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Cisco’s Connected Home…Reimagined

SteveGGuest Blog by: Steve Gorretta, Manager, Product Management, Cisco Service Provider Software and Solutions

When you hear Cisco leadership discuss the transformation of our business and the drive to be the #1 IT company, you will no doubt hear some recurring themes around cloud management, big data analytics, security, and Internet of Things (IoT). These themes play a major role in how Cisco drives value across every major market, and the same can be said about a space to which we can all relate: the Connected Home.

As I’ve discussed before, the home network is a constantly evolving intersection of devices, applications and content that provide both convenience and confusion for consumers. The emergence of the IOT-enabled home (or “smarthome”) means even more devices, including appliances and sensors, are now joining that landscape. Our strategy at Cisco is to provide service providers with applications that simplify and enhance the connected home experience, and allow them to monetize new opportunities that emerge as the home evolves. We already manage many millions of subscriber home devices with Cisco Prime Home, and we are expanding the portfolio with some exciting new applications that build on that strategy.

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At CES this January, we will be demonstrating the entire suite of Cisco Connected Home software applications, which are geared towards helping service providers and their subscribers gain better visibility, security, and reliability from their digital home. One new offer, Cisco Home Guard™, provides complete cybersecurity protection for all devices in the home, and perfectly complements the monitored home security offered by some ISPs. We are also launching Connected Analytics for Home, part of Cisco’s broader Connected Analytics initiative, which enables real-time and historical analysis on a wide range of connectivity and security issues within the home.

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Gartner 2016 Predictions: Cloud Security Challenges Rise From Within

Today, most employees access public cloud solutions by bypassing IT. This is concerning for CIOs/CEOs given that it puts their organizations at substantial risk for data security and compliance challenges.

But, what if it isn’t actually the public cloud that you need to worry about? What if it’s your own internal processes that are the biggest risk when using cloud?

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Recently, Gartner released their top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2016. According to their report, Gartner predicts, “Through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.”

Let’s think about this for a moment. For years, companies have claimed they avoided public cloud solutions due to security concerns. This included multi-tenancy/shared resources (noisy neighbors), authentication/access control, availability needs, and meeting compliance requirements. Yet, it’s not necessarily public cloud providers who need to be companies’ top concern— rather, it’s their own internal procedures that lead to compliance failures and increased levels of business risk

Organizations need to look at external factors as well as their internal processes to reduce risks from and gain the benefits of using public cloud.

As Gartner states in their prediction, “The characteristics of the parts of the cloud stack under customer control can make cloud computing a highly efficient way for naive users to leverage poor practices, which can easily result in widespread security or compliance failures”.

Therefore, it is increasingly important for businesses to develop a holistic cloud management approach to properly address risk.

Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service helps organizations begin their journey to managing cloud by identifying cloud usage throughout the business for complete visibility. With this visibility you can begin to evolve your cloud management capabilities, including:

  • Meet compliance and properly mitigate risks by defining cloud usage policies while working with your DLP (data loss prevention) solutions
  • Reduce cloud spend by identifying redundant services
  • Identify and meet the cloud needs of internal groups
  • Benchmark cloud use against peers
  • Compare providers to find the right cloud services to meet your needs

Establish Cloud Management To Avoid Unnecessary Risk

To learn more about how you can mitigate risks by using our cloud management tools, register for our webinar, Reducing Risk of Shadow IT, on November 12th at 10am PT to understand how Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service can help keep your business secure while still leveraging strategic cloud services. Register here.

Can’t attend? Learn more about how our software can help you better manage public cloud services by signing up for a free trial of Cloud Consumption as a Service at www.cisco.com/go/cloudconsumptionfreetrial

As always, feel free to chat with me on Twitter for questions and comments.

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Ostrich or Eagle: How CIOs Can Address the Shocking Reality of Shadow IT

Recently, I had a conversation with a CIO and her team. We were reviewing the extraordinary growth of unknown and known cloud services within organizations like hers. She turned to her team and asked “well what should we do?” Some of her leaders said: “we can’t control it, so why should we discover it?” Others pushed to learn more and help enable rather than inhibit cloud use. She absorbed this, and then simply said, “We either can be ostriches, burying our heads in the sand, or eagles. But we should keep in mind that eagles see what is coming.”

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Cut Your Risks & Costs By Reducing Redundant Cloud Services

How crazy is this? We’ve found that large organizations on average use 172 compute, 157 marketing and sales and 62 finance services from the cloud. Some organizations use nearly double these amounts!

Simply put, as businesses groups control more IT spend and purchase more cloud services, cloud sprawl is skyrocketing. A large organization now uses on average 730 individual cloud services (including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS).

So what are the top cloud services categories?

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Gain Intelligence From Cloud Sprawl

Co-authored with    Bob Dimicco
Robert Dimicco
Senior Director, Advanced Services

 

How many cloud services do you think your enterprise uses? You’ll be surprised: businesses use ~10-15 X more cloud services – unknowingly. This is what we call ‘cloud sprawl,’ because there are too many cloud services in a given environment and not enough visibility or control for the business.

For organizations wanting to better understand their critical business data, this is especially challenging. First, discovering what cloud services are being used, and second, capturing & analyzing the intelligence from cloud services data can be tough. However, the good news is – Cisco can help with these challenges.

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