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Measure Twice, Cut Once

If you’re like me, you’ve ignored this sage advice a time or so.  Thankfully my most recent rush to a solution was remedied by a trip back to the home improvement store and $100 or so.  Most IT “goofs” extract a much dearer cost.  In this third installment of Cisco Insights – Cloud, Bob Dimicco profiles a non-profit company who successfully resisted the pressure to jump straight on the Cloud project bandwagon.  Instead they opted for a thoughtful, measured approach.  Partnering with Cisco, they first conduced a thorough strategy and business justification assessment.  By focusing on their key business drivers and desired outcomes, they were able to get a complete picture of benefits, costs, and a deep understanding of where the true ROI would be.  They allowed the facts, not the hype or pressure to guide their direction.  Watch the video find out where they went next on their journey to cloud.

Read about two other companies’ cloud stories in my previous two blogs:

  1. Good Help is Essential – A Software Company Partners with Cisco Services to Uncover Cloud Opportunities
  2. Public Cloud with Confidence --  Find out how Cisco Helps a Leading Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturer with Cloud Management

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Cloud: Are You Going to Wonder if You Could Have Had it All?

As I think about cloud, Adele’s Grammy award-winning song  “Rolling in the Deep” comes to mind. Strange flight of fantasy?  I think not.  As the refrain, “you could have had it all,” repeats in my head, I think about how similar cloud is to finding love. Like dating , there are a lot of different approaches to cloud , and it is not always clear what the right one is.  Like romance, cloud is full of fun, promise, and pitfalls. Like a lasting relationship, realizing the promise and avoiding the pitfalls takes a lot of work. But unlike finding one’s soul mate, finding success with cloud can be guaranteed..  You need the right approach, solid planning, and sometimes a little help from your friends.

Cisco’s cloud experts have been working hard to:

  • Leading the market with technology innovations such as the Unified Data Center and Cloud Intelligent Network
  • Creating deep relationships with partners who enable us to provide complete, industry-leading cloud solutions for different cloud approaches
  • Testing our technologies and professional services in our own IT environment and documenting our results

We have seen tremendous benefits, and so have our partners and customers.

 As part of the Cisco’s services organization, I think a lot about what it takes to enable a successful cloud.   And I think about how to have a little fun along the way. One of the fun, free things that I have worked on is the Cloud Profile Tool.  All you need to do is answer 10 quick questions, and you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations to help you get started.  If you like what you see and want to have a deeper, complimentary conversation with Cisco or one of our cloud partners, we’d be glad to set that up.  Try the Cloud Profile Tool in English or in another language and let me know what you think.

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After Two Years in the Cloud, New Paradigms Prevail

Co-written by Bryan Mobley, Director, IBSG Service Provider

The business world’s rise to the cloud has been dramatic and increasingly rapid. From an initial attitude of vague interest mixed with trepidation, organizations have begun to embrace the transition in a big way. Some are already realizing the expansive benefits in costs, efficiency, and innovation that come with this game-changing technology.

To keep with the pulse of cloud migration, Cisco initiated a series of roundtable discussions two years ago. The philosophy of each meeting was to bring together 10 to 20 decision makers from a variety of enterprises, midsized businesses, and government agencies. So far, we’ve held 15 of these discussions across North America. In addition to providing a unique opportunity to share our thought leadership, these sessions provide an ideal forum for hearing our customers’ thoughts on cloud: the benefits, the inhibitors, and even a few war stories. In the end, however, it is the advantages of cloud that spark the most contagious conversations.

Here are some of the key trends that have emerged from two years of discussions:

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Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) 881W/GW achieve FIPS 140-2 Certification!

April 13, 2012 at 7:12 am PST

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is thrilled to announce that the ISR 881W/881GW has completed the FIPS certification process.  The official listing has been posted to the NIST website, being awarded certificate #1700, as FIPS 140-2, Level 2 Certified.

The Cisco 881W and Cisco 881GW ISR’s provide connectivity and security services in a single, secure device. These routers offer broadband speeds and simplified management to small businesses, and enterprise small branch and teleworkers. The module is also a wireless access point that provide secure wireless access to clients.

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A World of Many Clouds

Imagine a world where businesses can increase efficiency, reduce costs, and securely share and store data across multiple networks, regardless of location. Until a few years ago, this concept seemed unattainable to most.

Fast-forward to 2012, and just about every company in the industry is working to make the cloud a part of its business model. Organizations are beginning to see the cloud as a long-term industry transition in the same way that client/server computing was a transition from the mainframe era.

Cloud is the next step in the evolution of the Internet. And that evolution is happening now. The cloud is fundamentally changing the way people and businesses consume services.

Early discussions have focused primarily on the different types of clouds leaving businesses wondering what option is best for them. In reality, it can take several types of clouds to solve a variety of business challenges. We’re moving to an interconnected world of many clouds – where users want to experience cloud services anywhere, anytime, on any device – and businesses want IT as a service.

Clouds offer compelling economics – reducing CapEx and OpEx, sharing of cloud assets, and dynamic, on-demand delivery of services. They enable flexible business models that allow services to be launched more rapidly, with greater efficiency and more scalability, regardless of the geography or size of business.

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