Cisco and Microsoft understand the power of a connected ecosystem of partners. Together, we’ve developed a robust portfolio of data center and cloud solutions that is igniting opportunities for our channel partners to address their customers’ business transformation initiatives. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is the perfect opportunity to learn how the Cisco and Microsoft partnership can help you reach new markets and drive the next wave of profitable growth.
Dimension Data and Scalability Experts are prime examples of the Cisco connected partner ecosystem. Both partners delivered transformative solutions built on FlexPod, the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure jointly developed with NetApp. Cisco is honored to be recognized alongside Dimension Data and NetApp as the Microsoft Partner of the Year in the Modern Data Center, Customer Focus category for the Zero Touch (Microsoft Private Cloud) solution at ING Direct. We’d also like to congratulate Scalability Experts for winning the Microsoft Data Platform Partner of the Year Award for the amazing results attained with the SQL Server 2014 on FlexPod solution at Iforium.
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Tags: ACI, Cisco Partner Ecosystem, Cisco UCS, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Platform, parnter
Ah, the dog days of summer. For me, growing up in VERY humid southern Georgia, it brings back memories of swimming pools, baseball games-and summer movies. I often loved to duck into a cool movie theater with my friends and see the latest Hollywood had to offer, like The Godfather and Young Frankenstein. There was something magical about the big screen.
These days the big screens in my world are video conferencing screens, but the magic isn’t lost. They are amazingly powerful pieces of technology that will play an increasingly significant role in the future of collaboration. It’s exciting to watch video take hold in the workplace and look at the possibilities as we wind up our year and prepare for FY16.
Video presents a huge business opportunity for us. Less than 10 percent of today’s corporate conference rooms are video-enabled; that number will jump to 50 percent by 2020, according to Aragon Research. We can be the ones to equip those rooms with video, which is a $10 billion prospect.
Barriers to video in the past have been high cost, user resistance, complicated equipment, and too many choices. But many of those barriers are disappearing as video becomes mainstream in companies, younger generations of workers enter the workplace, and equipment becomes slicker and easier to use (ex: Cisco DX70s and DX80s). Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, incentives, partner, VIP
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Since the United States July 4 holiday has me out tomorrow, the Weekly Rewind this week is being posted today, on July 2. For those of you here in the U.S., I hope you have a great holiday weekend! We will be back on our normal schedule next week!
Off the Top
Denny Trevett was at Red Hat Summit 2015 last week and he brought us all a recap on the Partner Blog this week. Denny provided a pretty great rundown of what it’s like to be at the event. Be sure to read his recap and give us your thoughts on the event as well. We always love to hear from partners!
Cisco IoT System
Big news this week as well from Andres Sintes, who brought us a complete breakdown of the Cisco IoT System launch. As Cisco continues to expand its portfolio within the Internet of Things (IoT) you’ll continue to see more from us in this space. The new Cisco IoT System really lets partners innovate in IoT. Want to know just how? Check out Andres’ blog! Read More »
Tags: ACI, application centric infrastructure, Cisco, internet of things, IoT, partner, Partner Ecosystem, red hat, Red Hat Summit, Weekly Rewind
Cisco continues to augment its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio, and recently launched the Cisco IoT System for its partners. With the Cisco IoT System, a comprehensive set of Cisco IoT technologies and products, partners can provide their customers an opportunity to deploy, accelerate, and innovate with IoT across various industries.
The platform has six pillars:
- Network Connectivity
- Fog Computing
- Physical and Cyber Security
- Data Analytics
- Management and Automation
- Application Enablement Platform
Each of the six pillars offers a cohesive and comprehensive set of IoT technologies and products that combined together become an integral part of the overall Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions.
The Cisco IoT System provides a fully integrated solution. This is important because as we connect more “things,” greater demands are placed on the network infrastructure. IoT requires elements such as connectivity, security, automation, analytics, and open APIs to work together as a system to deliver business benefits. The IoT System integrates these components and ensures inter-operability, thus allowing partners to offer a complete solution to their customers, as a single vendor. Read More »
Last week at Red Hat Summit 2015 I had the opportunity to meet with customers, partners, analysts and members of the open source community to hear their challenges. On a panel with IDC, we discussed how industries are being disrupted in ways that bring both staggering challenges and unprecedented opportunities. We generally agreed that digitization is the answer to this industry disruption. In other words, in order to survive companies of all types need to become digital companies by leveraging new technologies to drastically evolve their business models, or change how they engage with customers, employees and suppliers, for instance.
We also agreed that Open Source solutions are often the right choice for IT departments as they look to navigate these transformations. Particularly as the cloud industry increasingly turns towards open source technology as a catalyst for innovation, the opportunity for Cisco, Red Hat and our partners to capitalize on this market disruption is immense.
Having worked together successfully on unified computing and networking for years, less than a year ago Cisco and Red Hat announced expanding our partnership and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. We are now well positioned to help our customers deploy the new solutions that will power their digitization plans. Read More »
Tags: ACI, Big Data, Cisco, OpenStack, partner, red hat