That's me wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. Cisco set up a demo showing how network operators can go into cyberspace to monitor the network and diagnose problems. In the demo, your avatar walks around a cartoon data center, looking at servers and switches. Information appears on floating (virtual) screens, or on an iPad in the avatar's hands. At one point, I was looking at a virtual iPad inside a simulated data center, showing data about a simulated network running on a real Cisco UCS server on the real Cisco Live show network, noted David Ward, Cisco Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and Chief Technology Officer-Development. "You're full Malkovich now!" he added. When I asked him whether the demo is practical, he immediately replied, "No, but it's f—ing cool!" Fair enough...
nasimson, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/28/2014 | 3:22:01 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part @kq4ym: I have seen both in action and it's significantly different. You can't do a training session with a few in person and a few remote people using Skype or google. Also have you ever noticed how do the people at the farther end of the table appear to the other side? They are hardly visible.
kq4ym, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/28/2014 | 9:54:16 AM
Re: what was the most surprising part Although Cisco may not be a "shoe-in" for success in the teleconferencing market they certain seemed to have put on a good show this time. I'm still wondering why there's a market for fairly expensice setups when Google and Skype can provide really simple capabilities for video calling?
nasimson, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/27/2014 | 11:31:19 PM
Re: what was the most surprising part Video Conferencing, in particular TelePresence is a major IT solution in large enterprises. A head of a major bank who had to fly 2 hours one way three to four times a week simplified his routine by having a tele presence setup at just two of his offices. He would call in his direct reports into a room in their local office with Cisco TelePresence setup. This is just one example.
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders recently visited the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) where Cisco's Tetration application is providing data center analytics, simplifying SDN, helping with cloud migration and overseeing white-list security policy.
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