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Social Media Business Strategy: Listen and Learn from Your Customers – Part 2

January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm PST

This post is included  as part of a series of posts related to social media training efforts underway at Cisco.  I sat down with our corporate Cisco Social Media Listening team members team members members (Charlie TreadwellBernadette KoscielniakGeorge MetrikNancy RivasMichael HoppsDavythe Dicochea, and Jennifer Robertsto ask a few specific questions around social listening. This is  the second part of the interview.  Read the first part of this series. 

What tools are available to enhance the social listening effort?

Various listening platforms are available, with varying focus areas in metrics and data streams.  In a June 2012 report, eMarketer profiles the strengths of industry leading platforms as followed:

Profile of Select SM Monitoring Services 2012

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Building on Success: Cisco and NetApp Expand Partnership

There’s no doubt Cisco’s Unified Computing System has achieved significant momentum since its introduction just over three years ago.  One of the key contributing factors to our growth has been the strength of our open partner ecosystem strategy.  While many of our data center competitors have chosen to build rigid vertical stacks, Cisco has embraced a broad ecosystem of partners—and as a result provided unparalleled flexibility for customers to choose from best-of-breed storage, hypervisor and application vendors.

Today, we’re further expanding our unified data center ecosystem by deepening our winning partnership with NetApp.   Cisco and NetApp have been partners for more than a decade and over the past two years our alliance has flourished with the introduction of the FlexPod converged infrastructure solution.  In fact, Cisco and NetApp now boast more than 2,100 FlexPod customers, with deployments in 35 countries and supported by more than 700 joint channel partners.

Building on that vote of confidence from our customers and partners, we are expanding our partnership to deliver deeper integrated solutions for a range of use cases ranging from data center to branch to service providers.  Specifically we’ll collaborate in the following four areas:

  • Deeper technology integration across the FlexPod architecture
  • A new FlexPod solution for cloud-scale service providers
  • Extending ExpressPod into the branch office
  • Expanded FlexPod application validation

I invite you to learn more about today’s announcement and share your thoughts on our expanded partnership with NetApp.

The Impact of Programmability on Networks Part 2

brian shodaYesterday we reprinted the first part of Telecom Asia magazine’s interview with Brian Shoda, director of Cisco NGN architecture sales for Asia Pacific. Here is the second and final part of the story.

4. [Telecom Asia] How can telcos better optimize and simplify their network architectures?

[Brian Shoda] The traditional layered and hierarchical model of network architecture has served operators well for many years. Today, the demands on operator networks are vastly different to those of the past. Optimization and simplification of network architectures is a key focus for most operators. Long lead times for activating new capacity, idle link capacity, and 1:1 bandwidth reservation are all costly methodologies and are no longer feasible for the modern operator.

Cisco’s Elastic Core and nLight solutions address Read More »

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Attending Cisco Live in London? Register for the VSPEX Case Study

January 24, 2013 at 9:54 am PST

Cisco and EMC are partnering at Cisco Live next week in London to deliver the latest developments on VSPEX.   Register and plan on attending this informative breakout session.

EMC Global General Manager of VSPEX, Gil Shneorson, and MTI Technology detail how VSPEX powered by EMC, VMware and Cisco technology, transformed the business of a recent VSPEX customer – greatly simplifying management over their IT infrastructure, while delivering performance that drives business value -- enabling them to move on to more strategic thinking within their IT environment.

VSPEX is a complete virtualization solution, proven by EMC and Cisco, delivered by partners. VSPEX gives you the power to choose the technology in your solution while removing the complexity and risk that typically comes with designing, integrating and deploying a best-of-breed solution – enabling fast deployment of powerful cloud infrastructure.

Date: Thursday January 31, 2013

Time: 11:30 am

Session Title: PCS-2003 -- VSPEX Transforms IT: A Customer Case Study

Presenters: Gil Shnoerson, Senior Director Global Product Sales & EMC VSPEX GM; and EMC Richard Flanders, Director, MTI

Also, visit the Cisco and EMC exhibits to learn even more about how Cisco and EMC are partnering together on VSPEX.

 

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Time Flies! Expanding our Decade-Long Partnership with NetApp

The old saying that “time flies by” couldn’t be any more true when I reflect on our decade-long partnership with NetApp. Over the past ten years new technology trends, changing consumption models, and fast-evolving customer needs have altered the IT industry landscape. But the Cisco-NetApp partnership has stood the test of time. Why? Because it was built on a solid foundation: remarkably aligned visions of the future of IT, complimentary technology solutions, and similar corporate cultures.

Over the past two years our partnership momentum has accelerated with the success of the FlexPod architecture. Cisco and NetApp now have more than 2,100 FlexPod customers, deployments in 35 countries and more than 700 channel partners. In fact, our channel partners have proven to be the secret sauce driving FlexPod momentum.

Today, Cisco and NetApp are announcing an expansion of our winning partnership to make it easier for customers to deploy and access next-generation cloud infrastructure solutions. The partnership expansion is built around four key areas:  Read More »

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