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Mobility Experts Collaborate in the Mobility Community

Since my last post talking about the launch of the SP Mobility Community, there have been thousands of visitors and many great discussions. The community is starting to have a life of it’s own and it has been exciting to watch the growth and participate in the conversations. If you are not already a member, please check it out…here are some hot topics in the past month:

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Infrastructure as a Service – Deliver Tangible, Revenue-Generating Services

Service Provider Data Center Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)Hello again. I trust this finds you well!

I have some exciting news to share – Cisco has announced Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enabling technology.

We are convinced that with Cisco-enabled IaaS, the Service Provider (SP) has the potential to generate increased revenue, deliver higher margin services, and address the need for trusted end-to-end offerings. Additional benefits to the SP include:

  • Better returns on investments – through high margin multi-tenancy services
  • Ability to create new competitive offerings, and
  • Potential to open market opportunities with both, the small business and enterprise segments

Enterprise-class or small and medium business customers, now have access to IT/networking resources at service provider scale without the need to invest in or take on the complexity of managing large scale IT infrastructures. This allows customers to increase their agility and productivity – to better anticipate and respond to business needs.

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A Wake-Up Call for the Internet

Hello, from Geneva where I’ve been attending the ITU Telecom World Conference for the last few days. It’s been three years since the last show, and it’s energizing to see the ever increasing recognition as to the increased role that the network can play in improving business and change lives. While different sections of the show tend to focus on different topics, much of the discussion at the “Internet Pavilion” (hosted by ICANN, ISOC and NRO) by global leaders and attendees has been on the future of telecommunications.

One of the key concerns that surfaces when discussing the future of IT is the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses and the need to accelerate deployment of IPv6 in the wake of massive growth of IP-enabled devices. I know, I know…IPv6 discussions have been around for awhile. But here are some real eye-openers gained this week that really show that this is a topic that must be addressed much sooner than later:

  • ITU forecasts the number of mobile subscriptions to top 4.6 billion by the end of this calendar year.
  • Wireless broadband subscriptions (600 million) exceeded fixed broadband subscribers in 2008.
  • A quarter of the word’s people – approximately 1.9 billion – have access to a computer at home (not to mention the proliferation of so many other mobile and IP-based devices)

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ITU 2009: Insights from Customer Meetings on Day 3 in Geneva

Cisco VP of Service Provider Marketing, Suraj Shetty, shares insights from customer meetings at ITU in Geneva highlighting optimism in technology adoption and acceleration.

After the jump, hear more from Cisco SVP Kelly Ahuja…

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ITU 2009: Monique Morrow Highlights the Women’s Networking Breakfast

Monique Morrow talks with me about the Women’s Networking Breakfast on Day 3 and focuses on a successful young woman from Afghanistan who was inspired by Cisco’s Networking Academy.

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