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Cisco: Pursue Real IoT Solutions, not Big White Whales

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The search for the “next big thing” in technology has almost taken on mythic proportions. Just as Captain Ahab became obsessed with his pursuit of the elusive white whale in Moby Dick, it’s easy to get caught up in pursuing big solutions and big technology. But that is not necessarily the path to success. I’m […]

Cisco: Cloud Scale Networking, Finding Common Ground

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We launched Cloud Scale Networking about a year ago to address the initial wave of software and hardware innovations that were built to enable co-development with Web Scale companies. Last July I offered my views on how Service Providers can thrive in the future. Since that time I have had the privilege of meeting with […]

Cisco: Top 5 Takeaways from the London Gartner Data Center Conference 2016

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Over the past few years, I’ve attended Gartner’s Data Center Conference in London (see 2013, 2014, and 2015 !). As always, it was a very informative couple of days with some surprises, and one or two “I knew that would happen” moments – we’ll I like to think that anyway.  Here are my top 5 observations […]

Cisco: Innovation May Not Grow on Trees, But it Can be Cultivated

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Much to the dismay of countless business leaders everywhere, innovation doesn’t just happen by magic. Creating a pervasive innovation culture within any organization takes time, effort, and strong leadership. But if the importance of innovation is so universally acknowledged, why do so many struggle with it? It’s no secret that well-established businesses find it much […]

Cisco: 3 Insights on Digital Business Transformation and Software Support

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I recently had the pleasure of joining a twitter #CiscoChat co-hosted by @CiscoServices and Zeus Kerravala @zkerravala of ZK Research. We started the chat to debate the pros and cons of software support, but as we dove into the costs of downtime, it became evident there was no debate. Software support is a must in […]

Cisco: To be Effective, Security Needs to Play Well with Others

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Effective security is simple, open, and automated.  In the last blog, I described several efforts by Cisco to pursue simplicity.  Now let’s talk about how we are executing on the open part. Openness is about playing well with others. As a kid I heard it from my parents, and now I find myself saying it […]

10 ways Cisco CloudCenter simplifies AWS

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I’m getting ready for AWS re:Invent Nov 28 – Dec 2 in Las Vegas. There are so many great ways that CloudCenter makes it easy to add AWS to your data center-based hybrid cloud service offerings, I thought a “Top 10” list was in order. CloudCenter is an application-centric hybrid cloud management solution. It lets […]

Cisco: Over 1400 Customers Have Set the Foundation for Their Digital Transformation

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Just over a year ago Cisco announced the general availability of APIC-EM (#APICEM), a software defined networking (SDN) platform for the enterprise branch, campus and WAN. In just over 12 months, we have seen over 1400 enterprise customers deploy APIC-EM in their production environments managing over 600,000 network devices and connecting over 1.5 million hosts! […]

Cisco Q&A with Our Chief Spark Evangelist

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Hello there, I’m John Sayer. I work in Cisco’s Cloud Collaboration Technology Group as the Chief Spark Evangelist for our Customer Success team. Over the last year, I’ve been spreading the good word of how great Cisco Spark is to anyone who’ll listen! Cisco Spark is Cisco’s next-generation collaboration platform. More simply, it’s a place […]

Cisco: AWS or Private Cloud or both, what’s your strategy?

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Well we just opened up a hornet’s nest didn’t we?! Our recent announcement of the new Cisco UCS S-Series Storage Server definitely caused a stir in the industry. We launched into the emerging scale out storage market with a broad ecosystem of solution partners backed by amazing customers like Cirrity and Green Cloud who use […]

Cisco: The Case for Next-Gen Intrusion Prevention to Protect Digital Business

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Today’s digital economy is growing at a phenomenal rate. All modes of commerce from entertainment to finance and retail have moved on-line. You name it; there is an on-line business for it. Not only does selling occur on-line, businesses run their operations online and virtually with cloud-based providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, […]

Cisco’s Next-generation ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite

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Change is everywhere and it is happening faster than ever. Data centers have become user-centric rather than IT-centric. Developers, on behalf of the business, demand self-service access to technology. And when they don’t get it, they claim it themselves. These teams want access to public cloud like resources. Your business needs to grow and capture […]

Cisco: How To Avoid New Hyperconvergence Silos?

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Many of you are looking to refresh your current hardware, deploying your first or second cluster of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). You are likely starting with a VDI project, virtualized infrastructure in a branch office or perhaps a cluster of applications for a specific department in the organization. Hyperconvergence allows you to dramatically streamline deployment, eliminate […]

Cisco: “S” is for Speed… The new Cisco UCS S3260 has plenty of it!

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Earlier this month we introduced our new Cisco UCS S-Series Storage Servers, with the S3260 being first in market. The S Series is a new storage-optimized server category in the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) portfolio designed specifically to address the needs of data intensive workloads such as Big Data, and for deploying software-defined storage, […]

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