FLASHBACK IN PICTURES: 10 cool things Cisco geeks have done

Cisco’s global Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE) qualification is the highest level of professionalism recognised by the networking giant to individuals. After 15 years of accreditation, and as part of Cisco’s 25th anniversary celebration, the vendor is shining the spotlight on the coolest infrastructure projects CCIEs have ever contributed to globally. Check out the top 10 networking achievements in this pictorial slideshow.

  • DirecTV: CCIEs are involved in managing US-based DirecTV's high-tech datacentre, fast-paced environment and brings direct, high-definition television via its satellite service to millions of homes.
  • Keeping beer and networking flowing for Budweiser: Certified top-tier Cisco engineers provided the know-how needed to build and rollout wireless networking infrastructure inside Budweiser’s UK office.
  • Teaching Internetworking to Afghan public servants in Kabul: Cisco launched an Aghan Networking Academy program within Kabul University in 2002 to help provide further education around IT to men and women. The academy became a regional facility in 2004. CCIE-accredited tutors have been an integral part of the process.
  • Smart + Connected Communities – Undertaken by the City and County of San Francisco, this urban development project is focused on the Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island, and is in connection with the Transbay Transit Centre. At a principal level, the agreement outlines how the vendor and the city can collaborate to form a Living Innovation Laboratory within a new United National Global Compact Centre in the shipyard in San Francisco, to address global warming and support social and economic innovation.
  • New York Yankee Stadium: CCIEs were responsible for connecting up the new NY Yankee Stadium with video, wireless and networking technologies in time for its opening in April 2009. Technologies included Cisco’s StadiumVision, which allows administrators to manage video and digital signage content centrally.
  • Keeping studio movie product set networking working (Shrek): Cisco technology and qualified experts were instrumental in ensuring the hit film, Shrek, could be produced smoothly.
  • Beijing Olympics: Cisco was again the preferred technology partner for NBC during the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and provided IP video network infrastructure and IPTV video encoding solutions to support its games coverage. Cisco will work with the media provider to cover the London Olympic Games in 2012.
  • Cisco Urban Ecomap – Cisco and the City of San Francisco have rolled out Urban EcoMap, an Internet-based tool that enables cities around the world to provide smarter climate change information for their citizens. The map can be used to illustrate the impact of carbon emissions on the urban environment, is organised by district, and features tips on reducing energy usage.
  • Vancouver Olympics: Cisco technology was used to provide high-definition coverage of the Vancouver Olympics to millions of television viewers watching NBC earlier this year. A host of technologies were utilised including media-aware, end-to-end IP video network infrastructure, multiple storage, telecommunications broadcasting equipment, private networks, Flip video cameras, Cisco Media Data Center and the vendor’s Unified Computing System.
  • Smart Schools of the Future in the UK: The Smart Schools concept is about enabling next-generation learning through integrated networks and unified communications. As an example, Cisco worked with Coventry University in the UK to provide a range of wireless and wired networking technologies to transform the education facility for the future. The University adopted the Smart-Campus@CU strategy, based on Cisco Connected Learning Solutions.
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