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How To Gain an Edge by Taking Data Analytics to the Edge

In Part 1 of this blog series, I talked about how data integration provides a critical foundation for capturing actionable insights that generate improved outcomes. Now, in Part 2, I’ll focus on the two other challenges that must be met to extract value from data: 1) automating the collection of data, and 2) analyzing the data to effectively identify business-relevant, actionable insights. This is where things, data, processes, and people come together.

Let’s start with automation.

After IoT data is captured and integrated, organizations must get the data to the right place at the right time (and to the right people) so it can be analyzed. This includes automatically assessing the data to determine whether it needs to be moved to the “center” (a data center or the cloud) or analyzed where it is, at the “edge” of the network (“moving the analytics to the data”). Analytics at the Edge

The edge of the network is essentially the place where data is captured. On the other hand, the “center” of the network refers to offsite locations such as the cloud and remote data centers — places where data is transmitted for offsite storage and processing, usually for traditional reporting purposes. The edge effectively could be anywhere, such as on a manufacturing plant floor, in a retail store, or on a moving vehicle.

In “edge computing,” therefore, applications, data, and services are pushed to the logical extremes of a network — away from the center — to enable analytics knowledge generation and immediate decision-making at the source of the data.

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ACI and Nexus 9000 Win 2014 infoTECH Spotlight Data Center Excellence Awards

[Note: For more perspective on the growing momentum for Cisco ACI and Nexus 9000, register today for our upcoming live ACI webcast: “Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy”, January 13, 2015, 9 AM PT, Noon ET, featuring more ACI customers and several key ACI technology partners.]

TMCnet LogoMomentum continues to build for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Nexus 9000 Series Switches as we close out 2014 and head into the New Year. Cisco and TMC have announced that Cisco has been awarded to InfoTech Spotlight Data Center Excellence Awards for Cisco ACI and the Nexus 9000 series switch.

TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, announced the winners of the 2014 Data Center Excellence Awards last month, as presented by infoTECH Spotlight. For more than 20 years, TMC has been honoring technology companies with awards in various categories. These awards are regarded as some of the most prestigious and respected honors in the communications and technology sector worldwide. Winners represent prominent players in the market who consistently demonstrate the advancement of technologies. Each recipient is a verifiable leader in the marketplace.

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The Time for Desktop as a Service is Now

A new whitepaper from IDC, “The Workspace-as-a-Service Opportunity: Why Now is the Time for Desktop as a Service” is a must-read for any organization facing the challenge of delivering applications and services to employees on mobile devices.  According to IDC, corporate-liable smartphone shipments will reach 110 million units in 2014.  In comparison, employee-liable smartphone shipments will exceed 220 million in 2014.

The increased productivity and collaboration that mobile technologies offer businesses is substantial.  The ability to access the full workspace experience anywhere, anytime, on any device gives organizations incredible flexibility and agility.  However, maximizing the benefits of mobile technology comes at the cost of adding significant complexity to IT operations.   Minimizing cost and risk is challenging as well, considering that many organizations simply don’t have the expertise to deploy, manage, and scale client virtualization in an efficient and effective manner.

For these reasons, IDC has determined that “it makes more sense than ever for IT leaders to consider a cloud-based client virtualization offering.”  This can be achieved through remote access of a centralized virtual desktop through the cloud, commonly known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS).

The whitepaper explores key topics relating to when desktop virtualization is an option, benefits organizations can gain from cloud-based DaaS, integration challenges IT will need to meet, and important considerations to keep in mind when selecting a cloud provider.

Read the IDC whitepaper for yourself.  You can also learn more about Desktop as a Service as well as locate providers offering enterprise-class DaaS tailored to meet your specific business needs.

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New Data Center Webcast – Cisco ACI and Nexus 9000 Production Customers Discuss Game Changing Business Outcomes; Ecosystem Partners Drive Multi-Vendor Collaboration

Business requirements define Applications. Applications run on IT infrastructure. If the IT infrastructure is more responsive to the needs of applications, then, it almost certainly guarantees better business outcomes. That is the premise of Cisco’s next Data Center webcast to be broadcast on January 13th at 9 AM PST/ 12 EST – Is your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy? (Click Link to Register!)

Today, more than ever as the pace of change accelerates and disruption is the name of the game, CIOs and IT infrastructure leaders from all over the world are taking a closer look at how data center infrastructure can be better tailored to fit the needs of applications. Can the pace of change become an opportunity?

Eight global customers in production (including Cisco IT) from countries like Brazil, Qatar, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States that have deployed the Nexus 9000 and APIC come together to answer this question in our webcast focused on Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This will be followed by an ACI Ecosystem partner panel coming together to discuss the benefits of multi-vendor collaboration.

SDN, ACI, Nexus

Nexus 9000 and ACI customers

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ACI Customers Share Experiences at Gartner Data Center Conference

[Note: If you like hearing these customer perspectives, register today for our upcoming live ACI webcast: “Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy”, January 13, 2015, 9 AM PT, Noon ET, featuring more ACI customers and several key ACI technology partners.]

Happy New Year to everyone! I thought this would be a great opportunity now that everyone is back into the swing of work to highlight a couple of customer presentations from last month at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. Cisco hosted a 30 minute session on our Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and we invited two customers, Acxiom and Symantec, to present their use cases and experience in deploying ACI so far.

These Gartner conferences attract primarily CIO and high-level IT executives, and it’s no secret that they prefer hearing from industry peers rather than vendor product pitches. Kamal Kharrat from Acxiom and Vince Spina from Symantec both do a great job talking about real benefits from their deployment and the reasons they chose ACI as a primary platform for their SDN strategy.

http://gartner.mediasite.com/mediasite/play/52a862bd7f1b42d5ba9166ccf2505917?autoStart=true

Gartner ACI Session

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