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Helping You Transform in a Digital Age

October marks five quarters since I took on a role to lead Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) Systems and Software Group, a critical business for Cisco to help organizations connect the unconnected. And, wow, what an incredible time it has been. I’m so proud of the many team accomplishments—from the IoT System launch with 15 new products on the market, to the daily innovations and unbelievable culture we created—it truly has been an honor to lead this group and make a difference for Cisco and you—our customers—worldwide.

As I write this blog, I’m taking on a new opportunity as Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Cisco Services. And again, I find myself working on something incredibly exciting —helping our customers transform in this digital age.

This digital age poses new challenges and opportunities for organizations. As Cisco moves to help the industry capitalize on the next wave of the Internet, I have the opportunity to bring my skills and experiences to this new challenge in Cisco Services. Read More »

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Cisco Modeling Labs on TechWiseTV

Test & Verify. How often is this ‘really’ be done in networking?

Test & Verify. How often is this ‘really’ be done in networking?

After learning more about what can be done here, I really feel like more people should be taking advantage of this.

The idea of building a fully virtualized version of your existing or desired network so you can see how your applications (and the network itself) will act and react in various situations, is like a wonderful dream of ‘never leave the chair’ goodness.  This is immensely helpful and cost effective when compared to the amount of equipment historically required.

Nour Abu Sheik for Cisco Modeling Labs

Nour Abu Sheik for Cisco Modeling Labs

Watch the show: TechWiseTV 172 Cisco Modeling Labs

More information at their website.

Guest Expert: Nour Abu Sheik

Engineering Expert, Craig Brown, first introduced me to this software/service at Cisco Live Milan…but was stuck in Australia when we taped this…

Simulation vs. Emulation.  Different of course.  Emulation is a ‘pretender’ whereas ‘simulation’ is full on re-creation.  CML is a simulation of the environment that you create so your experience is as realistic as it can be.

Cisco Modeling Labs uses the same IOS code running on your hardware, but built to run in a simulated environment. Using OS images such as IOS, IOS XR, IOS XE, NX-OS, and L2 switching, you can design, build, visualize, and launch a network simulation in a matter of minutes rather than days.

Why do we care?

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Looking Beyond Cost Savings with SDN and NFV

Cisco SDN and NFVA few weeks ago when we announced the Cisco APIC Enterprise Module, in response to a post by Cisco VP Jeff Reed, David had quite a lengthy comment to which I’d like to respond.  His specific question (within the full comment) was:

Do you see an upside for more value-added offerings — beyond the current anticipated cost-savings debate about the promise of SDN/NFV technologies?

First, thank you David for your questions.  In short, Yes.  At Cisco we see a lot of value in offering services to our Enterprise customers and also to our partners who offer managed services to their customers. Let me expand on this.

Cisco is fully aware of the emerging market segments with the still nascent SDN technology adoption. As you say, larger telcos and cloud service providers are looking at SDN/NFV with open hardware assessments and are more interested in scaling their deployments of multi-tenancy architectures. Whereas small and medium sized enterprises are evaluating SDN with a more application-centric approach. The main concern, given their modest investment infrastructure, (compared to the telcos and cloud service providers) is about having agile IT that can respond quickly to their business needs. Read More »

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Cloud and Advanced Services Are Service Providers’ Keys To Tapping the Fragmented $200 Billion Small and Medium Business Market

neerkumakevsuhBy Neeraj Kumar and Kevin Suh, Cisco Consulting Services

The small and medium sized-business (SMB) commercial-services market is important for all types of service providers (SPs). SMBs account for more than half of total U.S. commercial-services spending, according to AMR Research/Gartner. And, the portion of the U.S. SMB commercial-services market that service providers could capture is expected to grow to more than $200 billion by 2015, according to analysis by Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) and industry research analysts.

To capture this opportunity, service providers need a deeper understanding of who the SMB customers are and what they buy, as well as how they purchase these commercial services. To better understand SMBs’ detailed service delivery needs and expectations, Cisco Consulting Services (CCS), surveyed 761 U.S. SMBs with five to 1,000 employees in 2012. The study revealed that although this is a big and complex market, there are specific opportunities for SPs in cloud and advanced services.

Complex, Diverse Market, with Varying Expectations

The SMB market is complex — spanning Read More »

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And now, finally, you can afford to let your VDI administrator go on vacation ….


Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions Video

Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions Video

I know I know.. You are already familiar with the fundamentals of Desktop Virtualization. So we are not going to talk about that.  However, if you do not know much about Cisco’s capabilities in the space and you have three minutes and twenty seconds of your busy day to spare, you can watch this short video and get the ‘Bonsai’ rendition.  While tempting, I will not dwell on the strengths of our UCS platform which is at the core of our Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions portfolio.

I will focus instead on a question that our services team often gets from our enterprise class customers; “How do I best manage my desktop virtualization environment on a day-to-day basis?”

Let’s face it. Designing and configuring production-ready Desktop Virtualization Infrastructures takes planning and expertise. Frequently, that expertise comes in the form of a Professional Services contract. But the challenges that many of our customers experience is expanding their platform after the implementation team has moved to other projects …

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