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Move fearlessly among the clouds, enabled by ‘Cisco Datacenter Business Advantage’

As you march towards one of the most important milestone in your cloud journey, virtualizing the mission critical Tier-1/Tier-2 business applications (Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, etc.), Cisco Datacenter Business Advantage and our open ecosystem partner technologies can provide significant value and help you move fearlessly among the clouds.

Cisco Data Center Business Advantage represents an architectural framework for connecting Cisco and partner technology innovations to business innovations so that you can create services faster, become more agile, and take advantage of new revenue streams and business opportunities. It is delivered as a portfolio of Cisco cloud enabling technologies and solutions that can be adopted in a flexible and modular fashion to more efficiently run your Tier-1/Tier-2 business applications using cloud architectures. Detailed background information on Cisco’s Datacenter Business Advantage can be found here.

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Got C(lew)d? - Cloud CTO Lew Tucker & Cisco Cloud Strategy

To paraphrase a classic old song, "Cloud, cloud, everywhere it's cloud, blocking out the scenery breaking my mind..."

Yep, cloud computing is anywhere and everywhere these days. The market is getting more competitive in delivering ways for customers to enable cloud computing for their business, and vendors are bombarding those customers with cloud messages from every angle. While Cisco has been extremely active in the cloud computing space for many years, we've heard from our customers that we need to move above the noise and be very prescriptive in articulating our cloud computing vision, strategy, portfolio and differentiation.

About six months ago Cisco announced that we had hired and appointed Lew Tucker as Cloud CTO. Not only does Lew bring a tremendous wealth of experience building some of foundational technologies and implementations of cloud computing, but he brings a unique way of explaining where cloud is going. The short video below introduces Lew's approach to Cisco's cloud strategy and vision. So get cLewd into Cloud as Lew clues you in on where Cisco is going in this rapidly growing market transition.

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How do you measure your Cloud Computing strategy?

In sports, when looking at the record books we often find that most of the records are held by current players. In most cases this get attributed to the fact that the games change over time and certain elements are emphasized over others. Maybe it's passing over running in football, home runs instead of stolen bases in baseball, or dunks over jump shots in basketball. Whatever it is, we eventually accept that the new approach to the game is going to lead us to viewing measurements differently.

For some reason, that same mentality doesn't seem to apply to changes in how we leverage IT technologies to drive our businesses. While we now live in a world where change happens at 2x, 3x and sometimes 5x what it did in the past, but we're still using measurements that are centered in a world where IT is primarily focused on keeping the operations running and keeping the costs down. Measurements like Return on Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) are primarily focused on upfront costs of equipment or a level of labor that is often ignored after the initial ROI calculations are complete. But what happens when a new system is able to take on orders of magnitude more work them previous systems, which often happens with server virtualization projects, so IT handles more capacity? Do ROI and TCO really account for that increased productivity properly? Read More »

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Is Intel's OpenFCoE announcement a big deal?

January 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm PST

In a word, "yes."

A long time ago in another life, I worked for a CNA vendor before anyone had ever heard of FCoE. Used to keeping the worlds of Fibre Channel and Ethernet separate, it came to some of my colleagues as a shock that at some point you would not need to pay for Fibre Channel access in a host.

After all, they had (and still have) a thriving iSCSI HBA business, but for many customers the fact that iSCSI was 'free,' proved simply too attractive. Even today, most of the people I've spoken with who talk the talk with iSCSI casually mention that it's 'free.'

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Why Ethernet Wins, Reason #82: OpenFCoE

January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm PST

Over the decades, Ethernet has maintained its role as king-of-the-networking-hill for two reasons:  1) a multitude of companies continue to expand the boundaries of Ethernet’s capabilities to keep it relevant, and 2) the the economics of Ethernet make it hard other protocols to grow beyond niche uses.

Today’s Intel announcement of Open FCoE is a prime example of this.  Over two decades, we have taken Ethernet from a “best effort” protocol to one that offers sufficient reliability to carry storage traffic.  However, it is the economic implications of this announcement that make this truly interesting.

With the X520 family of family of products, Intel now gives folks a simple, easy path to simplifying their data center by converging data and storage traffic onto common infrastructure. While the attendant cost benefits of a unified fabric in terms of both capex (less infrastructure) and opex (power, cooling, operations) and attractive,  possibly the more interesting aspect of this announcement is the risk mitigation and design flexibility this announcement offers.
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