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Indiana’s Largest K-12 Education Institution Adopts Virtualization to Get Kids’ Attention

Have you visited your local high school or middle school lately? If so, it wouldn’t surprise you to know that students spend considerable time focusing on recreational media unrelated to their coursework. Everything from Facebook and Pandora to Netflix and Twitter.

This presents a particular challenge for teachers who must compete for students’ dwindling attention. However, there is an answer. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), for example, adopted virtualization as their gateway for delivering quality education.

This means it doesn’t matter where kids are located, what their educational needs are, or even what device they use to access technology. It also means that IPS, the state of Indiana’s largest K-12 education institution, is meeting kids where they “live.”

To enable this anywhere, anytime approach, IPS turned to several Cisco partners, including Cisco Premier Partner Bell Techlogix, Cisco Gold Partner MCPc, and Cisco Gold Partner and Master Unified Communications Specialized Partner Netech. They also worked directly with Cisco to help build their network of the future.  Read More »

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Get Your Partner ‘Perks’: Log in to Cisco.com

Remember the ad slogan, “Membership has its Privileges”? The same rings true for Cisco partners.  When you log in to Cisco.com, you’ll find content specifically created to help you learn, sell, and promote your brand as a Cisco partner.

When you log in, you’ll see we enhanced Partner Central (which contains information on certifications, specializations, offers, incentives, and more) and have also greatly expanded partner content throughout the Architecture and Product areas of the site.

When you see, for example, the “For Partners” tab at the top of a page, or “Partner Resources” along the left side of a page, click and log in to access partner content for a specific area, product, or service—including sales guides, marketing and demand generation campaigns, and competitive information.

We also offer an additional experience when you visit the “Support” and “How to Buy” sections of the site (you must be logged in as a partner for access). There you’ll find valuable links to partner-only tools and content—including content that is specific to you as an individual, if you have taken advantage of the MyCisco Workspace.

This video gives you a brief tour of Cisco.com and what’s available to you when you’re logged in as a partner.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you visit Cisco.com:  Read More »

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Child Makes ‘Networking History’ (Translation: We’re Acquiring Meraki)

Did you hear the one about the pre-teen who installed a switch and some wireless devices in under ten minutes? And did I mention he is a regular kid? Okay, maybe an online gamer, but definitely not a member of his school’s computer club.

Maybe I made that up. But then again … I am talking about the power of Meraki. This cloud networking leader is all about making it simple to manage wireless, switching, and security solutions from the cloud. And, in case you missed it, Cisco announced its intent to acquire them for $1.2 billion on November 19.

For our partners—and our customers—this is good news. Read More »

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The Next Evolution of Cisco’s Cloud Partner Strategy: Cloud and Managed Services Program

As the trend for delivering technology as a service continues, now more than ever, partners must evolve their business to support the demand for new consumption models such as cloud and managed services.  In order to support our partner’s evolution, Cisco continues to evolve our Channel Partner Program to help partners profitably monetize the cloud and managed services opportunity.

In September, we announced an evolution of the Cloud Partner strategy to bring data center infrastructure and cloud into the mainstream of our partner program with the introduction of the Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization.

Today we are pleased to announce the next phase of our Cloud Partner strategy. Read More »

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Top-Notch Network Assessments: The Simple, Affordable, and Fast Way to Build Your Business

Virtual assessments made easy

When we renovated our kitchen, one of our top priorities was upgrading to gas appliances. The first step was to have the gas company determine if our current gas line could handle the extra load of a restaurant-grade range.

The same pre-implementation assessment is highly recommended, if not required, before adding a bandwidth-intensive product to a network.  Let’s use Cisco TelePresence as an example. 

You bring a customer to a live TelePresence session. They are wowed. They immediately see the benefits of a face-to-face meeting, and they are sold on how the TelePresence investment can pay for itself in a short period of time with the elimination of travel expenses alone.

They are ready! But is their network?

As your customer’s partner and trusted advisor, it’s your job to find out. An assessment of their network helps you mitigate risk by determining quickly what upgrades are required to ensure a successful implementation. It also helps you customize the solution by adding features and functionality that can help your customer—customization that might not have been identified without an analysis.

On the flip side, an assessment takes time. It costs money. It requires people, travel, and expertise. These things add up and can quickly eat into your profits.

Presidio Networks, however, found a way to accelerate the process. Read More »

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