Forrester research indicates that private cloud has entered into the formal IT portfolio by becoming a core part of data center strategy. I have been writing about the sea change underway in private cloud. This sea change means that automating the provisioning of virtual machines and their infrastructure is inadequate in a world where your users expect continuous delivery.
Application developers want to accelerate application stack design and deployment. Your customers expect to consume applications and their supporting infrastructures on-demand and take delivery within minutes.
Doubt this fact? I consistently hear from senior executives about the growth of shadow IT within their organizations simply because the data center cannot meet delivery expectations.
At CiscoLive Milan today, the Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite was introduced. I can hear your response now…..What another cloud management platform? So I will respond: no way!
Many of today’s solutions are simple toolkits that require IT administrators to customize and maintain integrations between tools, processes, applications and teams. IT needs to become software and infrastructure engineers. End users have expectations of simplicity and out-of-box operation and these tools simply frustrate meeting end users expectations.
Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite is an engineered software solution not a platform. It delivers a hybrid-ready private cloud software solution that contains out-of-box installation and content. There are out-of-box utensils designed specifically to accelerate the design and deployment of your existing and cloud-first applications – across private and hybrid environments. Learn more by watching this video.
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The Cisco® Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE) allows both physical and virtual external service appliances to be attached to the Cisco Nexus® 7000 Series Switches and gain the same benefits as if the appliances were directly connected to the switch backplane like a dedicated service module. Cisco RISE provides a bidirectional control plane for tightly coupling network services to data center switching. Cisco RISE establishes a communication path between the network data plane and the service appliance, simplifying deployment and optimizing data paths with better traffic visibility in the data center. RISE is supported Cisco Prime NAM, Citrix NetScaler 1000v, Citrix NetScaler VPX, Citrix NetScaler MPX, Citrix NetScaler SDX etc.
Interested in knowing more about Cisco® RISE . The engineering team will showcase demos of some of the innovative features being designed for the Nexus 2K to 7K platforms. These are 15-30min Software Demos performed by our technical leaders. Please stop by our booth or visit the Nexus Data Center Whisper suites to watch the live demo and get some free goodies. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: cisco live, cisco prime, Cisco Prime NAM, citrix, Citrix NetScaler 1000V, Citrix NetScaler VPX, CLIVE, milan, NetScaler, Remote integrated Service Engine, RISE, whisper suite sessions
Interested in learning more about Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and Nexus 9000? We are hosting a myriad of activities here at Cisco Live Milan 2015! With Meet the Expert sessions and Demos at the World of Solutions, DevNet Zone labs, a plethora of breakout sessions, and customer whisper suite sessions, there is a wide range of content available throughout the week at the MiCo. Check out the highlights below.
- “Let’s Discuss: Cisco’s Controllers – Why, What, How, When”
Wednesday, January 28 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Monday, January 26 • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
- “API Deep Dive: APIC DC APIs”
Thursday, January 29 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1.TECACI-2009 – Intermediate – Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) – The Policy Driven Data Center
2.BRKAPP-9000 – Introduction to Application Centric Infrastructure.
3.BRKACI-2001 – Intermediate – Integration and Interoperation of existing Nexus networks into an ACI architecture
4.TECDCT-2002 – Intermediate – Next Generation Data Center Infrastructure
5.BRKAPP-9004 – Intermediate – Data Center Mobility, VXLAN & ACI Fabric Architecture
6.BRKACI-3456 – Advanced – Mastering OpenStack and ACI
7.TECDCT-2002 – Intermediate – Next Generation Data Center Infrastructure
8.BRKACI-2006 – Intermediate – Integration of Hypervisors and L4-7 Services into an ACI Fabric
9.LTRDCT-1224 – Intermediate – Implementing VXLAN in Datacenter
10.BRKDCT-1302 – APIC and Nexus 9000: Network Programmability and Automation
11.BRKVIR-2931 – Intermediate – End-to-End Application-Centric Data Center
Cisco ACI/N9K Whisper Suites
Please visit https://cisco.jifflenow.com/livedcmilan2015 to register a request. Please note a Cisco domain name is required.
Whisper suites are being held offsite at:
Melia Milano Hotel
Via Masaccio, 19
We hope you will enjoy the show.
Tags: Breakout sessions, Cisco ACI, Cisco Live Milan, DevNet Zone Labs, meet the expert, Nexus 9000, whisper suite sessions, world of solutions
Cisco® Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is an intelligent and scalable, clustering and load-balancing engine that addresses the performance gap between multi-terabit switches and gigabit servers and appliances. The ITD architecture integrates Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching with Layer 4 to Layer 7 applications for scale and capacity expansion to serve high-bandwidth applications. ITD provides adaptive load balancing to distribute traffic to an application cluster.
It allows customers to deploy servers and appliances from any vendor with no network or topology changes. With a few simple configuration steps on a Cisco Nexus® 7000/7700 series switch, customers can create an appliance or server cluster and deploy multiple devices to scale service capacity with ease. The servers or appliances do not have to be directly connected to the Cisco Nexus switch. ITD started shipping in NX-OS 6.2(8) and has significant new features in 6.2(10).
Below are some of the reasons why customers used ITD:
- Load-balance traffic to 256 servers of 10Gbps each.
- Load-balance to cluster of Firewalls. ITD is much superior than PBR.
- Scale up NG IPS and WAF by load-balancing to standalone devices.
- Scale the WAAS / WAE solution.
- Scale the VDS-TC (video-caching) solution.
- Replace ECMP/Port-channel to avoid re-hashing. ITD is resilient.
Please stop by our booth or visit the Nexus Data Center Whisper suites to watch the live demo and get some goodies.
Email questions to: email@example.com
Moving to cloud offers many benefits to organizations. However, these benefits come with a corresponding range of new challenges for IT to address. One of these challenges is what is known as “Shadow IT.” Shadow IT refers to activities of members within an organization to secure their own IT resources without going through a company’s IT department.
There are many compelling reasons why organizations consider Shadow IT an important issue:
Security: IT resources outside the management of a company’s IT department are also outside of their control and policy management. Many cloud providers offer only marginal security with their baseline service; to get better security requires an upsell and higher cost. This means that sensitive company data and digital assets may be exposed without a company’s knowledge. As a result, a company may be at risk in many ways, either through potential loss of customer data or failure to comply with industry standards and requirements.
Cost: When cloud services are purchased individually, they cost more. A large organization can consolidate cloud resources needs across all of its departments to achieve volume-pricing discounts.
Efficiency: A group that purchases its own cloud resources may underutilize them. When clouds resources are managed by IT, unutilized resources can be shared with other departments. Such a strategy increases the efficient usage of cloud resources. In addition, fewer resources are required across the company, resulting in lower cost as well.
Unified Management: When cloud resources can be centrally managed, their management can be consistent and unified across the company. This enables IT to ensure that cloud resources are properly protected as well as simplifies tracking allocation and usage of resources.
There is a high value in eliminating Shadow IT. However, it is clear that relying upon policies that prohibit Shadow IT activities is not enough to solve the problem. In the blog, “Overcome Your Shadow IT Struggles”, cloud provider Presidio discusses the reasons why Shadow IT exists. The blog also describes how you can provide compelling reasons for members of your organization to go through IT and use internal resources.
Another important facet of eliminating Shadow IT is selecting the right cloud services and provider. It does little good to consolidate cloud access if the services IT brokers to the organization don’t provide enterprise-class security, performance, and flexibility as a baseline.
Learn more about how Hybrid Cloud and Cisco Powered cloud and managed services can transform your business.
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