In my previous blog, I briefly introduced Cisco Services’s unique LifeCycle Services Methodology (http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/437/services/lifecycle/LifecycleServicesWhitePaper.pdf) and talked about how Cisco’s Advanced Services Data Center Practice follows this unique methodology and practices to support the evolution of networks to business systems and ensure the most return from their IT investments. This LifeCycle Services Methodology helps customers Plan, Build and Run their IT infrastructure and the approach defines the minimum set of activities needed, by technology and by network complexity, to help customers successfully deploy and operate Cisco technologies and optimize their performance.
Today, let me walk you through in detail about the Lifecycle services methodology and how these phases help our customers get Ready, Better and Smarter as their IT infrastructure evolves.
Cisco services are built and delivered around the network lifecycle consisting of the following phases: Prepare, Plan, Design, Implement, Operate, and Optimize. Each phase consists of its own distinct characteristics and purpose and each service developed inside Cisco by its Product Management (Advanced Services and Technical Services) team maps to one or more of these phases. These services are offered as a standard packaged offering or a customized offering to tailor each customer’s unique requirement.
As a result of an intense and close collaboration, Cisco and VMware provide innovative and integrated solutions specifically designed for virtualization. So no surprise that Cisco is a Global Diamond sponsor of the VMworld 2010 in San Francisco this week
If you want more details on Cisco participation at VMworld , please visit our event page
Amongst the exciting conferences, you don’t want to miss Ed Bugnion presentation at the super session on Tuesday at 11:00 am
Here is a series of other conferences organized by Cisco today, and Wednesday
Back in April, VMware/Cisco/EMC participated in a Tech Field Day event where various IT vendors had the opportunity to present current products and future vision to technology bloggers with a variety of backgrounds. VCE Vblock was one of the focus areas of a 2hr session towards the end of the event.
One of the comments heard from several of the bloggers was that Vblock was often positioned directly to the C-level executives, that we didn’t speak to enough of the challenges and concerns of the IT professionals.
Fair enough, when our customers speak we do our best to listen and respond with answers. Below are many of the common areas that we see mentioned by customers (IT staff and C-level executives) when they tell us about their Data Center challenges.
I was speaking with a customer the other day and they asked me a seemingly innocent question, “If VMware is all about abstracting hardware from software, why do hardware vendors bother going to VMworld?” I say “innocent question” because the customer didn’t mean any harm, he ran the application development group for a large Enterprise, but obviously this is an interesting question because today’s Data Center technology trends are rapidly changing some old ways of thinking.