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Cisco Continues to Lead in Driving Business Value and Lower TCO for Aussie and Kiwi Server Customers

It’s been another big year for Cisco and its partners in accelerating growth and opportunity in the data centre and cloud.  In 2013, there was a particular focus on Cisco Powered cloud providers building the foundation necessary to deliver integrated services (collaboration, security, infrastructure as a service and video) for private, public and hybrid cloud use across Australia and New Zealand.

This past year, we have teamed up with a wide range of partners to deliver Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) to the market, which has proved to be somewhat of a ‘silver bullet’ for the widespread adoption of Unified Collaboration in Australia and New  Zealand. In addition, our Cisco Unified Computing Solution (UCS) continues to drive growth for Cisco and our partners in Australia and New Zealand with a host of customers rolling out the platform to speed up and improve the efficiency of their private data centre operations.

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Congratulations Telstra – Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Master Partner

Cisco would like to congratulate Telstra for achieving Cisco Cloud and Managed Services (CMSP) Master Partner certification globally. This is due recognition for Telstra who has built the capabilities to sell and deliver Cisco cloud technology to its customers throughout the world. The certification is designed to help partners build, market and sell cloud and managed services to customers and incorporates a thorough sales training and business acceleration program.

The accreditation coincides with the official launch of Telstra’s globally connected Cloud Infrastructure solution. The solution is built using Cisco technology and is further evidence of the strong partnership between Cisco and Telstra.

Telstra’s global Cloud Infrastructure platform combines Telstra’s global telecommunications with Cisco’s leading technology to offer customers best-of-breed, end-to-end solutions which enable global businesses to consistently deploy applications across multiple geographic locations to support business transformation, productivity and growth.

While Telstra Global was at Cisco’s Cloud Connections event in Hong Kong yesterday, earlier this year at Cisco’s Global Partner Summit, Telstra was awarded Global Cloud provider Partner of the Year at the Cisco Global Partner Summit in June 2013.

Congratulations to the team at Telstra for reaching the Master Partner certification and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership in the future.

IPv6-Centric Networking: Innovation Without Constraints

Over the last several months, I’ve been pleased to invite Mark Townsley, Cisco Fellow and recognized expert on Internet Protocol (IP), to discuss IPv6 as a key enabler of the Internet of Everything (IoE). In his series of guest blogs, Mark has explained the basics of IPv6 and why it is important (“Demystifying IPv6”), and discussed some of the technical challenges of moving to this latest version of IP (“Moving to IPv6: Rebuilding the Heart of the Internet Without Missing a Beat”). In this installment, Mark takes a look into the future at some of the things IPv6 will make possible. I’m particularly excited about this, because the unlimited addressing scheme of IPv6 is what will enable the exponential growth of connections among people, process, data, and things that will drive $14.4 trillion in IoE private-sector value over the next decade, and dramatically impact our daily lives. This is Mark’s third and final blog on IPv6.

 

townsleyIn my last blog, I explored various ways that IPv4 and IPv6 can coexist on the same network —each vital during the global IPv6 transition period, which began in earnest after the World IPv6 Launch last year. Today, I want to highlight new network deployments and designs that I like to call “IPv6-centric.” These architectures go beyond the more conservative approach of a congruent dual-stack IP network. Instead, they are designed and operated from the ground up with IPv6 at the base. While these networks can accommodate IPv4, IPv6 takes center stage.

 

IPv6-Centric Mobile Networks: Beginning last month, T-Mobile and Metro PCS users in the United States running the latest version of Android software are now provisioned with IPv6 by default, with no IPv4 address from the ISP network. Traffic to IPv6-enabled destinations such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Wikipedia will simply use IPv6. Traffic to non-IPv6-enabled sites will be translated to IPv4 after traversing the ISP network. If there are any remaining applications on the device that simply do not know how to handle IPv6, the Android device itself performs and IPv4-to-IPv6 translation internally, so the access network doesn’t see IPv4 at all.

“4G speeds and IoE are driving ‘scale-up’ and ‘scale-out’ in mobile networks. The scarcity of globally routable IPv4 addresses forces a series of compromises that an IPv6-only infrastructure alleviates, providing a solid bedrock to build upon.”

—    Cameron Byrne, T-Mobile Wireless, USA

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Big Data in Security – Part IV: Email Auto Rule Scoring on Hadoop

TRACFollowing part three of our Big Data in Security series on graph analytics, I’m joined by expert data scientists Dazhuo Li and Jisheng Wang to talk about their work in developing an intelligent anti-spam solution using modern machine learning approaches on Hadoop.

What is ARS and what problem is it trying to solve?

Dazhuo: From a high-level view, Auto Rule Scoring (ARS) is the machine learning system for our anti-spam system. The system receives a lot of email and classifies whether it’s spam or not spam. From a more detailed view, the system has hundreds of millions of sample email messages and each one is tagged with a label. ARS extracts features or rules from these messages, builds a classification model, and predicts whether new messages are spam or not spam. The more variety of spam and ham (non-spam) that we receive the better our system works.

Jisheng: ARS is also a more general large-scale supervised learning use case. Assume you have tens (or hundreds) of thousands of features and hundreds of millions (or even billions) of labeled samples, and you need them to train a classification model which can be used to classify new data in real time.

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Summary: An Innovative Infrastructure to Capture the Value of the Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is no longer a prediction. It is reality. As I think about the infrastructure needed to truly capture its value, I immediately think the network needs to be:

  • Agile
  • Intelligent
  • Secure

Why are these qualities a necessity for a thriving programmable infrastructure? Simply, it will allow enterprises to be ready for today’s business needs and tomorrow’s new business models.

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Organizations must be able to quickly, intelligently and securely leverage their infrastructure to keep pace with business transformation driven by emerging cloud and mobile technology.

Today’s world is dominated by what Gartner Vice President David Cearley calls the “four powerful forces: social, mobile, cloud and information.” An infrastructure must increasingly demonstrate it can add value to the business, by rapidly and securely rolling out new services, apps and capabilities in a connected world.

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