Today you are one happy data center manager, because you just made the perfect hire. Your new operations staffer is savvy, with extensive networking knowledge and experience with some of the largest, most sophisticated, and most secure networks in the world. This guy knows the network like the back of his hand. And he’s a demon in the data center: he can optimize data center operations task by task, almost minute by minute. He can predict problems and pre-empt them. It’s as though he is one with your data center and your network.
Actually, he is your data center and your network—with Cisco Intelligent Automation.
Okay, you say, everyone knows that automation is a good thing. It frees highly skilled IT staff from essential but time-consuming routine maintenance tasks and processes, which typically consume from 70% to 80% of an organization’s IT operational expense, allowing them instead to concentrate on innovation and creating new business value. Automation captures best practices, domain knowledge, and analytics and transforms them into repeated processes triggered by policy and defined events, thus improving efficiency, response time, compliance, visibility, and business continuity. So what’s so special about this Intelligent Automation?
Cisco Intelligent Automation embeds domain knowledge, analytics, and best practices into the network that connects every aspect of your business. It is one with the infrastructure. Think about it. The network is the ideal platform for automation IT operations, not only because the network touches and connects every part of your business, but also because it can capture events and information close to the source, enabling rapid, precise response to events and changes. This network-centric approach to intelligent automation takes advantage of the network’s ability to sense and control data center and IT operations. It also delivers the benefits of Cisco’s innate strengths, including:
- Networking Expertise—Leveraging the vast collection of Cisco’s networking intelligence, best practices, methodologies, and tools to support customers better.
- Collaborative Partner Approach—Applying the combined expertise of Cisco and our global partner ecosystem to meet the total needs of customers worldwide.
- Smart, Personalized Services—Gathering, correlating and analyzing data against Cisco intellectual capital to provide proactive or preemptive service experiences.
- Innovative Solutions—Creating network-centric architectural solutions to fully align technology investments to customer business goals.
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Tags: automation, data center
About a month ago, Cisco announced our Data Center Business Advantage architecture. Within the architecture, we highlighted several areas:
- Business Value which can be derived from IT investments in the Data Center
- The breadth of our Open Ecosystem that helps us deliver solutions to customers today
- Solution Architecture that brings together Unified Fabric, Unified Computing and Unified Network Services
- Cisco Technology Innovation across multiple Data Center domains
- A complete set of Data Center Services that can rapidly drive customer success
Now that the fall trade show season is complete and people are done watching headlines and back to running their businesses, we thought it would be useful to take a deeper dive into Data Center Business Advantage. Read More »
Tags: automation, Business Value, Cloud Computing, Consolidation, data center, Data Center Business Advantage, ROI, Solutions, unified computing, Unified Fabric, Unified Network Services, virtualization
I suppose that I could have titled this blog post as, “The Value of the Network for Cloud Computing”, but I wanted to focus on the viewpoints that I often hear from end-users or application owners. They tend to look at the network as a conduit to their information, and the bigger the pipe the better. The “bandwidth is more important than oxygen” theory. While I can obviously understand this viewpoint from groups that consume the network from the perspective of bandwidth, it’s important to remember that the network is the fundamental element that allows Cloud Computing (Public, Private or Hybrid) to exist in the first place.
So let’s talk about some of the myths and misunderstandings around Cloud and the network… Read More »
Tags: 10GE, automation, Cloud Computing, Intelligent Network, Nexus 1000v, Programmble, QoS, Virtual Security Gateway, VM, vMotion, vWAAS
For those of us that have been through the waves of previous technology and paradigm shifts, it’s always interesting to watch a new cycle evolve. It usually starts with a great bit of fanfare, vision, bold predictions and concerns of “that’s crazy…it’ll never work…why would anyone care about that…??” etc, etc. And then after a little while (usually 12 months), the hype slows down and there are lulls while people get down to the business of creating the actual technology, associated companies and winning business models. During these lulls, doubt often creeps in and we find out who has actual vision and who is riding the coat-tails of hype. During the initial lull in any technology cycle, I like to ask the following questions to help me determine if the lull is temporary or potentially permanent. Read More »
Tags: automation, Better IT, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, Hype
So it’s more or less official: the recession ended in June 2009. Anyone watching IT departments this year could have told you that. When the economy ramps up, there’s a shift in focus from cost savings and maintenance (back when I was an IT manager, we called it “bunker mode”) to innovation that moves the business forward. And in 2010 we’ve certainly observed that. IT departments are concentrating not only on streamlining operations and lowering costs—an absolute mandate of the recession—but also on innovation that leads to better business operations, greater productivity, and increased revenues—a clarion call of recovery. Now, this innovation can be in business practice or improved technology—and most likely both—but it almost always begins with IT. Streamlining IT functions, managing assets carefully, and ensuring uninterrupted operations can lower costs, increase reliability, and free resources for research, development, and innovation.
So it’s back to business as usual running IT departments and data centers in an expanding recovery, right? Wrong.
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Tags: application performance, automation, business operations, cost control, data center, intelligent automation, IT, job scheduling, outsourcing, productivity, workflow