Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner 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:
We continue to build momentum this week as we brought January 2014 to a close. Can you believe we’ve already wrapped up an entire month of the New Year already? As always, here’s to keeping you up to date:
Off the Top
We saw a great deal of news coming out of Milan this week at Cisco Live. I had cherry picked some blogs and announcements of interest to partners in my post this week, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. In addition to what I pulled together on Tuesday, don’t miss these blogs that came out of Cisco Live this year:
If you don’t already follow @cisco_channels on Twitter, you might have missed our nod to Karen Walker and Denny Trevett, who presented on Monday. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all of our partner-related events.
One of the big announcements at Cisco Live this year came from Rob Lloyd’s announcement of our expansion of the Cisco Cloud Portfolio to enable open and secure cloud experiences. Edison Peres dropped by the blog this week to give us an update on Hybrid IT and this latest cloud announcement from Cisco.
Evolving to Cloud and Hybrid IT
Edison has been promoting a Hybrid IT business model to partners for some time now. With customers consuming IT differently, the Internet of Everything (IoE) offers opportunity, but does require a new set of services and solutions than what our partners have traditionally provided. Read More »
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A number of key applications consumed by businesses through premise-based deployments are now available from the cloud. Irrespective of where you are in the evolution to the cloud, here are five services that are worth your attention.
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Considering all the hype around the cloud, it’s easy to forget that we live in a world of many clouds. Organizations can’t simply tap into a single all-powerful entity located everywhere and nowhere, all at once. In reality, they must dip in and out of a complex and often challenging array of public, private, and hybrid clouds.
But what is the future of cloud? The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving an unprecedented explosion in connectivity — and transformation — and cloud is the key delivery system that makes it all possible. In the enterprise, cloud has already upended traditional IT consumption models, transitioning IT departments into brokers of services that are increasingly available through third-party vendors — and accessed through a variety of clouds. Facing an increasingly cloudy future, service providers are focused on moving beyond their traditional roles as telecom providers, while new players continue to enter the core markets of traditional service providers.
But how will enterprises and service providers meet the security and operational challenges of an ever-expanding and increasingly complicated cloud universe? Part of the answer lies in the industry’s evolution toward an ecosystem of cloud providers. Incorporating a cloud “brokerage” and a cloud “federation,” this ecosystem will give customers a choice of cloud solutions that meet their specific needs.
I’m happy to report that Cisco, along with some of our key partners, is helping to smooth the cloud transformation journey both on the demand (enterprise) and supply (service provider) sides.
This week we announced at Cisco Live Milan a breakthrough hybrid-cloud solution called Cisco InterCloud, which paves the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private, and hybrid clouds.
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For a while now, I’ve been promoting that partners need to adopt a Hybrid IT business model to be successful and stay competitive in a world with more market transitions, more technologies, and more customer choices than ever before.
Customers are consuming IT differently, and line-of-business decision makers have more and more influence on IT decisions. The Internet of Everything offers tremendous opportunity, but requires a new set of services and solutions than many of our partners have offered in the past.
A Hybrid IT business model requires partners to address these market transitions; to provide traditional IT (on premise) solutions, managed services, private/public/hybrid cloud services, packaged with professional services, and offered with different SLAs and consumption models.
Embracing this model opens new opportunities for partners. It may mean expanded reach. It may mean selling into a new vertical, a new geography, or addressing new business needs within an existing customer base.
At Cisco Live Milan this week, Cisco announced the expansion of the Cisco Cloud Portfolio with the introduction of new products and services, including a new hybrid cloud solution, Cisco InterCloud. Cisco InterCloud aims at lowering the total cost of cloud ownership and creating new pathways to secure public, private and hybrid clouds. Read More »
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Cisco’s vision for ‘The World of Many Clouds’™ drove us to a leading position in the Cloud Market:
- Cloud infrastructure equipment sales: Ranked #1 in the industry three quarters in a row by Synergy Research for Q3 2013
- According to IDC analysts and buyer perception, Cisco is an IDC MarketScape “Major Player” worldwide. (IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Cloud Professional Services 2013 Vendor Analysis)
- Cisco named a “Strong Performer” and earns top marks on strategy for strategic vision and roadmap in private cloud software solutions (The Forrester WaveTM: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013, Forrester Research, Inc.)
On January 28, at Cisco Live! in Milan, we announced important extensions to our Cloud Portfolio.
In this fast evolving cloud market, customers require flexible solutions to extend their infrastructure, take advantage of public cloud services and optimize their sourcing options, while maintaining consistent policy and security mechanisms.
Use cases like Test and Develop, Capacity Augmentation and Disaster Recovery require customers to integrate internally sourced services with public cloud and virtual private cloud services. Business leaders are realizing that the use of public cloud services needs be to standardized by IT to manage escalating costs, security risks and compliance requirements.
Enterprises and public sector institutions are eager to embrace a hybrid cloud model, but current approaches offered by large public cloud providers are proprietary and lock customers into their way of consumption. Other hybrid cloud approaches require customer to have a consistent hypervisor environment.
Customers want to make hybrid cloud the new normal, and they expect to do it with choice, consistency, control and compliance.
Our new Cisco InterCloud solution accomplishes all that – it enables bi-directional secure workload mobility to and from any supported or participating cloud provider, is hypervisor agnostic and it works with heterogeneous infrastructures. Depending on your IT and business requirements you can now move your data and applications to the Public Cloud with end-to-end security.
At the same time, Cisco InterCloud allows cloud providers to lower the barrier to public and virtual private cloud adoption, and easily extend their customers encapsulated data center into the public cloud with consistent network and security policies.
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