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The Buzz About Cisco and Red Bee Media

By Bart Spreister, Sr. Director, IP Video Systems, Cisco

Today we announced our collaboration with Red Bee Media, an international media management company, to offer broadcasters and media companies the means to provide TV and other kinds of digital media through streaming video players and VOD portals.

That’s kind of a mouthful. Allow me break it down into my top three reasons why this is one of the more exciting deals I’ve had the good fortune to be involved with:

  1. Red Bee is cool, --plain and simple. Those who hang out on the U.S. side of the Atlantic may not have heard much about Red Bee Media before, so let me explain it this way: Imagine going to another country to hang out with your new colleague, who knows everybody and is doing all the coolest stuff in video. Red Bee is that kind of partner. They’re a highly respected TV and media aggregator in Europe, and especially the U.K. For instance, of the five major broadcasters there, Red Bee provides the online portal and client. They’re creative and connected and fun, which is a great combination. Read More »

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

Everyone seems to have their head in the “clouds” these days.  At my house, we are CNN junkies.  If you want to get the low down on top business news of the week in a humorous way, watch Quest & Ali (Q & A).  They recently discussed, “Should you ditch your hard drive for the cloud?”  Being a consumer and/or a small business it’s a decision worth investigation.  By using the cloud over a hard drive, you can access your data from anywhere, it’s more efficient and you can’t lose it.  US eCommerce says, sales for cloud computing equated to 142B last year and an added 100B expected this year.

The old school hard drive users are not quite there with the cloud.  They realize it’s the future but not yet.  Some feel the cloud offers too many risks with security, viruses and bugs.  They also don’t believe it is more cost efficient to use a cloud server than their own hard drive.  Small businesses have found cloud computing to be worth the risks according to 75 percent of respondents to a Cisco survey.  At my house, my totally tech husband can’t wait to have our home computing in the cloud.

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New Tracks Help Cisco Partners Prepare for Growth in the Cloud

June 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm PST

By the year 2015, 50% of all CIOs expect to operate the majority of their applications and infrastructures via the cloud.

If that statistic isn’t impressive enough on its own, the market for cloud will grow from $70B in 2010 to $172B by the year 2014 – that’s at 25% compounded annual growth.

To prepare our partners for this growth in cloud adoption, we are launching the Cisco Cloud Partner program with three tracks that map to three primary business models in the cloud marketplace. Partners can chose the track (or tracks) that best suit your business model.

Watch this video for details on the tracks and information about the sign up process.

Keep reading for more details and links to sign up. Read More »

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How Service Providers Can Capitalize on the Cloud

June 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm PST

Small and mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) make up more than 90% of all companies. They’re also the largest consumers of enterprise cloud services--a market that is expected to grow to $35.6B by 2015, according to consulting group Analysys Mason.

If you’re looking to capitalize on this growing market, join us for a live, interactive video broadcast and discussion on Tuesday, July 19 from 8:00-8:30am PT. We’ll focus on key opportunities in this market, offer insight and tips, and answer your questions live on the air.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • The Service Provider Cloud Services landscape including security, availability, and business impact
  • Small and Mid-Sized customer needs driving interest in Cloud offerings
  • New business opportunities for Service Providers Read More »

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Cloud – Technology Nirvana or Buzz Word?

Cloud computing is ubiquitous – directly or indirectly, enterprise organizations, governments and consumers have been actively using or engaging with hosted application platforms for some time and will continue to do so for many years to come.  Lately we have been bombarded by cloud conversations, market analysis on whether cloud is greener, more secure, more cost effective or if it’s here to stay. The din of these conversations sometimes dulls out the reality that cloud is simply a necessary and expected evolution of the way we consume, access, and deliver information over the network. Click here to learn how some private sector organizations are already realizing the benefits of cloud.

With the proliferation of mobile devices, applications and social networks, consumers’ behaviors are changing and access to information anytime, anywhere and over any platform has become a norm. As devices become more relevant, more intelligent and more embedded into our day-to-day lives, we begin to expect that same seamless connected experience across the services we receive from our cities, governments, schools, etc.  Cloud enables these connected devices to go beyond the limitations of our 1:1 interactions and extends our access to services and information. With cloud computing, governments and industries can deploy more dynamic services to grow cities, deliver faster, more reliable services to citizens, and ensure greater access to a global market of opportunities and experiences.

Cloud is really about economies of scale.  Tangible upfront cost savings are difficult to measure, but if you look at cloud as a means to achieving organizational agility through efficient virtualization processes, then the savings are more quantifiable. Cloud computing won’t solve all our IT problems, but it gives us an opportunity to look beyond a siloed approach to IT and information sharing and experience the next generation of collaboration that is dynamic and reliable enough to evolve the way we currently deliver services and operate.

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