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Service Management Acquisition Adds to Cisco Prime Platform for Network Management

We’re all glad that the Hurricane Irene rampage and floods are all behind us. Even though the massive clean-up efforts will take many months, the process has begun. Much like the National Weather Service and FEMA trying to manage all of the variations of tracking the hurricane and the effects on people and property, our service providers are trying to manage the millions of mobile connections, cloud-based applications, and zetabytes of data on their networks.

At Cisco, our strategy has focused on empowering the network by adding intelligence and integrating together advanced solutions that address customer requirements in the fast-moving, constantly growing, competitive service provider market. Our internal R&D expenditures last year reached $5 billion, surpassing all of our networking industry peers combined. Across the board, Cisco is known for delivering industry-leading solutions directly, via partners, and through acquisitions.

Last week Cisco announced its intent to acquire the service fulfillment software assets and associated employees from the UK subsidiary (formerly Axiom Systems) of parent company Comptel Corporation. Let me tell you why I’m excited for our customers by this.
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Meet with Cisco Network Management Technology Group Executives at TM Forum’s Management World Africa

By David Flesh

Planning on attending TM Forum Management World Africa? We hope you’ll join us.Cisco is going to have a table top demonstration area, plus a discussion regarding service provider management offerings, and the opportunity to meet with key members of the Cisco executive team at TM Forum’s Management World Africa this September 20-21, 2011.  This event will take place at the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg.

TM Forum’s Management World provides a unique opportunity for senior executives to network with peers to learn about the latest trends in the industry. Cisco is sponsoring executive meetings and has hospitality suites reserved at the event. Executives from the Cisco Network Management Technology Group and Advanced Services teams will be available to meet with customers to discuss the Cisco service provider offerings. Read More »

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Addressing the Service Provider Transition to IPv6: Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (Part 3 of 4)

The transition to IPv6 presents a complex technical challenge, and the business risks for not doing it right are potentially significant, in terms of impact on customer retention and growth, new business models, and competitive edge.

In this third installation of the series, Kelly Ahuja of Cisco and Ray Mota of ACG focus on Service Provider strategies for the transition to IPv6. As Kelly mentions, the Cisco Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (CGv6) is designed to help address both technical and business challenges associated with the transition. The Cisco CGv6 portfolio of IPv6 solutions enables service providers to:

  • Preserve investments in IPv4 infrastructure, assets, and delivery models
  • Prepare for the smooth, incremental transition to IPv6 services that are interoperable with IPv4
  • Prosper through accelerated subscriber, device, and service growth that are enabled by the efficiencies that IPv6 can deliver

It’s important to emphasize the word solution. CGv6 solution is not just a line card, or a network appliance, or a software feature. Unlike other companies Cisco has the experience and expertise to help network operators realize the promise of IPv6 by offering full Life Cycle Services Support. This is especially important as not all operators have experience in IPv6 or access to this expertise. Cisco can provide the people, processes and tools to ensure a seamless transition. Some of the capabilities our advanced services team provides include:

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Innovation Engine: Cisco Ranked #1 for R&D Quality by Patent Board

When I demonstrated Cisco’s newest network management technologies in my keynote address at Cisco Live last week, there were gasps and applause from the audience as they saw the difference between our  next generation technology and the technology our competitors are touting as ‘good enough’.

The technologies I demonstrated (Cisco Prime, UCS Manager and the Cisco Virtual Switching System) are the great results of the more than $5 billion that Cisco invests in R&D on an annual basis. Cisco spends more on R&D than all of our networking industry peers combined and, for the record, we invest five times more (on a percentage of revenue basis) than the next largest networking vendor.

However, what’s more important than the size of our R&D budget is its impact and I’m proud to say that the Patent Board today recognized Cisco as the #1 innovator among 141 companies in its annual Telecom and Communications industry scorecard. Cisco ranked #1 for both the number of patents granted, as well as for the overall strength of the company’s patent portfolio, which is a combined measure of quality and quantity.

That’s a tremendous accomplishment, and I am very proud of our fantastically talented engineers. Credit is particularly due to Cisco Senior Vice President of Research and Advanced Development, Joel Bion, for his tremendous leadership of our R&D efforts. As I often say, great engineers make innovation look easy.

To our customers the message is also clear: whether it’s the 500 patents earned by the recently refreshed Catalyst 6500 (the world’s most popular switching platform) or those awarded in the creation of our ground-breaking Cisco Cius enterprise collaboration tablet, world-beating innovation is something you can always expect from Cisco.

You can find a comprehensive analysis of the Patent Board’s latest Telecom and Communications industry scorecard in the Wall Street Journal (password required).

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See the Latest Network Management Innovations – Visit the Cisco Prime Booth at Cisco Live

Do you want to simplify your network management? Visit the Cisco Prime booth at Cisco Live 2011 to learn how you can easily improve network operations. Come to the Cisco Prime booth 1885 to see the latest innovations in network management for enterprises and service providers. Join us for the following Cisco Prime activities at Cisco Live:

  • Talk with the experts:  Cisco network management experts will be available to answer your questions and provide interactive live demonstrations of Cisco Prime, wired, wireless, telepresence, cloud, and unified communications management solutions at the Cisco Prime booth 1885.
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) tours: Sign up for a 30-minute tour of the Cisco Live NOC led by the network management experts who are running the NOC. Limited to 6 people per tour. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Cisco Prime booth. Tour times:
  • Monday, July 11: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12: 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 13: 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 14: 11 a.m.

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