Cisco UCS Leads the Industry in Server Performance and Productivity

On April 5th, 2011, Cisco participated in the Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Product Family Announcement with NINE new world record performance benchmark results highlighting the Cisco Unified Computing System’s outstanding performance and IT productivity across key data center workloads. Cisco also announced the broadening of its server portfolio with the introduction of the Cisco UCS C260 enterprise server, an Intel Xeon processor E7 family based platform designed for most data demanding business critical IT challenges. The Cisco Unified Computing System’s outstanding performance benchmark results are highlighted in the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 Family-based Platform Performance Highlights (April 5, 2011) announcement.

Fundamentally, this record setting performance further reinforces the Cisco Unified Computing System’s ability to deliver next generation compute across bare-metal, high performance computing (HPC) and in the most complex virtualization and cloud computing environments in the data center. Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the nine new Cisco UCS world record benchmarks. The detailed benchmark disclosure reports are available here.

So the momentum continues…In two short years, the Cisco UCS has captured over 40 world records for performance and IT productivity taking its place among the most trusted server vendors on the market. Check out the Cisco Unified Computing System™ Performance Leadership Presentation. 

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 on FlexPod for VMware

Today we are publishing a new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 on FlexPod for VMware Cisco Validated Design. This solution highlights the key value of partner end to end integrated solutions. This SharePoint 2010 Enterprise deployment on FlexPod for VMware design guide demonstrates how enterprises can apply best practices for VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter, Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus family switches, NetApp FAS. Through this single package, FlexPod for VMware allows every component of a traditional SharePoint 2010 Enterprise deployment to be consolidated.
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 on FlexPod for VMware
SharePoint 2010 on FlexPod for VMware

Parting Clouds and Being Real About Virtualization

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years – and perhaps even then – you have undoubtedly heard someone touting the merits of visualization and cloud computing. Chief among the advantages are reduced costs and the capability to do more with fewer resources.

Although the terms are often used simultaneously, cloud and virtualization aren’t the same. Click below for a brief discussion of each.

The Royal Router

 The Royal Router

While it’s clear not all routers have a sense of humor, the Cisco ASR 9000 seems to be the exception.   Ever since its launch, it has positioned itself as the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day and Father’s Day.  (I’ll note that on those occasions, even when I had the ASR9000 at the top of my wish list, I only received a Whitman’s Sampler and a neck tie, but no carrier class hardware. Come on, what’s a guy to do to get up to 6.4 Tbps around here?

I’m not sure if being the life of the party has helped the ASR 9000 become the industry’s leading Edge router, but its popular personality and unmatched capabilities I’ll bet have helped it get an invite to the royal wedding this Friday.   Or, at least be the router invited to connect the video of the wedding to the TV network for a broadcast to an estimated 2.3 billion people.

iPads on Your Network? Take Control with Unified Policy and Management

iPads on Your Network? Take Control with Unified Policy and Management

Users are increasingly carrying their iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones into the workplace. These mobile devices and tablets introduce new security threats and IT management challenges.

Join us for the third in our series of webinars to learn about new Cisco innovations that will help you identify the devices, apply policies and enable user management across wired and wireless networks. Featuring special guest speaker Dan Larkin, Director of Strategic Operations for the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) who will share the new threat vectors introduced due the influx of mobile devices. Take control of your network now.

Top 10 Best Android Cell Phones in 2011 | Review | Specifications

Since the launch of Android OS, technology has taken a revolutionary turn especially the smartphones department, and since there has been a horse race between the leading companies to secure the top spot. Companies like HTC, Motorola and Samsung being the leader of smartphones have thus delivered some of the coolest and awesome smartphones that runs Android OS and had satisfied their customers in every aspect. So here are some of the best smartphones in business that runs Android OS.

10. Google Nexus one:

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Though Nexus One was released a long time ago but still it makes his way to the top ten android based smartphones. It runs Android 2.1(éclair) and what makes it best is its extended features and unique designed and of course users acceptance.

Specification: CPU: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset
Display: AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inche
Memory: 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, Extended memory upto 32GB
Battery Time: upto 290 hours with10 hours of talktime.


9. HTC Desire:

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Another brilliant smartphone by HTC. Although it bears a strong resemblance to Nexus One but it has many other strong features that makes it more desirable samrtphone. It runs the Android 2.2 (froyo) OS and has 5mp camera.
Specification: CPU: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset
Display: AMOLED or SLCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
Memory: 576 MB RAM; 512 MB ROM, extended memory upto 32 GB
Battery Time: 340 hours and 7 hours of talktime

8. HTC Droid Incredible:

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Well HTC smartphones has always been at the top of the leading smartphones list and why is that because they have always satisfied their users with their unique features. HTC Droid Incredible is one of the HTC’s best android based smartphone. It features Android 2.1 (éclair) operating system and 8mp autofocus camera with other important features as follows.
Specification: CPU: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8650 Snapdragon chipset
Display: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
Memory: 8 GB storage, with 32 Gb memory card option.
Battery Time: upto 146 hours with 5 hours talktime.

