September 23, 2010

Cisco revamps Flip UltraHD and MinoHD camcorder lines

While the new line of Flip camcorders don’t look radically different in an aesthetic sense, they do increase the product line’s technical abilities and consumer appeal while revamping the high-definition functionality of the UltraHD and MinoHD platforms.

More pointedly, the two-hour UltraHD comes with the new FlipPort accessory connector and can record video content in 720p at a frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps), which is a significant improvement over the 30fps rate held by the one-hour version.

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July 06, 2010

Cisco releases new tablet called Cisco Home Energy Controller for smart home market


Tablets or just gadgets in the broad sense that do our work is finally coming close to being a reality especially with the Cisco tablet that has been released recently. Seated at just one single area of the house, the tablet provides the user with complete control of all the other utility items in the house.

Named the Cisco Home Energy Controller, the tablet is an even more specialized product from Cisco that comes hot on the heels of the other tablet offering from the same company in the form of the Cius that has been built purely with a business scenario in mind.

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May 24, 2010

Cisco takes wraps off home TelePresence solution

It's not just Google who has taken the leap into consumer appliances. Just the day after the search company launched the Google TV, Cisco has announced trials of a consumer version of its TelePresence videoconferencing system according to a Reuters report. The company has also announced that TV channel ESPN will be using Telepresence to transmit World Cup football from South Africa.

In January, the company announced that it would be running trials of a home Telepresence system with Verizon in the US and, later in the year, France Telecom.

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December 30, 2009

Cisco Files to Patent to Enter the Search Engine Business

Editor's Note:  Here's a novel idea, maybe there are websites that people want to be private and if they wanted the search engines to know about them then they would let them know.   I think Cisco is making a pretty big assumption here.  I would rather see the search engines themselves deploy this gear in their datacenters and use it for people doing searches on their indexes and use that data to do inclusions if at all.  But I would not like to see this as a new standard deployed everywhere.
One of the limitations of search engines such as Google (GOOG) or Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing that crawl the web looking for links is that they can only tell you about what they’ve finally come upon. That still leaves vast amounts of material as yet to be “discovered.” A patent application from Cisco (CSCO) suggests a clever way to help update the engines — and to make a manufacturer of network equipment an important part of yet another industry.

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October 30, 2009

Cisco's India revenues inch closer to $1 billion dollar mark

As Cisco, the world’s largest computer networking equipment maker, approaches around $1 billion in revenues from India, the company is hoping that increased government spending on technology will keep the momentum going.
Cisco has already won three contracts awarded by State Electricity Boards (SEBs) for computerization, each being worth around Rs 200-500 crore. These projects are part of the government’s bigger agenda for computerisation of the power sector by investing nearly Rs 10,000 crore.

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October 15, 2009

24% of Tandberg Shareholders Reject Cisco Takeover Offer

Editor's Note:  I think they are smart to play hard to get with the 800 pound gorilla we know as Cisco Systems.  With the video conferencing market growing and them being a dominant player along with Polycom, they should not sellout at the first offer.  They look to have a good business model, quality product and focus on providing a good product in that market.  Hopefully Polycom will take note and not sellout to any firm unless it is in the best interest of Polycom as a brand and its shareholders.
Wall Street Journal - Shareholders representing 24% of the shares in Tandberg ASA on Thursday rejected Cisco Systems Inc.'s recent $3 billion offer for the video-conferencing-equipment maker, fueling hopes that the U.S.-based company might raise its bid. Swedish brokerage SEB Enskilda, which represents the 21 shareholders in the Norwegian company, said it has communicated their position to Cisco.

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October 09, 2009

Cisco shines light on "Dark Web" of Proxies & Redirects

Cisco launched software that shines light on potentially troublesome websites hidden in what the US computer security firm dubbed the "Dark Web."

Cisco IronPort Web Usage Controls promise to identify as much as 90 percent of "egregious" content that has escaped detection by business IT managers and security applications because of its stealthy nature on the Internet.

