It used to be easy—mobile devices were brick-like devices that we carried with us to make phone calls. Not anymore. Now we have smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and other devices that we bring everywhere and can’t seem to live without. No longer are we using them just for phone calls. In fact, they are now mobile computers, books, entertainment stations, game consoles, and social tools, in addition to our communications hubs. And, because Wi-Fi has become a prevalent way for many of these devices to connect to the Internet, they’re no longer strictly “mobile,” from a network perspective.
To learn more about what consumers are doing with their mobile devices, and how and where they are using them, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) recently conducted a survey of U.S. mobile users. Following are our top three findings related to mobile devices: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, devices, ereaders, IBSG, mobile, research, Service Provider, Smartphones, survey, tablet PCs, Tablets, wi-fi
It’s that time of year again when we all gather for Cisco Live US to share the latest and greatest in the world of IT and networking. This year the event is being held in San Diego, and there are 17,000 in-person attendees—a new record! One of my favorite things about Cisco Live is that I have a chance to interact one-on-one with customers, partners, and analysts. When I do, the topic of the cloud invariably is on their minds.
Of course many already know about the Cisco CloudVerse strategy and solution set, which is based on the Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services, all of which are supported by Cisco and partner professional services. What they might not know about, however, are all of the advancements Cisco has made to make cloud networks truly intelligent since last December when we originally announced CloudVerse.
Yesterday here at Cisco Live, we announced Cisco Cloud Connected Solution as the latest innovation in the Cloud Intelligent Network. This solution adds a host of capabilities to your already existing network infrastructure, allowing you to take full advantage of cloud computing. A number of new capabilities were introduced, but my personal favorites are the Cloud Connectors and the new Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, cisco live, cloud, Cloud Connected Solution, Cloud Connectors, Cloud Service Router, CRS, Hybrid Cloud, San Diego, Service Provider
The 2012 Olympics are just weeks away and NBCOlympics.com has pledged to live stream every event and sport for the first time ever — more than 3500 total programming hours, all viewable from your tablet or smartphone.
While watching the Olympics, you’ll be able to view instant replays, send highlight videos to your friends, tweet on the latest play action, check stats…in short, enjoy a rich multimedia Olympics experience over the mobile network.
Welcome to the new normal.
Want to control the camera angles as you watch your favorite basketball team? This season, Read More »
Tags: ASR 5000, asr 5500, asr5000, asr5500, mobile, mobility, nba, NBC, New Normal, Service Provider, video
The other day, I raced out of my office on my way to the airport and traffic was a mess. I realized I had not left enough buffer time to get to the airport and check in before running to security. Well, sitting in the taxi, I reached for my smartphone, went online and checked-in to save myself the check-in line at the airport. I managed to make my flight, albeit a little more stressed than usual.
I sat on the plane and reached for my laptop only to realize I left it at my desk. What a disaster! Well, not quite, I happened to have my tablet and smartphone with me -- enough to do my work while I traveled to visit a customer. This wouldn’t have been an option five years ago and it became very clear to me at that moment that the Internet has gone completely mobile.
We all need and want to be connected constantly, using whatever device we choose and want to do more of our work and personal activities wherever and whenever we want. Having multiple devices with many applications has truly become what we like to call the “new normal.” As would be expected, this new normal brings a substantial change to mobile networks and all of this poses significant opportunities and challenges for our service provider customers.
Operators must build core networks with Read More »
Tags: ASR 5000, asr 5500, asr5500, mobile, mobility, New Normal, Service Provider
Last week, Cisco announced its latest Cisco Visual Networking Index Global IP Traffic Forecast, 2011-2016 from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The report showed that global Internet traffic is expected to grow four-fold over the forecast period, reaching 1.3 zettabytes annually by 2016. And the total number of network connections will grow to 19 billion, or 2 and half connections for every Read More »
Tags: ip traffic, mobile devices, Service Provider, video, visual networking index, vni