Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > The Platform

Cisco’s New Online Calculator Helps Size Private-Cloud Benefits

While organization leaders recognize cloud’s ability to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), they often have difficulty evaluating the many other business benefits of cloud. Often this process is based on some combination of gut instinct and hard data. But the more quantifiable the data, the easier the decision; and the more the potential benefits can be sized, the clearer the opportunity. Since the process of embracing the cloud may be done in increments or by degrees, decision makers will want to weigh which aspects of their operation should be migrated to the cloud—or clouds—and what return on investment to expect from the decision.

Cisco Cloud Calculator, IBSG, 2012

Read More »

Tags: , , ,

The Cloud Networking Landscape – Survey Results From over 1300 Networkers [INFOGRAPHIC]

 The 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey, which includes participants from more than 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries, was commissioned to measure the adoption of cloud services by IT professionals globally, while examining potential challenges to their cloud migrations.  Below, we take a deeper look at some of the positive, negative, and strange aspects to come out of the survey.

On the positive side, 73% of respondents felt they have enough information to begin their private or public cloud deployments. This leaves 27% who claim to feel more knowledgeable about how to play Angry Birds than the steps needed to migrate their company to the cloud. While Angry Birds is a fun game to play, this wan’t the strangest result from this research. Read More »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Helping you build the best: Cisco at Interop 2012

Looking for technology inspiration?  Imagining the IT possibilities? Look no further.  Interop 2012 is finally here this week!  Showcasing the latest innovations in technology in networking, security, cloud computing, virtualization, mobility portfolios plus much more, it is bound spark new ideas for IT initiatives.  With several demonstrations, speakers in 12 panel discussions, three products as finalists for Best of Interop, many of us from Cisco will be there, asking you: “what can we help you build?”

To help get the most out of what is happening at Interop, check out, ‘Insiders Guide to Optimization at Interop’ .  It gives a great suggestion for an itinerary with the highlights of Interop 2012.  Personally, I am especially looking forward to the keynote “Cisco Innovation.  In it to Win It.” by Cisco CTO and head of engineering, Padmasree Warrior.  With advancements happening so quickly in business technology, there will be many panels and educational sessions that Cisco will have to assist customers in migrating to the cloud, managing and maintaining BYOD policies, and increasing collaboration and productivity and learning about IPv6.

Not able to get to Interop but still have questions? Don’t worry, the fun geeks you can trust of Cisco’s TechWise TV will also be in Las Vegas bringing content to those there and at home:

With so many speakers and panels, don’t forget to stop by booth #1127 to say hi, get answers to questions, get a tour, check out the in-booth theater, and view the many products that will be demonstrated throughout the week. Safe travels and I look forward to seeing you there!

Tags: , , ,

Carrier Cloud Forum (CCF) at Interop 2012

Lately, our customers have been expressing interest in a number of cloud topics:

  • What are best practices in building a cloud business?
  • Enterprise-grade solutions versus best-efforts applications
  • Standardization and security
  • Connectivity from end-to-end
  • Advanced technologies within and between clouds

I’m looking forward to continuing the conversations with cloud service providers next week down in Las Vegas. If you’re coming to Interop, we’re continuing Read More »

Tags: , , , , , , ,

CA Technologies and the Cisco Cloud Partner Program

May 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm PST

As I talk to customers, sometimes the quest for cloud seems a bit quixotic. You know where you want to get to, other folks say they have been there and have the t-shirts, but the path forward is not all that clear.

Its one of the reasons we launched the Cisco Cloud Partner Program (CPP)— so that Cisco’s cloud-savvy channel partners with expertise in areas like infrastructure, app management and cloud-related professional services can better engage with customers on their own personal cloud journey—think of them as cloud Sherpas.

Under the Cisco Cloud partner Program, channel partners are not only certified for their knowledge of Cisco technologies but also technologies from our broad ecosystem of technology partners to ensure they have a holistic perspective and well-rounded capabilities. Cisco just included CA Technologies as part of that effort and now channel partners with certified knowledge of CA Technologies Automation Suite will meet the Cloud Management competency certification under the Cisco Cloud Partner Program.

Cisco and CA have a solid track record of building solutions that benefit of our joint customers and that are easier to deploy for our mutual channel partners. For example, we have CA-certified stacks on Vblock and FlexPod, and tight integration between CA’s Automation and Infrastructure Management solutions and our Cisco UCS. This latest announcement regarding the CPP provides another benefit for our mutual channel partners and greater choice to our customers.

Tags: , ,