We are almost at the end of January in 2014 and Cisco Live is underway in Europe. The IT landscape is changing rapidly, and we all need to adapt to it. In a previous blog I had listed some of the high priority issues for IT in 2014, and in this blog I will emphasize the rate of change needed to keep pace.
Cyber threats are growing in all forms and shapes.
From retail giants like Target to local school districts, all have been targets of attacks last year. This 2014 Cisco security report is an eye opener. The use of cloud computing and mobile devices is only increasing the complexity of security. Vulnerabilities are increasing because data centers have thus far adopted “bolt on” security measures i.e disparate technologies with multiple control points that were never meant to work together. Malicious actors are working faster to exploit gaps. IT must adapt quickly to this new normal.
IT must now deliver services not technology
Business expects IT to deliver consistent high quality services. Projects will not be one off, siloed, custom solutions. This is akin to moving away from a job shop model to a highly industrialized continuous flow model in the world of manufacturing. Projects will get more complex due to the use of shared resources and the resulting interrelationships. All this calls for a high degree of automation and service assurance mechanisms, resulting in more changes to the IT department. At Cisco, we are working hard to provide IT the necessary tools to adapt to these changes. UCS Manager is still the gold standard in automating converged infrastructure setup and maintenance. This is made possible with the service profile innovation shown in the video below. To find out more about UCS Manager attend this meetup in Santa Clara on the 27th of Feb.
Ciao! The data center and cloud management software team is in Milan this week to showcase our Unified Management solutions in the Data Center and Cloud booth as well as the Cisco ONE Platform booth at our annual Cisco Live customer event in Europe.
So, please check out the live demos, join our breakout sessions, and take this opportunity to how our Cisco’s Unified Management software solutions can help your organization improve efficiency, become more agile, and reduce costs.
See below for details and stay tuned for some exciting announcements …
Cisco and CA Technologies have been solution partners for years integrating CA IT management solutions with Cisco Data Center and cloud infrastructure. On Jan. 27th, at CiscoLive Milan, the two companies will demonstrate the next generation data center – highlighting synergies in DevOps automation and Unified Infrastructure management. Why is this, a turning point in IT evolution?
In a recent blog, I talked about the growing agility gap in mid-to-large data centers -- that in spite of a decade of unified fabrics, virtualized services and controller abstractions, the demands for scale, performance and security are growing faster than IT can satisfy them. This is due to new mobile, social and Big-Data applications that are much more dynamic due to multi-tenancy, higher demand peaks, more distributed users, broader device support, varying performance needs, 24x7 global usage, and changing security vulnerabilities.
I also said that while the evidence of the agility gap is showing up in ballooning network reconfigurations (such as ports, VLANs, subnets, security services, load-balancing, flow optimizations, monitoring), the solution lies in accelerating DevOps – the relatively new discipline of translating dynamic application and tenant needs into an optimal data center topology – and not just in a controller based programming.
CA Technologies is now showing that DevOps processes can be accelerated by orders of magnitude using Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This is resulting in application optimized infrastructure, much lower TCO and faster time to new services.
DevOps, the frontline in closing the agility gap
DevOps evolved from the need of global enterprises to meet competitive application demands with “continuous application delivery.” Financial services, Healthcare, Hospitality and Retail are among the sectors for whom the frequency of application changes have shrunk from 18 months, to daily and even multiple times a day!
Drivers include mobile apps that need continuous enhancements, cloud scaling, Big-Data and the use of Agile Methodology where major code changes occur in weekly or daily “sprints.” DevOps brings continuous integration and operational processes to allow several Developer, Quality Assurance and Application-production teams to collaborate to improve agility of application deployments.
HP introduced the world to their OneView management appliance by comparing it to Cisco UCS Manager through a series of YouTube video attacks this past fall. I can almost hear the meetings… ‘Forget stealth, forget the high road – let’s attack the leader in converged systems management directly – let’s attack Cisco UCS Manager!‘ While we can’t help but respect HP’s gumption in attempting to pick on their #1 competitor, our flattery turned to dismay that HP continues to miss the boat on how UCS management truly works. Rather than respond with feigned outrage, we patiently waited for HP to release OneView for our own test drive. Read More »
Cloud computing is more mainstream today than ever before, but it’s important to note that there are still significant opportunities for IT leaders to innovate and leverage cloud delivery options to capture new business opportunities and implement new IT models.
The Evolution of ITaaS: The Convergence of Two Roads
On one hand, traditional private cloud services within customer IT services are driving different degrees of completeness depending on organizational needs. Virtualization, consolidation and on-premise shared services are some of the drivers within the private cloud space.
On the other hand, public cloud services are evolving to include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
Today, these two tracks are intersecting to create demand for a hybrid cloud model. While the concept of the “Hybrid” cloud has developed mostly as a consequence of the availability of different cloud services, this same availability is also driving the evolution of IT as a Service.
What does this mean for business? It means that fundamentally, IT is adopting a supply chain management logic by deciding whether to make or buy a specific service based on a variety of organizational goals, market pressures, and available options.