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Network Convergence as an Enabler – Giving Customers a Choice!

February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am PST

Cisco and Gartner Research recently partnered on a newsletter on how to transform your IT to reap the full benefits of network convergence.  It includes the Gartner report on “Recommendations for SAN Fabric Dashboards” by analysts Valdis Filks and Bob Passmore.  Also there are additional resources, blog & recent news links, and make sure to check out the TCO calculator!

Please click here to read the Gartner newsletter: http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/newsletters/cisco_us/issue1/index.html

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EANTC’s Test of Cisco’s CloudVerse Architecture

Since announcing Cisco’s CloudVerse architecture in December, we’re excited to see that this set of solutions is indeed helping our partners and customers in their journey to offer cloud services. On January 30, Light Reading published the Cisco CloudVerse test results found by EANTC, an internationally-recognized, vendor-neutral test center. Among many findings, EANTC revealed that over 70 percent of leading cloud providers are using Cisco CloudVerse on their journey to the cloud

The tests were created by Light Reading and EANTC around real-world customer care abouts including Security, Agility, Economics, and Experience. They completed 25 test segments across the 3 Cisco CloudVerse themes: Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services.

The full test results can be found here, and for the full Cisco perspective on this test, please see Pat Adamiak’s blog.

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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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Modernizing the Electrical Grid with New Cisco Connected Grid Solutions, Products and Services

This week Cisco announced additional solutions and services to its Connected Grid portfolio that will help utilities modernize the electric grid with built-in flexibility, security and interoperability enabled by the power of the network. Cisco’s new technology architecture, solutions and related services address key utility concerns around cost, reliability and scalability in their communications infrastructures.

For Cisco’s press release on its latest offerings, please click here.

Cisco hosted a webcast on 1/17/12 about Cisco’s efforts to help optimize the connected grid with its new solutions, products and services. For a replay of this webcast, please click here.

For customer perspective on the current state of the smart grid transition and the new set of offerings in Cisco’s Connected Grid portfolio, please click here.

Jesper Andersen’s thoughts on Video in the Cloud

Jesper Andersen, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group, sits down at CES 2012 in Las Vegas to offer his insight on the top video trends of the last year, along with the areas of focus for service providers in 2012, including the cloud. He highlights Cisco’s Videoscape news at the show, and how the new Videoscape cloud and client technologies can help service providers with their cloud strategies and deliver on the vision for ‘Any Screen TV’ video experiences.  Check out the video and join the discussion:  Cisco at CES 2012: Catching up with SVP/GM Jesper Andersen