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Cisco, Forrester, Xerox, Fico, address 5 foundational questions to build a successful cloud infrastructure

At the Gartner DC conference in Las Vegas, Cisco SVP and General Manager Data Center Group  David Yen delivered a key note speech yesterday highlighting the importance of a convergence infrastructure (starting with UCS)  for the deployment of cloud. (I will have very soon the opportunity to share more about David Yen’s presentation – Stay tuned)

As Cisco Jim McHugh, VP Unified Computing Systems Marketing,  stated recently  “Without doubt, one of the great appeals of cloud computing is its near limitless potential. The industry has painted a world of clouds that are elastic and adaptable, ready to respond to just about any business need in the future. Although each organization’s path to building clouds is (and should be) unique, not all paths will deliver on the full potential of the cloud.”

And Forrester James Staten, Vice-President , Principal Analyst, Forrester research , Inc.,  one of our webcast panelists on December 6, wrote :
“Since cloud became a household word, vendors and enterprises alike have jumped to declare victory on cloud with services and infrastructure implementations that really don’t deliver cloud value but have the same foundation: something we call “cloudwashing.” This is a dangerous gambit as you claim legitimacy but don’t activate the same economics, deliver the autonomy that cloud services offer to your internal users, and aren’t standardized or automated enough to deliver
transformative agility. In other words, you claim cloud but are achieving only incrementally better value

So here are 5 questions that you may want to address on your journey to the cloud

What is the role of open infrastructure programmability in achieving the full potential of the cloud ?
How the right foundation can help your cloud for true elasticity and scalability ?
What are the architectural decisions that can affect future speed of service delivery ?
Why clouds require extensive automation down to the physical layer?
What are the infrastructure capabilities that support resource distribution with complete transparency and simplicity?

On December 6 at 9:00 am PST , Cisco Jim Mchugh  and Forrester James Staten as well as
Jeff  Hanson, IT Engineering Lead, Fico Corporation
Rick Schlander , IT Engineering Lead, Fico Corporation
Tom Force, MPS technology Delivery Officer, Xerox Corporation
and Satinder Sethi, VP Data Center Solutions, Cisco
will debate  these questions during an unique webcast . (registration here)

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My Other Computer is a Vblock!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in London last week at a conference.  I picked up the badge shown  in the photo below, and it made me laugh, and I thought it would be a good image to pass on.  VCE’s Vblock was the only example of converged infrastructure on show there.

My Other Computer is a Vblock!


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Living with the Programmable Cloud

Private cloud is surrounded by its own mythos–some folks believe it doesn’t exist and some folks believe its something that will only be enjoyed by future generations.  So, Cisco IT is living proof that private cloud is something that is very real.  This week, tomorrow in fact, John Manville SVP for Cisco IT, will be presenting a session at Gartner Data Center on Cisco’s private cloud environment, Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services or CITEIS.  John will explain how Cisco has woven together all the elements (compute, network, storage, automation, orchestration, provisioning, etc) into a cohesive offering that serves our production workloads.  John will also share the TCO savings captured to date and how he sees CITIES evolving over the next few years.

Diagram  from the white paper “How Cisco IT Automated End-to-End Infrastructure  Provisioning In an Internal Private Cloud”

If you are at Gartner DC in Las Vegas this week, be sure to check out his session, The Programmable Cloud, tomorrow (Dec 4) at 1:45pm in Titian Ballroom SPS 28–he’ll also be at the Cisco booth (#432) after the session to answer questions.

If you are not at Gartner DC, stay tuned for a coming interview with John Manville, and meanwhile you  may want also to take advantage of our coming webcast o see how industry peers are doing to solve the very challenges Cloud adopters face. Tune in to the webcast UCS : Foundation for Cloud on December 6 at 9:00 am PST  to hear from Cisco UCS customers Xerox and FICO Corporation, about how and why they used it in their Cloud environments.

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Protection in the Cloud

Physical servers lend the comfort of knowing where your data is located and having control over access and protection of that data. But from a business perspective, there is a lot virtualization can offer. So what’s the compromise with security, and is it worth the switch to a cloud environment?

While the cloud is an “open environment,” with no physical equipment to hold data in a hard-and-fast location, there are security measures that can be taken. Understanding how your technology is being used and who would be interested in accessing stored information is an important step in protecting against security threats. It is also important to consider what type of cloud you are utilizing – public, private, or hybrid. When analyzed thoroughly, you can then integrate security controls into your architecture to view, manage, and control vulnerability and threats.

Finally, you must consider trust. How the technology is used depends on users, devices, applications, and data. Security policies and controls can be determined and installed after establishing how and why the data may be accessed. Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Intel explains in more detail the significance of trust and avoiding security breaches. Read what he has to say.

You  may want also to take advantage of our coming webcast to see how industry peers are doing to solve the very challenges Cloud adopters face. Tune in to a webcast on December 6 at 9:00 am PST  to hear from Cisco UCS customers Xerox and FICO Corporation, about how and why they used it in their Cloud environments.


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Financial Services Firm Migrates from RISC/UNIX to Cisco UCS

We continue to see a growing number of customers migrating from RISC/UNIX platforms to Cisco UCS. Costs associated with purchasing, and maintaining RISC/UNIX servers continue to be a major customer pain point. The ability to scale faster, respond to customers quicker, and easily roll out new services to address new opportunities are also requirements.

The SEI Investments Company, a leading global provider of wealth management solutions, wanted a solution that would maximize price-performance, deliver mission-critical reliability, and scale efficiently. SEI migrated from a RISC/UNIX platform to the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS®) because Cisco UCS was a complete system that they could manage holistically through one console while also reducing costs. SEI experienced up to 40% improvement in performance, dramatically reduced the time to provision servers, and reduced costs by lowering the number of cables and ports required. Most importantly, Read More »