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25 June 2014
Mint: Using the Internet to Power India’s Next Transition
John Chambers, Chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco
The world’s largest democracy has spoken and just elected a new leader focused on creating a future filled with jobs, development and economic growth. As India begins this new journey with the mantra of “minimum government and maximum governance through technology”, strategic investments in technology will be critical to building the platform to accelerate the country’s goals and its position on the global stage.

23 June 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Investments Announces $40 Million Fund for Early-Stage Firms in India

Cisco Investments has set aside $40 million (Rs 240.9 crore) to invest in early stage Indian startups focused primarily on three verticals--connected mobility, big data and internet of things. The fund, called "India Innovation" is carved out of Cisco's existing $250 million global fund, a first time that Cisco has made a geography-based allocation.

18 June 2014
The Hindu Business Line: ’We Want to Make India the Fastest Growing Market for Cisco

In his first interaction after taking over as President – Sales for Cisco’s India & SAARC operations, Dinesh Malkani, said that the company is focused in the areas of education, broadband and e-governance. Downplaying the recent spate of exits by top executives, Malkani said he was well positioned to make India the fastest growing market for Cisco again.

18 June 2014
Live Mint: Smart Cities to Soon Become a Reality in India
Consider these scenarios: an office that’s walking distance from home. A completely Wi-Fi enabled city. A smart card for cashless transactions that is also capable of facial recognition and acts as a key to enter your building with advanced security systems. The same smart card also allows you to operate the electrical equipment at home through motion sensor technology. All this with a promise of 30% savings on electricity and water costs. These features may appear to be somewhat futuristic, but are likely to become a reality in India in less than a decade, as the smart city concept takes hold. A smart city is one that completely runs on technology—be it for electricity, water, sanitation and recycling, ensuring 24/7 water supply, traffic and transport systems that use data analytics to provide efficient solutions to ease commuting, automated building security and surveillance systems, requiring minimal human intervention, and Wi-Fi-powered open spaces and houses that ensure always-on, high-speed connectivity.

18 June 2014
Tele Analysis: Antel Deploys Cisco ASR 9000 for Broadband
Cisco announced today that Antel, the leading provider of communication services for consumers and businesses in Uruguay, has chosen the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) as part of its next-generation network delivering enhanced broadband services. The Cisco ASR 9000 Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) implementation is based on the Cisco IOS XR operating system and a hardware architecture that enables the fastest, most dense and most resilient BNG solution in the industry. With the implementation of BNG in Antel’s network, the company has consolidated and simplified its network architecture by aggregating the business and residential customers to a single, dual-stack capable (IPv4/IPv6), Ethernet based Service Node. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is specifically designed to give network operators flexibility to offer new services by providing a strong foundation for residential video and broadband services and applications, along with business-class Ethernet. As one of the highest interface density Ethernet platforms in the industry, the Cisco ASR 9000 series meets Antel’s need for very large numbers of 10GE and 100GE ports.

18 June 2014
CIO:  Three Strategies for the New Era of Enterprise Cybersecurity
The pace of change for Information Technology is challenging established notions of "What is IT?" and "What is Information Security in the modern age?" For one example, the "new" data center technologies such as virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), service-oriented delivery models, and cloud computing have radically changed the typical IT infrastructure from a defined set of assets owned and controlled by the organization to a constantly fluctuating roster of resources that can come and go from IT department visibility and control. As this has occurred, we have witnessed the equivalent of a Cambrian Explosion of new Internet-connected life forms--mobile devices, tablets, sensors, actuators, home appliances, monitoring systems, content access devices, and wireless terminals. Applications running on these devices range from recreation to services critical to the functioning of our social and economic infrastructure. Put it all together, and we expect that world population of Internet-connected devices will grow from today's 10 billion to over 50 billion by the year 2020.

17 June 2014
Info Tech Lead: Cisco Retains Lead in Cloud Infrastructure Equipment Market in Q1 2014
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco has retained its lead in the cloud infrastructure equipment market in Q1 2014, said Synergy Research Group. Share of Cisco in the cloud infrastructure equipment market was 14.8 percent, while HP market share dipped to 13.7 percent. IBM share declined due to falling server revenues. This is primarily due to the fact that IBM is in the process of selling much of the product line. The size of the cloud infrastructure equipment was nearly $10 billion. The report said Cisco’s leadership is mainly due to its dominance of the networking segment and its growing position in servers.

11 June 2014
The Economic Times: Many of Our New Solutions are Designed Specifically for the Mid Market: Irving Tan, Cisco
Cisco, which has always been perceived as an IT vendor for the larger enterprises, is making a strategically visible effort to tap the mid-market. A key aspect of this shift is video and collaboration technologies that the company is tuning specifically for mid-market needs. Irving Tan, President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco, talked to ET about collaboration trends in the APJ region and how is Cisco revisiting its product strategy.

10 June 2014
The Economic Times: India Will Have 526M Internet Users by 2018: Cisco
Internet user base in India, the third largest after China and the US, is expected to more than double to 526 million by 2018, networking solutions giant Cisco said today. Internet users in the world's second most populous nation stood at 213 million last year, Cisco revealed in its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Index Global IP Traffic Forecast and Service Adoption, 2013-2018. "In India, there will be 526 million total internet users in 2018, up from 213 million in 2013," the index said. VNI expects networked devices in the country to swell to 1.8 billion by 2018. "In 2013, 24% of IP traffic in India originated from non-personal computer (PC) devices, however, by 2018 the non-PC share of IP traffic will grow to 65%," it added.

10 June 2014
Tele analysis: Cisco Launches Small Cell Partner Program
Cisco today announced the launch of Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select, a program that will enable mobile network operators to effectively scale small cell deployments for enterprises that are in need of cost-effective mobility solutions. With the industry already challenged by in-building connectivity and employee mobility, the Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select program provides a mutually beneficial model for partners, mobile operators and enterprises to enable a seamless, scalable and intelligent solution. With Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select, Cisco has invested in a service methodology that allows mobile operators to certify Cisco partners and support demand generation and market opportunity for in-building services, enabling wide-scale deployment of enterprise small cells with lower cost of customer acquisition and deployment.

09 June 2014
The Financial Express: John Chambers-Led Cisco Bets That 50 Billion Devices Will Be Connected to Internet by 2020
There is something unique about John Chambers, chairman and CEO of the $48.6 billion American technology company, Cisco Systems. On the one hand, he dons sunglasses and dances in front of a mammoth crowd—22,000 people in physical attendance, another 200,000 online—at the company's largest customer event, Cisco Live, in San Francisco. By all indications, his thought process is that humor is a key ingredient in creative thinking and a fabulous tension breaker in the workplace. On the other, the sixty-four-year old Chambers—he has been Cisco's CEO from 1995—is completely at ease when he dwells on the latest buzzword to rock the technology landscape: Internet of Everything, the idea that every object can be Web-enabled. It is an unprecedented, groundbreaking opportunity which Chambers predicts will become a $19 trillion industry.

09 June 2014
Infotech Lead: Cisco Gains in Security Appliance Market Share, Juniper Slips
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco has increased its security appliance market share to 17.5 percent in Q1 2014 from 16.9 percent in Q1 2013, said IDC. Juniper slipped to fifth position. Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks improved their market share, while Check Point slipped marginally. The growth of Cisco was driven in part by the acquisition of Sourcefire. The security appliance market share of Check Point decreased marginally to 12.8 percent in Q1 2014 from 12.9 percent in Q1 2013, while Fortinet increased share to 7.1 percent from 6.2 percent, Palo Alto Networks enhanced share to 6.7 percent from 4.3 percent.

07 June 2014
Business Standard: Collaboration Tech to Help Govts Function Better: Dinesh Malkani
With the new government expected to put emphasis on improving broadband connectivity, global networking company Cisco expects a bright future in India since it derives a significant part of its revenues from government business. In an interview to Surabhi Agarwal, new president, sales, India and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Dinesh Malkani, talks about how the company is upbeat about the investments from the telecom sector, increasing its spend on data.

06 June 2014
BizWire Express: Unifi Communications Announce Their Cisco Premier Partner Recertification and Cisco Unified Communications Specialised Partner
Unifi Communications is pleased to announce today the recertification as Cisco Premier Partner and Cisco Unified Communications Specialised Partner. This certification is proof of Unifi Communications’ passion about designing and deploying high-quality, high-value Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Networking solutions based on best of breed Cisco business phone systems and market leading collaboration solutions such as Cisco Business Edition 6000. Rob Coleman, Unifi Communications’ Managing Director comments, “The recertification as Cisco Premier Partner proves our on-going investment and experience in providing Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Networking solutions to businesses of all sizes. Our network engineers and account management staff hold the highest-level industry certifications, and this guarantees our customer’s the confidence that they are dealing with a reliable partner who offer the most appropriate Cisco Unified Communications Solutions. We continue to have great success, especially with the Cisco Business Edition 6000 that is helping us to empower our customers with a new way to manage their business communications.”

06 June 2014
Web News Wire: Andorra Telecom Deploys a Next-Generation Wi-Fi Network with Cisco Technology
Andorra Telecom has deployed a Wi-Fi network that offers two levels of service for visitors and residents in Andorra: a free basic connection to the Internet (for picking up local, commercial and tourist information about the country) and high-quality Premium Internet access (to contact and use any Web page or application, including instant messaging and voice-over-IP). In full operation since January, and with coverage in the central area of Andorra La Vella and Escaldes-Engordany, which has the highest density of visitors, Andorra Wi-Fi is a next-generation public network based on the Cisco Service Provider (SP) Wi-Fi platform. As exclusive public operator on Andorran territory, Andorra Telecom provides innovative telecommunications services with the best quality and price. The objective of the new Wi-Fi network is to complement the service already being offered to its residential clients, upgrade the range of offerings to tourists, and reinforce the competitiveness of the country’s companies and institutions with integrated management for any kind of access.

05 June 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Announces Next Generation of Leadership in India
Cisco India has appointed Dinesh Malkani as the head of its India operations replacing Jeff White who relocated to the firm's US office for personal reasons. Malkani takes over from White and will report to Irving Tan, Cisco's president, Asia Pacific & Japan. India is at the heart of Cisco's emerging markets strategy, and Dinesh will lead the company's efforts to help transform the country's economy through technology. He will drive Cisco's senior level external engagement, including those with government and industry associations, to drive growth and market leadership in India and SAARC.

04 June 2014
Info Tech Lead: Cisco Leads x86 Blade Server Market in Americas: IDC
Enterprise IT vendor Cisco is leading the x86 blade server market – based on revenue — in the Americas, said IDC. IDC has also ranked Cisco as the top x86 blade server vendor in the United States and North America, said Cisco in a statement. Cisco statement does not talk about its specific revenue market share and its rivals which are in the remaining ranks. According to the IDC report, Cisco achieved with 39 percent revenue growth in server market on a cumulative four quarter basis ending in calendar Q1 of 2014. During this period, Cisco’s rivals in the top five posted flat or declining results. IDC said Cisco also maintained its position as second worldwide in x86 blade server revenue market share, with a top-five ranking among server vendors overall.

03 June 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Bets on Mid Market with Android-Based Collaboration Devices
With converging devices now being an established trend in the APJ region, networking giant Cisco is betting big on its collaboration solutions in the region. Cisco has announced what it is calling as one of the most significant refresh of its collaboration systems in over three years. In its APJ Collaboration Connect Summit, Cisco unveiled a series of updates to its video system and endpoint lines. The new devices, primarily the DX70 and DX80, combine a touch screen monitor, video camera, microphone, telephone and other features along with a tablet like computer powered by Google Inc's Android operating system. Cisco expects the devices to serve as easy-to-use alternatives to the collection of computers and accessories corporate workers typically use now.

01 June 2014
Broadcast & Cable Sat: Cisco Reaches to over 40 Million Homes and 200 Million Viewers
Cisco now reaches more than 40 million digital homes across India with its VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions. Using the industry estimated average of five people per household, Cisco is now enabling a rich and advanced TV experience for more than 200 million viewers in India, an important milestone that reinforces the company’s leadership at a time when the pay-TV industry is on the cusp of major transformation. This milestone reinforces Cisco’s market leadership in the estimated 72 million digital pay-TV homes in India. Cisco VideoGuard CA and DRM technology ensures critical protection of premium content with a zero piracy track record. Cisco VideoGuard conditional access and digital rights management solutions make Cisco the leading CA provider in India with a market share of 43 percent. Cisco is a trusted pay-TV technology partner for more than 150 pay-TV operators as well as media and entertainment companies worldwide, including Airtel Digital TV, Asianet, DEN, GTPL, Hathway, and Tata Sky.

