Cisco “Internet of Things”

Cisco targets 50 billion devices with new six-pillar Internet of Things platform.

In the future, Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. Yet today, more than 99 per cent of things in the physical world remain unconnected.


To capitalise on the unprecedented opportunities presented by this wave of digitisation, companies and cities are increasingly deploying Internet of Things solutions. However, the networking giant believes digitisation is complex. Customers are often connecting devices and objects – or converging unrelated networks – at previously unprecedented scales. Furthermore, Cisco believes they can only realise the value of these connections through the application of advanced data analytics, and even then, customers often still need to create a new class of intelligent applications capable of accelerating new business models or increasing productivity. Of course, all of this has to happen without ever sacrificing security at any point in the system, from the device to the data centre and via the cloud.

As a result, the new Cisco IoT System, announced today, aims to address the complexity of digitisation with an infrastructure that is designed to manage large scale systems of diverse endpoints and platforms, and the data deluge they create.
The new Cisco IoT System comprises six critical technology elements or ‘pillars’ which – when combined together into an architecture – help reduce the complexities of digitisation with the company also revealing 15 new Internet of Things products within the six pillars.

Kip Compton, VP/GM, IoT Systems and Software Group, Cisco, says

“The Cisco IoT System provides a comprehensive set of IoT technologies and products that simplify and accelerate the deployment of infrastructure for the Internet of Things. This unique systems approach delivers a framework that makes it possible to deploy, accelerate and innovate with IoT.”

The six pillars of the new Cisco IoT System are as follows:

1. Network Connectivity:
This pillar includes purpose-built routing, switching, and wireless products available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.

2. Fog Computing:
‘Fog’ is a distributed computing infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) which extends computing capability – and thereby data analytics applications – to the ‘edge’ of networks.
“It enables customers to analyze and manage data locally, and thereby to derive immediate insights from connections,” Compton explains.
Cisco predicts that 40 per cent of IoT-created data will be processed in the fog by 2018 while over 25 of Cisco’s network products are enabled with Cisco’s fog computing or edge data processing platform, IOx.

3. Security:
“The security pillar of the IoT System unifies cyber and physical security to deliver operational benefits and increase the protection of both physical and digital assets,” Compton adds.
“Cisco’s IP surveillance portfolio and network products with TrustSec security and cloud/cyber security products allow users to monitor, detect and respond to combined IT and Operational Technology (OT) attacks.”

4. Data Analytics:
According to Compton, the Cisco IoT System provides an optimised infrastructure to implement analytics and harness actionable data for both the Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio and third party analytics software.

5. Management and Automation:
“The IoT System provides enhanced security, control and support for multiple siloed functions to deliver an easy-to-use system for managing an increasing volume of endpoints and applications, field operators need an easy-to-use management system,” Compton adds.

6. Application Enablement Platform:
“Offers a set of APIs for industries and cities, ecosystem partners and third-party vendors to design, develop and deploy their own applications on the foundation of IoT System capabilities,” Compton adds.

Furthermore, Cisco has also introduced more than 15 new IoT products around network connectivity, physical and cyber security, data analytics, management and automation which will serve industry verticals such as manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, transportation, public safety and smart cities.

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News Article from James Henderson (Computerworld New Zealand) on 30 June, 2015 07:22

IDC: New Zealand Businesses Head to the Cloud

Courtesy of IDC – 18 May 2015

Off premises IT services (e.g. hosted applications and infrastructure) in New Zealand are forecast to grow 7–9% each year until 2019, based on this year’s NZ IT Services Market Analysis and Forecast report from IDC. The big winner will be cloud-based services, which will grow at a staggering 15–27% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) until 2019.

“New Zealand organisations are committed to shifting their IT needs off premises and into the cloud. There is a strong appetite for services that drive cloud and cloud integration, as well as investments in a strong network to enable these solutions” says Donnie Krassiyenko, IT Services Market Analyst for IDC. “At a business level, it is all about mobile applications transforming the way in which business connect to its customers via its staff and ongoing digital engagement”.

The IT services market for New Zealand grew at a conservative level of 1.9% for 2014 (year on year) but IDC is forecasting annual growth rates of 2.6% each year until 2019. This uplift reflects the massive transformation that the market is realising as organisations take to a hybrid style infrastructure model with wider technology adoption across the organisation.

IDC’s market share analysis found that Datacom is now the largest IT services provider (incl. business consultancy services) in the New Zealand market. Its strong representation of IT services across Systems Integration, IS Outsourcing, and Application Management has driven the company’s increased market share, with the major industry penetration in Government, Communications and Media, and Finance sectors.

One of the key drivers of these growth trends is the notable improvement in the number of New Zealand organisations expanding ICT budgets over the past year. In the IDC’s 2015 Asia/Pacific C-Suite Barometer, 19% of companies stated that budgets were increasing this year. In addition only 16% of the New Zealand organisations interviewed stated that lack of ICT budget for the business requirements is a top challenge in leveraging ICT to drive business forward.

“IDC is also seeing the power partnership of the CIO and CMO beginning to form. Marketing understands the value of leveraging information to drive stronger customer engagements however to do this in a way where applications are integrated and information is well governed the value of the CIO is critical” says Adam Dodds, IT Services Research Manager for IDC.

New Zealand end-users have indicated to IDC that the investment focus for the coming 24 months will be targeted across the following areas:

  • Cloud – Datacenter migration,
  • Mobility, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI),
  • Unified communication and collaboration, and
  • Data analytics.


The figure below represents the growth of the key macromarkets of the New Zealand IT Services portfolio for

Figure 1

Note: The figure excludes business consulting and business process outsourcing services

Source: IDC, 2015


The above is referenced from the IDC’s New Zealand IT Services 2015–2019 Analysis and Forecast. This document is available at

3CX Wins “Most Innovative Product” Award

3CX, developer of the next generation software PBX 3CX Phone System has won the award for the “Most Innovative Product” in the category of Unified Communications with 3CX WebMeeting. The award ceremony was held at this year’s CeBIT, in Hannover, Germany, one of the largest IT expos globally.


The award was collected by 3CX CEO Nick Galea and Marcus Kogel, Sales Manager EMEA (left).

3CX WebMeeting was chosen for its innovative use of WebRTC technology. WebRTC is Google’s open standards technology which allows users to launch web meetings directly from their browser, without having to download any clients or plugins. 3CX launched the hosted version of 3CX WebMeeting in August 2014 and the on-premise version in February 2015. Since its launch 3CX WebMeeting has received positive feedback from both 3CX Partners and end-users. 3CX WebMeeting is free for up to 10 participants for all 3CX Phone System 12.5 users.

Nick Galea, 3CX CEO said:

“This award is a great recognition of 3CX as a forerunner in the Unified Communications and PBX industry. We are the first vendor to offer a multi point WebRTC based video conferencing solution which is also integrated with our PBX at no extra charge. The “Most Innovative Product” prize, chosen by a jury of industry experts, is a highly esteemed award in Germany and we are very appreciative of the recognition our innovation is receiving in the industry.”

3CX webrtc3CX WebMeeting is a hassle-free web conferencing solution which leverages WebRTC technology, eliminating the need for any plugins or clients. Browser-to-browser communication and click2call as well as advanced online classroom features are just a few of the popular features of 3CX WebMeeting.
With 30,000 customers worldwide, some of the world’s leading companies and organizations use 3CX Phone System, including Boeing, McDonalds, Hugo Boss, Ramada Plaza Antwerp, Harley Davidson, Wilson Sporting Goods and Pepsi.

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