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October 01, 2009

Cisco Buys Video Conference Gear Maker Tandberg for $3 Billion Cash

Editor's Note:  Very Interesting move on Cisco's part.  Looks like they are making a move into video conferencing portion of the market with this purchase.  Cisco already had a an active channel in the tele-presence market, that includes large full size video projections of a person to make you feel like the person is actually in your office. 

Problem was that the gear was easily into the hundreds of thousands of dollars so the market was specific for major fortune 1000 companies and government agencies.  With this purchase they will be able to compete with companies like Polycom in the small to medium sized business market with this video conferencing gear.

New York Times - 
Cisco Systems continued to show just how serious it is about video conferencing, announcing late Wednesday night the $3 billion acquisition of Tandberg, a Norwegian video communications company.

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April 20, 2009

Cisco's new CCNA specializations - CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNA Wireless

To become a specialized Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), you must first be a "regular" CCNA, and then pass a single certification test in your specialist area.

There are three new CCNA specializations:

  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Voice
  • CCNA Wireless

Each of these is an area of technology in which Cisco is pushing for a very strong presence.

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February 13, 2009

Cisco sells $4 billion worth of senior debt

Cisco Systems Inc. on Monday sold $4 billion worth of senior unsecured debt, a sign that credit markets may be easing as companies are increasingly able to find buyers for their bonds. The offering is expected to close on Feb. 17.

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December 03, 2008

Cisco accused of monopoly in anti-trust lawsuit

Cisco Systems is the target of an antitrust lawsuit that accuses the vendor of holding a maintenance services monopoly for its networking equipment. Multiven, a Redwood City, Calif.-based company that provides network maintenance and consulting services, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., where Cisco is based.

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September 19, 2008

Cisco to buy messaging software company Jabber

Cisco Systems Inc said on Friday it plans to buy privately held Jabber Inc, which specializes in instant messaging software, to bolster its own line of Internet-based communications products.

The two companies did not disclose financial terms.

Denver-based Jabber provides open instant messaging technology that supports different devices and applications, and allows users on separate networks, such as Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger, to connect with each other.

"With the acquisition of Jabber, we will be able to extend the reach of our current instant messaging service and expand the capabilities of our collaboration platform," Doug Dennerline, senior vice president of Cisco's Collaboration Software Group, said in a statement.

Cisco said it expects the deal to close by the end of January.

Source: Reuters 

August 15, 2008

Cisco retires Linksys reseller program, reseller must become Registered Channel Partner

Note:  Looks like the integration is complete.  Good thing Cisco makes good hardware. 

Cisco appears to be nudging ever closer to dropping the Linksys brand. Today it announces that it has combined the engineering teams for all its SMB products, forming a single group to develop products for the Cisco and Linksys brands. It has also retired the

Linksys reseller initiaive and is urging Linksys' 20,000-strong reseller community to sign up for the Cisco Channel Partner Program.

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July 25, 2008

Kaplan Launche Online CISCO Certification Programs

Kaplan announced the launch of three new online Cisco certification programs designed to provide students with the knowledge to seek employment in the high-demand Information Technology field. "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology is the fastest growing sector in the economy, with an expected growth rate of 68 percent through 2012," said Lisa Rosenzweig, the Executive Director at Kaplan Continuing Education.

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July 18, 2008

AT&T spending reduction hitting Cisco

Talk of AT&T cutting back on its capital expenditures for this year have hit Cisco's stock as well as the prospects for other telecom equipment vendors. Credit Suisse this week downgraded Cisco to neutral from outperform on reports that AT&T will cut back on its 2008 capex budget. Credit Suisse estimates that AT&T spends between $500 million and $1 billion annually with Cisco, or almost 2.5% of Cisco's annual revenue.

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July 09, 2008

Cisco takes $78M haircut on VMware investment

Cisco took a $78 million haircut on its VMware stock investment after it was announced today that VMware co-founder and CEO Diane Greene had been sacked. Perhaps most telling of the unpleasantness surrounding today's event is that Diane Greene is no longer even acknowledged as a co-founder on the VMware leadership/co-founder web page.

