Guest Blogger: Yair Dolev (@CiscoCloudY) brings extensive experience in enterprise application development and management of advanced data center virtualization technology products to Cisco’s Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group. Prior to Cisco, Yair was Director of Product Management at data center automation authority Tidal Software, and managed the groundbreaking Azul Virtual Machine products at Azul Systems, which enabled data centers to run large Java workloads on highly scalable, optimized hardware.
In my last blog entry, I told you about some of the most fundamental new concepts in Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) v3.1 and how they help address top-of-mind issues for our customers. This time I’d like to address a matter no less significant.
At the core of every cloud initiative there always lurks a concern about the sustained viability of such a comprehensive transformation – and this applies to adoption of a new cloud operating model as well as to the deployment of the new technology required. It boils down to two things: trust and cost. Can I trust that this solution will still fit me in the future, and how much will I really have to pay for this fit?
One of the things I really like about Cisco IAC is that it’s built around a core software platform that allows for an amazing level of flexibility and extensibility. Our software can be configured and adapted to closely fit what your IT organization wants to offer to meet your unique business needs. The user portal can be made to look different and behave differently for a variety of users, and it can enforce your organization’s policies and controls. The orchestration engine is adaptable to model a wide range of customer processes, and it’s extensible to communicate with other IT operations management software, OSS/BSS tools or infrastructure systems. Our solution can be extended beyond infrastructure services, to encompass a broad range of IT and business services at the platform and application layer (more on this later). The best news is: you can protect the investment you made so that the changes persist through future product updates. Let’s review some of these key capabilities:
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Tags: automation, Cisco Cloud Portal, Cisco Unified Management, cloud, Cloud Management, cloud portal, intelligent automation, Intelligent Automation for Cloud, orchestration, unified management
IT managers are looking for proof that new solutions deliver significant benefits and superior value before they commit to a migration. A TCO/ROI calculator is a great tool to help make those infrastructure planning decisions. The new Cisco UCS RISC/UNIX Migration TCO and ROI Calculator provides a quick, simple tool for IT managers to understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and potential Return On Investment (ROI) of migrating an existing RISC server infrastructure to the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Simply input your company, server, software, systems administration profiles and the desired Cisco UCS solution to receive an ROI analysis. The ROI analysis presents the business case results for the proposed Cisco UCS solution compared to the current RISC/UNIX server environment over a specified analysis period. Key financial metrics including the Investment, Total and Annual Benefits, Return on Investment (ROI), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and the Payback Period are produced. A Microsoft Word or PowerPoint document can also be created to share the results with team members and management.
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My colleague, Joe Karpenko, and I will be presenting the Network Threat Defense, Countermeasures, and Controls Security Masters Dojo training course at the CanSecWest 2013 Applied Security Conference.
Attendees will perform two roles. First, as a Security Practitioner who will secure and harden devices within an organization’s network infrastructure, and second, as a Security Incident Response Investigator who must correctly detect, classify, and prevent threats targeting a network by configuring and deploying advanced network threat defenses and countermeasures. Read More »
Tags: CanSecWest 2013, Cisco Security, cisco sio, Network Threat Defense
We place great value in our partner relationships. And since our inception of the Cisco Value Incentive Program (VIP), we’ve invested billions of dollars to help partners like you increase your return on your Cisco investment and boost your profitability.
VIP 21 is available to all of our Cisco specialized, certified, and Authorized Technology Partners (ATP) who promote the adoption of Cisco architectures (Borderless Networks, Collaboration, Data Center, Cloud and Managed Services, and Express) within the current six month program period.
Take a look at the new ways our 21st VIP offering allows you to reap even greater rewards around key industry trends. Be sure to also check out our handy VIP 21 infographic at the end of this post to get a snapshot of the program, key updates, and enrollment information. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, CMS, CMSP, incentive, infographic, partner, reseller, VIP, vip 21
Today, Cisco is excited to introduce the latest Connected Sports and Entertainment innovation, StadiumVision Mobile. This ground-breaking solution leverages a high-density Connected Stadium Wi-Fi network to deliver live video to the latest mobile devices at live sports and entertainment events, with minimal delay.
Recent research highlights how vital this capability is for leagues, teams and venues to “compete with the couch” – an astounding 57% of fans prefer to watch at home versus live in person. Watching at home is less expensive (68% of fans said this was a factor), delivers great flexibility (34% said it allows them to multitask), and allows for crystal-clear HD video (22% said it was good enough or even better than live). Arguably the couch is winning over the live experience, and that is why our customers around the world have told Cisco that the next big technology hurdle they wanted solved was “video everywhere” in their venues.
All of these statistics were derived from a recent global fan survey that Cisco’s Sports & Entertainment Solutions Group conducted along with Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) to identify how fans currently consume sports, what they value and why they pay to attend live events when the home experience is so good.
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Tags: Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets, Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi, Cisco IBSG, Cisco Sports & Entertaiment, Real Madrid, Sporting KC, StadiumVision Mobile