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Virtualizing the Cloud

Virtualizing something like a cloud that is already virtual in so many respects may seem a bit redundant, and certainly the concept causes a mental double-take.  But virtualizing the cloud is exactly what Cisco InterCloud does.

Announced today at Cisco Live here in Milan, Cisco InterCloud effectively acts as a way for clouds of all types – public, private or hybrid – to work together to provide even more benefits and even more importantly, more possibilities to connect discrete data sets, workloads, and compute and storage functions and applications themselves in the Internet of Everything.  An open standards based approach, the solution enables enterprise and provider clouds to more effectively work together to move capability across all their respective infrastructures to deliver the right capabilities when where and how they are needed by the organization.

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My Top 7 Predictions for Open Source in 2014

My 2014 predictions are finally complete.  If Open Source equals collaboration or credibility, 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular.  As an eternal optimist, I believe 2014 will be even better:

  1. Big data’s biggest play will be in meatspace, not cyberspace.  There is just so much data we produce and give away, great opportunity for analytics in the real world.
  2. Privacy and security will become ever more important, particularly using Open Source, not closed. Paradoxically, this is actually good news as Open Source shows us again, transparency wins and just as we see in biological systems, the most robust mechanisms do so with fewer secrets than we think.
  3. The rise of “fog” computing as a consequence of the Internet of Things (IoT) will unfortunately be driven by fashion for now (wearable computers), it will make us think again what have we done to give up our data and start reading #1 and #2 above with a different and more open mind. Again!
  4. Virtualization will enter the biggest year yet in networking.  Just like the hypervisor rode Moore’s Law in server virtualization and found a neat application in #2 above, a different breed of projects like OpenDaylight will emerge. But the drama is a bit more challenging because the network scales very differently than CPU and memory, it is a much more challenging problem. Thus, networking vendors embracing Open Source may fare well.
  5. Those that didn’t quite “get” Open Source as the ultimate development model will re-discover it as Inner Source (ACM, April 1999), as the only long-term viable development model.  Or so they think, as the glamor of new-style Open Source projects (OpenStack, OpenDaylight, AllSeen) with big budgets, big marketing, big drama, may in fact be too seductive.  Only those that truly understand the two key things that make an Open Source project successful will endure.
  6. AI recently morphed will make a comeback, not just robotics, but something different AI did not anticipate a generation ago, something one calls cognitive computing, perhaps indeed the third era in computing!  The story of Watson going beyond obliterating Jeopardy contestants, looking to open up and find commercial applications, is a truly remarkable thing to observe in our lifespan.  This may in fact be a much more noble use of big data analytics (and other key Open Source projects) than #1 above. But can it exist without it?
  7. Finally, Gen Z developers discover Open Source and embrace it just like their Millennials (Gen Y) predecessors. The level of sophistication and interaction rises and projects ranging from Bitcoin to qCraft become intriguing, presenting a different kind of challenge.  More importantly, the previous generation can now begin to relax knowing the gap is closing, the ultimate development model is in good hands, and can begin to give back more than ever before. Ah, the beauty of Open Source…

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Virtualizing Video

Here today at CES 2014, the show is kicking off in full swing. With attendance of over 150,000 people expected, the buzz is building off of last year around the latest 4K/UltraHD televisions, smart devices, and wearables with the overall theme of the show being the Internet of Everything.  But while the name of the show focuses on consumer electronics, what isn’t as widely recognized is that CES is also the largest service provider tradeshow in the Americas with operators coming from around the globe to learn about new services they can offer those devices to increase their revenue, new ways to offer those services to save on operating costs, and news ways to roll those services out quickly to catch market opportunities.

Yesterday, Cisco announced ways for service providers to address each of those fundamental business care-abouts by announcing it is virtualizing Videoscape – its leading immersive video solution – by putting it into the cloud. This announcement has three standout offers: Read More »

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The Year Ahead in Networking

Throughout 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with services provider leaders from around the globe.  Whether they are large or small, focused on consumer services or business, or engaged in video or mobility, their ambitions are very much in line with our strategy:  To help them monetize and optimize their networks, while accelerating their ability to deliver their services.

  • Monetize:  From innovative new managed security services, to video, cloud and new machine driven (M2M) services to enable the Internet of Everything (IoE), there are a number of  new incremental revenue opportunities for service providers which sit at the very center of these trends estimated at over $2.9 Trillion over the next 10 years.
  • Optimize:  Delivery of these new services has to be less than the cost to deploy and operate them.  At the end of the day, the SP is a business, and, as all businesses, they need to be profitable.  New ways to deliver these services as economically as possible are key to their success.
  • Accelerate:  In this dynamic marketplace, service providers need to move quickly to seize these new opportunities.  Gone are the days when service rollouts can take months or quarters  Instead, they need to operate at “web speed” shortening the time to provision new services from months to minutes and do it in a cost-effective way. Read More »

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Cisco: Your Strategic Cloud Partner

Cisco’s cloud software is a hot topic.  First Cisco UCS Director was voted the SVC award winner for best virtualization management software.  Then Forrester released a new Private Cloud Wave and both Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) and UCS Director combined garnered Cisco the highest ranking for cloud vision and strategy as well as a top three ranking for currently shipping product. Customer input was behind this success.
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