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New Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Solutions Revolutionize Home Wireless for Consumers with New Features, Higher Speeds, Longer Ranges and Additional Apps

Cisco Linksys today announced the expansion of its Linksys® Smart Wi-Fi portfolio with three new 802.11ac powered Smart Wi-Fi Routers, a new compact 802.11ac USB adapter, new features and new Smart Wi-Fi Apps. Together, these innovations give consumers a smarter way to control their wireless home network and connected devices.

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Cisco, Technology


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Tomorrow Starts Here

The Internet is only 8000 days old. 2.5 billion people and 37 billion things will join the Internet by 2020.  And Cisco believes this is just the beginning. 99 percent of things in the physical world are still unconnected, ready to be woken up.
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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Cisco, Technology


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Cisco Global Cloud Index Forecasts Cloud Traffic to Grow Sixfold by 2016

In its second annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2011-2016), Cisco forecasts global data center traffic to grow fourfold and reach a total of 6.6 zettabytes annually by 2016. The company also predicts global cloud traffic, the fastest-growing component of data center traffic, to grow sixfold – a 44 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR) – from 683 exabytes of annual traffic in 2011 to 4.3 zettabytes by 2016.

For context, 6.6 zettabytes is equivalent to:

  • 92 trillion hours of streaming music – Equivalent to about 1.5 years of continuous music streaming for the world’s population in 2016.
  • 16 trillion hours of business Web conferencing – Equivalent to about 12 hours of daily Web conferencing for the world’s workforce in 2016.
  • 7 trillion hours of online high-definition (HD) video streaming – Equivalent to about 2.5 hours of daily streamed HD video for the world’s population in 2016.

The vast majority of the data center traffic is not caused by end users but by data centers and cloud-computing workloads used in activities that are virtually invisible to individuals. For the period 2011-2016, Cisco forecasts that roughly 76 percent of data center traffic will stay within the data center and will be largely generated by storage, production and development data. An additional 7 percent of data center traffic will be generated between data centers, primarily driven by data replication and software/system updates. The remaining 17 percent of data center traffic will be fueled by end users accessing clouds for Web surfing, emailing and video streaming.
From a regional perspective, the Cisco Global Cloud Index predicts that through 2016, the Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate, while the Asia Pacific region will process the most cloud workloads, followed by North America.


  • The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2011-2016) was developed to estimate global data center and cloud-based Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth and trends. The Cisco Global Cloud Index serves as a complementary resource to existing network traffic studies, providing new insights and visibility into emerging trends affecting data centers and cloud architectures. The forecast becomes increasingly important as networks and data centers become more intrinsically linked in offering cloud services.
  • The Cisco Global Cloud Index includes a “workload transition” forecast, which shows the workload shifting from traditional data centers to more virtualized cloud servers.
  • The forecast also includes a supplement on Cloud Readiness Regional Details, which examines the fixed and mobile network abilities of each global region (from nearly 150 countries) to support business and consumer cloud-computing applications and services.
  • The Cisco Global Cloud Index is generated by modeling and analysis of various primary and secondary sources, including 40 terabytes of traffic data sampled from a variety of global data centers over the past year; results from more than 90 million network tests over the past two years; and third-party market research reports.

Key Highlights/Findings:

  • Cloud traffic growth by region: The Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate from 2011 to 2016: The Cisco Global Cloud Index now includes regional forecast data for cloud traffic growth.

– In 2011, North America generated the most cloud traffic (261 exabytes annually); followed by Asia Pacific; (216 exabytes annually); and Western Europe (156 exabytes annually).

– By 2016, Asia Pacific will generate the most cloud traffic (1.5 zettabytes annually); followed by North America (1.1 zettabytes annually); and Western Europe (963 exabytes annually).

– From 2011 to 2016, Cisco foresees the Middle East and Africa as having the highest cloud traffic growth rate (79 percent CAGR); followed by Latin America (66 percent CAGR); and Central and Eastern Europe (55 percent CAGR).

  • Workload growth by region: By 2016, Asia Pacific will have processed the most cloud workloads, followed by North America: The Cisco Global Cloud Index now includes regional forecast data for workload growth.

