One of the topics we covered this week at the Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference was cloud computing. A benefit of cloud computing is that the physical infrastructure – the storage and compute resources – can be located almost anywhere as long as there is reliable network access. Several countries are leveraging their low cost green power to grow their economies with new data center facilities. A publicly announced example of this is Facebook which has built an enormous facility in northern Sweden. Iceland with its cooler temperatures and green geothermal power, plus ideal location between North America and Europe has seen a significant growth in its data center industry. However, being an island nation it faces a challenge to ensure that sufficient cost-effective network capacity is available to connect off-island users with its storage and compute resources.
Rebecca Jacoby, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, introduces a series of technology responses that Cisco has made to accommodate major market trends, including sustainable productivity, globalization, and the consumerization of IT. The responses involved unifying the business and technology architectures at Cisco to help create strategies around collaboration, widespread virtualization, and mobility. These efforts have resulted in immersive collaboration, Cisco’s cloud, and the connected experience, respectively. Read More »
As I think about cloud, Adele’s Grammy award-winning song “Rolling in the Deep” comes to mind. Strange flight of fantasy? I think not. As the refrain, “you could have had it all,” repeats in my head, I think about how similar cloud is to finding love. Like dating , there are a lot of different approaches to cloud , and it is not always clear what the right one is. Like romance, cloud is full of fun, promise, and pitfalls. Like a lasting relationship, realizing the promise and avoiding the pitfalls takes a lot of work. But unlike finding one’s soul mate, finding success with cloud can be guaranteed.. You need the right approach, solid planning, and sometimes a little help from your friends.
Cisco’s cloud experts have been working hard to:
- Leading the market with technology innovations such as the Unified Data Center and Cloud Intelligent Network
- Creating deep relationships with partners who enable us to provide complete, industry-leading cloud solutions for different cloud approaches
- Testing our technologies and professional services in our own IT environment and documenting our results
We have seen tremendous benefits, and so have our partners and customers.
As part of the Cisco’s services organization, I think a lot about what it takes to enable a successful cloud. And I think about how to have a little fun along the way. One of the fun, free things that I have worked on is the Cloud Profile Tool. All you need to do is answer 10 quick questions, and you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations to help you get started. If you like what you see and want to have a deeper, complimentary conversation with Cisco or one of our cloud partners, we’d be glad to set that up. Try the Cloud Profile Tool in English or in another language and let me know what you think.
No surprise : Enterprises, service providers, small businesses, and governments are looking for cloud solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges.
A solution to these challenges requires an approach that fully integrates the three pillars of cloud: cloud applications and services, data centers, and networks.
Cisco enables a world of many clouds by connecting people and organizations within a cloud, between clouds, and beyond the clouds to the end user.
If you attended or plan to attend these shows, you had or will have the opportunity to listen to Cisco experts and Cisco partners.
But here is an additional opportunity
Pat Adamiak, Senior Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems, will be available tomorrow Friday , May 11 from 9 – 10 a.m. PT to discuss trends and opportunities around cloud strategy readiness and economics during an unique Tweetchat *
In this role, Pat has global responsibility for marketing Cisco’s overall cloud solution portfolio, with a particular focus on telecommunications, cable, and media service providers. Pat played a core leadership role in the development and launch of Cisco’s overall CloudVerse strategic framework and offerings and is a frequent spokesperson on cloud.
So join the conversation with @PatAdamiak on Twitter using the #CiscoCloud hashtag,
Greetings from (very) sunny Las Vegas! I am here at the second annual Cloud Carrier Forum (CCF), and this year’s edition really upped the bar for the type of critical and actionable discussions taking place around cloud computing.
We just wrapped up a lively panel discussion on cloud services, and one of the topics that kept popping up was how service providers can best bring their cloud services to market. This actually fits very closely with the theme of my keynote session from this morning, which was titled “Delivering Services in a World of Many Clouds.” You can view the presentation slides below.
As CCF 2012 draws to a close, I want to pause for a moment and try to tie all of today’s information together. I’ll begin with the main concept of my keynote: A World of Many Clouds. Cisco believes Read More »