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Agents of Change: Cisco

Jack Loo | Jan. 28, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have networking specialist Cisco.

3) Cisco Cloud Apps and Services - enable end-to-end, high-performance, enterprise-class applications and services.

4) Enterprise Private Cloud - helps reduce costs, raise efficiency, and introduce innovative new business models to make enterprises more agile and efficient while simplifying operations and infrastructure.

In the recent Cisco Global Cloud Index, Asia Pacific is expected to process the most cloud workloads up to 40.6 million (or 36 percent of the global cloud workloads) by 2016. This explosive growth is brought about by the increase in data centre processes and procedures including separation of application servers, storage and databases, for both production and development workloads generated by businesses in the region.

Cloud adoption in the region is widespread and is continually maturing as Internet penetration in Asia increases and more end-users access the clouds through their new devices. There is also the increased adoption of cloud computing applications such as high-definition video streaming and video chat applications, which will contribute to heavier cloud workloads in Asia Pacific.

Businesses still continue to shift investments into Asia Pacific as economic growth in the region continues. With this move, cloud traffic growth in the region is expected to increase. We see enterprises around the region building private clouds, while service providers roll out public clouds; so over the next 12 to 18 months, we expect to see a convergence towards hybrid cloud services.

Through optimisation and simplified cloud operations, customers are able to reduce the time needed to implement cloud-based services, as well as optimise resource usage. For example, through the use of an integrated infrastructure, a service provider that deployed Cisco's solution managed to reduce the average implementation time of their services from 45 days to 30 minutes and reduced energy consumption by 25 percent.

ICT and Sustainability

We saw the move towards a technology-enabled 'sustainable workplace' and legislature towards green buildings. Energy efficiency has caught the attention of policy makers as they look to bridge the gap between information and communication technologies and real estate requirements. A single converged network will enable integrated visibility and control to enhance efficiency, productivity, sustainability and ensure seamless incorporation of future technologies.

Cisco Smart+Connected Communities uses intelligent networking capabilities to weave together people, services, community assets, and information into a single pervasive solution. Smart+Connected acknowledges the essential role of the network as the platform to help transform physical communities to connected communities. It also encapsulates a new way of thinking about how communities are designed, built, managed, and renewed to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Constituents of Smart+Connected Communities have access to information and services that enrich their lives, with technology solutions for their homes, schools, transportations and more. Cisco is executing on Smart+Connected Communities projects around the world in cities such as Amsterdam, London and Toronto.


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