During this time of year, many people look to clouds to help predict any impact the weather will have on their event.
Indeed, this past week here at Cisco, we did exactly that. Rather than hoping clouds would dissipate and be nonexistent, we sought the exact opposite: we wanted clouds to come together from around the world to pull off a unique experience for our customers, employees and influencers as part of our global announcement of CloudVerse.
Not content to follow the industry norm for webcasts (executive presentation, customer interview, canned demo, etc), we set out to have our entire launch event be a strong proof point for how organizations can bring together people and resources in a World of Many Clouds.
So how did we do? To the relief of many, it was a huge success. We managed to pull off something that no other organization has done before: we took a live public webcast and bridged it to our live HD video internal company meeting. This bridge allowed participants on both sides of the firewall to experience how people and resources will come together to collaborate in real time from any location on any device.
The announcements include the most scalable 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/Layer 3 Fabric in the industry. The claim is that no matter how diverse your data center demands may be, Cisco offers unparalleled abilities to arm you with efficiency, agility, innovation and differentiation. So no matter your form factor, physical, virtual or cloud- based environments are all positively impacted with an industry leading fabric-based approach.
Filled with geeky goodness….look at what you will find!
2nd gen Nexus 7000 with revolutionary new scale
FabricPath, Adapter FEX, and VM FEX support on Nexus 5500
New FEX switch and B22 OEM program
Expansions to Nexus 3000 family
IN YOUR FACE COMPETITIVE! Don’t miss the final segment of the show…Jimmy Ray calls out HP, Juniper, Arista….”I showed you mine, now show me yours!”
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are leading the way to cloud services. In fact, SMBs represent two-thirds of the public cloud market, outpacing the growth of enterprise cloud adoption by about 10 points, according to a recent McKinsey report (“Outlook—Overcast and Bright: How the Cloud Is Transforming IT for SMEs,” McKinsey & Company, July 2011). Yet, many service providers (SPs) are wondering whether the rate of SMB cloud adoption makes it worthwhile to invest in cloud and managed services for SMBs. They are asking:
Is now the time to invest in SMB-focused services?
With five years of Cisco TelePresence successfully under foot, I’m eagerly looking to the future of the technology. And where does this future lie? Well, I’m not a fortune-teller, but I’ll make a prophecy: The future of telepresence is, in part, in the cloud.
To date, telepresence has made its name largely as an enterprise technology. Its traditional infrastructure requires IT know-how and onsite maintenance capabilities. On the contrary, hosted telepresence requires no special technical expertise, nor does it demand a large equipment investment. Affordability, ease of deployment, and automation make a hosted telepresence service a highly feasible collaboration technology for smaller businesses.