago with a group, led by BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, to take the company private for about $4.7 billion, a bid which has faced some skepticism because of financing questions. The company, based in Waterloo, Ontario, has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic buyers, which also include Intel Corp and Asian companies LG and Samsung, by early next week. It is unclear which parties will bid, if any. But the potential technology buyers have been especially interested in BlackBerry’s secure server network and patent portfolio, although doubts about the assets’ value remain an issue, the sources said. Google, Intel, Cisco, LG and SAP declined to comment. Samsung was not immediately available for comment. Possible bidders are proceeding with caution given the uncertainty around BlackBerry, which last month reported a quarterly loss of nearly $1 billion after taking a write down on unsold Z10 phones. The value of BlackBerry's patent portfolio and licensing agreements is likely to halve in the next 18 months, a company filing from this week shows.

02 October 2013
The Financial Express: Security, Privacy Key Inhibitors to Cloud Growth
Cloud is enabling unprecedented innovations in technology, like bring your own device (BOYD), but security and privacy issues are key inhibitors to cloud growth, a study by technology giants Cisco and Intel revealed. According to study on impact of Cloud on IT con¬sumption models, commissioned by Cisco and Intel, the explosive growth of internet has led to about 10 billion devices connected to the net, which will rise to around 50 billion by 2020. No matter which industry or global region was surveyed, security and privacy issues are top of mind and seen as a clear inhibitor to cloud growth. Robust secu¬rity and data protection ca¬pabilities are also seen as the most critical factors for cloud service providers, the study said.

02 October 2013
Mint: 25 Years After the 'Morris Worm'
When a 23-year-old Cornell University student playfully wrote a self-replicating com¬puter code and uploaded it on the In¬ternet to see how fast it would spread, it ended up infecting 10% of all systems connected to the Internet. That was in 1988. The malicious code, now known as the 'Morris worm' after its creator Robert Tappan Morris, ended up bringing down 6,000 Unix servers at an estimated cost of $100,000-$10,000,000. It was the first incident that opened the world to the idea of cyber threats and attracted the attention of industry and media. Twenty five years later, the cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically. "Initial hacking incidents were about making cheap or free calls on international toll numbers by university students. 5-10 years later, it became more about proving a point," said Diwakar Dayal, lead, security, borderless net¬works sales, India and Saarc, at Cisco Systems Inc. "Group of students or rebels would deface websites to show dissatisfaction. It was more of a playful nature rather than of criminal nature." That was an era of macro viruses, which primarily infect a system by multiplying their presence and causing traffic, thus increasing the load on the system. The intention was to slow down or crash the networks. Cyber security experts believe it was only in 2003-04 that a new breed of hackers-with advanced expertise in computing-began to emerge. "By early 2000s, new-age hackers started coming into the picture and these were not students but people who were professionals hired for hacking. They exploited operating systems, personal computers as well as enterprise web applications," says Dayal.

02 October 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco and Facebook Collaborating to Offer Free Public Wi-Fi
Cisco Systems Inc said on Wednesday it was working with Facebook Inc to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access to consumers at public places such as hotels or retail stores using their Facebook log-in. A visitor could check in at a hotel without having to line-up at a front desk by simply signing in via the Facebook application on a smartphone, Cisco said. The company also demonstrated how it might work at a hospital as Chief Executive Officer John Chambers gave a speech at the Interop technology conference in New York. Chambers said retailers could deliver tailored promotions or information to consumers who check in through Facebook when they arrive at a store. Cisco said some customers of its Connected Mobile Experience. Wi-Fi technology are currently testing the system.

01 October 2013
VAR India: Cisco System India Pvt. Ltd.
Delhi Duty Free Services uses Cisco video surveillance and security data to gain insights into store security and customer purchasing. Challenges: The DDFS (Delhi Duty Free Services) shops operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and employ more than 400 retail staff. The shops also stock more than 6000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) of liquor, tobacco, fragrance, cosmetics, and confectionery products. While planning these shops, DDFS sought a physical security and theft control solution that provided detailed reporting and the ability to see every item in the stores Solution: As part of Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative, the DDFS project uses the network as the service delivery platform to transform physical communities into connected communities. These communities run on networked information to help achieve sustainable economic growth, enable environmental sustainability through resource management and operational efficiencies, and enhance quality of life. Testimonial: "Capturing the tremendous retail opportunity at Terminal 3 is much easier with powerful solutions that have multiple uses. The solution enables us to protect our assets and improve team productivity while delivering vital data that can also help increase sales." - Nicholas Goddard-Palmer, chief executive officer.

01 October 2013
Voice & Data: Cisco to Work with PT to Deliver Smart+Connected Services
Cisco will work with Portugal Telecom's information services subsidiary PTSI and other PT affiliates to bring Cisco smart+connected services in several countries throughout Europe, Africa and South America. Under smart solutions, both companies will technology services such as smart+connected meeting spaces, smart+connected personalized spaces, smart+connected workplace, smart+connected buildings, iServices, IP video surveillance, energy management services, unified communications, video and collaboration across the private (enterprise) and public sectors.

27 September 2013
CIOL: Cisco Delivers Network Convergence System to Power "Internet of Everything"
With Internet traffic rapidly growing amid new waves of cloud, mobile, video and machine-to-machine applications, Cisco today introduced the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), a network fabric family designed to serve as the foundation of a massively scalable, smarter and more adaptable Internet.Several leading global service providers - including BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra - are deploying the Cisco NCS to create new revenue streams, simplify operations and deliver exciting personalized experiences to their customers. The system's programmability and virtualization capabilities enable service providers to accelerate the transition to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).The NCS's industry-leading capabilities enable service providers to not only accommodate growing network traffic but also seize the opportunity created by trillions of programmable device-driven events generated by the Internet of Everything (IoE), the networked connection of people, data, processes and things. The IoE requires networks to scale not only bandwidth, but also compute and control functions to manage policies and to program responses with precise results in the expected timeframe.

25 September 2013
CRN: Cisco Unveils New Router Family for Service Providers
Cisco unveiled a new series of routers aimed at helping service providers scale their networks to accommodate the growth in Internet traffic being driven by mobile devices, video and cloud applications, and machine-to-machine communications. The new family of routers, dubbed the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), creates a network fabric that Cisco says will arm service provider networks with the bandwidth and scalability they need to support these jumps in traffic. NCS is also, however, designed to help service providers prepare their networks for the burgeoning Internet of Everything, which Cisco said is creating trillions of programmable events or "conversations" between people, applications and devices. "If you think about ultra HD video, for example, or cloud, which all of our customers are doing and then machine-to-machine is also adding to the kind of scale that's needed, and then mobility," said Surya Panditi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Networking Group, Cisco, at a launch event for NCS. "In order to have these supported, you need to evolve the programmable networks."

25 September 2013
Telecom Lead: Cisco System Convergence Network Powers Sky, KDDI, Telstra to Create New Revenue Streams
Cisco on Tuesday said telecoms - BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra - are deploying the Cisco System Convergence Network (SCN) to create new revenue streams, simplify operations and deliver personalized experiences to customers. SCN, according to Cisco, enables telecom operators to ensure flexibility to manage their networks to address customer demands. The current list does not have telecom operators from India, China, etc. "This announcement marks the beginning of a new era in communications, in which interactions between machines and machines grow exponentially and allows extraordinary things. This is just the tip of the iceberg, the great opportunity that arise from now on are virtually limitless," said Francis Rizzo, analyst, Unified Communications, Frost & Sullivan. The system's programmability and virtualization capabilities enable service providers to accelerate the transition to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). "The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers," said Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

21 September 2013
Telecom Tiger: Cisco Leads Overall Security Appliance Market in Q2
Cisco continues to lead the overall security appliance market with a 16.2% share in factory revenue for the second quarter, according to the research firm IDC. But this was flat versus the prior year period. Check Point held the number two spot with a 12.5% share for the quarter as revenue increased 4.0% compared to the second quarter of 2012. Fortinet surpassed Juniper to become the third largest security appliance vendor, with a 6.2% share in the quarter. Similarly, Blue Coat overtook McAfee to round out the top five in 2Q12. The share of "Others" grew again as Palo Alto Networks, Barracuda, Sourcefire, and Sophos continue to see impressive growth each quarter. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, factory revenue rose in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13) compared to the second quarter of 2012, while unit shipments declined over the same period. Worldwide factory revenue was up 6.1% year over year to $2.1 billion in the quarter, as shipments decreased -1.5% to 483,354 units. Multi-function appliances continue to be a major factor in slower unit growth. Geographically, Canada again saw the highest year-over-year growth in the quarter (17.6%), followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), which grew at 9.9%. The United States was also strong with 8.7% year-over-year growth, accounting for nearly 41% of worldwide factory revenue. Western Europe slowed in the quarter and saw factory revenue rise only 0.6% when compared to 2Q12.

21 September 2013
Deccan Herald: The Spectre of Eco Concern
It is a common household practice to call the local scrap dealer to dispose not just the old newspapers and used milk packets, but also the scrapped electronic goods and expect a good price in return from the dealer. Indians generally do not throw away goods even if they are not in working condition, and when they are buying a new electronic or electrical goods, there are always options of exchanging old ones with a new and get good offers. But what matters is disposing of huge amount of e-waste when you are running a huge company using many electronic goods. Cisco India Private Limited has over seven offices in Bangalore and generates over a tonne of e-waste per annum. "We hand over all the e-waste generated to TES-AMM who have their recycle plant in Chennai and their collection centres in Bangalore. In order to ensure that the e-waste handed over are recycled in a systematic method, an audit is also conducted," said Dev Kishore Aradhya, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager, Cisco.

19 September 2013
Governance Now: Tech for Equal Opportunity
It is a good sign that corporate organisations have started talking about inclusion of differently abled people in their offices. The road ahead is a long strenuous one though. Disability is the buzzword today which has led different corporate offices in India to come forward to show their willingness to work with and provide equal opportunities to differently abled people. In one such event, Springboard Consulting, which works extensively towards bringing people with disabilities into the mainstream, awarded different corporate organisations that work to enhance the participation of disabled people in the workforce, on September 18 in Bangalore. A 'Disability Matters' conference preceded the awards function which briefed the participants from the Asia-Pacific (ASIAPAC) region about working with people who have special needs. Subhash Rao, Senior Director, Human Resources at Cisco, one of the award winners at the event, spoke about the various measures taken by Cisco for providing sustainable working conditions for differently abled people. "There is no reason for differently abled people to look for vocational jobs," he said.

19 September 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco, Wipro, 3 Others Bag Award for Disability Initiatives
Networking major Cisco Systems India, leading IT company Wipro and three other firms have won award for taking initiatives to empower people with disabilities at workplace. The awards were given at two-day ASIAPAC Region Disability Matters Conference organised by Springboard Consulting in Bangalore on September 17 and 18. Accenture, MindTree Limited and Thomson Reuters are the other three companies that bagged the award which recognises a company's mentor programmes and awareness initiatives for differently abled workforce. Springboard Consulting is recognised as a global expert on mainstreaming disability in the corporate world.

19 September 2013
Voice & Data: Cisco to Introduce Next Generation Networking Innovations
Cisco said it would host a live webcast to announce key Internet-changing developments for service providers on Tuesday, September. 24. "The Internet networking industry is at a critical inflection point. For 30 years, networking has concentrated on driving speeds up and costs down, but it's no longer enough to only manage bandwidth growth," the company mentioned in its statement. "With Internet traffic expected to rapidly proliferate in the coming years amid a new wave of connections, the company will unveil several breakthrough Internet capabilities engineered to enable the seamless interconnection of people, data, processes and things known as the internet of everything (IoE)," according to the company. During this live webcast, Cisco senior executives will introduce Internet networking architecture and products powered by the recently announced nPower X1 network processor. They will also discuss standards for the Evolved Programmable Network and new technologies to unlock the potential for more advanced interactions, innovations across industries and more personalized consumer experiences.

18 September 2013
CRN: Opportunities Accelerate In WAN Optimization
Industry pundits say that various network edge products such as application delivery controllers (ADCs), load balancers and wide area network (WAN) optimization appliances which help organizations reduce network latency and improve application performance are the biggest systems integration opportunities. Says Vijay Logani, Product Specialist, Cisco India & Saarc, "As the employee workforce becomes more mobile, organizations face new challenges to provide LAN-like response time over the WAN." The data center boom has also increased awareness and demand for application acceleration. Logani adds that for any organization planning a DR center for its data center, WAN optimization is critical as it could considerably reduce bandwidth costs and latency.

17 September 2013
Moneycontrol.com: Cisco To Acquire WHIPTAIL for $415 Million
Cisco is making its debut in the data storage market with the acquisition of US-based company, Whiptail. The deal is worth $415 million and the acquisition is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.Established in 2008, Whiptail is a privately held storage system maker. Following the acquisition, Cisco will be able to provide clients its converged infrastructure solutions, combining components such as servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software as a single product offering.Once the acquisition is complete, Whiptail employees will be integrated into the Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.

16 September 2013
CRN.in: Cisco Continues SMB Push With Redesigned Partner Specialization
Cisco has redesigned its SMB partner specialization and slashed the number of training hours partners need to achieve it, in an effort to onboard solution providers who can help the networking giant make new inroads into the SMB space. According to Steve Benvenuto, Senior Director, Business Development, Strategy, Planning and Partner Programs Team, Worldwide Partner Organization, Cisco, the newly defined SMB specialization bundles the two previous SMB specializations - Small Business (SB) and Small Business Foundation (SBF) - into one. Cisco consolidated the two, to make the SMB program and specializations process easier for partners to navigate. "The key thing here was to really simplify the approach for our partners that are focused in this [SMB] space," he said. In addition to rolling multiple SMB specializations into one, Cisco is trimming down the training requirements partners need to attain that new specialization. Specifically, Benvenuto said Cisco is slashing the number of training courses partners need to complete to achieve the SMB specialization from 15 to four. "Over the years, we were adding training and sort of building it on top of specializations that we had in this space," Benvenuto said. "Now we are saying, 'Let's take a clean-slate approach."

15 September 2013
The Times of India: Technology Driving Educational Revolution in Villages
In the beginning of the last decade, a simple webcam and a fledgling, though unsteady internet, provided a lifeline of emotional connect between students abroad and their parents and friends back home. That was a video-conference in a very simple form. Cut to the present: we are witnessing a generational shift in technology; so much so that it is quietly triggering a social revolution in the educational and health care sectors in the remote corners of our country. Some of these lucky students belong to nine schools in the districts of Raichur, Shimoga and Hoskote. And the game changer is the giant technological leap, brought in by Cisco's multi-pronged inclusive growth initiative. "At 40.2, India has one of the lowest pupil-teacher ratio and 33% of schools have just one teacher," says Aravind Sitaraman, President, Inclusive Growth, Cisco Systems. "The fact that students have laptops with them doesn't solve the problem, because there are so many infrastructural bottlenecks. The technology that we have put in place is a great enabler bringing in a qualitative change in the education sector."

13 September 2013
EFY Times: Nearly a Quarter of All TV Homes are Watching with Cisco
At IBC 2013, Cisco will highlight an approach to innovation in pay TV that has enabled it to gain and maintain its industry leading position. With more than 300,000,000 homes around the world watching TV with Cisco, nearly a quarter of all global TV homes are now enjoying improved viewing experiences. Whilst 80percent of the world's homes have access to TV[1], fewer than half of them are benefiting from digital and the additional functionality that it can enable. At the other end of the spectrum, the amount of video traversing IP networks is set to reach a record 88 exabytes a month by 2017[2], with 914,100 minutes of video streamed or downloaded every second - all with less than 50 percent of the world's population connected to the Internet. Building on over 20 years of experience driving new services and profitable growth for pay-TV operators and the media and entertainment industry, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help the industry capture the huge opportunities being generated as every network attached device becomes video capable and consumers seek ubiquitous video access. Whether in the cloud, network or client, Cisco is at the forefront of the industry with award winning technologies and market-leadership in software, hardware, security and an approach to innovation that is second to none.

11 September 2013
NDTV: Cisco Enters Data Storage Market with Purchase of Whiptail
Cisco Systems Inc on Tuesday announced its first foray into the data storage market, saying it would pay $415 million to acquire privately held storage system maker Whiptail. Cisco said it will pay cash and incentives for the acquisition, expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. Cisco's Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Hilton Romanski said the company decided to acquire Whiptail after observing the technology up close. "We've known the company for some time and we're actually an investor," he said. He added that Cisco preferred to be in exclusive conversations with potential targets and that had been the case with Whiptail. Romanski declined to give a revenue figure for Whiptail but a source close to the situation said Whiptail's revenue was between $20 million and $30 million. The company has about 80 employees.

11 September 2013
Infotech Lead: Cisco Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi Gains Momentum
Cisco said Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi integrates Cisco technologies to provide citywide wireless connectivity with security and privacy for location-based services. Cisco Wi-Fi outdoor mesh, Cisco's ruggedized routing and switching IoT portfolio, Cisco Prime and Mobility Services Engine (MSE) technologies are part of the smart city solution. Cisco says Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi creates city-managed outdoor Wi-Fi networks that optimize security of the data being transmitted and collected across the city.

10 September 2013
CRN: Security Moving from Endpoint to Network
The security policies of organizations hitherto revolved around controlling endpoints. That is now changing in favor of controlling the data on the network. Since IPv6 requires upgradation of the network infrastructure, security is a major concern. "The exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, evolution of IPv6-oriented technologies, government initiatives to push transition to IPv6, YoY explosive growth of mobile devices, and the emergence of the Internet of Things will boost network security in a big way," forecasts Diwakar Dayal, Lead, Security, Borderless Networks Sales, India & Saarc, Cisco Systems

05 September 2013
DNA: Diversity at Workplace is a Business Imperative
Enterprise mobility and BYOD are emerging as the top priorities and key investment areas for CIOs, which is driving the mobile-security market. The increased risk to personal and corporate data is an opportunity for the security partners as the global market for mobile security is expected to reach $14.4 billion by 2017, according to research firm Global Industry Analysts. It is important to develop a balance between the security and privacy demands from an organizational, as well as employee standpoint. "CIOs are deploying solutions that offer a holistic security policy, where the controls can be applied securely to a device and location agnostic network. This can be addressed by adopting an integrated, adaptive, and collaborative security approach," shares Diwakar Dayal, Head, Sales, Security Business, Borderless Networks, India & Saarc, Cisco Systems.

04 September 2013
InformationWeek: 'CIOs Need to Evolve into Innovation Officers': V.C. Gopalratnam, VP-IT and CIO Globalisation
In an interview with InformationWeek, V.C. Gopalratnam, VP-IT and CIO Globalisation, Cisco, talks about why there is a pressing need for CIOs to evolve from just masters of technology to business enablers. What are the key areas a CIO must focus on in order to step up to the role of business enabler within an enterprise? According to you what business needs are necessitating this trend? In today's highly competitive networked world, the role of a CIO is more than that of just a master of technologies. In such an environment, CIOs are increasingly being seen as change agents who are expected to align IT with business goals and spur innovation within the organization. The role of the CIO today is that of an innovation officer who can keep pace with the current trends in technology, have a sound knowledge of business, and communicate with his executive team to build an IT strategy that would actually help further the business strategy.

30 August 2013
Financial Chronicle: Cloud Atlas
Indian companies are quietly floating on cloud to manage scale and sustainability. Ramco's cloud-based ERP solutions are hosted and delivered through Amazon web services, from the latter's data centres in Singapore, Sydney and the US. So, in order to "experience the pain that our customers feel if service is slow," Aggarwal says, Ramco employees also connect to the Amazon servers. Within the office, the attendance system, which earlier constituted registers and swipe cards, has been replaced by a QR-code based system, where all the employee has to do is scan the code with his or her smartphone. When it comes to reducing costs and adopting eco-friendly practices, it's not just the large organisations that are adopting virtualisation and cloud-based solutions. Rajesh Rege, Director of cloud and datacentre sales, Cisco India and SAARC, says that data centres can now be customised to meet the IT requirements of organisations across all verticals.

