My parents give me advice all the time, typically without me asking for it. I genuinely appreciate their concern for my problems, but most of the time I feel like they don’t understand what I’m going through. So, I reach out to a friend, because they are a peer, and they get where I’m coming from. Same goes for technology purchase decisions—it’s great to get advice from IT experts, but sometimes the message hits home best when you hear it from another small business. Thus, I present to you a customer story of why a small business went with a hosted voice over IP solution.
It may be sunny where you live, but the forecast calls for clouds today as Cisco and Xerox Corporation announced a strategic alliance to deliver cloud-based IT services. The partnership between Cisco and Xerox brings technology solutions that combine network and print cloud services for customers, along with a host of opportunities for partners.
Today’s announcement means that customers can add managed print services to their networks, leverage cloud server infrastructure to scale their application hosting, monitor print devices, manage everything in one cloud environment — and lower IT expenses, too.
What’s not to like? Today’s announcement delivers solutions in the following major areas:
XeroxCorporationManaged Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks:
This consolidates IT and print management using the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and print aware intelligence to monitor print technology and operating costs, to protect confidential data from any location, and to improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.
XeroxCloud ITO Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock Infrastructure:
This accelerates the rollout of new IT services to adapt to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or through a combination in a hybrid cloud environment.
XeroxMobile Print Solution on Virtual Desktops and Cisco Cius:
Means (almost) no more worrying. Mobile workers can securely print documents from any email-enabled device – including virtual desktops and Cisco Cius tablet – to any enabled printer using the Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions.
Tackling tough problems has always led to great things when strong partners come together. Look at Lewis and Clark, who on May 14, 1804, set off to fulfill a mission assigned to them by President Thomas Jefferson: to identify “a direct and practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce.” Not too unlike what we’re trying to do today online. Except now the voyage is to the cloud. To do so successfully, would naturally take a partnership with rich histories of innovation. For Xerox, that includes conceiving of and coining the term ‘ethernet’ back in 1973, creating the first PC with a graphical user interface/WYSIWYG, and creating a multicast backbone to deliver real-time Internet-based multimedia. For Cisco, it’s a history that is rooted in connecting detached networks, pioneering Internet infrastructure, and inventing the first multiprotocol router. That’s why I’m excited to announce our strategic alliance with Xerox. Our goal: to deliver solutions that take full advantage of the intelligence of the network to simplify IT management by delivering cloud-based services, and technology solutions that combine network and print.
What’s in store? Three joint solutions will help customers and partners use existing IT investments to improve business performance and reduce costs.
1. Xerox Managed Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks: Consolidates IT and print management with the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and print-aware intelligence. This lets you monitor print technology and operating costs, protect confidential data from any location, and improve employee productivity by supporting mobile and cloud printing.
2. Xerox Cloud IT Outsourcing Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock infrastructure: Speeds the rollout of new IT services. As a result, you’re able to adapt to changing needs and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment.
3. Xerox Mobile Print Solution on virtual desktops and Cisco Cius: Lets mobile workers securely print business documents from any email-enabled device to any enabled printer, using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions. So, you can access and print seamlessly, reliably and securely from any location.
All of these capabilities point to exactly what we at Cisco covered in a webcast on April 27: a ‘good enough’ network isn’t. If you’re serious about breaking new ground and reaching new horizons, you need the right gear, protection, and vision. Just like Lewis and Clark.
To learn more about our partnership with Xerox, Borderless Networks and what we’re announcing at Interop, click here.
Guest Post by Rex Backman (Global Marketing Manager, Microsoft Solutions at Cisco)
Please join us for a four-part webcast series hosted by Cisco. During this webinar series Cisco and Microsoft experts will show you how to architect, deploy, and manage Microsoft applications on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. Industry experts will also share their experiences on implementing Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offerings. Throughout the series, we will discuss relevant architectural, technical, and operational benefits and best practices. This information will be available to you via Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference architectures.