A growing trend in networking is the migration of applications to the cloud as organizations look to take advantage of deployment flexibility and lower management costs. This was the theme at VMWorld in San Francisco recently, where Cisco had major presence, and presented on our capabilities in the network that enable virtualization. Virtual Machine (VM) technology is the foundation for cloud migration, but for a complete solution that overcomes challenges with security, availability and performance, network services need to be incorporated into the virtualized architecture.
To meet the requirement for providing network services in the cloud Cisco has announced Unified Network Services (UNS) as a component of the Data Center Business Advantage architecture. UNS provides flexibility and choice in the adoption of network and compute services in both physical and virtual formats, unified by operation simplicity. The UNS architecture delivers a utility-based consumption model for network services that is promised by the cloud computing model. There are a number of technologies within this architecture including security, server load balancing and WAN optimization.
So, this blog post, introducing Data Center Business Advantage, is meaningful to me for a couple of reasons. First of all, my blogging career started with a post introducing Data Center 3.0, so its kinda cool to be introducing its successor. Second, it is kinda cool to see how much have accomplished in three years and how our vision and strategy has matured and evolved.
So, why change? Well, in short, we have accomplished most of what we set out to do with our original Data Center 3.0 strategy. Customers understand the benefits of virtualized data center and most, if not all, have consolidation, virtualization and automation an major elements of their strategic plans. Unified fabric and unified computing are firmly ensconced as part of the data center vocabulary. Finally, we see adoption ramping for both private cloud solutions such as Vblocks and SMT as well as public cloud solutions from a whole host of cloud providers.
When formulating your Cloud Computing strategy, as I’ve learned though my work on Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, there are a wide range of topics you should examine before finalising of your approach. This range of considerations will -- clearly -- be specific to your environment, your opportunities and constraints. In this blog post, I’ll outline these key strategic considerations to help you as you investigate if, how and where cloud could help you [no bias here, no technology religion either!].
If you were at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco , and stopped at the Cisco booth, you probably already realized that starting on September 14th a lot of conversations in the data centers will be about the Cisco’s architectural framework and how it can create a better business impact for the organizations -- Here is what Ben Gibson, Cisco VP Data Center Solutions has to say about this September 14th event and the new announcements.
So please register here today, and join Ben and his special guests on September 14th at 9:00 am PSTfor an educational and entertaining conversation.