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April 21, 2017

CLOUD

VGA Cables and WiFi Access as Cloud Adoption Predictors

I spend most of my time educating channel partners, most of them Value-Added Resellers (VARs) on how Cisco CloudCenter can help them help their customers with a hybrid cloud strategy. What I’ve noticed in my first year at Cisco after being part of the CliQr acquisition is that selling cloud services is very different than the traditional VAR box sale.

April 18, 2017

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

5 Reasons Why Businesses Are Turning to Collaboration as a Service

User mobility is leading to more flexibility in the workplace. Effective collaboration solutions are now a must. Join our #Ciscochat on May 3rd to discuss Collaboration as a Service (CaaS).

April 6, 2017

CLOUD

What is the Real Value of Managed Services?

The value of managed services is often reduced to discussions about cost-cutting and taking a mess off the customer’s hands. However, the real value resides in ways that managed services help streamline operations, innovate with new technologies, drive more IT value to the business, and actually clean up the IT mess. It all boils down to the kind of discussion that the customer holds with the provider—reframe the discussion, ask the right questions, and find out how valuable the provider’s managed services offers really are.

March 28, 2017

DATA CENTER

CloudCenter 4.8 Release–Brownfield Import and Action Library

The big news in March for cloud was the AWS S3 outage that brought down some large pieces of the Internet with it. While the world didn’t end, it definetly caused issues and illustrated the need for a cloud strategy that accounts for vendor failure. But managing multiple clouds, accounts, and capabilities–that sounds too complex, […]

March 24, 2017

CLOUD

Cloud Buyers and the Org Charts They Live In

Cloud products have a very different kind of buyer than traditional hardware gear. Cisco, long a trusted supplier of the IT organization, is getting to know a new and increasingly influential group of people: Developers in line of business teams.

March 21, 2017

PARTNER

Why Do Architectures Matter?

During the many events I attend each year, we hear one consistent piece of feedback from Cisco partners: to get a better understanding of the solutions that will make them...

March 21, 2017

DATA CENTER

There’s Never Been a Better Time for Cisco ACI-Enabled Data Center Providers #NeverBetter

Cisco ACI is a core enabler for the cloud-enabled DataVita data center in central Scotland. Developed with innovation, quality and agility in mind, the energy efficiency - including certified renewable energy use - of this brand new build is also a particularly impressive attribute.

March 10, 2017

CLOUD

Are We Treating Cloud Just Like Another Data Center?

Are we treating Cloud just like another Data Center? Yesterday at Google Next, Urs Hölzle quoted a great stat by RightScale – users waste 45% of cloud resources that they buy. While this number is not too far from what typically happens in traditional data centers, which operate at 20-30% of capacity on average, cloud promises a pay-per-use model. You provision and pay for only what you utilize. This promise leaves the user with the impression that they will effectively achieve 100% value—reducing costs significantly compared to an inefficient data center. And while Google’s new committed pricing model tries to lessen the impact, it does not address the root cause of the problem.