Last month Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN) sponsored a San Jose State University STEM Challenge together with CloudNOW. The goal was to promote technology career paths for college women and to recognize students’ innovative efforts at San Jose State University.
Through my involvement with CloudNOW, a non-profit organization whose mission is to drive the professional development of women from school age through their working career I got to meet Debra Caires, the Director of Internships Programs at San Jose Statue University. Debra has a relentless energy and passion in fostering STEM careers for college students and for promoting gender diversity. Debra organized this STEM Challenge event where we also announced CloudNOW;s Top College Women in Cloud awards. We are accepting submissions for these currently and all college women and men too are encouraged to apply.
The CiscoEWN generously supported this event in a number of ways. The guest, speaker at this event was Tami Newcombe, Vice President of Sales at Cisco Systems. The CiscoEWN offered students ways to connect with them to reap the benefits of the many seminars and events that they run.
Cisco’s Tami Newcombe opened the event with reflections on her own career trajectory spanning a mix of engineering and sales executive leadership. Tami encouraged students “ to go break glass” and be bold in their career paths but also gave practical advice on being attuned to the dynamics of the organization that they work at. Tami talked about the value of internships and described it as the “new interview” in the job search process for students and employers alike.
I shared further details on their Top College in Women in Cloud award and was pleased to see great interest. We are looking forward to strong representation in from San Jose State University.
The event concluded with the judging of 40 student STEM posters by judges from Cisco Systems, CloudNOW and Adobe Systems. Students created these posters based on their contributions to industry during their internships. The technology areas spanned Big Data, cybersecurity, Internet of Things to emerging digital technologies.
We awarded first and second place prizes to Jordan Jennings and Sindusha Doddapeni respectively.
Photos by San Jose State University Student Eileen Wai
Tags: Cisco Empowered Women's Network, ciscoewn, stem
[Note: This is the first of a four-part series on the OpFlex protocol in Cisco ACI, how it enables an application-centric policy model, and why other SDN protocols do not. Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4]
IT departments and lines of business are looking at cloud automation tools and software-defined networking (SDN) architectures to accelerate application delivery, reduce operating costs, and increase business agility. The success of an IT or cloud automation solution depends largely on the business policies that can be carried out by the infrastructure through the SDN architecture.
Through a detailed comparison of critical architectural components, this blog series shows how the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture supports a more business-relevant application policy language, greater scalability through a distributed enforcement system rather than centralized control, and greater network visibility than alternative software overlay solutions or traditional SDN designs.
Historically, IT departments have sought out greater automation as device proliferation has accelerated to overcome the challenges of applying manual processes for critical tasks. About 20 years ago the automation of desktop and PC management was an imperative, and about 10 years ago server automation became important as applications migrated to larger numbers of modular x86 and RISC-based systems. Today, with the consolidation of data centers, IT must address not only application and data proliferation, but also the emergence of large scale application virtualization and cloud deployments, requiring IT to focus on cloud and network automation.
The emergence of SDN promised a new era of centrally managed, software-based automation tools that could accelerate network management, optimization, and remediation. Gartner has defined SDN as “a new approach to designing, building and operating networks that focuses on delivering business agility while lowering capital and operational costs.” (Source: “Ending the Confusion About Software-Defined Networking: A Taxonomy”, Gartner, March 2013)
Furthermore, Gartner, in an early 2014 report (“Mainstream Organizations Should Prepare for SDN Now”, Gartner, March 2014), notes that “SDN is a radical new way of networking and requires senior infrastructure leaders to rethink traditional networking practices and paradigms.” In this same report, Gartner makes an initial comparison of mainstream SDN solutions that are emerging, including VMware NSX, and Cisco ACI. There has been some discussion whether Cisco ACI is an SDN solution or something more, but most agree that, in a broad sense, the IT automation objectives of SDN and Cisco ACI are basically the same, and some of the baseline architectural features, including a central policy controller, programmable devices, and use of overlay networks, lead to a useful comparison.
This blog series focuses on the way that Cisco ACI expands traditional SDN methodology with a new application-centric policy model. It specifically compares critical protocols and components in Cisco ACI with VMware NSX to show the advantages of Cisco ACI over software overlay networks and the advantages of the ACI application policy model over what has been offered by prior SDN solutions. It also discusses what the Cisco solution means for customers, the industry, and the larger SDN community.
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Tags: APIC, Application Centric, Application policy, Cisco ACI, OpenFlow, OpFlex, ovsdb, SDN
Cisco is again a Premiere Sponsor of the OpenStack Summit, November 3-7 at Le Palais des Congrès in Paris. Here’s a summary of Cisco sponsored activities for your schedule.
Premier Breakout Session: “A World of Many (OpenStack) Clouds”
Wed. 05 Nov; 13:50 – 14:30
Cisco VP and Cloud CTO, Lew Tucker, will talk about how Cisco is working with leading service providers and enterprise customers to enable a world of interconnected clouds. Find out how Cisco is delivering greater automation, programmability, and openness for IT infrastructure, to support the next generation of virtualization and cloud.
