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Profile of the Agile 21st Century SP Infrastructure

We’re now entering an exciting period of creativity within the broadband sector. Facilities-based services providers have a unique opportunity to apply their inherent advantage -- yes, superior infrastructure matters. It’s a key deciding factor in sustainable growth.imageMost industry analysts believe that the potent combination of the IP NGN and a re-architected data center infrastructure will progressively change the market dynamics — re-engineering legacy cost structures, enabling greater business agility and positively accelerating differentiated go-to-market strategies.Demand for Rich Media ApplicationsYour customers expect a richer, higher-quality media experience, and they want access to more kinds of content than ever before. Are you prepared?They anticipate the same interactivity, personalization, mobility, and control that they have come to expect from the Internet across all media. They also demand access to any type of content, whenever and wherever they choose, over a variety of devices and screens at a high quality.Transforming service delivery is essential for meeting the increasingly complex demands of immersive user experiences. These requirements are creating the opportunity for a variety of new transaction-based and revenue-sharing business models — through new forms of collaborative partnerships with content and application providers. Read More »

Unification and Optimization of SP Data Center Assets

In the near term, even without the current global economic challenges, it’s apparent that 2009 was already going to be a year of significant transition for most broadband service providers.silosA recent assessment from Mike Cansfield at Forrester Research describes how the traditional one-size-fits-all business model in the communications sector is breaking down. Moreover, new ways for service providers (SPs) to do business are emerging, and as a result, strategists have hard choices to make.Legacy Barriers Handicap InnovationCansfield believes that the typical SP operational model is inherently inefficient. Product silos lead to multiple overlapping functions structurally -- in terms of people -- and can also lead to duplicate IT systems. Any service provider wanting to introduce new services essentially has to build more overlay networks with associated systems -- it’s an inherently slow and inefficient process. Read More »

Mobile Internet meets Smart Grid

Photo credit: All Lined Up, by Ian Muttoo, via FlickrThe Mobile Internet is also the pervasive internet, making simple connections available everywhere. Beyond connecting people, broadly available wireless networks also simplify connecting devices, sometimes called “machine-to-machine” (M2M) communications or the “Internet of things.” One application of this technology currently gaining much attention is the smart grid.The smart grid augments the electricity network with sensors, controllers, data communications, computers and software to distribute energy with greater economy, efficiency, reliability and security. New technology increasingly makes possible the extension of the smart grid all the way to residential users and even into their homes. Cisco recently announced its participation in the Florida Power & Light smart grid initiative in Miami. Read More »

Architectural Innovation: A Clean Break from Tradition

When the first automobiles were conceived and designed, it was difficult for some people to take a forward-looking view of this innovation. The term “horseless-carriage” was an attempt to describe this new mode of transportation from a historical perspective.horseless carriageReady for road trials by September 1893, the vehicle built by Charles and Frank Duryea was the first gasoline powered automobile in America. The brothers had purchased a used horse drawn buggy for $70 and installed a 4 HP (horse-power), single cylinder gasoline engine.Just imagine what automobiles would be today, how they would look and function, if product designers and component engineers stayed with the notion that it’s a carriage -- minus the horse? Read More »

Cisco Unified Service Delivery: The Pathway to Cloud Services

Cisco Unified Service Delivery combines the power of the data center with the power of the network to transform service delivery and build the foundation for cloud services. Learn more by viewing the video or slides below.