You have questions, we have answers. We gathered up questions we’ve been hearing from partners around the topic of managed services, cloud, and white label and sat down with one of the foremost experts on the topic: Todd Roth, Director of the Managed Services Channel Program at Cisco. In this Q&A, he addresses partner concerns around new consumption models, partner-to-partner collaboration, and highlights some new developments in the managed services realm.
And with new cloud service designations within the Managed Services Channel Program (MSCP) that were just announced, this is a good time to explain those as well.
Channels blog: Hi, Todd. Thanks for joining us. What does “cloud service designation within MSCP” mean?
Todd Roth: It’s the beginning of a new class of service designations that enables partners to align and brand their cloud-based offerings with Cisco. Offerings that are built on a Cisco-validated architecture.
CB: What are the designations and who can take advantage?
Today’s Power of Participation launch delivers new innovations in Borderless Networks for video, energy management, security, and mobility.
Yes, that’s right! Cisco is introducing new products and services across all the functional elements of its Borderless Network Architecture—routing, switching, wireless, and security portfolios. Notable additions include our highest-performing Adaptive Security Appliance firewall, Catalyst switch, and compact ASR 1000 router in their classes, new entry-level 802.11n wireless access points for smaller businesses, and offerings that accelerate application performance physically and virtually across networks.
Of course, as channel partners, you may be wondering, how can you take advantage of these new offerings? Watch our video with Wenceslao Lada (VP Partner Sales and Practice Management, Borderless Networks) as he explains the news and what it means for partners.
I’m really excited about today’s small business announcement. Not just because of the initial praise that we’ve received but because our new offerings will make it even easier for our customers and partners to benefit from Cisco technologies and services.