7. Samsung Epic 4g:

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Samsung Epic is the one fastest smartphones and it has also dominated HTC recently but failed to make an impact over Motorola who is currently leading the whole market. Samsung Epic contains the Android 2.1(éclair) operating system and has many other power packed features that will rock the user.
Specification: CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird chipset
Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, upto 32gb extended microSD option
Battery Time: upto 300h with 6 hours talktime.

6. HTC EVO shift 4G:

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Another glory set but HTC called EVO shift. This smartphone is another one of the most wanted smartphones in the world. It contains Android 2.2 (froyo) with 5mp camera and huge storage option.
Specification: CPU: 800 MHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7630 Snapdragon chipset
Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.6 inches
Memory: 512 MB RAM / 2048 MB ROM, 2GB in external memory included upto 32 GB
Battery Time: upto 146 hours with 6 hours talktime.

5. Motorola Droid X:

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Another blockbuster in the smartphones market, Motorola Droid X is a perfect competitor in the leading smartphones list and contains the Android 2.1 (Éclair) operating system and 8mp camera.
Specification: CPU: 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, ; PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630-1000 chipset
Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels, 4.3 inches.
Memory: 6.5 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 16 Gb included
Battery Time: upto 220 hours with 8 hours talktime

4. HTC Thunderbolt:

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The master of the android based smartphone HTC delivered yet another super bomb smartphone with Android 2.2 (froyo) OS that has won many users heart. But this phone has faced tough competition with other smartphones so currently it stands at no.4.
Specification:
CPU: 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon
Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
Memory: 8GB storage, 768 MB RAM, with external memory option upto 32GB.
Battery Time: unknown.

3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play:

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Those who want a “play station” along with other features like phone and internet can now find all these things in Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. This uniquely designed set has all the power packed specs and features the brand new operating system Android 2.3 (Gingerbird) and so it is ranked 3rd in the list.
Specification:
CPU: 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
Display: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 inches
Memory: 400 MB, 512 MB RAM with 8Gb microSD. Memory extendable to 32Gb.
Battery Time: 425 hours with 8 hours of talktime.

2. Samsung Galaxy S 4G:

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Samsung has delivered one of the best smartphones in the world. But it has fell just short to Motorola Atrix. However this Android based smartphone is still good enough to be ranked at no.2.
Specification:
CPU: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird chipset
Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches
Memory: 1GB ROM, 512 MB RAM including 16GB microSD memory card.
Battery Time: 300 hours with 7 hours talktime.

1. Motorola Atrix 4G:

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Motorola Atrix is currently leading the list of best Android smartphones. It has a beautiful sleek design and 5mp camera. It is also known as mini laptop because it features dual core processor and 2.2 Android OS.
Specification:
CPU: Dual Core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset.
Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 540 x 960 pixels, 4.0 inches
Memory: 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM, external memory up to 32GB.
Battery Time: Up to 250 hours and 9 hours talktime.

 

Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011

10. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (AT&T?)
 

Sony Ericsson’s big comeback could come from this Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” phone with a razor-sharp screen, spectacular camera, and the ability to be manipulated by your TV’s remote control. While the company told us it wants to sell this phone here in the U.S, we’ve put it in last place on this list because Sony Ericsson has a lousy track record of getting its phones picked up by U.S. carriers. If it does appear, the Xperia Arc will most likely show up on AT&T.
 
 Also notable: Sony Ericsson is expected to debut a “PlayStation phone” next month, though we don’t know whether that’s ever coming to the U.S. We should know more when MWC commences on Feb. 13.
9. HTC 7 Pro (Sprint) htc thumb Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011
Windows Phone 7 will debut on Sprint very, very soon with this big, sliding-QWERTY-keyboard model. Like many other Windows Phone 7 devices, the 7 Pro has a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera. The form factor is the selling point here, with a tilting screen that makes it look like a little laptop.
8. LG Revolution (Verizon Wireless) wireless thumb Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011
Verizon debuted four new LTE, Android-based phones at CES this year. The LG Revolution’s key features include 1080p HD video capture and the ability to organize your Android apps into folders, preventing your app tray from getting much too long.

7. Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile) htc desire hd vs galaxys iphone 4g Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011
T-Mobile’s Editors’ Choice-winning Samsung Vibrant is getting a faster cousin on February 13 with the introduction of the Galaxy S 4G, which T-Mobile pre-announced on January 20. We don’t know much about the new generation Galaxy S, although we’re hoping T-Mobile’s phone is the same as the dual-core Galaxy S lineup that Samsung is promising.

6. Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T)

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Super-thin, with a super-huge, Super AMOLED Plus screen, the Samsung Infuse will give you a truly cinematic Android experience. The 4.5-inch display carries the same 800-by-480 resolution as most other smart phones, but Samsung says Super AMOLED Plus will improve its colors. The Infuse will be one of the first phones to run on AT&T’s fast HSPA+ network.

5. HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon Wireless)

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HTC is beloved for giving a bit more style and finish to its Android phones than some other manufacturers, and the 4G HTC Thunderbolt comes with the company’s award-winning Sense UI overlay. It also has an 8-megapixel camera and an HD video recorder, which may make this an excellent 4G phone for YouTube devotees.

4. T-Mobile Sidekick 4Gt mobile sidekick lx qwerty phone Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011

The T-Mobile Sidekick is a cult device with an intensely faithful following. After Sidekick-maker Danger was bought by Microsoft, fans thought they’d never see a new model. T-Mobile recently said the Sidekick is coming back as a 4G HSPA+ Android phone, but didn’t give many details. This image seems to hint that it will eschew a swiveling screen for a slider design.

3. Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon Wireless)

motorola thumb Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011The dual-core, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor in the Motorola Droid Bionic means this 4G LTE phone will be up to twice as fast as other top smartphones. I’ve seen the Tegra difference when playing games, and it means sharper backgrounds, better shadows, and more enemies to fight. The Droid Bionic may very well be Verizon’s power leader when it launches.

2. Motorola Atrix (AT&T)

atrix thumb Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011The most interesting phone I
saw at CES and the one I’m personally waiting most anxiously for, the Motorola Atrix is an Android phone that turns into a Linux-powered, desktop or laptop PC when it’s popped into the appropriate dock. Could this replace a tablet, a netbook, or a home media center? I really want to find out.

1. Apple iPhone 5

apple thumb Top 10 Best Upcoming Cell Phones 2011 Sorry folks, we couldn’t ignore the next-gen Jesus phone. Nobody knows anything reliable about the upcoming iPhone, although noisy blog speculation is already in full force. We don’t know if it will be called iPhone 5, iPhone 4G, or something else. But we’re pretty sure it’s coming in June or July—iPhones always do. Surely Apple will have plenty of surprises for us, and it’s likely that a new iPhone will come with industry-leading features. The real question is, with a Verizon iPhone 4 coming in early February—can you wait that long?

Can Bing become the new Google in 2012?

So far, Google has been the household name for internet search. We even used the search engine’s name as a verb for searching (i.e. Google it.) Now, could you imagine saying “Just Bing it” by 2012? This is because Microsoft’s search engine has been performing well for the past 6 months and if you’ll do the math, come next year and Google might face some real competition unlike anything before.

Research data coming from Experian Hitwise shows that for March 2011, while Google comprises of 64.42% of all US searches, Bing accounts for 30% — including search.yahoo.com and bing.com. That number represents a significant boost in Bing-powered searches and at the rate things are going, it will still climb.

Google VS Bing 6 Months
Let’s backtrack further. Experian Hitwise did the same research for September 2010 and it showed that Google has 72.15% of US searches with Bing-powered ones covered 23.64%. At the moment, Google still has 2/3 of the overall search pie but taking consideration that prior, Google has 3/4 of that same pie, Bing is definitely growing. So if the same curve continues to 2012, here’s how things will look like (again, this is projected and may definitely change due to varying circumstances):
Bing Google 2012 Projected
The above graph is a projection assuming the recent conditions that Google’s market share is steadily dropping by 3% each month while Bing’s is rising by 5%. At this rate, Bing will overtake Google’s position in internet search in less than a year’s time. While these are all projected, what certain is Bing is on the right path here. Maybe we’ll return to the era when Yahoo! and Google are battling out which search is better, unlike the Google-monopoly we have today.

Google Chrome OS..the Raw Version got Leaked

At last we got to take a peek at the first glance of Google Chrome OS, and that too strangely enough came not from the Google’s end. And although it has come with loads of bugs and

problems in it, still it has already succeeded to generate enough curiosity among enthusiasts. You can now easily download the raw or unstable version as it is named. Google is definitely not happy about this. And they have already started an internal investigation to find out the source of this leak. I’ve here also posted some screen shots that were originally posted by Jonathan Frederickson of Techcrunch, who was actually the first person to find this out.