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The Top 3 Ways Service Providers Can Profit from Simpler Operations

I get to talk with a lot of service providers around the world. And no matter where they are, they have a common set of issues—whether they’re a telco, mobile operator, cloud provider, cable company, web service provider, or all of the above.

Big ones include: How can we reduce network complexity? How can we bring new services to market faster and adapt to changing market conditions without a big up-front investment? What are the opportunities for emerging technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV)?

The stats are telling: By 2020, it’s forecasted that 50 billion interconnected devices will collect and transmit data about our homes, our health, and our businesses. The enormity and complexity of expanding applications, expanding devices and types, and massive data that must be processed, analyzed, and fed back to users in real time are staggering.

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Technology becomes both the challenge and the opportunity. Networks have become complex and rigid, costly to operate, and a burden on skilled people. New technologies can help deal with these issues—technologies such as SDN, NFV, and open-source projects.

Alone, each is insufficient. Together, Read More »

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Come Join Us for an NFV Event and Panel Discussion on “PoC to Proven” on Feb 2 in Palo Alto, CA -Sponsored by the Telecom Council

By Mina Paik , Product & Solutions Marketing Manager  Cloud and Virtualization – Service Provider 

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Over the past couple of years, a significant number of NFV PoCs have achieved positive outcomes that have led to a number of initial deployments by Service Providers, in areas such as cloud VPN, virtual CPE, and mobility services around the evolved packet core.

The good news is that the open, multivendor NFV ecosystem promises great potential and new market opportunities for both new and established vendors alike.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, JL Valente, VP of Product Management of Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group will be participating in a deep dive panel discussion, sponsored by Telecom Council, specifically related to this very topic. Some of the questions that the panel will be answering include:
• How do startups in the telecom sector compete with established vendors?
• How do big vendors take advantage of the disruption to sell a new generation of equipment and solutions?
• Who wins?

We expect this to be a very informative and interesting session, for both Service Providers and vendors.
Details about this event and how to register can be found by going to Telecom Council’s events page.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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How Service Providers Can Help Businesses to Realize the Promise of the IoT Revolution

We are embarking on a new technological journey that will fundamentally change forever the economy, society and the way that we live. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a world where up to 50 billion things (or devices) will be connected to the Internet by 2020; or, the equivalent of 6 devices for every person on the planet.

How SP can help

The clear winners in this revolution will be those companies that, not only embrace the Internet of Things, but use it to transform their businesses. Those winning companies will be the ones that integrate IoT into their operations, products and customer interactions to create new business models and sources of value. In fact, McKinsey estimates that there could be as much as $11 trillion per year by 2025 in new economic value created by adopting IoT.

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Service Providers are on a Digital Journey

The Internet is the lifeblood of the digital economy. And in the digital economy, there is no growth, no life without the connectivity delivered by service providers across the globe.

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Every country, city, industry, and organization is undergoing a digital transformation. Service providers are leading this transformation in their own networks: no longer are they simply connecting places, but now they are connecting things. And not only are they connecting things on the traditional outdoor network, they are expanding to connect things indoors, like in venues, shopping malls, and airports, where traditional approaches to connectivity may not make economic sense.

Whether leveraging technology to enable, differentiate, or even define their digital transformations and business strategies, service providers worldwide are partnering with Cisco for solutions along every stage in the journey. Here are a few examples:

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The Next Frontier: Service Creation in the Era of Instant Delivery

Every service provider I talk to these days wants pretty much the same thing: a faster, less expensive way to develop services. Faced with increased competition on all sides, along with increasing demands for more mobile and richer media offerings, speed to market and efficient operations are everything.

For many, networks have become cumbersome, resulting in long services lifecycles. Slow processes—from creation to modification and end of life—hamper business agility and make networks too costly to manage. And as new, more agile competitors without legacy burdens enter the market, the intense pressures on profitability continue to mount.

So how do you do things faster and at lower cost? What is the right investment strategy?

Innovate your way to success.

You have several options for developing new services in an inflexible infrastructure environment: Get out your crystal ball. Go with your gut. Or wait and see where the market goes, then catch up.

That’s right, these aren’t options at all. None are sustainable in today’s market conditions.

You have to innovate. Get the right partner and tap into the wide innovation engine that is the world. Make your network your innovation platform. It is the platform on which to build a more successful business.

1Why flexibility is essential

To compete, you need to evolve to a network with built-in flexibility. A flexible network helps you adjust to market demands quickly, enables you to automate network functions, and supports innovation—for you and others. Doing this via open software becomes essential.

This is much more than an IT strategy. It’s a business strategy that’s absolutely essential to compete and profit. It’s also the foundation for a broader culture of innovation, where people inside and outside your organization can act on ideas and develop solutions quickly.

The path to the modern network

As I work with service providers, I make two key recommendations to bring flexibility into their network: Read More »

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