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Duct Tape for Cloud: Integration Features of Cisco Process Orchestrator and IA for Cloud

The Cisco Process Orchestrator has very rich integration capabilities, yet we often hear the question, “Does it integrate with…” or “Does it work with” [insert product]. The Cisco Process Orchestrator is a primary component in the Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud management solution.

The fact is that in modern environments with modern orchestrators the answer is always yes. The reality is that cloud automation requires a Process Orchestrator tie into a variety of different systems in order to start offering cloud services. Remember, Cloud is an operating model, not a product. This means that to deliver self-service, on-demand services requires all the elements of the service be orchestrated.

Cisco’s internal private cloud is one such example.

The graphic below shows the components in the deployments. You see integration with Cisco UCS, VMware and storage, as you would expect. It also orchestrates IP address management (that IP won’t provision itself), Remedy incident, CMDB, ActiveDirectory (so tenants can log in), image management and a few other things such as Service Assurance.

By the way, the architecture below is Cisco Process Orchestrator provision across multiple Cisco data centers.

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Want to visit Cisco at Microsoft Management Summit 2013? Play Cloud OS Trivia for the chance to win a trip!

CMTriviaOnce again this year Cisco will be a Platinum sponsor at Microsoft’s Management Summit 2013 (MMS 2013) in Las Vegas, April 8 – 12.  At the event we will showcase new Cisco solutions and technologies applicable to the world of Windows Server, System Center, and Hyper-V.

We’re participating in a small way via sponsorship with Microsoft in their Cloud OS Trivia Challenge. Join your peers in the Microsoft Cloud OS Trivia Challenge; test your knowledge with trivia for a chance to win some excellent prizes-including a trip to MMS 2013. You also have a chance to win a Microsoft Surface, Windows 8, Windows Server, or a Linksys Router. Play Now!

 

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Server Management – Critical consideration for data center automation and orchestration

I wish the topic of Server management was as juicy as Lance Armstrong’s confession or as intriguing as Manti Te’os girlfriend hoax, but it is NOT.  It is, however, intertwined with two of the domains– 1) infrastructure management and 2) automation and orchestration described in the Cisco Domain Ten model. Server management was also one of the topics in a series of discussions with Mike Spanbauer from Current Analysis.

Cisco UCS Management addresses the problems of complexity and scaling which the panel discussed.  Service profiles ease the deployment of policy based server management and simplify routine setup tasks as well as server repurposing tasks within the typical server lifecycle.  The Cisco UCS is architected for automation from the very core with an open API.   The operational benefits can usually be quantified in $$ and cents as some of these customers have experienced.

Travelport   –  “86 percent savings in total support hours”

Hendrick Automotive Group – “Boost IT staff productivity by more than 30 percent”

Xerox –   “Staff productivity has improved 20 percent…”

Peak10  – “We can certainly quantify the impact Cisco UCS has had on our operations: the benefits are clearly there…”

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Modernize Your IT Infrastructure by Migrating to Cisco UCS and NetApp Storage

Many organizations continue to struggle with the pace, complexity, and changing demands of a data-driven world. Hence, it’s not a big surprise that agility, flexibility, and cost efficiency continue to be important themes in the data center. These demands and needs may be acting as a forcing function for organizations to modernize aging, complex, and costly RISC/UNIX infrastructures in order to meet todays business goals. Data center managers are looking to grow and stay ahead of the competition by transforming IT from a cost center to an innovation center. We see more and more how important it is to choose an infrastructure that can easily adapt to ever changing business requirements.

The Cisco Unified Computing System, NetApp storage, and our jointly developed FlexPod platform are standards-based, cost-effective solutions that can meet or surpass performance, reliability, and availability requirements that RISC/UNIX customer have come to expect. The FlexPod architecture can scale up or out, and it can be optimized for a variety of workloads in both virtualized and non-virtualized environments.

I urge you to read our new, joint solution brief which highlights how Cisco and NetApp with support from software and hardware partners can meet the requirements of the most demanding mission-critical IT applications and modernize your IT infrastructure with maximum efficiency and minimal risk.

CLOUD COMPUTING IS READY FOR YOU. BUT ARE YOU READY?

Previously I talked about the growing demands and how the role of IT has to change from a cost center to a business strategic partner.  And we also looked at the journey you need to take to deliver IT as a Service. Cloud computing is part of this journey and it is happening – and I mean all types of Clouds – Private, Public and Hybrid. In other words, we are entering the World of Many Clouds. Forrester Research recently published a report that concluded, “Cloud computing is ready for the enterprise… but many enterprises aren’t ready for the cloud.”1   Yet cloud deployments are happening, driven by workload virtualization and changes in application architecture and usage.

Take a look at this short video with Paul Perez (VP/GM of Unified Computing System and CTO of Data Center Group) and me. Paul shares his insights on the trends of how Cloud is changing the way of the IT and the challenges you will be facing.

Guess what? Once again Cisco is here to help you on your journey to the World of Many Clouds. How you ask?

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