Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
Verizon Partners with Cisco to Launch SD-WAN Managed Service
Verizon outlined plans on Tuesday to offer a Managed WAN service based on Cisco’s software-defined infrastructure. Verizon is the first carrier to do so on Cisco’s platform.
The partnership is a big step in Verizon’s march toward fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology. Cisco’s SVP, Kelly Ahuja, has more on what this means for the future.
As always, let us know what you think of the blog. Feedback from partners, especially around partner programs, is vital for Cisco to keep producing programs that work for all of us.
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Tags: 5G, Apple, Cisco, Kelly Ahuja, partner, Rob Soderbery, SDN, Verizon, Weekly Rewind
Guest blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Cisco Live Milan 2015 has just concluded and concluded with a bang of record-breaking attendance and increased customers’ understanding of the IoE and service provider Technologies. In my first post-show blog, I focused on the overall booth offerings and discussed relevance of Evolved Services Platform (ESP) and Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) to service providers’ success and the importance of properly addressing their requirements. I decided that it is important enough to provide additional highlights on the Cisco Live event. Before I share with you the remaining demo information, I wanted to recap the technologies that I described in the first post-show blog:
- nV Technology to simplify operations in the Network edge
- Segment Routing to enabled SDN-based routing and simplifying network operations
- Operational Simplicity enabled by Autonomic Networking in the Access
- Network Service Orchestration using Tail-f
- Virtualized Managed Business Services: delivering Cloud VPN
The above mentioned technologies are key innovations and bring a wealth of choices to the service provider when they create and deliver services to their business and residential users.
We attempted to bring a comprehensive collection of demos to help service providers Read More »
Tags: business transformation, Cisco, Cisco Live Milan, David Ward, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, Kelly Ahuja, NFV, SDN, Service Provider, Service Provider Strategy, SP
As I reflected on a very memorable Mobile World Congress 2015 during the plane ride home from Barcelona a few days ago, it became clear that the transformation Cisco has been seeing in the telecommunications service provider industry is now a global movement.
It’s not just happening in Europe, or Latin America, or Asia. It’s quite literally everywhere.
“Transformation through Innovation” was Cisco’s theme for this year’s Mobile World Congress, and at heart of our service provider strategy. It’s quite clear we’re onto something.
In countless conversations last week with leaders of forward-thinking global service providers in Barcelona, I heard two familiar themes over and over again –“Transformation and Innovation.” They’re all seeking to transform their architectures and businesses – and ultimately their customers’ experiences – to capture new opportunities in the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. In fact, the IoE – the networked connection of people, processes, data and things – is expected to create a $1.7 trillion market opportunity for service providers over the next decade.
With large networks that deliver mobile, video, collaboration, and other offerings to individual subscribers and businesses of all sizes, service providers are in an enviable position, sitting at the center of the IoE. They alone have the unique opportunity to take advantage of all kinds of new IoE connection types, and integrating them to deliver rich new applications, services and experiences.
What a truly exciting time to be in this industry!
That said, existing operational complexity can stifle service providers’ abilities to reduce costs and become more agile in bringing new capabilities to market. The reality is, today most new applications and services take months to roll out. If this pace does not rapidly accelerate, the entire industry will be left behind.
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Tags: AT&T, Cisco, deutsche telekom, DT, EE of the UK, IoE, Kelly Ahuja, mobile world congress, mobility iq, mwc, telecom italia, telefonica, telstra, vodafone
I’ve had the opportunity this year to meet with mobile operator leaders from around the globe. Whether they are large or small, focused on consumer services or businesses, or engaged in video or mobility, their ambitions are much in line with our strategy: to help them monetize and optimize their networks, while accelerating their ability to deliver their services.
As mobile operators are deploying new technologies to help achieve their business outcomes, “virtualization” is often touted as the answer, and, in part, that is correct. At Cisco, we believe it is important to frame the discussion properly in order to reap the full benefits of what’s possible in networking.
The network is increasingly becoming virtualized, and virtualization is increasingly becoming networked. Virtualizing applications is an initial step that can provide some advantages. However, Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Virtualized Packet Core, Cisco VPC, DOCOMO, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, Joseph Cozzolino, Kelly Ahuja, mobility, network functions virtualization, NFV, Seizo Onoe, Service Provider, video, virtualization
No doubt, these are exciting times for service providers. With the massive transformations that are happening nowadays in the industry and marketplace, being at the center of it all presents a huge opportunity. Well, this is exactly where service providers find themselves today: at the center of how enterprise businesses and consumers can transform through innovation.
At Cisco we are well-positioned to drive profitable growth for our service provider partners. We have made a number of significant changes intended to help service providers globally earn more, reduce cost to serve while improving their agility.
We created an SP Segment and I have been asked to lead the overall business and strategy for Development, Nick Adamo will lead Sales, and Cedrik Neike will lead Services. Together we are partnering to simplify our engagement model and at the same time leverage the entire Cisco portfolio of solutions and products to bring to our customers the capabilities they need to achieve their business objectives.
We believe service providers are centered on transformation through innovation. We believe that, with Cisco, they can: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, Kelly Ahuja, service providers