In less than a week, partners from around the globe will join Cisco executives and marketing thought leaders in Las Vegas for Cisco Partner Velocity 2012. This exclusive three-day event is all about you—helping partners “amp up” their marketing efforts. Don’t worry if you can’t attend in person: there will be lots of coverage from the event and replays so you won’t miss a thing.
Next week, we’ll host the very best and brightest marketing experts and they will share their insights on a range of topics such as:
- How to scale your business through integrated campaigns
- Creating distinction using social media
- Understanding and leveraging marketing techniques
- Marketing best practices to accelerate your business
- And much more!
Some of Partner Velocity’s guest speakers include:
- Dr. Martha Rogers, recognized for her one-to-one marketing
- Daniel Pink, bestselling author and journalist
- Chris Brogan, bestselling co-author and columnist
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Tags: Cisco, event, marketing, partner, velocity
Mobility and cloud computing are colliding. So, what does this mean for the future of mobile devices? How soon will video-conference calls on our mobile devices become commonplace? How can service providers (SPs) enhance their competitive position by delivering cloud and managed services?
While research has been conducted on mobile and cloud computing as separate trends, to date very little data has existed on the impact of mobility and cloud together. To understand this dynamic market better, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) surveyed more than 1,000 business users to understand their current and future needs with regard to the mobile cloud.
The top findings may surprise you:
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud services, collaboration, fixed mobile convergence, IBSG, internet business, mobile, mobile devices, mobility, research, Service Provider, solutions group, vdi
I spent two weeks over at the Ask the Expert forums, and I came to the realization that often our customers are bombarded with facts, figures, speeds, feeds, features, buzzwords, comparisons and functionalities for which they’re not sure which ones they must have while others they can live without or are a convenience. So I figured I’d toss out what I think are the top features for building an MDS Storage Area Network. Some may be obvious and others you might shake your head or light up the torches. They’re not in any particular order as your mileage varies from mine. I’ll probably skip those that are obvious like “hot swap power supplies” and other oh so exciting abilities…
The first set I usually refer to as the holy trinity of features as they constitute the foundation of the connectivity… VSANs, Port-Channels and TE Ports. They’ve been around literally forever on the platform and for good reason, they’ve been part of the hardware’s DNA since it’s inception. Additionally, if you walk down the hall to the folks that manage your LAN, you’ll find out that they’re using pretty much the same concepts and features as you (VLANs, Port/Ether-Channels and Trunking or 802.1q). So, if those guys are managing hundreds or thousands of switches and routers, there’s probably something worthwhile here. It’s also a pretty good chance that they are using them for the very same reasons that you are:
- VSANs: Isolation of fault domains.
- Port-Channels: High Availability and load-balancing of InterSwitch Links (ISL)
- TE_Ports: The ability to run multiple VSANs over the same ISL leveraging frames tagged with the VSAN ID and enforced in hardware.
Next on my list is NPV Mode aka N_Port Virtualization. I grew up in the era of 16 port SAN switches and like rabbits, they multiplied, and so did their domains, and don’t get me started on the upgrades… You had top of rack designs that involved dozens of small switches and this tsunami of small switches was slowed down by the emergence of the high density directors with hundreds of ports, first 128 then 256 now over 500. Lots of small switches met their demise..
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Tags: Cisco, FCoE, Fibre Channel, MDS, SAN, VSAN
The conference call buzz of past weeks confirms that one of the retail tech topics du jour is the quest for a “mobility strategy.”
Requests from good retailers. Meetings with smart folks hard at work identifying use models and value-creation plays for both associates and consumers.
No question that it’s important.
But every retailer should be asking how important – especially consumer mobility. Especially in today’s world of cross-channel shopping.
Let’s look at the numbers.
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Tags: Catch ‘Em and Keep ‘Em, Cisco, cross-channel shopping, interactive shopping screens, Jon Stine, mobile shopping, mobility in retail, multi-channel retailing, retail, retailing, Smartphones, tablets in shopping
Overnight sensations, right? If only it were that easy. The truth is these international pop stars spent their early years perfecting their craft before hitting it big. The same can be said about World Wide Technology (WWT), Cisco’s largest reseller to the United States Federal Government.
Founded in 1990, WWT has grown from a mere startup to a $4 billion+ organization with more than 1,700 employees. Their success secret? A relentless focus on their people, processes, and partnerships—including their close partnership with Cisco. Also of note is their ability to look ahead, anticipating profitable market shifts.
One of those is occurring now in the energy sector. Utilities around the world are eager to modernize energy grids with intelligent infrastructure. While Cisco is ready to help partners meet those needs with its recently introduced Connected Grid portfolio, WWT is also fully on board to generate new sources of revenue.
John Rohde, WWT’s energy and utility practice manager, recently shared his thoughts on what’s required for partners to thrive in the energy sector. Read More »
Tags: channel partner, Cisco, connected grid, Energy, Smart Grid, utility, world wide technology