Intelligent CIO North America Issue 17 - Page 8

NEWS

Verizon Business bolsters Network-as-a-Service digitization strategy them the ability to scale , adopt the latest technology and remain agile to meet ever-changing customer demands .

“ Organizations are challenged with finding flexible and secure networking solutions that enable the rapid transition to hybrid cloud and hybrid work while maximizing application performance for their users ,” said Massimo Peselli , Senior Vice President , Global Enterprise , Verizon Business . “ The addition of these Cisco solutions builds on our longstanding history of co-innovation and provides customers with the agility and scalability to meet today ’ s needs while future-proofing their operations .”

Verizon Business is enhancing its Network-as-a-Service ( NaaS ) digitization strategy with the addition of Cisco managed SD- WAN services , including options for 4G / 5G connectivity . Automation , Artificial Intelligence , 5G and Real Time Enterprise ( RTE ) present new requirements and complexities , which test the limits of legacy Information Technology infrastructures .

With these new solutions , enterprises can leverage Verizon ’ s 4G and 5G networks , as well as the Network-as-a-Service strategy , giving
Besides enabling hybrid connectivity , Verizon ’ s NaaS with Cisco SD-WAN solutions helps simplify operations , employ an asset light model , optimize resources , allow network and security convergence , improve user experience from application-aware routing and increase business agility .
Todd Nightingale , EVP and GM , Enterprise Networking and Cloud , Cisco , said : “ Verizon ’ s new Cisco managed SD-WAN offer delivers cloud security and 5G capabilities , reduces complexity for customers , and enables private network connections to Cisco ’ s Webex service cloud .”

Mall of America gains insights from WaitTime , Intel and Cisco

Intel , WaitTime and Cisco have collaborated to deliver an AI solution that provides real-time capacity , crowd density and shopper experience insights to Mall of America .

Using the data , Mall of America can make informed business decisions and improve shopper experiences , while maintaining the privacy of individual visitors .
“ With the help of WaitTime , Intel and Cisco , we can remove the guesswork about how and where shoppers are spending their time and make real changes to improve shopping experience ,” said Aaron Nielsen , Vice President , Information Technology at Mall of America and American Dream .
“ The insights gained are invaluable , especially when we connect the dots to Wi-Fi and directory usage .”
Fueled by Intel Xeon Scalable processors with AI accelerators in combination with Cisco ’ s Meraki and analytics solutions , WaitTime uses AI to precisely count the number of people in a given area and determine whether they are congregating or passing through . WaitTime also provides detailed analytics that operators can use to provide better shopper experiences .
Looking to the future , WaitTime , Intel and Cisco plan a continued collaboration , aiming to scale the retail solution to malls across the US , as well as sports arenas and other venues where crowd insights are key to improving business outcomes .
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