As the London 2012 Olympics kicks off today, the 100m sprint event will be one I’ll definitely be watching on TV. And with Cisco as the Official Network Infrastructure Supporter for London 2012 – an event that is generating huge excitement here in Cisco UK and Ireland as well as Cisco globally, let me use an Olympics analogy to illustrate how Cisco Services helps you accelerate deployment of our recently announced Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition, described in excellent detail by my good colleagues Wayne Green and Jason Schroedl.
The Acceleration is in the Preparation
While the 100m sprint will (hopefully!) be won in a sub-10 second time, without doubt the winner will have taken much, much longer in preparation. Like all the Olympic sports, the 100 sprint is an event where the participants will have prepared for several – if not many – years. They are at the top of their game. As I learned recently in a seminar at our Cisco Scotland office with Olympic medal winners Roger Black and Steve Backley, what is maybe not so visible is that they all have an extensive team behind them, helping them deliver that fantastic time. And despite their own expertise, commitment and talent, they will have called on specialist expertise – physios, expert trainers, even sports psychologists – to help them accelerate from those starting blocks and over that finishing line in record time. And for those competitors participating for the first time in such a major event, this background team will be all the more important in helping them develop their race plan.
So now onto cloud automation, and how Cisco Services can – in an analagous manner – help you accelerate from the starting block with Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition ….
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Tags: ciso_services, cloud, cloud_computing, data center, data_center, intelligent automation, London Olympics
Do the technology partners that comprise your data center really make a difference? In the case of SAP HANA and Cloud, the answer is yes. The Application Data Centers of the future look much different than the Application Data Center of the past. CIO’s are looking for ways to reduce costs, floor space, and management of their Data Centers while increasing the intelligence they gather from their existing data in order to get a leg up on their competition.
Thanks to their numerous advanced technologies (i.e UCS..) Cisco and EMC, with the active participation of VMware and VCE have developed over the past years a strong architecture to support the traditional needs of the SAP customers, but also new requirements related to cloud and big data.
With the recent certification of SAP Scale-Out, Cisco and EMC are partnering more closely than ever to provide Application Data Center Managers with the platform and persistent storage needed to solve the issues that keep CIO’s awake at night.
Thanks to SAP HANA, data that previously was unattainable or unstructured, is now reportable to CIO’s in a format that will allow them to make instantaneous decisions to the benefit of their customers and to their bottom line. Since everything with SAP HANA is real-time in memory, reports that used to take days or weeks are now attainable in seconds. Cisco and EMC have provided the perfect platform for these transactions giving Application Data Center managers choices they may not have with other hardware vendors.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, cloud, data center, EMC, SAP. HANA, VCE, VMware
Wow, lots of excitement this week with all the news in the cloud space. All very interesting and very much validating of the work that our Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit is doing around automation of the cloud. Now on to actually showing ROI right now for your CIO.
We in the Cisco Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit define the cloud operating model as a set of behaviors that define the operational characteristics of your private or public cloud. Our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud models a private cloud operation through a set of behaviors around the following areas:
- Catalog of Services
- Tenant / Organization Model
- Site / POD model
- Lease/Capacity management
- Network Segregation
- Lifecycle management
- Administrative capabilities
- Image Management
- Storage and Network Automation
Let’s take a look at each of these items and show how this work in our Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition:
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, intelligent automation, network automation, orchestration, starter edition
The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada was one of our first FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud engagements this year. Alantex, based in Woodbridge, Ontario was the Cisco Advanced Technology Partner driving the project. Vlad Kryukov, CEO of Alantex, and his crew delivered the integrated value of the FlexPod solution to the University.
View this video to hear from the University of Waterloo’s Infrastructure Architect Greg Parks on the results and their satisfaction with Cisco, NetApp, and Microsoft.
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Tags: Cisco, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, netapp, System Center, UCS
The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has released this week a whitepaper and companion video looking at virtual network overlays and their use in multi-tenant environments. This comes on the heels of the ESG research brief on Cisco’s recently announced Cisco ONE set of network programming interfaces which includes Nexus 1000V-based virtual overlays.
ESG points out that virtual network overlays are important to building out multi-tenant environments like private and hybrid clouds, as well as overcoming scalability issues in those environments that have traditionally been based on VLANs. As ESG notes, and as Cisco mentioned in it’s ONE announcement, programmability of the virtual networks is what really separates them from classic overlays based on MPLS or GRE tunnels. The Nexus 1000V will achieve this programmability capability by SDN API’s such as OpenStack on top of the Nexus 1000V virtual supervisor module.
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Tags: Cisco ONE, Enterprise Strategy Group, Nexus 1000v, Open Network Environment, OpenStack, SDN, virtual network overlays, virtual networks