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Operators Accelerating Pace with NFV and SDN

Save Money Here and Now

When was the last time you won the lottery?  If you are like me, it’s a pretty rare occasion indeed.  The same probability can be applied to increasing the budget allocation for any business and especially for service providers.  What can service providers do to save money now, enabling them to invest in new services and boost revenues?   Network functions virtualization (NFV) comes to the rescue, with help of course, from software defined networking (SDN), and open source innovations.

SDN and NFV represent a significant change in networking as we currently know it. Together and separately, both target cost savings, operational complexity, and network optimization – and both hold much promise for the operator. As with all things offering great potential rewards, one must balance these benefits and address the associated risks accordingly when deploying them.

For service providers, the data center is leading target for SDN and NFV deployments. Given all the activity focused on cloud computing, content delivery, and anything-as-a-service (XaaS) offerings, the service provider data centers must advance across many fronts (security, automation, mobility, reliability analytics, and provisioning) to be successful.

Interestingly, all operators Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014 at 8:58 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each 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:

Off the Top

We saw an interesting case study this week in our latest Partner Voices blog. This blog post featured Trend Micro and how they were able to help the United Way of Greater Atlanta bolster data center security during a migration to a virtual environment.

Check out my blog, let me know what you think, and if you’re interested, read the entire case study!

Get Ready – Cisco is Announcing New Growth Opportunities for our Partners with Cisco UCS

In a market many predicted we would exit, Cisco has continued to gain share for the 18th consecutive quarter and has earned the number one position for x86 blade servers in the US, with 41 percent revenue share. That is six points ahead of our nearest competitor! Cisco partners have been pivotal to the success we have shared in this market, with more than 3,800 channel partners selling Unified Computing System (UCS) today.

We are continuing that momentum, and we’re poised for the next wave of Cisco UCS innovations to be announced to our partners next Wednesday, September 3. This will represent the broadest, most powerful expansion of the Cisco UCS portfolio since we first disrupted the server market in 2009, providing our partners significant growth opportunities across all market segments.

Register now and be among the first to see the latest in Unified Computing innovation. Read More »

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Building Relationships over Distance –Tips for Success

I recently read a great article that talks about how midsized companies can take advantage of slow periods to visit customers, partners, and others to better understand their needs.

The article comes from Erik Sherman from the National Center for the Middle Market. Part of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, the center provides knowledge, leadership, and innovative research on U.S. midsized businesses.

Sherman provides is great advice, but in a fast-moving, highly competitive economy that never seems to slow down, I would add the following points:

  • Getting to know your stakeholders shouldn’t be just a once-a- year activity
  • Engaging with them shouldn’t be limited by the ability to travel due to time or budget constraints

Let’s take the case of engaging with employees and co-workers.  As middle market companies continue to lead economic growth and job creation, Read More »

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Enabling Open, Agile, Application Centric Networks With Cisco Evolved Services Platform

Service provider customers expect more.   The pace of change around us is not just constant but continuing to accelerate.   To stay competitive with the nimble new players in the market, service providers need to change how they engage all of their end customers.   Not exactly an easy challenge to overcome, but rapid and successful business transformation will put operators right in the middle of a world of new opportunities to capture customer mindshare.  Exciting times are ahead!

So, what will it take for service providers to save money on their current service offerings, enabling them to invest and expand their businesses?   Positive outcomes are made possible by an open, agile, and application centric approach, combining emerging Software-Defined Network (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Open API technologies …  not just to the network… but to all of their business processes.

Faster creation of personalized services that are easy to consume is enabled by the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP), automating and provisioning new services in real-time at web speed.   End customers can Read More »

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Partner Voices: Trend Micro Assists Non-Profit in Establishing a Scalable Data Center Environment

August 28, 2014 at 7:30 am PST

Our Cisco partners and UCS solutions make a great team, helping customers achieve significant results in establishing efficient and cost-effective data center environments. The latest Partner Voices blog highlights how Cisco partner Trend Micro helped a nonprofit organization bolster its data center security as it migrated to a virtual environment.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA), an important arm of one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the United States, strives to create positive change and address local challenges affecting education, health, homelessness and income. With limited resources, the organization pays particular attention to cost and efficiency factors.

In this particular case, a team of 10 people was responsible for all the IT aspects of the organization. This proved quite challenging when the team was spending the majority of its time on server maintenance, without the ability to look for larger optimization or efficiency opportunities. In addition, the majority of the organization’s fundraising efforts were concentrated near the end of the year, making the demand on the databases and servers particularly taxing during those months. Read More »

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