I’m pleased to announce that Cisco has received recognition as a Leader in Gartner’s newly-released 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (UC). In this report, Gartner analyzed the current enterprise UC market, and named Cisco as a market leader based on Cisco’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Gartner’s Unified Communications Magic Quadrant reflects the rapidly changing needs of today’s knowledge worker. Recent research from a Cisco IBSG Horizons study showed that a striking 95% of businesses are allowing employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. This includes smartphones, tablets and other personal devices that run on a variety of platforms. Highlighting this trend, Gartner closely evaluated UC options that work across multiple mobile platforms, and that provide support for open standards and interoperability with other solutions.
According to Gartner’s Bern Elliot and Steve Blood, “Enterprises wish to avoid ‘closed gardens’ and weak support for standards to ensure choice and control. Support for standards is a critical consideration, as enterprises wish to integrate their UC deployments with business partners, customers, business applications and third-party products.”
Support for multiple platforms
Cisco helps businesses address this growing need by providing a full suite of UC solutions for mobile devices across a variety of deployment options, including Apple, Android and other popular operating systems. For enterprises juggling a deluge of new employee devices and corporate platforms, the ability to provide full UC client support – including video, instant messaging (IM), presence and web collaboration – across a multi-vendor environment is critical.
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, Gartner, hosted collaboration, jabber, Magic Quadrant, Microsoft, UC, unified communications
By Uwe Lambrette, Director of Service Provider Solutions, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)
Cisco IBSG’s recent interviews with about 45 enterprise CIOs and architects clearly revealed that enterprises have a preference for private cloud. They want to maintain control over their IT, especially where the architecture is new and skills need to be built. In addition, they are not comfortable with accepting externally provided cloud solutions (although there are certainly exceptions).
At the same time, the survey indicated that once enterprises have gained private-cloud experience, they are more willing to allocate this architecture to an external provider.
This is reminiscent of the classic outsourcing
cycle, where corporate functions are moved externally once they have become a commodity.
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Tags: CIOs, Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud providers, cloud services, Enterprise, Hybrid Cloud, IBSG, infrastructure, IT, private cloud, Service Provider, service providers, SPs
This weekend marked the migration of people to and from San Francisco – VMworld2012 attendees were headed to SFO while Burners were heading out to Black Rock City. Knowing people in both camps, I thought it’d be fun to do a little comparison list. Thirteen ways to look at Burning Man versus VMworld -- acronyms, bacon, clothing and more.
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Tags: burning man, cloud, CSR 1000V, list, UCS-E, vmworld
Welcome to San Francisco for one the most exciting events of the year!
Here’s a short blog post that will help you connect with the Intelligent Automation team at VMworld and learn about new solution developments and releases. In particular, you will be interested to see a brand new demo featuring Virtual Network Management Center 2.0. VNMC is a centralized device and security policy management software, which works together with Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and the Cisco ASA 1000V firewall to manage security on Nexus 1000V virtual switch series.
Other Intelligent Automation and Unified Management demos offered in booth #1213 include:
• Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud
• Network Services Manager
And make sure you mark your calendar to attend one of these theater presentations to learn more about what Cisco can offer your organization:
• My First Cloud Get Started with Cisco Cloud Management from Cisco Data Center
This session will discuss how Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud enables IT to move from manual to flexible automated provisioning of physical and virtual resources, while maintaining existing processes and governance, increasing IT efficiency. Monday, August 27 10:30am Cisco booth
• Virtual Network Management Center 2.0 from Cisco Data Center
Join us to learn about Cisco’s latest VNMC release. Tuesday, August 28 11:00am Cisco Booth #1213
• Private Cloud Case Study with Cisco Management and Orchestration from Cisco Data Center
Join this session to learn about the challenges Cisco IT has solved by implementing cloud management and orchestration technology to provide internal private cloud services. Tuesday, August 28 11:30am Cisco Booth #1213
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation, cloud, Cloud Builder, Cloud Management, events, unified management, VMware, vmworld
In my previous blogs confine and clover, I spoke about determining the scope of your business problems as well as defining your measures of success when planning a Cloud solution. Now, I would like to help you understand both the cost you will incur for the work necessary to achieve your defined cloud goals and how to avoid unexpected fees.
Because of all the hype around Cloud, we hear (sometimes disproportionately) about how Cloud can transform your business. However, the cost of that transformation is often not fully understood. Careful planning and awareness can save you money along the Cloud journey. Be aware of and consider the following hidden costs:
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Tags: Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco Services, cloud, Cloud Adoption, cloud services, data center, Enterprise