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Achieving Data Center Agility in the World of Many Clouds

Here’s an amazing fact I heard the other day: global network traffic has grown 16-fold since 2005 – 16-fold!  Largely due to the booming popularity of on-demand video, and the explosion of mobile computing including smart phones, tablets, and the Internet of Things, this juggernaut is not going to slow down anytime soon.  Yet, no data center leader I know of has received anywhere near 16 times the budget or staffing levels to keep pace.

I meet frequently with IT executives. What they need the most to keep pace often comes down to one thing: agility.  Agility allows them to meet the organization’s needs on demand.  To scale, and to scale fast.  And to create an IT environment designed to quickly adapt to new technology trends, increase efficiency, fuel innovation, unlock intelligence, and minimize risk.

At this year’s Cisco Partner Summit we announced Cisco Global Intercloud, and at Interop Las Vegas we’re adding new Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) possibilities, all to help you as an IT leader become more agile.  As you move away from legacy systems, you need a strategy and a roadmap to transform your data center.  You need to migrate toward a more resilient infrastructure centered on the network, and evolve it along with the needs of your applications.

Cost pressures, technology changes, and game-changers like cloud computing are forcing IT departments to learn how to deliver IT services differently.  With Cisco ACI, we can help you increase the visibility, programmability, and automation of your physical and virtual networks from a centralized point of management, while helping to improve your financial and productivity metrics.

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And, Cisco’s unique unified architecture for the data center redefines the economics of your IT operations, so you can spend more of your resources to deliver value to your business.  With Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), we can dramatically simplify your IT operations to help increase business agility, and reduce CapEx and OpEx.
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New Applications are Knocking! Is your data center OPEN for business?

Mark your calendars. On April 2nd at Interop this week we will be bringing you an exciting new webcast – “New Applications are Knocking! Is your Data Center OPEN for business?”  

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Cisco will be sharing new announcements led by Soni Jiandani, SVP at Cisco.  Joining us will be leaders from leading technology companies -

  • Citrix – Sunil Potti, Group Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler Product Group
  • F5 – Sangeeta Anand, Sr. VP, Product Management and Marketing
  • IBM – Inder Gopal, Vice President, Networking Development and Technical Strategy
  • Microsoft – Mike Schutz, General Manager – Windows Server, Management and Appliances Product Marketing
  • RedHat – Tim Burke, Vice President, Linux and Cloud Engineering

Expecting multi-vendor innovation around next-generation software-defined networking (SDN)? Hear what Cisco and these panelists from leading technology companies have to say:

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Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby, who’s delivering a keynote at Interop, will also be joining to share her perspectives on technology and how Cisco IT is embracing aspects of Application Centric Infrastructure.

It’s been five months since the seminal Nov 6 announcement of Application Centric Infrastructure and the momentum keeps accelerating –

  • Nexus 9508 ships – Nov 2013
  • 800+ Nexus 9000 customers in pipeline
  • Over 30 ACI ecosystem companies – Jan 2014
  • Miercom performance benchmark records for Nexus 9516
  • ACI training programs for partners to empower 2 million CCIE/CCNA trained network engineers – Mar 2014
  • Nexus 9516 and APIC selected as Finalists for Best of Interop – Mar 2014
  • Next?? Tune into the webcast for more..!

To put great technology solutions into real world perspective, we will also be joined by several of Cisco’s customers from different segments and deployment models, providing insights into their experiences and best practices.

Join me and the rest of the Cisco team, as we continue to redefine the power of IT. April 2nd at 1 PM PST.

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Already Attending Interop?

If you’re already attending Interop in person, please join me and the rest of the Cisco team for this live broadcast at the Mandalay Ball Room at 12.45PM.

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Cisco Data Center at Interop 2014 – Rebecca’s Keynote, Best of Interop Finalist, Customer Luncheon and many more

Finally, Interop 2014 is around the corner and Las Vegas is heating up belying the wintry conditions as I step out of the airport. Two weeks ago, two of our flagship Cisco ACI products, Cisco Nexus 9516 and the Cisco APIC (Application Policy Infrastructure Controller) both were selected as Best of Interop 2014 finalists. Winners will be announced April 1.

