Earlier this week, we announced the Cisco Domain Ten framework 2.0, enhanced by great input from customers, partners, and Cisco’s well-earned experience of strategizing and executing IT transformation.
The enhanced Cisco Domain Ten framework helps customers drive better strategic decisions, providing greater focus on business outcomes, providing deeper analysis of hybrid cloud implications, and extending the framework beyond data center and cloud to include all IT transformation initiatives.
You may have read Stephen Speirs earlier blogs about Cisco Domain Ten for cloud transformation. Today, let’s look at key changes in the Cisco Domain Ten framework 2.0 from the original version. These changes have been adopted to enhance discussions on three themes:
Highlight importance of public clouds as part of IT transformation and solutions using IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS within the data center and across the entire business.
Addition of “Organization” in Domain 10 to bring together the business and technology focus for strategy discussions.
Name changes for some domains to facilitate ease of alignment and discussion on overall IT transformation across multiple architectures and technology solutions such as ITaaS, collaboration, mobility, video, etc. for both enterprise and provider perspectives.
How to manage data as an asset and transform data into business value.
Why Big Data projects fail and how to avoid common pitfalls.
How to optimize a Big Data supply chain.
What infrastructure is required to run and automate data workload processing.
Big Data has become the next big thing, not only for the promise of finding the “needle on the haystack” of untapped revenues, but also for the possibility of uncovering and delivering exciting new business models.
For IT, Big Data can be both exciting and daunting: By delivering analysis from huge amounts of data more quickly than with existing Business Intelligence (BI) tools, data center managers can deliver new services to the business end users; daunting because researching, selecting, buying, staffing and managing Big Data tools sets pretty much demand a separate data center.
We invited our partner Informatica to share its knowledge on managing complex data supply chains have produced this webinar with insight from leading analyst firm Gartner, that will help you align how you think about your data and the infrastructure that it runs on.
By incorporating these the Big Data essentials into your planning you can prevent your sandbox from turning into quicksand and avoiding project delays and cost overruns.
This webinar consists of three parts:
Doug Laney, Research VP at Gartner for business analytics, begins with a lesson in Infonomics – managing data as an asset, and the skills required for Big Data analytics.
John Haddad, Senior Director Big Data Product Marketing at Informatica, explains how to turn these data assets into actionable information generating business value and developing a Big Data supply chain.
Ronnie Ray, Director Product Management for Cisco Cloud and Systems Management, completes the discussion by describing a Big Data infrastructure and operations platform that will exceed your business service levels.
Many of our customers already agree: Cisco is delivering Big Data infrastructure and data workload processing management with the Cisco Common Platform Architecture (CPA). CPA is based on Cisco Unified Computing (UCS), Unified Fabric, and Unified Management. The Cisco Big Data solution delivers:
Integrated Server Management
Cisco UCS unifies computing, networking, management, virtualization, and storage access into a single integrated architecture. It’s an ideal platform for Big Data applications.
Integrated Network Management
The same Cisco network architecture can serve both traditional applications and databases and Big Data processing solutions.
Integrated Data Processing Management
Cisco provides workload automation that manages the flow of data between a wide variety of applications into and out of your Big Data processing environments.
Cisco UCS Director delivers unified orchestration and management for converged infrastructure solutions by abstracting the complexity of individual devices, hypervisors, and virtual machines. This provides administrators with a holistic, converged infrastructure management experience.
Some UCS Director advantages include:
Open and flexible system, providing multi-vendor IT infrastructure management
Turnkey solution, quick time-to-value via setup within an hour
Out-of-the-box support for the most widely deployed converged and integrated infrastructure systems: Vblock, FlexPod, and VSPEX
Cisco’s unified management approach reduces deployment times from weeks to minutes – for either virtual or bare-metal environments
Automate your infrastructure management so that your staff can focus on more important business-critical initiatives instead of mundane manual tasks
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out a live technical demo and see for yourself the value and benefits that UCS Director can bring by automating your converged infrastructure. We are currently offering morning and afternoon sessions on December 11th, December 17th and January 14th.
To register for the live webcast, please visit here.
To further familiarize yourself with Cisco UCS Director, watch this video.
This video blog describes the value of simplicity in the Internet of Everything world and Zero Touch Deployment (ZTD) as a key enabling technology for Cisco, Cisco IT and any IT organization.
Plamen Nedeltchev, Ph.D. and Distinguished Engineer for Cisco IT describes the challenges and opportunities of zero touch deployment technologies when simplifying the way users and machines consume network services. Plamen shares how ZTD enables productivity through an excellent user experience, allowing fast and seamless consumption of network services while reducing time to capabilities and TCO, simplifying IT deployment and improving scalability.
Cloud platforms are an increasingly viable option for a growing set of enterprise and service provider workloads. A recent IDC report estimated that private cloud software, including hosted private cloud, represented 62% of IT spending in 2012.
Cisco is a unique cloud provider because it delivers solutions for the two critical management bookends for your journey to the cloud. The first bookend, Cisco UCS Director, automates converged and multi-vendor infrastructure, and I’ve written a lot about that. Today I’m focusing on the second bookend that completes the journey, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC).
Cisco IAC delivers all the critical elements required to deliver speed, flexibility and the competitive innovation promised by cloud-based deployments. These include:
• A self-service portal and standardized menu of services
• Service delivery automation
• Operational process automation
• Resource management automation
• Service life cycle automation
There are a lot of value statements about cloud but they all center on these basic propositions:
1) Cloud delivers simple, abstracted environments that are presented to end users for consumption on-demand. The business experiences faster and easier development and deployment of new applications or services.
2) Cloud allows organizations to focus on what makes them different and effective rather than on mundane tasks that do not add value to the business.
So, does cloud do this? Here are two customer stories that answer this question with real evidence.
ASE-IT is a service provider that was founded in 2001 and has used cloud automation to gain a competitive advantage and grow to one of the top 10 service providers in Australia.
Aurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for both the private and public sector. Faced with a rapidly expanding business and a data center that had reached the end of its life, Aurecon utilized cloud automation to get closer to their stakeholders and develop new innovative services.
By deploying Cisco IAC, both companies reported the ability to:
• Accommodate rapid business growth without adding additional IT staff
• Standardize their IT environments providing the ability to grow the size, scope and
scale of services delivered to their customers
• Increase their customer base and global presence as a result of the nimbleness and agility of their IT environments
• Increase collaboration among development and IT teams resulting in new automation use cases to drive even greater innovation
In order to have visibility into your cloud and manage it properly to achieve your business goals, you need a bookend solution like Cisco IAC. Otherwise, cloud control can and will drift, and your organization will feel the impact as goals become harder to reach.
To learn more about Cisco IAC, you can watch this video or visit the Cisco IAC website.