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July 03, 2008

NJ admits defrauding Cisco of millions of dollars

A former computer contractor for the City of Newark has admitted he cheated technology giant Cisco Systems of several million dollars. In pleading guilty Wednesday to mail fraud and tax evasion, Michael Kyereme admitted he fraudulently obtained computer parts from Cisco and then resold them.

The 41-year-old Piscataway man faces up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced in November. He remains free on $500,000 bond. When arrested in March 2007, authorities said Kyereme cheated San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco of more than $10 million, but no figure was specified Wednesday.

Source: MercuryNews

June 19, 2008

Cisco offers free WebEx for a day

Cisco Systems is offering US companies free access to its WebEx collaboration service for one day on 19th of June. The company has opened the service to everyone as part of a promotion for national 'Dump the Pump Day' in which commuters are encouraged to avoid using petrol.

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June 13, 2008

Cisco To Buy Danish Video-Management Player

Cisco Systems announced plans Tuesday to acquire Denmark-based DiviTech A/S, a provider of digital-service management systems for broadcasters, cable and IPTV operators. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Cisco plans to fold DiviTech into the Cisco Digital Media business unit as part of the Service Provider Video Technology Group (the former Scientific Atlanta). DiviTech employees will move into Cisco's Copenhagen facility.

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June 11, 2008

Cisco sees $10 billion market in video

Note:  With fuel prices heading up it makes logical sense that video and teleconferencing with become a more critical service for companies to combat these rising fuel prices.

Cisco says its opportunity in video is $10 billion over the next 3-5 years, not including network upgrades required to  support video applications. Physical security alone is an $8 billion market, but TelePresence virtual conferencing accounts for Cisco's biggest product ramp, according to Marthin DeBeer, senior vice president of Emerging Technologies.

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June 02, 2008

Chambers banks Cisco's future on Web 2.0

Cisco CEO John Chambers says the company's future depends on technologies that enable human collaboration. "We build our culture at Cisco around catching market transitions," Chambers said during a keynote address on Web 2.0 and collaboration at Forrester Research's recent IT Forum in Las Vegas. Cisco's moves in Web 2.0, from its TelePresence video conferencing technology to the acquisition of WebEx, are steps towards making sure it doesn't get upstaged by more innovative competitors.

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January 30, 2008

Cisco Announce the Nexus 7000 Data-Center Switching Platform


The Nexus 7000 series of data center platforms combine Ethernet, IP and storage units into the one network fabric. This is done using Ciscuc TrustSec architecture with the Nexus Operating system. Microsoft is currently testing the Nexus platforms in a laboratory environment to put the new technology through its paces.

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December 19, 2007

Retired Cisco Chairman gives $175 million to Wisconsin Students

The Associated Press reports that retired Cisco Systems Inc. chairman John Morgridge and his wife have given $175 million to help Wisconsin students pay for their college education at any public university in the state.Morgridge is generous with his time as well. He gave me several interviews for my book, The Technology Leaders, explaining the logic behind Cisco's very successful acquisition strategy.

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December 13, 2007

Cisco Views Video as Future Internet Killer App - Welcome to Yesterday

Note:  I really enjoy these headlines, by my count video has been the killer app since 2005 *cough YouTube *cough.  I thought Cisco would of gotten the memo first being that there enterprise level customer must be asking for more features in there switches to help with the bandwidth intensive video traffic.   Anyways glad to see they are onboard :)

Cisco Systems believes video is the killer app for the next generation of Internet. But that will likely not impact the enterprise for another five to seven years.  Cisco at its C-Scape conference in San Jose beat the collaboration drum in laying out its strategy and vision for the future of networking, with video playing a key part of collaboration.

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November 19, 2007

Cisco Thinks Stock is Undervalued, Buying $10 Billion Back

Cisco has boosted its stock buyback effort by $10 billion, a sign the Internet networking supplier still believes its shares are undervalued. The move, announced Friday, is a way for the San Jose-based company to increase the value of remaining investors' stakes, counter the effect of employees exercising stock options and protect its financial image.

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