30 May 2014
India Infoline: Cisco Enhances TV Viewing Experience for More than 40mn Homes and 200mn Viewers in India
Cisco today announced that it now reaches more than 40 million digital homes across India with its industry-leading VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions. Using the industry estimated average of five people per household, Cisco is now enabling a rich and advanced TV experience for more than 200 million viewers in India, an important milestone that reinforces the company’s leadership at a time when the pay-TV industry is on the cusp of a major transformation.

28 May 2014
Communications Today: Smart Cities Look Doable
INDIA is expected to see 40% of its population living in cities in the next 15 years. By 2030, India will have 68 cities with a one-million-plus population, contributing 70% to its GDP. Of these, at least 20-30 will be new cities, which will need to function as smart cities to provide quality life to its citizens. Explaining how ICT works, Nalinikanth Gollagunta, director (business development), Cisco, says, “Having a basic wired and wireless network all over the city is where you start from, and then use that network to enable any digitally enabled trans­portation, healthcare, education, utilities, grid and construction etc". Cisco is involved with the government in planning seven clusters along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corri­dor (DMIC) on the lines of smart cities concept.

27 May 2014
PC Quest: Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire ThreatGRID
The acquisition of ThreatGRID and its team of security innovators strengthen Cisco's security strategy to deliver intelligent and comprehensive cybersecurity for the real world. ThreatGRID's technology enhances Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio, originally developed by Sourcefire, acquired in 2013. ThreatGRID's on-premise products also expand their ability to help protect customers with in-house data retention requirements. AMP addresses customers' security needs from network to endpoint and delivers comprehensive malware-defeating capabilities, including detection and blocking, continuous analysis and retrospective remediation of advanced threats. The combination of Cisco and ThreatGRID will enhance capabilities to aggregate and correlate data to identify advanced and evasive cyber threats and provide intelligent cybersecurity solutions for the real world.

23 May 2014
Channel World: Governments are Benefiting from IoT, Says Cisco
Government organizations around the world are already benefiting from the Internet of Things, according to a study by Cisco and Cicero Group. After studying 40 public sector projects in 20 countries, the networking firm's consulting group identified 10 ways that government bodies are capturing value from the Internet of Things (also known as the Internet of Everything, or IoE).

21 May 2014
Business Standard: Modi Has Reputation of Being Decisive, Focused: Cisco chief
John Chambers, Chairman, Cisco said that Narendra Modi, India's newly appointed Prime Minister, has an excellent reputation as being "decisive and focused" on business, which is going to be "very good" for the country. "I think that is going to be very good for the country and I am very optimistic of what that means to the country's economic growth," he added. On the past issues of policy paralysis and the way ahead, he said India has a chance to get economic growth going again and what is needed for the young people. He also added, "I am very much a believer in India and the rule of law. India has 600,000 engineers, English-speaking... It has tremendous resource to focus in on."

20 May 2014
The Hindu Business Line: Cisco Unveils Desktops for Video Conferencing
On the side lines of Cisco Live, Cisco unveiled two special Android-powered desktop computers (DX80 and DX70) for video conferencing, and a cloud service (Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMRs)) that enables users with different devices and services to connect for online meetings. According to Cisco Senior VP and GM (Collaborative Technology Group) Rowan Trollope, these innovations will help customers quickly and simply connect people, conversations, and data in ways that can rapidly accelerate business outcomes--and they are priced to scale to every worker.

15 May 2014
Businessinsider.in: Cisco CEO: I Talked To A Lot Of CEOs And It 'Almost Was Scary' How Similar The World Looks To All Of Us
Cisco Systems announced quarterly earnings and provided financial guidance that were better than analysts' expectations. As a global provider of networking systems, Cisco serves as a valuable bellwether of economic activity. In fact, when he was asked about regional performance during the earnings conference call, CEO John Chambers noted that he talked to CEOs in other industries and they all essentially had identical views of the global economy. In a nutshell, the U.S. is good and growing, Europe is fragile but growing, and the emerging markets are just bad.

10 May 2014
Forbes India: Who, And What, After John Chambers At Cisco
Popping open a can of Diet Coke, John Chambers sits down to talk in his tiny, windowless conference room just off his rather modest office. Behind him on the wall are 13 framed posters signed by the engineers who created some of Cisco’s billion-dollar  businesses (a litany of three-letter acronyms that only a geek could love). It’s been 19 years that he’s been running Cisco Systems, the world’s largest maker of data networking gear. Chambers would like nothing more than to add a few more posters to the wall before he’s gone.  Time is running out. The consummate salesman with a rapid-fire West Virginia twang finally announced in November a fuzzy timetable for his retirement: Sometime in the next two to four years. Chambers is the fifth longest-serving CEO in tech. It’s remarkable he’s held on to the job given that Cisco’s shares haven’t broken $35 since 2001.

08 May 2014
Telecom Lead: Cisco Says Its New SDN Solution Will Cut Network Costs by 56% and maintenance by 21%
Cisco said its Elastic Access software and hardware, a new SDN solution, will assist telecoms to cut network deployment costs by 56 percent and maintenance costs by 21 percent. In addition, the enterprise IT vendor promises that global telecoms can also launch new applications and services such as cloud-based managed business services, bandwidth-on-demand and consumer mobile broadband. These new telecom solutions can enable better agility and profitability, helping service providers.

06 May 2014
The DQ Week: Cisco, Partners to Build World's Largest Global Intercloud
Cisco plans to build the world's largest global Intercloud— a network of clouds — together with a set of partners. The Cisco global Intercloud is being architected for the Internet of Everything, with a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application work-loads, real-time analytics, 'near infinite' scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. The first-of-its-kind open Intercloud, which will feature APIs for rapid application development, will deliver a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. Cisco expects to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two vears-: Its partner-centric business model which enables partner capabilities and investments, is expected to generate a rapid acceleration of additional investment to drive the global scale and breadth of services that Cisco plans to deliver to its customers. "Customers, providers and channel partners alike are turning to Cisco to create open and highly secure hybrid cloud environments, and they want to rapidly deploy valuable enterprise-class cloud experiences for key customers — all while mitigating the risk of capital investment," said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales, Cisco.

06 May 2014
CIO & Leader: Video Banking + Extended Business Hours = Customer Satisfaction
Arindam Mukherjee, Manager of Regional Sales at BFSI, Cisco, chats with Yashvendra Singh about the role of the video platform in the advancement of the BFSI vertical. How has the use of video changed over the years, specifically in the BFSI segment? Have increasing customer expectations forced a noticeable change in the mindset of banks when they deploy video? Customer expectations are pushing banks to innovate in every manner possible. Be it using SMS to offer special discounts to eligible customers or offering specially created packages for customers when they bank online. Today’s customers expect ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to their money. They expect banks and their services to be available across several channels and devices. And they expect banks to communicate the way they do i.e. using live, streaming video, social media and mobile-based services.

05 May 2014
CIO & Leader: Get on Top of IoE to be CI (Innovative) O
In a conversation with Atanu Kumar Das, VC Gopalratnam, CIO Globalisation and VP-IT, Cisco, talks about the new role of a CIO and how he should constantly focus on innovation. The role of the CIO has evolved tremendously owing to the growing relevance of technology in business functions – what are the three top changes that you perceive a CIO would need to make to excel at this role? Massive shifts in technology and consumption models brought about by cloud, security, mobility and programmable networks are accelerating new markets and new business models. These new models are transforming communication and massively disrupting the role of IT. Today’s Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are already thinking about how connected their unconnected people, processes and things can help them gain efficiencies as well as a competitive edge.

02 May 2014
ComputerWorld.in: Cisco Retires WebEx Social, Partners with Jive Instead
Cisco has put out to pasture its WebEx Social enterprise social networking (ESN) suite, opting instead to partner with Jive Software. Cisco and Jive are marketing a bundle that includes Cisco's WebEx Meetings and Jabber for online meetings, Web conferencing, IM and audio/video communications and Jive's ESN software, which provides "Facebook like" capabilities for workplace collaboration, like employee profiles, activity streams, microblogging, document sharing and group workspaces. The bundle is already live with some customers, like Thomson Reuters, where 60,000 users can invite colleagues to and launch WebEx meetings from the Jive interface, as well as fire up a Jabber IM session from within Jive. Details on pricing were not immediately available. Cisco and Jive plan to progressively link these products at a technology level so they work in a more integrated fashion. The companies will also offer consulting and services for customers that need customized implementations.

02 May 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Investments Commits $150 Million to Start-Up Companies
Cisco's corporate venture-capital arm said it would deploy $150 million to start-up companies over the next two to three years, accelerating its investments into areas such as Internet-enabled communication between objects. That theme, also known as the Internet of Things, will complement other Cisco investing themes such as big data and connecting mobile devices, Cisco senior vice president for corporate development Hilton Romanski told reporters Wednesday… "Our ability to identify and stay ahead of market disruptions is deeply rooted in our build, buy, partner and integrate approach to innovation," Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development said.

01 May 2014
The Hindu Business Line: Cisco India Rejigs Top Deck as Head Jeff White Resigns
Jeff White, Cisco's President and Country Manager for India and SAARC region has quit. White had moved to India in January 2013 replacing Naresh Wadhwa, who had spent almost fifteen years in Cisco. White was earlier the Vice-President for Cisco's Service Provider Business in Asia-Pacific, Japan and China. When contacted, Cisco India spokesperson confirmed the development and said Jeff is going back to the US to be closer to his family. After his exit, Cisco in India will be led by Dinesh Malkani who is currently Vice-President, Sales, Cisco India and SAARC. Malkani will report of Irving Tan, President for Asia Pacific and Japan. Amit Phadnis, Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group will expand his role to become the new India Site Leader. Amit replaces Surya Panditi who re-focuses his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Networking Group. In addition, Cisco has appointed V C Gopalratnam, Vice President, IT and CIO for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, to a newly created role as Chief of Strategy, Planning and Operations for Cisco India.

01 May 2014
Silicon India: TeamF1: Future-Proofing the Connectivity and Security Roadmap for Smart Devices
The buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) tends to center around a set of highly functional, utilitarian ideas: connected objects can make smart homes a reality, where toasters will talk to alarm clocks so your toast is ready when you awaken, and smart refrigerators will know when you are out of yogurt and perhaps even place an online grocery order directly. Seemingly far-fetched applications, once only the stuff of science-fiction movies, such as turning an environment into ambient data visualization, where the hue of your lamp reflects your stock portfolio’s performance or optimizing health habits by checking body activity through your bracelet's color, are now being ushered into the realm of reality, thanks to the pervasiveness of connected smart devices. The promise of an autonomous M2M (machine-to-machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) future and the efficiency it brings, for everything from electric power to healthcare delivery, cannot be fulfilled unless the hyper-connected vision of the future is joined at the hip with foundational security for the infrastructure and all "things" connected. Cisco Systems’ John Chambers, for example, said that the "Internet of Everything" will generate $19 trillion in new revenue by 2020: that is a whole lot of networked end-points that need to be secured! And we have not even touched on privacy yet, which remains a closely related but separate problem to be tackled.

30 April 2014
CIOL: Cable Show 2014: Cisco Demos Video Technology and SP Architecture for Cable Operators
At the Cable Show 2014, Cisco will showcase the extension of Cisco’s Service Provider architecture for cable operators. It will also showcase innovations in video technology portfolio. Cisco’s Service Provider architecture is designed to deliver more bandwidth, higher service tiers and agility in deploying new applications, while lowering operational expenses. In addition, Cisco will make its service provider customer premise equipment (CPE) routing software available in open-source format. Among the beneficiaries will be the RDK Management for use with the Reference Design Kit (RDK) on future devices other than set-top boxes, such as modems, routers or converged gateways. Besides new DOCSIS and optical networking capabilities, Cisco’s innovations apply the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and virtualization technologies recently introduced in the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) to virtualize, integrate and automate cable operators’ access architecture. Cisco is showcasing enhancements to its uBR10012 CMTS that enable cable operators to deploy 1Gbps tiers across footprints. Cisco’s Terabit CCAP platform, the cBR-8, will leverage DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver 10Gbps access tiers.

30 April 2014
CRN.in: EMC, Cisco Launches Joint Channel Program
EMC and Cisco have launched their first-ever joint channel program in a bid to alleviate intense conflict between the two vendors that is stalling partner deals from its VCE joint venture. The new joint partner program includes new sales incentives, such as 3 percent additional back-end rebate on the Cisco portion of EMC VSPEX reference architecture deals, along with an additional 3 percent front-end guaranteed discount on the EMC portion of the deal… The two companies are also providing an additional 2 percent rebate on Vblock System 300-based systems where the company is facing new pressure from HP converged systems. “From an alignment standpoint, this program is the best we have done over the past three or four years, and it will help take out a lot of the confusion for our customers, our partners and our field-selling organization,” said Tom Tormey, Vice President, Alliances, EMC. “It has been a great market opportunity, but we haven’t done as good a job as we could about being clear about the swim lanes and the direction, and we haven't aligned the incentives for the partners to help make that happen."

