This is part 1 of the “Your Business Powered By Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA)” blog series.
Many IT organizations are challenged to take advantage of the new technologies enabled by Virtualization, Cloud, Analytics and IoT. Applications enabled by these new technologies must be protected from unauthorized use but remain accessible, in a secure manner, from any device in any location throughout the world. With a vast array of new technology choices and a substantial installed infrastructure base, it is important to have a place to start –a solutions architecture– that provides a framework for using these technologies that will drive business outcomes.
The CSA is a transformational customer-facing blueprint that delivers IT-based services for enterprise and service providers to achieve their business outcomes. To be relevant for our customers, the CSA was developed based on disruptive examples that Cisco engineers observed in the industry during their discussions with both enterprise and service provider customers worldwide.
Some of these disruptive examples include use of new technologies such as: Analytics, Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE) and Cyber security. It should also be stated that the front end for IT blueprint consulting is Cisco Consulting Services, and this CSA is representational of the sets of abstractions that describe the actual functions.
In all IT environments, both enterprise and service providers, Cisco sees two common trends: Read More »
Tags: cisco csa, cloud, customer solutions architecture, IoE, IoT, security, Service Provider, virtualization
What kind of a world will you live in three years from now? How about five? Will your personal robot pour you a drink after your self-driving car delivers you home? That’s where we’re headed, and it’s a pretty quick trip: self-driving cars are already on public roads and you’ll soon be able to buy that humanoid robot.
Cisco’s Collaboration team thinks a lot about the future—not just about how we’ll get around and get our drinks, but about how we’ll connect and collaborate. We’re passionate about the future of collaboration, about giving the world collaboration tools that are every bit as smart as those self-driving cars and whiskey-pouring robots.
Where we’re at: today’s challenges
Before we talk more about the future, let’s talk about where the industry is right now. Over the years, various vendors have given us audio conferencing, web conferencing, and video conferencing. Each of these technologies were introduced at different times, and have matured at different paces—with audio being the tried-and-true veteran, video conferencing the relative newcomer and web being the thing that came somewhere in-between.
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Tags: audio, Cisco, cloud, collaboration, conferencing, video, virtual, web, WebEX
Too many of us attend frustrating meetings filled with background noise, dropped connections, attendee roll call and large presentation files that are emailed only after it’s too late. Fortunately, the right technology can turn a bad meeting into an engaging, productive experience.
Imagine if you could deliver to your customers a simple, single experience that incorporates audio, web, and even room-based video conferencing with access from any device? Now you can! Today, Cisco is unveiling the new WebEx. In Rowan Trollope’s blog you can learn how this massive update lets users join meetings up to 30% faster, has an elegant new user interface, and boosts productivity with tons of new functionality. It reinvents conferencing by bringing together all different types of conferencing—web, video and audio—into one seamlessly integrated meeting, so the host no longer has to worry about the conferencing preferences or the devices each participant will use to join. With WebEx, meeting attendees join quickly, use high quality video for more engaging discussion, share content to ensure everyone is on the same page, and always know who is speaking thanks to active speaker features. You can even mute that person working from home with the barking dog in the background.
What does this mean to you as a Cisco Collaboration partner? By providing one conferencing experience to your customers, you can deliver a better overall experience and drive greater adoption across each customer site. The more your customers embrace and use WebEx each day, the more value they can realize from collaboration. And, in turn, the more solutions and services you can deliver. More WebEx usage can lead to more sales of our new video endpoints such as the Cisco DX 70, Cisco DX 80 and Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set because they all work seamlessly together. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, partner, richard mcleod, WebEX
It is nearly five years since Cisco, EMC and VMware came together to set up VCE and introduce one of the world’s best integrated infrastructure solutions with the Vblocks. The promise was to deliver “dramatic efficiencies” to customers promising significant reduction in capital and operating expenses giving customers flexibility and choice. Customers appreciated the operational simplicity of the model and Vblock sales took off with multi-billion dollar annual run rates.
Much has changed in the industry since then. The social-mobile-cloud-big data revolution has accelerated posing new requirements for IT and increasing the relevance of data centers and private cloud deployments. SDN has moved from being just a buzzword with several use-cases. Server virtualization has continued to drive efficiencies and hybrid clouds have become the new norm. Amidst all this, customers continue to crave operational simplicity and consumable infrastructure for their data center and private cloud deployments making the VCE approach as relevant as ever.
So, today, we’re very happy to share the success and celebrate the joint innovations as VCE rolls out its next generation Vblock systems that drive new levels of convergence. With Cisco continuing to refresh its portfolio with new Nexus products and industry leading SDN with the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) approach, and with Cisco UCS introducing next-generation products, it is natural that these innovations be reflected in the VCE Vblock integrated solutions.
Cisco is helping bring in new innovations to the party. The Nexus 9000 forms a key element with a very compelling form factor and industry leading price-performance. For customers interested in venturing into Software Defined Networking (SDN) and making their infrastructure application centric, the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) provides a central point of management and policy application. The result is a simplified operational model and lower TCO across a variety of deployment scenarios.
As VCE introduces Vblock Systems 240, 540 and 740 today, they provide the flexibility of consuming the network elements as standalone switches or SDN deployments in an ACI mode. Vblocks can therefore operate in a standalone mode with current automation mechanisms or in an ACI ready mode subscribing to the APIC policy-driven model. Customers adopting the new Vblock systems get the operational flexibility to choose.
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Tags: 340, 540, 740, ACI ready vBlock, Nexus switching, VCE, VCE vBlock 240
Five years ago, VCE was created with the goal of providing a simple, efficient solution to deploy and run IT infrastructure. VCE’s Vblock Systems have enabled customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating, and managing IT infrastructure. It would be an understatement to say VCE has been successful. Last year, Vblock Systems, built on Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure, surpassed their 2013 goal of $1 billion in annual sales and was recognized as a leader inthe integrated infrastructure market. In fact, in Gartner’s inaugural Magic Quadrant for integrated systems, VCE Vblock Systems is rated in the Leaders Quadrant, based on the tight integration of industry and market leading technologies from Cisco and EMC.
Today, VCE announced a major update and expansion to their Vblock Systems portfolio using the latest Cisco UCS servers and Cisco ACI-Ready switches. The new Cisco M4 model servers recently celebrated four world-records benchmarks, offering performance improvements up to 145 percent since the last processor generation. Customers can be confident that Cisco UCS servers will deliver outstanding application performance as part of a Vblock System. IT leaders want to accelerate infrastructure and application deployment and these new ACI-Ready Vblock Systems are an extension of Cisco’s application-centric data center strategy. We feel our application-centric approach, where the automated configuration of IT infrastructure in sync with the needs of the application, is essential to keeping pace with todays dynamic business priorities.
VCE also announced a cloud management solution with Cisco UCS Director. VCE’s Integrated Solution for Cloud Management with Cisco pre-integrates UCS Director with a Vblock System, providing the capability to quickly instantiate an initial private cloud foundation for customer environments. UCS Director enables the automation and provisioning of compute, network, and storage resources, both physical and virtual. This automation of integrated infrastructure can further expedite the deployment of application-ready infrastructure.
Cisco is excited that our new products and technologies have been integrated into the Vblock portfolio and congratulate the VCE team on today’s announcement. We believe these new Vblock Systems and solutions will make it easier for customers to deliver the performance, agility, and availability for the most demanding applications.
Tags: Cisco ACI, Cisco UCS, Integrated infrastructure, ucs director, Vblock, VCE