Admit it: you hear Cisco and automatically think enterprise networking leader. Well, it’s time to expand that thinking. This week at Cisco Partner Summit we are officially turning the spotlight on the midmarket and the opportunity it offers Cisco channel partners for growth and profit. With 1.4 million midsize businesses – which we define as companies with 100-1000 employees – spending an estimated $25 billion on technology and $30 billion on services by 2016, we know this is the right market to focus on with our channel partners.
Faced with market trends such as mobility and cloud, today’s midsize businesses have rapidly increasing IT demands with limited resources. They have many of the same needs as a big business, but smaller IT staffs and budgets to meet them. To remain competitive, mid-sized businesses need to be able to evolve quickly to address today’s business challenges and prepare for the future. This is where Cisco and you, our channel partners, can help. Read More »
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How well do IT and Business align?
This morning at Interop Las Vegas Cisco SVP/GM Rob Soderbery introduced the crowd to his vision for the Cisco ONE Architecture, played some hoops with NBA All Star @kyrieirving, and introduced the new Cisco Global IT Impact Survey.The Cisco Global IT Impact Survey was taken by more than 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries, and was commissioned to measure the impact of IT professionals on the decisions that shape their businesses. It also delved in to how those IT professionals viewed some of the big trends the industry is facing – SDN, IoT, BYOD, etc. – while also measuring the relevance of the network itself to businesses. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Global IT Impact Survey, infographic, interop, Networks
Infographic: The Before and After of Using Optimization Services on a Network [Click to see full]
One of my passions in life is sailing, both cruising and racing. There is nothing quite like the wind in your hair and the sun on your face to paint a perfect day. The difference between a great day on the water and miserable one comes down to preparation. Basic maintenance of the vessel, proactively checking the weather, wind, and tides, and understanding how to optimally operate the vessel for the best performance will enhance the experience. It’s not something that one can fully master, and you will always be learning and striving towards perfection. This is very true of my other passion, which is helping customers get optimal performance out of their networks. Once again, success is all about preparation.
Over my career, I have been through more customers than I can count and have seen widely ranging degrees of success amongst these customers. Why is it that some customers are extremely successful with no outages or performance issues whilst others seem to never be able to keep pace with outages and performance issues are a near daily occurrence? Some deploy a new technology without a glitch while others dread the thought of adding new technologies to their network in fear of the potential impact to their business.
You need a holistic approach that takes into consideration all of the systems involved in a solution. You can design and deploy the best voice/video solution but if the underlying network is not designed and configured to support this business service, it will not likely meet the performance requirements of the business. For example, imagine your business has the requirement to deliver a periodic streaming video broadcast from senior management to the employees of the company. Your company consists of campuses globally along with remote and mobile workers. So, you need to be able to stream across your wired, wireless and VPN network to users both local and remote. This is where the role of architecture comes into play.
The importance of architecture is that it pulls together a complete holistic view of the business services and the requirements to effectively support them. How much bandwidth is required, what is the tolerable round trip delay, tolerance for packet loss are all considerations that will go into building that strong foundation that is required for success. In today’s world of BYOD, the expectation is that these services will be available and perform flawlessly over wired, wireless and VPN.
I set a goal to increase the speed performance of my sailboat and purchased brand new sails to reach this goal. After installing the sails, it was clear that I had gained no additional speed. After doing a bottoms-up assessment of the vessel, I realized that the hull was covered with barnacles. Without a clean hull, adding sails will not deliver the desired result. Trying to deploy a business service, such as a voice or video solution, over a network that is not designed for it will also fail to deliver the desired. Most problems with deploying advanced technologies lie within the foundational network rather than the advanced technologies themselves. Your network, like the hull of my boat, is the foundation of your business services. If this is not solid, the chances are the higher level services that rely on this “foundation” will likely not delivery the desired results. A holistic approach will take into consideration the business services that must run over the network and use this to build out an effective foundation. Read this success story on how Ecobank deployed collaboration solutions based on a solid infrastructure. You can also see how optimization has benefited other companies in this infographic.
Stay tuned for my next posts where I’ll cover proven strategies for optimizing your network.
Tags: infographic, optimization, ROI
You’ve probably heard by now that mobile phones have a 40th birthday this week. As they’ve gone from bricks to sleek and smart; from simple texts to immersive experiences; from occasional use to human sensors. It’s been an interesting trip. In addition to the typical things you might see on a timeline about mobile (1983 – the first commercially available mobile phone released. 1990 to 2011 – mobile phone subscriptions grow from 12 million to 6 billion … actually, Wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive page that you don’t need me to repeat here.) our mighty BYOD solutions team created a timeline graphic with some other interesting events: Read More »
Tags: 40 years, birthday, infographic, IoE, Mobile Phones
Or in IPv6 speak, you’re an “A”, for Awesome
Today Supervisor 720, the most widely deployed Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine, turns 10-years old.
Supervisor 720 was launched on March 31, 2003. It enabled me to be the first modular switch to support true 10G Ethernet . Supervisor 720 has brought extensive feature set such as MPLS, VPNs, and VSS over the last 10 years. If has also spread throughout the world over the last 10 years as the graphic (created using Tableau) shows. Read More »
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