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Application centric infrastructure takes to the stage at SAP SAPPHIRE

June 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm PST

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35,000 attendees, customers,  and partners were encouraged to accelerate customer engagement, “simplify everything and do anything”.  IoE and Big Data factored into many breakouts and vendor presentations to show how real time information and analytics can enable efficiency, effectiveness, and business transformation.

The need for fast IT was apparent given the strategic investments SAP HANA customers are making in software and infrastructure to obtain real time analytics, meet regulatory compliance, and run multiple Development, Test, and Productions streams.

I presented our solution on application centric converged infrastructure for SAP HANA  which accelerates application deployment and simplifies  operations through application centric policy.  

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This includes:

  • Ensuring secure application infrastructure with auditability for compliance with confidential data
  • Assuring application SLAs can be met when app infrastructure visibility and control are integrated across physical and virtual delivered through a central management and control point
  • Using a powerful application policy model to improve workflows across the IT operations teams.

WHAT IF THE ENTIRE PROCESS WERE AUTOMATED

Among the regulated industry SAP customers, data sovereignty and privacy concerns is a major factor leading to application requirements and changes.

Listen to Miguel Moreira, CEO Portugal Telecom Cloud & Data Centers, talk about working with SAP and Cisco to “deliver highly secure services that meet, exactly, governance requirements while lowering the costs dramatically” to his customers.  How?  With ACI.

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For more information see:

VCE Demo of Policy-Based Management on SAP

SAP and Cisco Automate Deployment with Application Centric Infrastructure

 

#SmartConnectedCity Series: A Smart Move for City Transport

If we ask why we have traffic, we find that studies show roughly 30% of all traffic congestion in urban areas is caused by drivers circling and struggling to find a parking spot.

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With cities growing at an estimated 10,000 people per hour, the situation isn’t going to get any better unless cities make some critical changes to the way they handle parking and traffic.

Cities and local government leaders can now implement two new Cisco Internet of Everything solutions—Smart+Connected City Parking and Smart+Connected City Traffic— to help alleviate many of the parking and traffic-related headaches that crowded cities face today.

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep15 OpenStack at OpenStack

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists hosted by Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week Ed Saipech, Director of Applied Research at Savvis joins Cisco Champions Josh Atwell and Jeremiah Dooley. The topic is OpenStack.

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Subject Matter Expert:
Ed Saipetch (@edsai), Director of Applied Research at Savvis

Cisco Champion:
Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell), Data Center Architect, Community Organizer, Blogger, Author
Jeremiah Dooley (@jdooley_clt), Technologist, Start-up Advisor, Seeker of Solutions, Cloud Architect

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Highlights:
Cisco Webex Cloud and OpenStack
Setting up development stack on OpenStack locally
Where to find useful information on OpenStack

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Decommissioning Ghost Servers

Uptime Institute recently celebrated the winners of their third annual Server Roundup contest. The contest was launched to spotlight the amount of resources that can be recovered and the amount of waste reduced by decommissioning outdated and underutilized servers. While the results are impressive, the process for identifying these servers was difficult and labor intensive.

2013 Winners:

  • Barclay’s decommissioned 9,124 servers, resulting in savings of 2.5 MWh of energy ($4.5M in power costs), roughly 5,000 Tons of carbon emissions, and $1.3M in legacy hardware maintenance costs, and reclamation of 588 server racks.
  • Sun Life Financial decommissioned 441 servers, resulting in savings of 115 kWh of energy ($100,000 in power costs), roughly 330 Tons of carbon emissions, and reclamation of valuable space in the data center.

All of the 2013 winners finalists shared that they decommissioned between 10% and 40% of their initial servers, and expressed the same sentiments: The cheapest data center is the one you never build. Decommissioning obsolete servers is “free Money”. Make the best use of your space by getting rid of stuff that isn’t being used.

When the 2013 winners were asked what software they used to identify the decommissioned servers, responses varied from tracking via excel spreadsheets and SMDB databases, to polling servers’ back end data with DCIM, to hiring college students to conduct a 3 to 4 month manual Book to Floor audit, then another several months to manually map the applications to the servers using them.

The pain of these outdated and expensive manual processes is what Cisco EnergyWise Suite alleviates for our customers. To anyone who has experienced Cisco EnergyWise Manager, it’s difficult to fathom going back to a system that takes months to implement and execute, and with such a high cost in man hours associated with it.

I applaud all of the hard work and great results these companies have achieved, but imagine how much more efficient they could be if they were leveraging Cisco EnergyWise Suite’s ability to deploy in a matter of hours and:

  • Automatically discover every device that it attached to the network in real time
  • Gain visibility into the energy consumption and utilization of 100% of the devices in the data center
  • Identify energy-inefficient devices
  • Monitor, measure, and manage the energy used by their network-connected devices, regardless of device type or manufacturer
  • Optimize virtualized and cloud computing environments
  • Create policies that automatically and remotely manage power for network-connected devices to cut energy costs

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Can YOU Benefit from the Internet of Things?

June 17, 2014 at 5:30 am PST

Did you know . . .

  • there are currently about 2 connected devices for every human being on the planet?
  • more than 99 percent of things in the physical world are still not connected to the Internet?
  • analysts are predicting the world will reach 50 billion connected devices by 2020?

All over the world, sensors, smart objects, and other devices are connecting through the reach and power of the Internet.   Manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems– are also being connected through the power of the Internet.

And they’re dynamically generating, analyzing, and communicating intelligence to increase operational efficiency, visibility and control, power new business models, and improve quality of life.

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