International IT services provider Sycor was redesigning the networks for one customer who had 4500 employees spread across 80 branches in addition to a headquarters and many telecommuting and mobile workers. One issue they were addressing was that this customer was having problems with one of their web-based applications. This specific app was used by just one person at each branch, but was important to the customer’s business. So Sycor engineers tuned both the app’s website as well as the central database with which it communicated.
The solution they were considering was a dedicated data terminal at each branch to work separately but in parallel with the existing network deployments. And then the customer started having problems with more applications at more branches. Something had to be done.
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Tags: branch, data center, network, waas, WAN Optimization
Today’s announcement that Citrix is dropping support for OpenStack has reverberated through the clouderati sphere like a new Justin Bieber song through my niece’s third grade class. Super important but will not matter much when the next idol arrives.
In any case, a lot of smart people have written about it. I’ll leave them to explain the whole thing.
Cloud Avenue has a good in-depth coverage post. And so does James Staten of Forrester. Randy Bias also weighs in as well. I’m sure I’m missing other worthy commentators.
But the post that most caught my attention came from Thorsten at Rightscale‘s. We both share something in common: we both build products that connect to cloud API’s. Including vendor who have API’s that claim to be compatible EC2. This experience, I think provides a useful point of view when thinking about API compatibility. Not to mention it creates a jaundiced view of the human soul.
I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it again: it’s the semantics of the resources in the cloud that matter, not the syntax of the API. This means that “API compatibility” has to reach very, very deep to be meaningful. Let me give you a couple of examples around EC2.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, citrix, cloud, Cloud Management, data center, intelligent automation, orchestration, unified management, virtualization
The most recent “Megatest” was initiated by Light Reading to assess our CloudVerse architecture. In the second part of the test, Cloud Intelligent Networks, Light Reading sought to validate the performance of Cisco’s IP NGN infrastructure in a world of cloud computing, and so far it’s the industry’s only end-to-end test of public cloud infrastructure.
Key questions which Light Reading sought to answer included:
- Can Cisco deliver on the scale of network needed to connect customers to the cloud?
- How can traffic between clouds (data centers) be delivered most efficiently to optimize network resources?
- How can Data Centers keep up with the amount of traffic between them forecasted in the future, without having to replace long distance fiber infrastructure?
To learn more about how to administer and deploy IPv6-Based Cloud Intelligent Networks, and even have an opportunity to get your own questions answered, please attend a webinar with Sanjeev Mervana, Senior Director with Cisco, Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst with Light Reading, and Carsten Rossenhoevel, the Managing Director of the European Advanced Networking Testing Center.
The webinar will be held on April 4th, 2012 at 11am New York / 4 pm London and you can register at this link here. We look forward to hearing your questions!
Tags: ASR9000, cgse, Cisco, Cloud Intelligent Networks, CRS, DCI, EANTC, IPv6, Jim Hodges, light reading, Megatest, Service Provider
At Enterprise Connect last week, Cisco Jabber and Cisco TelePresence weren’t the only stars of the show. Cisco’s desktop virtualization thin clients, Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC), were getting quite a bit of attention also. Some may find this surprising since Enterprise Connect has traditionally been considered a “voice” show. But just as the market has moved beyond voice to more mobile, social and visual collaboration, it has also evolved to a world of virtual collaboration. With the resulting unexpected benefit of unification of the complete office desktop, which in turn enables a variety of mobile strategies, many companies are now reconsidering their virtual desktop projects as voice and video become a must have for the users.
Last year at Enterprise Connect, we discussed how Cisco is helping customers address the challenges with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Cisco’s end to end virtual workspace solution with new desktop virtualization clients. In addition to the VXC 2000 series that were featured on the Exhibition Hall, we offered Cisco NDA sessions on VXI, where we demonstrated a new thin client we were working on, VXC 6215.
Last week, we demoed this new device in the Enterprise Connect Exhibit Hall and got a lot of interest from the conference attendees. The attendees immediately understood the value of VXC 6215, which unifies virtual desktops with voice and video, all in one device, without compromising the user experience. Many of them used the word “smart” to describe how VXC 6215 eliminates the classic “hairpin” issue that is associated with today’s traditional desktop virtualization thin clients when voice and video is not separated from the display protocol. With VXC 6215, we’ve applied the network intelligence to route voice and video traffic, point to point, without traversing back to the data center.
VXC 6215 is available and shipping today. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, citrix, collaboration, vdi, virtualization, virtualized desktop infrastructure, vxc, vxi
Comedian Steve Martin got on Twitter two years ago and now has two and half million followers, and enough tweets for a new book called “The Ten, Make that Nine, Habits of Very Organized People, Make that Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin.” Steve says people are actually funnier in their tweets than in person and calls it “a new form of comedy.”
How can we all be this creative online …whether it’s 140 words or 400?
Science writer and blogger Jonah Lehrer in another new book “Imagine: How Creativity Works” says to be creative, “Let go!” He says as we get older, we become too self aware, pay too much attention to details, and hold back.
Certainly, technology can help let out our creative side. We have Pinterest to create virtual scrapbooks and Draw Something to play virtual Pictionary. You draw something on the screen of your mobile phone and your opponent on another phone tries to guess it. It’s the top downloaded free app in the world, and is now owned by Zynga.
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Tags: Imagine: How creativity works, Jonah Lehrer, online writing, Ragan Communications Connected Life Exchange, social media, Steve Martin, TED, twitter, viral videos