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Accelerate Data Center Operations with Analytics

I had the distinct pleasure to meet Stephen Sorkin, Chief Strategy Officer for Splunk and talk to him about his views on the challenges enterprises face as they adapt to the mobile, social, cloud, and big data changes happening with their customers, competitors, and industry.  The recording below is the result of our discussion.  Stephen talks about the new connected environment where the end user experience is defined by the full stack running in the data center or the cloud.  There are components like the underlying bare metal, the hypervisor, the network, the storage that all have to be tied together in order to understand what the user’s experience is really going to be like.

Splunk and ACI

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Cloud Adoption is Growing. So What Now?

There is no denying it cloud has moved beyond buzzword and become a key foundation element for over 40% of enterprise organizational strategies.   Making the decision to “go cloud” is the easy part.   Figuring out how to optimize and deliver on your cloud strategy is another discussion.

cloudwaveThe “first wave to cloud” was focused on operational and service delivery measures such as reducing IT operational costs and improving organizational delivery to meet SLAs.  However, just when you thought you had a handle on these measures, here comes the second wave of cloud.

Reducing operational costs and improving SLAs has become minimum requirements just to get a seat at the table.     Being a “player” in the cloud market requires broader impact across the organization and more strategic measures of business success:   innovation and increased revenue growth.

If you would like to learn more, read the latest thought leadership piece on CIO.com.

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Composable Infrastructure Part 5: The Right Tool for the Job

Tool Kit with ToolsWe all know the importance of using the right tool for the job. Having the right tool can make the work much easier and faster. When you think about infrastructure to support the new cloud-scale applications, you also want the right tool. System vendors have offered a range of options for decades. Servers are designed to support the requirements of different applications and workloads. This same principle applies to composable infrastructure.  Even if you pool the infrastructure resources and allocate them dynamically to support each application, there is still a requirement to have different systems architected to support different requirements. A one size fits all approach to this new category of infrastructure is bound to have its limitations.

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Forbes Article Reinforces Cisco Composable Infrastructure Strategy

the_end_is_near_sign“It’s the end of the server as we know it”. That’s the title of an article published today in Forbes describing the attributes of a new category of systems that Cisco introduced last year called composable infrastructure. In the article Gina Longoria, a senior analyst with of Moor Insights & Strategy, explains the attributes of composable infrastructure. This is a new, disruptive technology that is reshaping the server landscape. Gina provides further details in a report she recently published, “The Journey to Composable Infrastructure”. The report also includes analysis of Cisco’s composable infrastructure strategy and the first two composable products available  – the UCS M-Series and C3260.

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Organizational Dexterity with Private Cloud Automation

atelier-digital-transformationThe world is experiencing a digital revolution that is rapidly changing your business landscape.  This revolution is not only connecting people with digital technology; but it has made this technology ubiquitous in all of our lives.  The result is tech-savvy employees and customers with new expectations how to interact with your business.

Meeting these expectations requires a transformation into a consumer technology company by utilizing digital technology to streamline operational processes and improve customer experiences.  Industry data indicates those organizations begin this transformation process experience increased profitability, market value and revenue.

Cisco’s private cloud automation facilitates the transformation of your business from manual to automated standardized service delivery.  Converting manual processes into automated workflows increases data center productivity which fuels faster time-to-market by business and application teams of new products or services.

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