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July 13, 2011 - 0 Comments

Context-Aware, Cisco Borderless Networks Accelerate the Adoption of Cloud services

According to a recent Cisco Enterprise customer poll, 50% of those surveyed are interested in deploying some type of cloud infrastructure – whether it is public, private, or a hybrid.  According to Forrester, (“Sourcing Groups Prepare For 2011 — Cloud Is Key Initiative 11/10”) Cloud adoption is already over 25% in North America, and continues to grow in Europe.

There are many reasons for migration to Cloud, including application portability on any device, business agility to deliver services and expand into new business models, and operational simplicity.

While many headlines talk about the Cloud, there is little mention of the role of the network in enabling Cloud services.

As organizations move to the cloud, and the varied devices and connection types accessing private and public cloud services,  they become prone to malware or Web vulnerabilities.  There’s also the risk of data loss. Ultimately, IT is faced with “can the network secure these connections, users, and data in a manner that ensures reliability and seamlessness?”  It is no wonder that a Forrester blog cited  that Security is the #1 barrier for cloud adoption.

Another concern is network performance. 83% of CIOs considered performance a top
concern for cloud services in an IDC Enterprise panel.  Management of virtualization has also become more complex.  According to an Enterprise Strategy Group study,  44% of  IT consider virtualization to have a major impact on network and server management.

The Cloud-Powered Business announcement today highlights for customers how the network is delivering solutions to break through these barriers to Cloud adoption: Security and Performance.

In this short interview, Praveen Akkiraju, SVP/GM of Services Routing Technology Group will discuss how Cisco is enabling organizations to accelerate adoption of cloud services by extending Borderless Networks to deliver secure, reliable, and optimized cloud services, “The Critical Role of the Network in Supporting Cloud-Based Solutions”.

The Cloud-Powered Business announcement is comprised of the following components:


Cisco Cloud-Based, Context-Aware Email and Web Security Services

Cisco Outbreak Filters,  a solution to protect users from the increasing amount of targeted attacks.   It is the Industry’s first custom-built solution to detect/block email based low-volume targeted attacks in real time .The prevalence of these target attacks has grown three times, and their financial loss and customized approaches been documented in recent Cisco research,  Email Attacks:  This Time It’s Personal June 2011.

Business Class Email, a full integration of the encryption capability into the most common email clients including those on smart phones and mobile devices.  This provides automated key management with advanced controls making the user experience simple and seamless.

Cisco Context-Aware Application Optimization Solutions

Cisco WAN Optimization Solution (WAAS) with context-aware DRE improves cloud application performance for traditional applications as well as emerging cloud applications such as Video, Virtual Desktops and SaaS, increases bandwidth savings while providing performance fairness across all branches.

VmWare vCenter for UCS and UCS Express with unified virtualization management allows IT organizations to organize, rapidly provision and configure the entire virtualized IT environment across branches and data center through a single centralized management platform. This results in lower operating costs, operational automation, and higher levels of security.

Cisco® Cloud Enablement Services help organizations determine the most appropriate cloud strategy for their business goals and develop a long-term architectural roadmap. They provide the expertise to accelerate deployment of Cisco’s network innovations to help assure a secure, reliable, and optimized user experience for cloud services.

Prashanth Shenoy outlines it best in this video

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