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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 SPs and SP customers to assist in delivering successful offerings and advancing the cloud market. For SPs, 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. ... (more)

Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) for Service Providers

Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer Hello again – I thought it’s a good time for another post on the SP data-center. You might have already seen the announcement regarding the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE). We believe this is wonderful news for our customers and partners; and represents an unprecedented collaboration between three highly regarded leaders in the IT industry: Cisco, EMC with VMware. This coalition was created to increase customers’ business agility – specifically, through greater enterprise IT infrastructure flexibility, and lower IT, energy and real estate c... (more)

Portugal Telecom Selects Cisco as Video/Telecoms Solutions Provider

Portugal Telecom’s work to offer its customers an economical triple-play service, without having to worry about technological choices, and with the convenience of a single bill, has catapulted the provider toward significant subscriber and services growth over the past 18 months. Specifically, it now reaches 20% of all pay TV subscribers in the country; 50% of all ADSL consumers take TV services from Portugal Telecom. In this video, Cisco SVP European Markets, Chris Dedicoat, and Portugal Telecom CEO, Zeinal Bava, discuss the growth of telecom and video in Portugal, including th... (more)

Cloud Management and Security: Being Ready

Well it seems like yesterday since my participation at TM Forum Management World 2010 in Nice, France, during May 17 2010 week. Specifically, I participated in a wonderful session, Opportunities, Business Models & Requirements for Cloud Providers. Having just returned from Paris, France where I had presented at the Cloud Telco 2010 Conference, I could not help but pick up on common themes of Cloud Management and Security and will state that management and security are absolute table stakes when developing a sustainable Cloud-based service architecture blueprint. Further, another... (more)

Five Predictions for the Future of Wi-Fi and Mobile

By Stuart Taylor - Wi-Fi has truly come of age as a viable means to connect mobile devices to the Internet. The past four blogs in this series have highlighted some of the key findings of a recent survey of U.S. mobile users by Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). Our survey uncovered some startling revelations about what consumers are doing on their mobile devices, how and where they are using them, and how they are connecting them to the Internet. The majority of devices are now Wi-Fi-enabled, and the fastest-growing category is “nomadic” devices such as tablets a... (more)