25 April 2014
Yahoo: : Network Data Systems Re-certified as Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner and Cisco HCS
Cisco today announced that Network Data Systems has been re-certified as a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner (CMSP) worldwide. Additionally, Network Data Systems has achieved the Cisco Powered Service designations of Hosted Collaboration Solutions (HCS) under Cisco Powered Cloud Services and Business Communication under Cisco Powered Managed Services. With these certifications, NDS has proven capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services employing Cisco technology. “With the recertification, NDS has become one of eight US Cisco Gold Partners that have achieved both the Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) accreditation and that hold customer satisfaction excellence. NDS has held Cisco customer Satisfaction Excellence for over sixteen consecutive quarters!” expounded Jeff Gray, VP of Managed Services. “The Cisco HCS platform was the missing link to a mature unified communications transformation and managed services capability to deliver a differentiated level of service to our clients moving to the cloud.”

24 April 2014
Voice&Data: TCCS to Impart Telecom Training to 80,000 Youths
TSSC would impart telecom training to 80,000 youths across the country over the next 18 months and help infuse Rs 80 crores government support for skill development in telecom domain under the recently launched National Skill Certification and Monetary (STAR) Scheme. "We have entered into a MoU with TSSC to support the training of over 80,000 youth in India over the next 18 months. As part of this initiative, we will deploy the Cisco Education Enabled Development (CEED) platform - our cloud based video delivered solution to empower rural India through efficient delivery of skill development courses. This is a great example of how the industry can collaborate with others to use technology as the enabler for inclusive growth in the country," said Aravind Sitaraman, President Inclusive Growth, Cisco, on the occasion.

23 April 2014
Computerworld.in: : Cisco Brings Managed Threat Defense to Control Malware from Extended Networks
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco has unveiled Managed Threat Defense, on-premises solution, to protect against advanced malware across customers’ extended networks. Cisco Managed Threat Defense, a managed security solution, is designed to apply real-time, predictive analytics to detect attacks. Managed Threat Defense is currently available in the United States and Canada, and select locations in APJC including: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Japan.

21 April 2014
CIOL: Cisco Announces 6 MN TV Homes on DEN Networks
Cisco has announced that it has reached a key milestone of six million digital pay-TV homes on DEN Networks. DEN is using Cisco technologies to enhance the TV-watching experience of nearly 30 million viewers across India, with an estimated industry average of five people per household, said a Cisco release. Sue Taylor, Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific, Cisco Service Provider Video Software Solutions, commented, “Cisco is excited by the success of its customers and would like to congratulate DEN for reaching such a major milestone. We anticipate that the current digitization drive will spur us on to achieve many greater milestones, both in roll-out volume and technology deployment, with the introduction of many new features using the latest designs and technologies. This will lead to overall customer enjoyment in terms of the TV viewing experience”.

17 April 2014
Voice & Data: Cisco Announces 6 MN TV Homes on DEN Networks
Cisco has announced that it has reached a key milestone of six million digital pay-TV homes on DEN Networks. DEN is using Cisco technologies to enhance the TV-watching experience of nearly 30 million viewers across India, with an estimated industry average of five people per household, said a Cisco release. Sue Taylor, Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific, Cisco Service Provider Video Software Solutions, commented, “Cisco is excited by the success of its customers and would like to congratulate DEN for reaching such a major milestone. We anticipate that the current digitization drive will spur us on to achieve many greater milestones, both in roll-out volume and technology deployment, with the introduction of many new features using the latest designs and technologies. This will lead to overall customer enjoyment in terms of the TV viewing experience”.

16 April 2014
VAR India: Cisco Systems Receives Best Networking Solution at Star Nite Awards 2013
Cisco Systems receives award as the Best Networking solution company from Mr. N Ravi Shanker,IAS, Addl. Secretary,DOT-GOI at Star Nite Awards 2013.

15 April 2014
Express Computer: Asianet Selects Cisco DOCSIS 3.0 Technology to Deliver Enhanced Broadband Experience to Subscribers
Asianet has selected Cisco to deploy DOCSIS 3.0, a next-generation cable broadband network which is a key component of the Cisco IP NGN architecture. This technology increases upstream and downstream speeds to Asianet broadband customers by offering speeds of up to 300 Mbps per subscriber. DOCSIS 3.0 will help Asianet to achieve ultra-high speeds and will help enable the multi-service operator (MSO) to deliver more content over existing networks. According to Sandeep Arora, Regional Manager, Service Provider, Cisco India & SAARC, “Our engagement with Asianet has the potential to transform the cable and broadband industry in Kerala. Our IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture helps enable convergence of networks and services, providing an immersive experience to cable subscribers.” Asianet and Cisco are working together to offer enhanced video experience to the end consumer. The introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 is also expected to change the business dynamics for Asianet in Kerala, as the state observes Phase III of cable digitalization.

14 April 2014
The Economic Times: India Still Behind China in Intellectual Property Generation, Says Cisco CEO
Even as start-ups have mushroomed in India over the last few months, the country is yet to reach the scale of intellectual property (IP) generation being seen in nations like China and Israel, technology giant MCisco CEO John Chambers said. "The Indian market has to do a lot more (with) startups, create that entrepreneurial spirit at a faster scale. I am committed to India, but it has not taken off in terms of IP generated anywhere like China or Israel," Chambers told a news agency in in an interview. He said Indian universities can play a bigger role in fostering entrepreneurship and the spirit for innovation. Over the last two years, a large number of technology- driven start-ups have come into existence. These have received funding from a range of investors including angel investors, individuals as well as large venture capitalists.

12 April 2014
Mouseworld Now: Cisco Announces Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge
Cisco has announced the return of the Internet of Things World Forum 2014. The global event will unite thought leaders, business leaders and practitioners in business, industry, government and academia to accelerate the development of the rapidly emerging Internet of Things market. The 2014 Internet of Things World Forum will be taking place in Chicago, October 14-16, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The 2014 Internet of Things World Forum will provide attendees examples firsthand of how the Internet of Things is changing industries worldwide, and hear directly from those who are changing it. Attendees will also hear predictions about how the Internet of Things will affect the global economy, and how it has the potential to address many of the challenges the various markets currently face.

10 April 2014
CIOL: Netmagic Achieves Cisco Cloud Master Service Provider Certification
Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a Datacenter Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (DILM) service provider, announced that it has achieved the Cisco Cloud Master Service Provider (CMSP) certification. This certification recognizes Netmagic as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and delivering cloud and managed services with financial incentives and go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence. “The CMSP certification recognizes a globally exclusive group of partners with the highest level of competency and capabilities. With cloud maturing and gaining momentum globally, this certification places Netmagic as a secured and reliable cloud service provider in India and globally. Netmagic, as CMSP certified, is uniquely positioned to offer best-in-class cloud services and managed services that are powered and validated by Cisco to ensure reliability, security and performance,” said Seema Ambastha, Senior Vice President-Business Development, Netmagic.

08 April 2014
The Financial Express: Skills Programme to Train 80,000 Youngsters
Youngsters looking at craving out carriers in the telecom sector can now look at getting their skills upgraded an attempt that can help them become not just job-ready, but also gain an edge in the competitive job market. This partnership, sealed between Cisco, state-owned ITI, TSSC, World Trade Centre Bangalore, and UTL, will help make the youth employable for the telecom industry. According to Aravind Sitaraman, president, Inclusive Growth, Cisco, the lack of relevant skills and an employable workforce are the two key challenges facing industries.

04 April 2014
ChannelWorld.in: Cisco Delivers OpFlex with Other Industry Leaders
Building on its vision of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) in the data center, Cisco and industry leaders continued the transformation of information technology (IT) with the adoption of a new open, standards-based protocol called OpFlex. Through OpFlex, Cisco ACI continues to deliver the standards-based building blocks for next-generation networks while accelerating innovation with multiple industry leaders. Cisco customers such as Sungard Availability Services, du, Acxiom and Telstra are rapidly adopting the new Nexus 9000 switching platform for their transition to 40Gigabit Ethernet speeds and embracing ACI as the new model for automating data center infrastructure to support critical business applications.

05 April 2014
Governance Now: Cloud Will Help Govts Maximise Resource Usage
A mechanical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology-Varanasi and an alumnus of IIM-Bangalore, Puneet Gupta has over 19 years of experience in technology and government sector and is credited with setting up IBM’s public sector business and making it profitable. In his present role as Director in Cisco he leads the company’s public sector business across India and the SAARC region. He focuses on e-governance, defence and strategic infrastructure projects in central and state governments, data centre and cloud. In an interview with Shubhendu Parth, he speaks on the changes that are driving governance and the role Cisco would like to play in the new cloud-enabled India. Excerpts: How would you sum up Cisco’s role in India’s e-governance journey so far? The public sector in Cisco’s scheme of things includes all state government and central government ministries. If you look at the whole e-governance journey, which started way back in 2004-05, Cisco played a very important role. We have been there in most of the central government mission mode projects, including income tax, customs, Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) or UID.Puneet Gupta, Director - Public Sector, Cisco India & SAARC

04 April 2014
IT Next: How Cisco's OpFlex Protocol Simplifies IT Infrastrcture Management
Traditional SDN models today function on the basis of an imperative control model with a centralized controller and distributed network entities that support the lowest common denominator feature set across vendors such as bridges, ports and tunnels. “We believe this will accelerate multi-vendor innovation in data center and a cloud network to drive operational simplicity, lower costs and increased agility, says Cisco. Cisco is working on an open source OpFlex agent implementation that can be embedded in devices to support the OpFlex protocol. This agent will initially be designed for Open vSwitch but will be reusable across platforms. A number of technology vendors have committed to support OpFlex in their products. These include Microsoft, IBM, F5, Citrix, RedHat, Canonical, Embrane and AVI networks.

31 March 2014
Mouseworld Now: 5% of Cisco’s Global Revenues will Come from India: John Chambers
India will contribute 5% of total revenues of the networking solutions giant Cisco over the next five years, riding on strong demands for cloud and networking services, said Cisco’s CEO John Chambers. The California-based firm, which currently derives about two per cent of its global revenues of over USD 48 billion from India, is also rooting for a stable government to bring in “predictability” in the country’s business environment. “Right now, India’s contribution is very small, about two per cent. We are committed to the Indian market. It should be 5-10 per cent of our revenues,” Chambers said. Asked about the timeline, Cisco Senior Vice President (Worldwide Field Operations) Chuck Robbins said it should be 5 per cent in the next five years. “We should grow over 20 per cent every year over the next five years,” he added. Cisco employs over 10,000 people in India across cities like Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad. Of these, 8,000 people are part of the R&D set up.

27 March 2014
CXO Today: India Will Contribute 5% of Cisco's Global Revenues
Technology major Cisco ex¬pects India to account for five per cent of overall reve¬nues in the next five years even as it hopes that the next Government will in¬crease the 'predictability' of doing business in the country. John Chambers, Chair¬man and CEO of the $49-bil-lion networking giant, said the company wants its In¬dia revenues to increase from a "very small" per¬centage presently ("less than 2 per cent") to 5 per cent of overall revenue.

27 March 2014
Voice and Data: Steering into a Wireless Era
By Mahesh Gupta, Lead, Enterprise Network Architecture Sales Cisco, India and SAARC. Greater employee mobility is one of the biggest trends visible across organizations today. Today's tech-savvy employees demand greater access to global expertise and greater flexibility in device usage. They expect to be enabled with the latest technologies so that they can interact in their workplace just as they do at home through their device of choice from wherever they are. Mobile workers prefer to use wireless devices to do their jobs and need a wireless infrastructure that is easy to deploy and enables flexible, seamless communication with the enterprise in real time. Mobile Workplace Today, the availability of affordable mobile devices, tablets and ultra-portables is increasing the momentum for a mobile workplace. According to the Cisco's Virtual Networking Index 2013, India's IP traffic will grow six-fold from 2012-2017; portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets will contribute 40% to IP traffic in 2017, up from 3% in 2012. As wireless is becoming the norm, multiple devices will get attached to multiple networks, producing more data, and push organizations to implement innovative technology solutions to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. This is because employees seek more control, more access, and more security, all of which will bring more complexity if not provided in the right way.

26 March 2014
The Hindu Business Line: Next Govt Must Usher ‘Predictability’, Generate Revenue for India: Cisco CEO
Technology major Cisco expects to more than double revenues from India within the next 5 years even as it hopes that the next Government will usher in more ‘predictability’ in the country. The $49-billion company wants India revenues to account for five per cent of overall revenues from less than two per cent currently, John Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said. “I love India and we are deeply committed to your country. We have shared our vision for India with our staff there and with the various Government leaders as we want it to be a win-win for all.” However, Chambers stressed that India must ensure stability and predictability in its investment and taxation climate for the country to attract more inward capital. “Once the US became predictable, stock markets started going up, businesses upped investments and new jobs were created. As basic as it sounds, getting back the predictability of doing business in India is crucial,” he added.

