Context-Aware, Cisco Borderless Networks Accelerate the Adoption of Cloud services
According to a recent Cisco Enterprise customer poll, 50% of those surveyed are interested in deploying some type of cloud infrastructure – whether it is public, private, or a hybrid. According to Forrester, (“Sourcing Groups Prepare For 2011 — Cloud Is Key Initiative 11/10”) Cloud adoption is already over 25% in North America, and continues to grow in Europe.
There are many reasons for migration to Cloud, including application portability on any device, business agility to deliver services and expand into new business models, and operational simplicity.
While many headlines talk about the Cloud, there is little mention of the role of the network in enabling Cloud services.
As organizations move to the cloud, and the varied devices and connection types accessing private and public cloud services, they become prone to malware or Web vulnerabilities. There’s also the risk of data loss. Ultimately, IT is faced with “can the network secure these connections, users, and data in a manner that ensures reliability and seamlessness?” It is no wonder that a Forrester blog cited that Security is the #1 barrier for cloud adoption.
Another concern is network performance. 83% of CIOs considered performance a top
concern for cloud services in an IDC Enterprise panel. Management of virtualization has also become more complex. According to an Enterprise Strategy Group study, 44% of IT consider virtualization to have a major impact on network and server management.
In this short interview, Praveen Akkiraju, SVP/GM of Services Routing Technology Group will discuss how Cisco is enabling organizations to accelerate adoption of cloud services by extending Borderless Networks to deliver secure, reliable, and optimized cloud services, “The Critical Role of the Network in Supporting Cloud-Based Solutions”.
It’s 100+ degrees (that’s almost 40 degrees Celcius) in Las Vegas without a cloud in the sky, so you might imagine that lounging in an air-conditioned casino would be ideal for most folks. But for the techies attending Cisco Live this week, the Cloud Partner Pavilion was the coolest place to hang out.
I walked through the Pavilion and chatted with a number of Cisco partners who were showing off cloud solutions, products, a variety of services for customers as well as some B2B and white label services for partners, too.
Many thanks to the many Cisco partners who chatted with us and we look forward to catching up with as many as we can this week.
Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers also dropped by to talk with partners. We’ve got photos from his visit and more about the partners in the Cloud Partner Pavilion.
There was also some cloud-related news that hit the wire this morning.
I can’t believe that we’re over halfway done with Cisco Live! Las Vegas this week. We’re fortunate to have such a great family of experts in one spot for a deep dive into what’s happening in technology now and upcoming. Between the customer meetings, the sessions, and analyst roundtables, it’s been busy, exciting, and fruitful.
As promised, here is the continuation of public Service Provider customers we have for Cisco’s data center solutions. I’m proud to say each has taken to heart the aspiration for delivering the best services and solutions to their customers via the Cloud. Please get a hold of me if you should be on this list and have an opportunity for us to tell your story.
We’re already to Tuesday of Cisco Live Las Vegas and almost everyone has arrived. The show floor and sessions are packed! It’s going to be a memorable event when we close up on Thursday. Again, if you are not able to make it physically, please join us online.
After mentioning some of our partners and customers yesterday, I feel the there is more to that piece of story of why Cisco Live is so important. I’ve talked here before about the benefits of Cisco’s Unified Computing System blade and rack next-generation data center products and tying our compute solution to the intelligence in the delivery network gives SPs a level of control and efficiency that isn’t matched by OTT players for quality offerings; I still believe those advantages combined under our Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution and are what sets Cisco out from the rest of the Cloud solution equipment providers.
But of greater importance is the when a customer stands up and points to your infrastructure underlying their successful business. I would like to publically thank our other public Service Provider data center customers that over the last 2+ years have come out praising Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery solution and are on their way along the pathway to Cloud.
Hello all. I’m here at Cisco LIVE preparing for the Public Sector Open Session. At the PS Open Session, you will hear about Cisco’s offerings around Cloud, Cybersecurity and Collaboration. I also hear that they have a special treat for those attending. Someone said something about the Alaska Wildlife Preserve. We had our rehearsal session this morning, so I got a bit of a sneak peak, but you’ll just have to join us Sunday afternoon to see more.
I will be providing updates on a daily basis, including some videos, of the happenings going on here. Please check back to see what’s happening, some of the highlights, and what Cisco is doing for Public Sector customers.
I would also like to mention that we have some new ways to communicate with us. We have a brand new Twitter account where you can follow what’s happening at @CiscoGovt. And, we’ve recently brought up our Public Sector Community, a place where you can talk with your peers at the Public Sector Customer Connection. This is a place for you to discuss your concerns, issues and wins with other Cisco customers without having Cisco people interfere. Rest assured, we will be listening, and we will make sure you know who is listening, so that you can be sure your conversations are being heard by the right people. But this is intended to be a place where you can talk openly about whatever is on your mind. I look forward to seeing your conversations.
That’s if for now. Watch for further updates, videos and happenings from Cisco LIVE 2011.