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Can You Rely on a “Good-Enough” Network?

April 27, 2011 at 11:37 am PST

Yesterday, I blogged about the “good-enough” network. You know, it’s a network that just good enough to send out a quick email or watch a video, but not quite fast or reliable enough to do everything you need.

It may be easier to think of the good-enough network in terms of other areas of your life where good enough just doesn’t cut it.

For instance, a 19-inch tube TV is certainly good enough for watching reruns of “Magnum P.I.,” but not for watching the big game.

Or using SPF 5 sunscreen may be good enough, but SPF 30 is a way better option if you want to avoid a sunburn.

Just imagine if your customers settled for a good-enough network? It may go something like this:

What are the seven myths about the good-enough network? Read More »

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The Seven Deadly Network Sins: Common Misperceptions About Good-Enough Networks

April 25, 2011 at 11:09 am PST

We’ve all settled for less in our lives. Maybe you bought a pair of shoes that were a little tight, but the sale price was way too good to pass up. Or perhaps you got a brand-new digital camera that wasn’t exactly the one you wanted, but last year’s model way a much better price.

While everyone loves getting a good deal, sometimes buying the less expensive option means sacrificing quality. You’d pay good money to make those blisters on your feet disappear and when those pictures of your daughter’s graduation don’t come out, you curse yourself for spending less.

When it comes to the network, saving a few dollars up front may sound good, but losing the ability to capitalize on trends such as video, mobility, and cloud just don’t add up. (And may cause headaches down the road.)

In fact, research shows that over the long run, it may not even be the most cost efficient.  Building a tactical network based on low-cost point products and services increases the total cost of ownership for most organizations by at least 20 to 35 % over a three-year time frame, according to the white paper “Debunking the Myths of A ‘Good Enough’ Network.”

The white paper findings also indicate that a network is only as reliable as its weakest link. And saving a bit of money on a router may be offset by the cost of an outage – and then some. That’s just one of the seven deadly network sins.

What are the other seven deadly network sins? And what should you know about a multi-vendor approach to building business-critical networks?

Tune into our webcast, hosted by Rob Lloyd (Cisco’s executive vice president of worldwide operations) to find out. The webcast will also feature executives from The Royal Bank of Scotland and Cisco Gold Partner BlueWater Communications Group.

To register… Read More »

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Partner Update Covers Your Top Cisco Headlines, in Less than 5 Minutes

April 21, 2011 at 7:24 am PST

We filmed this week’s Partner Update newscast from a special location that all too many people are familiar with: Cubicle Prison.

But don’t worry, we didn’t stay there for long. We broke free as soon as the new innovations for Borderless Networks were announced.

Watch how Andrew and I break free from Cubicle Prison to deliver your top news headlines in this week’s Partner Update newscast.

But that wasn’t all we accomplished, read on for a recap of the top partner headlines from our newscast: Read More »

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Broadcast Recap: How Professional Services Can Increase Partners’ Profitability

April 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm PST

On Monday I hosted a live Channels Chat video broadcast with Bob Dimicco, Senior Director of Cisco Services. Bob is responsible for the Collaborative Professional Services program that was launched at Partner Summit.

During the broadcast, he offered an overview of how services are a key differentiator for Cisco partners, and he explained how services can drive partner profitability. Here’s a replay in case you missed it.

Cisco’s services strategy places the partner at the center, according to Bob, because partners are critical to Cisco’s go-to market strategy, whether a partner is selling professional services, managed services, or technical services.

In terms of sales, it used to be that products generated far more revenue for partners than services. Five years ago, 80% of partners’ business was product-based, and 20% was generated by services. Now, partners’ business is almost split evenly between product and services. Bob then told viewers that services help an end-customer see how technology can really generate business outcomes.

Want to learn more? In addition to the video replay above, we’ve got a text summary of the broadcast, along with time stamps to identify sections in which Bob addresses key topics, such as market opportunities around architectures, success stories, and how Cisco’s services are different from those competitors offer.

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New Advancements in Borderless Networks: Connect from Anywhere, at Anytime

Remember the days when going to work meant being stuck at your desk, working on a desktop PC? Thankfully, the proliferation of laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, along with a robust network to support connectivity, has enabled all of us to be on the go and working, at the same time.

With new innovations in Borderless Networks, which are being announced today, an organization’s ability to securely connect anyone, anywhere, with their preferred device, while delivering a high quality experience even to the most resource-intensive multimedia applications, has become even stronger.

So how will these new innovations change the workplace even more? Watch this video to find out, and to learn more details on the enhancements.

Luckily, most of us don’t have a boss like that one in the video. And using our smartphones, we can get some work done on the beach! (Ok, maybe).

As for how the new the Borderless Networks innovations will have an impact—they will deliver solutions in three areas: Security, Management, and Multimedia.

Here are the details, and what the new innovations will mean for our partners: Read More »

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