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How Cisco uses Open Source Cloud to transform Telcos (Part 2 of 2)

In my first blog, I discussed telco customer challenges and the new architectures they are considering.  On my way back from Johannesburg, South Africa, I am writing this companion blog discussing how we’re helping telco customers these days.

The Cisco Approach

Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said “change is the only constant in life.” And without question, change is the lifeblood to our IT industry and Cisco is no different from others.

Our conversation is no longer about whether there’s an impact on IT departments, but about how to influence change to meet the business needs of the company. Refocusing an entire business around a common goal is not an easy feat. And when we add OpenSource in this equation, situation becomes more interesting.

Starting from ASR 5000 for SP domain, currently Cisco is the biggest preacher of the OpenSource adoption in this market segment.

Cisco is a major OpenSource contributor and has contributed more than 40 “givebacks” of open source software over the past three decades. Cisco collaborates with the open source community to reduce time-to-market for Cisco solutions, and to help partners develop applications designed to enhance the collaborative experience.

Cisco is one of the major contributors of OpenStack as well. There are multiple distro/deployments of OpenStack, with one from Cisco as well, and there is also support for Cisco’s  entire Cloud portfolio (UCS & Nexus).  In addition, the Vice-Chair of the board, Lew Tucker, our Cloud CTO @Cisco, presented the keynote, A World of Many (OpenStack) Clouds, at last week’s OpenStack Summit in Paris.

Putting Cisco’s Solution to the Test

Over the past year, Cisco has been building up its OpenStack professional services capabilities.  What type of projects do we help customers with?  What kind of OpenStack challenges do we help them address?  And why do they come to Cisco for help?

Here are 3 examples from across our European, Middle East and Africa (what we call “EMEAR”) region where Cisco Services have being driving customer success with OpenStack:

  • One of the SPs of the region would like to offer new ICT services and markets by developing a next-generation, web-scale cloud for Enterprises and Residential customers with 4 Millions VMs.
    • This SP is intending to be highly competitive with AMZ who is the market leader today
    • To meet this aggressive requirement, this SP would like to leverage 90% Open Source Virtualization and Hypervisors and 10% Commercial ones.
    • For the OpenSource component, Cisco has setup a POC leveraging Devstack IceHouse.
    • In the next phase, Cisco is planning to take it to the RHEL 7.0 with OSP 5.0.

Other SPs from the region are following the same trend:

  • For one of them, Cisco is leveraging OpenStack to create Tenant Virtual Networks and Provider Networks;
  • While for the other one, Cisco is starting shortly on an OpenStack POC with the most recent Juno release of OpenStack.

Since we formally launched our Cisco Professional Services for OpenStack  last year, my colleagues and I in the OpenStack professional services team are willing to help you adopt OpenStack successfully.  We look forward to helping you directly, just as we did last week at OpenStack Summit in Paris, take a look at the crowds we had at the booth!

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to get in touch via the comments field.  For more, visit our OpenStack @ Cisco website:  http://www.cisco.com/go/openstack.

NVMe for Absolute Beginners

November 11, 2014 at 11:07 am PST

Note: This blog was simultaneously published on the SNIA blog.

When I first started in storage technology (it doesn’t seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed).

More speed, more space; more space, more speed. Who doesn’t like that? After all, you can never have too much bandwidth, or too much disk space! Even so, it does get rather routine. It gets boring. It gets well, “what have you done for me lately?

Then came Flash. Read More »

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Transform DevOps with CA Release Automation and Cisco ACI

DevOps is gaining momentum in many enterprises today. Customers are increasingly realizing the benefits of DevOps and how it helps in breaking down barriers and helps application agility. DevOps enables a constraint free development, continuous application delivery, collaboration and continuous monitoring throughout the Application Lifecycle from Dev to Test to production deployments. A CA led global IT survey in 2013 projects DevOps adoption in 39% of the companies surveyed and another 27% in process of adoption, further testifying the momentum.

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At CA World this week DevOps related topics feature prominently.  Cisco Insieme Business Unit and CA are featuring a breakout session DCT33S on Tuesday Nov 11, on how CA Release Automation and Cisco ACI joint solution helps bring accelerated application delivery with collaboration and efficiency from design to deployment.

CA Release automation and Cisco ACI joint solution is a perfect marriage and showcase for Enterprise DevOps strategy. CA Release Automation enables continuous application delivery by automating application release execution to any environment and on top of any infrastructure whether it is virtual, physical or cloud. Cisco ACI with its Application Network profile and policy model helps provide secure, multi-tenant and a purpose-built Nexus 9000 network environment for compliant applications, across Dev/Test/Staging/Production stages of the application lifecycle.

