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The holiday season is always a time of excitement, anticipation, and good will. Clearly, mobile is at the heart of all three! I just spent $300 on new smartphones for my family and upgraded our plans to 1200+ minutes, 500+ text messages, and tens of mega bytes per month. That does not even include everything I do with my business phone! If this is any indication, the mobile data traffic will far exceed the projections from the Cisco Visual Networking Index in many markets! With this backdrop, the Cisco Mobility team is doubly excited because today, as part of our ongoing efforts to enable the mobile Internet transformation, Starent Networks is now a part of Cisco. As the new Cisco Mobile Internet Technology Group, under the leadership of Ashraf Dahod, former Starent CEO, Starent’s employees will continue their innovative work to develop and support industry-leading m... (more)

Cloud: What a Business Leader Must Know

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 b... (more)

Cisco Helps Iceland’s Farice Play a Key Role in Green Cloud Computing

By Stephen Liu - One of the topics we covered this week at the Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference was cloud computing. A benefit of cloud computing is that the physical infrastructure – the storage and compute resources – can be located almost anywhere as long as there is reliable network access. Several countries are leveraging their low cost green power to grow their economies with new data center facilities. A publicly announced example of this is Facebook which has built an enormous facility in northern Sweden. Iceland with its cooler temperatures and green geothermal... (more)

The Zettabyte Era is Upon Us

By Doug Webster - As many of the regular readers know, this time of year is one of my favorite. Sure, kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and that summer vacation is within reach… but the real kicker? The release of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast – this time for the period between 2011 and 2016. We’ve been doing this report for 6 years now, and it has provided a lens into many of the changes we’ve seen in the industry, and there are many: Changes the units of measurement just to quantify the amount of traffic – moving from petabytes to exabytes t... (more)

Three Years Is A Mobile Eternity

Three years ago I wrote a paper “Top Ten Considerations for a Successful Evolved Packet Core Deployment” (if you want [...] ... (more)