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Cloud: What a Business Leader Must Know

July 16, 2010 - 3 Comments

In speaking with Service Providers, the conversation around cloud often moves away from the technical challenges of delivering a large-scale multi-tenant on-demand offering, and into business considerations such as the readiness of customers to consume cloud services and the prioritization of cloud services to be offered.

Cisco is working with SP’s and SP customers to assist in delivering successful offerings and advancing the cloud market.

For SP’s, it’s important to understand who the offering is being built for, what revenue opportunity is enabled, and what ultimately needs to be delivered in order to meet the demands of the customer.

Customers of cloud need to understand how the cloud will impact their business. Concerns including policy compliance, end-to-end security, quality of service, and transitioning to (and from) the cloud will be need to be addressed.

Discussing the cloud opportunity with regard to business impact is an important and timely conversation to engage in. To help with this conversation, Cisco has recently released a Cloud White Paper, “Cloud: Powered by the Network, What a Business Leader Must Know” – in it we offer insights on cloud from a business perspective, and address its relevancy for an organization.

I invite you to have a look, and do let us know what you think.

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  1. Thanks for the interesting comments and trackbacks on the subject of cloud. The cloud market is evolving very rapidly and we’re seeing a large number of enterprises and telcos adopting cloud services: either for internal use or increasingly for the delivery of external services. We now have a large number of solutions including the Unified Computing System and Unified Service Delivery that combined the compute, storage and network assets to transform services. The ability to offer cloud services such as Infrastructure as a Service, Security as a Service and Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solution offer great examples of the potential of the cloud. The ability to offer customers (SP, enterprise, SMB and consumer) an integrated service including voice, vmail, IM, email, presence, collaboration tools and conferencing tools all delivered virtually from the cloud are very compelling.

  2. I liked it! Wrote a review.

  3. Simon,Thank you for the good post! Although there are security risks to cloud computing, nobody can deny the simple fact that cloud computing maximizes the flexibility of applications, making them more widely and readily available to a larger number of users. Let me know what you think! Keep up the great posts. I’m glad I stumbled across this blog post.