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BYOD: Extending the Network Edge into the Connected Home

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

Up to this point, I’ve made a strong case for how important visibility into the connected home network is to service providers.  I’ve shown how the culture of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is already taking root, and why it is essential for service providers to meet the needs of consumers and businesses if they want to stay competitive.  The question remains, how will service providers achieve this?

On March 28, 2012, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately-held ClearAccess, a provider of TR-069-based software to service providers for the provisioning and management of residential and mobile devices.  ClearAccess management and software capabilities will augment Cisco Prime – Cisco’s network management software portfolio – by offering a set of powerful and sophisticated tools for provisioning, monitoring and managing bandwidth usage, parental controls, and diagnostics to connected devices in the home.

TR-069 technology provides a standardized means for describing remote home gateways.  TR-069 can be likened to the DOCSIS standard used by cable companies, and there are many flavors to Read More »

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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire ClearAccess

Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held ClearAccess. ClearAccess provides TR-069 standards-based, cloud, and onsite management software for residential and mobile devices. This acquisition is yet another example of Cisco’s commitment to help service providers improve customer experiences by enhancing their ability to manage mobile and cloud-based services, including video entertainment.

Service providers are faced with growing network complexity, massive amounts of data, and increasing numbers of devices on their networks—many of them in the home. Together, Cisco and ClearAccess will enable service providers to more effectively deliver value to end users by improving the delivery of video, data, voice, rich content, and other services into an increasingly complex residential environment. ClearAccess helps to complete Cisco’s end-to-end management solutions for service providers, extending from the core of the network all the way into the connected home.

As we continue to use all of Cisco’s tools to drive innovation, acquisitions such as ClearAccess will help bring top talent, new technology, and business models into Cisco. M&A remains a key part of our build, buy, and partner innovation framework and supports our strategy of providing best-in-class solutions for our customers. The ClearAccess acquisition is well-aligned to our strategic goals of building software platforms and driving business and technology architectures. I am very excited to welcome the world-class team from ClearAccess to the Cisco family.

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