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A Cloud Partner Program Like No Other In The Channel

It’s been more than two years since we introduced the Cisco Cloud Partner Program and began putting partners at the center of Cisco’s cloud strategy. Now, we’re going wider and deeper with all of the ways Cisco helps you, our partners, win in the cloud era.

In the last two years, the cloud market has exploded and analyst projections are for continued growth in the future.  Using Gartner research, we also understand that by 2015, half of all CIOs expect to operate the majority of their applications and infrastructure via the cloud, and that by 2016, global spending on public cloud services will grow to more than $200 billion.

There’s no question that the advent of cloud has changed the customer sales cycle. IT decision making power is increasingly moving into individual lines of business, whose managers are buying computing as an operating expense from cloud service providers or services resellers.  Therefore, Cisco’s cloud strategy is to enable, versus compete with, our partners and customers – a major difference when you consider how other vendors restrict sales of cloud-enabled services to their direct sales teams.   As a cloud enabler, Cisco helps customers build, deploy, and consume cloud services and at the same time, we stimulate demand for partners’ Cisco Powered cloud and managed services. Read More »

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Midmarket Push at Partner Summit: New Cloud Managed Services and Catalyst Switch

Co-Author: Sanjit Biswas, VP and GM, Cisco’s Cloud Networking Group 

Since our acquisition of Meraki in late 2012, you have heard us talking about the midmarket and new opportunities for channel partners and customers. I’m pleased to say that today, at the Cisco Partner Summit in Boston, we have some exciting updates for you. Specifically, we’ll focus on our Made for Midmarket portfolio which includes a range of new product offerings, services and solutions designed for midsize customers.

As part of Cisco’s newly formed Cloud Networking Group, we are unveiling our complete cloud managed networking portfolio specifically focused for midmarket deployments, consisting of security appliances, switches and wireless LANs.

Get Your Heads in the Cloud – Services and Revenue Opportunities

New for partners today we are introducing the Cisco Meraki Managed Services Dashboard – bringing together a number of features for Managed Service Providers (MSP) to offer cloud-managed networking as a service to their customers. This MSP dashboard features specific tools, analytics and monitoring capabilities and is built to allow our service providers to manage end-customer networks easily from a central location while still maintaining separation and security of each customer network.

Key Highlights of the Managed Services Dashboard

  • MSP Portal – Service providers can easily monitor the health of end-customer networks from a centralized location.
  • Manage your Brand: MSPs can customize the logo on the dashboard to promote their own brand with end-customers. Cisco will work directly with the MSP to customize the content.
  • Support Ticketing: Easy for MSPs to create, monitor and respond to support cases with Cisco staff.
  • Remote Live Tools: A complete set of tools that make remote monitoring of the network significantly easier – a perfect fit for Helpdesk or Network Operations Center (NOC) staff.
  • Partner Benefits: Using the new MSP dashboard, partners can increase profits through managed services, enable existing MSPs to profitably grow their midmarket offering and allow traditional VARs to quickly introduce managed service offerings.

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Introducing This Year’s Cisco Partner Ambassadors

As we dive into Partner Summit in Boston next week, we’ll be offering you plenty of news and key information, as well as ways to keep track of all of it via Cisco Channels social media. But the social conversation around Partner Summit certainly isn’t just about us—it’s also about you, our partners.

We launched the Cisco Partner Ambassador program last year, to provide a range of partners with the opportunity to share their thoughts and impressions from Partner Summit. This year, we’re excited to announce that the program not only will continue, but also has been expanded, with a fuller representation of the global Cisco channel community confirmed to participate, including partners who will be joining us primarily through Virtual Partner Summit.

Each of our Partner Ambassadors will be blogging, tweeting, and sharing content via Facebook and LinkedIn, before, during, and after Partner Summit. We’re excited to hear the perspectives they have, and look forward to sharing their content with all of you, too. Follow along throughout the event – don’t forget #ciscops13 for Tweets — and feel free to offer your feedback. For reference, we have created a Twitter list of all of our Ambassadors’ Twitter handles.

Let’s meet our 10 Ambassadors for Partner Summit 2013. I asked each to share a little about their specialties and where they focus in the Cisco ecosystem, so what follows is each partner’s description and where to find their social content throughout the event.  Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 24, 2013

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Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.

Off The Top

It’s been a very busy week in the land of Cisco, what with our Q3 earnings report, a number of key technology and service launches, and the final countdown to Cisco Partner Summit 2013 now at the 10-days-to-go mark.

In case you missed it, Bruce Klein, Cisco senior vice president, Worldwide Partner Organization (WWPO) and Edison Peres, Cisco senior vice president, worldwide channels, offered a sneak peak of what’s to come at Cisco Partner Summit as well as some of what they’ve heard from many months of partner meetings around the world.  Read More »

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Finding Your Way Around Cisco Virtual Partner Summit

Cisco Partner Summit is just 10 days away, and if you aren’t attending the live event in Boston, consider this another reminder to register for Cisco Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). You’ll be joining thousands of our partners from all over the world for three lively days of Cisco Partner Summit keynotes, executive chats and breakout sessions on business-critical topics. During Cisco VPS, you’ll also gain access to a range of activities unique to the virtual platform, and a full program designed to maximize your online experience.

Let’s take a few minutes to look at what we have in store for Cisco VPS this year.  Read More »

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