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Enterprise IT organizations are under increasing pressure to do more with less. As such, they are highly motivated to leverage existing investments for maximum efficiencies rather than spend time and resources on acquiring, integrating and managing pricey new equipment. Enterprises are already deriving efficiencies through data center consolidation and virtualization initiatives. However, we know the cloud promises to offer further potency in the form of infrastructure savings on IT services and hardware expenses. In fact, according to Rackspace, 60 percent of IT professionals said the cloud has reduced the need for their IT team to maintain infrastructure, giving them more time to focus on strategy and innovation, while 88 percent point to cost savings. To make good on the cloud's promise, it is important that enterprise IT also focus its attention on the network ... (more)

Outlook 2013: Enterprise Will Seek a Better Network to the Cloud

In 2012, much of the industry was focused on what's going inside the data center to enable cloud computing. As we move into 2013 and beyond, enterprise IT will need to consider the network that connects the data centers - particularly how these inter-data center networks need to change to support new cloud use cases and associated network requirements for bandwidth scalability, low latency, security, virtualization and automation. As network specialists, Ciena has been concentrating on solving the connectivity issues between data centers, and data centers to the cloud. There are... (more)

The Telco Cloud Opportunity

The cloud ecosystem for information technology today is an interesting mix of companies, products and solutions. Information Communications Technology (ICT) refers to the convergence and expansion of telecommunications with information processing and storage. In short, ICT and the cloud mean a combination of compute, storage and network, running a variety of applications. These resources have been commonly located on premise by businesses, ranging from a few racks of equipment in a room for small businesses to football-field size facilities for large companies. Separately owned ... (more)

Building Your Private Cloud

Today's typical broadband virtual private network (VPN) connections to cloud applications will prove insufficient for tomorrow's cloud infrastructure services. The reason is that infrastructure workloads demand more from the network than software services. While broadband network services fit the user-to-machine cloud model for Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, the network needs to be upgraded in three key areas for machine-to-machine, cloud infrastructure services (IaaS): Capacity and scalability Security and encryption Bandwidth on-demand Let's take a look at why your... (more)

An Intelligent Network Is Critical to Achieve Optimal Cloud Performance

The success or failure of public cloud services can be measured by whether they deliver high levels of performance, security and reliability that are on par with, or better than, those available within enterprise-owned data centers. Gartner predicts that the global public cloud computing market is set to reach US$131 billion in 2013, up from $111 billion last year. To serve this market with the performance, security and reliability needed, cloud providers are moving quickly to build a virtualized multi-data center service architecture, or a "data center without walls." This app... (more)