[Part I of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part II, III, IV, V, VI]
The IT department plays an interesting role for most companies. They deliver the digital face of the company via the corporate website. They process orders, collect revenues and manage corporate assets via the ERP, CRM, SCM and other 3-letter acronym systems. They enable collaboration within the company via Phone Systems, IM, Video Conferencing and Wikis. And they enable users to watch clips on YouTube on the iPad brought in from home because HR told them they needed to create a more Gen-Y friendly environment to aid in recruiting.
As we read the lists of the most admired companies, it’s easy to see that almost all of them use technology at the core of their business to drive innovation or differentiation themselves from their competition. These businesses realize, in the 21st century, technology is no longer a supporting function. Technology is a strategic competency that can drive change faster than any element of the business.
But when we put these two things together, why are so many people frustrated with their IT department? And why is the IT department so frustrated with their own ability to deliver the capabilities that create headlines and move companies to the top of admired lists? Read More »
Tags: Cisco IT, data center, Data Center Business Advantage
[Part II of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part I, III, IV, V, VI]
One of the great things about being a market disruptor is that you don’t need to carry along all of the baggage that slow down other companies as technology or market transitions occur. Of course, one of the frequent challenges to being a disruptor is that you often have to ask customers to adopt an entirely new technology standard in order to realize the benefits of your product.
With the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), we actually deliver the best of both worlds. Read More »
Tags: 10GbE, Cisco UCS, citrix, Data Center Business Advantage, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, UCS Manager, UCSM, VMware, x86
[Part III of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part I, II, IV, V, VI]
Deliver information fast…really fast!
Never go down, ever!!
Enable great user-experiences, regardless of where the user is on the planet.
Those are the table stakes requirements of today’s Data Center networks. Do that and business leaders will ignore it like a referee that never makes a bad call in a sporting event. Click-to-“Right Now”, Borderless, 24x7x365 networks. No problem. We can do that.
But with the pace of technology change in today’s Data Center, so much more is being expected of the network: Read More »
Tags: Application Mobility, Borderless Networks, Data Center Business Advantage, FabricPath, FCoE, High Availability, Live Migration, OTV, SMT, Unified Fabric, Vblock
[Part IV of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part I, II, III, V, VI]
With all the of the changes happening with the Data Center, the IT department is constantly faced with the challenge of balancing “the new coolness” (Virtualization, 10Gb Ethernet, Cloud Computing, Unified <insert_technology_here>) and still being able to manage the daily operations of the business. Adding to the challenge is the changing architectures that these new technologies bring to the Data Center. Read More »
Tags: Cloud Computing, Data Center Business Advantage, Nexus 1000v, Virtual Network Management Console, Virtual Security Gateway, vPath, vWAAS
[Part V of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part I, II, III, IV, VI]
In the past, when talking with customers there would be a level of consistency between the CIO and the IT staff about priorities and needs. They needed to improve internal operations by deploying a new ERP system. They needed to improve workforce productivity by rolling out wireless access within the office and smartphones to their sales force. Business needs led to technology implementation.
But over the past year, those conversations have been changing. More and more, the CIO is looking to the IT department to drive new innovation for the business. In parallel, they realize that existing IT organizations have been built in silos to address previous business demands and this will need to change if they are expected to have cycles to drive innovation. Quite often, the CIO is asking how their company can begin to offer IT as a Service to the business, exploring the simplicity that is apparent with public or consumer Cloud Computing services. Read More »
Tags: Cloud Computing, Data Center Business Advantage, Hybrid Cloud, IaaS, private cloud, Public Cloud