As I think about cloud, Adele’s Grammy award-winning song “Rolling in the Deep” comes to mind. Strange flight of fantasy? I think not. As the refrain, “you could have had it all,” repeats in my head, I think about how similar cloud is to finding love. Like dating , there are a lot of different approaches to cloud , and it is not always clear what the right one is. Like romance, cloud is full of fun, promise, and pitfalls. Like a lasting relationship, realizing the promise and avoiding the pitfalls takes a lot of work. But unlike finding one’s soul mate, finding success with cloud can be guaranteed.. You need the right approach, solid planning, and sometimes a little help from your friends.
Cisco’s cloud experts have been working hard to:
- Leading the market with technology innovations such as the Unified Data Center and Cloud Intelligent Network
- Creating deep relationships with partners who enable us to provide complete, industry-leading cloud solutions for different cloud approaches
- Testing our technologies and professional services in our own IT environment and documenting our results
We have seen tremendous benefits, and so have our partners and customers.
As part of the Cisco’s services organization, I think a lot about what it takes to enable a successful cloud. And I think about how to have a little fun along the way. One of the fun, free things that I have worked on is the Cloud Profile Tool. All you need to do is answer 10 quick questions, and you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations to help you get started. If you like what you see and want to have a deeper, complimentary conversation with Cisco or one of our cloud partners, we’d be glad to set that up. Try the Cloud Profile Tool in English or in another language and let me know what you think.
Tags: Cisco, cloud, cloud profile, cloud readiness, services
Cisco's New Netflow Generation Appliance 3140
At Interop this week, Cisco unveiled its new Netflow Generation Appliance (NGA) 3140, which establishes a new standard for high-performance, cost-effective solutions for flow visibility. It empowers network operations, engineering, and security teams with actionable insight into network traffic for the purpose of resource optimization, application performance improvement, traffic accounting, and security needs.
Cisco NGA customer, Human Kinetics conducts online certification courses and tests for health and fitness professionals, and offers print and multimedia content such as videos, ebooks, apps on tablets, and other downloadable material. “We needed comprehensive information about our network to keep our content protected, secure our site against disruption, and deliver excellent, reliable performance,” says Brad Trankina, director of network and information systems at Human Kinetics. “Comparing Cisco NGA to what we had just a few months ago is like comparing our network today to the 3Com hubs we had ten years ago. It’s like a night and day difference.”
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Tags: netflow, NetFlow Generation Appliance, NGA
Interop, Citrix Synergy, SAPPHIRE, EMC World .. May is definitely the month of the conferences . What are the common buzzwords for all these shows ? Cloud, Virtualization, Networking.
No surprise : Enterprises, service providers, small businesses, and governments are looking for cloud solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges.
A solution to these challenges requires an approach that fully integrates the three pillars of cloud: cloud applications and services, data centers, and networks.
Cisco enables a world of many clouds by connecting people and organizations within a cloud, between clouds, and beyond the clouds to the end user.
If you attended or plan to attend these shows, you had or will have the opportunity to listen to Cisco experts and Cisco partners.
But here is an additional opportunity
Pat Adamiak, Senior Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems, will be available tomorrow Friday , May 11 from 9 – 10 a.m. PT to discuss trends and opportunities around cloud strategy readiness and economics during an unique Tweetchat *
In this role, Pat has global responsibility for marketing Cisco’s overall cloud solution portfolio, with a particular focus on telecommunications, cable, and media service providers. Pat played a core leadership role in the development and launch of Cisco’s overall CloudVerse strategic framework and offerings and is a frequent spokesperson on cloud.
So join the conversation with @PatAdamiak on Twitter using the #CiscoCloud hashtag,
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, datacenter
The Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit hosts user groups for our Workload Automation software customers. Our Tidal Enterprise Scheduler is used by many enterprises to manage the execution of business process and moving data around the data center. We recently met many customers during our user groups in Chicago, Boston and New York City. We see some very interesting differences in our user base and how our customers use our product between these cities. For example in our Chicago
user group during the winter we had some key large customer implementation and many customer s who were deploying job scheduling for department level deployments and wanting to drive the usage throughout their enterprise. It is very common to start using Workload Automation in one key area and then expand into other areas as the success multiplies. It was good to see old friends who have used our scheduler for almost a decade as well as new users learning how to use our software product to accomplish cool new technical use cases.
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Tags: analytics, application, enterprise job scheduling;, intelligent automation, job scheduling, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, workload automation
Cloud is one of the big topics at Interop in Las Vegas, and we’re hitting the show floor with an exciting new cloud management solution! If you haven’t already heard, we recently announced the new starter edition of our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud software.
If your IT department is planning to take the first steps to implement a private cloud – then this is the solution for you. The starter edition offers orchestration and automation software to enable self-service provisioning for both physical and virtual infrastructure, designed for rapid deployment on Cisco UCS and targeted at simple infrastructure-as-a-service use cases. It’s also configurable and upgradeable to help you on your journey to more advanced use cases in a private or hybrid cloud, including support for a heterogeneous IT environment.
The Cisco Intelligent Automation team will be on hand at Interop this week to talk to you about building private clouds with our software:
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Tags: Cisco Events, data center, events, intelligent automation, Intelligent Automation for Cloud, interop, starter edition, Unified Data Center, unified management