The Cisco ACI partner eco-system is growing rapidly. I was privileged to see prima-facie, at Cisco Live San Diego last month, the excitement surrounding AVI’s solution announcement with Cisco ACI and the growing customer interest. Though a late-comer to the ADC (Application delivery controller) market, AVI packs a punch to make customers and partners sit up and listen. What’s impressive is that, more than 20 customer deployments are already under way, both in private clouds and on premise Data Centers. In this blog, I want so share some of the key value-props and architectural benefits Cisco ACI-AVI joint solution brings to Application deployment in Data Centers.
The highly complementary nature of the AVI CADP (Cloud Application delivery platform) and Cisco ACI solution is achieved through a common architecture featuring unified management and control planes, as well as the ability to scale data plane resources elastically, on-demand as application requirements dictate.
The AVI solution integrates into Cisco ACI environments through RESTful APIs, providing end-users with holistic application delivery, security and load balancing, in addition to real-time visibility, monitoring, and integrated (inline) analytics of their on premise and cloud-based applications.
A simple architectural depiction will help understand how Cisco ACI and AVI Networks solution works.
The collaboration between Cisco and AVI Networks has delivered a highly integrated, L2–L7 solution that automates and simplifies the insertion, provisioning and scaling of key network services into a Cisco ACI fabric. The solution also delivers end-to-end visibility and analytics that provide actionable insights into application performance and the end-user experience, which are critical in modern data centers.
The Cisco ACI – AVI Networks CADP joint solution provides customers key benefits such as:
- Quick deployment with a high degree of automation
- Quick app provisioning with zero-touch L4-L7 service lifecycle management
- Full-stack L2-L7 visibility and closed-loop analytics
Stay tuned for more exciting news on the ACI-AVI solution front.
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Tags: ACI, ACI Open eco-system, AVI CADP, Cisco APIC
In my role in Cisco Services, I’m more interested in the challenges of technology adoption and deployment than I am in speeds and feeds, statistics and technology fads. I actively seek out case studies where technology goes wrong – admittedly most of these examples turn out to be issues around introducing and managing the technology, rather than the technology itself. So I have to admit, I was fascinated by a recent eWeek article (full details below) which discussed the huge proportion – the report uncovers evidence of up to 30%!! – of (physical) servers in enterprise data centers that are typically running doing nothing!! Yes – up to 30% – even in these days of virtualization!
How Many Idle and Comatose Servers Do You Have?!
Yes, even in your data center, it’s probably a safe bet to say that you have some servers that are not doing that much information processing today! In this part 1 of my blog, I’ll discuss the costs – obvious and hidden – of the idle server challenge. And next week I’ll discuss why this happens and what you could and indeed should do about it!
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Tags: applications, architecture, cisco_services, data center, data center facilities, energy efficiency, IT transformation, server virtualization, Servers, software licensing
Providing Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and analysis used to be a service that IT provided for their line-of-business counterparts. In recent years, however business users have increasingly taken the lead for their BI and analytic solutions.
What’s Driving the Self-Service BI Growth Trend?
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Tags: analytics, Business Directory, business intelligence, Cisco Data virtualization, data virtualization
When I speak to customers across different market segments they want the ability to deploy services at speed, at scale, at the lowest cost possible. They care about openness to drive rapid innovations in their environment. They want the ability to automate and drive operations cost down and transform to cloud economics. They want to scale their architecture in an open multi-vendor environment that can be managed at velocity in a simplified agile manner without any compromise on security or compliance. They want to be able to provision and apply policies across the entire infrastructure without the cumbersome or possible errors that may jeopardize security and business uptime. And as they run physical and virtual workloads, they want an infrastructure that is transparent and enable these workloads to reside anywhere without restrictions on movements.
Does whitebox switch model help these customers in that journey? Cisco’s Frank D’Agostino sat down with Forrester Andre Kindness to discuss this topic.
In addition, Forrester issued a report “Myth of White-Box Network Switches” that breaks down the math of whitebox and hidden costs associated with it.
Advanced technology assists your business on its journey to becoming more efficient and agile so it can keep serving the rising expectations of customers. But, how can you help these advanced technologies serve your business well?
Technology headlines focus on the individual tools to help you support advanced technologies; but the pivotal reality is that the foundation for all such technologies is your data center infrastructure. If your infrastructure cannot meet the speed and flexibility needs of these new technologies, they won’t help your business become more efficient or agile.
The good news is that Cisco has made automating your infrastructure straight forward with Cisco UCS Director. This solution replaces manual tools and processes with automated workflows to deliver infrastructure resources within minutes. It reduces data center operational complexity across Cisco and multi-vendor infrastructure components.
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Tags: automation, IaaS, orchestration, ucs director, VMware