Posts Tagged ‘Chris Dedicoat


Busy first day at Networkers

If you are reading this with a hangover, you are probably not alone. Day one of Cisco Networkers 2008 was as hectic as they come and many could be forgiven for letting their hair down during the Innovation Awards evening.  

So just in case your memories of Tuesday are already somewhat hazy, here is a quick summary of some of the main points…. 

·         Chris Dedicoat, Cisco president of European Markets, expanded on his keynote speech in a press conference in the company of Fernando Gil de Bernabe, managing director of strategy for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group. “I believe Europe is at a crossroads,” he said. 

·         Yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur shared her experiences of sailing solo around the world in the Vendée Globe race (aged 25), breaking the record for a non-stop circumnavigation of the globe and setting the current fastest time for a single-handed monohull east-west passage. 

·         Cisco unveiled the Cisco ACE 4710 Appliance, a powerful application delivery and optimization system for data centers which is aimed at small and medium enterprise deployments, supporting up to 2 Gbps of application traffic and 50 virtual devices per appliance.  

·         Cisco also launched WAAS Mobile, which extends the capabilities of the award-winning Cisco WAAS product family by providing application acceleration of any TCP-based application operating in a WAN environment to mobile and remote workers.  

·         Another extension to the Application Network Services portfolio was the announcement of a new Cisco Data Center Assurance Program for Applications, which tests and validates industry-leading enterprise software applications over Cisco application delivery networks.  

And all that is just the tip of the iceberg. But no time for more reminiscences right now; let’s reach for the black coffee and soldier on with day two.


Chris Dedicoat opens record-breaking Networkers

Cisco’s president of European Markets, Chris Dedicoat, kicked off the biggest-ever Cisco Networkers event by staying at his hotel.  

Well, almost; in fact he stepped into a mock-up of a hotel room on the stage, as part of a demo showing how Cisco technologies are changing the world around us.  

Screens flickered to life around him as the room came alive with a host of personalized features, from targeted advertising to a TV channel selection exported directly from the set-top box at home. 

While the demo was lot of fun, Dedicoat’s message to this European audience was serious. Europe has to wake up now, he said, to the need for this kind of innovation if it is to overcome the productivity gap that separates it from other markets such as the United States.  

He went on to talk about Cisco itself is fostering innovation, with 4200 patents, 22,000 engineers and 125 acquisitions to its credit. Perhaps more importantly, he said, Cisco has a track record in turning good ideas into commercial successes, a critical ingredient in successful innovation.  

Meanwhile, those wanting to foster innovation themselves at Networkers this year should not find it difficult.  

A total of 5300 delegates are attending (over 600 had to be turned away) and there are 165 tutorials and 80 registered Cisco experts, along with the first-ever demonstration of TelePresence at a Networkers event. Definitely something worth leaving the hotel for.