My previous blogs have turned into a “in a world” series introducing the reader to the versatility of the Cisco Unified Computing System. We are no strangers to the fact that data collection and data records are exploding. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to add a lot more data to our treasure trove. As more objects are embedded with sensors and get the ability to communicate even more data will be collected and stored. Here at Cisco, we see the Internet of Everything (IoE), which goes beyond IoT when we add people, processes and information to the mix. Cisco defines IoE as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before—turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries. Check out http://blogs.cisco.com/ioe/how-the-internet-of-everything-will-change-the-worldfor-the-better-infographic/
Clearly the Internet of everything (IoE) will affect the data center in many ways. In this video Cisco VP Satinder Sethi, gives us a perspective on some of the challenges and how Cisco is partnering with other IT companies to solve the problems.
Organizations can transform, mine or analyze the data collected to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risks. The recent NSA scandal of tacking phone records indicates it can be used to improve physical security. Read More »
We’re excited to showcase Unified Management solutions in the Data Center and Cloud booth at Cisco Live Orlando this week!
There are a wide variety of opportunities to meet and engage with Data Center and Cloud Management experts at Cisco Live, and learn about the latest developments in data center management and automation software solutions.
Data center and cloud management solutions will be featured in over 20 breakout sessions, track sessions, and keynotes. See below for examples:
10+ breakout sessions on Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia), Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco Prime Service Catalog (formerly Cisco Service Portal), Cisco Prime Network Services Controller (formerly VNMC), and others
2 Cisco on Cisco, Inside Cisco IT sessions and 2 IT Management Track sessions on Cisco IT’s Private Cloud and eStore / BYOD initiatives using Unified Management software
2 Tomorrow’s Cloud Program sessions with Jamie Lerner of CSMTG on Orchestrating & Automating Tomorrow’s Cloud and Rebecca Jacoby providing a CIO’s View on ITaaS
2 Keynote mentions, with Rob Lloyd highlighting UCS Director as well as our SAP IT Process Automation and David Yen providing an overview of Unified Management
View more Unified Management sessions and abstracts here.
You’ll find demos of Unified Management software in many locations throughout the World of Solutions Expo, including:
Cisco live is here and the news and awards around the Nexus 1000V cloud networking and services platform just keep rolling in. Last week we announced the Citrix NetScaler 1000V virtual application delivery controller, which will be sold by Cisco. The Microsoft Hyper-V version of Nexus 1000V was officially released this month, and just like its VMware vSphere companion, there is a free version users can download and deploy. On the heels of its release the Nexus 1000V for Microsoft Hyper-V won the Best of Show in the virtualization category at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Conference.
There’s lots of new stuff to talk about Cisco live as well. If you recall, in February I discussed enhancements that Cisco was making in the Nexus 1000V portfolio to eliminate the requirement in VXLAN for IP Multicast. [Those enhancements are now shipping in a new Nexus 1000V release 2.2, full code string 4.2(1)SV2(2.1).] This new version even supports virtual switching for up to 128 hosts and 4096 virtual ports for greater scalability.
If you are following the industry debates around Software Defined Networking (SDN), and are wondering “What really is SDN?”, “How the concepts of network virtualization and network programmability relate to SDN?” and perhaps more pertinently, “What can it do for my business” and “What network problems, indeed what IT problems, could it solve for my organization?” Well, don’t worry, you are in good company. Many customers looking at SDN are asking exactly these questions. When I blogged the other week on “The Missing ‘S’ in the SDN Debate”, I mentioned I would write again in more depth on the offerings from Cisco Services that would help you identify and benefit from SDN, the next evolution in the network. Today, then, I will share more information on the “Cisco Strategy and Analysis Services for Open Network Environment (ONE)”, which helps you gain an appreciation of what SDN is, what Cisco ONE is, and how it will help you. This service has been design specifically to answer the questions above for you, enabling you to optimize your IT strategy to greatest effect.
