BT invests in new services across Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa

BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, today announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and helping them orchestrate the most recent technology to deliver great business outcomes. Backed by its global network infrastructure and leveraging its position as a leading provider of unified communications and collaboration services, BT launches the following new cloud services in the AMEA region:

http://www.itweb.co.za/office/BTGroup/PressRelease.php?StoryID=254365

Cisco to invest $1.7 billion in India this year; to partner Centre’s digital drive

BENGALURU: Nearly three months after Cisco Chairman & CEO John Chambers said he will “bet big on India”, the world’s biggest computer networking company outlined its plans to invest around $1.7 billion in a year, becoming the first multinational to make such a commitment since the Narendra Modi government took over in May. After a few hiccups — spate of exits of top officials, fears over business growth in the country —Cisco is ready to partner India on the Centre’s digital drive.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/cisco-to-invest-1-7-billion-in-india-this-year-to-partner-centres-digital-drive/articleshow/45171361.cms

Telstra opens new datacentre to host VMware and Cisco

Telstra has opened a new 2000sqm datacentre in Clayton, Victoria, to host WMware Cloud’s service, VCloud Air. The 6MW datacentre will also be leveraged to host vendor Cisco’s cloud offering as well as internal IT infrastructure to support Telstra’s back office systems (Siebel etc). The opening follows last week’s vForum announcement it would host VMware’s hybrid Cloud service as part of its growing Cloud strategy. The datacentre will add more than 40 per cent to its datacentre capability and will consist of two 1000sqm data halls.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/559211/telstra-opens-new-datacentre-host-vmware-cisco/

Cisco begins Australian leg of global restructure

Cisco has allegedly set the balling rolling on the Australian portion of its global layoff plan which is set to axe about 6000 jobs worldwide. According to a source, the company started a three-day consulting period which ended on Friday, October 10. It is understood some staff were asked to produce reports to justify their roles in the company. Cisco Australia has neither confirmed nor denied this.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/557218/cisco-begins-australian-leg-global-restructure/

Cisco sinks $18 million into Chinese cloud

Cisco has revealed plans to invest in commercial cloud computing services in China through a joint venture with one of the country’s local electronics manufacturer, TCL. Cisco will invest US$16 (A$18.2) million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, according to a filing made with the US stock exchange. TCL will pay US$64 (A$72.8) million for an 80 percent share.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396630,cisco-sinks-18-million-into-chinese-cloud.aspx

Telstra launches global cloud collaboration service

Telstra announced today the launch of its global cloud-based unified communications service, the latest offering in its long-term partnership with networking giant Cisco. The service will be delivered through Telstra’s cloud infrastructure, which extends to seven locations around the world, including the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Telstra’s global solution, launched in partnership with Cisco last year, is now available across four continents in 25 countries, and is delivered over Telstra’s worldwide network extending to more than 2,000 point of presence according to Telstra global enterprise and services director of marketing Nathan Bell.

http://www.zdnet.com/telstra-launches-global-cloud-collaboration-service-7000032719/

Red Hat and Cisco Extend Cloud Collaboration in India

Red Hat Inc. the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the extension of their cloud collaboration with Cisco in India. The combination of Red Hat’s open source solutions and Cisco® technology has delivered innovative solutions to customers, enabling them to achieve greater IT efficiencies and bringing them toward next-generation enterprise computing.

http://www.pcquest.com/pcquest/news/218095/red-hat-cisco-extend-cloud-collaboration-india

Cisco partners with ELCIA to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘IoT Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore

BANGALORE,INDIA: Cisco today announced a strategic engagement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore. Riding on India’s fast growing Internet penetration, this collaboration will help establish the foundation for a new ecosystem to help Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies and other companies of electronic city engaged in IoT product development.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/216987/cisco-partners-elcia-develop-asia-s-iot-innovation-hub-bangalore

