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IP Address Management: Smoothing the Way to Cloud-Based Services

Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group

Many service providers today are implementing or investigating cloud computing to take advantage of its inherent operational advantages and as a platform from which to offer differentiated cloud-based services. By abstracting IT resources and services from the underlying infrastructure, service providers are achieving highly elastic, multitenant environments and savings. For example, cloud-based environments facilitate provisioning in minutes; time-to-market reductions of more than 50 percent; high server and storage utilization; 50 percent reductions in capital costs; and 25 to 30 percent reductions in operational costs. 1

At the same time, cloud-based services are highly attractive to providers’ enterprise customers. Service provider-based cloud services offer greater scalability and performance without requiring premises-based infrastructure and management. Self-service, scale-on-demand, and pay-per-use features increase user convenience and IT flexibility, while automated recovery and cloud-based backup significantly enhance risk management.

The good news is that service providers today are uniquely positioned to take advantage of cloud computing. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) -- a cloud utility architecture -- provides an easy entry point for many service providers who are already expert at provisioning, managing, and scaling infrastructure-based services for multiple customers. IaaS helps enable service providers to increase return on investment through existing infrastructure and to deliver high-margin multitenancy services and support new competitive offerings. According to the Cisco Internet Business Systems Group, a 2009 study has forecast IaaS service revenues to be approximately $15.6 billion by 2013.

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Addressing the Service Provider Transition to IPv6: Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (Part 3 of 4)

The transition to IPv6 presents a complex technical challenge, and the business risks for not doing it right are potentially significant, in terms of impact on customer retention and growth, new business models, and competitive edge.

In this third installation of the series, Kelly Ahuja of Cisco and Ray Mota of ACG focus on Service Provider strategies for the transition to IPv6. As Kelly mentions, the Cisco Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (CGv6) is designed to help address both technical and business challenges associated with the transition. The Cisco CGv6 portfolio of IPv6 solutions enables service providers to:

  • Preserve investments in IPv4 infrastructure, assets, and delivery models
  • Prepare for the smooth, incremental transition to IPv6 services that are interoperable with IPv4
  • Prosper through accelerated subscriber, device, and service growth that are enabled by the efficiencies that IPv6 can deliver

It’s important to emphasize the word solution. CGv6 solution is not just a line card, or a network appliance, or a software feature. Unlike other companies Cisco has the experience and expertise to help network operators realize the promise of IPv6 by offering full Life Cycle Services Support. This is especially important as not all operators have experience in IPv6 or access to this expertise. Cisco can provide the people, processes and tools to ensure a seamless transition. Some of the capabilities our advanced services team provides include:

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Make Managing Your Network Easier

Built-in switch features can not only save time but also help eliminate errors

Your network is vital to your small business. It connects the devices critical to running your business as well as connecting employees to the resources they need, such as servers, printers, and storage. Managing your network, though, can cost you in both time and resources. There can be a lot to manage when it comes to a small business network—from configuring employee PCs and troubleshooting wireless connectivity to managing unified communications if you’re running voice and data on the same network. Most small businesses can’t justify a full-time in-house IT person. Oftentimes, the job of managing the network becomes an added responsibility of someone in the company.

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News from Cisco Live! – Announcing Cisco Network Registrar Jumpstart

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Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group

We’ve had a lot of interest in Network Registrar at Cisco Live. Both Service Provider and Enterprise customers are looking for solutions to help them manage the transition to IPv6. We’re also hearing more on the importance of reliable DNS and DHCP the keys to reliable connectivity and internet access. The internet is becoming increasingly critical to all types of businesses and outages can lead to revenue loss not just inconvenience.

To help Enterprises and Service Providers get fast time-to-value from highly reliable, scalable, and fast DNS and DHCP, Cisco is announcing a new appliance-based offering.  Cisco® Network Registrar Jumpstart is a purpose-built, high performing hardware appliance for DNS, DHCP, and IP address management (IPAM) (DDI) services. The solution consists of Cisco Network Registrar (world-class DDI software from Cisco) preinstalled and preconfigured along with VMware virtualization technology on a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) rack-mount server.

Cisco Network Registrar Jumpstart provides a streamlined, straightforward installation for network operators. The preconfigured server and the preinstalled software allow for a fast and easy deployment as well as low startup costs. For service providers and enterprises looking to reduce complexity and realize a fast time to value, Cisco Network Registrar is the answer…Plug it in and DDI services can be immediately turned on, configured, and integrated into the network.

The solution also offers full lifecycle management for IPv4 and IPv6, providing a single platform for consolidated IP addresses management. Full IPv6 support helps automate and manage the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 by using dual-stack deployment on a single server.

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News from Cisco Live! – Prime Optical is Available

Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group

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Cisco Live has a great turn-out this year with thousands of customers meeting in Las Vegas to share information on networking and learn about the latest and greatest from Cisco and Cisco partners. Within the service provider management applications group we have several exciting announcements around Cisco Prime™. The first is the availability of Cisco Prime Optical, the third release in the Cisco Prime for Service Providers portfolio (Cisco Prime Fulfillment and  Cisco Prime Performance Manager are already available).

Cisco Prime Optical

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Cisco Prime Optical is a carrier-class, multitechnology management system that integrates the end-to-end management of traditional transport networks and new carrier packet transport networks. It can help maintain the integrity of existing services, plus deliver interactive, content-based services and high-bandwidth applications.

Cisco Prime Optical is Cisco’s go-forward solution for service providers and other organizations that require carrier-grade capabilities for managing optical transport networks. Cisco Prime Optical is the evolution of Cisco Transport Manager and includes all of the powerful capabilities of that offering combined with significant enhancements.

Cisco Prime Optical manages the entire Cisco optical portfolio, including:
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