In this Season Finale of Engineers Unplugged, Joe Onisick (@jonisick) and Michael Ducy (@mfdii) discuss GoatOps. Yes, you read that right. What is GoatOps? What does this have to do with DevOps? This is all about process and the necessary changes to make Enterprise workflow flow in modern IT. This is a can’t-miss episode!
Unicorn Challenge, Goat Edition, with Joe Onisick and Michael Ducy
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Much like the MPG argument when comparing diesel engines versus regular gas engines, and hybrid gas/electric versus pure plug-in electric vehicles, similarly valid arguments can be made for any combination of IT strategies: the traditional on-premise data center and private clouds, versus IT out-sourced. What IT strategy you chose will no doubt come down to what your mission is and how IT can best support business growth, outcomes, etc.
We’re seeing increasingly more interest a combination of traditional and out-sourced IT models: a well-balanced hybrid IT strategy.
Ideally, this hybrid IT environment is one where you maintain control, security, and data sovereignty as offered by private clouds, while achieving the speed, agility, and scale at a price point offered by the provider clouds, right?
Lunch Is On Us
To help you make informed decisions on how you can build such a highly secure hybrid cloud strategy and extend your existing data centers to public clouds as needed, on demand, with consistent network and security policies -- we’re coming to 16 locations in the USA to tell you about it.
Hope to see you at one of these locations. Lunch is on us.
In my first blog, I discussed telco customer challenges and the new architectures they are considering. On my way back from Johannesburg, South Africa, I am writing this companion blog discussing how we’re helping telco customers these days.
The Cisco Approach
Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said “change is the only constant in life.” And without question, change is the lifeblood to our IT industry and Cisco is no different from others.
Our conversation is no longer about whether there’s an impact on IT departments, but about how to influence change to meet the business needs of the company. Refocusing an entire business around a common goal is not an easy feat. And when we add OpenSource in this equation, situation becomes more interesting.
Starting from ASR 5000 for SP domain, currently Cisco is the biggest preacher of the OpenSource adoption in this market segment.
Cisco is a major OpenSource contributor and has contributed more than 40 “givebacks” of open source software over the past three decades. Cisco collaborates with the open source community to reduce time-to-market for Cisco solutions, and to help partners develop applications designed to enhance the collaborative experience.
Cisco is one of the major contributors of OpenStack as well. There are multiple distro/deployments of OpenStack, with one from Cisco as well, and there is also support for Cisco’s entire Cloud portfolio (UCS & Nexus). In addition, the Vice-Chair of the board, Lew Tucker, our Cloud CTO @Cisco, presented the keynote, A World of Many (OpenStack) Clouds, at last week’s OpenStack Summit in Paris.
Putting Cisco’s Solution to the Test
Over the past year, Cisco has been building up its OpenStack professional services capabilities. What type of projects do we help customers with? What kind of OpenStack challenges do we help them address? And why do they come to Cisco for help?
Here are 3 examples from across our European, Middle East and Africa (what we call “EMEAR”) region where Cisco Services have being driving customer success with OpenStack:
One of the SPs of the region would like to offer new ICT services and markets by developing a next-generation, web-scale cloud for Enterprises and Residential customers with 4 Millions VMs.
This SP is intending to be highly competitive with AMZ who is the market leader today
To meet this aggressive requirement, this SP would like to leverage 90% Open Source Virtualization and Hypervisors and 10% Commercial ones.
For the OpenSource component, Cisco has setup a POC leveraging Devstack IceHouse.
In the next phase, Cisco is planning to take it to the RHEL 7.0 with OSP 5.0.
Other SPs from the region are following the same trend:
For one of them, Cisco is leveraging OpenStack to create Tenant Virtual Networks and Provider Networks;
While for the other one, Cisco is starting shortly on an OpenStack POC with the most recent Juno release of OpenStack.
Since we formally launched our Cisco Professional Services for OpenStack last year, my colleagues and I in the OpenStack professional services team are willing to help you adopt OpenStack successfully. We look forward to helping you directly, just as we did last week at OpenStack Summit in Paris, take a look at the crowds we had at the booth!
I hope you have enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to get in touch via the comments field. For more, visit our OpenStack @ Cisco website: http://www.cisco.com/go/openstack.
Note: This blog was simultaneously published on the SNIA blog.
When I first started in storage technology (it doesn’t seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed).
More speed, more space; more space, more speed. Who doesn’t like that? After all, you can never have too much bandwidth, or too much disk space! Even so, it does get rather routine. It gets boring. It gets well, “what have you done for me lately?”
DevOps is gaining momentum in many enterprises today. Customers are increasingly realizing the benefits of DevOps and how it helps in breaking down barriers and helps application agility. DevOps enables a constraint free development, continuous application delivery, collaboration and continuous monitoring throughout the Application Lifecycle from Dev to Test to production deployments. A CA led global IT survey in 2013 projects DevOps adoption in 39% of the companies surveyed and another 27% in process of adoption, further testifying the momentum.
At CA World this week DevOps related topics feature prominently. Cisco Insieme Business Unit and CA are featuring a breakout session DCT33S on Tuesday Nov 11, on how CA Release Automation and Cisco ACI joint solution helps bring accelerated application delivery with collaboration and efficiency from design to deployment.
CA Release automation and Cisco ACI joint solution is a perfect marriage and showcase for Enterprise DevOps strategy. CA Release Automation enables continuous application delivery by automating application release execution to any environment and on top of any infrastructure whether it is virtual, physical or cloud. Cisco ACI with its Application Network profile and policy model helps provide secure, multi-tenant and a purpose-built Nexus 9000 network environment for compliant applications, across Dev/Test/Staging/Production stages of the application lifecycle.
CA Release automation uses the Application layout and intent to create Application Network Profiles (ANP) in Cisco APIC and also copies/clones the ANPs to quickly create parallel secure/multi-tenant networking environments on the Dev/Test/production systems. As a result, it is easy for CA Release Automation (CA RA) to move application releases quickly across the Dev/Test/production systems in highly compliant type application environments. Besides, Cisco ACI also enables IT to continuously monitor the configurations and application performance on these multiple tiers to enforce SLA per contractual agreements. The interactions between Cisco ACI and CA RA are illustrated in detail below.
It is not my intent to capture the entire session detail via this blog. To learn finer details of the ACI-CA RA solution, I strongly encourage you to attend the session DCT33S on Tuesday Nov 11. See you at the show.