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.