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Pandemic Preparedness: Leveraging Cloud based Solutions

In the last two parts of this series, we looked at

Part 1: Why we need to consider virtual care as part of our strategy for pandemic preparedness

Part 2: How virtual care can enable the process transformations to enable business continuity while mitigating the risk of exposure to staff and patients.

In this part, we ask the question: Why Cloud?

When it comes to preparing for a pandemic, there are many unknowns; however, three things are very difficult to precisely predict:

  • Timing: When will the next Pandemic happen?
  • Impact: Who will be affected and how much disruption can happen?
  • Geographical spread: Where will the outbreak happen and spread?

When the scope is unclear, it is always very difficult to plan well. When we look at the options in front of us, we have mainly two options

  1. Commit infinite resources to address the worst case
  2. Leverage a model that can scale based on the need

Obviously, the first option is not a practical business solution. With option 2 being the default approach, this is where the agility of the cloud comes handy. While cloud provides many advantages, let us look at some of the key benefits of cloud when it comes to preparing for a pandemic. They are:

The Convenience of the Cloud:

As we saw in the last part, navigating around the path of the virus can be achieved by using virtual care. Cloud based solutions provide the convenience of accessing services from anywhere, anytime, from any device without having to pre-install. Patients can leverage SaaS based Virtual care solutions to interact with the care teams without leaving their home. New work flows can be pushed out quickly to enable Self-service and dynamic process changes. Read More »

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Our Data, Ourselves

We’re generating digital information at an exponential rate. It’s coming from more devices that are more connected than ever and getting smarter all the time.

  • In 2013, global mobile data traffic stood at 1.5 exabytes per month – the equivalent of 4,100 text messages each second.
  • By 2018, that will reach 15.9 exabytes per month – or 43,709 text messages each second! And 96% of that mobile data traffic will be “smart” traffic!

Welcome to the next wave of the Internet – the Internet of Everything. Imagine the amount of data we’re creating in this evolving digital world as more and more people and things connect. Technologies like cloud and mobility are fueling this growth – with the cloud as key enabler in helping us make sense of this data deluge. Global data center traffic is expected to triple by 2017, and cloud services and applications will make up 69% of that traffic.

Data itself (or simply storing it in the cloud) only gets you so far, however. The value lies in what you do with it, gaining insight and knowledge derived from data to empower your life and lead you to greater wisdom. That’s the real power behind connectivity. On a personal level, it calls for taking ownership of your “digital self,” leveraging cloud-enabled services not just for storage but to “talk” and interact with the digital world in a dynamic way and in real time. This can lead us to understand aspects of ourselves in ways never before possible – and harness actionable data to make better decisions that improve our lives.

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Summary: One Second in Baseball Brought to You By The Cloud

The world of sports is being transformed by the acceleration of big data, cloud and Internet of Everything technologies. One sport where this transformation is evident is in Major League Baseball.

MLB fans are voracious consumers of baseball data, making it important for MLB to be alive and available 24/7, 365 days a year – not just on opening day.

As discussed in Rick Smolan’s The Human Face of Big Data, the amount of data being captured during one moment of a game today is greater than that from the entire season only a few years ago.

While the game has continued to evolve on the field thanks to the work of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and technologies such as PITCH/fx, it has rapidly been changing off the field as well. For example, Cisco Connected Sports solutions are transforming the fan experience, whether they are watching the game live from the stands or on their mobile devices.

As the Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to connect more people, process, data, and things, the future of baseball is sure to generate more networked connections to reveal valuable insights. Imagine what the world of sports will be like when connected baseballs can report back whether a ball was fair or out!

By adding network intelligence, convergence, orchestration, and analytics with a secure connection between devices – and connected athletes – the Internet of Everything promises to deliver powerful insights about athlete performance. An essential part of delivering these insights is through the cloud.

For a closer look at how big data, cloud and the Internet of Everything will enhance America’s favorite game, read the full blog: One Second in Baseball Brought to You By the Cloud.     

One Second in Baseball Brought to You By The Cloud

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One Second in Baseball Brought To You By The Cloud

Major League Baseball fans are voracious consumers of baseball data. It’s important for MLB to be live and available 24/7, 365 days a year – not just on opening day.

And because fans have been obsessed with statistics for as long as the sport has existed, it’s no surprise that the intersection of Big Data, mobility and cloud has begun to transform every aspect of the sport.

As discussed in Rick Smolan’s The Human Face of Big Data, the amount of data being captured during one moment of a game today is greater than that from the entire season only a few years ago.

Thanks to the work of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and technologies such as PITCH/fx, gigabytes of data that capture each moment of every game in stadiums around the country are being shared with broadcasters, stadium operators and viewers at home, all in real-time through the cloud. While the game has continued to evolve on the field, it has rapidly been changing off the field. Ballparks around the country have been installing Cisco Connected Sports solutions , which impact everything from safety and security to live video on mobile devices. Beyond baseball, Cisco has been transforming the fan experience in more than 200 venues in more than 30 countries.

One Second in Baseball Brought To You By The Cloud

As the Internet of Everything (IoE) connects more people, process, data, and things, the future of baseball is sure to generate more networked connections to reveal valuable insights. The possibilities for connections are limitless:  connected fields, baseballs, bats, player uniforms, and more will not only generate more data but also provide more possibilities for analysis. Imagine what the world of sports will be like when connected baseballs can report back whether a ball was fair or foul!

Here’s a closer look at how Big Data, cloud and the Internet of Everything will enhance America’s favorite game.

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Introducing Cisco’s Global Intercloud

In 2011, Cisco’s Chief Information Officer Rebecca Jacoby established CITEIS, a ‘private cloud’ designed to more quickly, more flexibly and more cost-effectively give our employees the I.T. resources they need to do their jobs. CITEIS has reduced the time it takes to provision compute, storage and networking from 6-8 weeks to 15 minutes, and by virtualizing more than 92% of our data center environment, we’ve also reduced the TCO of our I.T. environment by more than 66%.

Those are impressive results, and Rebecca is a world-class CIO, but even her organization isn’t attempting to unilaterally keep up with the pace of change – with cloud scale, with global reach, with rapid business service delivery, or with the analytics capability required to derive value from the Internet of Everything.

No one organization can.

Like many of our customers, Rebecca has embraced a hybrid IT model. Cisco increasingly relies on a combination of private cloud and public cloud services. Aggregating, integrating, customizing and securely delivering services based on hundreds of applications from dozens of vendors in public and private clouds has become a critical part of Rebecca’s  role.

And this is the reality faced by CIOs all over the world today.  In order to move with speed, scale, global reach and world class economics, they all recognize that ‘hybrid cloud’ strategies must be embraced.

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