There will be fifty billion things connected to the Internet by 2020. Untold new and valuable connections will be formed as people, processes, data and things connect and create the next wave of the Internet that we call the Internet of Everything.
Our ability to realize the $19 trillion of economic potential inherent in that Internet of Everything will be dependent on the applications that facilitate business transactions; enable partners and suppliers to interact; transform how users share, learn and buy; and deliver analytics derived from all of these connections.
The ability of organizations to seize the opportunity of the Internet of Everything will be determined by how well CIOs embrace new models of I.T. The performance and security of these critical applications will be determined by how well the I.T. industry rises to the challenge of delivering new forms of I.T. infrastructure.
Today is a big day for Cisco as we rise to that challenge for delivering FAST IT.
I’m excited to announce that today marks the beginning of the next wave of innovation for the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Five years ago, we delivered Cisco Unified Computing System, a groundbreaking architecture designed for virtualization, automation and orchestration that uniquely addressed the needs of customers embarking on the journey to data center virtualization and cloud.
Cisco has done it again – with the latest Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) launch, Cisco continues to build upon a successful platform while opening new market and business growth opportunities for our partners, and providing a means to address a larger portion of customers’ computing needs. Today, Cisco announced the largest portfolio expansion for Cisco UCS since the launch of the product five years ago. The new platforms will propel partners to a new level in driving customers’ business outcomes.
This is not just another product launch though. The new lineup allows our partners to provide technology solutions that transform how customers deliver IT – across all market segments and with positive and sustained impact to their business. Here’s what’s new on the product side:
UCS Mini provides the full power of Cisco Unified Computing in a smaller, all-in-one solution that is simple, easy to manage, yet expandable.
UCS M-Series Modular Servers for Online Content Providers and Cloud Service Providers and for distributed applications in Industrial High Performance Computing (HPC) and Enterprise Grid.
Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server is a modular, capacity-optimized solution ideal for distributed data analytics, unstructured data repositories and media streaming and transcoding.
Cisco M4 Generation UCS Rack and Blade Serversare armed withthe latest processing power providing increased performance, efficiency and computing density.
With these introductions, Cisco continues to lead the industry with a unified, application-centric approach to computing, but you’re probably already asking, “What does that mean for me?” Well, we are always looking to expand the market for our partners and these additions to the UCS portfolio provide some pretty nice angles to you when you step into the room with customers. Read More »
At Cisco, we view our relationship with Partners as symbiotic. We do all we can to equip you with the tools, resources and support you need to be successful. One of the ways we do this is through the Cisco Marketing Velocity Program.
The program contains a variety of free tools, resources and events that our partners can use to augment your marketing efforts and accelerate sales. These include On-the-Air learning webcasts, demand generation and outbound marketing resources, and social media best practices. You can also become a Partner Marketing Professional by completing the curriculum.
At Cisco, we create integrated marketing communications (IMC) plans, focused on developing marketing strategies and campaigns that weave together all of the different marketing disciplines – advertising, PR, promotion, assets and especially social media – with the end result of driving Cisco branding in everything we do. This approach is exactly what Sherri Liebo talked about in her Super Voice blog. Read More »
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.
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:
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.