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Security in the Hybrid Cloud

Security is a primary concern for many organizations making the transition to cloud.  In the blog, “Taking a Hybrid Cloud Approach to Security”, cloud provider Presidio shares how building a hybrid cloud enables you to maximize security while maximizing flexibility at the same time.

Security in this instance can be thought of in terms of risk.  For example, sensitive data and mission-critical applications need a higher level of security than a devops test environment.  The challenge for organizations is to accurately assess their risk and align their security strategy with their business objectives.  Threats can come from outside – and inside – an organization.  The best response to threats goes beyond just the technology underlying your data center and that of your cloud provider.

The truth is, your organization is unique.  This means your security strategy is going to be unique as well.  The foundation of a solid, comprehensive strategy is, of course, an enterprise-class architecture with end-to-end security.  To be complete, however, security policies must be in place which meet the specific security needs of your organization and regulations of your industry.

The architecture must also be supported by procedures that enable the members of your organization to easily comply with these security policies.  These procedures must be effective while at the same time not getting in way of the workflows or corporate culture already in place.

Developing – and successfully implementing – such a security strategy can be extremely complex.  For organizations new to cloud, especially hybrid clouds, understanding the nuances of comprehensive security may be outside their expertise.  This is why an experienced cloud provider is crucial to any secure hybrid cloud deployment.  One size does not fit all, nor are all clouds created equal.  The right cloud provider can be a powerful partner in maximizing your ability to benefit from a hybrid cloud.

How can you find the right partner?  Ask how much they can do for you.  Not just what they offer every customer.  What can they bring to the table in terms of experience with your industry?  Can they help assess your requirements and risks?  Do they offer security beyond the commodity-based cloud offerings so common in the market?

A hybrid approach to cloud has much to offer organizations of all sizes.  And when deployed with the right partners, you can have confidence in the security of your data and applications.

Learn more about how Hybrid Cloud and Cisco Powered cloud and managed services can transform your business.

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What’s Inside Your Cloud?

One of the key benefits of moving to the cloud is that someone else–your service provider–takes care of the day-to-day management of your technology.  You can focus on adding value at a higher level. Scale capacity and increase your company’s productivity by introducing new capabilities such as collaboration applications or desktop-as-a-service.

Unfortunately, not all clouds are created equal.  The success of your business relies upon the quality of the services you choose.  You might not experience the level of losses Best Buy did when their site went down on Black Friday, but unplanned downtime can still seriously hurt your business.

The technology inside the cloud services you use really does matter.  When you buy commodity-class services, you have no guarantee of the performance, reliability, or even availability of your business-critical data and applications.

This is why Intel and Cisco are working together to deliver enterprise-class cloud services you can rely upon.  These two leaders offer more than just promises.  Both companies have a long history of proven quality and reliability.  Services built upon their technology provide fast time-to-market, offer assured performance, and leverage ongoing innovation.

This assurance of quality is extended to your service provider as well.  Cisco identifies cloud providers meeting its highest standards with the Cisco Powered logo.  These partners must undergo a rigorous third-party audit to verify that they are able to deliver as promised.  This means your services are also protected with end-to-end security.  And, with the rise of the Intercloud, you’ll benefit from workload portability between clouds and the ability to comply with local data sovereignty regulations.

You trust Intel and Cisco inside your data center.  Now you can trust them inside your cloud services.  Intel and Cisco.  Connect with confidence.

Learn more about how Intel and Cisco are working together in The Future is in the Clouds.  To find a cloud provider who can offer you the reliability of Intel and Cisco together, visit the Intel Cloud Finder.

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A Whole New Face to Cloud

Cisco is committed to leading the industry in bringing innovation and value to its customers through the cloud.  Through Cisco Powered, Cisco has driven high standards for cloud services, making enterprise-class performance and reliability the baseline across the industry.  With the recent announcement of over 30 Intercloud partners, Cisco is putting a whole new face on what cloud means.

The Intercloud is a movement that brings together the world of many clouds.  It does so in a way that meets the evolving needs of today’s organizations.  Rather than being restricted to a single, potentially proprietary cloud, Cisco envisions the Intercloud as a global resource for businesses to connect their operations locally and globally.

With the Intercloud, Cisco and its partners offer high-value benefits beyond those available with commodity-class services:

Workload mobility: Organizations will be able to seamlessly move workloads between clouds.  This creates a truly hybrid cloud environment, where an organization can move workloads from its private cloud to a public cloud.  With a Cisco Intercloud Provider, workloads can be moved between different public cloud providers as well.

Data sovereignty: Global organizations need to meet global requirements.  The flexibility of the Intercloud enables these organizations to locate workloads in region-specific data centers.  This enables companies to meet the security and compliance requirements of local governments without compromising performance, reliability, or flexibility.

Partner ecosystem: Cisco’s cloud strategy is to provide the infrastructure, solutions, and services that deliver the value of cloud to organizations.  By working with partners at all levels – providers, builders, aggregators, technology partners, resellers, and independent software vendors (ISV) – the Cisco ecosystem offers unified solutions across a wide range of technologies and applications.

Cisco and its partners are working together to enable a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of highly secure hybrid clouds.   In this first phase, the 30+ Intercloud partners offer a combined global reach of 250 new data centers in 50 countries.  To drive the success of its Intercloud initiative, Cisco has also introduced hybrid cloud bundles and Cisco Intercloud Fabric.  And, to leave no doubt to its level of engagement, Cisco has committed $1 billion in cloud financing.

Read about the 30+ partners joining Cisco to build out the Intercloud.

You can also learn more about how Cisco Powered and the Intercloud can transform your business.

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Mega Mentor: The power to get the most from others

Well I’m wrapping up my series on marketing superpowers, and to finish up, we will take a look at Mega Mentor! I’ve worked hard to keep you up-to-date on each of our superheroes, but if you’ve missed any of them so far, here is what we’ve covered:

  • Wonder Vision – The power to see what no one yet can see
  • Alchemist – The power to blend art with science in a way no one can ignore
  • Super Voice – The power to reach millions at the same time
  • Data Man – The power to turn piles of data into competitive insights and deliver real marketing value
  • Mega Mentor – The power to get the most from others

Now let’s get up to speed on Mega Mentor!

In looking at our final superhero, Mega Mentor, we see that to “be what’s next” requires you to build a team of experts in order to reach your customers effectively. Imagine that Mega Mentor is the leader driving the superhero team to tackle all of the marketing superhero problems out there! Getting the most from others is what Mega Mentor does, and that results in an unstoppable team. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – September 5, 2014

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner 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

This week we announced the largest portfolio expansion for Cisco UCS since the launch of the product five years ago. Partners will now be on a whole new level of delivering business outcomes for their customers.

John Growdon talked about how partners win big with the new technology solutions that transform how customers deliver IT. These solutions also cut across all market segments with positive and sustained impact to customer businesses and they innovate and grow  business too. With the commitment of our partners, Cisco has grown to #1 in the US and #2 worldwide in x86 blade server market. Our hats are off to you!

Additionally, Cisco and Red Hat announced a significant expansion to its partnership, bringing our cloud and integrated infrastructures together with Red Hat’s market leadership and domain expertise of open source and OpenStack – essentially building on-ramps to the Intercloud. This blog from Denny Trevett (@dtrevett) details how Cisco Channel Partners will benefit with opportunities to grow their data center practices. Integrated solutions from Cisco and Red Hat enable partners to drive profitable growth and increase customer value with solutions that drive business outcomes. Cisco and Red Hat will offer enterprise and solution provider customers the most robust and open portfolio of integrated solutions for data center modernization, open hybrid cloud and big data. Read More »

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