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After Two Years in the Cloud, New Paradigms Prevail

Co-written by Bryan Mobley, Director, IBSG Service Provider

The business world’s rise to the cloud has been dramatic and increasingly rapid. From an initial attitude of vague interest mixed with trepidation, organizations have begun to embrace the transition in a big way. Some are already realizing the expansive benefits in costs, efficiency, and innovation that come with this game-changing technology.

To keep with the pulse of cloud migration, Cisco initiated a series of roundtable discussions two years ago. The philosophy of each meeting was to bring together 10 to 20 decision makers from a variety of enterprises, midsized businesses, and government agencies. So far, we’ve held 15 of these discussions across North America. In addition to providing a unique opportunity to share our thought leadership, these sessions provide an ideal forum for hearing our customers’ thoughts on cloud: the benefits, the inhibitors, and even a few war stories. In the end, however, it is the advantages of cloud that spark the most contagious conversations.

Here are some of the key trends that have emerged from two years of discussions:

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Word of mouth: UCS passing the ultimate litmus test

In this recent article by Alex Barret you’ll find some great commentary by customers on the “snowballing” interest around the Cisco Unified Computing System. It follows on the heels of TechTarget’s Virtualization Decisions 2011 Purchasing Intentions Survey where nearly 20% of respondents pointed to UCS as their platform of choice for virtualization.
When you start to see IT professionals recommending a platform to their friends and neighbors you know it’s for real. It’s exciting to see people talking about the tangible benefits that they’re realizing … and they tell the story better than anyone here at Cisco.

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Vblock for Cisco Unified Communications Can Speed Time to Revenue

A little while back I blogged about the Vblock solution for Cisco HCS. This time around I’ve got answers about another solution, Vblock for Cisco Unified Communications, which is designed for delivering hosted services.

To succeed in today’s fast paced, global economy, businesses must be able to communicate and collaborate. This requires access to a range of voice, video, and messaging communication tools. While the essence of communication is to break down barriers, organizations today must contend with the barriers imposed by increasingly complex communications environments. The VCE solution enables rapid deployment of Cisco Unified Communications applications on Vblock Infrastructure Platforms to provide an integrated hardware and software solution that connects people, information, and teams, helping to enable comprehensive and effective collaborative experiences.

Before you keep reading, watch the video Cisco UC “As-A-Service” Offers on Vblock Platform, which provides an overview of the solution, and what customers can expect.


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FAQ: Vblock for Cisco Hosted Collaboration

Last week at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, the VCE booth was abuzz with technical discussions, demos, and lots of talk about IT flexibility, virtualization, and hosted services.

As Vblock solution for Cisco HCS is relatively new, you may have a few questions, which I’ll address in my FAQ below.

Before you keep reading, watch the video “Cisco HCS “As-A-Service” Offers on Vblock Platform” which provides an overview of the solution, what customers can expect, and detailed specs.

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Public Sector Cloud – The Big Debate

Public Sector Cloud: The Big DebateI recently watched a session called, “Public Sector Cloud – The Big Debate”, recorded earlier this year.  The debate presents several points of view from experts in the field of Cloud Computing.  I enjoyed the candid conversation and the opportunity to get a taste for the challenges governments face in their environments.

I encourage you to watch this too and let me know what you think.  The session was moderated by Dr. Richard Sykes and includes experts such as John Suffolk (former UK Government CIO) and David Wilde (Westminster City Council CIO).

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