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Security, the cloud and automation are the foundation of
Cisco’s Hierarchy of Needs, enabling businesses to tap
the power of collaboration, analytics and critical thinking

The European edition of Cisco Live took place this week in Berlin, which is a fitting location given the amount of innovation happening in that city right now. If you ever find yourself in Berlin, be sure to check out Cisco’s Open Berlin innovation center where inventive start-ups are building and showcasing solutions that run on Cisco technology.

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EHC on VxRail provides businesses with an easy,
fast way to get a hybrid cloud up and running
without the associated risk of doing it yourself

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been red hot over the past few years as more customers look for turnkey solutions to simplify the deployment of technology in its software defined data centers. The converged infrastructure group at Dell EMC, formerly known as VCE, was a late entrant into the market, but with Usain Bolt-like speed, the company has caught up to the field and is well on its way to becoming the market leader and de facto standard.

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Cisco Umbrella’s ease of deployment combined
with openness and analytics should make it
appealing to a large number of organizations.

The cloud is now a way of life. It’s possible for many users to spend their entire day using cloud applications. Email, social networking, expense management, CRM systems, file sharing applications, the Microsoft Office suite, unified communications, and anything else a worker might need on the daily is available from the cloud. It’s not just the number of cloud services in the market that has grown, but also the use of them. Many organizations I’ve interviewed have told me that cloud usage has doubled in the past two or three years, making it easily the fastest growing part of IT today.

Why is cloud adoption so strong? The answer is that it fits our workforce better than traditional, on-premises applications. What I mean by that is that when workers were in the office at a fixed location, static applications were fine. But workers are now more distributed and work from everywhere, and cloud-based services are much easier to deliver to a mobile workforce so it’s the delivery model that suits workers best.

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Understanding the impact of an IT outage is a fairly standardized process. Take how much revenue the company generates, break it down to an hourly amount and, as they say in the UK, “Bob’s your Uncle”. However, IT outages aren’t nearly as common as they used to be a decade or more ago. Businesses build their infrastructure with so much redundancy that the concept of an outage is rare. I believe most companies could go into their data center and flick any piece of equipment off and not one user would notice.

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The Gartner Magic Quadrant is certainly the most iconic graphic ever created by an industry analyst firm. Second on that list is the Gartner Hype Cycle. Personally, I find the naming scheme of the elements of the Hype Cycle to be a bit trite, but each phase is fairly accurate.

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