With five years of Cisco TelePresence successfully under foot, I’m eagerly looking to the future of the technology. And where does this future lie? Well, I’m not a fortune-teller, but I’ll make a prophecy: The future of telepresence is, in part, in the cloud.
To date, telepresence has made its name largely as an enterprise technology. Its traditional infrastructure requires IT know-how and onsite maintenance capabilities. On the contrary, hosted telepresence requires no special technical expertise, nor does it demand a large equipment investment. Affordability, ease of deployment, and automation make a hosted telepresence service a highly feasible collaboration technology for smaller businesses.
Cisco Senior Manager of Collaboration Worldwide Channels, Gary Wolfson, shares the partner reception and momentum Cisco is seeing for Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) and the customer demand driving it. Gary also shares opportunities and different Cisco programs for partners now and in future, and how customers can find a suitable partner.
Before and after our Cisco Hosted Collaboration (HCS) announcement, we Read More »
Earlier in my career, I helped Wall Street find cutting-edge solutions to the radical challenges posed by the first great wave of computerization. Today, the changes shaking the financial industry are no less extreme, as firms negotiate the combined forces of globalization and regulation, while adapting to next-level technology that is lightning-fast, hypermobile, and reaching for the cloud.
Several weeks ago, at the 8th Annual High Performance Computing Financial Markets Show and Conference in New York, I outlined Cisco’s vision for the Global Connected Marketplace and the transformational shift in the consumerization of IT that it portends.
There is truth to the maxim that a technology is only as good as those who use it.
This is a big reason for my optimism regarding Cisco CloudVerse, a framework and set of solutions Cisco unveiled earlier this week. Cisco CloudVerse combines the foundational elements needed to enable organizations of all sizes to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds.
Some of the most innovative and successful businesses, service providers, and governments are adopting CloudVerse as the foundation of their cloud strategies. In fact, more than 70 percent of leading cloud providers are CloudVerse users. This week we announced more than 10 key CloudVerse customers we’re partnering with to build and enable a world of many clouds. Find out what they are saying about Cisco CloudVerse:
· ACS, a Xerox Company, Ken Stephens, senior vice president, cloud services
“Like Cisco, ACS, a Xerox Company, believes that there are many opportunities cloud computing provides businesses for advancing their operations and innovating new ways to support their customers. Because cloud is fundamentally rooted in networking, our Cloud Services business runs on Cisco. We run Cisco Cloudverse, which helps us provide secure, flexible, on-demand IT services for our customers. Cisco’s self-service cloud portal and automated orchestration help our customers roll out new IT capabilities faster while reducing the cost of their IT infrastructure.”
Today, Cisco introduced CloudVerse, an end-to-end solution to build, manage and connect clouds. Cisco revealed how it sees the cloud: one in which it enables the world to operate more simply not just from one collective cloud but rather a world of many clouds where the organizations can choose how their cloud solutions are developed whether it’s a highly secure private cloud, a more open public cloud or a hybrid. Within these various cloud environments, IT is delivered as a service and end users can collaborate dynamically and consume content on-demand.
With Cisco’s network based cloud solutions serving as the foundation, Cisco also introduced new enhancements and functionalities to its ever growing Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS). The Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution gives partners, including service providers and integrators, the ability to deploy multiple collaboration applications on one server in a virtualized environment and then host those applications for multiple client organizations. The solution is designed to be run from partner data centers. Just last week, Fujitsu’s Andy Stevenson, executive director of their hosting and network services group discussed how they’ve combined their experience and expansive networkto develop anew hosted offer, the Fujitsu Cloud Connect service.. Fujitsu’s new service helps employees collaborate more efficiently on any device using a uniform suite of Cisco collaboration technology available on demand.