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Cisco is Moving Fast with our Partners to deliver on the Promise of an Intercloud

It’s hard to believe it was only eight weeks ago that I announced Cisco’s $1B investment in a bold Intercloud strategy to 10,000 partners and colleagues in Las Vegas..

Today, Cisco announced additional Intercloud partners and offerings, and on the main stage at our 25th anniversary Cisco Live! event in San Francisco this morning, I’ll demonstrate how fast we’ve been able to move by driving a partner-centric Cloud strategy.

FYI: You can watch my keynote on the Cisco Live web site.

Our customers have been asking Cisco to expand beyond our hosted collaboration and SaaS offerings (such as WebEx, Meraki and Cisco Cloud Web Security) with a richer set of cloud services. Today, in San Francisco, we are announcing a substantial expansion of those services with new infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and cloud disaster recovery applications that leverage the cloud platforms of new Intercloud partners Dimension Data and Sungard Availability Services. They join Telstra as our first Intercloud partners.

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Cisco Live Kicks Off and the “IoE Machine” Comes Alive!

Billboard[2]Cisco Live kicked off this morning with more than 20,000 attendees storming the streets of San Francisco and the Moscone Convention Center. I am so excited to be hosting Cisco Live again this year – especially because it’s the 25th Anniversary of this event, and this year we’re back in the city that inspired our company’s name and logo.

As attendees are getting settled in for an action-packed week, I want to highlight two dynamic experiences not to be missed at this year’s conference:  our  Internet of Everything (IoE) Machine – a 20-by-20 foot interactive installation – and five Connected City interactive bus shelters. Both experiences simulate a journey through a connected city, showing how Cisco technology helps cities run like clockwork by connecting people, process, data and things.

Every day, in every city, an event takes place.  It could be a baseball game, a music concert or even an innovative conference like Cisco Live. No matter what it is, this event puts pressure on the host city around traffic, energy usage, etc.   But the Internet of Everything takes the stress off cities by making airports, roads, power grids, recycling cans, parking lots – you name it -- all smarter so that events can go off without a hitch.

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Answering Your Top Tech Trend Questions at Cisco Live #CLUS

Our customers join us at Cisco Live conferences around the world to hear how we can help you tackle the most important technology trends. Cloud, security, mobility and programmable networks are all driving different business models and compelling opportunities.

The top questions we hear from you are:

  • What is Cisco’s approach to SDN?
  • How will Cisco help me deliver hybrid cloud services?
  • Can I really deploy applications in hours instead of weeks?
  • Can I get great — but affordable — collaboration technology into every room, on every desk, every pocket?
  • How can IT lead in securing company assets and data?
  • Do I have the right foundation to deliver better mobile experiences to my employees and customers?
  • Which of Cisco’s customers are having success with these technologies?
  • How is Cisco IT grappling with all these challenges?

At Cisco Live, you not only get the practical, hands-on knowledge that can advance your career. You also get compelling insight and Cisco roadmaps into the ideas, concepts, and emerging trends that are setting the stage for a more connected and collaborative future.

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Global IT Report 2014: Region Making Progress on Connectivity But More Action Needed

Recently the World Economic Forum launched its annual Global Information Technology Report (GITR), which highlights how countries in Latin America compare globally across the 54 different indicators of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI). The regional verdict: while some countries have begun to expand broadband infrastructure, improving connectivity across the region remains one of biggest barriers to development in the region.

There are successes at the country level, however, such as Chile, which ranks among the top quartile globally, due to the government’s consistent focus on expanding information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and spurring ICT usage. Panama is quickly moving up in the global ranks and is only eight ranks behind (at 43rd in the world), driven by the government’s recognition of ICT as a critical driver of economic growth. And Costa Rica, Uruguay and Colombia all merit kudos for focusing effort on increasing ICT adoption (of the Internet, mobile phones and broadband) as well as increasing affordability of technologies.

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General Motors Signs Innovative Deal with Cisco

I’m excited to announce that we have deepened our relationship with General Motors.  This quarter, as John talked about on our Q3 FY14 earnings call, we closed a first-of-its-kind, multi-year deal to license Cisco’s software portfolio to GM.

This innovative licensing agreement involving all of our software – and hardware, where needed – will give GM greater speed and flexibility to drive business value.  So, for example, when GM needs to increase their collaboration solutions across the company they have access to our full suite of products to do that. Going forward, Cisco and GM will continue to partner to deliver on GM’s business goals up to and including the Internet of Everything.

Cisco is proud to work with GM and other large enterprises to help them achieve their goals and overcome their biggest challenges.  We realize that every company must now be a technology company and we are thrilled and excited that GM is taking a huge, innovative step with Cisco as a partner to better serve their customers, partners and employees around the world.

 

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