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Scaling out Horizontally, Not Just Vertically.

April 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm PST

Here we are in an age of automation, consolidation, virtualization, optimization and the proliferation of a dozen other terms and technologies that are enabling IT organizations and users to do more with less and from just about any location.  We’re building clouds and service catalogs, virtual desktops and creating IT service providers.   The skills required by IT organizations continue to grow in leaps and bounds.  No more can you just be “the router engineer” or “the backup engineer”, you’re faced with learning other technologies.  Not so much learning, but cross training.  Read More »

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The Latest Release of Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler – Workload Automation for Global Organizations

Workload Automation is the triggered or scheduled activities that drive batch and real-time business process automation moving data across an ecosystem of applications and compute environments.  This is mission critical “back office” IT business data process capability.    I introduced Workload Automation in a previous blog,   http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/workload-automation-job-scheduling-applications-and-the-move-to-cloud/.  We have customers who use the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler to perform the most critical activities in their enterprise.  Many of the health care providers, insurance companies, manufacturing giants, and financial service outfits rely on these technologies to drive their business.

We recently made generally available our workhorse release of the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler for the next few years.

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Cloud Owner Manifesto: 12 Habits of Successful Cloud Builders

People of IT:

A powerful global change has begun. Through cloud services and automation, people are discovering and inventing new ways to deliver IT services with blinding speed. As a direct result, IT Operations are changing — and those that adopt a pragmatic cloud are creating competitive differentiation for their business faster than most companies.

But there are many stones on the road to Damascus on which to stub you toes.

Some IT shops moving to a cloud are not yet ready to take ownership of that Private or Hybrid Cloud deployment or to change their operations. These shops will not be successful.

Some expect their vendor to build it and own it.  Other shops are relying on third parties. This will work at first but it will quickly get too expensive.

Finally, some of the visionaries want to own it themselves but don’t know where to start.  These organizations need to build a maturity roadmap that gets them started quickly and easily so they can learn what works and what needs improvement.

We have worked with a large number of organizations. This has given us perspective on the 12 habits of successful cloud implementations.  Here they are.

12 Habits of Successful Cloud Builders:

1.    They invest in training from their cloud automation software provider so that they can take ownership of and drive the technical work.
2.    Cloud builders are indeed that, their goal is to build:  over time they rely less on vendors and third party services to build their cloud; they have a plan for that transition.
3.    Moving to cloud requires new roles.  Builders define new roles in their organizations to take into account the new skills and competencies needed.  They think through career implications and pathways.
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Data Center at the Cisco Partner Summit 2012 –Be Real or Virtual but Be There!

April 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm PST

At Cisco Data Center, we recognize that our community of partners is a critical sales success factor. – So the annual event Partner Summit, this year in San Diego California  April 16-19 is a big deal!

In fact, the physical event in San Diego is already sold out, demonstrating clearly the dynamism of the Cisco partner community, which is more and more attracted to the Cisco Business proposition, the solutions and now the services opportunities.

But to make sure that every partner can benefit from this opportunity , the summit will come this year to you live via Virtual Partner Summit (VPS). All you have to do is register. Here is my list of the must watch data center sessions -

General Session with Keith Goodwin, John Chambers, Edison Peres

General Session with Edison Peres and Padmasree Warrior

Data Center & Virtualization Go-To-Market: The Unified Data Center Practice, Programs Evolution & Partner Incentives

Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure : Game-Changing Vision, Unprecedented Opportunity

BYOD and Beyond : It’s Not About the Device, it’s About Delivering the Next-Generation Workspace

Winning with Cloud: GTM updates on  Strategy, Solutions and Partner Programs

Having said that, there are a lot of other sessions, that you probably will find of a great interest! All the news and program announcements, the business and technology sessions, but also chat with executives are a click away . It can’t  really be easier. If you want to know more about the Virtual Partner Summit, including the prize that you can win by registering, watch this video and check these  blogs   Virtual Tour of Cisco’s Virtual Partner Summit 2012 and Know before you go : Cisco Partner Summit 2012

If you are already registered to attend physically the summit in San Diego , here are some interesting facts

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API Compatibility: From cruising at self-service speed to “we gotta have a meeting”

Today’s announcement that Citrix is dropping support for OpenStack has reverberated through the clouderati sphere like a new Justin Bieber song through my niece’s third grade class. Super important but will not matter much when the next idol arrives.

In any case, a lot of smart people have written about it. I’ll leave them to explain the whole thing.

Cloud Avenue has a good in-depth coverage post. And so does James Staten of Forrester. Randy Bias also weighs in as well.  I’m sure I’m missing other worthy commentators.

But the post that most caught my attention came from Thorsten at Rightscale‘s.  We both share something in common: we both build products that connect to cloud API’s. Including vendor who have API’s that claim to be compatible EC2. This experience, I think provides a useful point of view when thinking about API compatibility. Not to mention it creates a jaundiced view of the human soul.

Thorsten writes.

I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it again: it’s the semantics of the resources in the cloud that matter, not the syntax of the API. This means that “API compatibility” has to reach very, very deep to be meaningful. Let me give you a couple of examples around EC2.

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