I spent the first part of this week in Las Vegas at the Gartner Data Center show. I live to tell the tale. Here it is:
1. I still hate Vegas and always will. The smoke. The expensive sleaze. The blasé, graceless service. The aging, overburdened airport. The fact that you tend to spend your entire stay without ever seeing the sun or breathing fresh air. And I’ve come back fluffier (with more avoirdupois, for non-American readers).
2. Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud. We even seem to be past the previously obligatory “nebulous” puns (finally!), because the conversation is no longer “what is cloud computing” or even “why cloud computing” but “what’s the best way to get there”.
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So, like many IT organizations you may have already made the decision to deploy virtual desktops – you’re ready to move from a small pilot to full production. But a lot of questions (and possibly some guesswork) stand in the way – what does the end state architecture need to look like? How do you get there? How are you going to make sure that you can move quickly and seamlessly from proof of concept to scalable production? Accounting for sufficient server capacity, network bandwidth and performance, storage IOPS, and especially quality of experience at the end-user level – there are a lot of factors to contend with. And how do you predict user behavior in a production environment, including the load they’ll collectively place on your infrastructure when they log into their brand-new virtual desktops on Monday morning? Read More »
Tags: CVD, desktop, EMC, netapp, thin client, vdi, View, virtualization, VMware
So, what are customer trends in the next 3-5 years, how much are they really buying into virtualization and cloud, and what does all this change in the data center mean for their careers?
As part of our on-going series of Connected World Reports, we asked these and more questions to 2,600 folks from 13 counties across the globe and got some surprising responses back. We are getting together some visionaries of our own to discuss the responses and add their own insights into where IT and the data center are going in the next few years:
- John Manville, vice president of IT, Cisco
- Jackie Ross, vice president, Server Access and Virtualization Group, Cisco
- Brian Modoff, senior analyst, Deutsche Bank
Join our panel on December 8 at 8:00 a.m. PST, via a live Internet TV event to review the results and implications of the third and final Cisco Connected World Report, called “Focus on the Data Center”.
- To view the program, visit www.ustream.tv/ciscotv. Registration is not required, and the programs will also be available for re-play at the same link: www.ustream.tv/ciscotv.
Tags: data center, IT trends
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) announced the completion of FCoE/8GFC Plugfest held recently at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL). While it looks like many vendors are on top of FCOE/8G interop testing, several major vendors were conspicuously missing:
“Participating companies in the Plugfest included ATTO, Broadcom, Chelsio, Cisco, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Ixia, JDSU, LSI, Mellanox Technologies, NetApp, QLogic and SANBlaze Technology”.
Why is Multi-Vendor Interoperability Important?
As customers transition to virtualized and cloud environments and attempt to wring the most out of their existing technology, multi-protocol environments are inevitable. The single biggest hurdle to overcome in multi-protocol environments (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, etc) is intelligent scaling — and intelligent scaling requires interoperability between legacy and virtualized environments.
Standards-based architectures — The only way to ensure Interop!
Because most customer environments are heterogeneous in nature, a standards-based approach is paramount to enable intelligent scaling at reduced cost without forklift upgrades.
- Cisco participates in over 75+ standards bodies
- Cisco has been issued several thousand patents in networking hardware and software innovations over the last 25 years
- Cisco invests significant R&D effort in innovations, drives innovations into standards and invests in post-standards activity based on customer requirements Read More »
So, regardless of how demanding or finicky your CEO might be, I can guarantee three things he or she wants to find under the metaphorical tree this season: faster growth, higher margins and lower risk. Now, many IT are going to respond to this list by saying a) that someone else’s job and/or b) I can’t effect that stuff anyway. To response “A” I would argue that its everyone’s job. As far as response “B”, I would argue that you most definitely in a position to impact growth, margin and risk, but its a matter of connecting the dots.
One of the driving forces behind Data Center Business Advantage was to help the CIO and his/her organization link their IT investment to business impact. From my own personal experiences, I find that IT folks tend have a great handle on technical benefits (32% brighter and shinier) and operational metrics (five-nines uptime) but often fail to establish how they have made life better for the company: what is the difference between four-nines and five-nines in terms of revenue impact, customer sat, or regulatory policy exposure–and is the return worth the investment. Case in point: a couple of years ago, I come home with a new AppleTV. Now I am a geek at heart and my wife puts up with me showing up with a lot of new gear, so I have a pretty good idea of how this will play out with her:
- Question: “How much did THAT cost?”
- Muttering about growing up and finding better things to spend the money on like new curtains or cat beds
However this time, things looked a little different… Read More »
Tags: Cisco IT, Data Center Business Advantage