The Cisco Process Orchestrator has very rich integration capabilities, yet we often hear the question, “Does it integrate with…” or “Does it work with” [insert product]. The Cisco Process Orchestrator is a primary component in the Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud management solution.
The fact is that in modern environments with modern orchestrators the answer is always yes. The reality is that cloud automation requires a Process Orchestrator tie into a variety of different systems in order to start offering cloud services. Remember, Cloud is an operating model, not a product. This means that to deliver self-service, on-demand services requires all the elements of the service be orchestrated.
Cisco’s internal private cloud is one such example.
The graphic below shows the components in the deployments. You see integration with Cisco UCS, VMware and storage, as you would expect. It also orchestrates IP address management (that IP won’t provision itself), Remedy incident, CMDB, ActiveDirectory (so tenants can log in), image management and a few other things such as Service Assurance.
By the way, the architecture below is Cisco Process Orchestrator provision across multiple Cisco data centers.
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Tags: CIAC, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, CiscoIAC, CITEIS, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, IAC, integration, intelligent automation, orchestration, software, unified management
As educators increasingly take advantage of networked video technology to move their traditional classrooms online, there is a growing need for both instructors capable of engaging students in these next generation online classrooms, and skilled networking professionals with the knowledge to meet the growing demand to deploy, support and maintain networked video solutions.
In 2011, Learning@Cisco introduced a Leading Virtual Classroom Instructor course that teaches participants how to prepare and manage a virtual classroom, effectively deliver material online, and use video and collaboration tools to maximize student participation and comprehension.
As the paradigm of education continues to evolve to meet new institutional and business requirements, developing instructional strategies for new virtual education environments based on networked video is becoming key to improving student results. The Virtual Classroom Instruction Specialist training and certification help ensure that instructors have the most comprehensive understanding of the latest video technologies and effective classroom collaboration strategies.
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Tags: blended learning, collaboration, education, higher education, online learning, video
It’s only been a few days since we said goodbye to 2012 and we are already seeing what many predicted for 2013: an increase in the creation, enhancement, and usage of numerous exploit kits by cyber criminals. Cyber criminals don’t take long vacations in December. On the contrary, they “work hard” and make lots of money during the holiday season! These criminals are continuously improving their tools to keep up with us (the good guys) and continue enhancing their “money-making machines.” A real-life example is how cyber criminals were able to quickly incorporate the exploits of the recently found Java vulnerability that I described in a post a few days ago.
Exploit kits make it easy for these criminals because they can easily spread malicious software that exploits well-known and new vulnerabilities. New exploit kits are loaded with some of the most dangerous zero-day exploits and other features that allow criminals to increase their profits.
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Tags: ASA, cloud security, exploit kits, exploits, security, web security
This post expands on my previous posts about what makes onePK better, and the onePK software architecture. Here I focus on the application deployment options onePK makes available.
The deployment options are summarized in the diagram below.
Process hosting means that the onePK application is running within a container on the same hardware as the network operating system (NOS). Read More »
Tags: API, blade hosting, Cisco Cloud Connector, Cisco ONE, Cisco onePK, Cisco Open Network Environment, deployment, end-point hosting, Network Containers, network operating systems, nexus, NOS, onePK, Proces hosting, routing, switching
I always enjoy Fast Company and Wired. But this month there’s something extra in both: You can make the Internet of Everything come alive using your smartphone or tablet, via a Cisco ad in the magazine, just like my colleague Jeanette is doing here with her phone:
You can do it, too:
1. First, get the app. If you don’t already have the newest version, download the Cisco app (available for iPhone, iPad and Android) from Cisco.com/app or from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
2. Next, go get the magazine. Grab the newest (February) editions of Wired or Fast Company. Inside you’ll find Cisco’s TOMORROW starts here ad. (If you can’t pick up a copy of the magazine, check out the experience and learn more about the Internet of Everything on the TOMORROW starts here web site. )
3. Start the app and touch the Wake up an Ad icon.
4. Press Start to wake up the ad.
(Again, if you don’t have the actual ad you can also print or view on the screen a copy of the ad from your computer, or visit the main TOMORROW starts here site.)
5. Point your phone or tablet at the ad…
6. Choose “Magazine” when the translucent overlay appears.
7. Have fun playing with the interactive experience!
- Zoom in close to the pictures, because several of them pop out or animate when you do.
- Click on the activate images: They’ll come alive in video, and from the video you can link to more background information.
Try this with friends, colleagues and neighbors, and if you like it be sure to use the Share buttons from within the app.