Tuesday, February 5, 2008

When 720 GB of backbone just isn’t enough… start looking at the Ferrari of switching! Introducing the NEXUS 7000

The Nexus 7000 was unveiled recently by Cisco touting undoubtedly the fastest switch ever made. The 7000 has been designed to give 15 Terabytes per second backbone speed with redundancy previously only seen in large-scale military programs. It’s new revolutionary OS called NX-OS will replace the current Cisco IOS as the most robust OS yet.

The 7000 was created for the increasing requirements and bandwidth consumption of Video over IP. Conferencing, IP Surveillance, and YouTube have caused an inordinate amount of bandwidth to start crossing the wire, and the datacenter isn’t prepared for 30 frames, 4SIF video to flow to multiple streams. The 6500 series of switches currently supports 720 GBs of backbone. Take an HD stream of 45 MB/s and multiply that out. You can support about 16,000 total connections through your core before the stream starts to degrade. However, with the Nexus 7000, that number increases to over 333,000 Unicast streams.

Now I know what most of you are saying, this switch is overkill. But for a few of you out there, you have no choice but to look at the 7000 to increase your capabilities. Look for service providers to start rolling these out towards the end of this year and when the world starts to adopt a fully-fledged Video over IP system, this will be the backbone it’s carried on. When true GB just isn’t enough, and 10 GB is starting to look a little slow, then 40 GB and 100 GB networks are the requirement and the 7000 series will be the first to scale to that degree.

All of the characteristics of the 7000 can be seen on the Cisco website at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9402/index.html

Save 32 minutes of your life today!

A study completed by Sage Research shows that on average, employees lose 32 minutes per day trying to track down another employee in their very own company. On an employee who works for 10 years, that equates to 2 months of time spent tracking down coworkers. For a $50,000 a year employee, that’s a little over $800 per year and with 100 employees that’s $80,000 annually spent by their employer for this remedial task. Not to include the productivity and opportunity losses based on competitors beating you to the punch. In a time of connectivity such as this, why are we spending a couple months to find someone?

So what can you do to save the time, and what’s it going to cost? Cisco has a solution.

Presence Server is being utilized as an integrated platform for Voice, Video, Conferencing, Instant Messaging, and Availability signaling. By using a small applet on your PC, you can instantly see the status of other employees in the organization and more importantly instantly collaborate with them. Across the isle, or cross the globe, you can now find a person and get the information you need faster.

“Presence and mobility applications, including Cisco Unified Presence, provide presence and state information for features such as Cisco IP Phone Messenger and clients such as Cisco Unified Personal Communicator, Cisco Unified CallConnector for Microsoft Office for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express users, and the Cisco Unified Mobile Communicator, and let users know which co-workers are available to them and by which device-wired or wireless-at any given time. In addition, Cisco Unified Mobility for Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco Unified CallConnector Mobility for Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express help enable "single-number reach" capability. The Sage Research study revealed that device-aware presence capabilities save an average of 32 minutes daily. Moreover, 50 percent of users claimed to save 15 to 30 minutes per day, and 47 percent reported that they save 30 to 60 minutes per day.”

Another Cisco tool is their new Single-Number-Reach approach to telephony. Imagine having one single telephone number on your business cards. This number is your office DID (Direct number) and it is connected to your home office phone, cell phone, car phone, soft phone, or any other phone where you want it to ring to. The best part is that all the phones ring at one time and if you don’t answer, the Voicemail at your office is the only Voicemail that will ever have to be checked. And of course with Unified messaging, you can pick those up on your phone, email, or even a webpage.

So what does it cost? A heck of lot less than $80,000…

So what is you time worth. What would you do with an hour a week, or a week a year? Spend it with your kids, add more sales, or just take an extra hour nap? You decide!

References: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns394/ns165/ns152/net_implementation_white_paper0900aecd8041064f.html