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Cisco and Microsoft Accelerate Cloud Providers’ Journey to the Hybrid Cloud

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.

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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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Service Providers Reduce Time to Market with Cisco Meraki

Imran Idrees headshotWritten 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.

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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 »

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South Korea’s SK Broadband Improving the User Experience with Cisco cBR-8

Igor-Dayen1-150x150Written 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.

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As part of Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), the Cisco cBR-8 Read More »

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An Update On the Best Ever Bandwidth Balm: DOCSIS 3.1

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.

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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 »

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The Future of Smart Cities

In the future, all cities will be smart cities. With more than one-half of the world’s population living in cities innovative new IoT solutions, such as smart parking, connected waste, and traffic management, hold great promise for combatting the major challenges of rapid urbanization. We are unlikely to see many Jetson-like smart cities of the future appearing overnight. However, like in the past with the adoption of revolutionary technologies such as sewers, electricity, traffic lights, and the Internet, mayors will slowly implement IoT solutions to save money, shape the future and make their cities better places to live.

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The Internet of Things offers cities the unique opportunity to generate new revenue, save costs, improve efficiencies and increase the overall value and experience for its citizens. Solutions like smart lighting can greatly reduce a city’s expenditure on electricity and operations, while at the same time improving the safety and security of the inhabitants. Smart parking not only allows people to spend less time in their car searching for an open parking spot, it actually creates new sources of revenue for the city. Parking can now be priced on a variable, demand-driven basis, rather than a fix fee irrespective of the time of day. Such pricing flexibility allows rush-hour spots to generate much higher revenues than those available on a Sunday morning. Security cameras and traffic management solutions not only make citizens safer and save them time, but they allow police and emergency forces to be much more efficient and responsive to potential incidents.

All of these exciting and innovative solutions will truly deliver real value to the city and its inhabitants. I think that the next big source of innovation will be Read More »

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