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A Whole New Face to Cloud

Cisco is committed to leading the industry in bringing innovation and value to its customers through the cloud.  Through Cisco Powered, Cisco has driven high standards for cloud services, making enterprise-class performance and reliability the baseline across the industry.  With the recent announcement of over 30 Intercloud partners, Cisco is putting a whole new face on what cloud means.

The Intercloud is a movement that brings together the world of many clouds.  It does so in a way that meets the evolving needs of today’s organizations.  Rather than being restricted to a single, potentially proprietary cloud, Cisco envisions the Intercloud as a global resource for businesses to connect their operations locally and globally.

With the Intercloud, Cisco and its partners offer high-value benefits beyond those available with commodity-class services:

Workload mobility: Organizations will be able to seamlessly move workloads between clouds.  This creates a truly hybrid cloud environment, where an organization can move workloads from its private cloud to a public cloud.  With a Cisco Intercloud Provider, workloads can be moved between different public cloud providers as well.

Data sovereignty: Global organizations need to meet global requirements.  The flexibility of the Intercloud enables these organizations to locate workloads in region-specific data centers.  This enables companies to meet the security and compliance requirements of local governments without compromising performance, reliability, or flexibility.

Partner ecosystem: Cisco’s cloud strategy is to provide the infrastructure, solutions, and services that deliver the value of cloud to organizations.  By working with partners at all levels – providers, builders, aggregators, technology partners, resellers, and independent software vendors (ISV) – the Cisco ecosystem offers unified solutions across a wide range of technologies and applications.

Cisco and its partners are working together to enable a new generation of standardized cloud applications and the proliferation of highly secure hybrid clouds.   In this first phase, the 30+ Intercloud partners offer a combined global reach of 250 new data centers in 50 countries.  To drive the success of its Intercloud initiative, Cisco has also introduced hybrid cloud bundles and Cisco Intercloud Fabric.  And, to leave no doubt to its level of engagement, Cisco has committed $1 billion in cloud financing.

Read about the 30+ partners joining Cisco to build out the Intercloud.

You can also learn more about how Cisco Powered and the Intercloud can transform your business.

#EngineersUnplugged S6|Ep14: Policy-Based Management and VVols

October 29, 2014 at 9:59 am PST

In this episode of Engineers Unplugged, Nick Howell (@datacenterdude) and Gabriel Chapman (@bacon_is_king) discuss policy-based management and VVOLs. This is a storage deep-dive for the modern age, don’t miss it!

Not only has storage evolved, so have the unicorns.

The evolution of the storage unicorns.

The evolution of the storage unicorns.

This is Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

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Delivering Network Function Virtualization (NFV) on OpenStack Hangout

We had our first OpenStack Hangout, “OpenStack as a NFV Platform” on Tuesday Oct 21st. If you are excited about the potential of NFV, this hangout is for you. Our expert panel discussed NFV fundamentals, NFV momentum, the Neutron NFV subteam, and the new Linux Foundation OPNFV project. What I liked the most about this hangout is that we had influencers, from different companies with different backgrounds, joining us and sharing their use cases and views on future trends.

Network virtualization is poised to become a key enabler for technology and business. This innovation is driven by the OpenStack Community that has come together to solve customers’ business problems. For example, NFV promises to not only deliver high performance but also deterministic performance. This theme was highlighted throughout the discussion.

I want to take a moment and thank our moderator and panelists for doing an amazing job!

  • Mark Voelker, Technical Leader, Cisco
  • Russell Bryant, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
  • Toby Ford, AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy, AT&T
  • Mark McLoughlin, Consulting Software Engineer, Red Hat
  • Mark McClain, Yahoo!
  • Ian Wells, Technical Leader, Cisco
  • Chris Wright, Technical Director of SDN and NFV, Red Hat

Thank you!


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Keeping Up With Demand for Big Data Analytics

In my recent blogs about building the right data strategy and analytics solutions, I discussed how Cisco is helping our customers to meet one of the toughest challenges brought on by the Internet of Everything (IoE) – cost-effectively managing massive amounts of distributed data. With solutions such as Cisco Data Virtualization and Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion (BDWE), our customers can bring all of this data together in ways that are meaningful to them. Utilizing the network to securely connect data throughout the IoE and providing advanced analytics, we help our customers predict outcomes so they can drive better decisions in real-time.

