If it’s mid-July then it is time once again for Microsoft’s annual worldwide partner conference – WPC. For 2014, we find Cisco’s Microsoft team in Washington D.C. joining around ~16,000 other Microsoft partners. The partners come from all around the world and are of all partner types be they VARs, local System Integrators, Global System Integrators, or OEMs. They have come to D.C. to learn what Microsoft has up their sleeves for the upcoming year as well as to hear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella give his first major WPC keynote. This is Cisco’s fourth consecutive year of WPC sponsorship – from L.A. to Toronto to Houston and now to Washington D.C. – we have amped up our investment year over year to showcase our leading datacenter technologies for the Microsoft ecosystem. Read More »
The World of Many Clouds™ is evolving. With greater access to cloud-based services and applications and the wherewithal to adopt them, CIOs are facing increased IT purchases coming from outside their department. In order for IT leaders to maintain relevance and control they must act as cloud brokers to the lines of business (LOBs). And as private or public clouds are becoming more connected through hybrid clouds, IT must determine not only how to secure these new workloads and connections, but also determine which workload to deploy in which cloud. True hybrid clouds will allow for ultimate workload portability. In doing this, IT will achieve global reach and reliability, consolidation and control, and cost and scale across private, public, and hybrid clouds.
As with any technology, the future of cloud is constantly changing. In the world of many clouds, users experience cloud services anywhere, at any time, and on any device, and in which businesses consume IT as a service. How can IT leaders prepare for the next phase in cloud? Focus on workload allocation, agility and management. Results of the 2014 North Bridge Future of Cloud Computing Survey show 45 percent already, or plan to, run their company in the cloud and 60-85 percent of IT will move some or significant processing to the cloud in the next 1-2 years. As this transition occurs, IT leaders need to consider the following:
- What’s your process for determining which workload gets which cloud model?
- How has that played out? % public, private and hybrid/community?
- How are you planning now for your next cloud initiative?
- Security, access, management: What are your priorities for cloud going forward?
Follow @EFuiano and @CiscoCloud alongside @jeffcutler to learn more about how cloud has transformed the business landscape and why companies must continue to keep pace with the possibilities it creates.
Simply use the hashtags #InnovateThink and #FutureOfCloud on Twitter to join the conversation.
Learn more about Cloud:
- Read this blog by Dr. Gee Rittenhouse: Want to hear Cisco’s POV on the top 5 questions about the Future of Cloud?
- View this SlideShare: Cloud Computing – Changing the Role of IT
- View this Infographic: IDC Cloud Adoption Trends
- Read about Cisco’s Cloud Strategy
When last we left our hero, he (that is, me, or I) was getting a crash course in Nexus programmability and trying to understand what all of this stuff meant. I had plied Jim* with beer in order to get him to explain to me – using the available napkins in the bar – what the technology was, what it meant, and why I should care. Read More »
With Big Data, the Cloud and the Internet of Everything transforming our world, the possibilities are staggering. And status quo means falling behind. These truths drive Data Virtualization Day 2014’s theme: New Horizons, New Possibilities.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Data Virtualization Day, the premier data virtualization industry event, where IT leaders stay informed of the latest trends and meet fellow innovators.
As host of Data Virtualization Day 2014, I would like to personally invite the entire data virtualization community to come together on October 1st, 2014, at the historic Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York.
Our objective is to help you explore these new horizons and imagine these new possibilities. In particular, Data Virtualization Day will address:
- Why Big Data, the Cloud and the Internet of Everything are transforming business and IT?
- How is data virtualization advancing to meet these opportunities?
- What new data virtualization-based solutions are on the horizon?
- Who is achieving significant business outcomes today?
Maintaining the Data Virtualization Day tradition, the all-day agenda will feature three data virtualization user case studies, presented by those users. Past speakers have included CTO, CDO, and other executives from Goldman Sachs, Pearson, Comcast, NYSE, Franklin Templeton, Bank of America, Qualcomm, Sky Broadcasting and more. And we are lining up a power-packed line up again this year to provide you with complete, insiders’ views into their advanced data virtualization deployments including business challenges, organizational transformation, technology adoption, and more.
Watch highlights from our customer presenter at Data Virtualization Day 2013.
Beyond the user speakers, industry analysts and Cisco executives will provide insights into trends and solutions that you can use as you map for your business’s data integration strategy.
And furthering the Data Virtualization Day tradition, winners of the 2014 Data Virtualization Leadership Awards will also be announced. These are the best of the best. Enjoy as we celebrate their accomplishments.
So join me, along with data virtualization’s vanguard, to explore these new horizons and imagine these new possibilities. Registration is easy. And the event is free. Register now.
To learn more about Cisco Data Virtualization, check out our page.
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It may sound strange to hear me say it, but when I wrote the previous blog post about Dynamic FCoE I thought that it may get a little blip of attention and then filed away as a “oh, that is cool” little factoid about Cisco’s storage portfolio. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so nonchalant, but I confess I was not expecting the number of questions that I (and other speakers at CiscoLive back in May) have been getting about the technology.
Many questions – including some in the comments of the previous blog – have indicated a strong desire to know more, and they have been excellent and well-thought out. I’m going to try to address some of them in a deeper dive blog whenever I can, in the hopes of being able to address some of the concerns and clarify some points.
We’ll start with one of the biggest concerns – sharing the spine layer for logical separation of SAN A/B, and what happens if one of the spine switches (nodes) go offline. Read More »