Some would say that cloud has passed the peak of inflated expectations. After that stage in the development of a new technology or trend the tough work begins. We in the Cisco’s Cloud and Systems Management Group have done just that in releasing Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Version 3.1. In the past four weeks I have presented this cloud self-service and orchestration platform to well over 30 existing customers and others interested in what all the noise is. The response has made me extremely proud of our team.
One: Our UI is so intuitive that you don’t need a manual. The Cisco Cloud Portal delivers a uniquely intuitive experience for the roles of cloud administrator, organization technical administrator, and end user. Private cloud can be as easy as Amazon Web Services.
Two: Our out of the box content now makes getting an enterprise scale private cloud much easier. There about 80 pre-built portal services and over 150 orchestration workflows that ship with the product and work together to provide a cloud operating model to get organizations deployed quickly.
Three: We have over 250 extension points so you don’t have to be locked into the other guys model of how to run your business and technical operations. An extension point is a place in our portal or Cisco Process Orchestrator workflow where a service delivery partner or customer can safely extend the solution (such as with a custom pricing model, post provisioning workflow, external IP address management, …) so that when they upgrade from this release to our next release that work is retained. This is hard. Cisco has thought through what it takes and we have implemented these extension points to meet the demand for clouds with complex behaviors suited to your organization.
Four: Cloud Admins now can remediate errors in the Cloud. Let’s face it, problems do occur in running a cloud. We have built a cloud error remediation tab for the Admin to track all errors and take any number of actions including cancelling, restarting and retrying the workflow. If all else fails you can roll back the action. No more resource leaks due to infrastructure errors in the cloud. You can release back those resources back into your pool.
Five: Manage and automate a true cloud on multiple UCS PODs. What can I say I saved the best for last, Cisco UCS is the best server platform to meet your needs across both blade and rack mount systems. With Cisco IAC 3.1 you can manage your real organizational model across multiple UCS PODS. You can place organization or project based Virtual Data Centers into different PODS or the same POD. Many organizations I have presented to says this flexible model will make them re architect their operations. Change is good for traditional IT to leverage the value of the cloud.