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They want a cloud real fast, just not sure what exactly it should look like or how it should function…..

I have talked to many enterprises that want a private cloud; also service providers that want to build a public cloud based upon Cisco UCS / Nexus.  They all would like to get to their first generation of cloud very quickly.   We have many conversations on infrastructure to use, the right choice of hypervisor, and what use cases to start with.  Today I talked to a customer of our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud that wants a differentiating end user portal.  Everyone can spin up a VM, but how to do it in a way that will drive adoption and new business, whether it is for the enterprise or service provider?  How do we do this at a cost and a timeline that meets the needs of the business and the CIO.

These are not lightweight concerns.   I have seen many data center automation projects that focused too much on the provisioning and not enough on the end user experience.    The Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit at Cisco has been involved with many customers building private and public clouds with our software stack.  This includes Cisco IT’s very large private cloud deployment based upon our software.  The two services they deployed:  CITEIS (Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services) Express and CITEIS VDC (Virtual Data Center) has received broad acclaim.  Watch the following videos by Jamie MacQuarrie of the Intelligent Automation team on these two CITEIS Services.

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The Road to Becoming A Social Business #SMWSF #SMWCisco

If you have browsed the Social Media Week agenda, your eyes have probably caught a panel discussion on The Road to Becoming A Social Business. We’re thrilled to have Michael Brito (@britopian), SVP Edelman Digital and author of the book, Smart Business, Social Business moderate this panel with Adobe, SAP, Wells Fargo and Intel. We’re going to cover questions such as: How do you hold people accountable? How do you organize for social? How do you create or find content that make great stories? How do you encourage content innovation and experimentation while protecting your brand? How do you scale? And many more questions along the same lines. In addition to the discussion, our panelists will leave you with some practical tips you can take back with you right away. If you plan to attend this session live or on the Cisco UStream channel, be ready to ask your questions in person or via social media using the #SMWCisco hash tag. (Note: the hash tag for the entire week is #SMWSF but we have set up a hash tag specific to our day at Cisco to help better navigate through the questions related to our event.)

Drum roll please… immediately following the panel, Michael will be signing his book, Smart Business, Social Business. The book walks you through the internal transformation of organizations into a social business and describes the key factors to be considered in this evolution. To learn more, check out our video interview with Michael. (By the way, we had a great time shooting the video interview. Check out a video montage of bloopers below.)

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Cisco Has 100K Twitter Followers. Now What?

Recommend a friend and get Cisco schwag from The Network!

Last week, @CiscoSystems reached 100,000 followers. We wanted to take this opportunity to spotlight the profile of an @CiscoSystems follower and our top 10 most popular tweets of 2011. If you fit this profile and like what we tweet about, please follow us. If you’re already following us and know a friend who fits this profile, send an @reply to @CiscoSystems with your friend’s Twitter handle and we’ll send you Cisco schwag from “The Network“! Be sure to also include the hashtag #followcisco. While supplies last.  More details at the end of this post.


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  • If your friend is tech savvy and wants to know more about Cisco, send a tweet to @CiscoSystems with your friend’s Twitter handle and the hashtag #followcisco
  • Be sure to follow @CiscoSystems and we will coordinate with you to mail out “The Network” gear
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AT&T Brings Unified Communications Services to Customers

We continue to see our service provider partners leverage the economics and agility of cloud services

Today, AT&T announced the availability of its Unified Communications Service, a new way for its business subscribers to offer a complete collaboration suite of features to employees in a secure and cost effective way. AT&T’s enterprise collaboration solution features Cisco’s own Hosted Collaboration Solution, which gives partners, including service providers and integrators, the ability to deploy multiple collaboration applications on one server in a virtualized environment and then host those applications for multiple client organizations.

Cisco’s cloud services ultimately enable our service provider partners to offer a seamless experience for both their enterprise and end-user customers. For further details, check out the full announcement.

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BYOD or 1:1 Computing in K-12? The CTO’s Weigh In…

Significant technology developments continue to hit the USA K-12 market.

With Apple’s digital textbook announcement last week, we are now likely to see more acceleration of the spread of new student devices. Is this major announcement by the company that rapidly transformed computing, music and mobility the boost schools need to drive toward the promise of digital technology for all students? And what’s the resulting impact on device and computing trends in K-12?

On the topic of devices, we asked two of our leading K-12 Chief Technology Officer (CTO) customers to give us their opinions. BYOD? 1:1? What’s the better course to pursue? The answer would make Nike proud. While both noted device and equity issues one way or another, all said simply” “Just do it!”. What’s even more interesting – it wasn’t actually all about the device.

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