Cloud

Moving to the cloud reduces your data center footprint while providing one place to store, manage, and access your resources. But first, you've got to build an effective cloud strategy by understanding your business needs and goals.

Network integration and policy federation, everywhere

IDC analyst Brad Casemore discusses the alignment of multiple data centers and cloud environments to support globally distributed business operations.

The business case for data center automation

According to Forrester, the three-year, risk-adjusted value of Cisco UCS Director is $2.3 million.

Hyperconverged infrastructure = hyper efficient operations

BluePearl Veterinary Partners standardized on Cisco HyperFlex Systems to boost the efficiency of its IT staff—and its business.

Protecting users and data beyond the firewall

With the rise of cloud-based applications, organizations are finding new ways to secure devices and data that are off the corporate network.

Finding the right home for your applications

Infrastructure-agnostic modeling tools improve application placement, management, and portability.

Easier, better security with microsegmentation

How group-based policy automation simplifies and fortifies security throughout a data center and beyond.

Raising the IQ of a metropolis

How China’s City Cloud Technology is turning Hangzhou into a smart city.

Integrating big data capabilities with enterprise systems

How CenturyLink is combining, analyzing, and monetizing its abundance of data resources.

An automated cloud concierge

The recent acquisition of CliQr Technologies by Cisco will simplify the deployment and management of applications across hybrid IT environments.

Connecting the user experience for volunteers, athletes, and fans

How 2015’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games became the most connected ever.

Integrating and virtualizing global contact centers

How Etihad Airways is delivering a first-class customer experience in 16 languages across 40 countries.

Managing distributed operations and assets from the cloud

Why mining and tunneling contractor Procon has adopted a cloud-based ERP system.

Cloud for Compliance

To meet Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and facilitate ongoing business expansion, CECO Environmental has placed its accounting and ERP systems in the cloud.

Re-engineering the customer experience

Industry experts describe the changing nature of customer service and how cloud-based contact centers are helping deliver frictionless experiences.

Measuring, optimizing cloud utilization

After identifying the cloud services being utilized by its employees, CityMD is taking steps to maintain compliance and boost application performance.

The new Industrial Revolution

How cloud technologies are helping both established brands and budding companies transform and grow their business.

From connectivity to business enablement

Rogers Communications is utilizing the cloud to expand its services portfolio and deliver more business value to its customers.

Taking warehousing and distribution to new heights

How the cloud is helping one fulfillment company eschew longstanding norms and create new digital offerings for its customers.

Taking retail customer experience to the next level

How women’s fashion brand Talbots is transforming its multichannel customer service with a cloud-based contact center solution.

A more efficient workspace

Research shows that designing workspaces around activities, not traditional corporate structures, pays off in better productivity.

The best of both cloud worlds

Using OpenStack technologies, companies can get the speed and simplicity of public cloud services with the control and security of a private cloud.

Q&A: Cisco's cloud strategy and initiatives

The Intercloud, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), Cisco Metapod (formerly Metacloud), and a host of cloud-based partners and services are key spokes in the Cisco cloud strategy. Paula Dowdy (pictured), senior vice president of cloud, software, and managed services at Cisco, sat down with Unleashing IT to explain how they fit together, and how they help modern enterprises.

How the cloud improves IT security

Cisco’s new security chief discusses the company’s efforts to embed “security everywhere.”

Fast, enterprise-class cloud migration

With the help of CDW and Peak 10, Rayonier Advanced Materials placed its entire IT environment in the cloud—in less than five months.

Software leaders embracing infrastructure automation

Application experts from Apprenda, CliQr, DataTorrent, and Vnomic explain why they have integrated their solutions with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure.

Blind spots: Quantifying and optimizing public cloud usage

How IT organizations can regain visibility and control of public cloud consumption within their company.

Cloud services leave spin-off primed for growth

When Cameron LNG spun off from Sempra Energy in 2014, the clock was already ticking. With just six months to sever all back office ties—including the phone system and IT network—the liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter needed to be innovative.