27 August 2013
Express Computer: Networking: Convergence Ahead
A network is no longer just about throwing together cables, switches, routers and other boxes and connectors. As any networking pro or CIO would know, stitching together an enterprise network today requires meticulous planning. Increasingly, networking is one bit of the IT infrastructure that requires to be more futuristic. It is definitely not something that enterprises, irrespective of size, can afford to rip and replace with every technological development. Networks, thus, evolve with technology. The traffic between the data center and the client depends on the strength of WAN or LAN. "Since the users at the branch locations demand a framework for collaboration, and same response time as the head office, the enterprises are now investing routing products that help in band acceleration," notes Prem Nithin, Business Development Manager, Borderless Networks Sales, Cisco India & SAARC.

24 August 2013
The Economic Times: India: Talent Hotspot for Global Cybercrime Industry
India is fast emerging as a talent hotspot for the global cyber-crime industry amid slow hiring in the traditional software industry, the lure of easy money, and lack of law enforcement, according to computer security experts. "It used to be the eastern European countries that had the skilled manpower to provide hackers for hire, but now we can see that moving to emerging economies like India and Sri Lanka where job opportunities have shrunk," said Diwakar Dayal, who leads security sales for Cisco in South Asia.

23 August 2013
Bio Spectrum Asia: Cisco Report: Focus Shifts to Telemedicine in India
The survey studied the views of consumers and HCDMs on sharing personal health data, participating in in-person medical consultation versus remote care and using technology to make recommendations on personal health. Cisco released the Cisco Customer Experience Report focused on healthcare. The findings from the survey conducted globally indicated a growing shift in consumer's expectations on medical services in India. It also examined perceptions of consumers and health care decision makers (HCDMs) on patient experience in health care. The report shows that as information, technology, bandwidth, and the integration of the network become the center of the "new world," both human and digital aspects are key parts to the overall patient experience. These components lead to more real-time, meaningful patient and doctor interaction.

20 August 2013
Communications Today: Cisco Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Earnings
Cisco has reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year results for the period ended July 27, 2013. Cisco reported fourth quarter revenue of $12.4 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.3 billion or $0.42 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.8 billion or $0.52 per share. "My confidence in our ability to be the #1 IT Company is increasing. Our fourth quarter was a record on many fronts, with record revenue, and record non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings per share. In every case, we exceeded the midpoint of our guidance. We also generated $4 billion in operating cash flow in the quarter, another record," stated Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers.

15 August 2013
Business Standard: Cisco Reports Higher Revenue, In Line with Expectations
Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter revenue in line with Wall Street expectations on continued strength in its enterprise business. The world's biggest network equipment maker had a net profit of $2.3 billion, or 42 cents per share, compared with a profit of $1.9 billion or 36 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 6 percent to $12.4 billion, matching analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers' commentary is closely watched by investors as Cisco is regarded as a strong indicator of the general health of the technology industry because of its broad customer base. Cisco had a net profit of $2.3 billion, or 42 cents per share, in the quarter. That compared with a profit of $1.9 billion, or 36 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

12 August 2013
The Financial Express: Internet Under Attack
The Internet is wrought with all kinds of dangers for your mobile phone, laptop or tablet, as well as for your personal information. In March this year, the largest cyber attack in history, called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, was directed against Spamhaus, a firm engaged in the business of identifying sources of spam emails and blacklisting them. According to Diwakar Dayal, head-security business, Borderless Networks (sales), Cisco India & Saarc, the internet by nature is an extremely dynamic environment in terms of both topology and design, makes it that much more vulnerable (a weakness that a person can exploit to accomplish something that is not authorised or intended as legitimate use of a network or system) to exploits. Cisco has recently collaborated with Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to design a reference architecture for various industries to follow and implement for a robust security framework. In their joint study on the security landscape, 53% of Indian security leaders surveyed agreed that current solutions are incompetent to withstand sophisticated, targeted & persistent threats.

10 August 2013
The Economic Times: $14.4-Trillion Bounty: Internet of Everything & Opportunities it Represents
The never-ending migration to the Internet of new and myriad forms of 'things'- including computers, tablets, smartphones, televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners and automobiles-will create new opportunities for businesses besides helping improve their efficiency. From around 200 million, mostly clunky desktops and laptops, that could access Internet in 2000, there are over 10 billion things that are connected to the Internet today. And that number will further rise exponentially in the years to come. Such an 'Internet of things' will mean smart grids, smart buildings, connected healthcare and patient monitoring and smart factories among many other 'smarter' variations of the way we do things today. That is estimated to represent an incremental value of $14.4 trillion-a combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among companies and industries from 2013 to 2022-according to networking gear-maker Cisco.

10 August 2013
ITVoir: Cisco and Citrix Extend Strategic Alliance with Network Services Innovations
Cisco announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the market-leading Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio. The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco's virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center. Cisco's Cloud Network Services architecture is designed to simplify and accelerate cloud network deployments without compromising the critical security and application services that key data center applications require. It is comprised of a comprehensive portfolio of integrated, application-aware network services and security offerings designed for virtual and cloud environments.

08 August 2013
InformationWeek: GITAM Strives to Become Digital University with Single IP Network
One of the fastest growing institutions, GITAM University offers varied programs blending skill development and value orientation for students. The university has its presence in three cities, with the main campus located at Visakhapatnam. To address these issues, the university decided to improve its network infrastructure by looking to move towards a centralized IP network. After a detailed evaluation process of competing platforms, GITAM chose a solution from Cisco. The university chose a single converged IP Network to run internal apps on the campus along with Wi-Fi enablement to help students easily access content.

05 August 2013
Indian ChannelWorld: The Grill
Sabrina Lin - VP, Commercial Business, APJ and Greater China, Cisco, on why the company is pushing the services agenda and how it affects partners. Cisco's recently concluded Annual Partner Summit was interesting in many ways, especially with a renewed thrust on services. Why was the messaging around services so strong this year? More than 97 percent of our business is driven through channels. If you are so dependent on partners, you would want to ensure that partners also have reasons to work with you. Therefore partner profitability becomes very important to us. We have seen that partners who have built their services portfolio are much more profitable than the ones that have less value - add. We wanted to share this observation with our partners and want them to focus on services in order to have a successful business model. Infact, it's not something that we want them to do. This is what the industry demands.

31 July 2013
ChannelWorld: Security Goes 'Out of the Box'
The advent of new technologies is now popping security out of its physical box onto the virtual turf. Is your business ready? While the concept of a virtual world and its benefits are something IT is not alien to-thanks to the many flavors of virtualization-what's changing is the move to virtual security. Networking giant, Cisco, reinforces the fact that new technologies are pushing for virtual security. "The story is quite simple: Virtualization and cloud computing have been the biggest drivers for this in the past two to three years," says Diwakar Dayal, head-security sales, Cisco India and SAARC. "There is big impact on overall business because customers are consuming applications from the cloud and want greater security," he says.

30 July 2013
Biztech2: Cisco, NetApp Expand FlexPod Portfolio
In a continuing move to make datacentre infrastructures more responsive to applications' dynamic needs, Cisco and NetApp broadened the FlexPod portfolio with new validated designs across the entire portfolio, highlighted by the introduction of FlexPod Select for dedicated data-intensive workloads. The FlexPod portfolio now includes FlexPod Datacenter (formerly FlexPod) for core enterprise datacentres and service providers, FlexPod Express (formerly ExpressPod) for medium-sized businesses and branch offices, and FlexPod Select for data intensive workloads.

29 July 2013
VAR India: Cisco: End User Devices Proliferation to Boost Tech Financing Uptake
IT and networking company Cisco said proliferation of end user devices and workplace collaboration will help boost greater technology financing uptake.Findings of a survey which Cisco commissioned to identify trends and gain insights into the technology purchase strategies adopted by businesses across the region indicated that vendor financiers were one of the preferred sources of external funding for information and communications technology (ICT) purchases in India, China and Australia….Rajiv Menon, managing director, Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China at Cisco Capital, said: "The Forrester survey indicates that vendor financing is playing an increasingly important role in the financing strategies of businesses across India. The need to constantly deliver shareholder value while maintaining growth and profitability is prompting business decision makers to closely examine their technology purchase strategies in order to gain maximum value from the use of the technology, rather than through ownership."

23 July 2013
eGov: e-Governance for Serving the People
The public procurement process of the Government is very important because it brings transparency in the entire process," says Puneet Gupta, Director - Public Sector, Cisco India & SAARC. In Conversation with Ankush Kumar What is your view of e-Governance vertical in India? Tell us about the work that Cisco is doing in this area? The most important thing from Cisco stand point is that we want to align with India's national agenda. If we look at it what's happening in India there is a significant development in Infrastructure. The last twenty years have been the years of transformation and creation of new infrastructure - the whole telecom infrastructure has come up, the whole e-Governance infrastructure has come up, and lot more infrastructure is under construction. So in a way you can also call it a nation building process which happened over the years. Cisco has played a very important role in this in the areas of Income Tax, Customs, National Knowledge Network, defense network, state wide area network, state data centre and all across APDRP projects. We are also working with Ministry of Home in several police modernisation projects. Important areas for us are education, health and cyber security.

22 July 2013
CXO Today: 7 Traits of Highly Effective IT Leaders
Technology leaders, like any other CXO or senior executive, can have different types of personalities and leadership qualities. He can be a people's manager, a magnetic executive, or a transformational strategist and even a combination of many such traits. However, successful IT leaders are expected to share some common leadership traits, be it in the area of business acumen, technology skill-sets, decision making, motivation, aggressiveness or innovation. Innovative CIOs have an excellent opportunity to assert leadership by leveraging the power of technology to drive value. V C Gopalratnam, CIO Cisco Globalisation and VP Information Technology elaborates that managing information is just a part of CIO's role today. The new age CIO should act as the chief innovation officer and spur innovation in order to enable business growth. There are many more traits of effective and successful IT leaders. Of course like every other senior executive he should possess strong work ethics. Besides he should be decisive, available, knowledgeable and a great learner of new and emerging technology. He should learn to recognize his own strengths and weaknesses and balance it with the right mix of training and an expressive personality.

17 July 2013
CRN: Expectations from the Influential
In our annual edition of the Most Influential Channel Chiefs we feature 10 leaders whose decisions and actions will have a significant impact on the channel business. The objective is also to suggest an agenda for them based on channel expectations. Rajiv Srivastava has done a brilliant job with the integration of HP's printer and PC business. He has reinvigorated the HP team which has become more aggressive. However, partners say that Srivastava's priority for 2013 must be to ensure partner profitability. Cisco's Pramodh Menon has to push the collaboration and UCS business which hasn't performed as per expectations. Partners want Cisco to consolidate the number of specializations and also counter the competition from HP and Juniper.

15 July 2013
The Financial Express: Location is Just a State of Mind
Early this year, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) established a model for multi-campus education called BITSConnect 2.0. Valued at over $5 million, BITSConnect 2.0 simultaneously connected 1,000-plus faculty and students across its three campuses at Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa. The initiative comprises immersive telepresence, high-definition video-conferencing and live streaming technologies. What this effectively means is that now a professor from, say, Pilani can teach students in Hyderabad or Goa without actually going there. The result: a huge amount of time and money saved that would have otherwise gone into travelling. Welcome to unified communications and collaboration solutions (UC&C)-the integration of real-time communication services such as instant messaging, presence information, telephony, video-conferencing, data sharing, call control and speech recognition with non-real-time communication services such as unified messaging (voicemail, email, SMS and fax). .. Cisco, which is another big player in the UC&C field, was instrumental in connecting the BITS campuses. Minhaj Zia, director, Collaboration Sales, Cisco India & SAARC, says, "The nature of work is changing. Trends like dispersed workforces, explosion in content and devices, proliferation of video, social networking are causing a transition in the way people interact and do business. And a lot of organisations, both large and small, now understand the power of UC&C. They realise it can streamline their business processes and boost productivity, reliability and competitiveness."

15 July 2013
CRN: Cisco, Microsoft Urge Partners to Team Up in Data Center, Cloud Arenas
Cisco and Microsoft—two tech giants who have long competed on a number of fronts—said they will continue to invest in a joint channel program aimed at helping both of their partner communities go to market with integrated Microsoft and Cisco solutions. The program, which has been running in pilot mode for the past 10 months, is primarily targeted at Cisco and Microsoft partners in the data center and cloud markets. The idea, according to Brian Allison, Director, Partner Solutions, Worldwide Channels, Cisco, is to drive more collaboration between Cisco and Microsoft partners, and to provide more training resources, for both partner communities, on bundled Cisco-Microsoft solutions, such as Cisco's Unified Data Center architecture with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012. Allison, who said the pilot includes a "hand-picked" group of Cisco and Microsoft partners, has been successful in driving collaboration not only between the Microsoft and Cisco practices partners often

11 July 2013
Wall Street Journal: Meeting of the Minds 2013: Breaking New Ground With Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and New Global Concepts
Meeting of the Minds is an annual global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development solutions. The conference is key to accelerating the emergence of successful cities with a connected future around the globe. Meeting of the Minds brings together select leaders from the world's most innovative organizations to explore strategic investments, smart policies and breakthrough technological innovations -- all designed to enable cities and regions to better respond to increasingly complex urban planning, design, technology and development challenges. More than 350 global innovators including government officials, corporate executives, and foundation/NGO leaders will gather in Toronto to discuss and launch new initiatives, while exploring answers to the following burning questions. Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, industry solutions & chief globalisation officer, Cisco.

03 July 2013
CIOL: Buoyant Indian Enterprises Adopt BYOD Big Time
A recent study by Cisco and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) threw up some interesting facts on the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend in India. As it stands, 66 per cent of the chief information officers (CIOs) in the Indian enterprises encourage their respective employees to bring their own devices to work. About 44 per cent of them even let their staff pick and choose their own set of personal devices to execute their work at office premises. The report went on to highlight some intriguing statistics, such as 72 per cent of security leaders and CIOs witnessing an increased demand for flexibility in using end-point devices. Around 59 per cent believed rigid policies around the end-points are frustrating business users.

02 July 2013
IT Voice: Cisco Acquires JouleX for $107 million
Cisco has announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held JouleX, a leader in enterprise IT energy management for network-attached and data center assets. JouleX complements Cisco's existing services portfolio by using the capabilities of the network to gain visibility into and control energy usage across global IT environments. JouleX's energy management solution, together with Cisco EnergyWis™, will provide customers with a simple way to measure, monitor and manage energy usage for network and IT systems across the enterprise, without the use of device-side agents, hardware meters or network configurations.

02 July 2013
Light Reading India: Cisco Integrates Citrix NetScaler Into Cloud Network Services Portfolio
Cisco has announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the market-leading Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio. The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco's virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center.

28 June 2013
The Economic Times: Technology Firms Look to Seize Opportunity in Expanding Education Sector
Indian technology companies are flocking to the education sector, seeing in it a rare promising market created because of liberal government spending. Providers of computing hardware, education-related software and content are eager to tap into business as the state and central governments prepare to step up spending to take education beyond cities and towns to villages. Cisco, which provided remote learning services to schools in Raichur in rural Karnataka as part of a corporate social responsibility programme, is now offering similar services for a price as part of its inclusive business division. The division launched the Cisco Education Enabled Development Solution earlier this year at a monthly fee of $1 (60) for every student. Arvind Sitaraman, president of Cisco's inclusive growth division, said the intent is to help government bring inclusive growth to rural areas using the latest technology at affordable prices.

27 June 2013
CXOToday.com: Cisco's Datacenter Strategy Takes Sharp Turn Toward Applications
Network equipment maker Cisco has unveiled a ground-breaking data center networking architecture Cisco Live in Orlando. Designed to usher in the era of Application-Centric Infrastructure, Cisco's architecture aims to transform data centers to better address the demands of new and current applications in the Cloud era. Accelerated to market by Cisco's investment in Insieme Networks, this fundamental shift to application-centric infrastructure will provide IT with the ability to quickly deliver business applications to end-users with a simpler operational model, scalable secure infrastructure, and at optimized cost. This shift requires an open, programmable and automated infrastructure that is ready to handle the challenges of cloud deployment models and today's Big Data applications. "Software-defined networking (SDN) promised to meet the needs of new apps by delivering greater scale, programmability, centralised management and automation," Cisco's Padmasree Warrior said in a blogpost. "But SDN, to date, can't meet the needs of applications because it mimics the old model of networking. It doesn't unify physical and virtual. It is flow-based (focused on individual networking elements), and not object-oriented (creating a configurable system of all IT resources). It can't offer dynamic centralised policy management, programmability because it is constrained by old proprietary-standards model."

27 June 2013
The Financial Express: 57% Global Consumers Likely to Ride in Driver-Less Automobiles, Says Cisco Survey
Cisco recently announced the results of its Cisco Customer Experience Report, focused on the automobile buying and driving experience. The study that surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across 10 countries, examined consumer preferences of technology used when buying and driving an automobile. Consumers also identified key influencers' preference for car dealers/manufacturers to provide a more personal driving experience, and their trust in future automotive innovation. Consumers demonstrated in the survey how information and technology are crucial throughout the car experience. From the car purchasing experiences to service maintenance, consumers are using more advanced communication technologies (such as mobile, text, telephone, websites, embedded communications devices) to engage with manufacturers and car dealerships. Findings of the survey indicate that more than half of global consumers (57 percent) stated they would be likely to ride in a car controlled entirely by technology that does not require a human driver. The most trusting consumers in this regard were in Brazil with 96 percent, India with 86 percent, and China with 70 percent. 46 percent believe that they would still trust their kids to ride in driver-less automobiles.

26 June 2013
LightReading: Video is Coming: Are SPs Prepared For Data Boom?
Social Networking services are getting advanced with features like video and file-sharing. Video, as it requires more bandwidth, has started testing the capabilities of mobile networks across the globe. Recently, social networking major Facebook added video feature to Instagram, which made the immediate imapct on the networks--as over 5 million videos were uploaded instantly. The amount of uploaded videos has actually flooded operators' networks. Network major Cisco expects that the Indian mobile data traffic will grow four times faster than Indian fixed IP traffic. India's Mobile data traffic is expected to reach 32 percent of total IP traffic in 2017. The study further estimates that Indian mobile data traffic in 2017 will be equivalent to 40x the volume of the entire Indian Internet in 2005. Additionally, IP Video will account for 66 percent in India by 2017.

25 June 2013
CIO: Cisco Refreshes Its Enterprise Networking Franchise to Empower Business and IT Innovation
Cisco said that it is introducing new and updated Cisco Catalyst switching and Integrated Services Router products that provide high-performing, fully programmable enterprise networking solutions. The products are part of the new Cisco Enterprise Networks Architecture, which enables applications to get the networking information they need to offer more innovative services to end users with less hands-on administration from IT professionals. The architecture expands the scope of Cisco's Open Network Environment (ONE), a portfolio wide strategy that applies software programmability to ASICs, operating systems, networking functions, and services across the data center, WAN and LAN. Cisco is updating its entire service provider and enterprise networking portfolio to become open and programmable, and today's news addresses the campus and branch portion of that transition.

21 June 2013
CXO Today: Internet of Everything to Generate Profit of $613 Billion in 2013
A new study from Cisco has suggested that the Internet of Everything (IoE) will generate profits of about $613 billion during 2013 urging companies to innovate and cash in. The IoE Value Index study commissioned by Cisco revealed that firms could double IoE profits through greater adoption of business practices, customer approaches and technologies that leverage the IoE concept. Cisco Development and Sales president, Rob Lloyd, said that IoE has the potential to significantly reshape economy and transform key industries. "The question is who will come out on top and win in this new economy," Lloyd said. "This study shows us that success won't be based on geography or company size but on who can adapt fastest."