Cisco Expo Booth, Location #C3
Stop by and pick up a special OpenStack@Cisco gift while supplies last. Cisco specialists in services, sales and product development will be available to chat and answer any questions.
Mon. 03 Nov: 8:15 – 9:30 and 11:15 – 19:30
Tues. 04 Nov: 10:45 – 18:00
Wed. 05 Nov: 9:00 – 16:30
See demonstrations of:
-OpenStack Networking Using Cisco CSR and Nexus
-Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
-Group-Based Policy for Cloud Deployment
-Cisco UCS Bare-Metal-as-a-Service Cloud
Find out more about Metacloud, which officially became a part of Cisco on 17 SEP. Metacloud offers OpenStack clouds as a service, giving customers a choice of hosted or hybrid architecture, to operate like a public cloud from inside an organization’s own data center.
Breakout: Group Based Policy Extension for Networking
Mon. 03 Nov; 16:20 – 17:00
Sumit Naiksatam, Principal Engineer, Cisco
Breakout: Deploying and Auto-Scaling Applications on OpenStack with Heat
Tues. 04 Nov; 11:15 – 11:55
Daneyon Hansen, Software Engineer, Cisco
Panel Discussion: OpenStack Design Guide
Tues. 04 Nov; 14:00 – 14:40
Featuring: Maish Saidel-Keesing, Platform Architect, Cisco Video Technologies
Panel Discussion: Tips and Tools for Building a Successful OpenStack Group
Tues. 04 Nov; 14:50-15:30
Featuring Shannon McFarland, Principal Engineer and Mark T. Voelker, Technical Lead; Cisco
Breakout: Using Ceilometer Data to Detect Fraud in the OpenStack Cluster
Wed. 05 Nov; 9:50 – 10:30
Debojyoti Dutta, with Marc Solanas Tarre, Principal Engineers, Cisco
Breakout: Under the Hood with Nova, Libvirt and KVM (Part Two)
Wed. 05 Nov; 9:50 – 10:30
Rafi Khardalian, CTO, Metacloud/Cisco
Breakout: Scaling OpenStack Services: The Pre-TripleO Service Cloud
Wed. 05 Nov; 16:30 – 17:10
Kevin Bringard, with Richard Maynard
Technical Leads, Cisco
Evening Reception with Red Hat
Wed. 05 Nov; 20:00 – 2:00
Each attendee who completes the Red Hat and Cisco Booth Rally Challenge (instructions onsite) will receive a ticket for the Evening Reception held at Faust, an entertainment facility located at the foot of the Ivalides Esplanade, underneath the Alexandre III Bridge. Shuttle transportation will be available. Food and drinks will be served. This is an awesome location and might very well be the highlight of the week.
Tags: ACI, Cisco, InterCloud, lew tucker, Neutron, nexus, OpenStack, Paris, UCS
In our previous big data blogs, my Cisco associates have focused on the topic of building the best infrastructure for long-term success with big data. I’d like to start a new chapter in the series, focusing on building the right data strategy and analytics solutions.
Today, people, process, data and things function together through a combination of machine-to-machine, person-to-machine and person-to-person connections. We call this the Internet of Everything (IoE). While the IoE is making us all smarter, it is also creating more data, more types of data and in more places.
This wealth of data comes with major challenges but also has the potential for amazing opportunities. At Cisco, we’re all about helping our customers turn these challenges into opportunities. The first step begins with proper management of the massive amounts and types of data in multiple locations. From a solutions perspective, that first step is our agile data integration software, Cisco Data Virtualization. It abstracts data users need from multiple different sources and brings it together to give users a unified, friendly view of the data.
By leveraging this technology with additional solutions, our customers can access data across the IoE and use that data to respond quickly to change, make better decisions and gain a competitive advantage. Driven by the massive amounts of data in today’s IT environment, customers are facing huge expenses to add capacity to their existing enterprise data warehouses (EDW), the place where data is traditionally stored.
We help customers tackle the challenge of increasing enterprise data warehouse costs with Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion (BDWE). BDWE identifies infrequently used data and provides a methodology and tools to offload the data onto Hadoop, avoiding additional capacity costs and extending the life of the data warehouse.
I spoke with a customer recently who shared that one terabyte (TB) of data in an EDW costs $100,000 per year to maintain. That exact same amount of data for the same amount of time in Hadoop only costs $1,000 to maintain. This is a significant difference. By implementing an ongoing strategy to offload data from the primary system to Hadoop, our solution frees up resources to be utilized in more strategic ways. Additionally, we deploy Data Virtualization to act as a ‘virtual database,’ to access data regardless if it resides in the original warehouse or the new Hadoop data store. So not only does BDWE significantly lower costs, but the historical data remains easily accessible.
Our customers gain the business insights and outcomes they seek with a complete suite of software, hardware and services solutions that access and analyze data, no matter where it is stored on the network. After all, the power of data is not just in the ability to access it but to use it to change behavior or the way you run your business.
