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Get Ready for Cloud 2.0

It’s a good time to be a cloud service provider (CSP). According to the newly released Cisco® Global Cloud Index, global cloud traffic will more than quadruple over the next four years. And for many, if not most enterprise cloud customers, conversations are no longer about whether to adopt the cloud. They’re about how well-tuned cloud services are to their specific business needs—and how fast CSPs can deliver them.

This is all good news, but it reflects some major underlying changes in the cloud services marketplace. In fact, it’s such a big shift, that analysts at 451 Research are calling it Cloud 2.0. And if you’re a CSP trying to tap into the growing market for cloud services, you’d better be ready for it.

What Is Cloud 2.0?
The first wave of cloud services focused primarily on increasing revenue and reducing enterprise IT costs. Those are still important goals, but today, enterprises view them as table stakes for any cloud solution. Increasingly, customers are focused on using cloud to fuel continuous innovation. They know that maintaining the status quo is the fastest way to become irrelevant. At the same time, they face constant pressure to reduce risk. If those sound like contradictory goals, then you understand why enterprises are asking CSPs for help.

Katie Broderick, research director of 451 Research, describes it this way: Read More »

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Ostrich or Eagle: How CIOs Can Address the Shocking Reality of Shadow IT

Recently, I had a conversation with a CIO and her team. We were reviewing the extraordinary growth of unknown and known cloud services within organizations like hers. She turned to her team and asked “well what should we do?” Some of her leaders said: “we can’t control it, so why should we discover it?” Others pushed to learn more and help enable rather than inhibit cloud use. She absorbed this, and then simply said, “We either can be ostriches, burying our heads in the sand, or eagles. But we should keep in mind that eagles see what is coming.”

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Cloud Adoption Today: A View of Cloud Maturity for IT Organizations

By Robert Mahowald, IDC Program Vice President, SaaS and Cloud Services

Robert MahowaldWe recently surveyed more than 3,450 executive-level IT decisionmakers in 17 countries to find out their future plans and current state of cloud adoption. What we discovered is pretty remarkable.

According to IDC’s CloudView Survey, 57% of organizations are already using or planning to implement some form of cloud  services. Many organizations we surveyed (44%) are using or planning to implement private clouds. But respondents pointed to hybrid cloud — a strategy for operating in a mix of public and private cloud environments — as their dominant operational model, at 64% of all organizations surveyed.

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Serving up cloud options just got easier

Got cloud? 

It’s no secret that implementing cloud technologies allows IT to rapidly react and dynamically deliver new services to any business or organization almost instantly.

In an ideal world, cloud services—whether private, public, or hybrid—allow users access to applications wherever, however, and whenever they need.

Operating in the cloud can help solve some of your most cumbersome business and IT challenges. For starters, it can provide scalability, reduce costs, improve collaboration, and enable automation.

It sounds great, right? So what’s the holdup with cloud adoption?

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Gain Intelligence From Cloud Sprawl

Co-authored with    Bob Dimicco
Robert Dimicco
Senior Director, Advanced Services

 

How many cloud services do you think your enterprise uses? You’ll be surprised: businesses use ~10-15 X more cloud services – unknowingly. This is what we call ‘cloud sprawl,’ because there are too many cloud services in a given environment and not enough visibility or control for the business.

For organizations wanting to better understand their critical business data, this is especially challenging. First, discovering what cloud services are being used, and second, capturing & analyzing the intelligence from cloud services data can be tough. However, the good news is – Cisco can help with these challenges.

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