It’s a new world out there for all the service providers I get to talk with globally. Advances in technology are not only changing their customers’ behaviors, but they’re also disrupting established industries and business models. The result is a wealth of new opportunities—in existing markets and in new ones, within their footprint and beyond.
To compete in these markets, speed is everything. Whether you want to roll out new content, expand geographically, introduce new applications, or develop a business model for a new customer segment, you need to act fast. Success will be measured by how fast you can enter a market, establish a leadership position, and capture improved profitability early on.
You can’t afford to stand still.
You need to continue to innovate, dream up new things, and get them to your customers quickly. It’s OK if every effort isn’t successful. Quickly move on and repurpose any technology investments you may have made.
What if you get a little behind? You could find that much of what you hoped to gain is no longer available, attractive, or what you thought it would be. But don’t stop your innovation engine. Speed it up. If you’re not sure how, get a trusted partner.
What stands in your way?
The major challenge for any service provider today is Read More »
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It can be a tough world out there for a cloud provider. You’re facing stiff competition from the big cloud players like Amazon and Google to deliver more flexible cloud services. But you have an edge that they don’t. Customers can trust you to deliver guaranteed reliability, security, and data sovereignty for business-critical applications in a way that pure public cloud providers can’t match.
To capitalize on that trust, you need to:
- Offer a suite of public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions “as a service,” and bring them to market fast
- Deliver business-class performance (scalability, flexibility, reliability and security, and more) against customer SLAs
- Support key hybrid cloud capabilities like workload portability; and security, policy, and infrastructure management across clouds
- Deliver globally while retaining data sovereignty
There are technologies available to do all of that, but typically you’d need to spend a lot of time and money knitting together hardware and software from multiple vendors. Then you’d have to test them to make sure they work together, and you could encounter a lot of complexity deploying and provisioning new services.
But there’s good news: Cisco and Microsoft have teamed up to create the next-generation architecture for cloud providers. It’s called the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. And it’s going to make capturing the cloud opportunity a whole lot easier for you and your customers.
Introducing Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform
Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform combines Cisco’s world-class hardware with Microsoft’s enterprise-ready software to help you build comprehensive hybrid cloud solutions—faster, more easily, and more profitably. It’s part of a multi-year agreement between two of the world’s hybrid cloud heavyweights, Cisco and Microsoft, to deliver joint engineering, product development, and go-to-market support.
Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform is the result of a shared vision about how the cloud needs to work for businesses. We know that if you’re going to deliver viable cloud solutions to your customers private, public, and hybrid clouds need to work together seamlessly. And they need to be a lot easier to deploy and operate.
Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform maps application policy to infrastructure policy for Microsoft and third-party ISV applications. And it implements our Unified Data Center and Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) with Microsoft Windows Azure Pack (WAP) as part of a complete, pre-tested and validated, ready-to-deploy cloud platform. So you can deploy new applications and services at DevOps speed, with lifecycle support from the partners you trust.
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Tags: cisco cloud architecture, cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Microsoft Cloud Platform, Service Provider
Written By Imran Idrees, Senior Marketing Manager, Global SP & Enterprise, Cisco Meraki
Time to market. This is likely to be one of the top answers a service provider will cite when posed the question, “what is the most critical aspect of launching a new service?” And it’s not difficult to see why.
Time to market directly impacts a service provider’s bottom line: spend too long building an app for iOS 8 and half of your market will have migrated to iOS 9 by the time you launch. It’s not a perfect metaphor but you get the idea–delays in a launch result in missed revenue opportunity in the increasingly fast-paced tech world.
When you probe a little further, you find that time to market must be coupled with low cost of delivery and high customer experience for a successful launch.
So, enter Meraki – Cisco’s cloud networking solution and one of the company’s fastest growing groups with triple-digit YoY growth.
Meraki enables zero-touch provisioning meaning service providers can get end customer sites live almost immediately after receiving an order
The Meraki cloud-managed networking architecture is ideally positioned to support successful launches for service providers. Meraki dramatically reduces the Read More »
Tags: cloud, meraki, scte, Service Provider
Written By Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
A year ago, SK Broadband announced the world’s first 10 Gbps Internet service at the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. This innovative new service was 100 times faster than existing services, which routinely deliver download speeds of 100 Mbps.
Today SK Broadband continues to break new ground. Just in time for the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015, SK Broadband announced that they will deploy Cisco’s next-generation converged cable access platform (CCAP) across their national footprint. SK broadband chose Cisco’s cBR-8 as the platform to improve the user experience for their 4.7 M subscribers. In addition to supporting the rollout of multi-gigabit services the Cisco cBR-8 platform is a key part of SK Broadband‘s new network architecture.
As part of Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), the Cisco cBR-8 Read More »
Tags: cable, cable access, cBR-8, ccap, cmts, docsis, docsis 3.1, DOCSIS3.1, epn, multi-gigabit, NFV, scte, SDN, Service Provider, SK Broadband
Written By Todd McCrum, Director, Product Management, Cable Access business unit, Cisco
By now, the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is in full swing, and, as (widely!) expected, the matter of DOCSIS 3.1 — the latest iteration of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Spec — is a front-of-mind topic for pretty much everyone here.
Why: Because it’s the next step, and a major one, for all multichannel video providers needing to stay ahead of the 50+ percent year-over-year growth in broadband consumption. (Which is everyone.) We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Nothing, in the history of consumable goods, has g Read More »
Tags: cable, cBR-8, ccap, scte, Service Provider, video