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With Cisco, You’re on a Private Jet to the Cloud

February 6, 2012 at 7:31 am PST

Everyone is talking about the Cloud but many companies are just beginning their journey and want a guide to ensure the quickest and most cost-effective path. Questions arise such as “can we build a cloud in-house?” which is kind of like taking a bus to your destination if you don’t have expertise at your company. Others ponder “should we hire a partner to advise us?” which is the equivalent to taking a jet  because an expert will quickly fly you to the cloud, leveraging knowledge that has accumulated through experience. The jet will get you there a lot faster with less bumps and obstacles.

Companies like  Discovery and Innovest Systems have reached their destination to the cloud with the help of the Savvis Symphony Cloud Solution. To securely keep up with massive growth while aligning costs to revenue opportunities, Innovest Systems has been utilizing Savvis cloud solutions for more than six years.

Savvis delivers a complex, fully managed infrastructure for Discovery Communications to support its real-time advertising deliverables, ad sales, scheduling, and programming for all its international operations.

Positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Savvis delivers a leading-edge solution that results in costs savings for its customers.

“We help customers with cost-affordable, reliable IT infrastructure services so that they can focus on applications that are differentiating them in their markets,” says Bryan Doerr, Chief Technology Officer, Savvis.

The Savvis cloud solution offers enterprise customers unprecedented flexibility in controlling how much applications costs and how effectively those applications are delivered to end users.

Savvis started with an IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) that is world class in both its network architecture and service delivery capabilities. Building on this foundation, Savvis then turned its attention to the infrastructure side of the data center.

Its vision led Savvis to create a unique cloud-based service, offering enterprise-required services, not just compute virtualization. The solution is designed to meet the broadest range of global computing needs which allows Savvis customers to focus on innovation, competitive advantage, and growth by freeing up IT resources.

Cisco has been part of the Savvis journey to cloud. Cisco Services helped Savvis create their cloud offering, achieve their goals, and realize the full value of its investment in data center and cloud solutions. This included, but was not limited to, an 18 month roadmap aligned with Savvis’ technology and business goals.

Recently Mike Taylor, vice president of global infrastructure engineering and operations at Savvis, blogged his thoughts on how Savvis is setting the bar for Enterprise Cloud.

A Tale of Two Cities Pursuing One Common Vision: The story of how urban economics, urban energy, urban environment get greener, cleaner, smarter because they’re better connected (Part Two of a two-part series)

Following the conclusion of State of Green Business 2012, I boarded a plane to Vancouver with Stephan Dolezalek, Managing Director, VantagePoint Venture Partners and one of my fellow panelists at the San Francisco conference, to ask that other “greenish city on a bay” similar questions that were pondered in San Francisco. (As some of you already know, these two cities enjoy a friendly rivalry to see who can be more sustainable and prosperous while still being hip and cool).

The Cities Summit, hosted and organized on February 1-2 by Vancouver’s city government, assembled an interesting group comprised of hundreds of international business and urban leaders. They focused on the design of creative, practical solutions for a sustainable urban future. The city invited me to moderate a session entitled, “City Finance 2.0: Next Generation Urban Infrastructure.” The invitation arose for one good reason: the focus of this  Vancouver discussion -- the business of city building -- closely mirrors the focus of the “2012 Meeting of the Minds,” which Toyota and Cisco and others will convene in San Francisco in October. Read More »

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Calling All Nonprofits: Does Your Video Tell a Powerful Story?

February 6, 2012 at 6:16 am PST

Did you know that by the end if 2012, videos will account for 50 percent of all Internet traffic?

Online videos are powerful storytelling tools. Many nonprofits are using them to attract donors and volunteers, and to multiply the impact they can have on the people and communities they serve.

As a sponsor of the 2012 DoGooder Nonprofit Awards, Cisco will get a chance to recognize four nonprofits that have successfully used video to create meaningful, positive change. Read More »

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The MPLS Alternative

February 6, 2012 at 2:57 am PST

One of the many, but popular announcements at CiscoLive in London last week is the release of Cisco Easy Virtual Network.  We did our part by releasing a 'Fundamentals of EVN' that we think can give you everything you need to know in about 6 minutes.

Big thanks to the EVN team who worked with us to produce this.  Andy Kessler (who is featured in our upcoming episode 112), Sehjung Hah and Gary Proefke.

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Technology for Business Sake

Nothing irritates me more than technology that goes unused.  Shiny things, cool bells and whistles, and technology features don’t excite me unless I see people using the technology to transform their business and gaining true return on their investment.

I often ask customers, “What is more important to you, get the cheapest deal or realizing the benefits the technology can offer?”  Do you choose something because it is free or something that delivers a solution to your needs?  Often I’ve seen people choose cost over benefit, to deeply regret it later; spending valuable time not realizing the productivity benefits.

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