Organizations are faced with providing security for employees that are rapidly adopting new technology in their personal and professional lives and expect their work environments and employers to do the same. As the data from the new Cisco 2011 Annual Security Report and the Cisco Connected World Technology Report Chapter 3 show, organizations that do not or cannot provide that type of environment are at risk of losing the ability to compete for those employees and business opportunities. If employers attempt to block, deny, or forbid mobile devices, social networks, instant communications, and new technologies in the work place employees will likely ignore the policies or, even worse, find ways around them that open your environment to unrealized risks.
According to Friday’s Dec 2, 2001, Wall Street Journal , Google will have a 1-day shipping service to challenge Amazon’s Prime service . The news reminded me of some great talks I was able to attend at CA World 2011 in Las Vegas. One of the talks was by Dr. Timothy Chou of Stanford University on Cloud computing applications. Another was by Cisco VP Marie Hattar on the impact of an intelligent network on our lives. The third was on the future of application development by CA Technologies CTO Dr. Ferguson, who I knew from working in the WebSphere organization at IBM.
Dr. Chou’s talk was in three parts -- namely the economics of the Software business, kinds of applications possible with cloud computing, and the new generation of cloud applications. The service Google is embarking on is precisely the kind of application we can expect where software provides a context sensitive service while understanding the customer’s needs. Dr. Chou illustrated the evolution of software delivery starting with the traditional license model to open source software, then to outsourcing and finally Software as a Service. He showed the economic efficiency of Cloud computing (Software as a Service).
He went on to state that the ad-based revenue model that Google has embraced allows them to deliver the search software to users at a fraction of the cost of the traditional license model. In the second part of the talk, Dr. Chou described how cloud computing innovation lies in the business model and not just technology. He identified application services that can benefit the most from the cloud model, namely high growth applications and those that have highly variable demand characteristics. He speculated that cloud services would be specialized and differentiated based on location, performance and innovative business models such as spot pricing.
This certainly has been a monumental year for Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solutions (HCS), as many service providers such as Verizon and Orange Business Services, embraced the cloud and the potential services that can come with it. In the case of their business customers, these service providers now offer them a slew of unified communications tools (such as video conferencing and mobility solutions ) through the cloud to allow their employees to communicate and collaborate wherever they are and on whatever device.
Even our partners are seeing the value that collaboration via the cloud can offer its customers; as one of our channel partners, Neutral Tandem, announced yesterday. As an expert in operating and managing IP networks, Neutral Tandem introduced the first cloud-based collaboration service in the United States specifically developed to be resold by Cisco’s Value-Added Reseller (VAR) community and System Integrators (SIs). The service, based on Cisco’s HCS, will enable VARs/SIs to deliver a full suite of unified communications and collaboration applications.
I guess you can say that cloud collaboration is in full swing as it continues to gain traction steadily in the market. Read More »
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A few weeks back, Cisco in the UK released a report on the status of cloud adoption in the UK -- based upon market research by an independent market research consultancy. This report covered multiple customer segments, including retail, finance, public sector, service provider and others. I though many people across the world would be interested in some of the fascinating fact and figures, and conclusions, from this report. Market research is a key part of my role, and last year I blogged on some market research I did on cloud a while back (here and here). As a result I’m always interested in good pieces of market research, of which this “CloudWatch” report is an excellent example.
In this blog, I’ll point you to the full report and summarise and comment on some of the key conclusions.
If you’ve read some of my previous blogs, you’ll have seen that I work on our Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, our family of professional services offerings that have and are helping many customers across the world develop their cloud strategies, and realise their cloud computing architectures. These services are illustrated below, and include the recently announced Cloud Optimization Service.
When your cloud service goes down, will your company be able to continue doing business as usual?
When you move part of your small business to the cloud, you’re giving the cloud provider control over some of your company’s data. You’re sending your data over the public Internet and storing it on a third-party server. You trust that the data you store on your provider’s network will be safe and remain accessible. At some point, though, your provider’s network will suffer an outage and you’ll be unable to access your data in the cloud for at least a short time.
Outages don’t make cloud computing unreliable or risky; you just need to be prepared. Here are some tips to keep your business running when an outage does occur.