Utilizing a global cloud network

With the help of iland and Cisco, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group is tapping into the Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds.

Financing the cloud

How Extrinsica Global and Fusion Networks are taking advantage of Cisco Capital financing to build and grow their cloud portfolios.

Choosing the right cloud model

Options, considerations, and advice for deploying and maximizing private cloud technologies.

Reliability translates to superior technology at Purdue

By choosing a simple, reliable cloud communications solution, Purdue University has improved web collaboration services for students, faculty, and staff.

The emergence of the mobile cloud

Industry analyst and AT&T executives discuss the increased alignment between mobile and cloud technologies.

Fire ignites cloud journey at Parker Hudson

Boutique law firm finds DR efficiency in hosted service from Windstream.

Remaking education infrastructure for the future

Cloud-based telephony brings a rural school district 21st-century services—and 28 percent savings.

Rising above the Alaskan wilderness

Starting with desktops, Usibelli Coal Mine is putting its technology resources in the cloud.

Virtual desktops increase productivity, sales

U.S. Auto Sales’ business is booming thanks in part to a variety of cloud services.

U.K. cloud provider goes small…in a big way

Sipsynergy’s robust collaboration platform offers a leg up to the United Kingdom's numerous small businesses.

Easing the transition to the cloud

Using workload migration automation software, Dimension Data is working to remove the pain often associated with cloud migrations.

Extending collaboration, innovation to an entire value chain

How Jabil is empowering its partners and customers in the competitive world of global manufacturing.

Hosted architecture sets the stage for future innovation

Leading European grain processor eyes real-time pricing with IoT.

The federal cloud dilemma

Why government agencies need to look beyond short-term benefits when making cloud decisions.

Piloting cloud services

CIOs take their cue from the evolution of flight.

Consolidating an inter-branch telephony platform will pay dividends

Distributor Canadian Specialty Metals looks to cloud-based solution for savings and new features.

Balancing CapEx and OpEx

Cloud-based infrastructure allows a spinoff biologics company to focus on business opportunities, not technology.

SQL Server 2014: Tuned for applications, business intelligence, hybrid cloud

With SQL Server 2005 nearing the end of its support lifecycle and more companies using the cloud for data storage and backup, many are looking into the latest version of Microsoft’s popular data platform. According to database experts, there’s a lot to like about SQL Server 2014.

Closing the networking infrastructure generation gap

Symantec is bullish about how the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure centralized automation system and self-service functionality can save it time and manpower while increasing security.

Finding trust and confidence in someone else’s cloud

Cisco Powered cloud and managed service providers deliver unparalleled capabilities and support, backed by rigorous certification and third-party audits.

Collaborating on a massive scale

Asite’s cloud-based collaboration platform offers savings and security for huge building projects.

Avoiding IT obsolescence

How the IT department at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated has monetized its services and given business groups a larger stake in decision making.

Compliance in the cloud

One of the world’s largest online manufacturing marketplaces is getting help to meet a variety of regulatory requirements and industry standards.

An unlikely software-as-a-service provider

Children’s Bureau of Southern California is advancing its mission with the help of a hosting and compliance partner.

Financial lender adopts Desktop as a Service

JMAC Lending is freeing its mobile sales force and securing its customer data.

Outsourcing IT to relieve pressure—on a number of fronts

With the help of a trusted managed services provider, Design Group is continuing to grow and flourish, even while everything else is stalling.

Cloud delivers “wake-up call” to IT organizations

Industry leaders weigh in on the disruptive nature of the cloud, and the opportunity for IT organizations to become higher-value service brokers.

Putting medical software in the cloud

Why Park Place International sees the cloud as a natural extension of its onsite technology services.

IT as rapid responder for business growth

If you want your IT department to serve as a rapid responder, you need to provide agility. At KEMET, a consolidated data center, new server platform and transformed infrastructure are doing just that.

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