To keep up with growing demands for big data analytics, now is the time to look at workload automation end to end. In this blog, I would like to share the other aspect of big data analytics; building the right workload automation strategy to integrate data, analytics and operations.

In today’s big data analytics environments, IT staff is regularly managing increasingly complex processes that are co-dependent on one another and span applications and departments. Rather than implementing silos of automation, we are helping customers take advantage of workload automation from a unified perspective. Our enterprise-wide workload automation solution, Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler (TES), simplifies end-to-end data management and automates diverse business processes across a broad set of applications, systems and environments.

For example, many business intelligence and analytics applications operate 24 hours a day. To handle a high volume of these jobs – many with service-level agreements – customers need the tools to receive and respond to alerts from anywhere.  Using the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler client on their iPhones and iPads, our customers can receive alerts, check logs and remediate errors from anywhere. As organizations continue to require fast and timely business services, we put the power directly in the users’ hands. By using TES’ self-service portal, business users can monitor the progress of relevant workloads through a web browser and perform basic job control.  In addition to reducing the downtime of a business user having to wait for IT to address their issue, this also takes some of the burden off IT.

TES is a key piece of any company’s big data and analytics software strategy and a priority for us at Cisco. Cisco IT uses TES internally and, due to successful deployment, is now encouraging further widespread internal adoption. Since Cisco TES is the first workload automation solution in the industry to have a suite of Hadoop adapters (as well as other data source and application adapters), Cisco IT is now additionally leveraging TES in Cisco’s own internal Big Data initiatives to deliver an end-to-end big data workload solution -- as detailed here and here. We are continuously working to develop ways to integrate TES further with other Cisco Big Data solutions, such as the recently launched BDWE solution, to provide more value through holistic data management solutions.

Taking full advantage of big data delivers a tremendous competitive advantage to our customers.  Cisco TES facilitates the end-to-end management of the entire process from data acquisition, to value extraction, to action. Stay tuned as we continue to deliver new capabilities to further bridge today’s gap between enterprise IT capabilities and business requirements.

 

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Integrated Virtual Services with RISE

Want to simplify and scale your virtual networks? Want to optimize performances of virtual applications? Want to improve your end user experience? Want to tap into full value of virtualization? Cisco Remote Integrated Service Engine(RISE) technology can fulfill these demands. Customers are using RISE-Enabled Citrix NetScaler 1000v to build their next generation networks. Cisco RISE is supported on Nexus Series of Switches like Nexus 7K,5K,6K etc.

As you may know, Citrix NetScaler 1000V is a virtualized application delivery controller solution. You can use RISE to simplify management, provisioning of network resources. Once RISE is enabled, Virtual ADC appliance will operate as a remote service module of the network switch it’s connected to.

Intelligent traffic redirection with RISE

Auto PBR is an innovative feature that services to be deployed easily and faster in the network. RISE enabled devices like Citrix NetScaler 1000v can create, delete or modify traffic steering policies on Nexus switches.

On demand provisioning

Policies can be automatically applied in a virtualization-aware manner. Depending on workloads policies can be sent to Nexus Switches to expand capacity and increase scale.

Routing Capability Offload for Improved ADC efficiency

Offload routing capability to the Nexus 7k/5k or 6k. RISE Route Health Injection is used to advertise the Virtual IP’s and other routes to the network. Service appliances no more need to implement and maintain routing protocols.

Significant CapEx and OpEx savings: 

RISE provides enhanced data path optimizations and simplified provisioning that allows customers to witness significant CapEx and OpEx savings thereby providing business continuity and cost reduction.

 Reduced Total cost of Ownership (TCO): 

Fully integrated with Nexus 7000 switches, RISE fosters simplified manageability, automated operation and increased utilization of application delivery resources.

Access to Nexus Control Plane

RISE enabled Citrix NetScaler has access to the Switch control plane makes networks simpler, faster and easier to provision and debug.

Reduced Overall Cost :
Multiple NetScaler 1000v instances can be deployed to scale and optimize without dependence on the specific server hardware.

Flexible Virtual Form Factor:
With NetScaler 1000V, customers can have consistency across their physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, along with Citrix NetScaler physical appliances. Since RISE is supported on all NetScaler platform consistency can be maintained

For more information, schedule an EFT or POC Contact us at nxos-rise@cisco.com