Edison Peres (pictured), senior vice president, Worldwide Channels, urged partners during his keynote presentation on Tuesday, "Don't sit on the sidelines, get in the game." Right now, Cisco is convinced that "Cloud" is the name of the game, and with good reason. According to Gartner, half of all CIOs expect to operate the majority of their applications and infrastructures in the cloud by 2015. In addition, global spending on public cloud services is projected to reach $200 billion by 2016. It may not be an easy switch, but Cisco insists it is a necessary transition -- one that could mean life or death to solution providers' businesses.