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Cisco Partner Summit: Mike Allen, Managing Director, APAC Channels

Mandy Knotts of Cisco PR spoke with Mike Allen, Managing Director of APAC Channels at the Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit. Mike discusses how the channel business has evolved, top of mind channel partner issues and what he hopes our APAC channel partners will take away from this week’s event. Post by Mandy Knotts

Cisco Partner Summit: Emerging Markets Perspectives

Insights from Paul Mountford, president of Cisco’s Emerging Markets Theater.Three years ago Cisco reorganized its business to better serve fast growing and increasingly influential developing economic powerhouses such as Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Poland. The result: Cisco’s Emerging Markets Theater, a grouping of more than 130 countries that includes more than 2 billion people and a sizable chunk of the world’s GDP. In this segment, Theater president Paul Mountford provides a progress update and insights on his strategies.Post by Mandy Knotts

Cisco: Secure @ RSA Conference

This week Cisco is making announcements on many fronts in many places. One of them is in the security arena. With the city of San Francisco teeming with 17,000+ security professionals, solution providers, good guys, bad guys, and “gray” guys for the annual RSA security conference, much of the buzz has centered on the data protection theme. And rightfully so. Years ago the security game was about keeping the “bad stuff” out — the viruses and worms that were intentionally designed to bring down networks, brag about it, and trump the guy who made a previous attack in a similar vein the week before. Today, the game has evolved in a more sinister way. The bad stuff and the bad guys are after money. They’re after identity. They’re after data. Instead of bringing down a network, they’re trying to use it as a vehicle for infiltrating your business, your computer, your phone, your home, your family life, your well-being, and subsequently, your peace of mind. Simply put, this stealth-for-wealth approach has been the catalyst for ushering in an overt-to-covert transition in the thread-laden underworld. It’s no longer about keeping the bad stuff out. Now it’s about keeping the bad stuff out AND keeping the good stuff in. Your data, in other words. Read More »

Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit: The SMB Opportunity

Rick Moran, VP of SMB Solutions Marketing Shares Provides an SMB UpdateMandy Knotts of Cisco PR speaks with Rick Moran, VP of SMB Solutions Marketing at the Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit. Rick provides an update on Cisco’s SMB efforts since last year’s Partner Summit and talks about what’s exciting about the SMB opportunity for Cisco and its channel partners.Post by Mandy Knotts

Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit: The Cisco/Channel Partner Relationship

Ken Westwood, COO of Dimension Data Australia Shares His Perspective on Their Relationship with CiscoMandy Knotts of Cisco PR speaks with Ken Westwood, COO of Dimension Data Australia at the Cisco Worldwide Partner Summit. As a key Cisco channel partner, Ken speaks about why he thinks the Cisco/Dimension Data relationship is successful, the challenge around finding IT talent and the Data Center opportunity.Post by Mandy Knotts