After just getting back from a great week at Cisco Live 2011, I wanted to highlight one of the demonstrations that garnered a huge amount of attention from attendees (customers & partners). This is from our CITEIS project, which is Cisco’s internal Private Cloud.
This demonstration highlights a number of unique Cisco Data Center technologies, along with partner technologies:
- Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (Cisco IAC)
- Cisco Cloud Portal (formerly newScale)
- Cisco Enterprise Orchestrator (formerly Tidal)
- Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
- Cisco Unified Fabric
- Virtualization with VMware ESX and VMware vCloud
The power of this demonstration is in its simplicity. We highlight how end-users, lines of business or anyone within the organization can easily obtain IT infrastructure through a self-service portal within minutes. All of this is aligned with IT security and compliance policies, but gives the business user the speed and flexibility they need to move from a great business idea to execution on their project.
The video highlights integration between a front-end self-service portal and service catalog (Cisco Cloud Portal), the automation and orchestration needed to accomplish the various tasks (Cisco Enterprise Orchestrator), and the underlying infrastructure systems. Those systems include Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus switching, VMware vCenter and vCloud, and storage from EMC and NetApp.
We’ve been using this system internally for several months now. We highlighted Cisco IAC during Padmashree Warrior’s (Cisco CTO) keynote address on Wednesday, live without a net, in front of 15,000 attendees. And the solutions are available now for our customers to deploy within their Data Centers as they build their Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud Computing environments.