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Service Providers Are Just Getting Started with Big Data

kagriffiBy Kate Griffin, Principal Consultant, IBSG Service Provider

Big Data has become top of mind among CxOs,but service providers (SPs) and most businesses today are just beginning to explore data analytics. “Big Data” generally refers to the growing scope of data analytics in terms of the variety, velocity, or volume of data involved. When this flood of Big Data is harnessed and refined, it has the power to transform economies, make businesses more efficient, and improve our daily interactions as consumers.

To assess service providers’ interest and readiness to take part in Big Data’s growth, the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted in-depth interviews with executives from 12 global communication service providers. The SPs we interviewed see data analytics as a key opportunity. Some 80 percent of them consider Big Data an important strategic priority for their companies over the next three years. Cisco IBSG also tested key concepts concerning Big Data with 200 senior SP executives at the Telco 2.0 conference in London last summer through in-session polling questions. Eighty-eight percent of these delegates also view Big Data as a “very important” or an “important” strategic priority for the next three years (see Figure 1). Read More »

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Leveraging strong partnerships to bring the SAP HANA Scale-out solution to market

October 8, 2012 at 6:34 am PST

On Tuesday October 9th at 9:00 am PST  , NetApp will join the conversation between Cisco and SAP on Cisco UCS Data Center Solutions for  SAP® Solution. An opportunity to discover how the SAP HANA® platform on Cisco UCS gives organizations instant insight into business operations.  Registration here for the 10/9 Webcast.

NetApp, as well as Cisco,  will be also present October 15-18  at SAP TechEd  Las Vegas. In preparation of these events, I asked Thomas Stanley, NetApp VP Global Alliances and System Integrators to tell us more about NetApp, Cisco,  SAP partnership. 

NetApp’s strong partnerships with both SAP and Cisco have resulted in over ten years of breakthrough innovations.  Our partnership with Cisco has led to pre-validated solutions such as FlexPod.  By combining SAP applications with the FlexPod architecture, we delivered the SAP applications built on FlexPod solution to help SAP customers smoothly transition to the cloud.  NetApp’s collaboration with SAP started with the joint development of Adaptive Computing; then came NetApp’s SnapManager for SAP product; and more recently, the integration with NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Manager.  So it makes perfect sense that the three-way collaboration would extend to delivering a scale-out solution for SAP HANA. In fact, SAP used NetApp storage systems internally for the development of HANA.

The Cisco and NetApp Scale-out solution for SAP HANA combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) with the innovative NetApp unified storage systems to deliver a high-performance, scalable infrastructure that works right out of the box.  Cisco UCS enables SAP customers to manage an overall SAP data center with one management tool, Cisco UCS Manager.  Thus, the system delivers network simplicity in a smaller footprint, resulting in lower capital and operating cost.  NetApp storage has delivered powerful, shared access solutions to “classic” SAP and SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) customers for many years due to its infinite modular scalability, high availability, and overall ease of deployment. Now SAP HANA customers can benefit from the same persistent storage. Using a unified storage architecture, NetApp solutions create a single end-to-end foundation for dynamic data management that can scale from small to large without sacrificing application performance and service levels.

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Real Time Business with Cisco Unified Data Center for SAP Solutions

October 2, 2012 at 6:43 am PST

If you have deployed a SAP solutions, chances are that you have also Cisco network solutions in your company. But do you realize that you can get much more out of the presence of the two vendors in your company? And if you run also solutions either from EMC and NetApp you are now literally seating on a golden opportunity. October 9th webcast is your chance to know more.

Cisco and SAP are very natural partners – Both companies are very interested in providing what business customers are increasingly eager to get out of an intelligent infrastructure ready for cloud, big data , and data analytics : Improve personal productivity, increase process visibility, expand customer insight, manage risks and provide security, with the promise of achieving unprecedented level of  business agility,  financial efficiency and IT simplification.

Over the past years , SAP introduced a new concept with SAP HANA, “a game changer in Memory platform, allowing customers to run the business differently thanks to an easy , near real-time access to a vast amount of data”  to quote  Ryan Veerubhotla, SAP AG , VP Ecosystem and channels – If you  haven’t already seen this educative , easy to understand video, check out . A great way to  see how data in motion become data in action!

Truth is ..for a solution such a SAP HANA to be very successful , it requires an outstanding infrastructure – And that’s where the Cisco Unified Data Center plays a central role –

Whether we talk about Unified Computing Systems, Unified Fabric or Unified management including Intelligent Automation, the Data Center portfolio of solutions that Cisco can deploy for a SAP user makes a tremendous difference in terms of ease of deployment, ease of management , cost reduction and containment and of course performances. (a quick reminder that Cisco UCS broke in less than 3 years  + 70 world-record benchmarks including this week a TPC-C benchmark)

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Technology and the Future of Neighbourhood Policing

As delegates gather for IACP 2012, policing in democratic societies faces the twin challenges of increasing demand and diminishing resources. The period from the mid-1990s has seen the widespread adoption in Europe, North America, Australia and elsewhere of neighbourhood or community policing models. Governments and police forces have responded to popular demand for policing to be responsive to local demand to address crime and antisocial behavior, and to do so in a way which reassures the public that issues of public safety are being actively addressed. It has been an agenda which is rooted in an understanding of and responsiveness to the priorities of local communities.

Public sector budgets almost everywhere are under pressure, and so is neighbourhood policing. Prevention and reassurance are at risk of becoming the focus for cuts, whatever the longer term impact on reassurance and public safety.

So if there is to be a successful future for community policing, it needs to be on a sustainable and innovative basis. This is not just a question of technology, but technology can play its part. There are three areas in which this is the case: Read More »

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Riding the Big Data Wave: Service Providers Can Accelerate Big Data Evolution to Unlock New Value

By Bill Gerhardt, Director, IBSG Service Provider

Big Data is the new oil! It has the power to transform economies, make businesses more efficient, and improve our daily interactions as consumers. However, like oil, data is not truly valuable until it has been refined—until it is analyzed and some valuable action is extracted from it. Although it has been the subject of much discussion, Big Data is really in its infancy—which begs the questions, “How will big data evolve? And what are the opportunities for service providers to create value in Big Data?”

Catching the Waves of Big Data Evolution

The term Big Data generally refers to the growing scope of data analytics in terms of the variety, velocity, or volume of data involved. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) sees Big Data evolving along three waves and across the three dimensions of data, control, and consumer (see Figure 1). Today, most companies find themselves in the first evolution-ary wave, where data and analytics are siloed within specific business processes. In Wave 1, the result of data analytics is Read More »

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