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CA Release automation uses the Application layout and intent to create Application Network Profiles (ANP) in Cisco APIC and also copies/clones the ANPs to quickly create parallel secure/multi-tenant networking environments on the Dev/Test/production systems. As a result, it is easy for CA Release Automation (CA RA) to move application releases quickly across the Dev/Test/production systems in highly compliant type application environments. Besides, Cisco ACI also enables IT to continuously monitor the configurations and application performance on these multiple tiers to enforce SLA per contractual agreements. The interactions between Cisco ACI and CA RA are illustrated in detail below.

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It is not my intent to capture the entire session detail via this blog. To learn finer details of the ACI-CA RA solution, I strongly encourage you to attend the session DCT33S on Tuesday Nov 11. See you at the show.

Related Links

http://www.ca.com/us/caworld.aspx

www.cisco.com/go/aci

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Enhancing the Customer Experience with Data & Analytics

Last month, I had the honor of presenting at the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Chicago. The event gave me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things, collaborate and network with all of my peers who are doing creative work within the world of IoT. One of my colleagues, Kowsalya Arunprakash, Lead Architect of Virtual Data Integration Services for Time Warner Cable, co-presented and shared a use case in which Time Warner is utilizing Cisco Data Virtualization to enhance its customer experience with analytics. In today’s blog, I’d like to share more details about this use case, because I think it’s a great example of how organizations are leveraging IoT solutions as a way to better serve their customers and separate themselves from their competition.

Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome is a home security and energy management system which TWC IntelligentHomeusers can control from their smartphone, tablet or computer to do things like view live video, arm/disarm their system, turn their home lights on/off or adjust the temperature of their thermostat. As you can imagine, each one of these pieces of equipment creates a fair amount of data through radio-frequency identification (RFID) and sensors. On top of this, as consumers generally do, users are going to social media to share their experience.

Utilizing Cisco Data Virtualization, Time Warner is able to couple this data along with sales, marketing and historical customer data to get a full 360 degree view of operational analytics. By operational, I am TWC IntelligentHome 2referring to intelligence like customer trends, sales analytics and resource allocation management.

This combination is an extremely powerful tool to understand the customer in order to create and adapt products and services that cater to their wants and needs. It’s an opportunity to see how the product is being used, via RFIDs and sensors, coupled with customers’ feedback and experience shared on social media as well as their long-term history of usage and preferences.

During her presentation, Kowsalya shared that by leveraging these insights Time Warner is able to improve sales, reduce customer churn and even work with local law enforcement and emergency services to respond faster to current events. To hear more, I encourage you to watch the video interview of Kowsalya and learn about how Time Warner is using Data Virtualization to derive value for their customers.

 

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New Research Identifies How to Accelerate Data Virtualization Adoption

The challenges of data management are getting exponentially harder. These ever-increasing data quantities, diversity and distribution are revolutionizing data management, opening the door for new solutions such as data virtualization.

Data virtualization fulfills a range of business demands for data, supports high iteration and fast response times, all while saving significant IT costs.

Radiant Advisors is a leading strategic research and advisory firm that helps transform today’s organizations into tomorrow’s data-driven industry leaders.  They recently teamed with Cisco to better understand the barriers experienced by companies considering data virtualization and see how companies that have already adopted data virtualization overcame them.

The Data Virtualization Adoption Dilemma

Data virtualization is an advanced technology with nearly every major research and consulting firm provides architectural blueprints that include a logical business semantic layer.

Yet only some companies have it, leaving data virtualization an often-missed opportunity for business and IT to keep pace with today’s volatile data landscape.

To achieve the benefits of data virtualization, companies need to take the leap.

Unique Research Formula

To better understand data virtualization adoption barriers, Radiant Advisors’ Research Director, Lindy Ryan, interviewed a broad, pre-adopter community to understand their perceptions and concerns.  These top-of-mind issues were then posited to companies that have already adopted data virtualization, who then anonymously shared the insights, best practices, and lessons they learned in overcoming barriers to data virtualization adoption.

The resulting research report, Overcoming Barriers to Data Virtualization Adoption, consolidated these findings into clear counsel intended to guide potential adopters to overcome perceived barriers.

Read The Research

Download Overcoming Barriers to Data Virtualization Adoption here.

 

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