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How a B2B2C Cloud Platform Fosters Innovation

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

My last post described some of the cloud-based home healthcare services that broadband service providers are beginning to offer. Central to this idea is third-party partnerships: allowing outside healthcare providers into the traditional “walled garden” of telecom services. It’s easy to see how this model could be extended beyond healthcare.

One can imagine all sorts of value-added cloud applications that third parties could deliver over wireline networks. Indeed, one can envision a future in which service providers follow in the footsteps of Apple’s App Store and the Google Android Marketplace, where subscribers can choose from among thousands of third-party cloud apps that take advantage of their home broadband connections, gateways, and TV set-top boxes (STBs).

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Get Ready for MPLS 2011 in Washington D.C.!

MPLS 2011 Conference in Washington D.C., is two weeks away; and we can anticipate a dynamic venue that commences with a Cloud Architecture tutorial to be presented by my Cisco colleagues Azhar Sayeed and Kapil Bakshi on Sunday October 16.

Monday, October 17

Cisco’s Clarence FilsFils will present Data Center Interconnect: Multi-Homing, Resiliency and Mobility; to be followed in the afternoon by my presentation on SP Cloud Computing: Services, Architecture and Standards Considerations and Cisco’s John Evan’s presentation on Application and Service Aware IP/MPLS Networking.

To end the day, I will chair a panel on the Role of MPLS and Ethernet Network Technologies as Enablers to Cloud Computing with the participation of outstanding individuals in the industry such as:

  • SERGEI GERASIMTCHOUK, Facebook
  • SCOTT WHYTE, Google
  • VIJAY GILL, Microsoft
  • GUENTER HONISCH, Deutsche Telekom
  • ASHWIN GUMASTE, IIT
  • NING SO, Verizon Read More »

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Embrace Change – There’s Opportunity in the Cloud

No matter which hemisphere you’re in, the season is beginning to change and the new season reminds me of a few changes and constants. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, the weather will soon be getting colder, the trees on the local hills will turn their leaves a different color, and traffic congestion picks up as local workers return from their vacations. But these changes are not out of the ordinary and we’re used to dealing with them. A little preparation, knowledge, and flexibility–whether dressing appropriately, admiring the beautiful seasonal transitions, and shifting a commute schedule–keep us going and happy.

Likewise, major changes in the cloud and data center are upon us, but we’ve seen transitions like this before in IT. Proper training, strong partnering, and accepting that progress is inevitable will position you for success on the pathway to Cloud delivery.

An example of one of our customers moving to the Cloud is Entel. Based in Chile, Entel has worked to integrate the power of data center computing with the intelligence of the network in a Unified Service Delivery approach. Here is a short video our global team put together with Entel.

It’s exciting to see customers using Cisco UCS servers and Nexus data center switching to deliver cloud services flexibly, at scale, and with a pay-per-use model and meeting with good success. In its portfolio of services, Entel can offer virtualization as well as Cloud services to their customers based upon specific needs. By combining the network and compute, Entel has what could be considered the most advanced data center in Chile. Their ability to offer any service with high availability quickly to the market puts them in a spot of opportunity and if that sounds good to you, please leave a comment on this blog.

Change can be good.

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How Service Providers Enable the Connected Life

More than ever, access to local telecommunications network infrastructure has become an important part of the way many of us live, work, play and learn — throughout our daily routines. Some of us take it for granted – we expect that the network will simply be there, when and where we need it.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Without fail, it’s assumed to be omnipresent in our lives. By and large, that objective is purposefully reached, around the world. Truly, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

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Cbeyond’s Brent Cobb Talks with Cisco about Customer Intimacy and IPv6 (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second section of our two part interview with Brent Cobb, Cbeyond’s Chief Revenue and Customer Officer. The first part is located here.

How will IPv6 Transition affect your customers?

Brent Cobb:

Cbeyond has been watching IPv6 unfold since the late 90s. Today the company is in the implementation phase of its transition to support IPv6, and we’ve chosen Cisco’s Carrier Grade v6 (CGv6) implementation as its solution. To us IPv6 will impact how the plumbing of the Internet works – but we try to take the really sophisticated technology of operating a network and applications out of the discussion and service delivery to the small business into the discussion. The majority won’t be impacted directly by IPv6 because Cbeyond will make changes within our network, within our data centers, and within our application environment so our customers don’t have to understand the difference between v4 and v6. It will be transparent to our customers because we’ll handle the complexity.

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