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#CiscoChat: Future of Service Provider Deployments in the Internet of Everything Era

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In the world of service providers and networks, the demand for new and better services continues to grow. As more services and applications migrate to the Cloud, service providers will continue to play a crucial role in delivering quality experiences and performance at the speed businesses and consumers demand. What emerging technologies, trends, and unique opportunities are transforming the way next-generation services are developed?

The growth of video, wireless mobility, Internet of Everything (IoE), and cloud services presents both business opportunities and security challenges. To take advantage of these new opportunities, service providers are adopting open and programmable network architectures that increase business agility and lower costs.

Cyber risk, however, must be addressed. Adversaries are exploiting the growing attack surface presented by new services, expanded network connections, and device proliferation. Legacy security approaches have not kept pace with evolving network architectures or the changing threat landscape.

During our next #CiscoChat on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30-11:00 a.m. PST, followed by a Periscope session at 11-11:30am PST, @CiscoSP360 will moderate a discussion on how to prepare your service provider business to thrive. The discussion will explore all the latest service provider technology news and looking ahead in deploying orchestration and virtualization to be more agile, reduce costs and generate new revenue. Read More »

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Agility. Simplicity. Efficiency.

Cisco EPN Manager for Service Providers

Alison O'BrienGuest blog by Alison O’Brien, Marketing Manager

Following-up on the recent successful announcement of the Evolved Programmable Network Manager application (EPN Manager), we caught up with JL Valente, Vice President of Product Management for Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group. He shared his thoughts on how EPN Manager can be used to manage converged, packet optimized optical transport and Carrier Ethernet networks, as well as enable organizations to address key business initiatives, including:

  • Improving business agility (and responsiveness) to market changes and transitions such as explosive traffic growth, packet optical network convergence and new business models prompted by over-the-top (OTT) entrants
  • Simplifying the overall approach to business operations by eliminating complex management systems and error-prone manual processes
  • More efficiently managing the time and manpower required to support daily network management tasks such as network provisioning, troubleshooting, and proactive network assurance.

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ITD: Learn how to deploy ITD in 10 minutes

ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is being deployed by a large number of customers, and it is saving them massive CAPEX and OPEX, while providing unprecedented scale and high availability.

Here is a 10 minute video that shows step by step ITD deployment.


ITD is shipping on Nexus 9k/7700/7k/6k/5k Series of switches. ITD won the Best of Interop 2015 in Data Center category.

Here is more information about ITD:

Please send email to if you have any questions.



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Looking for Money in New Places

There are some innovative ways to make money nowadays, and sometimes kids can come up with new ways that we hadn’t thought about.  For examples, we know some kids in the area who are raising money for various charities.  Instead of asking their relatives to sponsor them or going door-to-door to the neighbors to get the money, one child decided to sell duct tape wallets and homemade potpurri, while another decided to sell her book collection to raise money.  Those kids clearly are thinking about new ways to get money for something old and traditional.

Dad & Kids

In the world of service providers and networks, the demand for new and better services continue to grow, while the networks must expand and quickly adapt to these demands.  One way that operators are evolving their network is to Read More »

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The Ubiquitous Nature of the Internet of Everything (IoE) drives new Network Requirements

Taru KhuranaCo-written with Taru Khurana, Senior Analyst, SP Thought Leadership

The ubiquitous nature of Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving a digital transformation in many industries and businesses. This digital disruption has already begun and it’s driving advanced cloud access and network performance requirements for a wide range of devices and machine-to machine (M2M) connections. Faster broadband speeds and lower latencies as well as wider network access are essential enablers for the future of IoE that many envision. The growing number of cloud applications that are being developed for a wide variety of business and consumer uses are dramatically changing the demands and expectations of public and private network services.

Consider the connected car. Integrated “infotainment” is a growing feature trend that is being implemented in many types of vehicles. This type of mobile connectivity will create even more reliance on the Internet to bring Read More »

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