OK, using data to make decisions to streamline operations is not a new concept, but the resources and types of data that we have at our disposal is unprecedented. Gone are the days when we had to rely on data only available in the data center. There are new exciting ways to sift through terabytes of data to proactively predict problems before they impact service, optimize your IT and application infrastructure and gain an end-end view of operations.
Today there are more and more applications, devices, users, and tasks. They are generating a large amount of structured and unstructured data at the edge of the network. The net result is the old – read 5 years ago — centralized approach is no longer sufficient enough to guarantee true operational efficiency.
Let’s talk about some of the technology break-throughs and solutions that are driving this:
On premise Hadoop offerings are replacing high cost Multi Parallel Processing (MPP) Platforms.
Customers are now leveraging NoSQL Databases with Hadoop to uncover analytics from live interactive data to create operational analytics platform.
Security solutions are now focusing on meeting the challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT) that addresses concerns over malicious intruders and malware.
Business users and data scientists are now able to easily and iteratively derive insights from the unstructured data.
Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with Thomas Raabo, Network Operations Manager of Zitcom, a premier partner-driven hosting company based out of Denmark. Thomas and his team address companies and applications of various sizes, and were one of the early adopters of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). At the time of my conversation, they had this architecture in production for almost 10 months.
Thomas’s take on it was quite interesting. When I asked him to compare the before vs. after scenarios with Cisco ACI, he shared some insights –
Time to market dropped from hours to minutes (applications, VMs were deployed much faster)
Making firmware upgrades (usually a challenge for any NetOps person), became “kid’s play”.
Application teams are better integrated with the network team and have access to the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) if they want to. This helps reduce silos.
Interestingly, programmers without network knowledge are able to program into networks rapidly deploying new services
Whether you call it digital disruption or the age of the empowered customer, business models are being disrupted; and at the center are our customers. Customers are driving new consumption models that focus and align the way they want to consume technology: faster, cheaper and with a higher degree of service. Accommodating our customers requires a business model that instantly creates and sustains business services.
Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite is a more valuable and proven way for any business to design, build and deploy private cloud services. It is rich in corporate enablement capabilities so you can meet the rising productivity challenges of today’s new operational models. It allows your business to better leverage data center resources and people at scale.
What makes Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite unique is modular automation, extensibility and coverage control. You do not have to install all the components of the solution before you see business value or experience ROI. Want to start by automating just the compute layer? You can, just watch.
Looking for a bit more than compute as a service? Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite delivers a hybrid-ready private cloud. This means your customers can consume data center, applications and business services from the same self-service portal aligning customers with their preferred method of consumption. Developers also benefit from the automated delivery of application stacks to accelerate delivery of new applications.
To learn more, watch this:
Does your business and application teams want workload placement flexibility? Again, no problem. Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite delivers a secure hybrid cloud network connection to any service provider or hypervisor platform. Command and control is maintain as your business’s governance is included. This video explains our hybrid cloud capabilities.
With Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite you get:
A modular architecture allowing you to automate at a pace comfortable to your business while it experiences ROI along the way
A self-service portal that converts data center and business services as well as applications into automated services that are delivered without human intervention
Peace of mind with secure hybrid cloud governance and compliance controls so employees can place workloads in the most efficient environment
Extensibility and coverage across diverse, heterogeneous technologies
This unique combination of ingredients is essential for a true enterprise class private cloud management solution. Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite belongs on every enterprise’s list of private cloud management solutions to evaluate.
Today, I’m excited to share with you some details on the 2015 Data and Analytics Conference, October 20-22 at the Hilton Chicago. The inaugural event will showcase some of the most innovative data and analytics thought leaders.
My favorite part of the event is listening to the customer presenters. I’d like to share with you a little background on these speakers and topics they will be presenting to get you excited as you’re planning your trip to Chicago.
Last week, here, I started my 2 part blog on some of the top SAN design and deployment challenges we see. As I mentioned, I put this together with help from my SAN expert colleagues, Barbara Ledda and Wolfgang Lang. We are all part of the Cisco Services professional services team, where we experience first-hand the challenges of adopting new technologies including SAN.
Last week, we discussed the following challenges:
#1 Don’t assume that your server multi-pathing software is installed or working, or even licensed, or installed but never used/tested by your server team!
#2 Tendency to significantly over-estimate utilization on the SAN network.
Lets’ now discuss our challenges #3 – #5, which will discuss interoperability, expertise and architectural details respectively. Architectural details as it turns out is a key concern of some of you reading Part 1 of this blog – a few questions came in and you can view the discussion here (and thanks to my colleagues Venkat Kirishnamurthyi and Jing Luo for contributing to this discussion). With this in mind, you may find the Cisco MDS architecture discussion video here also useful.