Change is good. After a successful run of four years in Boston, Red Hat Summit moves to San Francisco this year from April 14-17. Red Hat Summit has become one of the premier open source events for the enterprise IT industry with tracks for both developers and business executives.
Cisco is again a Platinum Sponsor and our presence at the event continues to grow. We have a keynote, six breakout speaking sessions and five demos. We’ll have product and solution experts available to share our latest developments with Cisco UCS, OpenStack, virtual networking, and Big Data. Read More »
Tags: ACI, application centric infrastructure, Big Data, Cisco UCS, KVM, OpenStack, Red Hat Summit, virtual networking
One of the great challenges of SDN – that many in my view underplay – is the change in paradigm from having a vendor deliver your network (hardware + software), to having (potentially) an ecosystem deliver your network – and this ecosystem may require you to develop software to perform network tasks or to integrate various SDN components together. This was recognized quite astutely by consultant Jim Metzler, which I discussed in one of my earlier blogs. “Applications can dynamically request services from the network” is what the SDN evangelists will tell you. Jim astutely asked “How exactly do they do that?”. Well ….. the true answer is that either (i) you need to buy [new] apps that do this off the shelf, as it were, or [more likely today] (ii) you need to modify your apps or develop new apps to do this.
Coding -- the New Networking?
So are you ready for procuring apps and/or developing software in your network design team now? Don’t worry if you say “no”. Let me first tell you a few customer reactions to this topic, and then let me update you on Cisco Services can help you develop new SDN apps that solve your specific network challenges.
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Tags: ACI, API, application development, architecture, cisco_services, data center, onePK, SDN, software defined network
Enterprises have taken on many cloud computing opportunities but for the most part the adoption of applications on the cloud is very early and mostly for new applications and for development and test use cases. Many enterprise applications have not been considered for cloud due to their legacy deployment models or application architecture.
Many companies have made the mistake of thinking that legacy enterprise virtualization technology, enterprise software methodology, enterprise provisioning systems, and enterprise management systems will survive their company’s business transformation. Unfortunately time and time again these systems are not able to scale, adapt quickly enough for the business, and frequently cost up to 10 times more than open source based solutions.
The reason for this lies in the power of community and the scalability of software propose-built for scale and adaptability. OpenStack definitely fits this requirement and has finally matured enough to be a force in the transformation of your enterprise business. Cisco announced the largest global Intercloud, which is based on OpenStack and other open source software to deliver a cloud that can scale to 100s of thousands of virtual instances and 100s of instances provisioned in minutes.
As important as that is for cloud scale, interoperability, and adaptability, the message in this announcement is much bigger. Cisco is committed to OpenStack and open source projects and is taking the lead in developing and driving software defined network, network function virtualization, application policy control, cloud optimized computing, security, orchestration, and service assurance innovations back to the open source community . Cisco’s contribution focus is operationalizing Openstack for the enterprise scale, reliability, networking, and compute scheduling needs. In Havana, Cisco contributions included the Neutron Cisco plugin framework, feature additions to the Nexus plugin for physical Cisco Nexus switches, introduction of the new Cisco Nexus 1000v virtual switch plugin, and actively leading and participating in the design of the Neutron Modular Layer 2 plugin framework. Cisco’s contribution in these and other areas, such as Layer 3, Firewall and VPN network services including yesterday’s announcement highlighting additional IETF contributions Cisco introduced with the OpFlex protocol for application centric infrastructure (ACI) .
Join us as we transform the cloud from legacy virtualization technology and custom code that does not scale to an agile cloud platform that scales and adapts at the speed your business requires. All supported by an international community of architects, engineers, and developers with your enterprise business interest in mind. Lastly, designed from the bottom up to interoperate with the most popular clouds on the market today while future-proofed via the abstractions in our software innovations. Cisco is committed to this approach because we believe that a world of many clouds requires openness and interoperability to allow you maximize your business benefit. Let’s see what we can accomplish together.
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Tags: ACI, cloud, cloud services, global intercloud, Hybrid Cloud, interoperability, Open, open source, OpenStack, OpFlex
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.
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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Tags: ACI, Cisco Services, cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud services, Domaine Ten, Life Cycle
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?”
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:
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.
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.
Tags: ACI, application centric infrastructure, Inder Gopal, Mike Schutz, Nexus 9516, Rebecca Jacoby, Sangeeta Anand, SDN, Shashi Kiran, Soni Jiandani, Sunil Potti, Tim Burke