21 June 2013
The Hindustan Times: Cisco to Buy Composite Software for About $180M
Cisco, a maker of computer networking equipment, said Thursday that it plans to buy software company Composite Software for about $180 million, adding to its services for businesses. Composite, based in San Mateo, Calif., is a privately held company whose software helps businesses quickly gather and comb through data. Cisco sells routers, switches, software and services to corporate customers and government agencies around the world. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Shares of San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco fell 22 cents to $24.47 in morning trading.

21 June 2013
Financial Express: Cisco Integrates Citrix NetScaler into Cloud Network Services Portfolio
Cisco announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio. The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco's virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center. Ram Appalaraju, Vice President, Products, Datacentre Group, Cisco, "With the addition of the Citrix NetScaler best-in-class application delivery controller tightly coupled into our virtual networking framework, Cisco is furthering our Cloud Network Services strategy. By partnering with Citrix, we will be able to offer critical application delivery services to our virtual networking and cloud customers on the Nexus 1K platform."

20 June 2013
CIOL: Cisco Achieves New Milestone in India Pay-TV Market, Reaches More Than 30 Million Digital Homes and 150 Million Viewers
In the rapidly growing pay-TV industry in India, Cisco has established itself as the leading provider of enhanced TV viewing experiences to more than 30 million Indian homes. Using the industry estimated average of five people per household, Cisco is now enabling a rich and advanced TV experience for over 150 million viewers, a milestone that reinforces the company's leadership in the digital pay-TV solution market in India. Cisco service and solution platforms are in the prime position to address the changing needs of pay-TV operators now and into the future, with more than 10,000 R&D experts in Bangalore, said a company release. Jeff White, Senior Vice President, Sales, India and SAARC, Cisco, said, "The Indian pay-TV industry is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic in the world. India now accounts for nearly a third of Cisco's subscriber homes in the Asia Pacific region. We are excited about our leadership in the industry, deep commitment to our customers and sharp focus on innovation in India."

18 June 2013
The Hindu Business Line: How They Win Friends and Influence People
It's social media's best kept secret. Many Facebook and Twitter users, mostly celebrities and brands, are buying followers to boost their popularity in cyberspace. A Facebook fan, for instance, can be bought for just Re 1, and a Twitter follower, for as little as Rs 12 (Facebook pages for brands have fans; on Twitter, it's followers). A Google search threw up numerous Web sites that claim to provide followers at prices that range from $20 for 2,500 followers to $1,500 for one million. Facebook has about 64 million profiles, both active and inactive, in India. As of January, there were about 16 million Twitter accounts in India, with nearly 58 million messages posted per day, according to industry estimates. "Generally, it's the digital marketing agencies that are entrusted with the job of acquiring fans. I know of many reputed brands that have bought them, while upcoming starlets, models and even sportspersons buy followers," says Prashant Parida, Senior Vice-President (social media) at Blueocean Market Intelligence. However, there are many for whom the numbers do not matter. For instance, Cisco Systems' Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior believes it is the value of the conversations that matters. "I think, people should not focus on the number of followers as a metric. Unfortunately they do," says Warrior, who has more than 1.4 million Twitter followers.

16 June 2013
The Hindu: Winning Formula to Beat the Downturn
RAGHAVENDRAN B.
Over the past few years, the IT services industry has been credited with putting India on the global map as the largest knowledge-based economy. This sector contributes nearly 8 per cent to our country's GDP, according to NASSCOM. NASSCOM has also targeted $300 billion revenue from the IT sector by 2020 and announced expansion of its focus to include Internet, mobile technology and cloud computing. However, economic uncertainty, rising protectionism and frequent changes in the regulatory environment have deeply impacted this 'sunrise' industry. Global recession and growing costs of delivery have thrown up additional challenges while competition from other emerging countries has furthered the woes.
THE AUTHOR IS DIRECTOR, ITS, CISCO INDIA & SAARC.

12 June 2013
The Hindu Business Line: 'Internet of Everything' to Roll Out Over the Next 10 years: Cisco
Regarded to be one of the most powerful women in the Silicon Valley, Padmasree Warrior has a huge responsibility at Cisco Systems, the world's largest computer networking gear manufacturer. The 51-year-old helps drive technology and operational innovations, oversees strategic partnerships and M&As to name a few. The Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at Cisco Systems is also a contender for the company's Chief Executive Officer's post, with its Chairman and CEO John Chambers, 63, planning to step down.

11 June 2013
SME Channels: Cisco Gung-Ho on Mid-Market
Aims to double its investment in "Partner Led" resources, from $75 million last year to $150 million in fiscal year 2014. At the recently concluded 17th annual Partner Summit 2013 in Boston, Cisco's chairman and CEO John Chambers laid out his strategy and vision to make Cisco a No.1 IT company in the near future. Addressing the channel partners he stressed on three market opportunities: midmarket opportunity, cloud as a differentiator and hybrid IT. With "Today, Tomorrow, Together" as the theme of the summit, it was attended by nearly 2,000 partners from 1,121 companies from 93 countries along with 6,000 virtual partners. On the occasion Bruce Klein, Senior VP (Worldwide Partner Organization), Cisco, explained, "Everything is happening today, and we are hearing a lot about Internet of Everything for tomorrow and we can do it together with our partners. Our partner centric model is differentiator for us and I thank them for that."

10 June 2013
Var India: Cisco Unveils Incentives, Resources to Help Partners Embrace Cloud
Making the shift to selling cloud services is a top priority for solution providers today, but it's a move that's easier said than done. It requires new training, upfront investments and, in some cases, a complete overhaul of a solution provider's existing sales model. That's where Cisco wants to help. The networking giant used its annual Cisco Partner Summit event, to announce revamping of its Cloud Partner Program that will pump more resources and incentive opportunities behind solution providers evaluating or in the early stages of rolling out a cloud services practice.

06 June 2013
The Financial Express: Collaboration Gets Better with Video
Today, we live in a globally connected environment. Greater business demands and a more competitive marketplace mean that organizations must continually find new ways to be agile and increase speed to market while reducing costs. Effective communication and collaboration are critical. The ability to engage instantly across geographies and time zones with employees, suppliers, and customers is a must.Capturing knowledge and expertise is crucial as generational or location shifts occur in the workplace. At the same time, demand for greater work-life balance means freeing workers from specific physical locations..... According to the Cisco VNI report, by 2017, two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video. Over the next couple of years 90 percent of content traveling on the Internet is likely to be video. New-age technologies such as 3G, 4G and computing devices such as tablets and personalized mobile devices are expected to spur the use of video among enterprises leading to greater collaboration........ Media intelligence has to be embedded into the network infrastructure, distribution mechanisms, applications, endpoints, and the overall solution fabric.To deliver an immersive video experience, greater collaboration is required between service providers, content providers and network infrastructure providers. Success will come from a holistic approach. By being aware of the potential synergy between assets, applications, and the needs of different groups of users, the full potential of video can be realized. The writer is Minhaj Zia, Director, Collaboration Sales, Cisco India and SAARC

04 June 2013
The Economic Times: India to Have 348 Million Internet Users by 2017: Cisco
India has the fastest Internet traffic growth globally and is expected to have 348 million users by 2017, a study by networking giant Cisco said. According to Cisco's Visuals Networking Index (VNI) forecast (2012-17), Internet traffic in India will reach 2.5 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 393 petabytes per month in 2012. One exabyte equals 1 million terabytes. "In India, there will be 348 million Internet users in 2017, up from 138 million in 2012," the VNI forecast said. Globally, by 2017, Internet users will swell to 3.6 billion, which will be more than 48 percent of the world's projected population of 7.6 billion. In 2012, worldwide Internet users stood at 2.3 billion against a population of 7.2 billion, it added. "The good news is that Internet traffic growth in India is the fastest globally," Cisco VP (Global Technology Policy) Robert Pepper said here. On Internet traffic in India, VNI said, IP (Internet Protocol) traffic will grow 6-fold from 2012 to 2017 in India, a compound annual growth rate of 44 percent. "In India, IP traffic will reach 2.8 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 454 petabytes per month in 2012," it added.

05 June 2013
The Hindu Business Line: Unweave the Hype Around Fabric Computing
Networking giant Cisco Systems, bringing its mid-market strategy into focus, plans to double its investments in partner-led resources to $150 million in the financial year 2014. The San Jose-headquartered company defines mid-market as companies with 100-1,000 employees and estimates to spend $25 billion on technology and $30 billion on services by 2016. "That's a great opportunity. There are a lot of mid-size customers who would not have big budgets to acquire legacy applications. Someone has to help them," said Andrew Sage, Vice-President (Worldwide Partner Led) at Cisco.

05 June 2013
Computer Dealer News: Cisco Aims to Be the No. 1 IT Company in the World
According to Cisco CEO John Chambers, the dream started in the early 90s when he was just a lowly vice-president at the San Jose, Calif.-based networking company. While the goal internally was to become the No. 1 IT company in the world, Chambers has never vocalized it until today at the annual Partner Summit. And, the goal maybe within the company's reach just as veteran CEO is planning his exit from the corner office. Chambers said that he is serving a two to four year role and that there will be no updates on his career until six months before the CEO transition happens. "I have to earn my job each day and it's obvious we have two world-class executives in Rob Lloyd (President, Development and Sales) and Gary Moore (COO), but we also have a deep bench," he said.

03 June 2013
CRN: Cisco Continues to invest in Energy Management and Buys Joulex. The Purchase Price is 107 Million US-Dollars
Cisco is expanding its activities in the energy management of more and buy »JouLex" for 107 million dollars. The company was founded in 2009 in Munich with current headquarters in Atlanta and a development department in Kassel specializes in the development of software that can be controlled in data centers and business with energy management. Here are no sensors or Messinstrumentebenotigt. A similar energy management, Cisco has for its switch products already on offer. With the combination of the two techniques Cisco wants to complete its portfolio of Smart Services. "Our customers demand it, since the number of network-connected devices is increasing exponentially - and these are to be managed energy and cost efficient," says Faiyaz Shahpurwala, Senior Vice President of Industry Solutions at Cisco. After the acquisition, to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year, Cisco plans to integrate the company into its "Industry Solutions Group."The solutions of Youlex are distributed via various trade partners, including Damovo or MKW Trading

02 June 2013
Financial Chronicle: The Big Shift: IPv6 Bug Haunts Firms
TRANSITION to the newest internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest bugbear for IT managers: several companies may find that their hardware may not be IPv6 compatible. Every device connected to the internet has a unique IP address, which enables it to communicate with other devices. The current system of distribution of IP addresses, IPv4, assigns a 32-bit numeric address. However, the massive growth in the number of devices accessing the internet has nearly exhausted the available IP addresses. The move to IPv6 may be expensive and complex but inevitable. E R Ashok Kumar, sales manager of Cisco Services India, said, "On an average, most organisations refresh their hardware every five to seven years. However, technology advances during these change periods can be quite radical. When looked at from this perspective, the IPv6 transition provides a good opportunity to refresh hardware and legacy systems to stay ahead in the game. Transition costs are not high but the cost of not transitioning will be higher in the longer run."

02 June 2013
The Economic Times: 9 Out of 10 Suffering from 'Nomophobia' - Fear of No Cellphone
NINE OUT OF every 10 people aged under 30 admit to suffering the new age phenomenon of "nomophobia", the fear of having no mobile phone, a survey says. Telecom giant Cisco, in a survey conducted on 3800 people in Australia, found nine out of 10 in the group aged under 30 were addicted to their smartphones and became anxious when their phone went missing, the Courier Mail reported. "It's happening subconsciously, and one out of five people are texting while driving," Cisco chief technology officer Kevin Bloch said.

02 June 2013
Deccan Herald: Patriarch's Comeback is a Reality Check for Infy
Calling back N R Narayana Murthy, a happily retired and, by his own admission, a man "pursuing his own joys as a private citizen", has brought back questions over the emphasis which the Infosys co-founders have all along placed on their policy of letting the next line of leadership take over the reigns. When Murthy quit in 2002 as CEO of Infosys, the plan of a next-in-line leader taking over the company and steering it to a higher level seemed to work. "When (Kris) Gopalakrishnan made his exit, the company was still growing at 25 per cent," Murthy said on Saturday, defending the earlier, oft stated policy of moving forward with future leadership instead of falling back on the founders for guidance. Not all the idealism is lost though. Most of the executive leadership of the company on Saturday decided to follow the John Chambers (the CEO of networking major Cisco who was the first to take a $1 annual salary) model by drawing Re 1 per annum as their annual remuneration. This was to send out the message that the founders are serious about reviving Infosys and taking it to the dizzying heights of the past.

29 May 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco Seeks to Annul MS-Skype Deal
Cisco Systems, the world's leading network equipment maker, asked an EU court on Wednesday to annul the approval of Microsoft's purchase of Skype, saying EU regulators were wrong to allow the creation of a monopoly. Cisco's challenge at the Luxembourg-based General Court follows the European Commission's approval of the $8.5-bil-lion deal in 2011. Microsoft was not re-quired to make any concessions for buying the Internet video and voice messaging company, which Cisco argues has given Microsoft/Skype an unfair advantage. A third of the world's voice calls are now on Skype, while over 280 million people use the service more than 100 minutes every month, Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in March. Skype had 170 million users at the time of the deal. The case is important as Inter-net-based voice and video has become a vast market, with many consumers and corporates abandoning traditional fixed-line and mobile as a result, and is an area in which Cisco had hoped to expand its presence.

27 May 2013
The Financial Express: Staying Secure in a Digital World
Bring your own device (BYOD), mobility, cloud computing and virtualisation might hold the promise to bring in increased enterprise productivity gains, but they are also identified as majors areas of concern for data security. With the recent security breach at the two card process-ing firms based out of Pune and Bangalore still fresh in the minds of people, a recent study by Cisco and the Data Security Council of India reveals that existing security solutions may not withstand challenges of the above mentioned trends in the IT landscape. First, a look at some of the key findings from the study. Enterprises as well as employees are embracing mobility because of improved employee productivity and enhanced user experience. An overwhelming 66% of security leaders in India encourage employees to bring in their devices to work and 44% allow employees to select and use a specific set of personal devices...The internet has become a dangerous place in which to do business. The key is to maintain a strong defence on several fronts in order to stay secure online.

24 May 2013
CXO Today: Unweave the Hype Around Fabric Computing
The tech sector loves a new buzz word. Company slogans or hyped-up products also come and go. I believe it's good to stay sceptical of what gets thrown around because when a truly powerful shift happens, you can see it more clearly. We are dead-centre in one of the greatest recent shifts in tech-infrastructure in recent times: unified data centre fabrics. Imagine you wanted to get a coffee in the morning but to get the coffee you had to cross the street to buy it. Once you got there and paid, you had to go over the street to get your change, leaving your coffee at the shop. By the time you got back it was cold and they had to make you another. Instead imagine you pulled out your smartphone, opened a coffee-app, selected your order, the app automatically charged you; then your coffee was delivered quickly and hot. This is the shift to unified data centre fabrics.

24 May 2013
The Times of India: India Not Equipped to Handle Global Hackers, Say Experts
A recent security breach at two payment card processing companies in India that led to heists at ATMs around the world has spawned uncomfortable questions about security risks here. The $45 million heist has brought into focus the vulnerability of India's IT sector. On May 23, TOI reported that a Norwegian cyber security firm had named an Indian company, Appin Security Group, behind possible cyber attacks. Appin rubbished the claims, saying it was "totally false and very imaginative". Instead, its CEO, Rajat Khare, says, "Indian enterprises are in a state of denial about attacks for way too long. This fraud case is likely to change the way we perceive information security"...Arindam Mukherjee, manager, regional sales, Cisco India & SAARC, which offers security solutions, says there is increasing sophistication and targeting of network attacks, and there is a need to deploy comprehensive security solutions to protect against external and internal threats. "The recent ATM heist incident shows how end-to-end network intelligence and control is critical to thwart such attempts".Mukherjee adds that the typical bank software may not have the ability to check applications that are on the network.

16 May 2013
The Economic Times: GE, Cisco, Dell, HCL Helping Women Employees Professionally
Who understands women better than women? Four companies are taking that thought and moulding an internal women's grouping that is a win-win. In the last four years, GE has hired 30 'restart' women. And while the network also looks to cultivate leadership competencies among its female employees, position women in technology and even address their health issues, bringing talented women back into its fold is top-of-the-list, says Leena Sahijwani, regional head of the women's network. CCW (Cisco Connected Women) founder-member Pallavi Arora says much thought went into just how Cisco would construct its women's network for India. In 2002, when it was started, there were just 14 members, who moved in step with the parent network in San Jose, US. Today, more than 350 women comprise the Indian chapter, which is run by a four-member leadership team. The best thing Jessie Paul, managing director of the Bangalore-based marketing advisory firm PaulWriter, likes about the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), is that it provides a safe and non-judgmental space for women entrepreneurs to get together. Shortly after Srimathi Shivashankar, the diversity lead at HCL Technologies, joined the company, she came across a newsletter (published by the women's network at the time) that was supposedly for women employees. "The company was trying to bring some 'feminine' aspects to the workplace," says Shivashankar, "but perhaps this should have been more in the nature of gender-neutral policies and promoting compassionate relationships." So, in 2011, when HCL Tech formed Women Connect (WC), an affinity group for its women employees, these things were high on the agenda. WC works closely with the diversity team.

14 May 2013
Mint: Should 5G Excite Us? And Where's the Spectrum?
The news that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has successfully tested a so-called fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, which will allow users to download an entire movie in just one second, should excite consumers. After all, who does not want to surf the Internet or download videos faster? According to Cisco Inc.'s 'Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012-2017', 2G supported 76% of global mobile devices/M2M (machine-to-machine) connections in 2012; 3G supported 23%, and 4G supported 1%. By 2017, 2G networks will support 33% of global mobile devices/M2M connections; 3G networks will support 57% while 4G networks will support 10%.

13 May 2013
The Engineer: Brilliant Design: Intelligent Lighting and Sensors in Smart Cities
The idea of 'Smart Cities' is one that's becoming familiar to engineers. Partly an adaptation to more diverse sources of electricity, including small-scale renewables, partly a development of the so-called 'Internet of Things', allowing household appliances to adjust their electricity consumption to take account of fluctuations in prices, the concept is being trialled in many cities around the world and is of particular interest to countries building new cities, such as those in the Middle East and China. James Crowther, Christopher Herzig and Gordon Feller of Cisco explain in a report, The time is right for connected public lighting in smart cities, that adding intelligence to LED street-lighting systems can not only reduce energy consumption, thereby saving money, but can also make cities safer and easier to navigate at night.

12 May 2013
NBC: Earnings Preview: Cisco to Report 3Q Earnings
Cisco Systems Inc. is set to report financial results after the market closes on Wednesday for a quarter marked by weak results from competitors and a pullback in federal government spending. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Orders for computer networking equipment have slumped this year, judging by reports from smaller companies in the sector. Analysts expect that Cisco was affected as well and have been trimming their estimates recently, but they say the company's size probably shielded it from the worst effects of the macroeconomic "soft patch." As usual, analysts will be listening keenly to the often wide-ranging post-report commentary from CEO John Chambers. Cisco's fiscal third quarter closed in April, a month after most other companies, which means its report provides a window into more recent developments.

