While some of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs covered and can focus on the joys of the holidays, there’s no denying that there are so many others who don’t even have that and could use a little bit of help.
At Cisco, we’ve partnered with several non-profit organizations to provide resources and services to those in need. Some of the organizations include: NetHope, Community Voice Mail, Habitat for Humanity International, Tech Soup Global, and St. Bernard Project. Whether it’s donating through time, money, or sweat like the Partner Summit 2011 team did in the 9th ward in New Orleans, giving back selflessly is a reward in and of itself.
We knew we couldn’t be the only ones who felt passionate about giving back. So, we set out to learn how our partners are giving back this holiday season.
Force 3 Vice President of Marketing Krissy Edell Kelley tells us on our Facebook page that they are supporting Toys for Tots, a charity that “delivers, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
Got Mo? Mo what? Moustache that is! For the month of Movember (the month formerly known as November) Dimension Data supports a moustache growing charity event that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Check out the Mo Bros of Dimension Data.
Not only have our partners found ways to give back during this holiday season, they also found ways to give back throughout the year. See how our partners gave back this year while having a bit of fun. Read More »
Tags: bluewater, business communications, charity, Cisco, dimension data, force 3, inc, nexus IS, partner
While 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac, in IT 2012 will be the year of the cloud. And not just one big cloud, but many clouds.
This world of many clouds means numerous opportunities for Cisco partners to offer customers, whether it’s building clouds, selling cloud services, or designing and implementing cloud-ready networks.
To help ensure partners have a successful Year of the Cloud, today Cisco is announcing a set of cloud capabilities called CloudVerse to help partners build public, private, and hybrid clouds for customers — bringing together the intelligence of the network, the power of the data center, and the flexibility of cloud applications.
Here’s just one example of a unique offering: Cisco partner Logicalis built a customized hosted cloud solution for its clients. Watch this video to find out how they did it. Keep reading to learn about new CloudVerse services and technologies.
There’s no arguing that cloud usage is on the rise. By the year 2015, 50% of all CIOs expect to operate the majority of their applications and infrastructures via the cloud. And global cloud traffic will increase 12 times to 1.6 zettabytes per year – that is the equivalent of more than four days of business class video for every person on the planet.
Despite this meteoric increase in cloud usage, it’s still common for customers to tiptoe into the realm of cloud or shun it altogether, citing lack of cloud talent, concerns around overall user experience, security risks, and cost as major inhibitors to cloud deployment. That’s where Cisco and our partners come together to provide deep expertise in strategy, planning, design, implementation, and optimization.
What are the specific new technologies and services in CloudVerse? Read More »
Tags: asr, CIO, cloud, Cloud Builder, cloudverse, data center, hybrid, logicalis, partner, private, public, router, virtualization
If you’ve ever been to an air show or watched fighter jets flying over your local stadium, you can appreciate the sheer magnitude of all involved for these amazing machines to fly, dip, dive, and soar — precision, mastered flying skills, and, of course, technology.
Imagine the network demands to support those planes in the air, communications, navigation systems running: downtime is not an option EVER. The network, administration, and monitoring has to be streamlined to ensure both operational cost savings and “always on, always ready” technical support.
This is the kind of uptime that Doss Aviation Inc., a privately owned defense contractor, requires to meet its intense security and uptime needs. The company looked to Cisco solution provider, Icon Integration, to help create a stable, secure, and compliant system. Icon also provides ongoing support to diagnose and prevent downtime. The process is detailed in this recent SearchNetworkingchannel.com‘s article.
How did it all come together? Watch this video as Icon’s CEO Shahe Taleghani and Doss Aviation’s Director of IT Jamie Trujillo talk about keeping the network up and running for the US Air Force.
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It’s time for another Partner Update newscast. This week, Andrew’s feeling a bit hungry and tries unsuccessfully to eat an air sandwich. The concept of an air sandwich is explained in detail during a live Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast with speaker, strategist, and New How author Nilofer Merchant. While the air sandwich may be low in fat and calories, it’s also lacking in taste. In the business world, an air sandwich can mean a company lacks innovation. Grab a real sandwich and tune into this episode of Partner Update to learn how to get rid of air sandwiches.
This newcast’s highlights also include: WebEx and Jabber news from the Collaboration Summit, incentives for partners, SMARTnet service deals, CRN’s Top 100 stars of the IT industry, how to enter our new contest, ways Cisco is helping partners with marketing, a recap of our Twitter chat with Cisco’s VP of Global Partner Marketing, a new free social media ebook for partners, and more.
Keep reading for additional information on the news we covered, links, and time stamps so you can forward ahead to the items that interest you.
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Tags: amanda jobbins, collaboration, collaboration summit, contest, csummit, jabber, marketing, nilofer merchant, partner update, right network, SMARTnet, WebEX
The movie industry has the Oscars, the music industry the Grammys, but what about the IT industry? How do we recognize the top performers, the stars, and those behind the scenes making the magic happen? One could argue that CRN’s Top 100 is about as close to a channel award shows as you can get, minus the red carpet designer gowns and tearful acceptance speeches.
This year’s CRN awards are out and we’re happy to report that several Cisco executives were recognized on the Top 100 list:
- Rob Lloyd in the category of “Channel Advocates”
- Edison Peres in the category of “Channel Sales Leaders”
- Keith Goodwin in the category of “Channel Services Leaders”
- Chuck Robbins in the category of “Channel Strategists”
- John Chambers in the category of “Influential”
The awards were based on nominations from solution providers who rank executives based on a number of criteria: channel influence, effectiveness and visibility, as well as business and sales impact. CRN also factored in channel sales volume, channel investment and resources, channel advocacy and visibility, and performance in UBM Channel research projects with a panel of UBM Channel editors making the final ruling.
Thank you for voting for Cisco in these awards. We’re proud to see that a number of partners made it to the list as well and congratulate the winners.
Of course, what would an award be without an acceptance speech?
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Tags: award, channel, chuck robbins, Cisco, crn, edison peres, john chambers, keith goodwin, partner, rob lloyd, top 100