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Cisco Adds Service Catalog and Self-Service Portal Capabilities Through Acquisition of newScale

Today, Cisco announced the acquisition of newScale, a leading provider of self-service portals, service catalogs, and IT lifecycle management software. newScale’s software helps organizations deliver the IT storefront that enables self-service for delivery of cloud, infrastructure as a Service, and traditional IT services. We’ve been talking to a lot of customers about their cloud efforts and find that they are looking for Cisco to take a leadership position in the cloud market, and help them define and build out their capabilities. The newScale acquisition adds the ‘front-end’ to Cisco’s cloud computing offerings.

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UCS, Zenoss Monitoring and the Cloud

If you’re not already familiar with Zenoss, maybe you should be. They’re one of our UCS monitoring partners. As a relatively young management company (founded in 2005) with a service provider heritage, they’ve had the benefit of being able to incorporate virtualization management into their products from the get-go, with an eye to supporting *aaS environments.

Zenoss’ interest in being a “single pane of glass” for intelligently monitoring physical and virtual infrastructure together provides a natural point of alignment with UCS. The very flexible nature of the UCS platform, as well as the unified management construct and single API for Zenoss integration, make this a pretty straightforward combination, with clear applicability for cloud environments. Zenoss Enterprise reports help Cisco UCS administrators identify things like blade capacity and availability so administrators know which service profiles should be moved where.

You can read more about the Zenoss-Cisco UCS integration here. You can also attend an upcoming webinar featuring Zenoss’ Floyd Stirmling, Cisco’s Mark Balch, and industry analyst Michael Coté of RedMonk for more insights into our collaboration. Register here to attend “Building the Cloud” on Thursday, April 7th at 10:30 am Pacific time.

Crazy Cabling Contest Winners

March 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm PST

So, we have some winners for our Crazy Cabling Contest. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an entry and took the time to vote. It was a hard-fought battle, but here are the victors:
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Cloud potential to scale is highly dependent upon a smart network infrastructure

Cloud enterprise architecture is the new apps-on-tap, utility computing, central mainframe/thin client orthodoxy (care to recall the time-share computing days … hey, FORTRAN is even still around!).

What’s new is old; except in the case of enterprise cloud, the net-new requirement is optimizing the underlying network infrastructure to deliver reliable, secure, compliant scale and speed for on-demand provisioning of business-critical applications, with minimal human (read:  professional consulting) intervention.

At odds with enterprise cloud is the traditional outsourcing services model.  Yes, you may end up paying less over time but your deployment, systems integration and app development/provisioning time-to-market is no greater, and in fact, often turns out to be more elongated.  What’s more, the delay in deployment and absorption risks loss of competitive and revenue advantage.

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Is the new data center fabric really a combination of Borg and big Brother? Answer on March 30th

March 25, 2011 at 10:52 am PST

I don’t know about you , but I want to be well prepared for the March 30th Cisco announcement
Listening to Cisco SVP Bill Brownell’s invitation, we can definitely expect some very interesting product news, but more importantly a new round of conversations about the right fabric-infrastructure, especially in the context of cloud computing.

That’s why we will have special guests such as John McCool, Soni Jiandani and Tim Gillis in addition of Forrester Research and IDC (see my previous blog)

So as I was willing to be well prepared, I found this interesting blog from Ivan about data center fabric architecture , which obviously grabbed also the attention of some of our smart  engineers

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