Big Data, Video, and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are driving high demand for data storage in today’s IT environments. Today, Cisco announced new additions to the MDS storage area networking (SAN) portfolio, broadening innovation to meet the needs of small SANs and cloud environments.
How much of a demand for storage are we talking about? A lot. According to IDC’s recently released “Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and Increasing Value of Internet of Things,” by 2020 data produced will grow by 10 times, from 4.4ZB today to 44ZB (yes, that’s Zetabytes, with a Z); 32 billion Internet of Things devices will be connected to the Internet; 40% of data will be touched by cloud; and enterprises will have liability and responsibility for 85% of all data.
In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, Uri Elzur (Intel) and Mike Dvorkin (@dvorkinista) discuss automation in the data center, from application intent to compliance and governance. What is shared infrastructure? Listen in!
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Peak 10 was founded as a commercial collocation organization focused on providing maximum uptime and reliability for its clients. “When we went into the cloud business,” said Harris, “we wanted to make sure that we could provide the same type of service that we’ve always given our clients. For example, our enterprise cloud is essentially public cloud. The differentiator, though, is that it isn’t an oversubscribed cloud; it’s production-grade. It is multi-tenant, but you’re getting dedicated resources.”
Offering enterprise-class cloud services that maximize uptime and reliability, however, is not something that a single company can offer by itself. “Today it takes an ecosystem to deliver the business outcome that clients are looking for. We’ve gone beyond the point where clients are just interested in the technology. They want the technology to provide a business outcome for them. Being able to provide that seamless solution with the Cisco ecosystem of partners is incredibly important.
“The other thing that really differentiates Peak 10, and we’ve heard a lot about hybrid cloud, is the opportunity to mix and match with that environment. So if you have a private cloud and want to leverage applications in the public cloud, we’re absolutely able to do that.” This follows the vision of Cisco’s Intercloud, the ability to have mobility of workloads between clouds.
“Which excites us at Peak 10 because we created that environment within our world.”
You can also learn more about how providers are addressing the need for enterprise class services in the latest edition of Unleashing IT.
Cisco Achieves SAP HANA Certifications for Unified Computing Systems Mission-Critical Servers
Cisco has received SAP HANA certification for its Unified Computing Systems (UCS) mission-critical servers with the Intel Ivy Bridge chip set. All of these products are now listed on the Product Availability Matrix from SAP. These servers will accommodate memory sizes from 128GB all the way to 2TB on the rack mount C460 M4. A small 2T Scale OUT configuration can be implemented using 512G B260 servers with an external EMC VNX5400 persistant storage, and up to 16TB can be achieved using the B460 or C460 models with EMC VNX5400 persistent storage.
The acronym SIAM stands for Service Integration And Management, and it is a hot topic in the world of IT Service Management…..but why? Service integration models have been around awhile, but are evolving from the challenges of managing a small number of large service partners to a model of managing a larger number of smaller partners. As the services and businesses become more critical or complex, the level of service integration becomes deeper. SIAM builds on the ITIL framework, and expands it.
What is SIAM?
According to Wikipedia: “Service integration and management (SIAM) is a framework for managing multiple suppliers of information technology services and integrating them to provide a single business-facing IT organization.” More…
The UK Government defines it as “Service integration and management lets an organization manage it’s service providers in a consistent and efficient way, making sure thatperformance across a portfolio of multi-sourced goods and services meets user needs.” More…
Kevin Holland, ITIL expert is a bit more specific “Service Integration and Management(SIAM) is both a model and a function which provides a single point of accountability for the service management and delivery of all services provided by internal and external service providers, by taking responsibility for and assuring suppliers performance , coordinating delivery, integration , and interoperability across multiple providers, and providing the necessary governance on behalf of the users.” Details…
Essentially, it is about keeping (or recovering) control – IT organizations use more and more external support providers today, and managing these relationships is getting more complex. SIAM might be the answer to this challenge, because it is all about how IT will deliver the capability to achieve end-to-end service excellence in an increasingly complicated environment by actively managing all aspects of service performance. Basically, it supports businesses by helping them get the most out of their outsourced and externally managed services.
Why is SIAM important now?
SIAM is in the spotlight of the key analyst groups, Forrester and Gartner. Spending on external and internal IT services is higher than ever; However, according to Gartner’s 2014 key metrics survey, only 11% of respondents say that they have mastered their approach to sourcing, and 89% need to improve competencies and significantly raise their maturity levels in order to manage multi-sourcing successfully. (Source) These metrics show large future potential for SIAM.
If you decide to research SIAM further, keep in mind that SIAM is sometimes referred to as MSI (Multi-sourcing Service Integration)
Are you using or considering a SIAM framework? I would love to hear your thoughts.