Today, cities are becoming the epicenter of the Internet of Everything (IoE), where people, things, data and process can be connected to deliver new and amazing value. At the current pace of connectivity, Cisco predicts some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Today, furthering IoE innovations, Cisco and AGT announced a global strategic alliance to dramatically change the way today’s cities are managed and secured using cloud technologies and edge analytics.
The Cisco and AGT partnership will greatly improve the networking of a wide variety of devices, sensors and s1ocial media inputs. Combining Cisco intelligent networking infrastructure with AGT’s software platforms will enable the integration of previously disparate data, revealing new ways to manage city infrastructures, reduce management costs and improve the lives of citizens with a new generation of urban services. With 180,000 people moving into cities every day, there is an opportunity to transform the future of cities and make them more livable, safe and enhance the quality of life for everyone.
Wireless momentum continues worldwide and mobile data traffic expected to increase nearly 11-fold
Today, Cisco released its latest Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Forecast, 2013-2018, projecting future mobile data traffic over cellular networks (2G, 3G, or 4G) and wi-fi off-load traffic. Our detailed research, including region-specific and some country-specific data, can be found in our complete white paper. Highlighted below for your convenience are some of the key takeaways.
“I offer personal congratulations to Satya Nadella on his appointment as Microsoft’s next CEO. I know him well and I know he will do a great job for Microsoft as he is a seasoned, world-class technology leader. I trust him and I know he instills trust in his customers and partners. I look forward to continuing to work with him and Microsoft to better serve our customers together.”
Technology is changing the world at an ever increasing rate. The exponential jumps in processing power, mobile technologies, storage, and connection speeds are facilitating a whole new suite of possibilities. We are beginning to see the creation and realities of new connected experiences that allow us to capture and document our lives in countless ways. Our memories and experiences can be digitally chronicled and preserved perhaps forever. Where and how do we store our ever-expanding archive of personal history? How will we be able to find, share, or extract what we need, when we need it?
(Fun Fact: The volume of such data already being saved to the cloud is staggering: in Dropbox alone, one billion files are uploaded every 24 hours!)
Enter the era of the personal cloud. According to Gartner’s IT predictions for 2014, personal cloud will solidify the shift from devices to services. So it won’t matter which device captures information or images; you’re personal cloud will be the hub that centralizes everything. You’ll have almost unlimited potential in recording and archiving your life, with easier and faster access. While this notion of “lifestreaming” – i.e., creating a digital diary and archive of one’s life and activities – has been around for years, social media aggregators like Facebook have only begun to address the scope of what it can be.
According to IDC analysts and buyer perception, Cisco is an IDC MarketScape “Major Player” worldwide. (IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Cloud Professional Services 2013 Vendor Analysis)
Cisco named a “Strong Performer” and earns top marks on strategy for strategic vision and roadmap in private cloud software solutions (The Forrester WaveTM: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013, Forrester Research, Inc.)
On January 28, at Cisco Live! in Milan, we announced important extensions to our Cloud Portfolio.
In this fast evolving cloud market, customers require flexible solutions to extend their infrastructure, take advantage of public cloud services and optimize their sourcing options, while maintaining consistent policy and security mechanisms.
Use cases like Test and Develop, Capacity Augmentation and Disaster Recovery require customers to integrate internally sourced services with public cloud and virtual private cloud services. Business leaders are realizing that the use of public cloud services needs be to standardized by IT to manage escalating costs, security risks and compliance requirements.
Enterprises and public sector institutions are eager to embrace a hybrid cloud model, but current approaches offered by large public cloud providers are proprietary and lock customers into their way of consumption. Other hybrid cloud approaches require customer to have a consistent hypervisor environment.
Customers want to make hybrid cloud the new normal, and they expect to do it with choice, consistency, control and compliance.
Our new Cisco InterCloud solution accomplishes all that – it enables bi-directional secure workload mobility to and from any supported or participating cloud provider, is hypervisor agnostic and it works with heterogeneous infrastructures. Depending on your IT and business requirements you can now move your data and applications to the Public Cloud with end-to-end security.
At the same time, Cisco InterCloud allows cloud providers to lower the barrier to public and virtual private cloud adoption, and easily extend their customers encapsulated data center into the public cloud with consistent network and security policies.