First, if you are attending CiscoLive in Orlando this coming week (week of 24 June 2013), please do look out for our “Design Centers” in the Data Center Cloud or Enterprise Networks areas of the Cisco booth. Here you can discuss your SDN and Cisco ONE questions with Cisco Services’ solutions architects, who have already been running strategy workshops with some of the early adopters of SDN and beta customers of Cisco ONE.
Have you caught the new “Star Trek” summer blockbuster yet? If you’re a Trekkie, you know that one of the spin-offs of the original series was “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and the Star Trek universe just continues to evolve. This puts me in mind of where our industry is heading today with the next-gen data center. IT is going boldly where none of us techies have gone before. But to really get there we need to tap into the greater potential for speed locked in the engines of our data center. But how? We’re techies, not magicians! Well, read on…
IT is advancing to next-gen data centers that encompass compute, network, and storage into converged standardized units in order to reduce costs and increase resource and IT staff-related efficiencies. Fundamentally, IT is moving away from compartmentalized infrastructure resources toward unified infrastructure pools. The industry’s leading shared/converged infrastructure solutions from EMC VSPEX, NetApp FlexPod, and VCE Vblock are the most prominent in this enterprise upgrade.
Like any bold adventure into new territory this shift is presenting major challenges to enterprise IT crews. Mainly, they lack tools to efficiently and securely manage converged infrastructure — that’s what’s preventing enterprises from achieving “warp speed IT”. As I covered in my earlier blog entry, new hardware architectures are important, but alone they lack the capabilities needed to deliver the cost savings and management efficiencies needed for IT to shift attention from mundane maintenance to services innovation which translates to organizations reaching their goals speedily and more easily. What are the missing ingredients? Centralized automation and management.
Earlier this year, we introduced Cisco Cloupia as the key to letting IT spend 75 percent of staff time and resources on innovation and 25 percent on maintenance—instead of the industry norm of the other way around. This week at Cisco Live in Orlando, Florida, we’re announcing the rebranding of Cisco Cloupia to Cisco UCS Director, and I would like to explain why.
First of all, the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) is a strategic component that powers the industry-leading shared/converged infrastructure solutions offered by EMC, NetApp, and VCE. Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cisco Cloupia) is the perceived market leader in managing the virtual, physical, and bare-metal layers across compute, network, storage, and virtualization components and presenting these separate components to IT from a single pane of glass. This alone significantly diminishes the complexity of IT, and diminished complexity leads to reduced risks and costs.
Second, Cisco UCS Director complements the natural management hierarchical progression of Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS Central. The scope of Cisco UCS Manager is a single UCS domain. When customers need to manage multiple UCS domains, Cisco UCS Central provides a single console from which IT can administer UCS devices across multiple data centers. Acting as a “manager of element managers,” Cisco UCS Director is the next progression up the solution stack. Using the native API layer within the compute, network, and storage components, the software virtually eliminates the need for human intervention.
Third, Cisco UCS Director provides a centralized connection point for higher level management applications to integrate with Cisco infrastructure. For an example of this, stop by the Cisco Unified Management booth at Cisco Live to see our initial integration of Cisco UCS Director and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud.
Finally, Cisco UCS Director delivers multiplatform vendor support that helps customers manage not only Cisco’s compute functionality, but also that of Dell, IBM, and HP. Organizations using non-Cisco hardware can take advantage of Cisco UCS Director without having to rip and replace their data center architecture. To be enhanced moving forward, the software’s multiplatform support also opens up new market opportunities for Cisco that had previously been unavailable with a hardware-only focused solution.
Cisco UCS Director is a new name to reflect that it is a true next-gen data center solution, with software that offers you the same competitive advantages as before. It still provides the centralized automation, orchestration, and management functionality required by today’s infrastructure models to help data centers conquer a new frontier.
Although warp speed doesn’t really apply to data centers, and enterprises are still earth bound, Trekkies can think of Cisco UCS Director as that special “crystal” in the engine room that lets you unlock the potential speed inherent in your converged infrastructure investment and make you feel like you are on a whole new fast, sleek, ship. So welcome aboard, Cisco UCS Director will help you accelerate and even set cruise control with confidence. Go ahead, beam it up and try it for yourself. Warp drive engaged!