Not only do we connect more people, processes, data, and things than any other company, we can also bring analytics to data wherever it is—no matter how remote—to turn information into insights almost instantly. More to come in my next blog about Cisco’s analytics portfolio and how its helping tackle the next major IoE challenge, extracting value insight from your data.
To learn more about the benefits of Cisco analytics solutions and the power of our integrated infrastructure for big data, please join us for a webcast at 9 AM Pacific time on October 21st entitled ‘Unlock Your Competitive Edge with Cisco Big Data and Analytics Solutions.’ #UnlockBigData
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Tags: analytics, Big Data, Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion, Cisco Data virtualization, data integration, data virtualization, Internet of Everything, unlock big data
With nearly 500 attendees joining together at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the fifth annual Data Virtualization Day on October 1st, 2014 was the largest ever, 50% bigger than 2013’s record setting event. From kickoff to closing reception, the vanguard of data virtualization gathered to explore the latest trends, meet fellow innovators and drive data virtualization adoption forward.
The Importance of Data Virtualization
The use of data virtualization to connect increasingly distributed data resulting from acceleration of big data, the cloud and the Internet of Everything (IoE) was the hot topic on the day as organizations seek to gain advantage from these game-changing technologies. Cisco Data Virtualization is critical infrastructure, accelerating new capabilities, experiences, and opportunities by connecting device data, big data, data in the cloud, and traditional enterprise data in new and extraordinary ways.
Cisco’s Mike Flannagan, General Manager of the Data Analytics Business Group, kicked off the day highlighting the explosion of connected devices in the IoE. With 50 billion devices by 2020, Mike noted the business opportunities and data integration challenges are unprecedented.
Paula Dowdy, SVP Cloud Software and Managed Services at Cisco, next explored the opportunities and challenges of “Hybrid IT” architectures that mix on-premise, private cloud and public cloud operations. Paula then spoke to data virtualization’s critical role in integrating data across this Intercloud topology.
Cisco Innovations In Data Virtualization
Jim Green, CTO of Cisco’s Data Analytics Business Group then addressed how Cisco is working to turn big data, cloud, and IoE possibilities into reality. Jim focused first on the short-term calling out specific features of Cisco Information Server 7.0 (CIS 7.0) announced that day.
- Supporting business’s unquenchable thirst for data, CIS 7.0 Business Directory is the first data virtualization offering designed exclusively for business self-service.
- To respond to the expanding data technology universe, CIS 7.0 Data Source SDK will speed development of high-performance data virtualization adapters for emerging and industry-specific data sources.
- And CIS 7.0 Deployment Manager responds to accelerating data distribution which in turns leads to mega-scale data virtualization deployments.
Jim also foreshadowed Cisco’s continued innovation agenda including plans to
- Deliver data virtualization at Intercloud scale
- Provide directory, abstraction, federation, security, lineage and more to create more mature Hadoop environments
- Address edge to center data challenges resulting from the integration of data in motion and data at rest in a world of 50 billion connected devices.
Customer Successes Highlighted
Alasdair P. Anderson, SVP Engineering at HSBC led off the customer cases studies by describing the bank’s expansive future-state data architecture based on Hadoop and data virtualization. Covering 65 petabytes of active data across 80 countries and 60 million customers and 7000 systems, data virtualization lowers total cost of ownership, improves agility, and enables greater business self service.
John Wrenn, VP Information Technology, Enterprise Applications at Flextronics next discussed how Flextronics uses data virtualization to provide data as a service for global supply chain that spans 40 distribution centers, 200 manufacturing centers and 20 design centers. In just over one year, John’s team has used Cisco Data Virtualization to integrate over 500 sources, allowing IT to match the pace of business.
Data Virtualization Leadership Award Winners Announced
Each year, the Data Virtualization Leadership Awards are announced at Data Virtualization Day. Past winners from Barclays, Compassion International and Pfizer joined Cisco on stage to recognize this year’s winners including:
- Data Virtualization Champion Awards: Paul Dzacko, Lead Architect, Risk Systems, BMO and James Evans, Architect & Project Manager, Client Portal, HSBC in recognition of their leadership in consistently achieving and promoting data virtualization’s value across their organizations and the broader data integration market.
- High Impact Award: Victor Campbell, Principal Architect, Long Island Power Authority (PSEG) in recognition of data virtualization leadership in an environment where the result was high impact and critical to the business. See the story here.
- Agility Award: Pratima Botcha, Sr. Technical Architect, Information Technology, AT&T Services for her work in enhancing business agility through use of data virtualization technology and methods, rapidly establishing a path for high value across the organization.
Thoughts From Leading IT Analysts
In the last session of the day, New Horizons, New Possibilities: Where Data Virtualization is Going, Rick van der Lans of R20 Consultancy, Barry Devlin of 9Sight Consulting and I discussed the customer cases, long term vision, practical advice and key takeaways. Ten additional analysts from Gartner, Forrester, and more also participated in Data Virtualization Day this year. For more on the analysts, you can follow these analyst’s Data Virtualization tweets using #DVDNYC or check out Lindy Ryan of Radiant Advisors trip report.
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Tags: analytics, Big Data, cloud, data virtualization, Internet of Everything