Of cloud computing’s three service models, software as a service (SaaS) is deployed most often. But that trend is shifting: A recent Yankee Group survey revealed that 24 percent of U.S. enterprises with cloud experience are already using infrastructure as a service (IaaS), an additional 37 percent plan to adopt it, and planned deployments are accelerating.
Cisco, too, is seeking to benefit from dynamic cloud service models, using models that offer reduced provisioning times and usage-based chargeback systems. We’ve gotten started by deploying the same unified computing and virtualization solutions we recommend to Cisco customers in our own private IaaS cloud. We call our internal cloud Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services, or CITEIS.
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Tags: chargeback, cloud, data center, IaaS, self-service
We’re seeing a heightened interest from customers in using video inside the enterprise. That’s because video is quickly becoming the most multi-faceted form of communication. It can be used very effectively in a variety of ways: as a tool to communicate with your own team, for executive leadership, company meetings, and for training in the areas of sales and new products, HR and new hires.
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Most data centers are challenged with the same cost control problems of power, cooling, space, and people. Illustrating that one x86 server can cost more than US$400 a year in just energy consumption, a 2009 Gartner study concluded that IT managers can combat rising costs by reviewing their data center strategies and proactively looking to consolidation, use of energy saving solutions, and strategic deployment of IT labor. Our online chronicle, Cisco Data Center 2011-Texas, provides an inside look at how Cisco IT is tackling these challenges with a strategy that is reflected in our new facility, Texas Data Center 2.
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Tags: cloud, Consolidation, cooling, data center, power, virtualization
What if you went into your office and all of the meeting rooms were empty? Yet when you looked around, you could see work being done, ideas being shared, and deadlines being met.
More and more at Cisco, this is how a normal workday looks for many of our employees. Through the capabilities of Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Cisco employees now work together virtually more often.
We use WebEx Meeting Center in several ways. Work teams that have members located around the world use it for audio or video conferences, or for online collaboration sessions, where they share presentations, documents, and desktop applications. Because it is easy to start a WebEx session, I can collaborate with my team at any moment.
We also use WebEx Event Center to hold large, virtual meetings, such as our annual global sales conference that involved 19,000 participants worldwide. And because users can access the WebEx Meeting Center service over the Internet, we have gained a simple, cost-effective way to communicate for business continuity during a pandemic, a natural disaster, or other situation when employees can’t go to work in a Cisco office.
WebEx Meeting Center is deployed as a hosted service on the WebEx collaboration cloud. This means we no longer need to maintain the network infrastructure for online collaboration, we don’t have to worry about supporting peak traffic loads, and users can access new features as soon as they are available.
Usage levels have exploded as WebEx Meeting Center has proven to be very popular among Cisco employees. That popularity is producing great value for our business, especially for cutting our travel budget in half. But it may make Cisco’s meeting rooms very lonely places to be.
For a closer look at how we use WebEx at Cisco, take a look at our interactive collaboration experience here.
Tags: collaboration, launch, meeting center, tools, WebEX
The Value of Collaboration
In conversations with customers, I am consistently asked about the business value and return on investment with regard to collaboration.
Here’s how we define value at Cisco: productivity, growth and innovation.
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