10 May 2013
The Hindu Business Line: Unlocking Value from Data Deluge
Sanjay Rohatgi, Managing Director, Service Provider, Cisco India and SAARC Internet users today access data and generate it online multiple times in a day, such as updating status on Facebook, Twitter and uploading videos on YouTube by connecting to the internet through mobile devices. This is corroborated by the Cisco Connected World Technology Report 2012 according to which 94 percent of GenY likes to upload photos online, 73 percent upload videos to share or store in internet sites and 75 percent have Twitter accounts. Undoubtedly, tremendous amount of data is being generated by the escalating consumer demand for connectivity and real time access to content through smartphones and other personal devices which aid connectivity. Service Providers (SPs) play a crucial role in studying, analysing and sieving this seemingly arbitrary data to make sense of it and benefit from the business opportunity that it offers. To cite an example, consider Facebook which reports that its users register 2.7 billion likes and comments per day. This magnitude of data can be intimidating to keep up with, sort, analyze, and extract value from. Service providers who can view far and wide across the network can collect this data, analyze it and convert it to meaningful useful information. When such "crude" data is extracted, refined, and piped to where it can impact decisions in real time, its value will soar. Referred to as Big Data Analytics, this is a new monetization opportunity that SPs can bank on.

09 May 2013
InformationWeek: Workforce 2020: What to Expect
Mahesh Gupta, National Manager, Borderless Networks Sales, Cisco India & SAARC The definition of work and the workforce has changed drastically over the last few years. Mahesh Gupta of Cisco discusses key factors driving this transformation and takes a look at how the workplace and workforce of future will look like. Elroy D'Souza from Goa works for a retail firm as distribution and marketing manager for the region. Elroy begins his day by first checking his go-with-me communications device (he wears on his forearm) for messages, both personal and business (text, voice and videos) that have accumulated overnight. He then checks his personal homepage and switches to his professional dashboard, which gives him secure access to company resources ranging from a concierge function with GPS follow-me capabilities to a satellite uplink available through the IP connection. Elroy has a choice. He can work from his company's local office, work from home, or walk to a nearby DigiCenter, which offers amenities like an air-conditioned work area and high-resolution video conferencing (tele-presence) capsules that provide a wraparound communications experience.

07 May 2013
Telecom Lead: Airtel 3G Gets a Boost as it Launches Video Downloads at Rs 1
Bharti Airtel has launched video downloads at Rs 1. Airtel offers video downloads across 8 genres including movies, lifestyle, music, comedy etc. Users with GPRS/2G/3G connections in over 500 mobile devices, including feature phones can download 30,000+ videos. The new video tariff is expected to boost 2G and 3G customer base. Bharti Airtel's 3G subscribers reached 6.4 million in the fourth quarter of FY 2013. Airtel recently said its data continues to lead the mobile segment growth in India, through deeper penetration and consumption...Cisco recently predicted that India is expected to have the highest IP traffic growth rate with a 62 percent CAGR from 2011 to 2016. In a second-place tie, Brazil and South Africa both have 53 percent CAGRs over the forecast period. By 2016, the Asia Pacific region is forecast to generate the most IP traffic (40.5 exabytes per month), maintaining the top spot over North America (27.5 exabytes per month), which generated the second most amount of traffic.

06 May 2013
Information Week: Let's Do a Reality Check!
The Indian telecom industry is recovering and preparing for a new beginning. In an ongoing cutthroat business environment, where traditional voice revenues are declining and data revenues are yet to capture a significant proportion of telcos, everyone has realized that it's time to reconstruct the edifice albeit with some new rules. There have been a lot of expectations on the growth from data. The proliferation of mobile internet and digital devices has given a new ray of hope to the industry. This has resulted into the surfacing of many new startups comprising of digital service companies, mobile advertising solution providers, apps developers, smartphone manufacturers amongst others..."Video will be the next voice in the Indian telecom industry helped by the mobile broadband growth. Video Delivery is poor in India presently, and we are also lacking in service innovation - these aspects combined together are hampering the Indian 4G dream," says Sanjay Rohtagi, Senior VP, India & SAARC: Service Provider at Cisco India at a recently held 4G World India Event.

02 May 2013
Mint: India Trails at No. 20 in Mobile Data Speeds Ranking
TMobile data speed is one of the critical determinants of success in a wired world. A Top 20 ranking of countries by data speed is headed by Canada, the US and Australia while India brings up the rear. Based on a ranking by Cisco Systems, Bloomberg has compiled a list of the world's top 20 countries in terms of data speeds along with a forecast for 2017. The results are an eye-opener for India which is ranked 20th, behind Indonesia and all the other BRIC nations. The leader of the pack is Canada where average speeds at 4.5 mbps put India's 0.99 mbps average speed in perspective. In real terms, this means that while it takes 59 minutes to download 50 MB of music in India, it takes just about 2 minutes for the same download in Canada. The loss in productivity terms for India is clear. What's worse, there's little to suggest that anything is going to change too soon in India. While the leader in 2017 is forecast to be South Korea where projected average speed by then will be 17.3 mbps, in India it is expected to scale up to a limp 2.46 mbps.

22 October 2013
CXOToday: Cisco Global Cloud Index Projects Cloud Traffic to Dominate Data Centers
In the third annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012 - 2017) issued today, Cisco forecasts that global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data center traffic, is expected to grow 4.5-fold - a 35 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR) - from 1.2 zettabytes of annual traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017. Overall global data center traffic will grow threefold and reach a total of 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017. Approximately 17 percent of data center traffic will be fueled by end users accessing clouds for web surfing, video streaming, collaboration and connected devices, all of which contribute to the Internet of Everything, which is the networked connection of people, data, process and things. Doug Merritt, senior vice president, Product and Solutions Marketing, Cisco said: "People all over the world continue to demand the ability to access personal, business and entertainment content anywhere on any device, and each transaction in a virtualized, cloud environment can cause cascading effects on the network. Because of this continuing trend, we are seeing huge increases in the amount of cloud traffic within, between and beyond data centers over the next four years."

22 October 2013
VARIndia: Cisco, NetApp Upgrade FlexPod Portfolio
Ashok Shenoy, Regional Manager, Cloud and Datacentre Sales, Cisco India & SAARC. Cisco Systems and one of its storage partners NetApp have recently made an update to their co-developed FlexPod data center system which combines the Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus data center switches, and NetApp storage components, managed by Cisco UCS Director with a single console for bare-metal and virtualized workloads. The highlight of the update is the introduction of FlexPod Select for dedicated data-intensive workloads. The FlexPod portfolio now includes FlexPod Datacenter (formerly FlexPod) for core enterprise data centers and service providers, FlexPod Express (formerly ExpressPod) for medium-sized businesses and branch offices, and FlexPod Select for data intensive workloads. FlexPod supports the growing need to tie storage, networks, applications, and analytics (such as big data) into a more automated, responsive system that increases efficiency and lowers operational expense. The new offerings build on the joint vision and strategy of Cisco and NetApp to unify branch offices, core data centers, service providers, and dedicated application infrastructures.

18 October 2013
The Telegraph: Prestigious Cisco Supplier Award 2013 Goes to Teleplan
Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, has presented Teleplan with its prestigious Excellence in Reverse Logistics Award for the third time in recent years. The awards ceremony was part of Cisco's annual Supplier Appreciation event hosted by Cisco Manufacturing. In 2007, Cisco decided to consolidate its globally fragmented multi-vendor service chain with Teleplan as a dedicated after-market service partner. Since then, Teleplan has supported Cisco's global reverse logistics service programme in Roseville (U.S.), Hong Kong (APAC) and Zoetermeer (the Netherlands) for the EMEA region. "As a company we are very proud in helping Cisco manage its returns more efficiently and positively influence the Cisco brand experience for their customers and are thrilled that our performance has been recognised again through this Award", reflects Patrick Ring, CSMO at Teleplan. "Optimizing internal material and process flows, reducing turnaround times and lowering inventory levels to reduce cash outflows are just some of the key benefits Teleplan's global service team helped deliver for Cisco under a total cost of ownership focus", comments Patrick Ring further.

17 October 2013
EFY Times: Cisco Reaches Over 100 Million Digital TV Homes And 340 Million Viewers In Asia Pacific
Cisco, the leading provider of conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions has said that its market-leading VideoGuard conditional access and digital rights management technology is now providing the critical protection of premium content to over 340 million viewers. Cisco said that it is in prime position to address the changing needs of operators now and into the future with a Research and Development (R&D) center in Bangalore, India that is dedicated to the development of video technology. With its continued commitment to research and innovation, the company currently enjoys the largest market share of the estimated 257 million digital TV homes in Asia Pacific (Source: MPA Report, May 2013). Cisco VideoGuard conditional access and digital rights management solutions make Cisco the leading CA provider in Asia Pacific with a market share of 31% , according to Screen Digest Report 2013 and Cisco’s internal subscriber data. Sue Taylor, Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific, Service Provider Video Software Solutions said, "This industry in Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic in the world. We look forward to serving millions more households that can benefit from Cisco’s enhanced TV-viewing experiences, as the demand for advanced services and applications surges."

16 October 2013
The Economic Times: Gear Makers Bet Big On Higher Tech Spend by Telecom Companies
Networking device makers are betting on higher demand from Indian telecom providers as rising data usage and the need to provide better service force carriers to spend on technology. During the last two years, technology companies saw business from telecom firms languishing as they slashed budgets and costs. The belt tightening was in response to the intense competition, which pulled down tariffs to rock-bottom levels, and squeezed profit margins. Technology spending by India's telecom sector accounts for 67 percent of the information and communication technology market. In 2013, their spending - including hardware - was $47.8 billion (Rs3 lakh crore) and is estimated to grow to $51.5 billion next year, according to research firm Gartner. Sanjay Rohatgi, managing director for service-provider sales at Cisco India, said he is seeing increasing interest from telecom firms to upgrade their networks to be able to provide high-speed internet services. Jaideep Mehta, country manager at IDC, said telecom investments in the country are at an 'inflection point' as a large part of the IT infrastructure is on the verge of becoming obsolete because the previous investment happened over three years ago. "There's huge pressure on telcos to raise their investment," Mehta said.

15 October 2013
Telecom Lead: Exclusive: India Ranked 16 in IDC Internet of Things (IoT) Index
IDC Internet of Things (IoT) Index has ranked India, the second largest telecom market based on mobile users, at the 16 position. The market research agency expects the IoT technology and services halo effect on business to generate global revenue from $4.8 trillion in 2012 to $8.9 trillion by 2020, growing at a 7.9 percent CAGR. Networking company Cisco is betting big on Internet of Things. Recently Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers said the IT infrastructure in its first generation focused on the hardware. The next generation of virtualization and cloud gave IT the operational flexibility to focus less on hardware and more on results and performance. With the application economy, the focus will be on supporting a huge number of applications on all these connected devices.

15 October 2013
The Economic Times : Cisco Launches System for Handling Growing Internet Traffic
Cisco Systems on Tuesday launched a product, Network Convergence System, which the company says would help service providers manage the growing data and voice traffic well and offer better services to end consumers. With Internet traffic rapidly growing amid new waves of cloud, smartphones, video and machine-to-machine applications, Cisco has introduced the NCS system which is designed to serve as the foundation of more scalable and smarter Internet, the company said. “NCS is a powerful solution for service providers who are looking to create robust networks, data centres and applications this will provide a competitive edge to service providers in India who are currently grappling with multiple challenges," Sanjay Rohatgi, MD, Service Provider Sales, Cisco India and SAARC, said at the launch. "NCS can integrate with Cisco's management and orchestration software and create a highly programmable network that can provision new services and applications automatically, thus helping service providers drive new revenue models," said Sanjeev Mervana, Senior Director, Service Provider Products & Solutions, Cisco Inc.

15 October 2013
Infotech Lead: Cloud Traffic to Grow to 5.3 Zettabytes of Annual Data Center Traffic by 2017: Cisco Infotech Lead
Global cloud traffic is expected to grow from 1.2 zettabytes of annual data center traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017, increasing at 35 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR), said Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012 – 2017). Overall global data center traffic will grow threefold and reach a total of 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017. Global cloud traffic is the fastest growing component of data center traffic. Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012 - 2017) said approximately 17 percent of data center traffic will be fueled by end users accessing clouds for web surfing, video streaming, collaboration and connected devices.

11 October 2013
CIOL: Akamai and Cisco Working Together to Optimize Application Delivery Over Hybrid WAN
Announce plans for future integration of Akamai Unified Performance technology into Cisco ISR-AX Routers. Akamai Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today announced plans for future integration of Akamai Unified Performance technology into the Cisco ISR-AX series of routers. Both companies intend to co-develop enterprise network offerings, aimed at delivering the world's first enterprise WAN and Internet optimization solution to provide a secure, high-quality end user experience for both public and private cloud applications to all remote offices.

08 October 2013
CRN: Indian Customers Happy with Their Cloud Providers
According to a survey conducted jointly by Cisco Consulting Services and Intel on cloud computing and how it has altered the information technology landscape for large and mid-size enterprises globally revealed that IT leaders in emerging nations like India, Brazil and China are more upbeat about cloud computing. The study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 industries across nine key economies including 600 from India. In India, more than four out of five respondents believe that cloud will positively impact their organizations. The report noted that despite existing and potential challenges, Indian respondents cited a high level of satisfaction with their existing cloud providers. About 83 percent of respondents In India were very satisfied and another 13 percent somewhat satisfied, representing a total 96 percent positive rating. Given such high ratings, cloud providers in India are well positioned today, though they must be prepared to operate in an increasingly demanding marketplace. They will need to offer end-to-end solutions while orchestrating an ecosystem of partners. Accordingly, high ratings for cloud providers in the survey come with high demands for security capabilities, custom solutions, and guarantees on service levels, the survey noted. Neeraj Arora, Director, Cloud Computing, Cisco Consulting Services, APJC, said, "As cloud adoption in India is becoming mainstream, it is interesting to see that a number of cloud adoption decisions are being initiated by the business heads. IT departments need to increasingly remodel the way in which they partner with business. This will involve acting as a broker, or intermediary, of cloud services, orchestrating the planning and procurement process for LOBs across internal and external clouds."

08 October 2013
CXO Today: How can retailers benefit from 'Internet of things'
The Internet of Things can transform businesses across verticals and can be a boon especially to the retail sector, according to Cisco. In a recent research, the company observes that the Internet of Everything presents an enormous opportunity to capture events and use that data to create new value. However, retailers are not taking advantage of the already available data. Once they learn to do so, it can have a huge potential impact on their business. The Cisco report states that conventional brick-and-mortar retailers must tap mobile, social, video and in-store sensors to compete with the data-driven techniques of Amazon and Walmart. These companies have used data to cross-sell, up-sell and optimize the customer experience at every level.

08 October 2013
CIOL : Cisco Completes Acquisition of Sourcefire
Cisco has completed the acquisition of Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE), a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions. With the close of this acquisition, Cisco will provide one of the industry's most comprehensive advanced threat protection portfolios, as well as a broad set of enforcement and remediation options that are integrated, pervasive, continuous and open. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco is paying $76 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Sourcefire and assuming outstanding equity awards for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.7 billion, including retention-based incentives. "To truly protect against all possible attack vectors, our focus is to examine the nature of modern networked environments and devices and to defend them by deeply understanding and analyzing the mindset of the attackers,"said Christopher Young, senior vice president, Cisco Security Group.

05 October 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco, Google and SAP Mull BlackBerry Bids
Black–Berry Ltd, on the block as its smartphone business struggles, is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google Inc and SAP about selling them all or parts of itself, several sources close to the matter said. Such a deal would be an alternative to the preliminary agreement reached weeks ago with a group, led by BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, to take the company private for about $4.7 billion, a bid which has faced some skepticism because of financing questions. The company, based in Waterloo, Ontario, has asked for preliminary expressions of interest from potential strategic buyers, which also include Intel Corp and Asian companies LG and Samsung, by early next week. It is unclear which parties will bid, if any. But the potential technology buyers have been especially interested in BlackBerry’s secure server network and patent portfolio, although doubts about the assets’ value remain an issue, the sources said. Google, Intel, Cisco, LG and SAP declined to comment. Samsung was not immediately available for comment. Possible bidders are proceeding with caution given the uncertainty around BlackBerry, which last month reported a quarterly loss of nearly $1 billion after taking a write down on unsold Z10 phones. The value of BlackBerry's patent portfolio and licensing agreements is likely to halve in the next 18 months, a company filing from this week shows.

02 October 2013
The Financial Express: Security, Privacy Key Inhibitors to Cloud Growth
Cloud is enabling unprecedented innovations in technology, like bring your own device (BOYD), but security and privacy issues are key inhibitors to cloud growth, a study by technology giants Cisco and Intel revealed. According to study on impact of Cloud on IT con¬sumption models, commissioned by Cisco and Intel, the explosive growth of internet has led to about 10 billion devices connected to the net, which will rise to around 50 billion by 2020. No matter which industry or global region was surveyed, security and privacy issues are top of mind and seen as a clear inhibitor to cloud growth. Robust secu¬rity and data protection ca¬pabilities are also seen as the most critical factors for cloud service providers, the study said.

02 October 2013
Mint: 25 Years After the 'Morris Worm'
When a 23-year-old Cornell University student playfully wrote a self-replicating com¬puter code and uploaded it on the In¬ternet to see how fast it would spread, it ended up infecting 10% of all systems connected to the Internet. That was in 1988. The malicious code, now known as the 'Morris worm' after its creator Robert Tappan Morris, ended up bringing down 6,000 Unix servers at an estimated cost of $100,000-$10,000,000. It was the first incident that opened the world to the idea of cyber threats and attracted the attention of industry and media. Twenty five years later, the cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically. "Initial hacking incidents were about making cheap or free calls on international toll numbers by university students. 5-10 years later, it became more about proving a point," said Diwakar Dayal, lead, security, borderless net¬works sales, India and Saarc, at Cisco Systems Inc. "Group of students or rebels would deface websites to show dissatisfaction. It was more of a playful nature rather than of criminal nature." That was an era of macro viruses, which primarily infect a system by multiplying their presence and causing traffic, thus increasing the load on the system. The intention was to slow down or crash the networks. Cyber security experts believe it was only in 2003-04 that a new breed of hackers-with advanced expertise in computing-began to emerge. "By early 2000s, new-age hackers started coming into the picture and these were not students but people who were professionals hired for hacking. They exploited operating systems, personal computers as well as enterprise web applications," says Dayal.

02 October 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco and Facebook Collaborating to Offer Free Public Wi-Fi
Cisco Systems Inc said on Wednesday it was working with Facebook Inc to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access to consumers at public places such as hotels or retail stores using their Facebook log-in. A visitor could check in at a hotel without having to line-up at a front desk by simply signing in via the Facebook application on a smartphone, Cisco said. The company also demonstrated how it might work at a hospital as Chief Executive Officer John Chambers gave a speech at the Interop technology conference in New York. Chambers said retailers could deliver tailored promotions or information to consumers who check in through Facebook when they arrive at a store. Cisco said some customers of its Connected Mobile Experience. Wi-Fi technology are currently testing the system.

01 October 2013
VAR India: Cisco System India Pvt. Ltd.
Delhi Duty Free Services uses Cisco video surveillance and security data to gain insights into store security and customer purchasing. Challenges: The DDFS (Delhi Duty Free Services) shops operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and employ more than 400 retail staff. The shops also stock more than 6000 stock-keeping units (SKUs) of liquor, tobacco, fragrance, cosmetics, and confectionery products. While planning these shops, DDFS sought a physical security and theft control solution that provided detailed reporting and the ability to see every item in the stores Solution: As part of Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative, the DDFS project uses the network as the service delivery platform to transform physical communities into connected communities. These communities run on networked information to help achieve sustainable economic growth, enable environmental sustainability through resource management and operational efficiencies, and enhance quality of life. Testimonial: "Capturing the tremendous retail opportunity at Terminal 3 is much easier with powerful solutions that have multiple uses. The solution enables us to protect our assets and improve team productivity while delivering vital data that can also help increase sales." - Nicholas Goddard-Palmer, chief executive officer.

