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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

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

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.

CareCore National uses Nexus 1000V and VSG to secure virtual data center applications

CareCore NationalCisco has just released a customer case study (PDF) of CareCore National, a 1200 person healthcare insurance company located in South Carolina. CareCore’s use case demonstrates how Cisco’s Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) for the Nexus 1000V can be used in a virtualized data center to logically isolate virtual machines running on shared application servers to meet compliance requirements. Read More »

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Partnering with Cisco helps Savvis set the bar for enterprise cloud

We invited Mike Taylor, Vice President of global infrastructure engineering and operations at Savvis, to provide his insight on Savvis’ journey to the cloud. Read below for what he has to say. Check out related blog for an additional perspective.

If you’ve been following the cloud services market, you’ve likely heard the term “enterprise cloud” proclaimed by various vendors. But really, what does that mean? How do you differentiate an enterprise cloud from a mass market option?

At Savvis, a CenturyLink company, we love talking about our enterprise cloud offerings and what distinguishes them from the mass market clouds that continue to flood the marketplace.

First, let me be clear: In some areas, enterprise and mass market clouds are the same. Benefits for both include flexibility, quick provisioning of compute power and a virtualized and scalable environment. However, it’s important to note that enterprise clouds also provide a range of security options, unprecedented speed-to-market and vastly improved collaboration between the end-user and the vendor.

Savvis’ enterprise cloud is a VMware-based service differentiated by an array of built-in security features, as well as many optional managed security capabilities. Savvis built its cloud solutions using the same trusted suppliers – including Cisco – used by enterprise customers in their own data centers. Our cloud services are divided into tiers, providing different levels of performance and availability for different types of application needs. These services are delivered in a multitenant way and can also be delivered as a single tenant.

So how do you realize the promise of enterprise cloud infrastructure? My colleague Steve Garrou, vice president of global solutions management at Savvis, recently shared on the Savvis blog a list of items that should be addressed when considering a move to enterprise cloud. Rather than reinvent the wheel, here are the items that Steve outlined:

Decide whether you are going to maintain two infrastructures or consolidate.

  1. Understand what applications are currently running in the existing environment and expectations for moving certain solutions to the cloud.
  2. Analyze the architecture of the application environments.
  3. Determine how much capacity you need to run the applications; are the capacity requirements seasonal or variable?
  4. Assess compliance and security requirements.

Years ago – before “enterprise cloud” was common terminology – Cisco and Savvis shared a vision for a cloud service that offered enterprise-required services, not simply compute virtualization. That vision became reality two years ago when we launched Savvis Symphony Virtual Private Data Center, one of the industry’s first enterprise-class, multi-tenet cloud solutions. A key element of the cloud architecture was the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Partnering with trusted companies like Cisco helps Savvis set the bar for enterprise cloud. I recently sat down with Cisco to talk about our collaboration. You can see the results of those conversations in the case study and video.

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