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SP360: Service Provider

With our local Giants baseball team doing so well Monday night in their journey to clinching the World Series title, I was reminded of the sports maxim of ‘Following through’. Whether it’s with a baseball bat swing, a basketball shot, or a kicking a soccer ball, a follow through is important to take what you started, taking your task through the motion, and setting yourself up for future success. We at Cisco would like to help you follow through with your goal of transforming your infrastructure into a flexible service delivery center and see you symbolically smiling from that winner’s podium raising that trophy.

Part of our strategy for enabling your success is providing validated design guides to deploying our next-generation infrastructure, including the Unified Computing System and Nexus switching family, to speed your journey to the Cloud market while simplifying the transition. We’ve tested these architectures inside our own data centers, with partners, and in customer field trials and have captured and documented best practices around what works (and what doesn’t) in live deployments. As always, these architectures are positioned within our solution frameworks, Unified Service Delivery for Service Providers and Data Center Business Advantage for Enterprises, and we are committed to delivering more value to these Cisco designs.

We publically released a validated design around the Virtualized Multi-Tenant Data Center (VMDC), which allows for the complete end-to-end Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) management of your data center resources across compute, network, and storage. Recent developments include expanded scaling ability which extends support from hundreds to tens of thousands of virtual machines within a single data center. We believe this abstraction of raw resources is an important baseline for extending into the delivery of future applications and services while leveraging a common infrastructure.

The time is now to eliminate separated infrastructure silos with low utilization and capture a higher return on your infrastructure.  This VMDC Infrastructure as a Service cookbook is a living document which is refreshed as we add new features to our solutions.

We have also released an extension of our Secure Multi-Tenancy architecture this month with an Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy design guide aimed at pairing full security with full scalability in an integrated computing stack when utilizing a Cisco switching and server, NetApp storage, and VMware virtualization environment.

On our end, we plan on following through with additional guides over the upcoming months, working with the open standards community, collaborating with industry-leading partners like Intel, and looking for more ways to enable you and your business.  We will let you know as our solutions expand and evolve.

Now go and swing for the Clouds.  We’re cheering for you.

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