01 October 2013
Voice & Data: Cisco to Work with PT to Deliver Smart+Connected Services
Cisco will work with Portugal Telecom's information services subsidiary PTSI and other PT affiliates to bring Cisco smart+connected services in several countries throughout Europe, Africa and South America. Under smart solutions, both companies will technology services such as smart+connected meeting spaces, smart+connected personalized spaces, smart+connected workplace, smart+connected buildings, iServices, IP video surveillance, energy management services, unified communications, video and collaboration across the private (enterprise) and public sectors.

27 September 2013
CIOL: Cisco Delivers Network Convergence System to Power "Internet of Everything"
With Internet traffic rapidly growing amid new waves of cloud, mobile, video and machine-to-machine applications, Cisco today introduced the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), a network fabric family designed to serve as the foundation of a massively scalable, smarter and more adaptable Internet.Several leading global service providers - including BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra - are deploying the Cisco NCS to create new revenue streams, simplify operations and deliver exciting personalized experiences to their customers. The system's programmability and virtualization capabilities enable service providers to accelerate the transition to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).The NCS's industry-leading capabilities enable service providers to not only accommodate growing network traffic but also seize the opportunity created by trillions of programmable device-driven events generated by the Internet of Everything (IoE), the networked connection of people, data, processes and things. The IoE requires networks to scale not only bandwidth, but also compute and control functions to manage policies and to program responses with precise results in the expected timeframe.

25 September 2013
CRN: Cisco Unveils New Router Family for Service Providers
Cisco unveiled a new series of routers aimed at helping service providers scale their networks to accommodate the growth in Internet traffic being driven by mobile devices, video and cloud applications, and machine-to-machine communications. The new family of routers, dubbed the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), creates a network fabric that Cisco says will arm service provider networks with the bandwidth and scalability they need to support these jumps in traffic. NCS is also, however, designed to help service providers prepare their networks for the burgeoning Internet of Everything, which Cisco said is creating trillions of programmable events or "conversations" between people, applications and devices. "If you think about ultra HD video, for example, or cloud, which all of our customers are doing and then machine-to-machine is also adding to the kind of scale that's needed, and then mobility," said Surya Panditi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Networking Group, Cisco, at a launch event for NCS. "In order to have these supported, you need to evolve the programmable networks."

25 September 2013
Telecom Lead: Cisco System Convergence Network Powers Sky, KDDI, Telstra to Create New Revenue Streams
Cisco on Tuesday said telecoms - BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra - are deploying the Cisco System Convergence Network (SCN) to create new revenue streams, simplify operations and deliver personalized experiences to customers. SCN, according to Cisco, enables telecom operators to ensure flexibility to manage their networks to address customer demands. The current list does not have telecom operators from India, China, etc. "This announcement marks the beginning of a new era in communications, in which interactions between machines and machines grow exponentially and allows extraordinary things. This is just the tip of the iceberg, the great opportunity that arise from now on are virtually limitless," said Francis Rizzo, analyst, Unified Communications, Frost & Sullivan. The system's programmability and virtualization capabilities enable service providers to accelerate the transition to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). "The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers," said Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

21 September 2013
Telecom Tiger: Cisco Leads Overall Security Appliance Market in Q2
Cisco continues to lead the overall security appliance market with a 16.2% share in factory revenue for the second quarter, according to the research firm IDC. But this was flat versus the prior year period. Check Point held the number two spot with a 12.5% share for the quarter as revenue increased 4.0% compared to the second quarter of 2012. Fortinet surpassed Juniper to become the third largest security appliance vendor, with a 6.2% share in the quarter. Similarly, Blue Coat overtook McAfee to round out the top five in 2Q12. The share of "Others" grew again as Palo Alto Networks, Barracuda, Sourcefire, and Sophos continue to see impressive growth each quarter. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, factory revenue rose in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13) compared to the second quarter of 2012, while unit shipments declined over the same period. Worldwide factory revenue was up 6.1% year over year to $2.1 billion in the quarter, as shipments decreased -1.5% to 483,354 units. Multi-function appliances continue to be a major factor in slower unit growth. Geographically, Canada again saw the highest year-over-year growth in the quarter (17.6%), followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), which grew at 9.9%. The United States was also strong with 8.7% year-over-year growth, accounting for nearly 41% of worldwide factory revenue. Western Europe slowed in the quarter and saw factory revenue rise only 0.6% when compared to 2Q12.

21 September 2013
Deccan Herald: The Spectre of Eco Concern
It is a common household practice to call the local scrap dealer to dispose not just the old newspapers and used milk packets, but also the scrapped electronic goods and expect a good price in return from the dealer. Indians generally do not throw away goods even if they are not in working condition, and when they are buying a new electronic or electrical goods, there are always options of exchanging old ones with a new and get good offers. But what matters is disposing of huge amount of e-waste when you are running a huge company using many electronic goods. Cisco India Private Limited has over seven offices in Bangalore and generates over a tonne of e-waste per annum. "We hand over all the e-waste generated to TES-AMM who have their recycle plant in Chennai and their collection centres in Bangalore. In order to ensure that the e-waste handed over are recycled in a systematic method, an audit is also conducted," said Dev Kishore Aradhya, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager, Cisco.

19 September 2013
Governance Now: Tech for Equal Opportunity
It is a good sign that corporate organisations have started talking about inclusion of differently abled people in their offices. The road ahead is a long strenuous one though. Disability is the buzzword today which has led different corporate offices in India to come forward to show their willingness to work with and provide equal opportunities to differently abled people. In one such event, Springboard Consulting, which works extensively towards bringing people with disabilities into the mainstream, awarded different corporate organisations that work to enhance the participation of disabled people in the workforce, on September 18 in Bangalore. A 'Disability Matters' conference preceded the awards function which briefed the participants from the Asia-Pacific (ASIAPAC) region about working with people who have special needs. Subhash Rao, Senior Director, Human Resources at Cisco, one of the award winners at the event, spoke about the various measures taken by Cisco for providing sustainable working conditions for differently abled people. "There is no reason for differently abled people to look for vocational jobs," he said.

19 September 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco, Wipro, 3 Others Bag Award for Disability Initiatives
Networking major Cisco Systems India, leading IT company Wipro and three other firms have won award for taking initiatives to empower people with disabilities at workplace. The awards were given at two-day ASIAPAC Region Disability Matters Conference organised by Springboard Consulting in Bangalore on September 17 and 18. Accenture, MindTree Limited and Thomson Reuters are the other three companies that bagged the award which recognises a company's mentor programmes and awareness initiatives for differently abled workforce. Springboard Consulting is recognised as a global expert on mainstreaming disability in the corporate world.

19 September 2013
Voice & Data: Cisco to Introduce Next Generation Networking Innovations
Cisco said it would host a live webcast to announce key Internet-changing developments for service providers on Tuesday, September. 24. "The Internet networking industry is at a critical inflection point. For 30 years, networking has concentrated on driving speeds up and costs down, but it's no longer enough to only manage bandwidth growth," the company mentioned in its statement. "With Internet traffic expected to rapidly proliferate in the coming years amid a new wave of connections, the company will unveil several breakthrough Internet capabilities engineered to enable the seamless interconnection of people, data, processes and things known as the internet of everything (IoE)," according to the company. During this live webcast, Cisco senior executives will introduce Internet networking architecture and products powered by the recently announced nPower X1 network processor. They will also discuss standards for the Evolved Programmable Network and new technologies to unlock the potential for more advanced interactions, innovations across industries and more personalized consumer experiences.

18 September 2013
CRN: Opportunities Accelerate In WAN Optimization
Industry pundits say that various network edge products such as application delivery controllers (ADCs), load balancers and wide area network (WAN) optimization appliances which help organizations reduce network latency and improve application performance are the biggest systems integration opportunities. Says Vijay Logani, Product Specialist, Cisco India & Saarc, "As the employee workforce becomes more mobile, organizations face new challenges to provide LAN-like response time over the WAN." The data center boom has also increased awareness and demand for application acceleration. Logani adds that for any organization planning a DR center for its data center, WAN optimization is critical as it could considerably reduce bandwidth costs and latency.

17 September 2013
Moneycontrol.com: Cisco To Acquire WHIPTAIL for $415 Million
Cisco is making its debut in the data storage market with the acquisition of US-based company, Whiptail. The deal is worth $415 million and the acquisition is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.Established in 2008, Whiptail is a privately held storage system maker. Following the acquisition, Cisco will be able to provide clients its converged infrastructure solutions, combining components such as servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software as a single product offering.Once the acquisition is complete, Whiptail employees will be integrated into the Cisco Computing Systems Product Group.

16 September 2013
CRN.in: Cisco Continues SMB Push With Redesigned Partner Specialization
Cisco has redesigned its SMB partner specialization and slashed the number of training hours partners need to achieve it, in an effort to onboard solution providers who can help the networking giant make new inroads into the SMB space. According to Steve Benvenuto, Senior Director, Business Development, Strategy, Planning and Partner Programs Team, Worldwide Partner Organization, Cisco, the newly defined SMB specialization bundles the two previous SMB specializations - Small Business (SB) and Small Business Foundation (SBF) - into one. Cisco consolidated the two, to make the SMB program and specializations process easier for partners to navigate. "The key thing here was to really simplify the approach for our partners that are focused in this [SMB] space," he said. In addition to rolling multiple SMB specializations into one, Cisco is trimming down the training requirements partners need to attain that new specialization. Specifically, Benvenuto said Cisco is slashing the number of training courses partners need to complete to achieve the SMB specialization from 15 to four. "Over the years, we were adding training and sort of building it on top of specializations that we had in this space," Benvenuto said. "Now we are saying, 'Let's take a clean-slate approach."

15 September 2013
The Times of India: Technology Driving Educational Revolution in Villages
In the beginning of the last decade, a simple webcam and a fledgling, though unsteady internet, provided a lifeline of emotional connect between students abroad and their parents and friends back home. That was a video-conference in a very simple form. Cut to the present: we are witnessing a generational shift in technology; so much so that it is quietly triggering a social revolution in the educational and health care sectors in the remote corners of our country. Some of these lucky students belong to nine schools in the districts of Raichur, Shimoga and Hoskote. And the game changer is the giant technological leap, brought in by Cisco's multi-pronged inclusive growth initiative. "At 40.2, India has one of the lowest pupil-teacher ratio and 33% of schools have just one teacher," says Aravind Sitaraman, President, Inclusive Growth, Cisco Systems. "The fact that students have laptops with them doesn't solve the problem, because there are so many infrastructural bottlenecks. The technology that we have put in place is a great enabler bringing in a qualitative change in the education sector."

13 September 2013
EFY Times: Nearly a Quarter of All TV Homes are Watching with Cisco
At IBC 2013, Cisco will highlight an approach to innovation in pay TV that has enabled it to gain and maintain its industry leading position. With more than 300,000,000 homes around the world watching TV with Cisco, nearly a quarter of all global TV homes are now enjoying improved viewing experiences. Whilst 80percent of the world's homes have access to TV[1], fewer than half of them are benefiting from digital and the additional functionality that it can enable. At the other end of the spectrum, the amount of video traversing IP networks is set to reach a record 88 exabytes a month by 2017[2], with 914,100 minutes of video streamed or downloaded every second - all with less than 50 percent of the world's population connected to the Internet. Building on over 20 years of experience driving new services and profitable growth for pay-TV operators and the media and entertainment industry, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help the industry capture the huge opportunities being generated as every network attached device becomes video capable and consumers seek ubiquitous video access. Whether in the cloud, network or client, Cisco is at the forefront of the industry with award winning technologies and market-leadership in software, hardware, security and an approach to innovation that is second to none.

11 September 2013
NDTV: Cisco Enters Data Storage Market with Purchase of Whiptail
Cisco Systems Inc on Tuesday announced its first foray into the data storage market, saying it would pay $415 million to acquire privately held storage system maker Whiptail. Cisco said it will pay cash and incentives for the acquisition, expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. Cisco's Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Hilton Romanski said the company decided to acquire Whiptail after observing the technology up close. "We've known the company for some time and we're actually an investor," he said. He added that Cisco preferred to be in exclusive conversations with potential targets and that had been the case with Whiptail. Romanski declined to give a revenue figure for Whiptail but a source close to the situation said Whiptail's revenue was between $20 million and $30 million. The company has about 80 employees.

11 September 2013
Infotech Lead: Cisco Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi Gains Momentum
Cisco said Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi integrates Cisco technologies to provide citywide wireless connectivity with security and privacy for location-based services. Cisco Wi-Fi outdoor mesh, Cisco's ruggedized routing and switching IoT portfolio, Cisco Prime and Mobility Services Engine (MSE) technologies are part of the smart city solution. Cisco says Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi creates city-managed outdoor Wi-Fi networks that optimize security of the data being transmitted and collected across the city.

10 September 2013
CRN: Security Moving from Endpoint to Network
The security policies of organizations hitherto revolved around controlling endpoints. That is now changing in favor of controlling the data on the network. Since IPv6 requires upgradation of the network infrastructure, security is a major concern. "The exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, evolution of IPv6-oriented technologies, government initiatives to push transition to IPv6, YoY explosive growth of mobile devices, and the emergence of the Internet of Things will boost network security in a big way," forecasts Diwakar Dayal, Lead, Security, Borderless Networks Sales, India & Saarc, Cisco Systems

05 September 2013
DNA: Diversity at Workplace is a Business Imperative
Enterprise mobility and BYOD are emerging as the top priorities and key investment areas for CIOs, which is driving the mobile-security market. The increased risk to personal and corporate data is an opportunity for the security partners as the global market for mobile security is expected to reach $14.4 billion by 2017, according to research firm Global Industry Analysts. It is important to develop a balance between the security and privacy demands from an organizational, as well as employee standpoint. "CIOs are deploying solutions that offer a holistic security policy, where the controls can be applied securely to a device and location agnostic network. This can be addressed by adopting an integrated, adaptive, and collaborative security approach," shares Diwakar Dayal, Head, Sales, Security Business, Borderless Networks, India & Saarc, Cisco Systems.

04 September 2013
InformationWeek: 'CIOs Need to Evolve into Innovation Officers': V.C. Gopalratnam, VP-IT and CIO Globalisation
In an interview with InformationWeek, V.C. Gopalratnam, VP-IT and CIO Globalisation, Cisco, talks about why there is a pressing need for CIOs to evolve from just masters of technology to business enablers. What are the key areas a CIO must focus on in order to step up to the role of business enabler within an enterprise? According to you what business needs are necessitating this trend? In today's highly competitive networked world, the role of a CIO is more than that of just a master of technologies. In such an environment, CIOs are increasingly being seen as change agents who are expected to align IT with business goals and spur innovation within the organization. The role of the CIO today is that of an innovation officer who can keep pace with the current trends in technology, have a sound knowledge of business, and communicate with his executive team to build an IT strategy that would actually help further the business strategy.

30 August 2013
Financial Chronicle: Cloud Atlas
Indian companies are quietly floating on cloud to manage scale and sustainability. Ramco's cloud-based ERP solutions are hosted and delivered through Amazon web services, from the latter's data centres in Singapore, Sydney and the US. So, in order to "experience the pain that our customers feel if service is slow," Aggarwal says, Ramco employees also connect to the Amazon servers. Within the office, the attendance system, which earlier constituted registers and swipe cards, has been replaced by a QR-code based system, where all the employee has to do is scan the code with his or her smartphone. When it comes to reducing costs and adopting eco-friendly practices, it's not just the large organisations that are adopting virtualisation and cloud-based solutions. Rajesh Rege, Director of cloud and datacentre sales, Cisco India and SAARC, says that data centres can now be customised to meet the IT requirements of organisations across all verticals.

27 August 2013
Express Computer: Networking: Convergence Ahead
A network is no longer just about throwing together cables, switches, routers and other boxes and connectors. As any networking pro or CIO would know, stitching together an enterprise network today requires meticulous planning. Increasingly, networking is one bit of the IT infrastructure that requires to be more futuristic. It is definitely not something that enterprises, irrespective of size, can afford to rip and replace with every technological development. Networks, thus, evolve with technology. The traffic between the data center and the client depends on the strength of WAN or LAN. "Since the users at the branch locations demand a framework for collaboration, and same response time as the head office, the enterprises are now investing routing products that help in band acceleration," notes Prem Nithin, Business Development Manager, Borderless Networks Sales, Cisco India & SAARC.

24 August 2013
The Economic Times: India: Talent Hotspot for Global Cybercrime Industry
India is fast emerging as a talent hotspot for the global cyber-crime industry amid slow hiring in the traditional software industry, the lure of easy money, and lack of law enforcement, according to computer security experts. "It used to be the eastern European countries that had the skilled manpower to provide hackers for hire, but now we can see that moving to emerging economies like India and Sri Lanka where job opportunities have shrunk," said Diwakar Dayal, who leads security sales for Cisco in South Asia.

23 August 2013
Bio Spectrum Asia: Cisco Report: Focus Shifts to Telemedicine in India
The survey studied the views of consumers and HCDMs on sharing personal health data, participating in in-person medical consultation versus remote care and using technology to make recommendations on personal health. Cisco released the Cisco Customer Experience Report focused on healthcare. The findings from the survey conducted globally indicated a growing shift in consumer's expectations on medical services in India. It also examined perceptions of consumers and health care decision makers (HCDMs) on patient experience in health care. The report shows that as information, technology, bandwidth, and the integration of the network become the center of the "new world," both human and digital aspects are key parts to the overall patient experience. These components lead to more real-time, meaningful patient and doctor interaction.

20 August 2013
Communications Today: Cisco Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Earnings
Cisco has reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year results for the period ended July 27, 2013. Cisco reported fourth quarter revenue of $12.4 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.3 billion or $0.42 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.8 billion or $0.52 per share. "My confidence in our ability to be the #1 IT Company is increasing. Our fourth quarter was a record on many fronts, with record revenue, and record non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings per share. In every case, we exceeded the midpoint of our guidance. We also generated $4 billion in operating cash flow in the quarter, another record," stated Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers.

15 August 2013
Business Standard: Cisco Reports Higher Revenue, In Line with Expectations
Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter revenue in line with Wall Street expectations on continued strength in its enterprise business. The world's biggest network equipment maker had a net profit of $2.3 billion, or 42 cents per share, compared with a profit of $1.9 billion or 36 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 6 percent to $12.4 billion, matching analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers' commentary is closely watched by investors as Cisco is regarded as a strong indicator of the general health of the technology industry because of its broad customer base. Cisco had a net profit of $2.3 billion, or 42 cents per share, in the quarter. That compared with a profit of $1.9 billion, or 36 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

12 August 2013
The Financial Express: Internet Under Attack
The Internet is wrought with all kinds of dangers for your mobile phone, laptop or tablet, as well as for your personal information. In March this year, the largest cyber attack in history, called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, was directed against Spamhaus, a firm engaged in the business of identifying sources of spam emails and blacklisting them. According to Diwakar Dayal, head-security business, Borderless Networks (sales), Cisco India & Saarc, the internet by nature is an extremely dynamic environment in terms of both topology and design, makes it that much more vulnerable (a weakness that a person can exploit to accomplish something that is not authorised or intended as legitimate use of a network or system) to exploits. Cisco has recently collaborated with Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to design a reference architecture for various industries to follow and implement for a robust security framework. In their joint study on the security landscape, 53% of Indian security leaders surveyed agreed that current solutions are incompetent to withstand sophisticated, targeted & persistent threats.

