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Cisco and Moon Palace Resorts Deploy Optical Network to make Cisco Live! the Most Connected IT Event in Mexico

Joint Infrastructure Investment from Cisco Mexico and the Moon Palace to Be Deployed by Panduit

MEXICO CITY – 1 November, 2012 – Cisco announced today that Cisco Live! Mexico will be the most connected event in history. In order to offer the optimal experience to all Cisco Live! Mexico attendees, Cisco has invested in a campus-wide business optical network at the Moon Palace hotel in Cancun. The 9 kilometers of fiber-optic pairs will offer transmission rates of 40 Gbps across 790 provisioned ports. It will connect the Cisco®  network infrastructure, based on Cisco Nexus® switches, Cisco Catalyst® 6509 VSS, and Cisco 3700 Series routers, implemented in the data center of the Moon Palace 6 kilometers away from  the Convention Center where Cisco Live! will be taking place.

The network will support over 60 live and simultaneous demos, providing bi-directional 200 Mbps upstream and downstream Wi-Fi access and continuous connectivity for the estimated 9,000 mobile devices that attendees will bring. Cisco Live! Mexico is expected to see the highest density of mobile devices to date in a single event in Mexico.

More than 40 Cisco certified engineers from Mexico and Cisco’s corporate headquarters, with a combined 360 years of experience, collaborated over a six-month period to develop plans for implementation and operation to prepare for the project.   The installation of the final network equipment is due to be completed during the week prior to Cisco Live!  Services such as IPv6, multicast, digital signage, live video to any device, social mining, collaboration applications, mobile, security, and Cisco TelePresence®, among others will enrich the experience of the attendees. These applications are hosted on a cloud-based infrastructure that encompasses computation, storage, virtualization and automation.

Supporting Quotes:

Rogelio Velasco, vice president of Cisco México

 “At Cisco Live! we are bringing to our industry-leading technologies to customers and Cisco partners through demos and hands-on labs in collaboration, video, data center, routing and switching. The optical network now installed in Cancun will allow them to get the best experience from the event regarding connectivity, significantly enhancing the overall customer experience.”

Gibran Chapur, executive vice president for Palace Resorts

“Palace Resorts has proudly partnered with Cisco to ensure the latest state-of-the-art technology at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. This newly upgraded technology allows us the convenience of operating our systems with 40 gigabits per second throughput, which is significantly faster than before. Because of this strategic partnership, guests can enjoy added benefits such as better communication infrastructure and excellent Wi-Fi connections. Whether simply staying in touch with friends while on vacation or participating in a meeting or convention, guests are guaranteed the fastest and latest technology. Moon Palace is the only hotel in North America with a communication infrastructure of this magnitude, reinforcing our position as the leader in the all-inclusive concept, setting the standard in luxurious, all-inclusive resort accommodations.”

Jorge de la Fuente Parres, director of Technical Sales at Panduit

"Panduit thanks Cisco for selecting us as provider of the 9 kilometers of fiber optic pairs, a network infrastructure that supports a transfer rate of 40 Gbps. With our state-of-the-art technology – which has been implemented in most of Cisco’s data centers worldwide, we are underpinning an infrastructure that will support all running applications at the Moon Palace hotel and data center during Cisco Live!”

About Palace Resorts

With seven oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya, Mexico. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double Jacuzzis, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts offers a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.

About Panduit

Panduit is a world-class developer and provider of leading-edge solutions that connect, manage and automate the physical infrastructure. Panduit Unified Physical Infrastructure℠ (UPI) based solutions help customers integrate core business systems for a smarter, unified business foundation. Our robust partner ecosystem, global staff, and unmatched service and support make Panduit a valuable and trusted partner. (www.panduit.com)

About Cisco Live!

Cisco Live! is held annually in just four locations worldwide: U.S., U.K., Australia and Mexico. In 2011 Cisco Live! Mexico attracted 2,500 professionals from Mexico and the rest of Latin America who attended 112 sessions; 250 engineers took certification exams, and 50 partners participated in the World of Solutions. For further information about Cisco Live! Mexico, the industry's premier education and training event for IT professionals, please visit www.ciscolive.com.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com, or in Spanish at http://newsroom.cisco.com/latam.

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