25 March 2014
The Financial Express: Cisco to Offer Cloud Computing Service with Wipro
John Chambers-led Cisco Systems plans to offer "cloud" computing services to corporate customers, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter a market now led by Amazon.com. The Silicon Valley company, which is mainly known for networking hardware, is the latest technology vendor hoping to capitalize on the desire of many companies to rent computing services to cut costs.

23 March 2014
Business Standard: Cyber Criminals using Malware that Act as Sleeper Cells: Cisco
As enterprises are increasingly adopting technologies like cloud and mobility, they are also facing more security challenges with cyber criminals using malware that are dormant while entering a secure network and then becoming active, networking solutions giant Cisco said. With companies increasingly adopting concepts like BYOD (bring your own device) and cloud services, they face more security challenges and complexities. Besides, 'Internet of Everything' (IoE) that connects all devices and grids, also opens them to heightened security threats. "In a world that is rapidly moving towards connecting everything, the security risks are also increasing. Now there are dormant cells, which could suddenly get active and how would you then seek protection," Cisco Worldwide Director (Security) Jawahar Sivasankaran told PTI.

22 March 2014
IT Voice: Cisco Executive Padamsree Warrior Joins Box board
Online storage provider Box has appointed Cisco Systems senior executive Padmasree Warrior to its board of directors, the company said, as it gears up for its anticipated stock market flotation. Warrior, Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer, is the latest high-profile tech executive to join Box, following on the heels of Gary Reiner, former General Electric chief information officer and Dana Evan, a former Verisign executive. Wall Street sources told Reuters in November Box had chosen a syndicate of banks including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group and JP Morgan Chase & Co to lead the initial public offering.

22 March 2014
Business Standard: NSA spying costs US Tech Firms
Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil. IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centres overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government. And, tech companies abroad, from Europe to South America, say they are gaining customers that are shunning United States providers, suspicious because of the revelations by Edward J Snowden that tied these providers to the National Security Agency's vast surveillance programme. John T Chambers, the chief executive of Cisco Systems, said in an interview that the NSA disclosures had not affected Cisco's sales "in a major way." Although deals in Europe and Asia have been slower to close, he said, they are still being completed - an experience echoed by several other computing companies.

21 March 2014
CIOL: Cisco Gains Share in Network Security Market
Infonetics Research forecasts that the worldwide network security market to reach $7.3 billion in 2018, a 2013-2018 CAGR of 2.5percent. "Cisco completed its acquisition of Sourcefire in the fourth quarter of 2013, and in the process posted its highest security revenue quarter ever, gaining three points of market share," says Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. Wilson continues: "The network security market nearly hit double-digit growth in 4Q13, and we expect growth to accelerate this year as service providers and enterprises increase security investment to improve security performance and keep up with a changing threat landscape."

20 March 2014
InfoTech Lead: Cisco Gains 3% Share in Network Security Appliance and Software Market, says Infonetics
Enterprise IT vendor Cisco has gained three percent share in network security appliance and software market in the fourth quarter of 2013, said Infonetics. Cisco increased the market share thanks to its acquisition of Sourcefire in the fourth quarter of 2013, Infonetics Research. Looking at the top 3 vendors’ quarter-over-quarter (Q4 2013 vs Q3 2013) performance, Cisco increased overall revenue 20 percent; Check Point had a typically strong 4th quarter, and Juniper posted its second consecutive quarter of growth.

20 March 2014
Channel Times: Cisco's Annual Partner Summit to Be Held in Las Vegas
Next week, thousands of solution providers from around the globe will descend on Las Vegas for Cisco’s Annual Partner Summit. This four-day event starting from March 24 to March 27 will be getting the latest and greatest from Cisco top channel execs. Wendy Bahr, senior vice president of Cisco’s Americas Partner Organization said some of the hottest trends and technologies that are top-of-mind for both partners and Cisco will be discussed at Vegas. Ranging from trends like hybrid IT to the Internet of Things, the company has charted out key areas for its partners to invest in 2014.

19 March 2014
Reuters.in: Box Mames Senior Cisco Executive to Board of Directors Ahead of IPO
Online storage provider Box Inc has appointed Cisco Systems Inc senior executive Padmasree Warrior to its board of directors, the company said Wednesday, as it gears up for its anticipated stock market flotation. Warrior, Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer, is the latest high-profile tech executive to join Box, following on the heels of Gary Reiner, former General Electric Co chief information officer and Dana Evan, a former Verisign Inc executive. Wall Street sources told Reuters in November Box had chosen a syndicate of banks including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group AG and JP Morgan Chase & Co to lead the initial public offering. The sources said the IPO will mostly likely take place in the coming few months.

18 March 2014
CRN.in: Cisco Revamps Collaboration Line
Cisco has unveiled a series of updates to its video system and endpoint lines, along with a new version of its Business Edition collaboration platform, in a move the networking giant called the most significant refresh of its collaboration line in the past three years. As part of the release, Cisco introduced new TelePresence MX endpoints, video software and Business Edition (BE) 7000, a scaled-out version of BE targeted at larger enterprise customers. According to Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President, Collaboration Business, Cisco, the new products are aimed at giving organizations of all sizes, and all budgets, access to high-quality video and collaboration technologies. "Our belief is that the experience is first. Anyone can build a solution that is low cost, but not anyone can build a solution that's low cost and has an incredible experience," Trollope said during a conference call with reporters earlier this week. "And that's what you are going to see today from us."

14 March 2014
DNA: Cisco Enters Data Storage Market with Purchase of Whiptail
With 1 teacher to a classroom of 200 students per subject, several rural schools India are facing a serious deficit of qualified educators. With a countrywide average of 1 teacher to every 40 students, India suffers from a lower quality of education delivered as compared to its BRIC counterparts. Rural Indian schools in particular are affected more because of resource-drain to the country’s cities. Attempting to solve this problem by using low-cost technology and CLOUD is CISCO’s Inclusive Growth division in India. The CISCO Enabled Education Development (CEED) Platform helps connect children in rural classrooms with qualified educators in urban settings and high-quality learning tools through the CLOUD. Offered at just Rs.50 per child, this platform has been brought alive in partnership with BSNL and organizations such as the British Council. In a refreshing conversation on Chai with Lakshmi, Aravind Sitaraman, the head of the Inclusive vertical at CISCO, India, shares about how the concept came about and about their big goal of including 750 million Indians in better education and training over the next 5 years. Their efforts, he says are, ‘…about inclusive growth’.

13 March 2014
Computerworld.in: Cisco on Mission to Outfit All Office Rooms With Video Conferencing Systems
Cisco unveiled Wednesday an array of video conferencing products as it seeks to provide video collaboration systems for meeting rooms of all sizes. Most conference rooms either lack video conferencing equipment altogether or have systems that don’t work properly, so Cisco is going after that market opportunity, according to Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group. “We’re not going to rest until every single room in every single business all over the world has extraordinary video conferencing and collaboration equipment. That’s our mission,” he said during a press conference.

10 March 2014
Infotech Lead: Cisco, Ahead of Check Point, Leads Security Appliance Market with 18% Share, Says IDC
Cisco is leading the overall security appliance market with an 18.1 percent share in factory revenue for the fourth quarter with growth of 23.6 percent. This was due in large part to its Sourcefire acquisition, which closed in early October. Check Point held the number 2 spot with a 12.7 percent share for the quarter as revenue increased 5.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Fortinet remained the third largest security appliance vendor, with a 6.6 percent share in the quarter.

08 March 2014
TechonlineIndia: Cisco Announces Security Challenge to Secure Internet of Things Ecosystem
Cisco predicts that some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Given the expected proliferation of such devices, it is expected that the IoT ecosystem will be a huge area of focus for cyber criminals. The networking giant is inviting the global security community to propose practical security solutions across the markets being impacted daily by the IoT. Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Cisco Security Group, noted in a blog post, "As our connected lives grow and become richer, the need for a new security model becomes even more critical. It requires that we work together as a community to find innovative solutions to make sure that the IoT securely fulfills its potential and preserves the convenience that it represents. With this in mind, Cisco is launching the Internet of Things Security Grand Challenge."

07 March 2014
Business Standard: Ordinary People
"I was reminded from childhood that education was the only salvation, the only security you had, the one thing nobody could take away from you," recalls Anil Menon, president of smart + connected communities at Cisco. His father worked in a telecom company, his mother was a homemaker and his life in Bombay those days was "typically middle-class", says Menon, one of the senior-most executives in Cisco. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior's father was a professor, Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora's an Indian Air Force officer and Nadella's, an IAS officer.

05 March 2014
Telecom Lead: Cisco Telecom Service Provider Router Market Share Dips by 3 points in 2013, Says Dell’Oro
Cisco lost three points in telecom service provider router market share in 2013, said Dell’Oro Group. However, the report said Cisco is still dominating the service provider router market with nearly twice the market share of the second ranked vendor – Juniper Networks. The number two vendor Juniper Networks recorded double-digit revenue growth stemming from exceptionally strong demand in North America. Alcatel-Lucent is in the third position and it maintained share as strong growth in Europe and Asia offset a decline in North America…Chinese telecom network vendor Huawei gained the most share of all vendors due to strong sales in the China market, said Dell’Oro Group. Dell’Oro Group said Cisco, Juniper Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei accounted for 94 percent share of telecom service provider router market share in 2013.

04 March 2014
ChannelWorld.in: Cisco, Polycom Underpins New Gen-i Video Conferencing
Telecom's ICT services arm, Gen-i, has launched its own video communication services based on Cisco and Polycom technology. The ReadyCloud Video software is a network-delivered conferencing solution fully managed by Gen-i and hosted in its local Tier-3 datacenters. The service is available on a per month per subscription basis. Gen-i claims customers can leverage existing video endpoints and hardware to use ReadyCloud Video, and scale services both up and down as required. Gen-i WAN clients can use the service over their existing network. According to chief operating officer (COO), Jo Allison, ReadyCloud Video complements Gen-i's other core Cloud services, ReadyCloud Collaboration and ReadyCloud Mobility.

04 March 2014
Telecom Lead: Cisco, Ahead of Huawei, Leads Router and switch Revenue Market in 2013, Says Infonetics
Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper Networks are leading the service provider router and switch revenue market in 2013, said Infonetics Research. Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and Juniper together took 83 percent of global carrier router and switch revenue. Over the past 2 years, Huawei has increased its market share the most of any vendor. In 2013, service provider router and switch revenue - including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES) rose 2 percent to $14.5 billion. In Q4 2013 carrier router/switch revenue decreased 4 percent from the same period a year ago. SDN challenges Infonetics Research noted that telecoms are proceeding cautiously with router and switch spending, in part because they are trialing SDN (software-defined networking) or just beginning to figure out how to proceed with SDN.

03 March 2014
VAR India: : Cisco Introduces Open-Source Application Detection and Control
Cisco has announced that the company is delivering the ability to create and integrate new open-source application identification capabilities into its Snort engine through the release of OpenAppID. Open-source application detection and control allows users to create, share and implement custom application detection so that they can address new app-based threats as quickly as possible.

03 March 2014
CRN.in: Security Needs Big Overhaul for Internet Of Everything
By Cisco's own calculations, there will be 50 billion connected devices in use globally by 2020, embedded in cars, retail systems, refrigerators, home heating and cooling systems, and countless other things people use every day. In 10 years, Cisco thinks the market for what it calls the Internet Of Everything will be worth around $19 trillion. But if Cisco's Internet Of Everything is to achieve such lofty heights, current security models for Internet infrastructure and transactions are going to have to be completely overhauled to safeguard all this data, two of Cisco's top executives said Thursday in a session at the RSA security conference. In Cisco's Internet Of Everything, every company becomes a tech company; therefore, every company must become a security company," Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco, said. With all of these connected devices, security vendors will have to change their models for controlling and managing data, not just for the devices themselves but also for the people using them, Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Security Business Group, Cisco, added. "Clearly, we need to do security differently," Young said. Organizations will need greater visibility into their networks, better awareness of threats and an ability to act quickly when issues arise. To get all of this, Cisco's Internet Of Everything will need something that resembles an air traffic control system, he said. This includes moving from the current model of securing control points in the infrastructure to the transactions and who is connecting them. "It's about being able to see if something is going off course, or maybe a catastrophe is at hand," Young said. "It's the same with managing all the devices, apps, users and data in Internet Of Everything-oriented systems."

