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Steria Group : 5 Years of Cloud Business Expansion with Cisco UCS

April 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm PST

As we have been celebrating over the past weeks the Cisco UCS 5 year anniversary, here is another great example of an enthusiastic customer and partner .

Steria has been amongst the early adopters of Cisco UCS in 2009, as the IT organization was looking for innovative solutions.

5 years after the inception,  Eric Fradet , CTO on Infrastructure Management, reflected on the achievements and shared at Cisco Live Milan how transformative for his IT organization this “bold” move was .
Thanks to the UCS deployment, Steria has been able to develop quickly cloud services, starting with the IaaS and PaaS offers, and moving now into the desktop-as-a-service with an offer called Workplace on Command.
Amongst the qualities brought to the market by the UCS concept,  Eric Fradet was prompt to highlight the performances, the ease of deployment and the security .
And it was with great delight that a very satisfied customer  wished a warm “bon anniversaire” to UCS!

Actually the story of Steria is quite remarkable as the offer evolved recently to embrace the desktop with the deployement of Cisco Prime Service Catalog [ Spoiler alert : Stay tuned for more good news around Cisco Prime Service Catalog - Check Phillip Han's blog on this topic in the following days ]

Already one of the largest providers of IT-enabled business services in Europe, Steria is also becoming a global player with a growing presence in India, North  Africa, and South East Asia. With proven consulting skills, and expertise in IT and business process outsourcing, the company decided that the time was right to extend its offer to the cloud with offers targeting enterprise users .
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Achieving Data Center Agility in the World of Many Clouds

Here’s an amazing fact I heard the other day: global network traffic has grown 16-fold since 2005 – 16-fold!  Largely due to the booming popularity of on-demand video, and the explosion of mobile computing including smart phones, tablets, and the Internet of Things, this juggernaut is not going to slow down anytime soon.  Yet, no data center leader I know of has received anywhere near 16 times the budget or staffing levels to keep pace.

I meet frequently with IT executives. What they need the most to keep pace often comes down to one thing: agility.  Agility allows them to meet the organization’s needs on demand.  To scale, and to scale fast.  And to create an IT environment designed to quickly adapt to new technology trends, increase efficiency, fuel innovation, unlock intelligence, and minimize risk.

At this year’s Cisco Partner Summit we announced Cisco Global Intercloud, and at Interop Las Vegas we’re adding new Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) possibilities, all to help you as an IT leader become more agile.  As you move away from legacy systems, you need a strategy and a roadmap to transform your data center.  You need to migrate toward a more resilient infrastructure centered on the network, and evolve it along with the needs of your applications.

Cost pressures, technology changes, and game-changers like cloud computing are forcing IT departments to learn how to deliver IT services differently.  With Cisco ACI, we can help you increase the visibility, programmability, and automation of your physical and virtual networks from a centralized point of management, while helping to improve your financial and productivity metrics.

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And, Cisco’s unique unified architecture for the data center redefines the economics of your IT operations, so you can spend more of your resources to deliver value to your business.  With Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), we can dramatically simplify your IT operations to help increase business agility, and reduce CapEx and OpEx.
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Cloud Services : Security and Compliance with Data Sovereignty Law

Cloud computing has rapidly matured in the market.  Many businesses have adopted private and public cloud strategies and have deployed on to cloud infrastructure and integrated with corporate support      systems.  As this cloud adoption occurred, security, privacy, and data governance have frequently been overlooked by the users of cloud computing, especially when demand comes from lines of business  rather than IT departments who already have strong security and privacy policies.  The desire to innovate rapidly and the adaption of agile software development methodologies that are paramount to accomplishing business success have come with a price of less security rigor.

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There are 3 areas that must be addressed by cloud computing platforms to minimize security and     compliance risk:

Privacy and data sovereignty

The first area and one that is increasing in importance is privacy and data sovereignty (Domains 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10).  Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to ensure that personal or confidential data about them is kept confidential.  Data sovereignty is the concept that information which has been converted  and stored in binary digital form is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located.  The  information around a person or groups is meant to remain with private to them.