10 August 2013
The Economic Times: $14.4-Trillion Bounty: Internet of Everything & Opportunities it Represents
The never-ending migration to the Internet of new and myriad forms of 'things'- including computers, tablets, smartphones, televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners and automobiles-will create new opportunities for businesses besides helping improve their efficiency. From around 200 million, mostly clunky desktops and laptops, that could access Internet in 2000, there are over 10 billion things that are connected to the Internet today. And that number will further rise exponentially in the years to come. Such an 'Internet of things' will mean smart grids, smart buildings, connected healthcare and patient monitoring and smart factories among many other 'smarter' variations of the way we do things today. That is estimated to represent an incremental value of $14.4 trillion-a combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among companies and industries from 2013 to 2022-according to networking gear-maker Cisco.

10 August 2013
ITVoir: Cisco and Citrix Extend Strategic Alliance with Network Services Innovations
Cisco announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the market-leading Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio. The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco's virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center. Cisco's Cloud Network Services architecture is designed to simplify and accelerate cloud network deployments without compromising the critical security and application services that key data center applications require. It is comprised of a comprehensive portfolio of integrated, application-aware network services and security offerings designed for virtual and cloud environments.

08 August 2013
InformationWeek: GITAM Strives to Become Digital University with Single IP Network
One of the fastest growing institutions, GITAM University offers varied programs blending skill development and value orientation for students. The university has its presence in three cities, with the main campus located at Visakhapatnam. To address these issues, the university decided to improve its network infrastructure by looking to move towards a centralized IP network. After a detailed evaluation process of competing platforms, GITAM chose a solution from Cisco. The university chose a single converged IP Network to run internal apps on the campus along with Wi-Fi enablement to help students easily access content.

05 August 2013
Indian ChannelWorld: The Grill
Sabrina Lin - VP, Commercial Business, APJ and Greater China, Cisco, on why the company is pushing the services agenda and how it affects partners. Cisco's recently concluded Annual Partner Summit was interesting in many ways, especially with a renewed thrust on services. Why was the messaging around services so strong this year? More than 97 percent of our business is driven through channels. If you are so dependent on partners, you would want to ensure that partners also have reasons to work with you. Therefore partner profitability becomes very important to us. We have seen that partners who have built their services portfolio are much more profitable than the ones that have less value - add. We wanted to share this observation with our partners and want them to focus on services in order to have a successful business model. Infact, it's not something that we want them to do. This is what the industry demands.

31 July 2013
ChannelWorld: Security Goes 'Out of the Box'
The advent of new technologies is now popping security out of its physical box onto the virtual turf. Is your business ready? While the concept of a virtual world and its benefits are something IT is not alien to-thanks to the many flavors of virtualization-what's changing is the move to virtual security. Networking giant, Cisco, reinforces the fact that new technologies are pushing for virtual security. "The story is quite simple: Virtualization and cloud computing have been the biggest drivers for this in the past two to three years," says Diwakar Dayal, head-security sales, Cisco India and SAARC. "There is big impact on overall business because customers are consuming applications from the cloud and want greater security," he says.

30 July 2013
Biztech2: Cisco, NetApp Expand FlexPod Portfolio
In a continuing move to make datacentre infrastructures more responsive to applications' dynamic needs, Cisco and NetApp broadened the FlexPod portfolio with new validated designs across the entire portfolio, highlighted by the introduction of FlexPod Select for dedicated data-intensive workloads. The FlexPod portfolio now includes FlexPod Datacenter (formerly FlexPod) for core enterprise datacentres and service providers, FlexPod Express (formerly ExpressPod) for medium-sized businesses and branch offices, and FlexPod Select for data intensive workloads.

29 July 2013
VAR India: Cisco: End User Devices Proliferation to Boost Tech Financing Uptake
IT and networking company Cisco said proliferation of end user devices and workplace collaboration will help boost greater technology financing uptake.Findings of a survey which Cisco commissioned to identify trends and gain insights into the technology purchase strategies adopted by businesses across the region indicated that vendor financiers were one of the preferred sources of external funding for information and communications technology (ICT) purchases in India, China and Australia….Rajiv Menon, managing director, Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China at Cisco Capital, said: "The Forrester survey indicates that vendor financing is playing an increasingly important role in the financing strategies of businesses across India. The need to constantly deliver shareholder value while maintaining growth and profitability is prompting business decision makers to closely examine their technology purchase strategies in order to gain maximum value from the use of the technology, rather than through ownership."

23 July 2013
eGov: e-Governance for Serving the People
The public procurement process of the Government is very important because it brings transparency in the entire process," says Puneet Gupta, Director - Public Sector, Cisco India & SAARC. In Conversation with Ankush Kumar What is your view of e-Governance vertical in India? Tell us about the work that Cisco is doing in this area? The most important thing from Cisco stand point is that we want to align with India's national agenda. If we look at it what's happening in India there is a significant development in Infrastructure. The last twenty years have been the years of transformation and creation of new infrastructure - the whole telecom infrastructure has come up, the whole e-Governance infrastructure has come up, and lot more infrastructure is under construction. So in a way you can also call it a nation building process which happened over the years. Cisco has played a very important role in this in the areas of Income Tax, Customs, National Knowledge Network, defense network, state wide area network, state data centre and all across APDRP projects. We are also working with Ministry of Home in several police modernisation projects. Important areas for us are education, health and cyber security.

22 July 2013
CXO Today: 7 Traits of Highly Effective IT Leaders
Technology leaders, like any other CXO or senior executive, can have different types of personalities and leadership qualities. He can be a people's manager, a magnetic executive, or a transformational strategist and even a combination of many such traits. However, successful IT leaders are expected to share some common leadership traits, be it in the area of business acumen, technology skill-sets, decision making, motivation, aggressiveness or innovation. Innovative CIOs have an excellent opportunity to assert leadership by leveraging the power of technology to drive value. V C Gopalratnam, CIO Cisco Globalisation and VP Information Technology elaborates that managing information is just a part of CIO's role today. The new age CIO should act as the chief innovation officer and spur innovation in order to enable business growth. There are many more traits of effective and successful IT leaders. Of course like every other senior executive he should possess strong work ethics. Besides he should be decisive, available, knowledgeable and a great learner of new and emerging technology. He should learn to recognize his own strengths and weaknesses and balance it with the right mix of training and an expressive personality.

17 July 2013
CRN: Expectations from the Influential
In our annual edition of the Most Influential Channel Chiefs we feature 10 leaders whose decisions and actions will have a significant impact on the channel business. The objective is also to suggest an agenda for them based on channel expectations. Rajiv Srivastava has done a brilliant job with the integration of HP's printer and PC business. He has reinvigorated the HP team which has become more aggressive. However, partners say that Srivastava's priority for 2013 must be to ensure partner profitability. Cisco's Pramodh Menon has to push the collaboration and UCS business which hasn't performed as per expectations. Partners want Cisco to consolidate the number of specializations and also counter the competition from HP and Juniper.

15 July 2013
The Financial Express: Location is Just a State of Mind
Early this year, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) established a model for multi-campus education called BITSConnect 2.0. Valued at over $5 million, BITSConnect 2.0 simultaneously connected 1,000-plus faculty and students across its three campuses at Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa. The initiative comprises immersive telepresence, high-definition video-conferencing and live streaming technologies. What this effectively means is that now a professor from, say, Pilani can teach students in Hyderabad or Goa without actually going there. The result: a huge amount of time and money saved that would have otherwise gone into travelling. Welcome to unified communications and collaboration solutions (UC&C)-the integration of real-time communication services such as instant messaging, presence information, telephony, video-conferencing, data sharing, call control and speech recognition with non-real-time communication services such as unified messaging (voicemail, email, SMS and fax). .. Cisco, which is another big player in the UC&C field, was instrumental in connecting the BITS campuses. Minhaj Zia, director, Collaboration Sales, Cisco India & SAARC, says, "The nature of work is changing. Trends like dispersed workforces, explosion in content and devices, proliferation of video, social networking are causing a transition in the way people interact and do business. And a lot of organisations, both large and small, now understand the power of UC&C. They realise it can streamline their business processes and boost productivity, reliability and competitiveness."

15 July 2013
CRN: Cisco, Microsoft Urge Partners to Team Up in Data Center, Cloud Arenas
Cisco and Microsoft—two tech giants who have long competed on a number of fronts—said they will continue to invest in a joint channel program aimed at helping both of their partner communities go to market with integrated Microsoft and Cisco solutions. The program, which has been running in pilot mode for the past 10 months, is primarily targeted at Cisco and Microsoft partners in the data center and cloud markets. The idea, according to Brian Allison, Director, Partner Solutions, Worldwide Channels, Cisco, is to drive more collaboration between Cisco and Microsoft partners, and to provide more training resources, for both partner communities, on bundled Cisco-Microsoft solutions, such as Cisco's Unified Data Center architecture with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012. Allison, who said the pilot includes a "hand-picked" group of Cisco and Microsoft partners, has been successful in driving collaboration not only between the Microsoft and Cisco practices partners often

11 July 2013
Wall Street Journal: Meeting of the Minds 2013: Breaking New Ground With Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and New Global Concepts
Meeting of the Minds is an annual global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development solutions. The conference is key to accelerating the emergence of successful cities with a connected future around the globe. Meeting of the Minds brings together select leaders from the world's most innovative organizations to explore strategic investments, smart policies and breakthrough technological innovations -- all designed to enable cities and regions to better respond to increasingly complex urban planning, design, technology and development challenges. More than 350 global innovators including government officials, corporate executives, and foundation/NGO leaders will gather in Toronto to discuss and launch new initiatives, while exploring answers to the following burning questions. Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, industry solutions & chief globalisation officer, Cisco.

03 July 2013
CIOL: Buoyant Indian Enterprises Adopt BYOD Big Time
A recent study by Cisco and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) threw up some interesting facts on the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend in India. As it stands, 66 per cent of the chief information officers (CIOs) in the Indian enterprises encourage their respective employees to bring their own devices to work. About 44 per cent of them even let their staff pick and choose their own set of personal devices to execute their work at office premises. The report went on to highlight some intriguing statistics, such as 72 per cent of security leaders and CIOs witnessing an increased demand for flexibility in using end-point devices. Around 59 per cent believed rigid policies around the end-points are frustrating business users.

02 July 2013
IT Voice: Cisco Acquires JouleX for $107 million
Cisco has announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held JouleX, a leader in enterprise IT energy management for network-attached and data center assets. JouleX complements Cisco's existing services portfolio by using the capabilities of the network to gain visibility into and control energy usage across global IT environments. JouleX's energy management solution, together with Cisco EnergyWis™, will provide customers with a simple way to measure, monitor and manage energy usage for network and IT systems across the enterprise, without the use of device-side agents, hardware meters or network configurations.

02 July 2013
Light Reading India: Cisco Integrates Citrix NetScaler Into Cloud Network Services Portfolio
Cisco has announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the market-leading Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio. The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco's virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center.

28 June 2013
The Economic Times: Technology Firms Look to Seize Opportunity in Expanding Education Sector
Indian technology companies are flocking to the education sector, seeing in it a rare promising market created because of liberal government spending. Providers of computing hardware, education-related software and content are eager to tap into business as the state and central governments prepare to step up spending to take education beyond cities and towns to villages. Cisco, which provided remote learning services to schools in Raichur in rural Karnataka as part of a corporate social responsibility programme, is now offering similar services for a price as part of its inclusive business division. The division launched the Cisco Education Enabled Development Solution earlier this year at a monthly fee of $1 (60) for every student. Arvind Sitaraman, president of Cisco's inclusive growth division, said the intent is to help government bring inclusive growth to rural areas using the latest technology at affordable prices.

27 June 2013
CXOToday.com: Cisco's Datacenter Strategy Takes Sharp Turn Toward Applications
Network equipment maker Cisco has unveiled a ground-breaking data center networking architecture Cisco Live in Orlando. Designed to usher in the era of Application-Centric Infrastructure, Cisco's architecture aims to transform data centers to better address the demands of new and current applications in the Cloud era. Accelerated to market by Cisco's investment in Insieme Networks, this fundamental shift to application-centric infrastructure will provide IT with the ability to quickly deliver business applications to end-users with a simpler operational model, scalable secure infrastructure, and at optimized cost. This shift requires an open, programmable and automated infrastructure that is ready to handle the challenges of cloud deployment models and today's Big Data applications. "Software-defined networking (SDN) promised to meet the needs of new apps by delivering greater scale, programmability, centralised management and automation," Cisco's Padmasree Warrior said in a blogpost. "But SDN, to date, can't meet the needs of applications because it mimics the old model of networking. It doesn't unify physical and virtual. It is flow-based (focused on individual networking elements), and not object-oriented (creating a configurable system of all IT resources). It can't offer dynamic centralised policy management, programmability because it is constrained by old proprietary-standards model."

27 June 2013
The Financial Express: 57% Global Consumers Likely to Ride in Driver-Less Automobiles, Says Cisco Survey
Cisco recently announced the results of its Cisco Customer Experience Report, focused on the automobile buying and driving experience. The study that surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across 10 countries, examined consumer preferences of technology used when buying and driving an automobile. Consumers also identified key influencers' preference for car dealers/manufacturers to provide a more personal driving experience, and their trust in future automotive innovation. Consumers demonstrated in the survey how information and technology are crucial throughout the car experience. From the car purchasing experiences to service maintenance, consumers are using more advanced communication technologies (such as mobile, text, telephone, websites, embedded communications devices) to engage with manufacturers and car dealerships. Findings of the survey indicate that more than half of global consumers (57 percent) stated they would be likely to ride in a car controlled entirely by technology that does not require a human driver. The most trusting consumers in this regard were in Brazil with 96 percent, India with 86 percent, and China with 70 percent. 46 percent believe that they would still trust their kids to ride in driver-less automobiles.

26 June 2013
LightReading: Video is Coming: Are SPs Prepared For Data Boom?
Social Networking services are getting advanced with features like video and file-sharing. Video, as it requires more bandwidth, has started testing the capabilities of mobile networks across the globe. Recently, social networking major Facebook added video feature to Instagram, which made the immediate imapct on the networks--as over 5 million videos were uploaded instantly. The amount of uploaded videos has actually flooded operators' networks. Network major Cisco expects that the Indian mobile data traffic will grow four times faster than Indian fixed IP traffic. India's Mobile data traffic is expected to reach 32 percent of total IP traffic in 2017. The study further estimates that Indian mobile data traffic in 2017 will be equivalent to 40x the volume of the entire Indian Internet in 2005. Additionally, IP Video will account for 66 percent in India by 2017.

25 June 2013
CIO: Cisco Refreshes Its Enterprise Networking Franchise to Empower Business and IT Innovation
Cisco said that it is introducing new and updated Cisco Catalyst switching and Integrated Services Router products that provide high-performing, fully programmable enterprise networking solutions. The products are part of the new Cisco Enterprise Networks Architecture, which enables applications to get the networking information they need to offer more innovative services to end users with less hands-on administration from IT professionals. The architecture expands the scope of Cisco's Open Network Environment (ONE), a portfolio wide strategy that applies software programmability to ASICs, operating systems, networking functions, and services across the data center, WAN and LAN. Cisco is updating its entire service provider and enterprise networking portfolio to become open and programmable, and today’s news addresses the campus and branch portion of that transition.

21 June 2013
CXO Today: Internet of Everything to Generate Profit of $613 Billion in 2013
A new study from Cisco has suggested that the Internet of Everything (IoE) will generate profits of about $613 billion during 2013 urging companies to innovate and cash in. The IoE Value Index study commissioned by Cisco revealed that firms could double IoE profits through greater adoption of business practices, customer approaches and technologies that leverage the IoE concept. Cisco Development and Sales president, Rob Lloyd, said that IoE has the potential to significantly reshape economy and transform key industries. "The question is who will come out on top and win in this new economy," Lloyd said. "This study shows us that success won't be based on geography or company size but on who can adapt fastest."

21 June 2013
The Hindustan Times: Cisco to Buy Composite Software for About $180M
Cisco, a maker of computer networking equipment, said Thursday that it plans to buy software company Composite Software for about $180 million, adding to its services for businesses. Composite, based in San Mateo, Calif., is a privately held company whose software helps businesses quickly gather and comb through data. Cisco sells routers, switches, software and services to corporate customers and government agencies around the world. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Shares of San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco fell 22 cents to $24.47 in morning trading.

21 June 2013
Financial Express: Cisco Integrates Citrix NetScaler into Cloud Network Services Portfolio
Cisco announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio. The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco's virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center. Ram Appalaraju, Vice President, Products, Datacentre Group, Cisco, "With the addition of the Citrix NetScaler best-in-class application delivery controller tightly coupled into our virtual networking framework, Cisco is furthering our Cloud Network Services strategy. By partnering with Citrix, we will be able to offer critical application delivery services to our virtual networking and cloud customers on the Nexus 1K platform."

20 June 2013
CIOL: Cisco Achieves New Milestone in India Pay-TV Market, Reaches More Than 30 Million Digital Homes and 150 Million Viewers
In the rapidly growing pay-TV industry in India, Cisco has established itself as the leading provider of enhanced TV viewing experiences to more than 30 million Indian homes. Using the industry estimated average of five people per household, Cisco is now enabling a rich and advanced TV experience for over 150 million viewers, a milestone that reinforces the company's leadership in the digital pay-TV solution market in India. Cisco service and solution platforms are in the prime position to address the changing needs of pay-TV operators now and into the future, with more than 10,000 R&D experts in Bangalore, said a company release. Jeff White, Senior Vice President, Sales, India and SAARC, Cisco, said, "The Indian pay-TV industry is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic in the world. India now accounts for nearly a third of Cisco's subscriber homes in the Asia Pacific region. We are excited about our leadership in the industry, deep commitment to our customers and sharp focus on innovation in India."

18 June 2013
The Hindu Business Line: How They Win Friends and Influence People
It's social media's best kept secret. Many Facebook and Twitter users, mostly celebrities and brands, are buying followers to boost their popularity in cyberspace. A Facebook fan, for instance, can be bought for just Re 1, and a Twitter follower, for as little as Rs 12 (Facebook pages for brands have fans; on Twitter, it's followers). A Google search threw up numerous Web sites that claim to provide followers at prices that range from $20 for 2,500 followers to $1,500 for one million. Facebook has about 64 million profiles, both active and inactive, in India. As of January, there were about 16 million Twitter accounts in India, with nearly 58 million messages posted per day, according to industry estimates. "Generally, it's the digital marketing agencies that are entrusted with the job of acquiring fans. I know of many reputed brands that have bought them, while upcoming starlets, models and even sportspersons buy followers," says Prashant Parida, Senior Vice-President (social media) at Blueocean Market Intelligence. However, there are many for whom the numbers do not matter. For instance, Cisco Systems' Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior believes it is the value of the conversations that matters. "I think, people should not focus on the number of followers as a metric. Unfortunately they do," says Warrior, who has more than 1.4 million Twitter followers.

16 June 2013
The Hindu: Winning Formula to Beat the Downturn
RAGHAVENDRAN B.
Over the past few years, the IT services industry has been credited with putting India on the global map as the largest knowledge-based economy. This sector contributes nearly 8 per cent to our country's GDP, according to NASSCOM. NASSCOM has also targeted $300 billion revenue from the IT sector by 2020 and announced expansion of its focus to include Internet, mobile technology and cloud computing. However, economic uncertainty, rising protectionism and frequent changes in the regulatory environment have deeply impacted this 'sunrise' industry. Global recession and growing costs of delivery have thrown up additional challenges while competition from other emerging countries has furthered the woes.
THE AUTHOR IS DIRECTOR, ITS, CISCO INDIA & SAARC.