25 June 2014
Mint: Using the Internet to Power India’s Next Transition
John Chambers, Chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco
The world’s largest democracy has spoken and just elected a new leader focused on creating a future filled with jobs, development and economic growth. As India begins this new journey with the mantra of “minimum government and maximum governance through technology”, strategic investments in technology will be critical to building the platform to accelerate the country’s goals and its position on the global stage.

23 June 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Investments Announces $40 Million Fund for Early-Stage Firms in India

Cisco Investments has set aside $40 million (Rs 240.9 crore) to invest in early stage Indian startups focused primarily on three verticals--connected mobility, big data and internet of things. The fund, called "India Innovation" is carved out of Cisco's existing $250 million global fund, a first time that Cisco has made a geography-based allocation.

18 June 2014
The Hindu Business Line: ’We Want to Make India the Fastest Growing Market for Cisco

In his first interaction after taking over as President – Sales for Cisco’s India & SAARC operations, Dinesh Malkani, said that the company is focused in the areas of education, broadband and e-governance. Downplaying the recent spate of exits by top executives, Malkani said he was well positioned to make India the fastest growing market for Cisco again.

18 June 2014
Live Mint: Smart Cities to Soon Become a Reality in India
Consider these scenarios: an office that’s walking distance from home. A completely Wi-Fi enabled city. A smart card for cashless transactions that is also capable of facial recognition and acts as a key to enter your building with advanced security systems. The same smart card also allows you to operate the electrical equipment at home through motion sensor technology. All this with a promise of 30% savings on electricity and water costs. These features may appear to be somewhat futuristic, but are likely to become a reality in India in less than a decade, as the smart city concept takes hold. A smart city is one that completely runs on technology—be it for electricity, water, sanitation and recycling, ensuring 24/7 water supply, traffic and transport systems that use data analytics to provide efficient solutions to ease commuting, automated building security and surveillance systems, requiring minimal human intervention, and Wi-Fi-powered open spaces and houses that ensure always-on, high-speed connectivity.

18 June 2014
Tele Analysis: Antel Deploys Cisco ASR 9000 for Broadband
Cisco announced today that Antel, the leading provider of communication services for consumers and businesses in Uruguay, has chosen the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) as part of its next-generation network delivering enhanced broadband services. The Cisco ASR 9000 Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) implementation is based on the Cisco IOS XR operating system and a hardware architecture that enables the fastest, most dense and most resilient BNG solution in the industry. With the implementation of BNG in Antel’s network, the company has consolidated and simplified its network architecture by aggregating the business and residential customers to a single, dual-stack capable (IPv4/IPv6), Ethernet based Service Node. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is specifically designed to give network operators flexibility to offer new services by providing a strong foundation for residential video and broadband services and applications, along with business-class Ethernet. As one of the highest interface density Ethernet platforms in the industry, the Cisco ASR 9000 series meets Antel’s need for very large numbers of 10GE and 100GE ports.

18 June 2014
CIO:  Three Strategies for the New Era of Enterprise Cybersecurity
The pace of change for Information Technology is challenging established notions of "What is IT?" and "What is Information Security in the modern age?" For one example, the "new" data center technologies such as virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), service-oriented delivery models, and cloud computing have radically changed the typical IT infrastructure from a defined set of assets owned and controlled by the organization to a constantly fluctuating roster of resources that can come and go from IT department visibility and control. As this has occurred, we have witnessed the equivalent of a Cambrian Explosion of new Internet-connected life forms--mobile devices, tablets, sensors, actuators, home appliances, monitoring systems, content access devices, and wireless terminals. Applications running on these devices range from recreation to services critical to the functioning of our social and economic infrastructure. Put it all together, and we expect that world population of Internet-connected devices will grow from today's 10 billion to over 50 billion by the year 2020.

17 June 2014
Info Tech Lead: Cisco Retains Lead in Cloud Infrastructure Equipment Market in Q1 2014
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco has retained its lead in the cloud infrastructure equipment market in Q1 2014, said Synergy Research Group. Share of Cisco in the cloud infrastructure equipment market was 14.8 percent, while HP market share dipped to 13.7 percent. IBM share declined due to falling server revenues. This is primarily due to the fact that IBM is in the process of selling much of the product line. The size of the cloud infrastructure equipment was nearly $10 billion. The report said Cisco’s leadership is mainly due to its dominance of the networking segment and its growing position in servers.

11 June 2014
The Economic Times: Many of Our New Solutions are Designed Specifically for the Mid Market: Irving Tan, Cisco
Cisco, which has always been perceived as an IT vendor for the larger enterprises, is making a strategically visible effort to tap the mid-market. A key aspect of this shift is video and collaboration technologies that the company is tuning specifically for mid-market needs. Irving Tan, President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco, talked to ET about collaboration trends in the APJ region and how is Cisco revisiting its product strategy.

10 June 2014
The Economic Times: India Will Have 526M Internet Users by 2018: Cisco
Internet user base in India, the third largest after China and the US, is expected to more than double to 526 million by 2018, networking solutions giant Cisco said today. Internet users in the world's second most populous nation stood at 213 million last year, Cisco revealed in its Visual Networking Index (VNI) Index Global IP Traffic Forecast and Service Adoption, 2013-2018. "In India, there will be 526 million total internet users in 2018, up from 213 million in 2013," the index said. VNI expects networked devices in the country to swell to 1.8 billion by 2018. "In 2013, 24% of IP traffic in India originated from non-personal computer (PC) devices, however, by 2018 the non-PC share of IP traffic will grow to 65%," it added.

10 June 2014
Tele analysis: Cisco Launches Small Cell Partner Program
Cisco today announced the launch of Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select, a program that will enable mobile network operators to effectively scale small cell deployments for enterprises that are in need of cost-effective mobility solutions. With the industry already challenged by in-building connectivity and employee mobility, the Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select program provides a mutually beneficial model for partners, mobile operators and enterprises to enable a seamless, scalable and intelligent solution. With Cisco Small Cell Enterprise Select, Cisco has invested in a service methodology that allows mobile operators to certify Cisco partners and support demand generation and market opportunity for in-building services, enabling wide-scale deployment of enterprise small cells with lower cost of customer acquisition and deployment.

09 June 2014
The Financial Express: John Chambers-Led Cisco Bets That 50 Billion Devices Will Be Connected to Internet by 2020
There is something unique about John Chambers, chairman and CEO of the $48.6 billion American technology company, Cisco Systems. On the one hand, he dons sunglasses and dances in front of a mammoth crowd—22,000 people in physical attendance, another 200,000 online—at the company's largest customer event, Cisco Live, in San Francisco. By all indications, his thought process is that humor is a key ingredient in creative thinking and a fabulous tension breaker in the workplace. On the other, the sixty-four-year old Chambers—he has been Cisco's CEO from 1995—is completely at ease when he dwells on the latest buzzword to rock the technology landscape: Internet of Everything, the idea that every object can be Web-enabled. It is an unprecedented, groundbreaking opportunity which Chambers predicts will become a $19 trillion industry.

09 June 2014
Infotech Lead: Cisco Gains in Security Appliance Market Share, Juniper Slips
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco has increased its security appliance market share to 17.5 percent in Q1 2014 from 16.9 percent in Q1 2013, said IDC. Juniper slipped to fifth position. Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks improved their market share, while Check Point slipped marginally. The growth of Cisco was driven in part by the acquisition of Sourcefire. The security appliance market share of Check Point decreased marginally to 12.8 percent in Q1 2014 from 12.9 percent in Q1 2013, while Fortinet increased share to 7.1 percent from 6.2 percent, Palo Alto Networks enhanced share to 6.7 percent from 4.3 percent.

07 June 2014
Business Standard: Collaboration Tech to Help Govts Function Better: Dinesh Malkani
With the new government expected to put emphasis on improving broadband connectivity, global networking company Cisco expects a bright future in India since it derives a significant part of its revenues from government business. In an interview to Surabhi Agarwal, new president, sales, India and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Dinesh Malkani, talks about how the company is upbeat about the investments from the telecom sector, increasing its spend on data.

06 June 2014
BizWire Express: Unifi Communications Announce Their Cisco Premier Partner Recertification and Cisco Unified Communications Specialised Partner
Unifi Communications is pleased to announce today the recertification as Cisco Premier Partner and Cisco Unified Communications Specialised Partner. This certification is proof of Unifi Communications’ passion about designing and deploying high-quality, high-value Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Networking solutions based on best of breed Cisco business phone systems and market leading collaboration solutions such as Cisco Business Edition 6000. Rob Coleman, Unifi Communications’ Managing Director comments, “The recertification as Cisco Premier Partner proves our on-going investment and experience in providing Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Networking solutions to businesses of all sizes. Our network engineers and account management staff hold the highest-level industry certifications, and this guarantees our customer’s the confidence that they are dealing with a reliable partner who offer the most appropriate Cisco Unified Communications Solutions. We continue to have great success, especially with the Cisco Business Edition 6000 that is helping us to empower our customers with a new way to manage their business communications.”

06 June 2014
Web News Wire: Andorra Telecom Deploys a Next-Generation Wi-Fi Network with Cisco Technology
Andorra Telecom has deployed a Wi-Fi network that offers two levels of service for visitors and residents in Andorra: a free basic connection to the Internet (for picking up local, commercial and tourist information about the country) and high-quality Premium Internet access (to contact and use any Web page or application, including instant messaging and voice-over-IP). In full operation since January, and with coverage in the central area of Andorra La Vella and Escaldes-Engordany, which has the highest density of visitors, Andorra Wi-Fi is a next-generation public network based on the Cisco Service Provider (SP) Wi-Fi platform. As exclusive public operator on Andorran territory, Andorra Telecom provides innovative telecommunications services with the best quality and price. The objective of the new Wi-Fi network is to complement the service already being offered to its residential clients, upgrade the range of offerings to tourists, and reinforce the competitiveness of the country’s companies and institutions with integrated management for any kind of access.

05 June 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Announces Next Generation of Leadership in India
Cisco India has appointed Dinesh Malkani as the head of its India operations replacing Jeff White who relocated to the firm's US office for personal reasons. Malkani takes over from White and will report to Irving Tan, Cisco's president, Asia Pacific & Japan. India is at the heart of Cisco's emerging markets strategy, and Dinesh will lead the company's efforts to help transform the country's economy through technology. He will drive Cisco's senior level external engagement, including those with government and industry associations, to drive growth and market leadership in India and SAARC.

04 June 2014
Info Tech Lead: Cisco Leads x86 Blade Server Market in Americas: IDC
Enterprise IT vendor Cisco is leading the x86 blade server market – based on revenue — in the Americas, said IDC. IDC has also ranked Cisco as the top x86 blade server vendor in the United States and North America, said Cisco in a statement. Cisco statement does not talk about its specific revenue market share and its rivals which are in the remaining ranks. According to the IDC report, Cisco achieved with 39 percent revenue growth in server market on a cumulative four quarter basis ending in calendar Q1 of 2014. During this period, Cisco’s rivals in the top five posted flat or declining results. IDC said Cisco also maintained its position as second worldwide in x86 blade server revenue market share, with a top-five ranking among server vendors overall.

03 June 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Bets on Mid Market with Android-Based Collaboration Devices
With converging devices now being an established trend in the APJ region, networking giant Cisco is betting big on its collaboration solutions in the region. Cisco has announced what it is calling as one of the most significant refresh of its collaboration systems in over three years. In its APJ Collaboration Connect Summit, Cisco unveiled a series of updates to its video system and endpoint lines. The new devices, primarily the DX70 and DX80, combine a touch screen monitor, video camera, microphone, telephone and other features along with a tablet like computer powered by Google Inc's Android operating system. Cisco expects the devices to serve as easy-to-use alternatives to the collection of computers and accessories corporate workers typically use now.

01 June 2014
Broadcast & Cable Sat: Cisco Reaches to over 40 Million Homes and 200 Million Viewers
Cisco now reaches more than 40 million digital homes across India with its VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions. Using the industry estimated average of five people per household, Cisco is now enabling a rich and advanced TV experience for more than 200 million viewers in India, an important milestone that reinforces the company’s leadership at a time when the pay-TV industry is on the cusp of major transformation. This milestone reinforces Cisco’s market leadership in the estimated 72 million digital pay-TV homes in India. Cisco VideoGuard CA and DRM technology ensures critical protection of premium content with a zero piracy track record. Cisco VideoGuard conditional access and digital rights management solutions make Cisco the leading CA provider in India with a market share of 43 percent. Cisco is a trusted pay-TV technology partner for more than 150 pay-TV operators as well as media and entertainment companies worldwide, including Airtel Digital TV, Asianet, DEN, GTPL, Hathway, and Tata Sky.

30 May 2014
India Infoline: Cisco Enhances TV Viewing Experience for More than 40mn Homes and 200mn Viewers in India
Cisco today announced that it now reaches more than 40 million digital homes across India with its industry-leading VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions. Using the industry estimated average of five people per household, Cisco is now enabling a rich and advanced TV experience for more than 200 million viewers in India, an important milestone that reinforces the company’s leadership at a time when the pay-TV industry is on the cusp of a major transformation.

