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Comcast Selects Cisco ASR 9000 for Business Metro Ethernet Services

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)Comcast has deployed the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) as part of its next-generation network that is delivering advanced business services in more than 20 major U.S. markets, with expansion into new markets planned in the months ahead.

Comcast is working with Cisco on this deployment based on Cisco’s technology, services, and experience helping network operators scale services to meet business customer demands. Designed to deliver massive scale and accommodate the projected explosion in global Internet traffic, Cisco’s ASR 9000 provides Comcast with a converged infrastructure that optimizes service delivery through its flexibility, wide array of features and its emphasis on Carrier Ethernet.

Surya Panditi, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Core Technology Group stated:

“Growing businesses depend on service providers to deploy business-critical applications and services that are vital to their business success. In response, service providers must make the necessary network enhancements to enable these services with platforms that not only provide the necessary functions but are also easy to provision, scale and upgrade. Backed by leading technologies like the ASR 9000, which is deployed with major service provider customers worldwide, Cisco is equipping customers with the very best network foundation for extending new business applications well into the future.”

Comcast’s Metro Ethernet services, which provide access to the company’s next-generation fiber optic network for businesses with high-bandwidth needs in multiple locations, are part of an ongoing strategy to expand Comcast’s portfolio of business services to meet the requirements of larger customers.

The Cisco ASR 9000 includes capabilities optimizing it for video delivery, including integrated content caching and in-line video performance monitoring. The new platform also uses Cisco’s IOS XR modular software operating system, helping simplify Comcast’s network operations and enable economic, seamless comprehensive system redundancy and network resiliency.

Good Enough Network Myth Debunked by Cisco

Update: view the presentation online here

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Cisco will host a live IPTV broadcast to debunk the Myth of the “Good Enough” Network by outlining the seven most common misperceptions about taking a tactical, multi-vendor approach to building business-critical networks. The webcast will be hosted by Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s executive vice president of worldwide operations, and will feature executives from The Royal Bank of Scotland and BlueWater Communications Group.

What: A live, global IPTV broadcast and interactive Q&A session to discuss:

  • IT industry trends driving the evolution of the network
  • Common misperceptions about taking a “good enough” approach to networking
  • Real world benefits of investing in the network as a strategic asset and innovation engine

Who:

  • Rob Lloyd, executive vice president, Worldwide Operations, Cisco
  • Mike Rau, vice president and chief technology officer, Borderless Networks, Cisco
  • George Kelsey, head of Technology Solutions, The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Darren Buckley, director of Network Transformation, The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Bob Cagnazzi, chief executive officer, BlueWater Communications Group

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 8:00 a.m Pacific Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time; 4:00 GMT)

Where: To register for the webcast please visit: http://newsroom.cisco.com/enough/webcast

Cisco’s New Green Data Center in Texas Showcases Private Cloud Deployment

Cisco today announced a new green data center in Allen, Texas, with an architecture deploying Cisco’s entire data center technology portfolio spanning computing, switching, and data storage access to support Cisco’s internal private cloud and deliver Information Technology (IT) as a service. The new data center demonstrates the value of a network-based approach through improved resilience, performance and use of resources, while delivering IT services such as video, mobility, security, and collaboration to Cisco employees, customers, partners, and other constituents.

In 2007 Cisco created a vision to deliver IT as a service and developed a long-range plan to deliver that vision through data center consolidation, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Cisco Acquisition of newScale Completed

Cisco has completed its acquisition of privately-held newScale Inc., a provider of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses. Based in San Mateo, Calif., newScale allows commercial and enterprise customers to initiate the provisioning of their own systems and infrastructure on an as-needed basis.

Cisco’s cloud strategy is to harness the network as a platform for building and using clouds and cloud services.

Cisco Announces First Ever Cash Dividend

Cisco today announced that on March 17, 2011, its Board of Directors approved the initiation of quarterly cash dividends to its shareholders.

This is the first cash dividend paid to shareholders in the company’s history. A quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share will be paid on April 20, 2011, to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2011. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.

 

“As the role of the network expands across the IT sector, Cisco’s leadership position in the markets we serve is strong, and the time is right for Cisco to pay our first-ever cash dividend,” said Frank Calderoni, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Cisco. “This dividend complements our leading position, and is an important part of our commitment to bring value to shareholders.”

Cisco Videoscape Strategy Driven Acquisition of Inlet Technologies Completed

Cisco has completed its acquisition of privately-held Inlet Technologies, a leading provider of Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) digital media processing platforms. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Inlet strengthens the capabilities of Cisco’s Videoscape TV platform, allowing service and content providers to deliver compelling video experiences to any device over any Internet Protocol (IP) network.

Cisco Videoscape is a comprehensive TV platform for service providers that brings together digital TV and online content with social media and communications applications to create a truly immersive home and mobile video entertainment experience. Inlet’s advanced ABR technology, which is used in streaming multimedia over managed and unmanaged networks, adapts the quality of the video stream based on real-time network conditions.

Inlet brings to Cisco a strong team that understands the complexities of delivering ABR video over IP networks to any device. With the close of the acquisition, Inlet employees become part of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco paid approximately $95 million in cash and retention-based incentives in exchange for all shares of Inlet.