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Simple Device Management, Network Provisioning and Network Assurance for Small Carriers & RLECs

Guest Blog by Alison O’Brien, Product & Solutions Marketing Manager

Small Carriers and the NMS/EMS

Small carriers and rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) often forgo Network Management Systems/Element Management Systems (NMS/EMS) platforms because they don’t have dedicated IT departments. They often have limited staff, time and in some cases lack the breadth of technical IT skills needed to manage complex NMS/EMS platforms. In addition, finding a NMS/EMS solution that is priced to match their network size and that is easy to use and deploy can be a time consuming (if not impossible) task.

The Value of Network Management

Even though they may not use a NMS/EMS platform, these service providers do recognize the value of using a management tool. They know how an NMS/EMS can efficiently perform device management, network provisioning and network assurance tasks. They also know that an NMS/EMS can provide insight into network operation and performance, enabling their staff to more accurately respond to potential problems as well as automate manual tasks. And finally, they know the added value that an NMS/EMS can provide as they grow their business – particularly how it can support the expansion of new services.

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EPN Manager: Cisco’s Solution – Even for Small Carriers

Introduced in June of this year, Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network Manager (EPN Manager) is Read More »

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Expanding Your Market Opportunities: the Capabilities You Can’t Afford to Ignore

1It’s a new world out there for all the service providers I get to talk with globally. Advances in technology are not only changing their customers’ behaviors, but they’re also disrupting established industries and business models. The result is a wealth of new opportunities—in existing markets and in new ones, within their footprint and beyond.

To compete in these markets, speed is everything. Whether you want to roll out new content, expand geographically, introduce new applications, or develop a business model for a new customer segment, you need to act fast. Success will be measured by how fast you can enter a market, establish a leadership position, and capture improved profitability early on.

You can’t afford to stand still.

You need to continue to innovate, dream up new things, and get them to your customers quickly. It’s OK if every effort isn’t successful. Quickly move on and repurpose any technology investments you may have made.

What if you get a little behind? You could find that much of what you hoped to gain is no longer available, attractive, or what you thought it would be. But don’t stop your innovation engine. Speed it up. If you’re not sure how, get a trusted partner.

What stands in your way?

The major challenge for any service provider today is Read More »

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Delivering Winning Customer Experiences with SDN and NFV

Service Providers Poised to Disrupt the VPN Market

Clouds are rolling into our lives and our economy more and more each day giving us full control. My kids were streaming a movie to their iPad in the backseat of our minivan, as we drove from Atlanta to Disney World last week. Many of the resources I use daily in the office are actually in the cloud rather than a Cisco data center now. According to Cisco’s GCI (Global Cloud Index), by 2019, 55% (more than 2 billion users) of the consumer Internet population will use personal cloud storage up from 42% (1.1 billion users) in 2014. To facilitate this trend, standard bodies like ETSI have been hard at work defining the architecture for network function virtualization (NFV) that will enable service providers to seamlessly deliver communications and other IT services from their own clouds.

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Combining NFV with software-defined networking (SDN) should make service providers more agile. They can react to market and customer needs more quickly. That may mean rapidly releasing an updated service with new options, or it may mean designing, testing, and introducing a new service. The services based on Read More »

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Life in the Cloud – a Byte-Sized Tale

Today, Cisco announced the fifth annual Global Cloud Index, 2014-2019 update. The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2014-2019) was developed to estimate global data center and cloud-based traffic growth and trends.

This is a story about the access network requirements for evolving cloud applications (from basic to advanced). As fixed and mobile network performances are enhanced, better and more reliable cloud-based experiences can be realized.

Mr. and Mrs. Byte couldn’t be more proud of their bouncing new boy, Bob Byte. For his first check-up, results show him to be a normal baby Byte, capable of web browsing, sending emails and web conferencing.

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With a download speed of up to 750 kbps, an upload speed of up to 250 kbps and his latency above 160 ms, the newest little Byte meets Single Basic Cloud Application requirements.

Fast forward some years and Bob Byte is off to high school, with full access to perform SD video conferencing, the ability to use cloud-based learning management systems and his personal content locker to collaborate with classmates around the world. He is now able to Read More »

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Cisco Live Brings Latest Innovations to Latin America

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

Cisco Live has become one of the main IT conferences in the Latin America region as it gathers customers, experts and partners from different business segments and levels. At Cisco Live, attendees will have access to premier education and training on the latest products and trends as well as certification on Cisco technologies, in an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas that can lead to great innovations.

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Cisco Live LATAM 2015 will offer Read More »

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