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.
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).
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.
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, […]
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.
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.
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.