Every year, the IT industry makes some bold claims about “This is the Year of < insert technology>”. Buzz, hype, conferences, webinars and whitepapers ensue!! Sometimes they come true and sometimes they fall short of expectations. But once all the smoke clears, IT organizations tend to dust themselves off and ask, “So what actually works and what can I use TODAY?”
Amidst all the Cloud Computing technology hype that has been happening over the past couple years, Cisco’s IT organization was faced with a very real (and very common) business challenge – how to deliver Better IT, Faster IT and More Flexible IT? All of those challenges were faced against the background of exponentially growing user-demands and almost no IT budget growth. Then throw in all those nagging side challenges of securing information, regulatory compliance, and facilities that were running out of space.
Do these problems sound familiar? We suspect that many IT organizations are reaching similar levels of stress from their business and are looking for answers.
If you’re interested in learning how Cisco is solving this problem internally, we highly recommend that you attend this webinar, hosted by Cisco IT. Ken Schroeder (Data Center Architect) will explain how Cisco evolved from a fragmented IT organization to one that is now able to deliver greater empowerment and flexibility back to the business.
Abstract: Join us to learn about Cisco’s CITEIS – Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services – project. Find out firsthand how Cisco deployed an agile, cost effective, flexible and secure private cloud using Cisco Intelligent Automation, Cisco UCS, and VMware technologies. Gain insights from Cisco IT for the planning and development of your own private cloud.
Lot of people, lot of activities, lot of parties , lot of data, lot of announcements and lot of clouds ! – That’s Oracle OpenWorld 2011 here in San Francisco ! We have been pretty busy today , with a great flow of visitors on our booth (#721) and a series of well attended theater presentations and speaking sessions.
It is great when the chief sales guy feels pretty good about the innovation a company delivers enough to blog about it. It gets even better when customers feel good about the innovation and value that a company like Cisco brings, to get up in front of the camera and share the benefits they are deriving.
Such customer confidence comes from trust. In the case of Cisco, we have earned this trust over decades, providing our customers not just with the best networking technology but by providing the right support model, the lowest TCO and simply the best investment protection in the industry.
This has been borne out many times even as we’ve led numerous industry transitions – from enabling the ubiquity of Ethernet and IP; driving the voice, video and data inflection points, and the more recent trends around data center, virtualization and cloud.
Speaking of inflection points – over the past three years – we are leading perhaps the biggest networking transition in history, as we introduce the Nexus switching and NX-OS platforms into the data center and make it a foundational element for fabric-based infrastructure. In just over three years, we have over 19,000 NX-OS based customers with a sustained #1 market leadership across a variety of categories including revenue and port share. As the chart below depicts, we’re nearly 3X the 10GbE revenue of all our competitors combined! The 10GbE port shipments are equally strong compared to the rest of the industry.
Needless to say, all this has made the job for our competition much harder; to keep up with Cisco’s pace of innovation has not been an easy task.
On February 3rd of this year, Cisco announced its membership in, and commitment to, the OpenStack community. OpenStack is an open source cloud computing software project founded in the spring of 2010 by Rackspace and NASA, and which provides compute, storage and image management services for cloud computing environments.
In his announcement, Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, stated:
Since joining Cisco several months ago, you may have heard me talk about the importance of architecture, APIs, and open source in Cloud Computing. So today, I’m particularly proud to announce that Cisco has joined the OpenStack community. The effort here is being led by the CTO organization but also draws on other engineers throughout Cisco’s product groups to help with the design, specification and development of this open source cloud stack. And yes, that does mean code.
Fast forward to September 23rd, 2011. On this date, Cisco, along with an extremely dedicated group of developers from several fellow members, including Nicira and Citrix, delivered the first fruits of that labor. The first experimental release of OpenStack’s cloud network service, Quantum, is now available for download.
Details of Quantum’s functionality and architecture can be found on the OpenStack Quantum wiki page. The source code for the service can be downloaded from OpenStack’s Launchpad repository.
As a large crowd of IT professionals are gathering in the Moscone Center in San Francisco , I asked John McAbel, A Cisco architect for Oracle Applications and a speaker at the conference to share his excitement about the partnership between Cisco and Oracle, starting today with what to expect from Cisco on the show floor – So in this part 1 of the interview, we talk about the demos, the experts and the Cisco Validated Design practice.
John Tell us what the visitors can expect when paying a visit to our booth (#721) ?
“Amongst the demos , we will demonstrate big data on Cisco UCS . And for the customer who are looking beyond the big data market, we will have the ability to show demonstration of Oracle Ebusiness Suite , Oracle data base ,and RAC cluster architecture ,and we will talk about some of the scalability test we have done . We got a number of Cisco Validated Designs. We will talk about Oracle scalability, both on bare metal and also on hypervisor type environment So we will have Cisco experts in the booth able to talk about some of the benchmarks we will announce at the conference , between 3 and 5 benchmarks – So I Think that visitors will be very excited to hear about the leading performances that we continue to drive both in the application space and in the Oracle middleware space.
In addition of the demos, please check on the booth a series of theater presentations delivered by Cisco experts and Cisco partners .
Talking about the experts, can you tell us who they are ? What they bring on the table ?