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Five Things That Successful Cloud Deployments Have in Common

Some people say that in the next few years that Infrastructure as a Service cloud deployments will be focused mostly on private clouds.  And then they say that enterprises will migrate to public clouds after they have become “experienced” in running a cloud.  About a year ago I could really see this story played out.  Now, fifteen months after we introduced Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, I have some different points of view.  I would have thought that by now that private cloud architectures would have begun to converge to a few standard patterns.  This has not happened.  The world is still diverging when it comes to both Private and Public cloud architectures.

I do see patterns arising in successful cloud deployments and here are some of the key ones:

#5:  Pragmatic Approach: IT shops that come with a long list of RFP requirements and questions take a long time to source a technology provider and to achieve production success.  Others that are pragmatic (can I say Agile in their approach) get to cloud quicker and learn from their successes and missteps alike.

#4:  They Have a Cloud Instance Roadmap: After a cloud deployment, some IT organizations think that is it, they are done, next project, my move to cloud is complete.  Hold it right there, did you know that cloud is not a single step where you through a switch, but a succession of deployments of great scope from one step to the next?  A roadmap is needed that covers:  hardware, network, storage infrastructure, virtualization technology and release version, management and orchestration software instance version and finally the services that you are offering to the end users and how the service catalog is changing over time.  Those that have a roadmap roughed out are generally more successful than those that have a big bang perspective.

#3: Appreciation for Challenge of Management of Change: Moving to cloud is a big change in an operating model; careers are created and new roles are defined.  How does an organization move to the new model with different technology, processes and people?  When a team proactively manages the change in the non-technical they ensure long term success.  It is not just about self service, cloud catalogs, orchestration, domain management and virtualization.  It is more about service designers and automation authors and changes in operational processes.

#2: Rise of the Cloud Architect: Since cloud is about a new operating model a new position and role is needed.  If you have a cloud project and do not have a cloud architect tying it all together from cost models, to hypervisors, to orchestration and orderable service definitions, you need a organization role tune up ASAP.

#1:  A Service Centric Approach: Most people get this one right away.  Service centric projects are the key focus for ITaaS.  However, I can’t tell you how many times when I am talking to an IT team, the opening bell results in a speeds and feeds conversation around provisioning that piece of infrastructure and that virtualization API.  If you ask the question about what services they want to offer their end users for self service ordering  you will get a request for more time to answer that question.  Service Centric IT shops will take the time to start first with the business requirements and the perspective from the end user point of view.  Transform your cloud project approach to a service centric agile project and you will go far.

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ING Direct Australia’s “Bank in the Box” promotes innovation in the banking sector

“Bank in the Box” is a solution that has been rolled out by ING Direct Australia, the pioneer of branchless banking here in Australia (see press release here). The solution, deployed by Dimension Data, is a combination of solutions from Cisco, Microsoft and NetApp which will help accelerate ING Direct’s innovation engine so that new applications can be delivered more rapidly to end customers.

ING Direct has a culture of being a leader of innovation and in order to continue this rapid pace of innovation the bank needed a highly automated and scalable private cloud solution that enabled the team to instantly provision a test environment that represents all the bank’s application and services.  Hear from ING Direct’s CIO on what they’ve achieved (video here).

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Welcome to Cisco Live! from Geoff Lawrie, Country Manager, Cisco New Zealand

Cisco Live! once again provides a timely focus on the trends and new technologies that are driving our sector and that our Australian and New Zealand customers and partners are making decisions about every day.

There is no doubt the complexity of those decisions isn’t getting easier as organisations respond to economic conditions and the impact of the ‘consumerisation of IT’.

The way we connect, communicate and collaborate, as well as the way we access and consume IT in general, is fundamentally changing. Cisco’s recent VNI Global Mobile Data Forecast predicts that by 2016 there will be 10 billion mobile Internet connected devices, 90% of global mobile data traffic will occur over a smartphone or portable device and that mobile video traffic will account for 70% of all mobile data traffic. 

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Using Webinars to Build Your Business: Steps for Success

You want to do webinars.

You want to get your message out there, "leverage your resources" and "do more with less". But the idea terrifies you and your more afraid of making yourself look bad than the good you can achieve. We get it.

We are here to help.

In the next few weeks, we are going to offer suggestions for helping you put your best foot forward when creating a webinar. We have pulled together information about why you should do webinars and we have examples of people doing it right.

We also have expert Sharon Burton who has put together two on-demand webinars for us talking about what you need to do to deliver the best webinar possible. We'll conclude with tips on using social media to help you spread the word about your event and create a long tail of engagement should you decide to post a recording.

Using WebEx gives you an audience.

If you use WebEx to deliver your webinar, you get some extra bang for your efforts. With WebEx Channels, you can post your recording - along with handouts - to extend your reach and connect with the WebEx network.

You don't have to be big to look big.

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Future Fashion: Wearable Computing Comes of Age

March 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm PST

I want a tricorder, and I want it now! Well maybe not a tricorder specifically but I certainly want my technology to take the natural next step and become more and more wearable with products such as iPod watches, heads up display (HUD) glasses, and smart fabric available. This doesn't seem so far fetched given the recent buzz that Google will be launching smart glasses that are Android-based. These glasses will include a small screen that sits a few inches from someone’s eye. The glasses will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS. The smart glasses would be navigated via tilting and nodding which would make those folks talking on Bluetooth devices you can’t see look darn normal in comparison. So from Google Goggles to Google Glasses, looks like wearable computing is becoming an imminent reality.

Smart glasses are only the beginning though. Read More »

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