A few weeks ago when we announced the Cisco APIC Enterprise Module, in response to a post by Cisco VP Jeff Reed, David had quite a lengthy comment to which I’d like to respond. His specific question (within the full comment) was:
Do you see an upside for more value-added offerings — beyond the current anticipated cost-savings debate about the promise of SDN/NFV technologies?
First, thank you David for your questions. In short, Yes. At Cisco we see a lot of value in offering services to our Enterprise customers and also to our partners who offer managed services to their customers. Let me expand on this.
Cisco is fully aware of the emerging market segments with the still nascent SDN technology adoption. As you say, larger telcos and cloud service providers are looking at SDN/NFV with open hardware assessments and are more interested in scaling their deployments of multi-tenancy architectures. Whereas small and medium sized enterprises are evaluating SDN with a more application-centric approach. The main concern, given their modest investment infrastructure, (compared to the telcos and cloud service providers) is about having agile IT that can respond quickly to their business needs. Read More »
Tags: ACI, advanced services, APIC, Cisco ONE, Cisco SDN, NFV, thought leadership
I wanted to share a few fun things that happened / I learned this week and note what’s coming next.
1. In the last few days we had a not one but two webinars this week, but you can FIND ALL THE WEBINARS if you want.
2. We’ve had a few great guest posts recently, too:
3. A funny video on the importance of planing your 802.11ac: Read More »
Tags: #MWC14, enterprise networks, Friday Roundup, video
Network optimization is a touchy subject for many in the IT world, and a particularly thorny issue for the Wide Area Network (WAN). The idea that the network architecture as designed cannot meet the needs of tomorrow is the cause of much discussion, anxiety and in some cases, gnashing of teeth. However, the reality is that the rate of change of applications and ways the WAN is utilized is accelerating, and the methods of designing, testing, implementing and troubleshooting of today are not keeping pace. In addition, traditional services offered throughout the WAN only offer a partial view of the capabilities of what may be available.
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Tags: EN, Glue Networks, Gluware, Intelligent WAN, IWAN, IWAN Wed, IWAN Wednesday, PfR, routing
With increasing demands and decreasing budgets, these are challenging times for many IT professionals. Some savvy IT people, however, are growing their budgets and improving their careers by forging partnerships with business groups who can benefit most from IT’s expertise, and are willing to help pay for it.
Which business groups are most likely to team with IT? Actually, we asked the same question in our recent Business and IT Priority Survey, which queried 1800 business leaders across many VP and CXO roles, including finance, marketing, sales, strategy, human resources, diversity, operations, manufacturing, business development, and more.
Based on this global data, Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) are great potential partners, because while their priorities often align with IT, their budgets may not:
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Tags: chief marketing officer, Cisco Business and IT Priority Survey, CMO, connected mobile experience, enterprise networks, IT budget, MGM Resorts, operations manager, Sheryl Pattek, survey
Instead of having people travel to a singular physical location every week, this church brings their services to the people, therefore reducing barriers in spreading their message.
Eastlake community church is located across 8 campuses in Seattle area in Washington. Their main objective is to create a feel of a singular church across physically disconnected campuses.
The use of technology such as video allows them to do connect to a wide audience like never before. In addition to delivering their main services, they are also able to offer secure child services at their locations using electronic check-ins.
In order to conduct their services week by week, they required a reliable network with a widespread wireless network with simple management for their volunteer-based IT. They also needed to keep their operational costs low considering the nature of their organization. More interestingly, Eastlake church faced some additional unique challenges. Out of their 8 locations, only 2 of them are permanent while the others are “pop-up” locations such as schools and public places. All these dynamic, “pop-up” locations needed to support secure BYOD and yet simple management. Read More »
Tags: Case Study, Customer Use Case, unified access