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Openstack, Big Data and Cisco Cloud Software at Cloud Connect Next Week

Next week is Cloud Connect in Santa Clara and Cisco’s Cloud Software group will have a big presence.

While we have plenty to talk about on how Cisco is helping customers build their cloud, we also want to listen to our customers plans and needs. We are bringing some of our engineers and architects so you can engage directly with them.  There are three things you can see next week.

CITEIS -- Cisco’s, in production, private cloud.

See how it was built, the results in agility and cost, and best of all see a demo. Not a fake demo but the real thing.

Of course, we will also be showcasing our award winning cloud automation software, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (CIAC) (formerly newScale and Tidal), which provides the self-service catalog and orchestration to our private cloud

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Feeling the “need for speed”? Announcing 100GE on the Nexus 7000 Series

It’s clearly evident from the evolution of technology that the “need for speed” seems to be deeply embedded in human nature.  Reflecting back without going too far back in history, the horse and buggy was the main mode of transportation, unfortunately not fast enough. So we invented the locomotive, automobile, airplane, fax machine, e-mail, and mobile phones with text messaging among the hundreds of other inventions to fulfill our need to do things faster.

Being a networking guy, I might be biased, but I see networks as the new frontier for speed, especially now that we are a media/information driven society. It wasn’t long ago that a 10Mbps shared Ethernet LAN and 56kbps WAN links were considered fast (showing my age here). However, every time faster networking speeds were introduced, newer applications quickly consumed the capacity driving the need for even higher speeds.

Over the years we’ve seen Ethernet speeds increase in increments of 10x starting with 10Mbps to 100Mbps to 1GE and 10GE and now, we’re again at another speed inflection point -100Gigabit Ethernet! This week Cisco added to our 100GE router portfolio (CRS and ASR routers) with the announcement of a 100GE M2-Series module for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches. Along with the 100GE module, we also announced a 40GE M2-Series module for the Nexus 7000 and a 40GE module for the Catalyst 6500.

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DCI as an enabling framework for both Workload Mobility & Disaster Recovery using OTV and LISP

A couple of colleagues of mine wrote a  document on live Workload Mobility and Disaster Recovery for Tier-1 applications.   I think you should check it out and here’s a couple of key points that I want to highlight:

  1. A single physical Cisco, EMC, VMware infrastructure
  2. Both vMotion and SRM validated on same infrastructure
  3. Tier-1 Enterprise Applications tested

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Lippis Video Introduces Cisco’s Network Virtualization Portfolio

February 6, 2012 at 9:40 am PST

Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report sits down with Prashant Gandhi, Cisco’s Sr. Director of Marketing for Virtualization in our Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit, to discuss all things virtual in this new video podcast. Prashant does a great job showing why Cisco’s network virtualization stack is the most complete in the industry, including the Nexus 1000V virtual switch, the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, the virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS) WAN optimization solution, Network Services Manager (NSM), Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC), and the Nexus 1010 and new 1010-X Virtual Services Appliance. When you include recently announced technologies like VXLAN and support for the Microsoft Windows Server 8 Hyper-V hypervisor later this year, a great overview video like this can help you keep up with all the recent innovations.

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With Cisco, You’re on a Private Jet to the Cloud

February 6, 2012 at 7:31 am PST

Everyone is talking about the Cloud but many companies are just beginning their journey and want a guide to ensure the quickest and most cost-effective path. Questions arise such as “can we build a cloud in-house?” which is kind of like taking a bus to your destination if you don’t have expertise at your company. Others ponder “should we hire a partner to advise us?” which is the equivalent to taking a jet  because an expert will quickly fly you to the cloud, leveraging knowledge that has accumulated through experience. The jet will get you there a lot faster with less bumps and obstacles.

Companies like  Discovery and Innovest Systems have reached their destination to the cloud with the help of the Savvis Symphony Cloud Solution. To securely keep up with massive growth while aligning costs to revenue opportunities, Innovest Systems has been utilizing Savvis cloud solutions for more than six years.

Savvis delivers a complex, fully managed infrastructure for Discovery Communications to support its real-time advertising deliverables, ad sales, scheduling, and programming for all its international operations.

Positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Savvis delivers a leading-edge solution that results in costs savings for its customers.

“We help customers with cost-affordable, reliable IT infrastructure services so that they can focus on applications that are differentiating them in their markets,” says Bryan Doerr, Chief Technology Officer, Savvis.

The Savvis cloud solution offers enterprise customers unprecedented flexibility in controlling how much applications costs and how effectively those applications are delivered to end users.

Savvis started with an IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) that is world class in both its network architecture and service delivery capabilities. Building on this foundation, Savvis then turned its attention to the infrastructure side of the data center.

Its vision led Savvis to create a unique cloud-based service, offering enterprise-required services, not just compute virtualization. The solution is designed to meet the broadest range of global computing needs which allows Savvis customers to focus on innovation, competitive advantage, and growth by freeing up IT resources.

Cisco has been part of the Savvis journey to cloud. Cisco Services helped Savvis create their cloud offering, achieve their goals, and realize the full value of its investment in data center and cloud solutions. This included, but was not limited to, an 18 month roadmap aligned with Savvis’ technology and business goals.

Recently Mike Taylor, vice president of global infrastructure engineering and operations at Savvis, blogged his thoughts on how Savvis is setting the bar for Enterprise Cloud.