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Anywhere, Anytime Mobile Enterprise Access Using NFV and Policy

 Maywun Blog_25NOV2015I remember when I started working, laptops were something that executives could borrow from the company.  Those laptops were clunky and connected via dial-up to the company’s modem banks, but they allowed us to continue to stay productive even when we traveling to visit customer sites.  Over time, laptops became more prevalent, allowing us to work from anywhere with the click of a simple virtual private network (VPN) client and an Internet connection.  And now, that VPN client is available on mobile devices to enable me to connect from anywhere, at anytime, on any device.

Enterprises are taking the next step beyond VPNs and are purchasing dedicated mobile network services from their Mobile Service Provider partner.  With the emergence of such private enterprise virtual mobile networks and the increased prevalence of hetnet services offerings (corporate Wi-Fi, community Wi-Fi, and cellular), Cisco Policy Suite, with such capabilities like access selection, can be delivered in such virtual corporate networks.  Therefore, corporate devices and private devices can always benefit from always-best connected experiences.   Any enterprise-issued device can easily connect to the enterprises’ mobile network and access internal information and applications quickly and securely, and with the appropriate Quality of Service in line with their SLA with the Mobile Operator.  At the same time, employees can purchase their own device, following the trend of bring your own device (BYOD) and connect to the private mobile network using a VPN client and an access network discovery and selection function (ANDSF) client.  Read More »

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Do You Know the Way to Ballylickey? Shadow IT and the CIO Dilemma

I was once on a driving holiday in southern Ireland. As anybody who has been to that beautiful part of the world will know, the scenery is magnificent, but the road signs can be very confusing. Totally lost I pulled over to ask directions to Ballylickey and a local farmer uttered the immortal phrase: “Well, if I was going there the first thing I would do is not start from here!” Amused by the response and the clarity of his logic, I drove off and tried again at the local pub. But when I think about it that guy was right – starting off from the right place is hugely important. And when we apply that homespun logic to IT most CIOs are not starting in the right place when it comes to their cloud strategy.

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Unicorns and Global Digital Disruption: Part II

In my last blog, we talked about the current age of digital disruption and how unicorns are changing the tech landscape.

What Does This Mean For You Though?

As a result, IT and LoBs are under more competitive pressure than ever before. A new wave of disruption faces them – hence, businesses need to react fast, innovate and release. This is where Shadow or Rogue IT comes into place – LoBs want to fail fast, and fail often. You can’t do that if it takes 2-4 weeks for a VM, never mind with access control restraints. At Cisco, our Cloud Consumption Service helps find on average 5-10 times more cloud services than the CIO was aware of. Shadow IT or Rogue IT is just the business trying to react to the market: the path of least resistance wins.

Developers and Decision Makers

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Three Hybrid Cloud Applications That Make it Worth the Fuss…

So you thought that cloud was the fad of the day. But it stuck. Now you hear all the fuss about hybrid cloud. Even the die-hard cloud fanatics who believed that the only cloud had to be in the public cloud, have conceded that folks need hybrid cloud – a seamless application environment across on-premise and off-premise infrastructure that can provide best of both worlds – speed, scale and economics of public cloud with control, security and data sovereignty of private cloud. Hybrid cloud allows this perfect balance and you don’t have to worry about walking on a fine rope or tripping over IT control or compliance while providing agile IT services.

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Sounds great! But what exactly can you do with hybrid cloud? A couple of use cases come to mind:

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Meeting the demand for Cloud technology skills

What makes the cloud such an attractive option for enterprises? The cloud empowers IT to act as a broker of business critical IT services. It helps the organization become a more proactive player that can aggregate, integrate, and customize the delivery of cloud services to meet specific business needs. Instead of working in a technology vacuum or owning the entire IT value chain, IT can make build or buy decisions in the context of IT services sourcing recommendations. Meet critical business objectives

Businesses in every industry are rapidly embracing the cloud. They want the agility, security, and performance that cloud technology delivers. And they want the flexibility to deploy their choice of workloads securely to the cloud. This growing demand for cloud services is creating new opportunities for cloud providers and driving new job roles and responsibilities.

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