I was recently vising a few customers south of our corporate offices in the Los Angeles area and I was jolted into realizing that I need to add one more significant benefit of deploying our Intelligent Automation for Cloud software.
When I talk about benefits of Private (and Public ) Cloud I usually focus on these four business drivers:
- Drive towards shorter provisioning times (for both Physical and Virtual Infrastructure) and self service
- Desire to reduce infrastructure costs by moving from a provision for peak loads on each application to one of pooling of resources and “averaging” out the workload peaks and to enable the pay for usage
- Users (and management) was a predictable SLA for provisioning achieved through orchestration and automation
- Need to reduce VM sprawl and increase governance and compliance over the provisioning process.
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Tags: intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud
In my journeys of talking to IT organizations I come across individuals who really stand out in their drive and passion to transform their organization and achieve a pragmatic cloud for their stakeholders. This is the third in a series of Blogs on the Superheroes of the Cloud. What makes these individuals and their organizations special is that they distinguish their organizations by having a unique angle to their Journey to the Cloud. I won’t spell out the exact formula but I will offer some tidbits on why I am impressed by these superheroes.
Who said that building a cloud operating model is easy? It is not. It takes complete focus on the end goal and a systematic approach to defining the many levels and subsystems of the cloud management and automation framework. It takes lots of time learning from missteps and successes. You are pressured to hasten the timeline and deliver under budget. You have to be a visionary and yet be the most pragmatic individual on the block.
When Cisco Intelligent Automation added Cloud Automation to our core DNA, we looked for individuals in our services organization who would stand up and be the original builders and architects of the pragmatic clouds for our customers. They would train an entire group of people within Cisco and at our partners to build those clouds. Their students became teachers in their own right.
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cloud Builders, inteligent automation, network automation, orchestration, Service Catalog
When we talk about networks in the data center, there is often talk about bandwidth, 10Gigabit Ethernet, switch sizing, and the changes that have been wrought on the network since the inception of widespread server virtualization. The base operating system that the switch runs on, the networking software itself, is often only discussed in terms of how/when/why to do upgrades. Networking software has more relevance than that, especially from a strategic standpoint.
The strategic nature of networking software is easy to see. But the most important way networking software is important is in the flexibility it can provide over the lifetime of the product line. Poorly written or architected networking software can put a huge burden on the vendor when new features or when major changes to the networking industry occurs. As a customer that matters because the vendor may spend the time and money to accommodate those changes or has to charge an exorbitant amount. It all speaks to the investment protection a vendor can bring. Poor network software equals poor investment protection and a degraded upgrade path.
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Tags: MDS, nexus, NX-OS, nxos
Data Center Connections using “nV edge”
The ASR 9000 product family has recently come out with a new feature called nV Edge (nV = Network Virtualization). This feature unifies the data center edge control, data and management planes. So, I’ll note a couple things here on this feature and then tell you why I think it has potential to be truly awesome.
My good friend Rabiul Hasan just wrote a proof of concept document just posted to Design Zone that provides the configuration and setup details. I encourage you to go check it out here.
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Tags: asr 9000, asr9k, Data Center Interconnect, DCI, nV, nV Edge, VPLS
Cisco continues its cloud computing performance leadership with the announcement of VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark result published on July 10th 2012.
The Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server’s score of 11.30@10 tiles on the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark outperforming all other 2-socket blade servers. The world-record score demonstrates how well a system’s servers, network, and storage components support virtual machine movement, storage migration, and virtual machine provisioning.
First generation VMmark (VMmark 1.x) was a server consolidation workload. It measured how many VMs that can be run on a single server. VMmark 2.x is the next generation benchmark from VMware that was introduced in December 2010. The VMmark 2.1 benchmark uses a tiled design that incorporates six real-world workloads to determine a virtualization score. Then it factors VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion, and virtual machine provisioning times to determine an infrastructure score. The combination of these scores is the total benchmark score. Because Cisco UCS is a truly unified system, it delivers both virtualization and infrastructure performance.
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Tags: benchmark, Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, infrastructure, performance, VMmark