– In 2011, North America had the most cloud workloads (8.1 million, or 38 percent of the global cloud workloads); followed by Asia Pacific, which had 6.7 million, or 32 percent of the global workloads in 2011.

– By 2016, Asia Pacific will process the most cloud workloads (40.6 million, or 36 percent of the global cloud workloads); followed by North America, which will have 17.4 million, or 26 percent of the global workloads in 2016.

– From 2011 to 2016, the Middle East and Africa region is expected to have the highest cloud workload growth rate (73 percent CAGR); followed by Latin America (60 percent CAGR); and Central and Eastern Europe (50 percent CAGR).

– In North America, traditional data center workloads will actually decline from 2011 to 2016 (from 18.3 million in 2011 to 17.4 million in 2016), falling to a negative 1 percent CAGR.

  • Global data center traffic growth will increase fourfold by 2016. Cisco forecasts that global data center traffic will nearly quadruple, from 1.8 zettabytes in 2011 to 6.6 zettabytes annually in 2016, representing a 31 percent CAGR.
  • Global cloud traffic will account for nearly two-thirds of total global data center traffic. Globally, cloud traffic will grow from 39 percent (57 exabytes per month and 683 exabytes annually) of total data center traffic in 2011 to 64 percent (almost two-thirds – 355 exabytes per month and 4.3 zettabytes annually) of total data center traffic in 2016.
  • Global cloud traffic will grow faster than overall global data center traffic. The transition to cloud services is driving global cloud traffic at a growth rate greater than global data center traffic. Global data center traffic will grow fourfold (a 31 percent CAGR) from 2011 to 2016, while global cloud traffic will grow sixfold (a 44 percent CAGR) over the same period.
  • Workload transitions: From 2011 to 2016, data center workloads will grow 2.5-fold; cloud workloads will grow 5.3-fold. In 2011, 30 percent of workloads were processed in the cloud, with 70 percent being handled in a traditional data center.

– 2014 will be the first year when the majority of workloads shift to the cloud; 52 percent of all workloads will be processed in the cloud versus 48 percent in the traditional IT space.

– By 2016, 62 percent or nearly two-thirds of total workloads will be processed in the cloud.

– The average workload per physical cloud server will grow from 4.2 in 2011 to 8.5 by 2016. In comparison the average workload per traditional data center physical server will grow from 1.5 in 2011 to 2.0 in 2016.

  • Cloud readiness: Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, and Western Europe can currently support advanced cloud-computing applications over fixed networks; currently, only Western Europe has average network performance to support intermediate cloud-computing applications over mobile networks. To assess cloud readiness, various fixed and mobile network attributes were analyzed. Average upload and download speeds and average latency were assessed across each of the following geographic regions: Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, North America, and Western Europe.

– From a fixed network perspective, the average network performance characteristics for the Middle East and Africa and Latin America can currently support intermediate cloud-computing applications such as high-definition video streaming and video chat applications.

– The average fixed broadband performance for Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, and Western Europe can currently support advanced cloud-computing applications such as 3-D video streaming and high-end virtual office services. Note: Some countries within every region have average fixed network capabilities to support advanced cloud computing applications today.

– From a mobile network perspective, only the average network performance characteristics for Western Europe were sufficient to support intermediate cloud-computing applications today.

– The average mobile broadband performance for all other regions can support basic cloud-computing applications, such as web surfing and text communications. Note: Some countries within every region can support intermediate mobile cloud services today. Hungary is the only country that can support advanced mobile cloud services today.

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Cisco, Technology


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PLDT, Smart and Cisco prepare PH for Next-Gen Internet

(L-R): Orlando B. Vea, Smart Chief Wireless Advisor; Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO, PLDT/Smart; Les Williamson, Vice President for Asia and ANZ at Cisco; Stephen Thomas Misa, Cisco’s Country General Manager for Philippines.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), the country’s largest telecommunications providers, and Cisco have partnered to expand the PLDT Group’s nationwide broadband network to meet growing local demand for high bandwidth fixed and mobile services like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE.

