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Cloud Success Requires Embracing Federal Compliance

It’s no secret that federal agencies are increasingly adopting or at least “dipping a toe” into the cloud computing pool. Private and public cloud environments offer agencies the opportunity to reduce costs, increase agility, and improve flexibility to meet their mission-critical objectives. However, concerns over the security and control of data are two major reasons many agencies aren’t moving to the cloud. In fact, a new Cisco-sponsored survey found that security topped federal IT leaders’ wish list when it comes to evaluating cloud service providers, with 69 percent rating it as a critical characteristic.

Cisco is a longtime leader in not only following, but embracing the government certification and accreditation processes. Common Criteria, FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) and FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) are all critical evaluation programs that facilitate the implementation of new technologies. That’s not to say government regulations aren’t complex. In fact, Cisco has a team dedicated to managing global government certifications. But without these standards in place, our continued advancement of military and civilian operations would cease to exist at the federal level. Read More »

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Summary: Cloud Computing Coming to an Oil and Gas Company Near You

January 16, 2015 at 12:35 pm PST
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Director of Cisco Canada’s Oil and Gas vertical business, Brad Bechtold

Brad Bechtold started a series of Oil and Gas discussions on our Cisco Canadian Blog which I know our readers would be interested  in here.

As Director of Cisco Canada’s Oil and Gas vertical business, Brad starts by saying that for many in the Oil and Gas industry cloud computing might seem like a confusing IT buzzword with very little substance.

Trying to wade through the complexities of all its offshoots (public, private, on-premise cloud) without understanding the base concept probably just makes things worse.

So is this just technology for technology’s sake or are there some real benefits to cloud computing for Oil and Gas?

He goes on to describe that the term isn’t really so new after all, how history is actually repeating itself, and how a new paradigm, or business model, is being embraced in the oil and gas industry.

Read his part one here:

Cloud Computing, Coming to an Oil and Gas Company Near You

In the second part of the discussion, Brad goes on to  explore why cloud computing will be adopted in the Oil and Gas sector and discuss its specific benefits to the industry.

Read his part two here: Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015 at 7:30 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Sherri Liebo provided a great update this week on Cisco Intercloud. In her blog entitled Cisco Intercloud Makes Strides Leading up to Partner Summit 2015, she gives a quick, but thorough, update on just what Cisco’s been up to since introducing Cisco Intercloud in Las Vegas last year.

Check out her blog for an overview of last year’s launch, a look at what Cisco has accomplished since then and a view forward of what to expect next as we head toward Partner Summit 2015.

Let’s Talk Firsts and Lasts

In case you missed it, John Chambers blogged this week looking back at the 30 year history of Cisco. It’s a nice trip down memory lane for many of us, and a quick history lesson for the rest. John also takes a look at what to expect during the next thirty years. Be sure to check it out! Read More »

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Cisco Intercloud makes Strides Leading up to Partner Summit 2015

January 15, 2015 at 9:56 am PST

Welcome back from the holidays and welcome to 2015! I trust you’ve all settled back into your work routines after enjoying some much-earned time off with friends and family. Temperatures across the U.S. continue to drop, but things in our world are heating up as we kick off the New Year. In fact, Cisco Partner Summit 2015 will be here before you know it.

The end of April is just a little more than three months out and we can’t wait to see some of you in Montreal this year. Speaking of Partner Summit, it was at last year’s event where we launched what I wanted to touch on today.

I promise I’ll keep this one short, but since launching Cisco Intercloud in Las Vegas last year, we really have accomplished a great deal, and I want to be sure that you, as a member of The Cisco Partner Ecosystem, are not missing out on any opportunities. Hhere is a little recap on Cisco Intercloud from Partner Summit 2014 until now. Read More »

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Using the Cloud Strategically

A recent blog from Sungard AS, Stretch Your IT Dollar with Cloud Computing Services, offers more than just ideas on how cloud can extend your IT budget.  It also covers ways organizations of all sizes can use cloud services strategically to meet their goals, as well as provides a link to materials useful for companies considering the move to cloud.

A key part of Cisco’s cloud strategy is to enable service providers like Sungard AS to offer a wide range of cloud-based services. These cloud services aren’t simply cloud-based copies of data center applications.  Because they are based in the cloud, they can provide even greater flexibility and value.  This gives businesses fast access to new technology without the delay or expense of capital expenditures.  Put another way, this gives businesses a powerful competitive edge.

For example, organizations can deploy disaster recovery in the cloud.  The use of shared, multi-tenant architectures enables businesses to minimize the cost and complexity of a disaster recovery solution.  This provides greater flexibility, giving businesses more options that can be tailored to meet their specific needs and budget.

Cisco’s portfolio of cloud services is extensive.  It includes:

Collaboration services like TelePresence as a Service (TPaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS)

Infrastructure services like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and Bring Your Own Device as a Service (BYODaaS)

Software services like Application Experience as a Service (AXaaS)

Security services like Hosted Security as a Service (HSS)

And the list only continues to grow.

An important part of this portfolio is that providers can offer these services as Cisco Powered services.  Every service is built upon validated architectures.  As such, they provide enterprise-class performance and reliability as a minimum standard.

The top percentage of Cisco partners, however, take these services to the highest level.  By passing a third-party audit, cloud providers like Sungard AS have verified that they can deliver the service, security, and support they promise.  They also earn the right to use the Cisco Powered logo.

For you as a cloud user, the Cisco Powered logo means a service has passed Cisco’s stringent standards.  As a result, the service provides fast time to market with ensured performance.  You also benefit from ongoing innovation by your service provider and Cisco as they continue to innovate and improve services.

Using the cloud strategically is crucial for survival in today’s competitive world.  However, not all cloud services are created equal.  Commodity-based services built on best-effort networks can’t give you the confidence you need to move your mission-critical applications to the cloud.  To execute a great cloud strategy, you need cloud services you can trust.

Learn more about how Cisco Powered can transform your business.

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