At CES 2011, Cisco Systems came out with several new announcements. One of the biggest announcement that was co-introduced by Verizon wireless was a new 4G wireless WAN interface for Cisco ISR G2 routers. The new card can be installed in a router and use Verizon’s new LTE network for access. If the 4G signal is not available, the card can fall back and use 3G signals. Verizon has partnered with Cisco and will begin selling packages to small and medium sized businesses that can use the Cisco hardware to access Verizon’s LTE network anywhere in the nation.
Cisco has been pushing Telepresence to large corporate customers for years. The full-blown Telepresence solution costs several hundred thousand dollars per-site and requires the room to go through a complete “Cisco makeover” so it feels more like you are taking to someone sitting on the other side of the table rather than looking at someone on a television screen.
Cisco Systems and Jawbone will team up to create hands-free wireless headsets that can transparently move from mobile devices to Cisco IP phones. This is a very small but cool feature for those of us that have Cisco IP phones and like to use Bluetooth headsets for both our mobile and desk phones.
Both Cisco and Avaya have recently unveiled flat-screen tablet devices to be used in enterprise environments. The problem is that the cost of the tablets are considerably higher than consumer based tablets that run the same Android operating system. Competing consumer devices that also run Android include the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab as well as upcoming models from LG and Motorola.
When you think technology, you might not think of Cambodia. But this might very well change in the future. I had the opportunity to visit several cities within Cambodia last week.Â Being a network engineer and interested in technology advancements in emerging countries, I decided to spend some time investigating the current economic and technological environment.Â I came away fairly optimistic thatÂ Cambodia might be the next Asian country to experience a technology boom.Â Here are my findings.
The single most important part of a businesses data infrastructure is the network. Stability in a network significantly increases with the introduction of adding telephony functions over an IP network. A network infrastructure includes physical medium in the form of copper wiring, fiber optics and wireless signals. The infrastructure also includes the equipment used to transport frames and packets from source to destination. This equipment includes routers, switches, wireless access points and server/site load balancing equipment. In addition, most businesses require security devices positioned within the network to help to secure transport and help to prevent malicious behavior. This hardware commonly includes firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and access control systems.
When it comes to network hardware vendors, the number one player in the game today is Cisco Systems. If anyone has ever received quotes for Cisco equipment, the hardware and support contracts are sometimes surprisingly high. This may not be an issue if you work for an organization with deep pockets. I’ve worked in environments that installed high-end switches in the access layer that could have been used in the core of the network. For this organization, the cost of the site being down far even a few minutes outweighed the cost of the Cisco equipment. It simply made sense to pay top dollar to pay for the high-availability and low mean time between failure (MTBF).
The debate over 4G technologies has been going on for years. In the USA and Much of Europe, it would seem that Long Term Evolution (LTE) has the upper hand and will likely be more popular in that part of the world. In the United States, Clearwire has a large WiMAX network covering 69 markets. However, just this week, the company began testing LTE signals. The company will likely make a shift in the next few years from WiMAX to LTE because this is the technology that the other wireless carriers are likely to adopt. Another seemingly large blow to WiMAX was when Cisco recently reported that they will be exiting the WiMAX market they entered back in 2007 with the acquisition of Navini Networks.
I love reading. I probably read more than the average person. I spend hours reading both computer technical books and books for entertainment. When I first came to Thailand, one thing I had to really get used to is the lack of reading paper books. There are many bookstores but few have a large selection of English print titles. Back home in the States, I had a fairly large library of technical booksâ€¦mostly Cisco Press and Sybex books on networking. My fiction reading was mostly quenched by going to a Barnes & Noble or Boarders book storeâ€¦or to the Chicago Public library off of State and Congress when I lived there.
2010 is the year of the tablet it would seem.Â At CiscoLive! this week, Cisco introduced the Cius, a hand-held tablet that runs on Google’s Android platform.Â Cisco is calling this a “business” tablet to differentiate it from the iPad by categorizing it and all other tablets on the market as “consumer” products.Â
In my last post, I talked about my wireless provider in Thailand, AIS.Â AIS has a very good blanket of 2G Edge across the country…and even over the boarder into Burma, Laos and Cambodia from my experience.Â I’ve used the data plan for checking email and light browsing.Â I also have used it to upload photos to Flickr, Twitter posts, Facebook posts and a few other “light use” apps.Â So far it’s been decent for this type of work but I wouldn’t want to do much more than this.
This week is the start of Cisco’s largest IT and communications conference called CiscoLive!. This used to be known as Cisco Networkers but the name changed a few years back. The conference is where network engineers from all over the world gather in Las Vegas Nevada(this year) to receive training from Cisco as well as to talk to other engineers about news, trends and technology.Â If you’ve never attended, it truly is an experience.Â This year, Cisco is touting the “virtual” experience.Â My vote is to always go in person.Â After all, it is VEGAS!Â One bonus this year is that you get to experience the excitement that is the 2010 World Cup in any of the dozens of sports books within walking distance of the Las Vegas Convention Center.Â I remember placing a few wagers back in 2006 myself.Â Remember, you can’t be a network geek 100% of the time…can you?!