This collaboration, which has resulted in the installation of more than 40 core sites wired nationwide, is part of PLDT’s Network Modernization Program to bring Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) to the Philippines.
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Cisco, PLDT, Smart Communications, Technology


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Meralco and Cisco collaborate on Future-Ready Energy Utilities for the Philippines

Back (L-R) - Ruben Benosa, Marthyn Cuan, Stephen Misa (Cisco), Raymond Ravelo, Ramon Segismundo, Mario Louie Castaneda (Cisco), Edgar Ventanilla (Cisco), Marnie Tolosa (Cisco) Front (L-R) - Alfredo Panlilio, Les Williamson (Cisco), Oscar Reyes, Patrick Veron (Cisco)

Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the Philippines’ largest distributor of electrical power, and Cisco are collaborating on a holistic approach to providing reliable computing and networking infrastructure as a foundation for operations on a smart grid.

Investing in enterprise computing and smart grids will enhance automation and intelligence at critical points within the Meralco network, which will enable the company to achieve higher efficiency in utility operations and deliver better services to customers.
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Cisco, Technology


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Cisco Appoints New Leader for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China Region

Cisco announced recently that Jaime Valleìs has been appointed as the company’s new leader for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC). Valleìs takes over from Edzard Overbeek who was recently appointed head of Cisco’s Global Services business. Owen Chan will remain chairman and CEO of Cisco’s Greater China theater.

Valleìs was previously the senior vice president of Cisco’s Latin America theater and has a strong track record of success in emerging countries, turning Latin America into one of Cisco’s fastest growing regions since he joined the company in 2007. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, Valleìs brings to APJC a broad understanding of Cisco’s strategic direction and unique experience in effectively driving growth in both developed and emerging countries.
“Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China represent a huge opportunity for future growth and innovation for Cisco. This internal appointment demonstrates the great strength and depth of the Cisco leadership talent across the world. Jaime is a great leader with a wealth of experience, passion and outstanding skills in building and leading teams, creating and executing strategic business plans and forging strong relationships built on trust and integrity,” said Rob Lloyd, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Cisco.

Prior to Cisco, Valleìs was president of Sun Microsystems Latin America for seven years, and president of Sun Microsystems Mexico before that. He also previously held senior leadership positions at IBM.

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Cisco, Technology


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Cisco refreshes its ‘Simply Powerful’ line of Home Networking Solutions

So powerful and easy to setup that a 7-year old girl was able to show to the media how she connects her iPAD2 to a wireless home network using the Linksys E4200 – part of Cisco’s latest Linksys E-series wireless-N routers.

Cisco held the live demo and launch recently at the Peninsula Manila Hotel to highlight the usability of the routers and how the embedded Cisco Connect Software enables users to set-up, connect, and customize their wireless settings to match their individual preferences.
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Cisco


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Flip Video announces new version of FlipShare with social features and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

Cisco’s Flip Video™, pioneer in the shoot and share video camera category, has announced new social and video sharing capabilities with the launch of its latest FlipShare™ software as well as FlipShare Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android™ devices. Existing users will be notified of the available upgrade automatically in the month of April 2011 when they open the FlipShare application, or users can go to to download it.

The FlipShare software, which comes with every Flip™ video camera, now has enhanced video sharing capabilities. The new software includes FlipShare Groups™, a new and social way for consumers to share video more securely with friends and family. After creating a FlipShare Group, users and their friends can access their videos from and through the FlipShare Mobile™ apps that are now available for iPhone, iPad and Android. Within FlipShare Groups, users can comment, read and post messages on each other’s videos and Groups.
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Cisco, Flip Video, Technology


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Cisco Philippines appoints I-Digiworld as sole distributor of Flip Video

Cisco Systems Incorporated, the worldwide leader in networking solutions, has appointed I-Digiworld as the sole distributor of Flip Video camcorders in the country. Together, both companies will make the hugely popular US device available in all major consumer stores (appliance, department and lifestyle) nationwide including photo shops, Power Mac Center, selected mobile phone stores, and other IT shops.

