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Looking Back at 2015 – A Tipping Point for the Internet of Things

2015 will be remembered as the year of the Internet of things. The tipping point when IoT went from the back rooms of the technology world to become mainstream.

2015 a tipping pointThe consultancy McKinsey estimates that the Internet of Things – a world where up to 50 billion things (or devices) will be connected to the Internet – could create up to $11 trillion per year of new economic value to business and society. The term Internet of Things traces its origins to 1999, but it is only over the last year or so that the realization of its transformational potential has reached the business community and the general population. The number of research reports, conferences and media articles devoted to the topic has exploded. With the media making the connection between the smart home and the connected automobile IoT has begun to become part of the popular parlance.

In fact, a Google search for Internet of Things reveals 725 billion results.
Google Trends also reveals that Read More »

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Join Us at CES 2016

It’s that time again — time to join 101,000 like-minded gadget and innovation enthusiasts for the “main event” in consumer technologies: The Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

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We’re coming in heavy this year, in terms of news and announcements, all under the banner of “transformation through innovation.” At our demos showcase at The Wynn Hotel , we will be displaying our “Infinite” suite of cloud-hosted and managed video solutions, designed for service and over-the-top video providers who want to get up an running super-fast — without building out an entire lineup of on-premise gear. We will reveal new features and capabilities of our Infinite Video solution enriched by the recently announced acquisition of 1 Mainstream, featuring a white label UI running on iPads, Android-based devices, Apple TVs and OTT boxes, plus roadmap items that I won’t detail here, but will gladly show you when you come by.

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Cisco’s Connected Home…Reimagined

SteveGGuest Blog by: Steve Gorretta, Manager, Product Management, Cisco Service Provider Software and Solutions

When you hear Cisco leadership discuss the transformation of our business and the drive to be the #1 IT company, you will no doubt hear some recurring themes around cloud management, big data analytics, security, and Internet of Things (IoT). These themes play a major role in how Cisco drives value across every major market, and the same can be said about a space to which we can all relate: the Connected Home.

As I’ve discussed before, the home network is a constantly evolving intersection of devices, applications and content that provide both convenience and confusion for consumers. The emergence of the IOT-enabled home (or “smarthome”) means even more devices, including appliances and sensors, are now joining that landscape. Our strategy at Cisco is to provide service providers with applications that simplify and enhance the connected home experience, and allow them to monetize new opportunities that emerge as the home evolves. We already manage many millions of subscriber home devices with Cisco Prime Home, and we are expanding the portfolio with some exciting new applications that build on that strategy.

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At CES this January, we will be demonstrating the entire suite of Cisco Connected Home software applications, which are geared towards helping service providers and their subscribers gain better visibility, security, and reliability from their digital home. One new offer, Cisco Home Guard™, provides complete cybersecurity protection for all devices in the home, and perfectly complements the monitored home security offered by some ISPs. We are also launching Connected Analytics for Home, part of Cisco’s broader Connected Analytics initiative, which enables real-time and historical analysis on a wide range of connectivity and security issues within the home.

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New DC Cloud Scale Platforms – What You Really Need to Know

The Cloud Scale launch in November focused on software enhancements to the industry’s most widely deployed high-end network operating system, IOS XR. While those points were important and well received, I want to emphasize a few points on the new NCS1002 platform that was launched within the Cloud Scale initiative.

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The Focus of the Cloud Scale launch was to show that Cisco is offering products with open programmability to new and existing markets. While Cisco has had great success in the service provider market, these new products are exceptionally complimentary to the Over The Top (OTT) and Colocation markets as well. The growth of “Cloud Exchange” as a service in Internet Exchanges and colocation sites as well as service provider data centers, requires the type of products that were announced in this release. For instance, typical cloud exchanges will use a high density switch to enable communication between OTT players, local ISPs and global carriers.

Local connections are also made to content delivery network (CDN) players such as Netflix and Akamai within the cloud exchange site. The NCS1002 might be used by a typical colocation provider in conjunction with the NCS5000 to provide the customer with single point of entry that connects to multiple providers. In fact, within the colocation itself, content providers may want to do their own interconnection with those located within the colocation area by using the NCS1002 to avoid monthly (and rising) cross connect costs. OTT, Internet Exchanges and colocation providers have been asking for open and programmable software to make service delivery at the application level more efficient and cost effective. In this case, using the optics for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) or within the data center with the aggregation router based upon IOS XR can simplify the overall network design.

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Telecom Asia Readers Rate Cisco VPC as NFV Innovation of the Year

Telecom Asia has recently announced the winners of their 8th Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards. For the Cisco Mobility team it was a proud moment to receive the award for “NFV Innovation of the Year” for our Virtual Packet Core (VPC) solution.

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(Left) Dirk Wolter, Managing Director, Mobile Service Provider Architectures, APAC Region, Cisco Systems, receives the award from (right) Amelia Ng, Director, Business Strategy Planning and Alliance Partnerships, Singtel

As a reader’s choice award it validates Cisco’s industry innovation, as recognized by our harshest critics, our Service Provider (SP) customers. But more than just collecting an award for the mantelpiece (or a paperweight for Dirk!) what is important is the way innovations in NFV are translating into innovation for our SP customers’ businesses.

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