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Hello, from Geneva where I’ve been attending the ITU Telecom World Conference for the last few days. It’s been three years since the last show, and it’s energizing to see the ever increasing recognition as to the increased role that the network can play in improving business and change lives. While different sections of the show tend to focus on different topics, much of the discussion at the “Internet Pavilion” (hosted by ICANN, ISOC and NRO) by global leaders and attendees has been on the future of telecommunications. One of the key concerns that surfaces when discussing the future of IT is the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses and the need to accelerate deployment of IPv6 in the wake of massive growth of IP-enabled devices. I know, I know…IPv6 discussions have been around for awhile. But here are some real eye-openers gained this week that really show that th... (more)

The Six Battlefields Disrupting the Cloud Value Chain

By Wouter Belmans, Senior Manager, and Uwe Lambrette, Director, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group As cloud computing matures and hype becomes reality, uptake among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises is increasing. And although the cloud is still in its infancy, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes it is an appropriate time to ask: “How is the cloud value chain taking shape, and where are the battlefields I need to be concerned about?” Cisco IBSG has found that major disruptions are taking place on six battlefields across ... (more)

Creating Value: Hardware + Application Virtualization

Recently VMWare announced its planned acquisition of the privately held Java tools vendor SpringSource. Perhaps it’s one more indication that applications and workloads will increasingly rely on a virtualized (and eventually a cloud-based) infrastructure. For service providers, this represents yet another area of opportunity for them to create value for their customers. Should we anticipate that the industry-leader in server virtualization will more tightly integrate application deployment and management with the physical and virtual server infrastructure? According to Tony Bae... (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)

Conversations in Social Media Marketing for Service Providers

The Social Media Guide Increasingly, the topic of social media and digital marketing are surfacing in discussions with my marketing counterparts at our service provider customers around-the-world. In large part because of highly visible “virtual, viral, visual” launch effort we’ve done in the past with such products as ASR 9000 and continuing discussion efforts we have around such efforts as this SP360 blog and our mobility community, we’re being asked on our lessons learned and guidance we can give to others looking to adopt similar approaches. To be honest, while we’ve made so... (more)