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Driving Business Outcomes with the Second Wave of Cloud Adoption

Do you remember when cloud services first emerged? Driving operational efficiency was the name of the game – specifically reducing IT costs. Now, as organizations continue to innovate themselves, many are expecting their cloud services to be instrumental in digitization efforts that can improve business growth and drive innovation.

A Cisco-sponsored IDC survey revealed that a second wave of cloud adoption is emerging. Companies now have higher expectations and view cloud as a way to drive innovation and revenue growth. The first wave of cloud was primarily tied to operational efficiency and that is no longer the case. This next wave of Cloud adoption is driving more EFFICIENCY, it is increasing IT SPEED and it is enabling new and DISRUPTIVE applications.

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For those companies which have been able to optimize their cloud strategies the results are extremely positive across a number of key performance indicators (or KPIs.) But there is room for improvement since only 1% of organizations are getting the most out of their cloud strategies (or have in place optimized cloud strategies).

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As private and public cloud adoption continue to increase, the opportunities for Cisco to help our customers get the most out of their cloud deployments also will continue to grow. How can companies proceed in developing a cloud strategy that will help them take advantage of this second wave of cloud innovation? And what are the business benefits of doing so?

We worked with IDC to make all this research actionable for our customers and help organizations define their own cloud strategy. The Cisco Business Cloud Advisor (BCA) framework in addition (first and foremost) to our Cloud portfolio will allow us to help you derive more value from your cloud deployments. Cisco offers innovative private/hybrid cloud solutions (build your own or as a service) and with our partner ecosystem we can help organizations embrace the cloud with confidence while accelerating deployment times and business impact.

 

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In the quest for efficiency, IT organizations have already invested in consolidation and virtualization. They next area of focus to drive efficiencies now is automation, meaning the ability to simplify and bring consistency to provisioning, improve workflows, and accelerate IT services lifecycles.  And while automation’s sweet spot may start with efficiency, its function and impact needs to continually extend and evolve beyond the data center as we expand our playing field into cloud and to the edge of the network and IoT.

When it comes to speed, it’s a matter of delivering on the needs of stakeholders (such as LOB leaders and developers) in a timely fashion to help them stay ahead of market disruptions and capitalize on new opportunities faster. This requires support for flexible consumption models to deliver new IT and business services, whether sourced internally or externally via the cloud.

And when it comes to digital disruption, the next wave of market disruption is coming from IoT applications and goes well beyond big data and enabling M2M communication. It requires a radically different shift in what we consider the traditional boundaries of IT organizations. With the right IT capabilities, information from the IoT can be turned into actions quickly, creating new and disruptive capabilities, richer and innovative experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities.

And finally, with the considerable complexity of today’s IT environment, especially when that environment includes public cloud resources, it’s critical to ensure security is pervasive across the extended network.

So at a minimum, you need automation, support for flexible consumption models, edge/IoT applications, and security to make this combination of efficiency, speed, and disruption a reality while extracting the most value out of your cloud services.

So the question now is … where are you in the journey? Take a quick assessment to preview the possibilities and engage with our Cisco Team and our Partners to begin a much deeper conversation during a BCA workshop.

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Empower Your Employees with a #MobileWorkspace

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[Webinar] Mobilize Your Employees with Cisco Solutions for a Mobile Workspace

We discussed the considerations behind the Cisco-Citrix Mobile Workspace solution to set the stage for the CVD (design guide available now!) earlier this month, and now we’ve planned a great technical deep-dive for customers and partners interested in finding out more about the Mobile Workspace Solution. It’s going to be at 10am PST Wednesday June 4, 2014 (Click to Register).

 Organizations are moving from just dealing with bring your own device (BYOD) and the influx of mobile devices to proactively developing solutions that use the full power of mobility. Because of the complexities and fluid technology horizon, this is often simpler said than done. Now you can simplify and accelerate your mobility projects by deploying a comprehensive mobility solution that has been tested and validated end to end.  Read More »

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Paying Attention to TCO can save the Government Millions in Transport Costs

I’ve been thinking a lot about TCO recently and ways we can help the Government maximize the investment of our tax dollars. By chance, I ran across this incredible White Paper written by one of our top Optical Engineers  entitled “Government Transport Networks:  Minimize Lifetime Costs”.

It’s a good read, and if you are a Network Architect making purchasing decisions in this area, I would highly recommend it.  In fact, if you have any further questions on any of the data presented please reach out to me directly and I’ll put you in touch with the author.

This paper makes the case that transport networks represent a significant portion of government IT costs and is often overlooked in terms of TCO.  It guides the reader through the various Network Deployment Models (private, managed private, hybrid) and the benefits  in real dollars by going with one approach over another.

Transport networks affect government operational costs at least as much as campus or data center networks, and carefully selecting the platform can result in significant savings. In summary, a well-planned transport architecture can help agencies avoid the considerable expense of upgrades as they accelerate adoption of business video and virtualization. In contrast, a platform with lower upfront costs may have a shorter lifespan and require IT teams to continually add overlay networks that increase costs and management complexity.

So “caveat emptor” when considering your next network purchase.

To learn more about Cisco transport platforms, visit: http://www.cisco.com/go/optical.

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Can technology help government support community services and reduce costs?

Last week I had the opportunity to host two groups of visitors:  a group of community policing leaders from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a delegation of foreign exchange students from Iwata, Japan.  I enjoyed meeting all the guests and the conversations we had about the many changes and challenges in our communities.

We discussed the impact of increased diversity and convergence of cultural values, critical budget issues facing government agencies, and the continuing need for citizen services for community safety and emergency response.  We brainstormed ideas for how technology can help.

Despite the severe economic and environmental challenges, both groups were optimistic about our future and the potential for technology to play a positive role.

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Intel Developer Forum: Unified Computing, New Blade Servers, and Fun

Intel Developer Forum (IDF) took place last week in San Francisco—this annual event brings together developers, designers, engineers, and a host of others looking to innovate and discuss challenges, best practices, and solutions. Cisco was a Gold Sponsor this year, hosting a booth with four demo stations.

I got the chance to make the trek to IDF (not a big hike for me, since I live in San Francisco) to take a look at how Cisco got involved this year and to scope out info for partners.

First I met with Jon Markee and Rob Kypriotakis, two of Intel’s Technical Marketing Engineers, who discussed how Intel is working with Cisco and its partners to enable new technologies in networking, such as 10GB Ethernet at a low price point. I also chatted with Scott Ciccone, Cisco’s Product Marketing Manager, who talked about the complexity that virtualization has introduced, and how Cisco’s Unified Computing System addresses challenges in the data center.

In addition, Scott filled me in on Cisco’s announcement of the UCS B230 M1 Blade Server, one of the industry’s highest density systems on the market today. This two-socket, Intel-based server delivers high performance and density in a compact, half-width form factor.

Keep reading to learn about the Cius’ role at IDF as well as an innovative video contest Intel and Cisco ran at the event…

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