Jon Ashley, the editor of the newish publication, Cisco Services Dynamics recently asked me if I’d be interested in providing an article on Cloud Computing. I gladly agreed and after a quick briefing from Jon was off and typing. While none of this is all that unusual, it turns out that Cisco Services Dynamics is a different sort of publication.
The first thing that sets Dynamics apart is the emphasis placed on having the articles be informative, concise and, focused on Services. Since I was planning a piece on Cloud it seemed this would be a bit of a “no brainer”. However, I found my first draft lacking in a couple of areas. For starters I was not all that concise; I was frankly a bit long winded. Secondly I missed the mark on being informative. Seems I, like many marketers, confused informative with selling. However with a bit of coaching from Jon I was able to re-work my piece and submit it for publication.
Recently I received an email letting me know Cisco Services Dynamics Edition 3 was officially available; and thanking me for my contribution. This is where another nice feature of the publication came to light. You can choose to receive the publication in a printed format, on-line, or both. I choose the on-line version and found that it takes advantage of its on-line format and provides much more than a pleasing interface that allows you to “turn the pages”, share via Twitter and LinkedIn, and integrated video and expanding text boxes.
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Tags: Cisco Services, cloud, news, services
From the IT Executive Symposium at Cisco Live 2012
We all dream of inventing the next breakthrough product, or creating the next company that no one can live without. The truth, however, is that innovation rarely occurs that way. Innovation isn’t just about invention—it’s about creating value. And it isn’t just important—it’s critical to a company’s growth and success.
Every few decades, something truly innovative occurs—a transformative development with global impact. The human species has pulled away from the rest of the animal kingdom predominantly because of our ability to communicate and collaborate. Every time we make a major improvement in the communication/collaboration arena, innovation accelerates at an exponential rate, and humankind moves forward dramatically. The printing press moved us from spoken transmission taking months, to printed materials that could reach the masses in weeks. The telephone gave us instant communication over any distance. The Internet moved us from paper to electronic processes. And today, we are on the cusp of the next truly transformative innovation: the cloud. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Cloud Connect, cisco live, cloud, collaboration, communication, Computing, IBSG, innovation, services, transformation
Lately I’ve been seeing some industry people trying to apply the principles of data center network fabric models to their Wide Area Networks (WANs), and implying that such can be extended through service provider WANs. Data center fabrics and WANs are horses of very different colors with way too many differences for these perspectives to hold up.
Fundamentally they are different beasts with one more easily tamed than the other. Data center networks generally have well known end points and well-ordered designs.
Multi-tenant Data Center Designs
Bandwidth within data centers is virtually unlimited relative to WAN bandwidth. It is much more stable and constrained in its characteristics when it comes to things like latency, loss, jitter, capacity, restoration capabilities – all of which have significant influence on WAN services delivery. The same data center network assumptions exist between each of the end points, which makes fabric modeling for data centers generally a good approximation and thus possible to use.
Some private WANs that interconnect data centers may align closely enough with a fabric model, making it a good enough approximation. But this is a unique case and is essentially Read More »
Tags: cloud, data center, datacenter, SDN, Service Provider, sla, software defined network, WAN
We all know that in-person communications matter. According to a recent study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 75% of Global Business Leaders state it is critical for business success. Nothing compares to it when it comes to making a first impression, managing a crisis, brainstorming creative solutions to a problem, or kicking off a new project.
But in today’s global workplace, facilitating in-person meetings is more and more difficult with a workforce that’s increasingly shifted by time and location. Even among video conferencing systems the only solution that provides a natural “in-person” meeting experience is telepresence . Telepresence creates the intimacy of an in-room meeting, keeps employee engagement high and increases effectiveness by bringing participants together virtually.
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Tags: Callway, Cisco WebEx, cloud, collaboration, Gina Clark, TelePresence, the Economist, WebEx Social, WebEx Telepresence
With advanced collaboration technologies like video conferencing and enterprise social software, companies are rethinking the way they traditionally have done business. Social collaboration adds a new layer to the communication experience, allowing companies to innovate, grow, expand into new markets and increase productivity. It can provide unmatched benefits to an organization including:
- Easier access to resources and expertise
- Contextual, real-time communications through integration with voice, IM, conferencing and video.
- Time and resource savings that drive better utilization of existing systems
- Social networking with less risk though rules-based policy management
- Simplified content management
- More effective information discovery
This week at Enterprise 2.0 in Boston, Cisco makes some announcements around our social collaboration strategy and the extension of our market leading Cisco WebEx cloud, which I describe in detail in this video blog. Read More »
Tags: Cisco WebEx, cloud, collaboration, content management, IM, social networking, video, video conferencing, Voice