12 June
The Hindu Business Line: 'Internet of Everything' to Roll Out Over the Next 10 years: Cisco
Regarded to be one of the most powerful women in the Silicon Valley, Padmasree Warrior has a huge responsibility at Cisco Systems, the world's largest computer networking gear manufacturer. The 51-year-old helps drive technology and operational innovations, oversees strategic partnerships and M&As to name a few. The Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at Cisco Systems is also a contender for the company's Chief Executive Officer's post, with its Chairman and CEO John Chambers, 63, planning to step down.

11 June 2013
SME Channels: Cisco Gung-Ho on Mid-Market
Aims to double its investment in "Partner Led" resources, from $75 million last year to $150 million in fiscal year 2014. At the recently concluded 17th annual Partner Summit 2013 in Boston, Cisco's chairman and CEO John Chambers laid out his strategy and vision to make Cisco a No.1 IT company in the near future. Addressing the channel partners he stressed on three market opportunities: midmarket opportunity, cloud as a differentiator and hybrid IT. With "Today, Tomorrow, Together" as the theme of the summit, it was attended by nearly 2,000 partners from 1,121 companies from 93 countries along with 6,000 virtual partners. On the occasion Bruce Klein, Senior VP (Worldwide Partner Organization), Cisco, explained, "Everything is happening today, and we are hearing a lot about Internet of Everything for tomorrow and we can do it together with our partners. Our partner centric model is differentiator for us and I thank them for that."

10 June 2013
Var India: Cisco Unveils Incentives, Resources to Help Partners Embrace Cloud
Making the shift to selling cloud services is a top priority for solution providers today, but it's a move that's easier said than done. It requires new training, upfront investments and, in some cases, a complete overhaul of a solution provider's existing sales model. That's where Cisco wants to help. The networking giant used its annual Cisco Partner Summit event, to announce revamping of its Cloud Partner Program that will pump more resources and incentive opportunities behind solution providers evaluating or in the early stages of rolling out a cloud services practice.

06 June 2013
The Financial Express: Collaboration Gets Better with Video
Today, we live in a globally connected environment. Greater business demands and a more competitive marketplace mean that organizations must continually find new ways to be agile and increase speed to market while reducing costs. Effective communication and collaboration are critical. The ability to engage instantly across geographies and time zones with employees, suppliers, and customers is a must.Capturing knowledge and expertise is crucial as generational or location shifts occur in the workplace. At the same time, demand for greater work-life balance means freeing workers from specific physical locations..... According to the Cisco VNI report, by 2017, two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video. Over the next couple of years 90 percent of content traveling on the Internet is likely to be video. New-age technologies such as 3G, 4G and computing devices such as tablets and personalized mobile devices are expected to spur the use of video among enterprises leading to greater collaboration........ Media intelligence has to be embedded into the network infrastructure, distribution mechanisms, applications, endpoints, and the overall solution fabric.To deliver an immersive video experience, greater collaboration is required between service providers, content providers and network infrastructure providers. Success will come from a holistic approach. By being aware of the potential synergy between assets, applications, and the needs of different groups of users, the full potential of video can be realized. The writer is Minhaj Zia, Director, Collaboration Sales, Cisco India and SAARC

04 June 2013
The Economic Times: India to Have 348 Million Internet Users by 2017: Cisco
India has the fastest Internet traffic growth globally and is expected to have 348 million users by 2017, a study by networking giant Cisco said. According to Cisco's Visuals Networking Index (VNI) forecast (2012-17), Internet traffic in India will reach 2.5 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 393 petabytes per month in 2012. One exabyte equals 1 million terabytes. "In India, there will be 348 million Internet users in 2017, up from 138 million in 2012," the VNI forecast said. Globally, by 2017, Internet users will swell to 3.6 billion, which will be more than 48 percent of the world's projected population of 7.6 billion. In 2012, worldwide Internet users stood at 2.3 billion against a population of 7.2 billion, it added. "The good news is that Internet traffic growth in India is the fastest globally," Cisco VP (Global Technology Policy) Robert Pepper said here. On Internet traffic in India, VNI said, IP (Internet Protocol) traffic will grow 6-fold from 2012 to 2017 in India, a compound annual growth rate of 44 percent. "In India, IP traffic will reach 2.8 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 454 petabytes per month in 2012," it added.

05 June 2013
The Hindu Business Line: Unweave the Hype Around Fabric Computing
Networking giant Cisco Systems, bringing its mid-market strategy into focus, plans to double its investments in partner-led resources to $150 million in the financial year 2014. The San Jose-headquartered company defines mid-market as companies with 100-1,000 employees and estimates to spend $25 billion on technology and $30 billion on services by 2016. "That's a great opportunity. There are a lot of mid-size customers who would not have big budgets to acquire legacy applications. Someone has to help them," said Andrew Sage, Vice-President (Worldwide Partner Led) at Cisco.

05 June 2013
Computer Dealer News: Cisco Aims to Be the No. 1 IT Company in the World
According to Cisco CEO John Chambers, the dream started in the early 90s when he was just a lowly vice-president at the San Jose, Calif.-based networking company. While the goal internally was to become the No. 1 IT company in the world, Chambers has never vocalized it until today at the annual Partner Summit. And, the goal maybe within the company's reach just as veteran CEO is planning his exit from the corner office. Chambers said that he is serving a two to four year role and that there will be no updates on his career until six months before the CEO transition happens. "I have to earn my job each day and it's obvious we have two world-class executives in Rob Lloyd (President, Development and Sales) and Gary Moore (COO), but we also have a deep bench," he said.

03 June 2013
CRN: Cisco Continues to invest in Energy Management and Buys Joulex. The Purchase Price is 107 Million US-Dollars
Cisco is expanding its activities in the energy management of more and buy »JouLex" for 107 million dollars. The company was founded in 2009 in Munich with current headquarters in Atlanta and a development department in Kassel specializes in the development of software that can be controlled in data centers and business with energy management. Here are no sensors or Messinstrumentebenotigt. A similar energy management, Cisco has for its switch products already on offer. With the combination of the two techniques Cisco wants to complete its portfolio of Smart Services. "Our customers demand it, since the number of network-connected devices is increasing exponentially - and these are to be managed energy and cost efficient," says Faiyaz Shahpurwala, Senior Vice President of Industry Solutions at Cisco. After the acquisition, to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year, Cisco plans to integrate the company into its "Industry Solutions Group."The solutions of Youlex are distributed via various trade partners, including Damovo or MKW Trading

02 June 2013
Financial Chronicle: The Big Shift: IPv6 Bug Haunts Firms
TRANSITION to the newest internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest bugbear for IT managers: several companies may find that their hardware may not be IPv6 compatible. Every device connected to the internet has a unique IP address, which enables it to communicate with other devices. The current system of distribution of IP addresses, IPv4, assigns a 32-bit numeric address. However, the massive growth in the number of devices accessing the internet has nearly exhausted the available IP addresses. The move to IPv6 may be expensive and complex but inevitable. E R Ashok Kumar, sales manager of Cisco Services India, said, "On an average, most organisations refresh their hardware every five to seven years. However, technology advances during these change periods can be quite radical. When looked at from this perspective, the IPv6 transition provides a good opportunity to refresh hardware and legacy systems to stay ahead in the game. Transition costs are not high but the cost of not transitioning will be higher in the longer run."

02 June 2013
The Economic Times: 9 Out of 10 Suffering from 'Nomophobia' - Fear of No Cellphone
NINE OUT OF every 10 people aged under 30 admit to suffering the new age phenomenon of "nomophobia", the fear of having no mobile phone, a survey says. Telecom giant Cisco, in a survey conducted on 3800 people in Australia, found nine out of 10 in the group aged under 30 were addicted to their smartphones and became anxious when their phone went missing, the Courier Mail reported. "It's happening subconsciously, and one out of five people are texting while driving," Cisco chief technology officer Kevin Bloch said.

02 June 2013
Deccan Herald: Patriarch's Comeback is a Reality Check for Infy
Calling back N R Narayana Murthy, a happily retired and, by his own admission, a man "pursuing his own joys as a private citizen", has brought back questions over the emphasis which the Infosys co-founders have all along placed on their policy of letting the next line of leadership take over the reigns. When Murthy quit in 2002 as CEO of Infosys, the plan of a next-in-line leader taking over the company and steering it to a higher level seemed to work. "When (Kris) Gopalakrishnan made his exit, the company was still growing at 25 per cent," Murthy said on Saturday, defending the earlier, oft stated policy of moving forward with future leadership instead of falling back on the founders for guidance. Not all the idealism is lost though. Most of the executive leadership of the company on Saturday decided to follow the John Chambers (the CEO of networking major Cisco who was the first to take a $1 annual salary) model by drawing Re 1 per annum as their annual remuneration. This was to send out the message that the founders are serious about reviving Infosys and taking it to the dizzying heights of the past.

29 May 2013
The Economic Times: Cisco Seeks to Annul MS-Skype Deal
Cisco Systems, the world's leading network equipment maker, asked an EU court on Wednesday to annul the approval of Microsoft's purchase of Skype, saying EU regulators were wrong to allow the creation of a monopoly. Cisco's challenge at the Luxembourg-based General Court follows the European Commission's approval of the $8.5-bil-lion deal in 2011. Microsoft was not re-quired to make any concessions for buying the Internet video and voice messaging company, which Cisco argues has given Microsoft/Skype an unfair advantage. A third of the world's voice calls are now on Skype, while over 280 million people use the service more than 100 minutes every month, Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in March. Skype had 170 million users at the time of the deal. The case is important as Inter-net-based voice and video has become a vast market, with many consumers and corporates abandoning traditional fixed-line and mobile as a result, and is an area in which Cisco had hoped to expand its presence.

27 May 2013
The Financial Express: Staying Secure in a Digital World
Bring your own device (BYOD), mobility, cloud computing and virtualisation might hold the promise to bring in increased enterprise productivity gains, but they are also identified as majors areas of concern for data security. With the recent security breach at the two card process-ing firms based out of Pune and Bangalore still fresh in the minds of people, a recent study by Cisco and the Data Security Council of India reveals that existing security solutions may not withstand challenges of the above mentioned trends in the IT landscape. First, a look at some of the key findings from the study. Enterprises as well as employees are embracing mobility because of improved employee productivity and enhanced user experience. An overwhelming 66% of security leaders in India encourage employees to bring in their devices to work and 44% allow employees to select and use a specific set of personal devices...The internet has become a dangerous place in which to do business. The key is to maintain a strong defence on several fronts in order to stay secure online.

24 May 2013
CXO Today: Unweave the Hype Around Fabric Computing
The tech sector loves a new buzz word. Company slogans or hyped-up products also come and go. I believe it's good to stay sceptical of what gets thrown around because when a truly powerful shift happens, you can see it more clearly. We are dead-centre in one of the greatest recent shifts in tech-infrastructure in recent times: unified data centre fabrics. Imagine you wanted to get a coffee in the morning but to get the coffee you had to cross the street to buy it. Once you got there and paid, you had to go over the street to get your change, leaving your coffee at the shop. By the time you got back it was cold and they had to make you another. Instead imagine you pulled out your smartphone, opened a coffee-app, selected your order, the app automatically charged you; then your coffee was delivered quickly and hot. This is the shift to unified data centre fabrics.

24 May 2013
The Times of India: India Not Equipped to Handle Global Hackers, Say Experts
A recent security breach at two payment card processing companies in India that led to heists at ATMs around the world has spawned uncomfortable questions about security risks here. The $45 million heist has brought into focus the vulnerability of India's IT sector. On May 23, TOI reported that a Norwegian cyber security firm had named an Indian company, Appin Security Group, behind possible cyber attacks. Appin rubbished the claims, saying it was "totally false and very imaginative". Instead, its CEO, Rajat Khare, says, "Indian enterprises are in a state of denial about attacks for way too long. This fraud case is likely to change the way we perceive information security"...Arindam Mukherjee, manager, regional sales, Cisco India & SAARC, which offers security solutions, says there is increasing sophistication and targeting of network attacks, and there is a need to deploy comprehensive security solutions to protect against external and internal threats. "The recent ATM heist incident shows how end-to-end network intelligence and control is critical to thwart such attempts".Mukherjee adds that the typical bank software may not have the ability to check applications that are on the network.

16 May 2013
The Economic Times: GE, Cisco, Dell, HCL Helping Women Employees Professionally
Who understands women better than women? Four companies are taking that thought and moulding an internal women's grouping that is a win-win. In the last four years, GE has hired 30 'restart' women. And while the network also looks to cultivate leadership competencies among its female employees, position women in technology and even address their health issues, bringing talented women back into its fold is top-of-the-list, says Leena Sahijwani, regional head of the women's network. CCW (Cisco Connected Women) founder-member Pallavi Arora says much thought went into just how Cisco would construct its women's network for India. In 2002, when it was started, there were just 14 members, who moved in step with the parent network in San Jose, US. Today, more than 350 women comprise the Indian chapter, which is run by a four-member leadership team. The best thing Jessie Paul, managing director of the Bangalore-based marketing advisory firm PaulWriter, likes about the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), is that it provides a safe and non-judgmental space for women entrepreneurs to get together. Shortly after Srimathi Shivashankar, the diversity lead at HCL Technologies, joined the company, she came across a newsletter (published by the women's network at the time) that was supposedly for women employees. "The company was trying to bring some 'feminine' aspects to the workplace," says Shivashankar, "but perhaps this should have been more in the nature of gender-neutral policies and promoting compassionate relationships." So, in 2011, when HCL Tech formed Women Connect (WC), an affinity group for its women employees, these things were high on the agenda. WC works closely with the diversity team.

14 May 2013
Mint: Should 5G Excite Us? And Where's the Spectrum?
The news that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has successfully tested a so-called fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, which will allow users to download an entire movie in just one second, should excite consumers. After all, who does not want to surf the Internet or download videos faster? According to Cisco Inc.'s 'Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012-2017', 2G supported 76% of global mobile devices/M2M (machine-to-machine) connections in 2012; 3G supported 23%, and 4G supported 1%. By 2017, 2G networks will support 33% of global mobile devices/M2M connections; 3G networks will support 57% while 4G networks will support 10%.

13 May 2013
The Engineer: Brilliant Design: Intelligent Lighting and Sensors in Smart Cities
The idea of 'Smart Cities' is one that's becoming familiar to engineers. Partly an adaptation to more diverse sources of electricity, including small-scale renewables, partly a development of the so-called 'Internet of Things', allowing household appliances to adjust their electricity consumption to take account of fluctuations in prices, the concept is being trialled in many cities around the world and is of particular interest to countries building new cities, such as those in the Middle East and China. James Crowther, Christopher Herzig and Gordon Feller of Cisco explain in a report, The time is right for connected public lighting in smart cities, that adding intelligence to LED street-lighting systems can not only reduce energy consumption, thereby saving money, but can also make cities safer and easier to navigate at night.

12 May 2013
NBC: Earnings Preview: Cisco to Report 3Q Earnings
Cisco Systems Inc. is set to report financial results after the market closes on Wednesday for a quarter marked by weak results from competitors and a pullback in federal government spending. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Orders for computer networking equipment have slumped this year, judging by reports from smaller companies in the sector. Analysts expect that Cisco was affected as well and have been trimming their estimates recently, but they say the company's size probably shielded it from the worst effects of the macroeconomic "soft patch." As usual, analysts will be listening keenly to the often wide-ranging post-report commentary from CEO John Chambers. Cisco's fiscal third quarter closed in April, a month after most other companies, which means its report provides a window into more recent developments.

10 May 2013
The Hindu Business Line: Unlocking Value from Data Deluge
Sanjay Rohatgi, Managing Director, Service Provider, Cisco India and SAARC Internet users today access data and generate it online multiple times in a day, such as updating status on Facebook, Twitter and uploading videos on YouTube by connecting to the internet through mobile devices. This is corroborated by the Cisco Connected World Technology Report 2012 according to which 94 percent of GenY likes to upload photos online, 73 percent upload videos to share or store in internet sites and 75 percent have Twitter accounts. Undoubtedly, tremendous amount of data is being generated by the escalating consumer demand for connectivity and real time access to content through smartphones and other personal devices which aid connectivity. Service Providers (SPs) play a crucial role in studying, analysing and sieving this seemingly arbitrary data to make sense of it and benefit from the business opportunity that it offers. To cite an example, consider Facebook which reports that its users register 2.7 billion likes and comments per day. This magnitude of data can be intimidating to keep up with, sort, analyze, and extract value from. Service providers who can view far and wide across the network can collect this data, analyze it and convert it to meaningful useful information. When such "crude" data is extracted, refined, and piped to where it can impact decisions in real time, its value will soar. Referred to as Big Data Analytics, this is a new monetization opportunity that SPs can bank on.

09 May 2013
InformationWeek: Workforce 2020: What to Expect
Mahesh Gupta, National Manager, Borderless Networks Sales, Cisco India & SAARC The definition of work and the workforce has changed drastically over the last few years. Mahesh Gupta of Cisco discusses key factors driving this transformation and takes a look at how the workplace and workforce of future will look like. Elroy D'Souza from Goa works for a retail firm as distribution and marketing manager for the region. Elroy begins his day by first checking his go-with-me communications device (he wears on his forearm) for messages, both personal and business (text, voice and videos) that have accumulated overnight. He then checks his personal homepage and switches to his professional dashboard, which gives him secure access to company resources ranging from a concierge function with GPS follow-me capabilities to a satellite uplink available through the IP connection. Elroy has a choice. He can work from his company's local office, work from home, or walk to a nearby DigiCenter, which offers amenities like an air-conditioned work area and high-resolution video conferencing (tele-presence) capsules that provide a wraparound communications experience.

07 May 2013
Telecom Lead: Airtel 3G Gets a Boost as it Launches Video Downloads at Rs 1
Bharti Airtel has launched video downloads at Rs 1. Airtel offers video downloads across 8 genres including movies, lifestyle, music, comedy etc. Users with GPRS/2G/3G connections in over 500 mobile devices, including feature phones can download 30,000+ videos. The new video tariff is expected to boost 2G and 3G customer base. Bharti Airtel's 3G subscribers reached 6.4 million in the fourth quarter of FY 2013. Airtel recently said its data continues to lead the mobile segment growth in India, through deeper penetration and consumption...Cisco recently predicted that India is expected to have the highest IP traffic growth rate with a 62 percent CAGR from 2011 to 2016. In a second-place tie, Brazil and South Africa both have 53 percent CAGRs over the forecast period. By 2016, the Asia Pacific region is forecast to generate the most IP traffic (40.5 exabytes per month), maintaining the top spot over North America (27.5 exabytes per month), which generated the second most amount of traffic.

06 May 2013
Information Week: Let's Do a Reality Check!
The Indian telecom industry is recovering and preparing for a new beginning. In an ongoing cutthroat business environment, where traditional voice revenues are declining and data revenues are yet to capture a significant proportion of telcos, everyone has realized that it's time to reconstruct the edifice albeit with some new rules. There have been a lot of expectations on the growth from data. The proliferation of mobile internet and digital devices has given a new ray of hope to the industry. This has resulted into the surfacing of many new startups comprising of digital service companies, mobile advertising solution providers, apps developers, smartphone manufacturers amongst others..."Video will be the next voice in the Indian telecom industry helped by the mobile broadband growth. Video Delivery is poor in India presently, and we are also lacking in service innovation - these aspects combined together are hampering the Indian 4G dream," says Sanjay Rohtagi, Senior VP, India & SAARC: Service Provider at Cisco India at a recently held 4G World India Event.

