It has been predicted that everything in the future will be connected and “communicate” with one another. There is even a phrase for it – the Internet of Everything (IoE). The impact of these connections is all about improving connected intelligence: the speed of decision-making, innovation with process, products and services and driving sustainability, while also raising standards in healthcare, education and quality of life.
With a projected 25 billion connected devices by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020, how will networks, job roles, and the world as we know it change?
Every industry and company will have new opportunities to create smarter products and services, create more convenience for consumers and begin to bring work-life integration to a whole new level. Finance, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas and every industry you can think of will rise to new standards to be globally relevant and competitive as well as provide safer and more interesting environments to work within.
Career opportunities for new engineers and growth opportunities for existing engineers are vast. The networker’s view is expanding to include many new technologies, and the networker’s responsibilities are expanding to include many new duties. In the future, deployment and operational demands will be stabilized via automation. While devices, traffic, bandwidth, etc. all accelerate, automation enables teams to refocus time and effort in other areas.
Here are three critical areas that must accelerate with our networks:
Automation: Making networks simpler to deploy, operate, and expand.
Innovation: Enabling the ability to leverage new technologies and heighten the impact of IT-driven business improvements.
Education: Providing for not only a deeper understanding of our networks but also a far broader view into our new outcomes that can be obtained when we connect the unconnected and empower our organizations to work together.
We know that technology transitions will change the skills that individuals need to support the networks of tomorrow. Here’s how:
35,000 attendees, customers, and partners were encouraged to accelerate customer engagement, “simplify everything and do anything”. IoE and Big Data factored into many breakouts and vendor presentations to show how real time information and analytics can enable efficiency, effectiveness, and business transformation.
The need for fast IT was apparent given the strategic investments SAP HANA customers are making in software and infrastructure to obtain real time analytics, meet regulatory compliance, and run multiple Development, Test, and Productions streams.
I presented our solution on application centric converged infrastructure for SAP HANA which accelerates application deployment and simplifies operations through application centric policy.
Ensuring secure application infrastructure with auditability for compliance with confidential data
Assuring application SLAs can be met when app infrastructure visibility and control are integrated across physical and virtual delivered through a central management and control point
Using a powerful application policy model to improve workflows across the IT operations teams.
Among the regulated industry SAP customers, data sovereignty and privacy concerns is a major factor leading to application requirements and changes.
Listen to Miguel Moreira, CEO Portugal Telecom Cloud & Data Centers, talk about working with SAP and Cisco to “deliver highly secure services that meet, exactly, governance requirements while lowering the costs dramatically” to his customers. How? With ACI.
Uptime Institute recently celebrated the winners of their third annual Server Roundup contest. The contest was launched to spotlight the amount of resources that can be recovered and the amount of waste reduced by decommissioning outdated and underutilized servers. While the results are impressive, the process for identifying these servers was difficult and labor intensive.
Barclay’s decommissioned 9,124 servers, resulting in savings of 2.5 MWh of energy ($4.5M in power costs), roughly 5,000 Tons of carbon emissions, and $1.3M in legacy hardware maintenance costs, and reclamation of 588 server racks.
Sun Life Financial decommissioned 441 servers, resulting in savings of 115 kWh of energy ($100,000 in power costs), roughly 330 Tons of carbon emissions, and reclamation of valuable space in the data center.
All of the 2013 winners finalists shared that they decommissioned between 10% and 40% of their initial servers, and expressed the same sentiments: The cheapest data center is the one you never build. Decommissioning obsolete servers is “free Money”. Make the best use of your space by getting rid of stuff that isn’t being used.
When the 2013 winners were asked what software they used to identify the decommissioned servers, responses varied from tracking via excel spreadsheets and SMDB databases, to polling servers’ back end data with DCIM, to hiring college students to conduct a 3 to 4 month manual Book to Floor audit, then another several months to manually map the applications to the servers using them.
I applaud all of the hard work and great results these companies have achieved, but imagine how much more efficient they could be if they were leveraging Cisco EnergyWise Suite’s ability to deploy in a matter of hours and:
Automatically discover every device that it attached to the network in real time
Gain visibility into the energy consumption and utilization of 100% of the devices in the data center
Identify energy-inefficient devices
Monitor, measure, and manage the energy used by their network-connected devices, regardless of device type or manufacturer
Optimize virtualized and cloud computing environments
Create policies that automatically and remotely manage power for network-connected devices to cut energy costs