On  April 2nd, at 8.30 AM, Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby gives her  keynote on the Internet of Everything. Do not miss the opportunity to learn from a CIO’s point of view how to unlock business value through intelligent connections among people, processes, data and things.

At 12.45 PM Cisco hosts a grand Customer Luncheon. The luncheon features a live panel session comprising leading technology executives from cisco, its partner companies, and customers. If you are not going to be present at Interop, we have a live webcast you can register to attend.

At 4 PM, we have a lively vendor tech session at Mandalay Bay L, where top-notch Cisco ACI subject matter experts Allen Kluender and Brenden Buresh present the evolution of Data Center networking with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The session features an interactive customer experience sharing and gives all attendees a chance to ask questions and share their perspectives on ACI.

The Expo floor houses Cisco Booth #1327, where we showcase many state-of-art Demos and Theater presentations, and specifically from a Cisco ACI standpoint, we have three key demo stations featuring customers’ current care-abouts and priorities such as how ACI integrates with OpenStack, dynamic L4-7 Services chaining with ACI and Nexus 9000 Programmability.

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There is lot more on the menu from Cisco Data Center standpoint, including Multi-Hypervisor capable Nexus 1000V solutions, Dynamic Fabric Automation with Nexus 7k and the UCS advantage for your enterprise applications.  Also, check out the Nexus 7000 demo, that showcases a new feature RISE (Remote integrated services engine), that in the initial phase, integrates Citrix Netscaler and Cisco NAM (Network Analysis Module) as dedicated service modules to the switch backplane. Our product experts are eager to meet you and walk you through the details. We also have white-boards to engage you at a more detailed architectural level, if you like, so do not miss out on this exciting opportunity.

Related links:

Best of Interop Finalist – Meet Nexus 9516 The new big, bad boy of Nexus 9000 Family 

Best of Interop Awards : Cisco APIC and Nexus 9516 Switch Selected as Finalists

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What makes Cisco Cloud Services Application Centric ?

Cisco’s announcement on Cisco Cloud Services “Introducing Cisco’s Global Intercloud”  is the next step in our transformation towards being an end-to-end cloud platform and software function solutions vendor. This announcement underscores the importance of the Internet of Everything and network-centric SaaS application areas like collaboration to Cisco’s strategy.  A key component of this strategy is the enablement of application centric performance and scale.

Cloud computing has rapidly matured in the market.  Many businesses have adopted private and public cloud strategies and deployed infrastructure and support systems. With this adoption, applications need to address a new set of performance capabilities.  These capabilities consist of an application centric marketplace, open source software development ecosystems, software defined platform, and application service orchestration control policies.

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This diagram presents the application and presentation framework that integrates to the cloud platform. The integration components of importance for application centric performance are in the Application Infrastructure services, Services Framework, Content Management, and Business Services API. As an example, as a developer publishes code to production, the Application Infrastructure services will validate the Cassandra instances in the platform are available. As the service is being consumed, the APIC controller will validate the network latency, throughput, and services dependencies on all application services supporting the application. In this example, if the Cassandra instance fails, APIC will proactively re-route the traffic to the next Cassandra instance with the best performance required for the service.The figure below shows how the consumer contracts are abstracted from the services and service providers to enable application centric cloud performance.

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Best of Interop Finalist 2014 – Meet Cisco Nexus 9516 the new big, bad boy of Nexus 9000 Family

The Nexus 9516 is the latest addition to the Nexus 9000 family of switches and it is already making headlines everywhere. The crowning moment came two weeks ago, when the Nexus 9516 was selected as Best of Interop 2014 finalists, in the Data Center category. Earlier the Nexus 9516 achieved grander results in an independent study conducted by Miercom Group, and emerged the industry-leader in port-density, low-latency and throughput performance benchmark tests. And in that celebratory vein, today, at Partner Summit, we are proud to introduce the Nexus 9516 and its sibling the Nexus 9504, two new additions that offer broad choices to customers to address business opportunities with cloud, big data, and complex applications and expanding the foundation for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

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