For many months now, we’ve talked about the Journey to Cloud Computing and how an evolution within your Data Center is needed to make that a reality. In many cases, we looked at this from an application perspective, focused on the interaction between automation, applications, servers, storage and the edges of the network.
But many of you have asked us to provide you a broader understanding of the role the Network plays in the Journey to Cloud Computing. Specifically you’ve asked us to highlight several areas:
- What is Cisco’s perspective and strategy around the usage of multiple types of Cloud Computing (Private, Public, Hybrid, Community) and what is needed from the network to interconnect all these offerings?
- How does my business manage the network transitions needed between today’s applications (often client-server), the virtualization of those application, and next-generation web and big data applications?
- What considerations do we need to make within my Data Center as we try and maximize efficiency and scalability?
- What considerations do we need to make at the edges of our networks when the proliferation of devices is almost out of control?
- Are there ways to protect my network investments while still having the flexibility to deal with the business uncertainties that are around the next corner?
To help in those discussions, we put together a way to look at building Business-Ready Cloud Networks. By “Business-Ready”, we mean that your organization can feel confident that it can run any mix of business applications within this framework and know that it can evolve as your business/application needs change over time.
The key points to take away from this are:
- Cisco believes that IT services will be delivered (over time) through a variety of Cloud Computing services, both on-site and off-premise. The network requirements to deliver this in a secure, highly-available manner require a network that is robust, automated and capable of embedding network services to deal with any type of device or application.
- The challenges in the Data Center and at the edges of the Borderless Network are unique, but they should be thought of in the context of architectures that deliver end-to-end service-levels to any user, any device or any application, regardless of where the IT service resides.
- Data Center architectures must be able to evolve from today’s applications, through virtualization and onto next-generation applications without the need to create entirely new architectures or silos with each step in the Journey.
- Borderless architectures must allow maximum flexibility of devices and location, while delivering secure, robust user-experiences across all applications.
We’ll be expanding upon these discussions in a series of in-depth video webinars in the very near future (teaser…we’ll post details soon), but we wanted to post this for you to help get the conversations started within your organizations.