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Open Standards, Open Source, Open Loop

...timeframe for "parliamentary procedure"). Emphasize software development more in the IETF structure.  Encourage interoperability and function demonstrations all the time.  "Running code" used to be part of the IETF mantra, but "running code LATER" is not "agile".  We seem to be suffering from premature standardization. There was a well-received demo of multi-vendor interoperability of Segment Routing for IPv6 at IETF 90.  Why is there no beer-an...

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NVMe for Absolute Beginners

Note: This blog was simultaneously published on the SNIA blog. When I first started in storage technology (it doesn’t seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed). More speed, more space; more space, more speed. Who doesn’t like that? After all, you can never h...

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IT Value Map: your compass for cloud transformation

In my previous blog, I explained how COBIT 5 provided a robust framework to understand your users’ expectation for IT services. With this knowledge in mind, we can now depict the value that your IT department should provide going forward and how success will be measured – in other words, we can now build your IT Value Map, which is the second phase of Cisco’s Strategic IT Roadmap methodology. The IT Value Map is vital for any IT organisation tha...

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Another Milestone: Gartner Names Cisco a Leader in Telephony

...ion. In 2003, we added QSIG--an ISDN signaling protocol--to Cisco Unified Communications Manager, which improved interoperability with legacy systems. QSIG allowed IT teams to deploy Cisco telephony while maintaining their legacy (TDM) PBXs until they were ready to replace them. Meanwhile, users could access services such as caller ID and message-waiting indicator even when calling between systems.  Where We Are Now Interoperability: New capabili...

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Business Drivers for Cloud Transformation: lessons from COBIT 5

In my previous post, I introduced Cisco’s Strategic IT Roadmap (SITR) methodology, and explained how it can guide Shared IT Services departments on their journey to the hybrid cloud. I'll now provide some more details on the first phase (out of three) of a SITR engagement, which consists of a series of detailed interviews and/or workshops held with the business stakeholders and end users. Leveraging the COBIT 5 framework, we’ll provide a balance...

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