02 May 2013
Mint: India Trails at No. 20 in Mobile Data Speeds Ranking
TMobile data speed is one of the critical determinants of success in a wired world. A Top 20 ranking of countries by data speed is headed by Canada, the US and Australia while India brings up the rear. Based on a ranking by Cisco Systems, Bloomberg has compiled a list of the world's top 20 countries in terms of data speeds along with a forecast for 2017. The results are an eye-opener for India which is ranked 20th, behind Indonesia and all the other BRIC nations. The leader of the pack is Canada where average speeds at 4.5 mbps put India's 0.99 mbps average speed in perspective. In real terms, this means that while it takes 59 minutes to download 50 MB of music in India, it takes just about 2 minutes for the same download in Canada. The loss in productivity terms for India is clear. What's worse, there's little to suggest that anything is going to change too soon in India. While the leader in 2017 is forecast to be South Korea where projected average speed by then will be 17.3 mbps, in India it is expected to scale up to a limp 2.46 mbps.

18 April 2013
Dataquest: John Chambers Wants Cisco to be World's No. 1 IT Company
John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems was in India on a two-day visit to promote his company's stake in the country as a technology supplier and to hobnob with the government to ensure Cisco's involvement in key ICT projects in the country. John met with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and IT Minister Kapil Sibal and other government leaders in IT. His pitch to them was to use technology as an agent to promote inclusivity across many areas in the country. Said John, "We are very much aligned to what your government is aiming to do towards promoting inclusion."

18 April 2013
Halabol Voices: CSR ICON: Aravind Sitaraman, President - Inclusive Growth, Cisco Systems
As the Managing Director of the Cisco Development Organization in India, Aravind Sitaraman has set high standards of commitment to CSR activities. He played an instrumental role in executing several successful programs including 'Feed-a-Child' and 'Adopt-a-School.' He indeed inspires many to walk this tough road with a responsible and dedicated mind. Aravind Sitaraman is a Computer Scientist with over 27 years of work experience. After pioneering work in several startup & high-tech companies, he became one of the leading inventors in Cisco Systems with 57 patents. He served on the Board of Studies of Anna University and has led & been part of several international standards bodies. Leveraging his experience rehabilitating tsunami victims in South India, he championed flood relief efforts in Karnataka in 2009. Aravind created Project Samudaya, a volunteer-led program, to enable villages through technology & build 3323 homes, 1 hospital, & 2 schools. Aravind morphed this project into a vehicle to deliver inclusive growth worldwide.

18 April 2013
The Economic Times: An Indian May Take My Position: Cisco Systems Chief John Chambers
Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John Chambers said two Indians - Padmasree Warrior, 51, its CTO & chief strategy officer, and Pankaj Patel, 58, its executive vice-president & chief development officer - are in contention to succeed him as CEO when he steps down sometime in the next two-to-four years. Sixty-three-year-old Chamber, the longest-serving chief of the $46-billion Internet networking giant, has guided Cisco, once the world's most valuable company, through its rise, fall and rebirth after the dotcom bust of 2000. He took over as CEO in January 1995, when the company earned just $1.3 billion in revenues. Asked if an Indian could succeed him, Chambers told ET: "Absolutely. I have two superstars who are from India - Warrior and Patel. Warrior is among the sharpest technology persons in the world. She has led Cisco through 15 acquisitions in the past 15 months, and Patel has emerged a leader across all our engineering teams. He is the best engineer I have ever seen." This is the first time Chambers has mentioned the possibility of Indian-origin professionals as possible successors. He sees a future where India and Indians will play a key role in the company. "I bet my future on India," Chambers said.

17 April 2013
The Hindu Business Line: Cisco CEO Meets Sharma, Discusses IT Set Up for DMIC Project
Networking giant Cisco's chief John Chambers today met Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and discussed the blue-print of information technology set up for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project. The company is preparing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) master plan for four smart cities proposed under the DMIC project. Cisco is preparing plans for Shendra Industrial Park in Maharashtra, Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat, Manesar Bawal Investment Region in Haryana and Khushkhera Bhiwadi Neemrana Investment Region in Rajasthan. "Chambers discussed about the DMIC project," an official said

16 April 2013
Telecom Lead: Cisco Leads STB Market in 2012, Ahead of Motorola and Pace
Cisco is leading the STB market in 2012, ahead of Motorola and Pace. Cisco reported 28 percent increase in STB revenue in 2012. Motorola's sales declined by double digits in 2012, mainly due to the entry of new companies - especially Pace and Samsung - in the North American market. The STB market, including IP, cable, satellite, and DTT STBs, totaled $4.6 billion in 4Q12, up 3 percent sequentially. Sales of over-the-top (OTT) media servers spiked 25 percent in 2012, with much of the growth coming from Apple TV.

16 April 2013
CIO: Cisco Extends Microsoft Support in Datacenter Portfolio
Cisco last week extended its data center product line to support Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 hypervisor and VM management features to more tightly align their respective data center and cloud architectures for joint customers. The integrated products are intended to help enable simplified deployment and operations of data centers utilizing products adherent to Cisco's Unified Data Center and Microsoft's Fast Track 3.0 architectures. By giving Microsoft customers programmatic access to the Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco is looking to give customers more insight and control over how Cisco Unified Data Center elements work with Windows Server and application software.

15 April 2013
Business Standard: A Possible Answer to India's Bandwidth Woes
An inspiring speech by former president A P J Abdul Kalam in 2005 gave birth to VMukti Solutions, a video communications start-up. In the education and skill development sectors, institutions can use the company's video-conferencing tool to hold smart classes and reach out to students in remote locations. "Government spending in the area of skill development is quite high--- Rs 3,000-4,000 crore a year --- about 35 per cent of the total market size in the country. About 25 per cent of this goes into technology," Kushal says. According to Cisco estimates, the web-conferencing market in emerging markets alone is worth about $3-4 billion, say Hardik and Kushal

10 April 2013
Telecom Tiger: Big Data Holds Great Potential But Laced with Security Challenges-Cisco
Despite the flood of date that holds a great a potential for businesses, the IT professionals and businesses in India and in other countries confront several obstacles to extract strategic value from their data, according to a study by Cisco. According to the report, IT managers are confronted with several challenges to adopting Big Data solutions with security being on top their list. Then come budget and staffing. "More than one in four respondents globally (27 percent) said data security and risk management is a major concern. They cited the sheer volume of data, the number of ways to access data, and lack of budget for security as the top reasons why securing data in Big Data projects is such a challenge", the report observes.

01 April 2013
The Hindu: Virtual BITS Lectures
If all goes as planned, BITS Pilani will be offering lectures delivered by its professors to the public by next year. Speaking at a press conference on the BITSConnect 2.0 project that will enable the institute to share lectures live and on-demand through a new technology initiative, Rahul Banerjee, Professor, BITS Pilani said, "We are working on a model to offer our courses as part of our outreach programme to the public. We are in talks with consortiums such as Coursera and Edex to workout a hybrid model that will be partly closed (for credit-based courses) and partly open. This is estimated to be a Rs. 100 crore project and the details will be worked out in the next couple of months." Elaborating on the BITSConnect 2.0 which will make 14 specialised courses available to students across the four campuses of BITS (Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai), Prem Jain, Senior Vice-President, Server Access Virtualisation Business Unit, Cisco India and Saarc, added that using the MPLS Network, four virtual classrooms with a capacity of 250 students, seven desktop clients (offered to all directors) and a few more 18-seater telepresence rooms, BITS will be able to reach out to its 11,000 students and 700-odd teachers. BITSConnect 2.0 has been developed through a collaboration between Cisco Systems and the BITS Alumni Association - BITSAA International. The technology, which was implemented in January 2013, has already saved BITS about Rs. 40 lakh by way of travel expenses.

30 March 2013
India CSR: We Have Provided 3223 Houses to Flood Victims in Karnataka: Aravind Sitaraman, President - Inclusive Growth, Cisco Systems
Aravind Sitaraman is the President - Inclusive Growth at Cisco Systems. Aravind is a Computer Scientist with over 27 years of work experience. After pioneering work in several startup & high-tech companies, he became one of the leading inventors in Cisco Systems with 57 patents. He served on the Board of Studies of Anna University and has led & been part of several international standards bodies. He led Cisco India's CSR efforts and launched several successful programs including 'Feed-a-Child' and 'Adopt-a-School.' Leveraging his experience rehabilitating tsunami victims in South India, he championed flood relief efforts in Karnataka in 2009. Aravind created Project Samudaya, a volunteer-led program, to enable villages through technology & build 3323 homes, 1 hospital, & 2 schools. Aravind morphed this project into a vehicle to deliver inclusive growth worldwide. In October 2010, he was appointed President, Inclusive Growth..

29 March 2013
NDTV Profit: Cisco Systems Raises Dividend 21 Percent
Cisco Systems Inc. is increasing its dividend 21 percent, its second boost in less than a year. The San Jose, California-based technology giant will pay a 17 cent quarterly dividend on April 24 to shareholders of record April 8. That's up 3 cents from the last quarter. Cisco raised its quarterly payout to 14 cents from 8 cents last summer. The company, which supplies routers, switches, software and services to corporate customers and government agencies worldwide, is considered a bellwether of the technology industry. Last month it forecast a slow, steady upturn in its sales pipeline. Cisco shares ended trading Thursday at $20.89, up 7 cents. The stock is up about 6 percent in the year to date, underperforming the broader market.

13 March 2013
The Times of India: Unsafe to Conduct Professional Work on Personal Devices
With proliferation of smartphones and digital devices the preference for using them for professional work has caught momentum with the youth, but information security experts say such uses are still fraught with data risk. Studies have found that the youth, especially those in information technology services, has been showing scant respect t to security guidelines set up by their employers, taking more risk online for the sake of personal benefits. Studies also suggest that, contrary to common belief that porn sites are the entry points for malware; advertisements are more likely to deliver malicious content. Findings in the Annual Security Report and Connected World Technology Report recently released by networking major Cisco suggest that mobile devices in the hands of young workers, who often do not know or acknowledge IT restrictions, may pose an increased security risk for businesses. "The so called Generation Y takes more risk online for the sake of personal benefits, affecting businesses more and more as workers continue blending work and personal lifestyles throughout their waking hours," the report says. Four out of five of them say they are aware of their employer's IT's policies, but do not obey them. The reports say by 2020, with internet open to an estimated 50 billion things, the number of connections will balloon to gigantic proportion. Mahesh Gupta, vice-president (Borderless Networks), Cisco India and SAARC, said cybercriminals have evolved steadily over the last few years and are increasingly exploiting systems for financial gains. Changed methods, lack of live intelligence and global knowledge to prevent them have made system exploits even harder to detect and mitigate.

12 March 2013
EFY Times: Reinventing the TV Experience
As India's leading provider of digital pay- TV solutions, Cisco has a vast range of technology offerings for the Indian market and was showcased at the CABLE TV SHOW 2013. Cisco understands operator's fundamental need for rapid and cost-effective digitalization and demonstrated market-leading, easy-to-deploy solutions that will enable both small and medium-sized pay - TV operators to provide an improved user experience and generate additional revenues. Digital Pay-TV Solutions - Cable and DTH. Cisco is a pioneer in developing digital TV solutions for some of the most successful cable TV and satellite broadcasters around the world.

11 March 2013
The Hindu: Cisco Certifications Have an Edge Over Others
Networking is a promising domain for Science, Engineering and Technology graduates, looking forward to a career in IT field. When it comes to choosing candidates for networking jobs, professionals with international certifications like the Cisco Certifications have an edge over others. Most business organisations, worldwide, use Cisco technologies for their computer networks. Cisco certifications are valued for the quality of professionals they produce. So, once you acquire a Cisco certification, your career prospects improve significantly, both in India and abroad.

10 March 2013
The Hindu: Tech News
Cisco Technologies announced the launch of the Cisco Education Enabled Development (CEED), a collaborative, cloud-based video interaction solution that will enable efficient delivery of education and skills development courses. Named Dwara, after the Sanskrit word for portal to signify a doorway to a new future, this is Cisco's first foray into the 'Internet of everythin solutions. Dwara will allow educators in rural areas to connect with experts and trainers from urban centres. According to a release from Cisco, CEED hardware is designed for harsh environments where temperature and dust can be high. It is energy efficient and uses 40 per cent less power, and thus ideal for rural environments. "With a built-in router that also acts as a Wi-Fi access point, a computer and a projection device, this solution allows multiple students using devices like the Akash tablet that the [Union government] is trying to develop, to share a single Internet connection. It can also facilitate connections to well-known education portals such as the one produced by the National Information Centre," the release said. Aravind Sitaraman, president, Inclusive Growth, Cisco, said: "CEED is Cisco's first step towards bringing inclusive growth to rural areas using the latest technology at extremely affordable prices. It has the potential to revolutionise learning and skills development in this country. We are very proud to have developed this product from our site in India and simultaneously realise our vision to bring cost of technology in education down to a very affordable $1 per child per month."

04 March 2013
CXO Today: Software Defined Networking will Boost Business Intelligence
Software defined networking (SDN) is getting a lot of talk lately because it is said to be one of the game changers in the area of networking and virtualization. While vendors are giving it a nod, enterprises are still hesitant to adopt it owing to legacy architecture and ROI. But the big guns in the industry like Cisco, Juniper and VMWare are very gung ho about the new technology and have set up architecture that is aligned to SDN, if not fully compliant. "At Cisco, we believe that a more pragmatic view needs to prevail, before an accurate market sizing number can be projected. Also, one should take into consideration both product and services revenue opportunity. On the business front, its early days, and most customers are still exploring. A few may look at making a multi-year transition and in a phased manner which will open up new opportunities for the few top-tier partners and ISVs, as several proof-of-concepts get fleshed out," said Mahesh Gupta, Vice President for Borderless Networks at Cisco India and SAARC, on the adoption of SDN in India.

28 February 2013
Business and Economy: Cyber Attacks Will Get Stronger and More Frequent
Mahesh Gupta - Vice President, Business Development-Borderless Networks, Cisco, India & SAARC, on how today's networks are facing up to the increasingly complex challenges of cyber security. B&E: With the evolution of cyber crime how vulnerable are toda's data systems and what can be done to keep them secure? Mahesh Gupta (MG): Cybercriminals have evolved steadily over the last few years and are increasingly exploiting systems for financial gains. New and changing methods, lack of up-to-date intelligence and global knowledge to prevent such crimes have made system exploits even harder to detect and mitigate. In addition, the problem has compounded with the rapid proliferation of end-user points connected to the network for data access and increased mobility initiatives (use of personal devices) in the workspace.

February 2013
The Hindu Business Line: Cisco's Future Revenues to Come from Services, Says Jeff White
Networking giant Cisco is undergoing a transition of sorts. The company that made the router, a device that forms the backbone of Internet, is now transforming itself into a company where the bulk of its future revenues would come from services. Jeff White, the newly appointed President for India and SAARC, spoke on the company's India strategy at Nasscom. Edited excerpts: With the new management, would the India strategy change? We have always seen India from a long-term perspective. Right from the time we started out to a 10,000-strong team in India, over a decade, we have made investments that show our commitment. India would be looked at from a different prism from what we looked in the past. By that I mean, we are increasing our business process innovation-related work from the country.

11 February 2013
Forbes: India and Technology Multinationals - Part 2
"There is a difference in a company being a multinational, and being global. Technology companies may be incredibly multinational by operating in more than a hundred countries, but that doesn't mean they operate with a global mindset," says Ravi Venkatesan. Given that during 2004 and 2011 Venkatesan was the chairman of Microsoft India, arguably one of the best-known and largest technology multinationals in the world, the statement sounds a bit confusing, doesn't it? But first, a bit of context. Cisco: Jeff White, Cisco's new President for India and SAARC reports to Jaime Valles, President, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China who reports to Chuck Robbins, EVP, Worldwide Operations who reports to Rob Lloyd, President, Development & Sales who reports to John Chambers, CEO. Naresh Wadhwa, Cisco's outgoing President, resigned from the company.

07 February 2013
CXO Today: Indian Smartphone Users on an Average Consumed 174MB of Mobile Data Per Month in 2012: Report
Many global mobile carriers are deploying 4G technologies to address consumer and business users' demands for wireless services. In many emerging markets, carriers are creating new mobile networks with 4G solutions. In mature markets, carriers are supplementing or replacing legacy (2G/3G) networks with 4G technologies. As per Cisco's Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012 to 2017, while in 2012, 2G supported 76 per cent of global mobile devices/M2M connections; 3G supported 23 per cent; and 4G supported 1 per cent, by 2017, 2G networks will support 33 per cent of global mobile devices/M2M connections; 3G networks will support 57 per cent; and 4G networks will support 10 per cent.

07 February 2013
The Financial Express: Search Engines, Social Media More Prone to Cyber Attacks: Cisco
Users are more likely to fall prey to cyber crime through search engines, online ads and social networking websites than pornographic or gambling sites, according to a report by technology giant Cisco. "Common belief holds that one increases their individual risk to security threats when they seek out illicit content like counterfeit software, online deals, hacking sites or even view pornography," Cisco Vice President (Borderless Networks), India and SAARC, Mahesh Gupta said. The places users believe are secure are just the opposite -- the modern attacker compromises mainstream online destination that serve mass audiences, he added. According to Cisco's annual security report, 91 percent of monitored hits to web pages were split between search engines (36 percent) like Google, online video sites (22 percent) like Youtube, advertising networks (13 percent) or social networks (20 percent) like Facebook or Twitter. "Viewing online advertisements are 182 times more likely to deliver malicious content than pornographic sites. Similarly, online shopping sites are 21 times as likely, and search engines 27 times more likely, to deliver malicious content than a counterfeit software site," he said.

06 February 2013
CRN: Cisco Refreshes Open Networking Fabric for Data Center, Cloud
Cisco has unveiled a refresh of its networking equipment line with a new focus on 40-Gigabit Ethernet, cloud-to-cloud management, open source networking and software-defined networking (SDN). The new Cisco line-up comes as customers are looking at the promise of cloud computing and rapid access to expandable IT resources, said Craig Huitema, Director, Marketing, Data Center and Cloud, Cisco. "What customers are really looking at is a world of many clouds: private, public and hybrid," Huitema said. "The problem is there are challenges."

06 February 2013
CXO Today: Cisco Study : Smartphones, Laptops, Tablets Will Drive 93 Percent of Global Mobile Data Traffic By 2017
Smartphones, laptops, and tablets will have great impact on the growth of global mobile data traffic in the next four years, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012 to 2017. The study says that these devices will drive 93 percent of global mobile data traffic by 2017. M2M traffic (such as GPS systems in cars, asset tracking systems, medical applications, etc.) will represent 5 percent of 2017 global mobile data traffic. Doug Webster, Vice President of Service Provider Networking Marketing, Cisco said, "By 2017, global mobile data traffic will continue its truly remarkable growth, increasing 13-fold over the next five years, to reach an amount more than 46 times the total amount of mobile IP traffic just a few years ago in 2010. With such dramatic adoption, we are rapidly approaching the time when nearly every network experience will be a mobile one and, more often than not, a visual one as well. This trend is a result of the seemingly insatiable demand by consumers and businesses alike to achieve the benefits gained when connecting people, data, and things in an Internet of Everything."

05 February 2013
Times Ascent: Threats Step Out of the Shadows
Research reveals mainstream threats that are magnified by the world's next generation of workers' online behaviour. Cisco released findings from two global studies that provide a vivid picture of the rising security challenges that businesses, IT departments and individuals face, particularly as employees become more mobile in blending work and personal lifestyles throughout their waking hours. Despite popular assumptions that security risks increase as a person's online activity becomes shadier, findings from Cisco's 2013 Annual Security Report (ASR) reveal that the highest concentration of online security threats do not target pornography, pharmaceutical or gambling sites as much as they do legitimate destinations visited by mass audiences, such as major search engines, retail sites and social media outlets. In fact, Cisco found that online shopping sites are 21 times as likely, and search engines are 27 times as likely, to deliver malicious content than a counterfeit software site. Viewing online advertisements? Advertisements are 182 as times likely to deliver malicious content than pornography.

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