28 May 2014
Communications Today: Smart Cities Look Doable
INDIA is expected to see 40% of its population living in cities in the next 15 years. By 2030, India will have 68 cities with a one-million-plus population, contributing 70% to its GDP. Of these, at least 20-30 will be new cities, which will need to function as smart cities to provide quality life to its citizens. Explaining how ICT works, Nalinikanth Gollagunta, director (business development), Cisco, says, “Having a basic wired and wireless network all over the city is where you start from, and then use that network to enable any digitally enabled trans­portation, healthcare, education, utilities, grid and construction etc". Cisco is involved with the government in planning seven clusters along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corri­dor (DMIC) on the lines of smart cities concept.

27 May 2014
PC Quest: Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire ThreatGRID
The acquisition of ThreatGRID and its team of security innovators strengthen Cisco's security strategy to deliver intelligent and comprehensive cybersecurity for the real world. ThreatGRID's technology enhances Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) portfolio, originally developed by Sourcefire, acquired in 2013. ThreatGRID's on-premise products also expand their ability to help protect customers with in-house data retention requirements. AMP addresses customers' security needs from network to endpoint and delivers comprehensive malware-defeating capabilities, including detection and blocking, continuous analysis and retrospective remediation of advanced threats. The combination of Cisco and ThreatGRID will enhance capabilities to aggregate and correlate data to identify advanced and evasive cyber threats and provide intelligent cybersecurity solutions for the real world.

23 May 2014
Channel World: Governments are Benefiting from IoT, Says Cisco
Government organizations around the world are already benefiting from the Internet of Things, according to a study by Cisco and Cicero Group. After studying 40 public sector projects in 20 countries, the networking firm's consulting group identified 10 ways that government bodies are capturing value from the Internet of Things (also known as the Internet of Everything, or IoE).

21 May 2014
Business Standard: Modi Has Reputation of Being Decisive, Focused: Cisco chief
John Chambers, Chairman, Cisco said that Narendra Modi, India's newly appointed Prime Minister, has an excellent reputation as being "decisive and focused" on business, which is going to be "very good" for the country. "I think that is going to be very good for the country and I am very optimistic of what that means to the country's economic growth," he added. On the past issues of policy paralysis and the way ahead, he said India has a chance to get economic growth going again and what is needed for the young people. He also added, "I am very much a believer in India and the rule of law. India has 600,000 engineers, English-speaking... It has tremendous resource to focus in on."

20 May 2014
The Hindu Business Line: Cisco Unveils Desktops for Video Conferencing
On the side lines of Cisco Live, Cisco unveiled two special Android-powered desktop computers (DX80 and DX70) for video conferencing, and a cloud service (Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMRs)) that enables users with different devices and services to connect for online meetings. According to Cisco Senior VP and GM (Collaborative Technology Group) Rowan Trollope, these innovations will help customers quickly and simply connect people, conversations, and data in ways that can rapidly accelerate business outcomes--and they are priced to scale to every worker.

15 May 2014
Businessinsider.in: Cisco CEO: I Talked To A Lot Of CEOs And It 'Almost Was Scary' How Similar The World Looks To All Of Us
Cisco Systems announced quarterly earnings and provided financial guidance that were better than analysts' expectations. As a global provider of networking systems, Cisco serves as a valuable bellwether of economic activity. In fact, when he was asked about regional performance during the earnings conference call, CEO John Chambers noted that he talked to CEOs in other industries and they all essentially had identical views of the global economy. In a nutshell, the U.S. is good and growing, Europe is fragile but growing, and the emerging markets are just bad.

10 May 2014
Forbes India: Who, And What, After John Chambers At Cisco
Popping open a can of Diet Coke, John Chambers sits down to talk in his tiny, windowless conference room just off his rather modest office. Behind him on the wall are 13 framed posters signed by the engineers who created some of Cisco’s billion-dollar  businesses (a litany of three-letter acronyms that only a geek could love). It’s been 19 years that he’s been running Cisco Systems, the world’s largest maker of data networking gear. Chambers would like nothing more than to add a few more posters to the wall before he’s gone.  Time is running out. The consummate salesman with a rapid-fire West Virginia twang finally announced in November a fuzzy timetable for his retirement: Sometime in the next two to four years. Chambers is the fifth longest-serving CEO in tech. It’s remarkable he’s held on to the job given that Cisco’s shares haven’t broken $35 since 2001.

08 May 2014
Telecom Lead: Cisco Says Its New SDN Solution Will Cut Network Costs by 56% and maintenance by 21%
Cisco said its Elastic Access software and hardware, a new SDN solution, will assist telecoms to cut network deployment costs by 56 percent and maintenance costs by 21 percent. In addition, the enterprise IT vendor promises that global telecoms can also launch new applications and services such as cloud-based managed business services, bandwidth-on-demand and consumer mobile broadband. These new telecom solutions can enable better agility and profitability, helping service providers.

06 May 2014
The DQ Week: Cisco, Partners to Build World's Largest Global Intercloud
Cisco plans to build the world's largest global Intercloud— a network of clouds — together with a set of partners. The Cisco global Intercloud is being architected for the Internet of Everything, with a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application work-loads, real-time analytics, 'near infinite' scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. The first-of-its-kind open Intercloud, which will feature APIs for rapid application development, will deliver a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. Cisco expects to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two vears-: Its partner-centric business model which enables partner capabilities and investments, is expected to generate a rapid acceleration of additional investment to drive the global scale and breadth of services that Cisco plans to deliver to its customers. "Customers, providers and channel partners alike are turning to Cisco to create open and highly secure hybrid cloud environments, and they want to rapidly deploy valuable enterprise-class cloud experiences for key customers — all while mitigating the risk of capital investment," said Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales, Cisco.

06 May 2014
CIO & Leader: Video Banking + Extended Business Hours = Customer Satisfaction
Arindam Mukherjee, Manager of Regional Sales at BFSI, Cisco, chats with Yashvendra Singh about the role of the video platform in the advancement of the BFSI vertical. How has the use of video changed over the years, specifically in the BFSI segment? Have increasing customer expectations forced a noticeable change in the mindset of banks when they deploy video? Customer expectations are pushing banks to innovate in every manner possible. Be it using SMS to offer special discounts to eligible customers or offering specially created packages for customers when they bank online. Today’s customers expect ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to their money. They expect banks and their services to be available across several channels and devices. And they expect banks to communicate the way they do i.e. using live, streaming video, social media and mobile-based services.

05 May 2014
CIO & Leader: Get on Top of IoE to be CI (Innovative) O
In a conversation with Atanu Kumar Das, VC Gopalratnam, CIO Globalisation and VP-IT, Cisco, talks about the new role of a CIO and how he should constantly focus on innovation. The role of the CIO has evolved tremendously owing to the growing relevance of technology in business functions – what are the three top changes that you perceive a CIO would need to make to excel at this role? Massive shifts in technology and consumption models brought about by cloud, security, mobility and programmable networks are accelerating new markets and new business models. These new models are transforming communication and massively disrupting the role of IT. Today’s Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are already thinking about how connected their unconnected people, processes and things can help them gain efficiencies as well as a competitive edge.

02 May 2014
ComputerWorld.in: Cisco Retires WebEx Social, Partners with Jive Instead
Cisco has put out to pasture its WebEx Social enterprise social networking (ESN) suite, opting instead to partner with Jive Software. Cisco and Jive are marketing a bundle that includes Cisco's WebEx Meetings and Jabber for online meetings, Web conferencing, IM and audio/video communications and Jive's ESN software, which provides "Facebook like" capabilities for workplace collaboration, like employee profiles, activity streams, microblogging, document sharing and group workspaces. The bundle is already live with some customers, like Thomson Reuters, where 60,000 users can invite colleagues to and launch WebEx meetings from the Jive interface, as well as fire up a Jabber IM session from within Jive. Details on pricing were not immediately available. Cisco and Jive plan to progressively link these products at a technology level so they work in a more integrated fashion. The companies will also offer consulting and services for customers that need customized implementations.

02 May 2014
The Economic Times: Cisco Investments Commits $150 Million to Start-Up Companies
Cisco's corporate venture-capital arm said it would deploy $150 million to start-up companies over the next two to three years, accelerating its investments into areas such as Internet-enabled communication between objects. That theme, also known as the Internet of Things, will complement other Cisco investing themes such as big data and connecting mobile devices, Cisco senior vice president for corporate development Hilton Romanski told reporters Wednesday… "Our ability to identify and stay ahead of market disruptions is deeply rooted in our build, buy, partner and integrate approach to innovation," Hilton Romanski, senior vice president, Cisco Corporate Development said.

01 May 2014
The Hindu Business Line: Cisco India Rejigs Top Deck as Head Jeff White Resigns
Jeff White, Cisco's President and Country Manager for India and SAARC region has quit. White had moved to India in January 2013 replacing Naresh Wadhwa, who had spent almost fifteen years in Cisco. White was earlier the Vice-President for Cisco's Service Provider Business in Asia-Pacific, Japan and China. When contacted, Cisco India spokesperson confirmed the development and said Jeff is going back to the US to be closer to his family. After his exit, Cisco in India will be led by Dinesh Malkani who is currently Vice-President, Sales, Cisco India and SAARC. Malkani will report of Irving Tan, President for Asia Pacific and Japan. Amit Phadnis, Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group will expand his role to become the new India Site Leader. Amit replaces Surya Panditi who re-focuses his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Networking Group. In addition, Cisco has appointed V C Gopalratnam, Vice President, IT and CIO for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, to a newly created role as Chief of Strategy, Planning and Operations for Cisco India.

01 May 2014
Silicon India: TeamF1: Future-Proofing the Connectivity and Security Roadmap for Smart Devices
The buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) tends to center around a set of highly functional, utilitarian ideas: connected objects can make smart homes a reality, where toasters will talk to alarm clocks so your toast is ready when you awaken, and smart refrigerators will know when you are out of yogurt and perhaps even place an online grocery order directly. Seemingly far-fetched applications, once only the stuff of science-fiction movies, such as turning an environment into ambient data visualization, where the hue of your lamp reflects your stock portfolio’s performance or optimizing health habits by checking body activity through your bracelet's color, are now being ushered into the realm of reality, thanks to the pervasiveness of connected smart devices. The promise of an autonomous M2M (machine-to-machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) future and the efficiency it brings, for everything from electric power to healthcare delivery, cannot be fulfilled unless the hyper-connected vision of the future is joined at the hip with foundational security for the infrastructure and all "things" connected. Cisco Systems’ John Chambers, for example, said that the "Internet of Everything" will generate $19 trillion in new revenue by 2020: that is a whole lot of networked end-points that need to be secured! And we have not even touched on privacy yet, which remains a closely related but separate problem to be tackled.

30 April 2014
CIOL: Cable Show 2014: Cisco Demos Video Technology and SP Architecture for Cable Operators
At the Cable Show 2014, Cisco will showcase the extension of Cisco’s Service Provider architecture for cable operators. It will also showcase innovations in video technology portfolio. Cisco’s Service Provider architecture is designed to deliver more bandwidth, higher service tiers and agility in deploying new applications, while lowering operational expenses. In addition, Cisco will make its service provider customer premise equipment (CPE) routing software available in open-source format. Among the beneficiaries will be the RDK Management for use with the Reference Design Kit (RDK) on future devices other than set-top boxes, such as modems, routers or converged gateways. Besides new DOCSIS and optical networking capabilities, Cisco’s innovations apply the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and virtualization technologies recently introduced in the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) to virtualize, integrate and automate cable operators’ access architecture. Cisco is showcasing enhancements to its uBR10012 CMTS that enable cable operators to deploy 1Gbps tiers across footprints. Cisco’s Terabit CCAP platform, the cBR-8, will leverage DOCSIS 3.1 to deliver 10Gbps access tiers.

30 April 2014
CRN.in: EMC, Cisco Launches Joint Channel Program
EMC and Cisco have launched their first-ever joint channel program in a bid to alleviate intense conflict between the two vendors that is stalling partner deals from its VCE joint venture. The new joint partner program includes new sales incentives, such as 3 percent additional back-end rebate on the Cisco portion of EMC VSPEX reference architecture deals, along with an additional 3 percent front-end guaranteed discount on the EMC portion of the deal… The two companies are also providing an additional 2 percent rebate on Vblock System 300-based systems where the company is facing new pressure from HP converged systems. “From an alignment standpoint, this program is the best we have done over the past three or four years, and it will help take out a lot of the confusion for our customers, our partners and our field-selling organization,” said Tom Tormey, Vice President, Alliances, EMC. “It has been a great market opportunity, but we haven’t done as good a job as we could about being clear about the swim lanes and the direction, and we haven't aligned the incentives for the partners to help make that happen."