Cisco investment arm to fund start-ups in India

The investment arm of global networking products major Cisco Monday announced a $40 million (Rs.241 crore) fund for early-stage firms (start-ups) in India which are focused on products and technologies relevant to the country and other emerging markets. “The funds will also be made in firms which work on cost-optimised designs, industry vertical solutions and applications on cloud computing,” the Indian subsidiary of the US global telecom products firm said in a statement here.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/cisco-investment-arm-to-fund-start-ups-in-india-114062301163_1.html

Cisco announces next generation of leadership in India

BANGALORE, INDIA: Cisco today announced the next generation of its leadership in India, reflecting the strategic importance of Cisco India for the company. The new leadership comprises Dinesh Malkani, President – Sales for India & SAARC; Amit Phadnis, President – Engineering & India Site Leader; and V C Gopalratnam (Gopal), President – Strategy, Planning and Operations, India and CIO, Asia Pacific and Japan & Greater China.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/215665/cisco-announces-generation-leadership-india

Cisco’s India unit won’t cut jobs in routers and switches business

BANGALORE: The Indian arm of Cisco Systems is not cutting jobs in its routers and switches business, top executives said, despite reducing workforce globally as part of an effort to restore growth and shift focus from traditional networking hardware to newer technologies.  Cisco, the world’s largest networking equipment maker, last year said it will cut 5% of its global workforce or 4,000 jobs due to weaker sales for its products in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/ciscos-india-unit-wont-cut-jobs-in-routers-and-switches-business/articleshow/35913402.cms

Cisco helps enhance TV-watching experience of nearly 30 million viewers of DEN Networks

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Cisco has reached a key milestone of six million digital pay-TV homes on DEN Networks. DEN is using Cisco’s technologies to enhance the TV-watching experience of nearly 30 million viewers across India, with an estimated industry average of five people per household.  This achievement re-inforces customers’ confidence in the innovative technology, digital TV services and solutions provided by Cisco.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/213288/cisco-helps-enhance-tv-watching-experience-nearly-million-viewers-den-networks

Dimension Data Takes Two Global Awards at Cisco Partner Summit 2014

TAG indexNEW YORK, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Dimension Data, the $5.8 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, today announced that it was awarded two global awards at Cisco’s recent Partner Summit in Las Vegas, including Services Partner of the Year, and Capital Partner of the Year.  The Americas, EMEAR, and Asia Pacific regions together scooped up 19 additional awards.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3054927

Cisco and Telstra: ideal cloud companions

Telstra and Cisco Systems have announced a first-of-its-kind alliance that signals an inflexion point in the evolution of the global infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. Even as Australia’s largest telco, Telstra has decided that the economies of scale required for sustainable success as an IaaS provider are beyond its means. Rather than invest in a potentially sub-scale home-tailored cloud computing infrastructure, Telstra has decided to partner with a global provider of ready-to-use cloud platforms.

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/3/19/technology/cisco-and-telstra-ideal-cloud-companions

Cisco Forecasts Nearly 14-Fold Increase in Mobile Data Traffic

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2013 to 2018, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase nearly 11-fold over the next four years and reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes by 2018. The projected increase in mobile traffic is partly due to continued strong growth in the number of mobile Internet connections, such as personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, which will exceed 10 billion by 2018 and be 1.4 times greater than the world’s population (United Nations estimates 7.6 billion people by 2018).

http://pctechmag.com/2014/02/cisco-forecasts-nearly-14-fold-increase-in-mobile-data-traffic/

Cisco warns of revenue slide as hardware spending sputters

Feb 12 (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc on Wednesday forecast a 6 to 8 percent revenue slide this quarter, underlining the network gear maker’s struggle to rekindle demand in emerging markets like China even as hardware spending globally sags. That gloomy outlook, though about in line with Wall Street expectations, marks another severe decline in sales for the former high-flying tech company, which has partly blamed its poor run on a boycott of U.S. equipment after revelations of American spying efforts globally.

http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=OBR&date=20140212&id=17346708