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Cloud-Based Services Infrastructure Transforms Busan Metropolitan City

The need for cities to balance social, economic, and environmental resources is becoming increasingly critical. Cities, however, now have an opportunity to use the network as the platform for visualizing and modeling urban infrastructure to provide innovative urban services and manage urban sustainability. Using the network as the fourth utility (in addition to electricity, water, and natural gas), cities can integrate multiple systems to deliver on-demand services over an Internet-enabled cloud infrastructure supported by open innovation.

Busan Metropolitan City is one example of a city poised for Smart City development. Busan is South Korea’s second-largest metropolis and home to the fifth-largest port in the world. It also boasts an established 10GB broadband infrastructure, Busan Information Highway. As the city continues to grow, it faces the same environmental, economic, and social issues as other metropolitan areas. Because of this, the Busan government is investing in expanding the existing broadband infrastructure to improve urban services and service quality. Read More »

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Will ‘good enough’ be enough? Take 2

I recently read an article about a “good enough” network. I know this has come up in the past, but this time was in a much different context. Some people might believe that a “good enough” network is enough enough when you are moving data and web servers, but what about when it becomes the lifeline for the power grid? Read More »

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Let’s Talk – A New Atmosphere of Cooperation within Government

October 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm PST

If you study local governments around the world, it is likely that you will find similar patterns of behavior and functioning. Traditionally run loose coalitions of separate entities, each empowered with their own roadmap of projects and funds. To add to the challenges are the uncertainties of life, taking on different flavors and dimensions: economic and political instability, technological advancement, urbanization, quality of healthcare and education, job security, productivity and more. What is elevating to note is that many governments are viewing these challenges as an opportunity to invest in technological and conceptual modernization and adopt design systems that meet sustainability demands and improve the lives of citizens. Read More »

Journey to the Cloud: From Vision to Reality

Organizations planning a move to the cloud should consider which cloud model is right for their business and objectives. This consideration extends beyond just public and private cloud models. The journey to cloud is focused on building or evolving the network platform to enable automation and unleash IT. Regardless of cloud approach or business goals—cost reduction, growth, agility—it’s the first and most important step.

At Cisco we’ve learned from our own cloud journey. We learned that the network is the lynchpin and enabler of adaptable IT service delivery. This guiding principle has enabled us to provide dynamic and reliable products and solutions to help our customers seize innovation, accelerate business and drive outcomes; all through the cloud.

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Is the Internet a Fundamental Human Necessity?

Cisco recently commissioned an international workforce study in order to show the relevance of the network in everyday life. The 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report had some very interesting findings about how central the Internet and computing has become to our lives.
Interesting points of note:
• One in three college students and young professionals consider the Internet to be as important as air, water, food and shelter.
• More than half of the study’s respondents say they cannot live without the Internet, and in some cases cite is as more essential than owning a car, dating and going to parties.
• 40% of responding students have not bought a physical book, except textbooks, in two years.
Anecdotally, we’ve all been in restaurants, cafes or bars and seen people buried in their smartphones rather than interacting with the people around them. I think this data sends some very strong messages about how information technology is fundamentally altering our lives, which carries both promise as well as questions about what this means about our society and how we interact. What do you think?