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What You Can Do In Ten Minutes

The pace of change around us is no longer constant. It is continually accelerating. We all want to get and consume information, services, and just about anything instantly. My new coffeemaker brews me a fresh cup in just a couple of minutes, but it usually takes me ten minutes just to collect up the tools I need to prepare to start a home improvement project, and more than that to travel and get what I need from the local hardware store. And let’s not forget how long commute times are for most of us — much longer than just 10 minutes.

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So, just how fast can we get new networking services up and running and customize them for our businesses.   Imagine if we could easily and securely order the network services we want online in minutes. Imagine too if you could select them from an online marketplace and personalize them just like ordering your favourite late evening food cravings with just an emoji or on-line tweet. Imagine no more, watch this video to learn more.

Cisco Virtual Managed Services is helping managed service providers and our partners do just that.  Lots of excitement and energy continue to surround cloud based services delivery and it is getting even better as business customers can order, customize, and manage their network services with just a few clicks of a mouse. Rogers and ATT have publicly announced their plans to partner with Cisco to deploy innovative new cloud-based, on-demand business services. They, like our partners Deutsches Telekom, Telstra, and Telecom Italia are driving to offer enormous savings to their business customers, and to become among first movers to capture their share of the ITaaS opportunity that is forecasted at more than $100B in 2019. (Sources – Ami Research, Cisco BTA)

As we get ready for what we expect will be quite a exciting and likely hectic SDN Congress  in Dusseldorf, we hope to see a much more collaborative approach to “work harder and faster” together to help our customers actively transform their businesses with open source innovations.   Look for more real-world demonstrations with our partners from Orange, Softbank, and SKT in the ETSI NFV POC zone that are focused on open, interoperable, model-driven services orchestration to automate cloud based service delivery.

Cisco virtual managed services transforms your business with cloud based innovations from Cisco Service Provider
Be sure to join the conversation and engage with us on October 12th at the SDN Congress in Dusseldorf

For more information of Cisco’s Virtual Managed Services solution, read this short overview

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Cisco @ Strata-Hadoop World Wrap-Up: If we can make it there, we’ll make it anywhere…



We made it…another successful Strata-Hadoop World show for Cisco’s Big Data & Analytics team. This year we had a few unique challenges – the Pope was leaving town when we arrived; then the UN General Assembly made traffic a bit more difficult than normal; finally towards week’s end the threat of ‘The Hurricane’ for the East Coast…

Cisco had an active presence at Strata this year with several newsworthy and interesting highlights:

• Introducing Cisco Data Preparation. Cisco Data Preparation (Data Prep) makes it easy for non-technical business analysts to gather, explore, cleanse, combine and enrich the data that fuels analytics. Read Kevin Ott’s Data Prep blog here. Read More »

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Developing a new angle on an established relationship

Over the past few years, Cisco and Intel’s collaboration has extended into the realm of Internet of Things, allowing the strength of each organization to bring the industry as a whole, forward. In the Internet of Things, devices need applications, analytics, network connectivity, security, storage, and computing power.  The partnership of Cisco and Intel offers comprehensive solutions working alongside several ecosystem partners.

Recently, during Cisco Live in San Diego, CA, we jointly showcased innovative IoT solutions and highlighted our collaboration on NFV:

  • A smart city demonstration, featuring Legos and Fog Computing, was on display in the Intel booth showing how easy it is for cities to implement IoT solutionsLego Smart City
  • Carlos Morales presented a captivating “Pre-Zen-tation” on Fog Computing, elaborating on how companies can extend the cloud to the edge
  • A highlight during the show was partaking in a #CiscoChat with Brad Haczynski, Intel’s Global Account Director, Sales and Marketing Group, encompassed around making IoT and IoE tangible with the power of collaboration. brad and jaishree

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Fog Can Help Shape the Future of IoT

Whenever I hear about a serious train accident, mugging or shootout on the streets of a city, my thoughts often turn to Fog Computing.  The same is true when I too am stuck idling in a traffic jam or at home and there’s a power outage during a winter storm or a summer heat wave.


Why do I think about Fog Computing?  Well, my job at Cisco is to not only identify the latest disruptive Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, but also to validate where they might be applied to improve overall quality of life..  Whether it’s drones, artificial intelligence or robotics, my passion is to accelerate the art of the possible.


Lego Smart City shows what is possible

Consider Fog Computing.  Fog extends cloud computing to the edge of the network.  This provides a virtualized platform for compute, storage and network services between devices and data storage centers in the cloud.  Because of its low latency, location awareness, real-time interactions and wide geo distribution, Fog Computing can sense and respond to situations in the real physical world almost instantly.

The speed and power of Fog to connect people, data, processes and things opens up a new world of practical solutions.  For example, Fog Computing, when combined with sensors and wireless networks, can immediately alert the train operator as soon as there is trouble on the tracks, such as a slow-walking pedestrian or a stalled vehicle.   With Fog, energy loads can be automatically re-balanced or re-routed to alternative sources during spikes in demand or low availability.

In a Smart+Connected Community, acoustic sensors deployed around streets that are connected to Fog Computing infrastructure can identify gunshots, perpetrators, victims, accidents, or even cries for help with high accuracy while also alerting appropriate authorities.

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OSpod #32: Carol Barrett

Last week our featured guest was Carol Barrett, who not only works in data center planning at Intel, but is also a leader in the OpenStack Community. She’s deeply involved in the Product Working Group, the Enterprise Working Group, and the Women of OpenStack, which means she’s got a lot of insider knowledge about what is going on at this moment with OpenStack, and what’s going to be happening down the road. If you missed the live podcast, check out the recording to hear Carol’s thoughts on:

  • How being a woman is her competitive advantage in the tech world
  • How the OpenStack Product Working Group is speeding innovation
  • Who the “hidden influencers” are and why it’s important to get them out into the open
  • What the Enterprise Working Group is trying to achieve
  • Why enterprises are so tight-lipped about their use of OpenStack
  • Why Intel is so involved with OpenStack

Have a show idea? Tweet Jeff and Niki at @openstackpod

See past episodes, subscribe, or view the upcoming schedule on the OSPod website.

To see the full transcript of this interview, click “Read more” below.

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