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Intercloud, The Next Internet Starts Here

Thirty years ago, two engineers – Cisco’s founders – solved a connectivity problem between two network islands on the Stanford University campus, and paved the way for three dramatic decades of Internet-driven innovation.

Today, there’s hardly an aspect of our lives that isn’t touched by the Internet. For large and mid-size enterprises, government and education, the Internet has forced major transitions and none has been more transformative than cloud.

Organizations are adopting cloud in all its forms – infrastructure-as-a-service to solve their workload requirements, software-as-a-service for new application needs – and they are leveraging the cloud to create new product and service innovations with mobile, collaboration and analytics solutions. According to industry analysts, the cloud market will top $144 billion in 2016 and has more than doubled since 2012. (Source: Cisco Market Estimates, July 2014)

The impact of cloud is unquestionable. Our customers and partners know they can leverage the cloud to fuel top-line growth by improving their business agility and reach, and by enabling new product service innovation for their customers and citizens. They also recognize that cloud can improve their bottom-line economics, foster innovation and drive economic growth and productivity.

But cloud is presenting as many challenges for IT departments and cloud service providers as it is opportunities.

Today, the lack of ability to connect public clouds, and to move workloads and associated policies between clouds, coupled with an inability to manage public and private clouds together as a single capability, prevents IT organizations from buying cloud services from any vendor they choose and managing these services as if they were part of their extended private cloud.

IT departments also need to enable business globally while operating within the constraints of national and regional regulations governing data privacy, security and data sovereignty. Today’s largely global (but not local) cloud solutions don’t provide this either.

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Cisco Announces Open and Secure Hybrid Cloud with the Collaboration of Cloud Providers and Technology Partners

In my previous blog ,  I noted that IT is increasingly transitioning towards an IT service broker role, taking advantage of multiple sourcing options to become an intermediary of cloud services offered to the business constituents.  The role of IT as a broker of cloud services enables them to add value on behalf of its users by dynamically aggregating, integrating, and customizing the delivery of multi-cloud services (whether public, private or a combination of both) to best meet the needs of the business.

It’s now time for Cisco to take the next bold step in leading the evolution of the “World of Many Clouds,” journey with our partners.  Today, at Cisco Live! in Milan, we announced important news in the significant expansion of our Cloud Portfolio to enable a new Fast IT model. The new products and services in Cisco’s extended cloud portfolio include:

These solutions that we will detail in coming blogs are designed to provide major benefits for your organization as you move to the world of many clouds. They allow you to

  1. Reduce  your exposure to risk in cloud environments.
  2. Enhance your business flexibility with a choice of consumption models in the world of many clouds.
  3. Increase agility and reduce TCO by managing and automating your cloud environments

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Cisco Intercloud

Our breakthrough hybrid cloud solution, Cisco InterCloud, which lowers total cost of ownership for organizations and paves the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds.  The addition of InterCloud to our Cloud portfolio also broadens Cisco’s commitment to openness and shows the unique value our partner-led model.

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BT and the Invisible AP

The Small Cell Industry has gathered in London again – last week for the Small Cells World Summit, and this week for the Wireless Broadband Alliance Wi-Fi Global Congress.  The explosive growth of these two events over the past few years is a testament to the vital role that both licensed and unlicensed small cells are playing in Next Generation Mobile networks.

Cisco has been deploying carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks for many years, and we are in fact in our 4th generation of outdoor product.  We define carrier-grade as a controlled Wi-Fi network that is secure, robust, and scalable.  But increasingly we’ve heard a new requirement from our customers: make it invisible. Read More »

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How Coherent Is Your Network? Ours Go To 11.

This is Fiber Tap?  Light Reading.com had an interesting article recently on the potential impact of coherent optical technology on submarine cable capacity, which in many cases was built for the old “10 Gbps Information Super Highway”.  Today, the Internet is much more than that, with mobile, video, and cloud services dominating growth.  The key point is that new technology is enabling existing systems to be easily upgraded from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps simply by replacing the DWDM equipment, without the cost to deploy new cable and other costly fiber infrastructure. As a result, companies which specialize in undersea cable deployments face economic challenges because of the lack of needed new projects. Why buy new when you can supercharge existing assets, especially in this economy?

We’ve seen this trend to Read More »

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Faster, Bigger, Stronger, and Smarter: The Next Generation Internet Needs the Cisco Elastic Core

In a blog post last week, Cisco cited its recent landmark 100 Gbps IPoDWDM trial with BT, which demonstrates ways to create a Next-Generation Internet, one that can handle a million minutes of video every second without having to trench new fiber or dig up streets. However, there is more behind this story because faster alone doesn’t represent a complete solution to the enormity of the challenge facing network operators.  Carriers such as BT need the solution to be bigger, stronger, and smarter.

Take for example, the complexity of traffic flows. To a basic user, the Internet “Information Superhighway” of yesteryear had essentially one on-ramp and one off-ramp.  Traffic traveled largely in a very straightforward pattern. Due to the growing popularity of mobility and cloud computing, traffic is quickly becoming multidirectional. According to Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, the mobile Internet will increase 18-fold by 2016 and cloud services will expand 12-fold by 2015. What’s more, VNI research indicates that by 2016 there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections. That’s 2.5 connections for every per person on earth!

To keep up, service providers must deploy networks that are more elastic to more easily grow and keep pace with these shifts. Like exercise, these innovations are vital for the heart of the Next-Generation Internet, the service provider core network.  Today we announced several innovations for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) to Read More »

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