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June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm PST

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here and we’ve got a fresh batch of news for partners!

In this week’s Partner Update newscast, Andrew finds out that even though an actual cloud can’t stream his music, Cisco’s new Cloud Partner Program offers everything partners need to capitalize on the growth of cloud, which is expected to reach $172 billion by the year 2014.

We also get to hear Andrew’s top video tips, find out why his suit needs to go to the dry cleaners, learn about networking myths, find out how one customer deployed VXI and virtual desktops, and we answer your technical questions.

Watch this week’s Partner Update newscast.

Keep reading for a transcript of what we covered, links to what we shared, and additional information. Read More »

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New Tracks Help Cisco Partners Prepare for Growth in the Cloud

June 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm PST

By the year 2015, 50% of all CIOs expect to operate the majority of their applications and infrastructures via the cloud.

If that statistic isn’t impressive enough on its own, the market for cloud will grow from $70B in 2010 to $172B by the year 2014 – that’s at 25% compounded annual growth.

To prepare our partners for this growth in cloud adoption, we are launching the Cisco Cloud Partner program with three tracks that map to three primary business models in the cloud marketplace. Partners can chose the track (or tracks) that best suit your business model.

Watch this video for details on the tracks and information about the sign up process.

Keep reading for more details and links to sign up. Read More »

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The Network Dating Game and the Acquisition Myth

June 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm PST

When your customers are shopping around for the right network, it’s a bit like being on “The Dating Game.” For those who aren’t familiar with the TV show, it first aired in the 1960s and featured an eligible bachelor or bachelorette hidden behind a wall. Said bachelor or bachelorette got to interview three candidates to find out which one would be most appropriate and worthy of a date. The candidates could not see each other so had to rely on the person’s answers to determine the best fit.

Customers looking for the right network may feel like the eligible bachelorette or bachelor on “The Networking Game.” Is contestant number one trustworthy and able to meet both current and future needs? Does contestant two offer security and flexibility? What about three: is that one stable? Can one network meet really meet all of those needs?

There are quite a few variables to consider when customers are shopping for a network, especially when 20% of a typical enterprise IT network budget is spent acquiring hardware while a whopping 80% goes toward operating costs.

Yet some industry pundits and vendors look only at acquisition and maintenance costs when calculating TCO, ignoring functionality that may improve productivity or business opportunities that are lost when the network goes down. That’s a bit like choosing a date based on a single factor, like a voice, rather than looking at the entire package.

We continue our coverage of the “Good Enough Network” myth series with myth #6: Acquisition Cost. Read More »

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How Service Providers Can Capitalize on the Cloud

June 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm PST

Small and mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) make up more than 90% of all companies. They’re also the largest consumers of enterprise cloud services--a market that is expected to grow to $35.6B by 2015, according to consulting group Analysys Mason.

If you’re looking to capitalize on this growing market, join us for a live, interactive video broadcast and discussion on Tuesday, July 19 from 8:00-8:30am PT. We’ll focus on key opportunities in this market, offer insight and tips, and answer your questions live on the air.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • The Service Provider Cloud Services landscape including security, availability, and business impact
  • Small and Mid-Sized customer needs driving interest in Cloud offerings
  • New business opportunities for Service Providers Read More »

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Identity Services Engine: Your Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

June 13, 2011 at 9:21 am PST

Your Questions: Answered

This post is the first in a new series we’ll be featuring called Your Questions: Answered. In this series, we track down the answers to partners’ toughest technical questions. You can submit your questions here, post on the Cisco Channels Facebook page, or drop us a note on Twitter.

When Cisco recently introduced the Identity Services Engine (ISE), you likely started fielding questions, with many customers concerned about whether Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) and Cisco Access Control System (ACS) will cease to be supported or become end-of-life. (Kind of like how I felt when the iPhone 4 came out and I was stuck with the iPhone 3G).

To help you address customer questions, I went out looking for answers on what’s up with ISE, NAC, and ACS. First up, a little about ISE: It has similar functionality to NAC and ACS, combining the functionality of those two existing products onto a new platform. Your customers can gather information from users, devices, infrastructure, and network services to enable organizations to enforce contextual-based business policies across the network, create and enforce consistent policy from the head office to the branch office, and combine authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), posture, profiling, and guest management with this single product. And that’s just the beginning--I’ll share details on how to find out more about ISE later in this blog.

Back to the issue at hand — I chatted with Brian Sak, Cisco’s Consulting Systems Engineer and expert on Borderless Networks Security products. He filled me in on the most frequently asked questions that he’s been getting from partners around ISE.

Are NAC and ACS being replaced by ISE?
No, both NAC and ACS have ongoing roadmaps, developments, and new releases planned. If ISE does not meet your customer’s current needs, your customers can still use NAC or ACS. Cisco will not stop innovations on NAC and ACS anytime in the near future.

Should I encourage my NAC and ACS customers to migrate to ISE now?
The answer varies based on your customers and their requirements. Check out this handy chart in the Partner Community Discussion Forum (log in required) to help you determine if ISE is the right fit, right now for your customers.

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