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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.
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.
It is no secret that alternative communication devices including tablets are taking a big chunk of the market away from what normally would be “PC territory”. Clearly the popularity of tablet form-factor devices is soaring. The craze started in the consumer space and has definitely made waves in the enterprise market, too. If you do a search for “tablets in the enterprise” you’ll likely see north of 79 million results.
Cisco wanted to know what was top of mind for IT managers when it comes to tablet form-factor devices hitting their networks. So we asked them—1500 of them, from the US, UK, Canada, France, Spain, and Germany.
What were their thoughts on the “bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work phenomena? Which country has the most security concerns? Which country leads in tablet requests from employees? How do they feel about issues like access to company applications?
Do you think hybrid clouds look like your granny’s network too? Well, that may be extreme, but there is no doubt that hybrid clouds are networked in ways we saw things connected a decade back. Consider a recent example I came across while discussing cloud adoption at a large global enterprise headquartered in the US. Their Asia office wanted to deploy a regional application for local use. It was impractical to deploy it at one of the two large data centers in the US since user experience would be sub-optimal due to latency issues. Hence they chose a local cloud provider to host the application. Sort of a hybrid cloud situation. So what? Read More »