At Cisco Live! Milan, I talked with people from all types of organizations from around the world and hearing their excitement at how they envision the cloud is going to change the way they do business. Their stories are incredible and inspiring. They range from a small startup hoping to expand their business without having to create their own IT department all the way to global companies looking for ways to deliver new services faster in a more secure and cost-effective manner.
No matter the size of their organization, they are all looking for similar things. Assured performance is top-of-list for most. Faster to time market is another important factor. Many are turning to the cloud for a competitive edge that lets them take advantage of continuous innovation without having to reinvest in a completely new data center. And most are looking forward to the cost savings of not having to manage their own IT infrastructure. However, what’s often not talked about is that behind every cloud service is a network that is responsible for the performance of your data and applications. And the truth is, not all cloud services are created equal.
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Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way.
Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Well here we are. We have reached the last Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind of the year. I won’t be back in this Weekly Rewind space until January 10, 2014.
I hope you are all spending time with friends and family during this holiday season, and that you are closing out 2013 in style.
As you can see here, Bruce Klein and Edison Peres wish you the best as we all head into the holiday season. Also, Cisco as a whole wants to thank you for your hard work and commitment. Read More »
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A lot of our data center customers are in the healthcare industry -- This topic is close to my heart, as I used to work in this field several years ago. Healthcare organization are facing specific challenges in moving to the cloud, that Cisco and partners address carefully.
IT innovation and integration in healthcare is on the rise, causing a fundamental shift for healthcare organizations. As economic factors and government regulations begin to push more and more independent physician practices to the cloud, healthcare organizations now work with cloud service providers and share the responsibility to meet regulatory demands set forth in the recent package of HIPAA changes. So what does this move to the cloud mean for healthcare organizations?
According to Kathy English, Global Senior Director for Cisco,
“As more healthcare professionals move to the cloud, IT organizations need to evaluate how to federate public cloud services with their private cloud efforts. This type of transformation will require organizations to look beyond just building a private cloud. They need to build and buy a secure, scalable, and reliable network that supports privacy, high availability, and mobility, all while meeting cost targets.”
It is clear that the new HIPAA regulations require a more shared responsibility between IT and service providers, but with a certified Cisco Powered cloud provider, healthcare organizations can be empowered to expand both their private and public cloud solutions.
Read the full What Moving to the Cloud Means for Healthcare Organizations blog post to learn more and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag, #CiscoCloud . We’d love to hear from you!
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