Living in the Cloud at Cisco Live!

5/23/2014 | Blog Post | 0 Comments |

Cisco has just wrapped up the celebration of their 25th anniversary of Cisco Live®. More than 25,000 people gathered at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for this special occasion, and thousands more tuned in online to learn about the innovations of tomorrow. Technology is constantly changing and expanding, and Cisco is dedicated to making the Internet have an even deeper positive impact on users’ everyday lives. A few members of our MCPc team spent the week in California to experience all the event had to offer.

CEO John Chambers had a tone-setting opening keynote on Sunday afternoon setting up for an exciting week. It was just last year that he divulged the latest on Cisco’s plan for the Internet of Everything (IoE), the next-gen, application-driven networking vision that will connect 99% of the devices we touch every day. It was and continues to be an unprecedented, groundbreaking opportunity which Chambers predicted will become a $19 trillion industry. This year, he further explained what it means to embrace the IoE and how Cisco is making that possible through new products and offerings. “You watch what’s about to occur in the industry,” Chambers said. “You’re going to see a brutal, brutal consolidation in the IT,” he continued. The IoE is and will continue to fundamentally change not only business but the entire world through technology. “It has to be simple,” Chambers prophesized to the crowd of IT experts, all of them leaning towards the stage, “you’ll see that it’ll be literally seamless as we move forward. All of us know that there’ll be bumps along the way, but you can only get seamless if you have architectures.”

Make no mistake, the Internet of Everything is not some far-off concept; we are living in the IoE right now. Chambers highlighted how now it is all about the human face of technology-which converges IT and Operational Technology (OT) with the Internet of Things, the idea of putting all your previously unconnected stuff together – cars, refrigerators, lamps, wristwatches – to create seamless integration for users. Cisco plans to further implement the IoE by using new technology to put all of those things online and create an explosion of connectivity.

“It’s fun and invigorating to see the excitement around the IoE at this year’s event,” said Jed Ayres, Chief Marketing Officer at MCPc. “The staggering growth of the IoE trend in the past year has me really excited to see what the next year will bring.”

All of this is made possible through an intercloud system that is becoming increasingly more sophisticated. The move for a partner-centric cloud strategy has never been more necessary and businesses have to be prepared to align their strategy and business plan for cloud success. Cisco took this opportunity at Cisco Live to announce several new midmarket solutions in areas like collaboration, security, data center, and enterprise networks. The mobile worker has never had it easier with devices like WebEx and Jabber, supported by the new Meraki Security Appliance and Cisco Cloud Managed Networks.

Howard Charney, Senior Vice President of the Office of the President for, has been also quoted as evangelizing the total economic impact of the IoE at $19 trillion over the next decade. “Look at the apps. They’re medical apps, they’re education apps. If you’re a solution provider, you have to have absolute confidence in the network, you have to have absolute confidence in the pieces that need to fit together, you have to be able to build datacenters, but if you’re a solution provider, the value is in the apps,” Charney said during his visit with MCPc at this year’s Game Changers event.
As MCPc continues to push forward in the rapidly changing technological landscape, it is exciting to know so many others are joining us in the adventure. The IoE continues to challenge and grow businesses in ways that we never imagined possible; and we are excited to bring this knowledge back from the event and to our customers.

Like Cisco is fond of saying: Tomorrow Starts Here.

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