Cloud continues to be the significant trend reshaping the IT industry. As businesses seek to move their services into a cloud environment, Cisco is on the front foot in helping partners become cloud services builders, providers and resellers through the Cisco Cloud Partner Program. Primarily, the program is aimed at:
● Cloud builders who want to help customers build on-premise private clouds;
● Cloud providers who want to offer Cisco-powered services in the marketplace; and
● Cloud services resellers who want to want to resell provider services.
One of the latest Australian companies to become a part of the program is telecommunications and media company – Telstra.
A Diamond sponsor of Cisco Live 2012 in Melbourne, Telstra announced that its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and related managed services processes, practices and tools have met all of the requirements to receive certification in the Cisco World Wide Cloud Partner Program. Telstra’s investment in cloud computing is one part of Telstra’s strategy to grow its network application and services business and it can continue to do so with the endorsement of being considered with Cisco’s global best practice.
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At Cisco Live in Melbourne this week Cisco in partnership with Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) announced five academic and research organisations that are already taking advantage of the TelePresence Exchange to collaborate with other academic institutions in Australia and around the world. (see press release here). These organisations are Swinburne University, Monash University and its Traralgon Hospital, Victoria University, the Australian Centre for Health Innovation and Melbourne University’s Institute for Broadband Enabled Society (IBES).
AARnet’s TelePresence Exchange is also a gateway to the National Lambda Rail in the U.S which will then link Australia to 225 TelePresence rooms in 71 universities in 13 countries around the world. The true magic of TelePresence is epitomised in this project. Click here for a map of institutions using Cisco TelePresence on National Lambda Rail.
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At Cisco Live in Melbourne this week, Optus Business and Alphawest launched a new “Your IT as a Service” service based on the Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud that delivers an on-premise cloud service to enable IT departments to easily deploy and manage IT products and services across their organisation from a single portal. Read a story in local Australian channel publication Australian Reseller News (here).
Through a pre-built solution, Optus Business and Alphawest enables its customers to automatically provision services for specific users while business departments can self-service their request, such as additional storage or email services, significantly reducing deployment time from weeks to a matter of minutes.
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To borrow from Walt Disney, it’s a small (cell) world after all . . .
Not only was this Cisco’s message at Mobile World Congress 2012 but, in the weeks since, the mobile industry has been singing the same refrain. The media, analysts, our partners, customers and competitors have enthusiastically joined the chorus, acknowledging that the post-macrocell era is upon us.
As Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers has said, “radio type no longer defines the network architecture — and small cells are critical in delivering the mobile Internet.” To be competitive, mobile operators must support heterogeneous network access including licensed and unlicensed (Wi-Fi) radio, have an intelligent core and offer cloud-based services that deliver more applications faster in a scalable, flexible and resilient environment.
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Tags: microcell, mobile world congress, mobility, mwc, small cell, wifi, wireless
It’s that time of year again. Spring in Orlando where the industry will gather for Enterprise Connect, and the Cisco team will be there in full force.
So get ready for a whole new set of statistics demonstrating the health of our industry and the pace of change in the post-PC era. For example:
- Between 2011 and 2016, mobile data traffic is expected to increase 1800%
- Video traffic is expected to make up 70% of that mobile data in 2016 and more than 90% of network traffic
- Cloud services, which are being accelerated by the adoption of tablets and smartphones, will drive a second wave of IT consumerization. Software as a service, which is already disrupting more than 25% of the enterprise application space, will go on to change the way we collaborate globally
(Sources: Cisco Visual Networking Index Feb 2012, “Which Software Markets Will SaaS Disrupt?” Forrester Research, January 2011)
At Enterprise Connect, we at Cisco want to hear how these changes are affecting your businesses today – and how you are planning for tomorrow. Video, cloud collaboration services, mobility, and customer collaboration are some of the themes we look forward to discussing.
I hope you will make time to see my colleague, OJ Winge, deliver the Cisco keynote on March 27th at 10am Eastern time (7am Pacific). You can also watch it live on nojitter.com.
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Tags: Cisco, cloud collaboration, collaboration, mobile, mobile collaboration, post-pc