The laws and requirement for this vary from country to country, but many countries have very specific   and constraining laws for data sovereignty that can have substantial impact on logical and physical cloudand storage architectures.  It is critical that companies create a data privacy and sovereignty governance framework.  This must meet the requirements that consumer data does not leave the country of origin, personnel outside that country (provider) do not have access to any aspect of the data, and all operations (provider) must be performed by in-country residence staff.

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The second area is the cloud platform itself that must be secure from an access, operations, and         application standpoint (Domains 1, 2, 4, 7).  Access via the portal as well as APIs must be secured with   API Firewalls, Web Application Firewalls, and Advanced Persistent Threat solutions.  Operationally, SSAE16 and CSA CCM are good guidelines, but I prefer PCI which requires basic controls like firewalls,  intrusion detection, and separate logical networks for control, management, network, storage, and  application security and governance. From the application standpoint, identity management and security policies are critical to ensure that only authenticated users can access the data to which they  have access rights.

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Summary: One Second in Baseball Brought to You By The Cloud

The world of sports is being transformed by the acceleration of big data, cloud and Internet of Everything technologies. One sport where this transformation is evident is in Major League Baseball.

MLB fans are voracious consumers of baseball data, making it important for MLB to be alive and available 24/7, 365 days a year – not just on opening day.

As discussed in Rick Smolan’s The Human Face of Big Data, the amount of data being captured during one moment of a game today is greater than that from the entire season only a few years ago.

While the game has continued to evolve on the field thanks to the work of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and technologies such as PITCH/fx, it has rapidly been changing off the field as well. For example, Cisco Connected Sports solutions are transforming the fan experience, whether they are watching the game live from the stands or on their mobile devices.

As the Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to connect more people, process, data, and things, the future of baseball is sure to generate more networked connections to reveal valuable insights. Imagine what the world of sports will be like when connected baseballs can report back whether a ball was fair or out!

By adding network intelligence, convergence, orchestration, and analytics with a secure connection between devices – and connected athletes – the Internet of Everything promises to deliver powerful insights about athlete performance. An essential part of delivering these insights is through the cloud.

For a closer look at how big data, cloud and the Internet of Everything will enhance America’s favorite game, read the full blog: One Second in Baseball Brought to You By the Cloud.     

One Second in Baseball Brought to You By The Cloud

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New Applications are Knocking! Is your data center OPEN for business?

Mark your calendars. On April 2nd at Interop this week we will be bringing you an exciting new webcast -- “New Applications are Knocking! Is your Data Center OPEN for business?”  

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Cisco will be sharing new announcements led by Soni Jiandani, SVP at Cisco.  Joining us will be leaders from leading technology companies -

  • Citrix -- Sunil Potti, Group Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler Product Group
  • F5 -- Sangeeta Anand, Sr. VP, Product Management and Marketing
  • IBM -- Inder Gopal, Vice President, Networking Development and Technical Strategy
  • Microsoft -- Mike Schutz, General Manager -- Windows Server, Management and Appliances Product Marketing
  • RedHat -- Tim Burke, Vice President, Linux and Cloud Engineering

Expecting multi-vendor innovation around next-generation software-defined networking (SDN)? Hear what Cisco and these panelists from leading technology companies have to say:

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Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby, who’s delivering a keynote at Interop, will also be joining to share her perspectives on technology and how Cisco IT is embracing aspects of Application Centric Infrastructure.

It’s been five months since the seminal Nov 6 announcement of Application Centric Infrastructure and the momentum keeps accelerating -

  • Nexus 9508 ships -- Nov 2013
  • 800+ Nexus 9000 customers in pipeline
  • Over 30 ACI ecosystem companies – Jan 2014
  • Miercom performance benchmark records for Nexus 9516
  • ACI training programs for partners to empower 2 million CCIE/CCNA trained network engineers – Mar 2014
  • Nexus 9516 and APIC selected as Finalists for Best of Interop – Mar 2014
  • Next?? Tune into the webcast for more..!

To put great technology solutions into real world perspective, we will also be joined by several of Cisco’s customers from different segments and deployment models, providing insights into their experiences and best practices.

Join me and the rest of the Cisco team, as we continue to redefine the power of IT. April 2nd at 1 PM PST.

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If you’re already attending Interop in person, please join me and the rest of the Cisco team for this live broadcast at the Mandalay Ball Room at 12.45PM.

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