“We are celebrating 25 years of enabling people to live a more personal, social and visual life. With the launch of revolutionary Flip Video camcorders, we are once again fostering connectivity by addressing the market’s needs,” said Jason Villados, Cisco Consumer Products Pte Ltd, Country Sales Manager. “We saw in I-Digiworld a strategic and passionate partner who is committed to the same vision. Together, I know we can deliver the acclaimed easy Flip Video experience of sharing HD videos to everyone here in the Philippines.”
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Posted by on November 4, 2010 in Cisco


Cisco Philippines Kicks Off 2008 with Initiatives for SMBs and an Innovative Mobile Technology Showcase Called the Cisco Express-Network on Wheels

Cisco Philippines kicked off 2008 with new initiatives that will make its technologies more accessible to a wider range of customers. First up is a promotional campaign that will make it easier for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees to own Cisco’s enterprise-class unified communications system, the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Businesses (UC 500) at affordable price options.

This announcement gives small and medium businesses (SMBs) the opportunity to reap the business benefits of unified communications without breaking their budget. Combined with Cisco’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Advantage Program, a low-cost subscription model that will deliver enterprise applications on a customer portal via the Internet, the program will also give SMBs easy access to CRM applications like Call Details Logging, Security Reports, VPN Reports and Call Center Reports.

Able to support up to 50 users, the UC 500 is an all-in-one, smart platform that eliminates multiple servers and features voice, data, voicemail, Automated Attendant, video, security, and wireless capabilities. It also integrates with existing desktop applications such as calendar, e-mail, and customer relationship management (CRM) programs. The UC 500 is an integral part of the Cisco Smart Business Communications System (SBCS), a complete system of voice, data, video, and wireless networking products for small businesses.

“SMBs are the bedrock of any economy and we are convinced that these companies can benefit from networking and ICT technologies,” said Luichi Robles, Cisco’s Country Manager in the Philippines. “By investing in a unified communications platform, SMBs are taking advantage of a new way to communicate, enabling secure access to information anytime and anywhere, while helping people to work together more efficiently and effectively.”

Another milestone to mark the opening of the year for Cisco Philippines is the upcoming arrival of the Cisco Express-Network on Wheels (Cisco Express-NoW), a 40-foot mobile solutions showcase featuring the latest networking communications products from Cisco. Part of a 12-month, 30-city tour across Asia, the Cisco Express NoW will be in the Philippines from January 21 to February 7, 2008, making stops in 7 key locations across Luzon to demonstrate how Cisco technologies can transform how businesses, governments and communities communicate.

“We see tremendous opportunity for the Philippines and for Cisco in 2008. Starting early with the launch of the UC 500 promo campaign and the Philippine tour of the Cisco Express-NoW, Cisco is demonstrating its commitment to our customers in bringing our world-class technology and solutions right to their doorstep,” added Robles.

Cisco had a banner year in 2007, with significant partnerships formed among top players in the outsourcing industry and the education sector. Its initiatives included a partnership with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) to implement a fully Wireless Campus Mesh to lay the foundation for a collaborative online environment. The new network provides high-speed wireless Internet connectivity to the more than 35,000 members of the Thomasian community.

Key wins also characterized the year with Cisco winning its first TelePresence customer in the Philippines. Cisco TelePresence is a new technology that delivers a unique, “in person” experience over the network using advanced visual, audio, and interactive technologies. Cisco was also selected by a printing and imaging giant to further improve its internal efficiency by migrating to IP and implementing Cisco’s 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) backbone.

Cisco also grew its channel base, gaining 30 new partners in 2007. The new channel partners include Commverge, Compucare, Another Level Consultancy Inc., Fastnet Development Corporation, Netmarks Phils., Advance 2000 Inc. and Accent Micro Inc. The addition of these new partners will give Cisco wider coverage of the Philippine market and enables enhanced delivery of its technologies and services to its customers in the Philippines.

In 2007, Cisco also celebrated the 10th year of the Cisco Networking Academy, a program enabling Filipino students to learn about networking technologies and become world-class IT professionals. In the Philippines, there are 124 active Academies with an estimated 22,000 students. Cisco expects to further enrich its training program with ongoing efforts in partnering with recruiting companies for its graduates, curricula enhancements and other initiatives.

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Posted by on January 11, 2008 in Cisco