25 April 2014
Yahoo: : Network Data Systems Re-certified as Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner and Cisco HCS
Cisco today announced that Network Data Systems has been re-certified as a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner (CMSP) worldwide. Additionally, Network Data Systems has achieved the Cisco Powered Service designations of Hosted Collaboration Solutions (HCS) under Cisco Powered Cloud Services and Business Communication under Cisco Powered Managed Services. With these certifications, NDS has proven capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services employing Cisco technology. “With the recertification, NDS has become one of eight US Cisco Gold Partners that have achieved both the Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) accreditation and that hold customer satisfaction excellence. NDS has held Cisco customer Satisfaction Excellence for over sixteen consecutive quarters!” expounded Jeff Gray, VP of Managed Services. “The Cisco HCS platform was the missing link to a mature unified communications transformation and managed services capability to deliver a differentiated level of service to our clients moving to the cloud.”

24 April 2014
Voice&Data: TCCS to Impart Telecom Training to 80,000 Youths
TSSC would impart telecom training to 80,000 youths across the country over the next 18 months and help infuse Rs 80 crores government support for skill development in telecom domain under the recently launched National Skill Certification and Monetary (STAR) Scheme. "We have entered into a MoU with TSSC to support the training of over 80,000 youth in India over the next 18 months. As part of this initiative, we will deploy the Cisco Education Enabled Development (CEED) platform - our cloud based video delivered solution to empower rural India through efficient delivery of skill development courses. This is a great example of how the industry can collaborate with others to use technology as the enabler for inclusive growth in the country," said Aravind Sitaraman, President Inclusive Growth, Cisco, on the occasion.

23 April 2014
Computerworld.in: : Cisco Brings Managed Threat Defense to Control Malware from Extended Networks
Enterprise networking vendor Cisco has unveiled Managed Threat Defense, on-premises solution, to protect against advanced malware across customers’ extended networks. Cisco Managed Threat Defense, a managed security solution, is designed to apply real-time, predictive analytics to detect attacks. Managed Threat Defense is currently available in the United States and Canada, and select locations in APJC including: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Japan.

21 April 2014
CIOL: Cisco Announces 6 MN TV Homes on DEN Networks
Cisco has announced that it has reached a key milestone of six million digital pay-TV homes on DEN Networks. DEN is using Cisco technologies to enhance the TV-watching experience of nearly 30 million viewers across India, with an estimated industry average of five people per household, said a Cisco release. Sue Taylor, Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific, Cisco Service Provider Video Software Solutions, commented, “Cisco is excited by the success of its customers and would like to congratulate DEN for reaching such a major milestone. We anticipate that the current digitization drive will spur us on to achieve many greater milestones, both in roll-out volume and technology deployment, with the introduction of many new features using the latest designs and technologies. This will lead to overall customer enjoyment in terms of the TV viewing experience”.

17 April 2014
Voice & Data: Cisco Announces 6 MN TV Homes on DEN Networks
Cisco has announced that it has reached a key milestone of six million digital pay-TV homes on DEN Networks. DEN is using Cisco technologies to enhance the TV-watching experience of nearly 30 million viewers across India, with an estimated industry average of five people per household, said a Cisco release. Sue Taylor, Vice President Sales, Asia Pacific, Cisco Service Provider Video Software Solutions, commented, “Cisco is excited by the success of its customers and would like to congratulate DEN for reaching such a major milestone. We anticipate that the current digitization drive will spur us on to achieve many greater milestones, both in roll-out volume and technology deployment, with the introduction of many new features using the latest designs and technologies. This will lead to overall customer enjoyment in terms of the TV viewing experience”.

16 April 2014
VAR India: Cisco Systems Receives Best Networking Solution at Star Nite Awards 2013
Cisco Systems receives award as the Best Networking solution company from Mr. N Ravi Shanker,IAS, Addl. Secretary,DOT-GOI at Star Nite Awards 2013.

15 April 2014
Express Computer: Asianet Selects Cisco DOCSIS 3.0 Technology to Deliver Enhanced Broadband Experience to Subscribers
Asianet has selected Cisco to deploy DOCSIS 3.0, a next-generation cable broadband network which is a key component of the Cisco IP NGN architecture. This technology increases upstream and downstream speeds to Asianet broadband customers by offering speeds of up to 300 Mbps per subscriber. DOCSIS 3.0 will help Asianet to achieve ultra-high speeds and will help enable the multi-service operator (MSO) to deliver more content over existing networks. According to Sandeep Arora, Regional Manager, Service Provider, Cisco India & SAARC, “Our engagement with Asianet has the potential to transform the cable and broadband industry in Kerala. Our IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture helps enable convergence of networks and services, providing an immersive experience to cable subscribers.” Asianet and Cisco are working together to offer enhanced video experience to the end consumer. The introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 is also expected to change the business dynamics for Asianet in Kerala, as the state observes Phase III of cable digitalization.

14 April 2014
The Economic Times: India Still Behind China in Intellectual Property Generation, Says Cisco CEO
Even as start-ups have mushroomed in India over the last few months, the country is yet to reach the scale of intellectual property (IP) generation being seen in nations like China and Israel, technology giant MCisco CEO John Chambers said. "The Indian market has to do a lot more (with) startups, create that entrepreneurial spirit at a faster scale. I am committed to India, but it has not taken off in terms of IP generated anywhere like China or Israel," Chambers told a news agency in in an interview. He said Indian universities can play a bigger role in fostering entrepreneurship and the spirit for innovation. Over the last two years, a large number of technology- driven start-ups have come into existence. These have received funding from a range of investors including angel investors, individuals as well as large venture capitalists.

12 April 2014
Mouseworld Now: Cisco Announces Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge
Cisco has announced the return of the Internet of Things World Forum 2014. The global event will unite thought leaders, business leaders and practitioners in business, industry, government and academia to accelerate the development of the rapidly emerging Internet of Things market. The 2014 Internet of Things World Forum will be taking place in Chicago, October 14-16, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The 2014 Internet of Things World Forum will provide attendees examples firsthand of how the Internet of Things is changing industries worldwide, and hear directly from those who are changing it. Attendees will also hear predictions about how the Internet of Things will affect the global economy, and how it has the potential to address many of the challenges the various markets currently face.

10 April 2014
CIOL: Netmagic Achieves Cisco Cloud Master Service Provider Certification
Netmagic, an NTT Communications company and a Datacenter Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (DILM) service provider, announced that it has achieved the Cisco Cloud Master Service Provider (CMSP) certification. This certification recognizes Netmagic as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and delivering cloud and managed services with financial incentives and go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence. “The CMSP certification recognizes a globally exclusive group of partners with the highest level of competency and capabilities. With cloud maturing and gaining momentum globally, this certification places Netmagic as a secured and reliable cloud service provider in India and globally. Netmagic, as CMSP certified, is uniquely positioned to offer best-in-class cloud services and managed services that are powered and validated by Cisco to ensure reliability, security and performance,” said Seema Ambastha, Senior Vice President-Business Development, Netmagic.

08 April 2014
The Financial Express: Skills Programme to Train 80,000 Youngsters
Youngsters looking at craving out carriers in the telecom sector can now look at getting their skills upgraded an attempt that can help them become not just job-ready, but also gain an edge in the competitive job market. This partnership, sealed between Cisco, state-owned ITI, TSSC, World Trade Centre Bangalore, and UTL, will help make the youth employable for the telecom industry. According to Aravind Sitaraman, president, Inclusive Growth, Cisco, the lack of relevant skills and an employable workforce are the two key challenges facing industries.

04 April 2014
ChannelWorld.in: Cisco Delivers OpFlex with Other Industry Leaders
Building on its vision of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) in the data center, Cisco and industry leaders continued the transformation of information technology (IT) with the adoption of a new open, standards-based protocol called OpFlex. Through OpFlex, Cisco ACI continues to deliver the standards-based building blocks for next-generation networks while accelerating innovation with multiple industry leaders. Cisco customers such as Sungard Availability Services, du, Acxiom and Telstra are rapidly adopting the new Nexus 9000 switching platform for their transition to 40Gigabit Ethernet speeds and embracing ACI as the new model for automating data center infrastructure to support critical business applications.

05 April 2014
Governance Now: Cloud Will Help Govts Maximise Resource Usage
A mechanical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology-Varanasi and an alumnus of IIM-Bangalore, Puneet Gupta has over 19 years of experience in technology and government sector and is credited with setting up IBM’s public sector business and making it profitable. In his present role as Director in Cisco he leads the company’s public sector business across India and the SAARC region. He focuses on e-governance, defence and strategic infrastructure projects in central and state governments, data centre and cloud. In an interview with Shubhendu Parth, he speaks on the changes that are driving governance and the role Cisco would like to play in the new cloud-enabled India. Excerpts: How would you sum up Cisco’s role in India’s e-governance journey so far? The public sector in Cisco’s scheme of things includes all state government and central government ministries. If you look at the whole e-governance journey, which started way back in 2004-05, Cisco played a very important role. We have been there in most of the central government mission mode projects, including income tax, customs, Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) or UID.Puneet Gupta, Director - Public Sector, Cisco India & SAARC

04 April 2014
IT Next: How Cisco's OpFlex Protocol Simplifies IT Infrastrcture Management
Traditional SDN models today function on the basis of an imperative control model with a centralized controller and distributed network entities that support the lowest common denominator feature set across vendors such as bridges, ports and tunnels. “We believe this will accelerate multi-vendor innovation in data center and a cloud network to drive operational simplicity, lower costs and increased agility, says Cisco. Cisco is working on an open source OpFlex agent implementation that can be embedded in devices to support the OpFlex protocol. This agent will initially be designed for Open vSwitch but will be reusable across platforms. A number of technology vendors have committed to support OpFlex in their products. These include Microsoft, IBM, F5, Citrix, RedHat, Canonical, Embrane and AVI networks.

31 March 2014
Mouseworld Now: 5% of Cisco’s Global Revenues will Come from India: John Chambers
India will contribute 5% of total revenues of the networking solutions giant Cisco over the next five years, riding on strong demands for cloud and networking services, said Cisco’s CEO John Chambers. The California-based firm, which currently derives about two per cent of its global revenues of over USD 48 billion from India, is also rooting for a stable government to bring in “predictability” in the country’s business environment. “Right now, India’s contribution is very small, about two per cent. We are committed to the Indian market. It should be 5-10 per cent of our revenues,” Chambers said. Asked about the timeline, Cisco Senior Vice President (Worldwide Field Operations) Chuck Robbins said it should be 5 per cent in the next five years. “We should grow over 20 per cent every year over the next five years,” he added. Cisco employs over 10,000 people in India across cities like Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad. Of these, 8,000 people are part of the R&D set up.

27 March 2014
CXO Today: India Will Contribute 5% of Cisco's Global Revenues
Technology major Cisco ex¬pects India to account for five per cent of overall reve¬nues in the next five years even as it hopes that the next Government will in¬crease the 'predictability' of doing business in the country. John Chambers, Chair¬man and CEO of the $49-bil-lion networking giant, said the company wants its In¬dia revenues to increase from a "very small" per¬centage presently ("less than 2 per cent") to 5 per cent of overall revenue.

27 March 2014
Voice and Data: Steering into a Wireless Era
By Mahesh Gupta, Lead, Enterprise Network Architecture Sales Cisco, India and SAARC. Greater employee mobility is one of the biggest trends visible across organizations today. Today's tech-savvy employees demand greater access to global expertise and greater flexibility in device usage. They expect to be enabled with the latest technologies so that they can interact in their workplace just as they do at home through their device of choice from wherever they are. Mobile workers prefer to use wireless devices to do their jobs and need a wireless infrastructure that is easy to deploy and enables flexible, seamless communication with the enterprise in real time. Mobile Workplace Today, the availability of affordable mobile devices, tablets and ultra-portables is increasing the momentum for a mobile workplace. According to the Cisco's Virtual Networking Index 2013, India's IP traffic will grow six-fold from 2012-2017; portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets will contribute 40% to IP traffic in 2017, up from 3% in 2012. As wireless is becoming the norm, multiple devices will get attached to multiple networks, producing more data, and push organizations to implement innovative technology solutions to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. This is because employees seek more control, more access, and more security, all of which will bring more complexity if not provided in the right way.

