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#CiscoChat: Discover Intercloud with Peak 10 and Cisco

There are numerous reasons organizations look to extend their data centers. More dynamic and flexible computing needs and increasing storage capabilities are just a couple. And while this can sometimes prove a challenge for organizations, our Intercloud solution has given customers the freedom to expand their data centers, without compromising security, established user policies or workload control.

To understand how Intercloud provides all of these benefits, understanding exactly what Intercloud is (and what makes it up) is key.

Intercloud is the only globally connected network of clouds capable of delivering secure cloud applications and infrastructure anywhere in the world. Most importantly, Intercloud provides the critical “Three Cs” that CXOs and CIOs desire when looking to expand their cloud offerings and capabilities:

  • Choice– CXOs and CIOs can choose cloud based on how they want it and desire to integrate it.
  • Compliance– Intercloud’s flexibility makes it easy to comply, locally and globally.
  • Control– Intercloud can be monitored and controlled across every service, from every location.

Recently, Cisco partner Peak 10 achieved the Cisco Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. With this designation, Peak 10 is poised to play three pivotal roles within Intercloud. During our next #CiscoChat on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST, we’ll explore Intercloud, the three strategic elements that make it up and dive deeper into the three roles Peak 10 will play in Intercloud.

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Guided by Cisco’s @CiscoPowered moderator channel, Peak 10’s Director of Strategic Alliances Reggie Harris and Cisco’s Business Development Manager Kunjal Trivedi will field questions and offer insight into Peak 10’s and Cisco’s partnership.

At this year’s CLUS event, Peak 10’s live, real-world use case demonstration with Intercloud was one of the gathering’s most buzz-generating experiences. Presenting “Are Hybrid IT Solutions in Your Future,” Peak 10, a recent recipient of the Cisco partner award for Cloud Provider of the Year: US, demonstrated when and why organizations should consider hybrid IT solutions.

Peak 10’s development of an enterprise-class application, aided by Cisco’s hybrid cloud embedded within the Intercloud fabric, gives organizations increased ability to combine workloads across their chosen public or private clouds.

Be sure to join us on the upcoming #CiscoChat on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more about Intercloud and to see how Peak 10 solutions add to its offerings.

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#CiscoChat: Future of Service Provider Deployments in the Internet of Everything Era

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In the world of service providers and networks, the demand for new and better services continues to grow. As more services and applications migrate to the Cloud, service providers will continue to play a crucial role in delivering quality experiences and performance at the speed businesses and consumers demand. What emerging technologies, trends, and unique opportunities are transforming the way next-generation services are developed?

The growth of video, wireless mobility, Internet of Everything (IoE), and cloud services presents both business opportunities and security challenges. To take advantage of these new opportunities, service providers are adopting open and programmable network architectures that increase business agility and lower costs.

Cyber risk, however, must be addressed. Adversaries are exploiting the growing attack surface presented by new services, expanded network connections, and device proliferation. Legacy security approaches have not kept pace with evolving network architectures or the changing threat landscape.

During our next #CiscoChat on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30-11:00 a.m. PST, followed by a Periscope session at 11-11:30am PST, @CiscoSP360 will moderate a discussion on how to prepare your service provider business to thrive. The discussion will explore all the latest service provider technology news and looking ahead in deploying orchestration and virtualization to be more agile, reduce costs and generate new revenue. Read More »

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#CiscoChat: The 2015 Cisco Midyear Security Report

The Cisco 2015 Midyear Security Report provides an overview of key threats observed in the first half of 2015, along with insights on current and future trends and advice for organizations that utilize security solutions and services. Coinciding with a theme, The Innovation Dogfight between Attackers and Security Vendors, this year’s report is a clear realization that just as quickly as network security personnel and CXOs innovate their security measures, adversaries and their malware seem to be several steps ahead.

Join our next #CiscoChat on Thursday, August 13, at 10:00 a.m. PST: @CiscoSecurity hosts Talos technical leader, Craig Williams, to discuss the report’s findings and implications for organizations and attack defenders.

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#CiscoChat: Benefits of Software-Defined WAN Solutions

Depending on the publications you favor or industry news sites you frequent, Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WANs) are either the next best thing on the network horizon, or a tech innovation that still needs to be met with just a hint of skepticism. Regardless of your stance, the question on most people’s mind is can this emerging technology deliver the benefits it promises?

Answering this question is critical.  Today’s WANs are becoming increasingly complex and in turn, difficult to manage.  And SD-WANs are garnering more headlines as organizations begin to turn to them for maximizing bandwidth without completely overhauling their networks. But just like any tech advancement, CIOs are cautious, still wondering if SD-WANs are indeed  ready for “prime time” and can be implemented without being difficult to manage and more importantly, not increasing the bottom line.

Many organizations are struggling to find their sweet spot when it comes to rapidly responding to new business opportunities, optimizing user experiences and controlling costs. This has become even more of a challenge with the proliferation of mobile devices, wide-spread adoption of cloud-based services and increasing use of high-bandwidth applications. Read More »

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#CiscoChat Recap: World Youth Skills Day?

Though it sounds cliché, technology seemingly does move at the speed of light. And as a result of these rapid evolutions that define the industry, “tech talent” is in extremely high-demand. Yet the number of technical-related positions continues to trend higher than the actual number of individuals available who can fill them.

But the industry is making changes! And against the backdrop of the United Nations’ World Youth Skills Day, our latest #CiscoChat celebrated the event, sparking meaningful conversation on how to encourage the passion and interests of young people who can actually fill these tech roles.

During our #CiscoChat, poignant questions from host Cisco Networking Academy  and participant insights reignited hope for our increasingly connected economy and the generation whose skills can fulfill its promise.

To kick-off the discussion, understanding just how connected our world is becoming was key.

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