Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and how much you walk or run. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. The pill you swallow reports back on the state of your digestion, vital signs, and overall well-being. And as you sleep, a headband monitors your REM patterns.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco Consulting Services, employee productivity, Enterprise, innovation, Internet of Everything, IoE, IoE Value Index, Quantified Self
By Carlos Cordero, Cisco Consulting Services, Service Provider
Cloud consumption models are gaining traction across all company sizes and industries. Whether software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), or platform as a service (PaaS), the value propositions of virtualization are being sought by IT decision makers.
Cisco Consulting Services sees an opportunity for network service providers (SPs) to deliver a similar experience through a new solution architecture that we call network as a service (NaaS). NaaS does for the network what SaaS and IaaS have done for the data center — offering many of the same value proposition components, such as lower OpEx and increased agility, as well as new business model levers and distribution benefits.
A Simple NaaS Architecture Delivers Broad Benefits
To illustrate the value, this paper focuses on NaaS for mobile operators, although similar value could be articulated across all SP segments. Today, the various engineering and operational functions required to enable new customers, new services, and repairs are buried behind monolithic and independent network elements. The goal of NaaS is to simplify the architecture through virtualization, bringing disparate software solutions onto common hardware.
At the heart of mobile NaaS is an intelligent core with the service elements needed to deploy mobile data services (Figure 1). Traditionally, each software element runs on dedicated hardware, but under NaaS, these elements are separated so the software can run on shared virtual machines. The model also includes a common storage and compute infrastructure that can be delivered to the intelligent core as needed through a virtual machine approach. The intelligent core should work across a variety of licensed and unlicensed access technologies, shown at right. The active service catalog represents the SP’s ability to create unique service environments by combining service elements in an automated and simplified way. Finally, the secure portal enables consumers and business customers to access and manage their own network instances.
Figure 1. Mobile NaaS Is Anchored in a Flexible and Extensible Set of Service Elements. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, mobile, mobile virtual network operators, MVNO, NaaS, Network as a Service, Service Provider, virtualization
Cloud has had a deep impact on the fundamental ways in which IT services are consumed. Yet we are only on the cusp of the transformation. Cisco estimates that connections among people, processes, data, and things will surge from “only” 10 billion today to 50 billion by 2020. Cloud’s value as a key delivery system will extend to this emerging Internet of Everything (IoE) economy, connecting people, processes, data, and things. And the cloud readiness of each organization will determine its ability to reap value in an era of sweeping change.
But what is the current state of IT cloud consumption? And how do IT decision makers view the future impact of cloud?
Figure 1. Drivers of IT Change.
Source: Cisco/Intel Cloud Study, 2013
In a wide-ranging study, Cisco® Consulting Services (CCS), in partnership with Intel®, sought to pinpoint just how these powerful trends are impacting IT. The “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 industries across nine key economies, developed as well as emerging: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States. In each country enterprise and midsized companies were represented. The survey was conducted during March and April 2013.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, cloud, employee productivity, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Value Index, IoT, IT, value at stake
Ever felt that you’ve spent half your life searching for a parking space? Well, it’s not that much of an exaggeration. One study estimates that typical drivers spend 2,549 hours of their lives in the aimless, money-wasting, and gas-guzzling quest for a place to park.
Now imagine that through technology — connected cars, roads, and, of course, parking spaces — you could substantially reduce all of that wasted time and money.
Unfortunately, business and enterprise are rife with their own versions of wild goose chases for parking spaces: supply-chain deficiencies, checkout bottlenecks, quality-control failings, communication breakdowns, and, yes, clogged parking lots. These are but a few of the drags on productivity, efficiency, and innovation.
The solution for all these problems may be the same: connectivity.
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Tags: asset utilization, Big Data, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, connected supply chain, customer experience, employee productivity, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Value Index, IoT, Manufacturing, retail, supply chain, value at stake
Accelerating the Disruption in Business Mobility
Business mobility is driving better productivity, heightened customer experience, and harmonious work/life balance. It also offers freedom for knowledge workers beleaguered by accelerating demands on their time and talents. Indeed, workers themselves have taken much of the initiative toward business mobility.
It is now up to enterprises to support and shape their further adoption of this key technology to capture its full benefits. Moreover, business mobility represents an opportunity for service providers (SPs) to generate new revenue and to deepen their enterprise customer relationships.
To gain a better perspective on the latest trends in business mobility, Cisco® Consulting Services (CCS) conducted an extensive survey in March 2013. Comprising 4,800 respondents across eight countries, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of the needs, interests, and behaviors of end users of business mobility.
Read the full article: Next-Generation Knowledge Workers -- Accelerating the Disruption in Business Mobility.
Tags: Business mobility, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, cloud, enterprise mobility, mobility, next-generation IT, service providers