A very happy new year to you all!
Today, we announced the Cisco Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution for service providers. Service providers are looking for new ways to enter the market for IaaS (providing compute-on-demand, network-on-demand and storage-on-demand for their customers)
Cisco is working with Service Providers to provide them with the tools, design guides and advanced services to be able to “fast-track” the implementation of IaaS offerings. The benefit for our SP customers is that they are able to develop a service with greater confidence and are then able to realize revenues faster than would have otherwise been possible.
Any customer of the SP can now gain access to cost-efficient resources at SP scale. Not having to deploy these services on their own makes your customers more agile and productive.
The benefits for the customer include:
- Access to world-class IT services on-demand
- Highly efficient, low-cost services without up-front investment
- Security and management provided by their service provider
The benefits to Service Providers include:
- Consolidation through virtualization
- Infrastructure amortization
- Massive economic efficiencies
- Opening of new markets
- Differentiation from over-the-top providers
There are a variety of materials available on how Cisco can help SPs with IaaS offerings:
This link takes you to documents and videos which expand on what Cisco means when it talks about enabling SPs as they begin planning the launch of IaaS offerings.
- Cisco IaaS ROI & Configuration Guidance Tool (for Compute as a Service)
This is an interactive, web-based, Return-on-Investment (ROI) tool which allows the SP to adjust various values to get a realistic assessment of costs, revenues and margins – and therefore, whether an IaaS offering makes business sense. A feature of this tool is that it provides you with the ability to take a look at a detailed representation of what the bill-of-materials might look like for your particular situation.
I’d like your feedback – what other information would make your path easier as you begin deploying IaaS offerings? Is an IaaS offering of interest to your business? Are we missing important considerations in the ROI tool?
Let me know your thoughts!