Second Quarter '08 Technology & Customer Highlights
Cisco's fiscal year 2008 second quarter was characterized by strong business and technology announcements and significant customer wins around the world in each market segment.
Cisco reached the milestone of 100 Cisco TelePresence customers, deploying units in over 40 countries. Cisco TelePresence is one of the fastest-growing new product categories in Cisco history.
Padmesree Warrior was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Warrior will work closely with Cisco's management team and development council to drive innovation and explore new business and technology directions.
In conjunction with the Central European University (CEU) Business School, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute opened in Hungary to build entrepreneurial capacity by teaching the skills needed for running a small or medium-sized business (SMB) successfully.
Cisco and IBM announced an agreement to transform the retail banking experience by enhancing customer interaction and collaboration across all types of delivery channels. New, modular solutions integrate front and back office systems with collaboration technologies such as Voice over IP (VoIP), streaming video, Web conferencing, and instant messaging.
Acquisitions of Securent, a leading provider of policy management software for enterprises, and Navini Networks, a leader in the Mobile WiMAX 802.16e-2005 broadband wireless industry, were completed this quarter.
Cisco plans to invest up to AED 5.8 billion (USD $1.59 billion) on ICT in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the next five years, in support of the 2015 vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to fuel the nation's growth and development.
Following are select product announcements from Q2 FY08:
New capabilities added to WebEx MeetMeNow, including personal video conferencing capabilities and one-click Web meetings from within the Microsoft Office productivity suite.
The Wireless-G Business Internet Video Camera with Audio (WV2300), a surveillance product offering many features in a standard camera design for small business owners and the channels that cater to them, was announced by Linksys.
The Internet Protocol (IP) Services Gateway (Model DRG2800) will expand consumers' entertainment and personal content choices and bring network-based and home-based applications together in one device.
The Cisco ASA 5580 Series Adaptive Security Appliances is designed to deliver data center-class performance with firewall and SSL/IPSec VPN capabilities in a single platform.
Intercompany capabilities for Cisco TelePresence were introduced and demonstrated with BT. This will provide businesses with the flexibility and security to have "in person" meetings with customers, partners and suppliers with the ease of a simple phone call.
Following are select customer announcements from Q2 FY08:
United States and Canada:
AT&T deployed Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1) to support advanced residential and business services.
TELUS became the first Canadian telecommunications provider to deploy and support Cisco TelePresence.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte chose Cisco Unified Communications system to unify the university's communications architecture and allow it to develop and implement integrated communication and collaboration features across the extensive campus.
XO Communications selected Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System for their nationwide IP network upgrade to meet the growing demand for high-speed Internet access services and support its expansion into the high-capacity IP Transit services market.
Shanghai's Oriental Cable Network, the world's largest cable television (TV) city network, is using Cisco's MSTP and ROADM technology for its digital TV optical transport platform to deliver new services such as digital TV, business networking and distance education.
South Korea's POSCO, the world's fourth-largest steel maker, has selected Cisco TelePresence to improve collaboration and streamline its communication processes.
Oriental Bangkok Hotel announced the world's first deployment of Cisco's next-generation wireless 802.11n technology in the hospitality industry to offer superior guest experiences.
Amsterdam ArenA, home to AFC Ajax football club, is using Cisco IP technology to introduce innovative services for the 2 million visitors it attracts each year.
REHAU, one of the world's leading polymer-based product manufacturers, is using Cisco® application networking technology to increase global collaboration and transform the provision of global IT services.
Yokogawa Europe B.V is using a Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) solution to centralize 16 terabytes of data into regional data centers, making it easier to access information from any location.
De Persgroep is using data center virtualization technology to make Belgium's most visited news site more cost effective to manage and better able to handle large fluctuations in traffic volume.
Avans University in Holland is using application networking technology to speed deployment of new e-learning applications.
Cisco selected by Prince Abdulaziz Bin Musaed Economic City to provide the ICT infrastructure for quad-play connectivity to all businesses and residents of what will be one of the largest logistics hubs in the Middle East.
Through the 3TS-Cisco Growth Fund III in Central and Eastern Europe, Cisco will pursue investment opportunities in technology-related start-ups across the region.
Cisco was named global strategic technology provider for Silatech, a youth employment initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Cisco Capital and Standard Chartered Bank announced a new financing program to increase the deployment of ICT solutions by small to medium-sized businesses in the United Arab Emirates.
Following are significant partner announcements from Q2 FY08:
The Cisco Managed Services Channel Program, enabling partners to accelerate the global development and delivery of managed services.
A suite of new solutions for the SMB market are now available to partners including the technical support services program as well as expanded unified communications and switching capabilities.