I recently had the honor to speak at the Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco. One thing is certain: Wi-Fi’s importance and industry relevance continues. While not quite the same order of magnitude as the Mobile World Congress, the event attracted 350 people, a tenfold increase since the last time the Wi-Fi Broadband Alliance (WBA) visited San Francisco. The WBA now has 95 corporate members, reflecting a member base that has doubled over the last 12 months. The membership includes a mix of leading Wi-Fi, mobile, and broadband network operators; global service providers and media players; as well as technology providers and partners.
Stuart Taylor (middle) shares his insights during the Developing and Monetizing Your Network Through Partnerships panel.
I took away five key messages from the conference: Read More »
Tags: mobility, Service Provider, WBA, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wireless broadband alliance
This Thursday at 10a.m. PST, we have a fabulous webinar where we’ll discuss a new wi-fi solution that can help businesses more effectively engage and better understand their customers. What’s cool is that this new wi-fi solution will help businesses offer personalized and enhanced mobile experiences for their end users – even based on where they are or how long they’ve been at a particular spot. A great part of this webcast will be the discussion on how businesses who’ve deployed it are using this new tech. Click on the image to the right to register.
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Tags: access point, byod, Cisco, cisco wireless network, connected mobile experience, mobility, Service Provider, service provider wi-fi, webinar, wi-fi, wireless network
Last week, the annual 4G World show was hosted in everyone’s favorite windy city—Chicago! This year, I was lucky enough to be a keynote speaker for the event. It’s always an honor to speak at an event on behalf of Cisco and the countless folks that have made our SP Mobility a success. As the show progressed, I was reminded at how far the world of mobility has come in such a short amount of time. Moreover, I was amazed at the vast amount of new opportunities that have emerged as a result this rapidly evolving market. I am extremely excited about what the next year will bring!
Aside from the keynote event, I spent the vast majority of my time in meetings with new and existing service provider customers. The conversations were Read More »
Tags: 4G, 4G World, Cisco, monetization, Service Provider, wi-fi
I am of often surprised by how much interest Intelligent Automation for Cloud receives from Service Providers and enterprises that are building ITaaS. I come across another individual who fits the mantle of Cloud Hero, someone who really stands out in their drive and passion to transform their organization and achieve a pragmatic cloud for their stakeholders. Enterprises have choices to either build their own private cloud their way (which many are doing) but they can also choose to leverage a service provider as well. There is a broad ecosystem of players in this space from of course Amazon, Rackspace, to traditional Telco’s to more focused and nimble smaller cloud service providers. How you as a service provider (or a cloud architect at your enterprise) think about and drive your organization toward the right choices for your cloud is absolutely critical the adoption, revenue, and ease in operational excellence.
Do you compete at the low end – what some call a commodity cloud? Do you go after complete multi-tenancy based upon Cisco Network architectures and compete on functionality? Do you think through how you are going to sell services and what your value proposition will be? Are there creative angles that you can enable with your Cloud Orchestration framework? Which of your internal systems do you really need to integrate with? All are great questions. Producing a revenue generating (or charged back private cloud) requires the attention to a multitude of details. Organizations need an energetic individual who speaks their mind and can lead an organization the right balance of business, technology, and ultimately success in monetizing the cloud.
This cloud hero is Karl Marsh, Staff Manager, Tools & Orchestration at Windstream Hosted Solutions, http://www.windstreambusiness.com/
Superhero 3: Ravi Rajamani and Brian Krug of Cisco Advanced Services.
Superhero 2: Johan Milbrink of Presideo Networked Solutions
Superhero 1: Ryan Carrico of Paypal
Tags: cloud, intelligent automation, orchestration, Public Cloud, Service Provider
By Biren Mehta, Senior Marketing Manager, SP Marketing in Routing and Switching, Cisco
Businesses and governments are bullish on the benefits that cloud computing promises to bring, but security concerns remain a key barrier to entry. Carrier networks provide critical infrastructure and services that governments and businesses depend on to operate every day. Services provided by carriers today are articulated on the mobile endpoint, the customer premise, the network and data center edge, and the public, private, and hybrid clouds. The sum of these is the “carrier cloud.” With cloud enabled service infrastructure, enterprise data and applications must move easily and securely through many clouds. That’s why the network that connects, protects, and moves data fiercely through cloud means more than ever. Read More »
Tags: carrier cloud, carrier network, cloud, DDoS, distributed denial of service, infrastructure, Service Provider