Yesterday (see part 1) I started my discussion on the Gartner Data Center Conference with a picture of a castle close to my house; today I will start with what I saw as I emerged from the London Underground stop near to the conference hotel – the iconic Big Ben and the UK Houses of Parliament.
In this blog, I will discuss some of the key data center questions and feedback that I heard from some of our customers at the conference today. I’ve also included a short video clip which shows some of the cooler technologies and solutions on show at the conference today, not just Cisco, but some of the other exhibitors too.
So what are some of the focus areas among the technology suppliers at the show?
For Cisco, with the new Cisco Unified Management for Data Center and Cloud, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Data Center and Cloud is the focus of our main demo today, which we are showing alongside the Cisco UCS Manager.
I personally think of the Cisco Intelligent Automation product suite as an advanced, highly customizable rules engine and web portal toolkit, that can be built to support whatever provisioning workflow that you require in your data center. We’re demoing this with the Cisco Cloud Portal (the basis of which came from our Newscale acquisition recently), to show not only the provisioning workflow as the Cisco Intelligent Automation software interacts with the underlying data center equipment, but also the end user portal – how would your end customers (if you are a service provider), or your internal IT end users, request new IT services from a self-service web portal and catalog. The design of the catalog was top of mind for one customer I spoke to today. Cisco Intelligent Automation, with customized design and implementation services from the Cisco Services, Data Center team, can give you the exact solution you need.
Another top of mind topic for our customers is adoption of Cisco Unified Computing System. Some customers have started small and are clearly now deploying Cisco UCS in greater volumes: more and more Cisco UCS systems are being migrated into mainstream deployment, in many cases replacing the incumbent suppliers (who btw are noticeably missing from this conference). One customer today discussed their planned migration of their Microsoft Exchange users from a legacy platform to the Cisco UCS platform – a move that the Cisco UCS Extended Memory Technology, together with Cisco Services’ Application Migration services can make easier for customers.
Finally – you can view a short VoD, highlighting some of the focus areas from Cisco and one or two of our partners here…..
Anyway, time to go back to the conference. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here, on this blog, or any of my previous write ups, including Cisco Services @ Gartner Data Center Conference, London, November 2012 – Part 1.