This is a customer perspective guest blog contributed by Zack Sterngold, Boingo Wireless Vice President, Americas.
The largest airport in South America, Brazil’s São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), is primed to become one of the world’s most popular destinations. Already an international business hub, Brazil will grow in popularity as a tourist mecca, as travelers flock to the country’s beaches and one of the world’s most beloved sporting events: the World Cup.
To keep pace with the needs of savvy international business travelers and prepare for the fútbol fan onslaught this summer, GRU is upgrading terminals, introducing new traveler services, and working to deliver fast, reliable wireless service to connected passengers. GRU has partnered with Boingo to design and launch a new, state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network from Cisco ahead of the World Cup this summer. The new system will better support international passengers and improve connectivity for all travelers, sports fans and employees throughout the airport.
And travelers are projected to be more connected than ever. A recent study from MMGY Global found that a new category of “Digital Elite” travelers – or those carrying at least two mobile devices – has grown by 600% in just two years to become the new normal. Sports fans don’t leave home without their Read More »
Tags: BOINGO, San Paulo International Airport, Service Provider, sports, voice of customer, wi-fi, wireless
Why should you put a virtualized content delivery network (CDN) in the cloud?
This is not just a theoretical question. It has come from our customers. At our recent Cisco Live event in Milan, we demonstrated how our continued CDN technical leadership can answer this question.
First, some history, as you can’t just begin with the cloud.
At Cisco, we’ve been working hard over the years to evolve our Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS) platform. From its roots in hardware-based appliances, to software applications powered by our data center hardware, and more recently to virtual machine implementations which can be powered by our own or third party hardware. Each technological advance to our VDS platform has netted gains for our customers in their CDN deployments; whether through more flexible deployment from greater hardware independence, faster time-to-market implementing VDS software applications, or reduced total cost of ownership thanks to server-based virtualization that optimizes footprint and power/cooling requirements.
Nonetheless, requirements continue to evolve.
Consumers expect to Read More »
Tags: cloud, cloud vds, NFV, OpenStack, SDN, Service Provider, vds, videoscape, virtualization, virtualized
By Maywun Wong, Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manager
Mobility is here to stay. According to a recent survey, 70% of all consumers use Public Wi-Fi, spending an average of 44 minutes connected to the Internet. It’s not just people connecting, but processes, things, and data, too, leading to the revolution called the Internet of Everything. At CES this year, John Chambers showed how the Internet of Everything could represent as high as $19 trillion in global opportunity in the next decade . For the public sector alone, IoE could generate up to $4.6 trillion in value in the next 8 years.
Cities around the world are using the IoE to provide intelligence to provide a better experience for their citizens and visitors. They are installing Wi-Fi across town so everyone can connect with their friends and family. They are also placing sensors in parking spaces, bus stations, light poles, and others such that the public knows what resources are available. Wim Elfrink, Cisco EVP of Industry Solutions and chief globalization officer, recognizes that “cities have the opportunity to transform the way citizens experience urban life.”
The city of Barcelona has embraced IoE in a true Smart+Connected City. They have Read More »
Tags: barcelona, connected city, Internet of Everything, IoE, Service Provider, Smart City, wi-fi, wifi
New devices, changes in customer behaviors, and technological advances are rapidly changing the mobile market and consumers’ expectations of mobility. A recent Cisco study of mobile consumers reveals how much, and how quickly the world of mobility is changing. The survey uncovers some startling revelations about what consumers are doing on their mobile devices, how and where they are using them, and how they are connecting them to the Internet. Highlights of the research are revealed in my recent blog Discover What Consumers Want from Wi-Fi and Mobile.
The majority of devices are now Wi-Fi-enabled, and the fastest-growing category is “nomadic” devices like tablets and eReaders. We now need to speak of the “mobile home,” as the home is by far the most popular location for consumers to use their mobile devices. Surprisingly, Wi-Fi is the network connection of choice for most consumers for all of their devices. Public Wi-Fi is now a big part of mobile life.
Consumers are generally satisfied with their public Wi-Fi experience, but they want it to be faster, more secure, better quality, and most of all, available in more places. Consumers are anxious for enhanced personal mobile experiences that can be delivered by unlocking the inherent business value hidden in the Wi-Fi infrastructure.
While it is never easy to foresee the future, we are making five predictions for key changes in the mobile industry over the next two years based on insights from the Cisco mobile consumer research: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, devices, future predictions, mobile, public wi-fi, research, Service Provider, survey, wi-fi
Written by Krishnan Subramaniam, Director (Migration Services practice), Cisco Services
According to repeat surveys by IDC, the bad news is that challenges of cloud – security, data privacy, System Integration/migration, and legal issues – have not changed in more than five years. The good news is that, finally, with Cisco’s cloud evolution announcement, we now have solutions.
Top challenges remain the same, but reported slightly less often
2013 IDC Services Group Survey: U.S. Professional Services Opportunities Related to Cloud Services, Doc #239862, March 2013, N = 421, IDC, 2012 Cloud Professional Services Survey N = 402, IDC, 2009 Cloud Professional Services Survey N = 364, Note: in 2009 Survey Legal was not offered as an option.
Cisco’s InterCloud portfolio helps to overcome some of the main technical challenges.
It is important to understand key features of InterCloud to understand how it helps tackle technical concerns. Cisco InterCloud:
- Provides a network bridge between the enterprise IT and service provider’s cloud over a secure path and creates a private network resembling the corporate network within the cloud provider’s space. In essence, the workload that will be migrated can retain its original IP address.
- Provides Read More »
Tags: cisco intercloud, Cisco Services, cloud, InterCloud, Service Provider