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IP Address Management, Part V: Return on Investment (ROI)

An IP Address Management (IPAM) solution is not just a repository for IP addresses. The simplicity and thoroughness it offers makes for a powerful tool that increases the efficiency and reliability of networks while substantially reducing operating expenses:

  • Automation of Processes: Tasks that administrators don’t have to manage manually result in direct management time and operating expense savings.
  • Simplification of Processes: Reducing the Read More »

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Cisco Completes Acquisition of NDS

I’m thrilled to announce that we have completed our acquisition of NDS.  As we said when we announced our intent to acquire NDS back on March 15, the Cisco strategy has always been driven by customer need and on capturing market transitions. This acquisition is a textbook example — the addition of NDS’s leading software solutions, combined with its systems integration expertise, will accelerate the delivery of Cisco Videoscape.

NDS is a leader in video software solutions and content security for Pay TV markets with a broad portfolio of products and service integration capabilities.  Cisco is a leader in networked video with its architectural approach, breadth of portfolio, network expertise, ability to scale for millions of users, and investments in innovation. Together, Cisco and NDS have Read More »

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If Bottled Water Prices Can Be Differentiated, So Can Broadband Access

By Roland Klemann, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

Demand for Internet services continues to build. The increasing popularity of smartphones, tablets, and video services is creating a “data tsunami” that threatens to overwhelm service providers’ networks.

So far, service providers have mainly reacted to the data flood with technical counter-measures—for example, by deploying Wi-Fi and small cells to offload data in heavy traffic areas such as sports stadiums and downtown urban areas. The Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes that operators should also act on the demand side, which can be best influenced by pricing.

Back in the early 2000s, network operators were clamoring to build their Internet customer base; they replaced their old metered models for dial-up Internet, and enticed new subscribers with unlimited, flat rate, “all-you-can-eat” broadband data plans. This pricing strategy has enabled mass-market penetration—first in fixed, then in mobile. But it has not increased ARPU.

While flat rate pricing plans have contributed to the waves of Internet data swamping the capacity of broadband operators, these plans have done little to create value from all that traffic. In fact, the decoupling of connectivity and service layers can destroy value if you compete on easily comparable flat rate access prices only. Flat rates shift the focus from quality and service differentiation to price competition, and expose operators to the risk of cost-plus-based pricing, with diminishing returns.

In some countries, fixed-broadband providers have started altering flat rates by introducing some forms of usage-based pricing: “throttling” data download speeds for the heaviest users, switching them to potentially more costly metered data plans, or introducing new tiered price plans. Just in the last few months in the United States, both Time Warner Cable and Comcast made announcements about their plans to experiment with usage-based pricing.

While usage-based pricing models are required to fight “bandwidth hogs,” they must be carefully introduced and managed. Customers have learned to love flat rates. The 2011 Cisco IBSG Connected Life Market Watch study found that Read More »

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How Much of Your Workday is Already in the Cloud?

When was the last time you went through a workday without emailing, conferencing, or researching on the Internet? If you’re anything like me, your day is filled with a mix of tools and activities in the cloud. In a workforce served by many clouds, our daily cloud impact continues to increase. Global data center traffic is projected to quadruple from 2010-2015, and more specifically, cloud traffic is forecasted to grow 12-fold during that period.

The Worklife Cloud experience weighs Read More »

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Security, mobility, and BYOD: ask the experts in a TweetChat

We all know that IT and business leaders are starting to accept, and in some cases embrace, the “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement in the enterprise and what the implications are for service providers. As we collaborate using our own devices at work, how is this affecting your security in the network?

Join Cisco experts on August 2, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. PT in an open discussion where we’ll take your questions and address your security concerns regarding BYOD and mobility.

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