26 March 2014
The Hindu Business Line: Next Govt Must Usher ‘Predictability’, Generate Revenue for India: Cisco CEO
Technology major Cisco expects to more than double revenues from India within the next 5 years even as it hopes that the next Government will usher in more ‘predictability’ in the country. The $49-billion company wants India revenues to account for five per cent of overall revenues from less than two per cent currently, John Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said. “I love India and we are deeply committed to your country. We have shared our vision for India with our staff there and with the various Government leaders as we want it to be a win-win for all.” However, Chambers stressed that India must ensure stability and predictability in its investment and taxation climate for the country to attract more inward capital. “Once the US became predictable, stock markets started going up, businesses upped investments and new jobs were created. As basic as it sounds, getting back the predictability of doing business in India is crucial,” he added.

25 March 2014
The Financial Express: Cisco to Offer Cloud Computing Service with Wipro
John Chambers-led Cisco Systems plans to offer "cloud" computing services to corporate customers, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter a market now led by Amazon.com. The Silicon Valley company, which is mainly known for networking hardware, is the latest technology vendor hoping to capitalize on the desire of many companies to rent computing services to cut costs.

23 March 2014
Business Standard: Cyber Criminals using Malware that Act as Sleeper Cells: Cisco
As enterprises are increasingly adopting technologies like cloud and mobility, they are also facing more security challenges with cyber criminals using malware that are dormant while entering a secure network and then becoming active, networking solutions giant Cisco said. With companies increasingly adopting concepts like BYOD (bring your own device) and cloud services, they face more security challenges and complexities. Besides, 'Internet of Everything' (IoE) that connects all devices and grids, also opens them to heightened security threats. "In a world that is rapidly moving towards connecting everything, the security risks are also increasing. Now there are dormant cells, which could suddenly get active and how would you then seek protection," Cisco Worldwide Director (Security) Jawahar Sivasankaran told PTI.

22 March 2014
IT Voice: Cisco Executive Padamsree Warrior Joins Box board
Online storage provider Box has appointed Cisco Systems senior executive Padmasree Warrior to its board of directors, the company said, as it gears up for its anticipated stock market flotation. Warrior, Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer, is the latest high-profile tech executive to join Box, following on the heels of Gary Reiner, former General Electric chief information officer and Dana Evan, a former Verisign executive. Wall Street sources told Reuters in November Box had chosen a syndicate of banks including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group and JP Morgan Chase & Co to lead the initial public offering.

22 March 2014
Business Standard: NSA spying costs US Tech Firms
Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil. IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centres overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government. And, tech companies abroad, from Europe to South America, say they are gaining customers that are shunning United States providers, suspicious because of the revelations by Edward J Snowden that tied these providers to the National Security Agency's vast surveillance programme. John T Chambers, the chief executive of Cisco Systems, said in an interview that the NSA disclosures had not affected Cisco's sales "in a major way." Although deals in Europe and Asia have been slower to close, he said, they are still being completed - an experience echoed by several other computing companies.

21 March 2014
CIOL: Cisco Gains Share in Network Security Market
Infonetics Research forecasts that the worldwide network security market to reach $7.3 billion in 2018, a 2013-2018 CAGR of 2.5percent. "Cisco completed its acquisition of Sourcefire in the fourth quarter of 2013, and in the process posted its highest security revenue quarter ever, gaining three points of market share," says Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. Wilson continues: "The network security market nearly hit double-digit growth in 4Q13, and we expect growth to accelerate this year as service providers and enterprises increase security investment to improve security performance and keep up with a changing threat landscape."

20 March 2014
InfoTech Lead: Cisco Gains 3% Share in Network Security Appliance and Software Market, says Infonetics
Enterprise IT vendor Cisco has gained three percent share in network security appliance and software market in the fourth quarter of 2013, said Infonetics. Cisco increased the market share thanks to its acquisition of Sourcefire in the fourth quarter of 2013, Infonetics Research. Looking at the top 3 vendors’ quarter-over-quarter (Q4 2013 vs Q3 2013) performance, Cisco increased overall revenue 20 percent; Check Point had a typically strong 4th quarter, and Juniper posted its second consecutive quarter of growth.

20 March 2014
Channel Times: Cisco's Annual Partner Summit to Be Held in Las Vegas
Next week, thousands of solution providers from around the globe will descend on Las Vegas for Cisco’s Annual Partner Summit. This four-day event starting from March 24 to March 27 will be getting the latest and greatest from Cisco top channel execs. Wendy Bahr, senior vice president of Cisco’s Americas Partner Organization said some of the hottest trends and technologies that are top-of-mind for both partners and Cisco will be discussed at Vegas. Ranging from trends like hybrid IT to the Internet of Things, the company has charted out key areas for its partners to invest in 2014.

19 March 2014
Reuters.in: Box Mames Senior Cisco Executive to Board of Directors Ahead of IPO
Online storage provider Box Inc has appointed Cisco Systems Inc senior executive Padmasree Warrior to its board of directors, the company said Wednesday, as it gears up for its anticipated stock market flotation. Warrior, Cisco's chief technology and strategy officer, is the latest high-profile tech executive to join Box, following on the heels of Gary Reiner, former General Electric Co chief information officer and Dana Evan, a former Verisign Inc executive. Wall Street sources told Reuters in November Box had chosen a syndicate of banks including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group AG and JP Morgan Chase & Co to lead the initial public offering. The sources said the IPO will mostly likely take place in the coming few months.

18 March 2014
CRN.in: Cisco Revamps Collaboration Line
Cisco has unveiled a series of updates to its video system and endpoint lines, along with a new version of its Business Edition collaboration platform, in a move the networking giant called the most significant refresh of its collaboration line in the past three years. As part of the release, Cisco introduced new TelePresence MX endpoints, video software and Business Edition (BE) 7000, a scaled-out version of BE targeted at larger enterprise customers. According to Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President, Collaboration Business, Cisco, the new products are aimed at giving organizations of all sizes, and all budgets, access to high-quality video and collaboration technologies. "Our belief is that the experience is first. Anyone can build a solution that is low cost, but not anyone can build a solution that's low cost and has an incredible experience," Trollope said during a conference call with reporters earlier this week. "And that's what you are going to see today from us."

14 March 2014
DNA: Cisco Enters Data Storage Market with Purchase of Whiptail
With 1 teacher to a classroom of 200 students per subject, several rural schools India are facing a serious deficit of qualified educators. With a countrywide average of 1 teacher to every 40 students, India suffers from a lower quality of education delivered as compared to its BRIC counterparts. Rural Indian schools in particular are affected more because of resource-drain to the country’s cities. Attempting to solve this problem by using low-cost technology and CLOUD is CISCO’s Inclusive Growth division in India. The CISCO Enabled Education Development (CEED) Platform helps connect children in rural classrooms with qualified educators in urban settings and high-quality learning tools through the CLOUD. Offered at just Rs.50 per child, this platform has been brought alive in partnership with BSNL and organizations such as the British Council. In a refreshing conversation on Chai with Lakshmi, Aravind Sitaraman, the head of the Inclusive vertical at CISCO, India, shares about how the concept came about and about their big goal of including 750 million Indians in better education and training over the next 5 years. Their efforts, he says are, ‘…about inclusive growth’.

13 March 2014
Computerworld.in: Cisco on Mission to Outfit All Office Rooms With Video Conferencing Systems
Cisco unveiled Wednesday an array of video conferencing products as it seeks to provide video collaboration systems for meeting rooms of all sizes. Most conference rooms either lack video conferencing equipment altogether or have systems that don’t work properly, so Cisco is going after that market opportunity, according to Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group. “We’re not going to rest until every single room in every single business all over the world has extraordinary video conferencing and collaboration equipment. That’s our mission,” he said during a press conference.

10 March 2014
Infotech Lead: Cisco, Ahead of Check Point, Leads Security Appliance Market with 18% Share, Says IDC
Cisco is leading the overall security appliance market with an 18.1 percent share in factory revenue for the fourth quarter with growth of 23.6 percent. This was due in large part to its Sourcefire acquisition, which closed in early October. Check Point held the number 2 spot with a 12.7 percent share for the quarter as revenue increased 5.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Fortinet remained the third largest security appliance vendor, with a 6.6 percent share in the quarter.

08 March 2014
TechonlineIndia: Cisco Announces Security Challenge to Secure Internet of Things Ecosystem
Cisco predicts that some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Given the expected proliferation of such devices, it is expected that the IoT ecosystem will be a huge area of focus for cyber criminals. The networking giant is inviting the global security community to propose practical security solutions across the markets being impacted daily by the IoT. Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Cisco Security Group, noted in a blog post, "As our connected lives grow and become richer, the need for a new security model becomes even more critical. It requires that we work together as a community to find innovative solutions to make sure that the IoT securely fulfills its potential and preserves the convenience that it represents. With this in mind, Cisco is launching the Internet of Things Security Grand Challenge."

07 March 2014
Business Standard: Ordinary People
"I was reminded from childhood that education was the only salvation, the only security you had, the one thing nobody could take away from you," recalls Anil Menon, president of smart + connected communities at Cisco. His father worked in a telecom company, his mother was a homemaker and his life in Bombay those days was "typically middle-class", says Menon, one of the senior-most executives in Cisco. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior's father was a professor, Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora's an Indian Air Force officer and Nadella's, an IAS officer.

05 March 2014
Telecom Lead: Cisco Telecom Service Provider Router Market Share Dips by 3 points in 2013, Says Dell’Oro
Cisco lost three points in telecom service provider router market share in 2013, said Dell’Oro Group. However, the report said Cisco is still dominating the service provider router market with nearly twice the market share of the second ranked vendor – Juniper Networks. The number two vendor Juniper Networks recorded double-digit revenue growth stemming from exceptionally strong demand in North America. Alcatel-Lucent is in the third position and it maintained share as strong growth in Europe and Asia offset a decline in North America…Chinese telecom network vendor Huawei gained the most share of all vendors due to strong sales in the China market, said Dell’Oro Group. Dell’Oro Group said Cisco, Juniper Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei accounted for 94 percent share of telecom service provider router market share in 2013.

04 March 2014
ChannelWorld.in: Cisco, Polycom Underpins New Gen-i Video Conferencing
Telecom's ICT services arm, Gen-i, has launched its own video communication services based on Cisco and Polycom technology. The ReadyCloud Video software is a network-delivered conferencing solution fully managed by Gen-i and hosted in its local Tier-3 datacenters. The service is available on a per month per subscription basis. Gen-i claims customers can leverage existing video endpoints and hardware to use ReadyCloud Video, and scale services both up and down as required. Gen-i WAN clients can use the service over their existing network. According to chief operating officer (COO), Jo Allison, ReadyCloud Video complements Gen-i's other core Cloud services, ReadyCloud Collaboration and ReadyCloud Mobility.

04 March 2014
Telecom Lead: Cisco, Ahead of Huawei, Leads Router and switch Revenue Market in 2013, Says Infonetics
Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper Networks are leading the service provider router and switch revenue market in 2013, said Infonetics Research. Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and Juniper together took 83 percent of global carrier router and switch revenue. Over the past 2 years, Huawei has increased its market share the most of any vendor. In 2013, service provider router and switch revenue - including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES) rose 2 percent to $14.5 billion. In Q4 2013 carrier router/switch revenue decreased 4 percent from the same period a year ago. SDN challenges Infonetics Research noted that telecoms are proceeding cautiously with router and switch spending, in part because they are trialing SDN (software-defined networking) or just beginning to figure out how to proceed with SDN.

03 March 2014
VAR India: : Cisco Introduces Open-Source Application Detection and Control
Cisco has announced that the company is delivering the ability to create and integrate new open-source application identification capabilities into its Snort engine through the release of OpenAppID. Open-source application detection and control allows users to create, share and implement custom application detection so that they can address new app-based threats as quickly as possible.

03 March 2014
CRN.in: Security Needs Big Overhaul for Internet Of Everything
By Cisco's own calculations, there will be 50 billion connected devices in use globally by 2020, embedded in cars, retail systems, refrigerators, home heating and cooling systems, and countless other things people use every day. In 10 years, Cisco thinks the market for what it calls the Internet Of Everything will be worth around $19 trillion. But if Cisco's Internet Of Everything is to achieve such lofty heights, current security models for Internet infrastructure and transactions are going to have to be completely overhauled to safeguard all this data, two of Cisco's top executives said Thursday in a session at the RSA security conference. In Cisco's Internet Of Everything, every company becomes a tech company; therefore, every company must become a security company," Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco, said. With all of these connected devices, security vendors will have to change their models for controlling and managing data, not just for the devices themselves but also for the people using them, Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Security Business Group, Cisco, added. "Clearly, we need to do security differently," Young said. Organizations will need greater visibility into their networks, better awareness of threats and an ability to act quickly when issues arise. To get all of this, Cisco's Internet Of Everything will need something that resembles an air traffic control system, he said. This includes moving from the current model of securing control points in the infrastructure to the transactions and who is connecting them. "It's about being able to see if something is going off course, or maybe a catastrophe is at hand," Young said. "It's the same with managing all the devices, apps, users and data in Internet Of Everything-oriented systems."

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