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Getting your retail network ready for cloud computing

Last week at the Interop conference in Las Vegas  Cisco announced the  2012 Global Cloud Networking Survey  where more than 1300 IT professionals in 13 countries were polled to find out the top priorities and challenges they face when moving applications and services to the cloud. The survey was commissioned by Cisco and distributed by Insight Express and addressed a range of questions from what are the top applications considered for migration (Storage, ERP) and the role of the network in supporting a Cloud strategy.

Retailers today are considering cloud computing to support business agility and innovation.  This include reducing the number of servers in the store and moving them to the cloud, optimizing data center computing resources and virtualizing desktop applications. 

Some of the recent inquries to Cisco retail team have led to development of the following content that we hope will help you in your road to the cloud:

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Cisco Helps Iceland’s Farice Play a Key Role in Green Cloud Computing

One of the topics we covered this week at the Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference was cloud computing. A benefit of cloud computing is that the physical infrastructure – the storage and compute resources – can be located almost anywhere as long as there is reliable network access. Several countries are leveraging their low cost green power to grow their economies with new data center facilities. A publicly announced example of this is Facebook which has built an enormous facility in northern Sweden. Iceland with its cooler temperatures and green geothermal power, plus ideal location between North America and Europe has seen a significant growth in its data center industry. However, being an island nation it faces a challenge to ensure that sufficient cost-effective network capacity is available to connect off-island users with its storage and compute resources.

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Unifying the Business and Technology Architectures (Video)

May 11, 2012 at 9:53 am PST

Rebecca Jacoby, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, introduces a series of technology responses that Cisco has made to accommodate major market trends, including sustainable productivity, globalization, and the consumerization of IT. The responses involved unifying the business and technology architectures at Cisco to help create strategies around collaboration, widespread virtualization, and mobility. These efforts have resulted in immersive collaboration, Cisco’s cloud, and the connected experience, respectively. Read More »

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Cloud: Are You Going to Wonder if You Could Have Had it All?

As I think about cloud, Adele’s Grammy award-winning song  “Rolling in the Deep” comes to mind. Strange flight of fantasy?  I think not.  As the refrain, “you could have had it all,” repeats in my head, I think about how similar cloud is to finding love. Like dating , there are a lot of different approaches to cloud , and it is not always clear what the right one is.  Like romance, cloud is full of fun, promise, and pitfalls. Like a lasting relationship, realizing the promise and avoiding the pitfalls takes a lot of work. But unlike finding one’s soul mate, finding success with cloud can be guaranteed..  You need the right approach, solid planning, and sometimes a little help from your friends.

Cisco’s cloud experts have been working hard to:

  • Leading the market with technology innovations such as the Unified Data Center and Cloud Intelligent Network
  • Creating deep relationships with partners who enable us to provide complete, industry-leading cloud solutions for different cloud approaches
  • Testing our technologies and professional services in our own IT environment and documenting our results

We have seen tremendous benefits, and so have our partners and customers.

 As part of the Cisco’s services organization, I think a lot about what it takes to enable a successful cloud.   And I think about how to have a little fun along the way. One of the fun, free things that I have worked on is the Cloud Profile Tool.  All you need to do is answer 10 quick questions, and you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations to help you get started.  If you like what you see and want to have a deeper, complimentary conversation with Cisco or one of our cloud partners, we’d be glad to set that up.  Try the Cloud Profile Tool in English or in another language and let me know what you think.

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Tweetchat with Cisco: Cloud Strategy Readiness and Economics

May 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm PST

Interop, Citrix Synergy, SAPPHIRE, EMC World .. May is definitely the month of the conferences . What are the common buzzwords for all these shows ? Cloud, Virtualization, Networking.

No surprise :  Enterprises, service providers, small businesses, and governments are looking for cloud solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges.
A solution to these challenges requires an approach that fully integrates the three pillars of cloud: cloud applications and services, data centers, and networks.

Cisco enables a world of many clouds  by connecting people and organizations within a cloud, between clouds, and beyond the clouds to the end user.

If you attended or plan to attend these shows,  you had or will have the opportunity to listen to Cisco experts and Cisco partners.

But here is an additional opportunity

Pat Adamiak, Senior Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems, will be available tomorrow Friday , May 11 from 9 – 10 a.m. PT to discuss trends and opportunities around cloud strategy readiness and economics during an unique Tweetchat *

In this role, Pat has global responsibility for marketing Cisco’s overall cloud solution portfolio, with a particular focus on telecommunications, cable, and media service providers. Pat played a core leadership role in the development and launch of Cisco’s overall CloudVerse strategic framework and offerings and is a frequent spokesperson on cloud.

So join the conversation with @PatAdamiak  on Twitter using the #CiscoCloud hashtag,

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