Few months ago, I blogged about getting the most from your current Data Center resources while customers evaluate options such as cloud for their business needs. We all understand that today’s business environment is characterized by rapid, unpredictable change. Some changes bring opportunities for your business, while others bring challenges and threats. But no matter what, your business has to be responsive and resilient —seamlessly taking advantage of opportunities while mitigating risks.
Your business depends on IT infrastructure (whether hosted in your own internal data center or in Cloud) and must be designed to maintain the continuity of your operations and secure data integrity in the event of an unexpected disruption. It also must help you comply with government regulations and integrate risk strategies to reduce costs while scaling rapidly and automatically as the marketplace changes.
Read More »
Tags: Business Continuity and Availability, cloud, disaster recovery
As I was looking for social media outlets in which Cisco UCS was being discussed, I found several of them. The intent was to see where someone just introduced to the Cisco UCS could find not just product literature, but real life examples from user communities. We are all busy, and it would be nice to learn from the experience of others, and sure enough social media can help us with peer-to-peer information dissemination. In June I participated in an Information Week event where Lenny Leibmann moderated a very educational discussion among IT professionals and saw how IT peers could benefit. Sometimes sharing information is inhibited by the fact that IT peers may be working for competing market entities. Nevertheless, I decided to forge ahead and look for all the social media outlets and user groups that discussed Cisco UCS.
Read More »
Tags: Cisco UCS
Part 3 — Your Cloud Journey and Roadmap with Intelligent Automation for Cloud
Part 2 — How Agile is your Cloud?
Part 1 — The End of Big IT Architecture
This is a real story. Places and names have been changed …
By now, this blog series has hopefully convinced you to throw out the old school approaches and turn the calendar to July, 2012.
I really enjoy talking to groups of people in IT about a specific problem. There is an organizational dynamic that occurs when good collaboration is going on. Even constructive confrontation has its place. The best and most forward looking IT shops realize that they don’t know it all and especially for a new area that they need the benefit of a Cloud Workshop.
What is a Cloud Workshop? It is a one day slice of time where the Intelligent Automation team at Cisco helps a customer group envision their near term and future cloud value. It usually unlocks a stuck team. It can raise standards. It can clarify a path through the old school thought forest. It can be challenging on both sides. It is critically important to get a cross section of all major departments: service management, the desktop team, virtualization, identity management, compute, network, storage, infrastructure engineering, and program management. What do we do with this cross sectional group?
Read More »
Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, data center, intelligent automation, orchestration
As promised, here is the registration link for the first of the two new Virtual Symposia this month. For those of you not familiar with the Virtual Symposium concept, check out this post for the long explanation–the short explanation is that its a 60 min panel discussion driven by your questions on a topics that we see generating a lot of questions.
The standard panel consists of yours truly, Greg Ferro (EtherealMind), Stephen Foskett (Tech Field Day), and Ivan Pepelnjack (ipSpace), then for each event, we add other folks we think you’ll want to hear from.
Virtual Symposium 3: Network Programmability and SDN
The topics are meaty and the panel is opinionated, so this should be good session–bring your questions and we’ll do our best to keep you enlightened and entertained.
Tags: Network programmability, SDN, social media, virtual symposia
An interesting new report has been issued by Forrester Research that provides a great deal of market research and insight into the challenges of the data center network supporting large-scale virtualization. The report provides a representative view about the types of obstacles organizations are facing and where they are making new investments, along with some recommended best practices. As usual, the application services infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges, i.e., how to replicate the layer 4-7 and security services that mission-critical applications require in a highly virtualized or hybrid cloud environment. While servers and networks have largely been virtualized, relying on physical firewalls or application controllers can undermine or limit the beneficial effects of virtualization.
Forrester starts by pointing out what benefits customers are looking for and where they see the greatest growth in virtualization going forward. Over the next four years, Forrester sees 500% growth in total virtual x86 workloads that will be hosted in private cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), where virtual servers are isolated between tenants, compared to 170% growth in private cloud pools in organizations’ own data centers. Forrester points out that overlooking virtual services can “negate private and public cloud investments”, however. 33% of their respondents indicated that they have difficulty integrating public services with internal virtual infrastructures, with 24% specifically citing “frustration with capability, agility and flexibility of traditional application delivery controllers (ADC)”. (see next table).
Read More »
Tags: ACE, ADC, application delivery controllers, ASA 1000V, cloud, Forrester Research, IaaS, Nexus 1000v, virtual application services, virtual overlays, Virtual Security Gateway, vsg, vWAAS