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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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Cisco Cloud Services Opens New Opportunities for Partners

The market is moving fast and the pace of change is dramatic. The days of partners launching new services into the market every 6-12 months are gone. Customers are expecting new applications almost daily that will allow them to deliver innovation, increase top line revenue and accelerate productivity across their company.

As the supply of cloud services grows we see the need for our partners to tap into a diverse set of public clouds around the world to enable unmatched data sovereignty, and we see more opportunities for them to work together around common standards of workload interoperability, global portability and security. However until today, there has never been the right platform to allow partners to harness the world of many clouds on behalf of their customers. Cisco today announced plans to build a global intercloud – a network of clouds – together with a set of partners.  Called Cisco Cloud Services, this new intercloud opens up a myriad of new opportunities for partners.

Cisco is expanding the Cisco Powered program to include Cisco Cloud Services. Cisco will sell these new services through channel partners and directly to end customers. Partners who develop Cisco Powered services can extend their portfolio through new Cisco cloud offers for faster time to market and global scale. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep1: InterCloud, Cloud in 2014

Welcome to #CiscoChampion Radio, a podcast series by and for Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Cisco’s InterCloud announcement and where Cloud is going in 2014.

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Listen to the Podcast.

Featured Guests:
Cisco Champions: Eric Wright (@discoposse) and Jonathan Davis (@subnetwork)
Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Mark Loesel

Highlights:
The advantage of the hybrid Cloud
The Inevitability of Cloud
How Cloud impacts privacy
Which businesses have the most opportunity with Cloud
How Cloud will mature
How Cisco InterCloud is securing enterprise data in a hybrid/public Cloud scenario

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Getting Beyond “Why Cloud For Collaboration?”

Why should I move to the cloud for collaboration? This is the question I get asked most often, and it’s easy to understand why;  there is a lot of noise in the market around Cloud and Collaboration.  Adoption has been pretty rapid by both IT and business units–so it’s no wonder interest in Cloud Collaboration is so high.  Looking across all the current research that I see, about half of respondents currently use – or plan to use – the cloud for collaboration services.   So why Cloud?  Well, often it helps solve a series of problems, provides a more integrated solution and better connects people.  Often the biggest reason is that it provides what’s needed to run the business. 

Perhaps instead of focusing on ‘cloud’ per se, you should focus on your business.  What business challenges could the cloud help you solve?  Customers I speak to are often looking to reduce complexity, control costs or make them more predictable, and become more agile.   In our discussions Read More »

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Lifestreaming in the Personal Cloud Era

Technology is changing the world at an ever increasing rate. The exponential jumps in processing power, mobile technologies, storage, and connection speeds are facilitating a whole new suite of possibilities. We are beginning to see the creation and realities of new connected experiences that allow us to capture and document our lives in countless ways.  Our memories and experiences can be digitally chronicled and preserved perhaps forever. Where and how do we store our ever-expanding archive of personal history? How will we be able to find, share, or extract what we need, when we need it?      

(Fun Fact: The volume of such data already being saved to the cloud is staggering: in Dropbox alone, one billion files are uploaded every 24 hours!)

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Enter the era of the personal cloud. According to Gartner’s IT predictions for 2014, personal cloud will solidify the shift from devices to services. So it won’t matter which device captures information or images; you’re personal cloud will be the hub that centralizes everything. You’ll have almost unlimited potential in recording and archiving your life, with easier and faster access. While this notion of “lifestreaming” – i.e., creating a digital diary and archive of one’s life and activities – has been around for years, social media aggregators like Facebook have only begun to address the scope of what it can be.

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