Change is accelerating at a speed and scale never seen before, and disruption is constant.
The explosion of network connections among people, process, data, and things, now called the Internet of Everything (IoE), is the driver behind much of this change. It is making innovation more accessible and affordable, while presenting enormous opportunities.
At the same time, IT organizations are contending with significant challenges. Operational costs are rising as budgets fall. Pervasive mobility and an explosion in connected devices are intensifying complexity. Business users are bypassing IT to access cloud-based services while new security threats arise daily. These conditions can stand in the way of greater innovation and agility, and prevent companies from capturing the opportunities in the IoE economy.
The foundational technologies behind IoE — cloud, mobility, collaboration, and analytics — may be disruptive, but they also usher in an era of significant IT improvements. Fully leveraging these opportunities requires an entirely new IT operating model, with new outcomes. IT organizations must become the source of disruptive innovation — and at long last assume the role of transformational business partner. Cisco is calling this new model Fast IT.
Fast IT addresses the following core areas across IT:
- Simplifying the infrastructure across silos and driving automation to reduce operational costs
- Using strategically automated policy to build agility and intelligence to fuel growth and respond to changing conditions
- Connecting the right people to the right information and process at the right time
- Evolving security to defend against attacks before and while they happen, and to run analysis after they end
Essentially, Fast IT is an adaptive, policy-driven approach that accommodates today’s and tomorrow’s pace of change. A well-executed strategy will bring together the right resources — which ultimately include infrastructure, applications, data, and people —- at the right time to take advantage of the IoE economy.
One of the key areas in which to create Fast IT is the data center.
In keeping with this approach, Cisco announced today new Unified Computing System (UCS) products and capabilities. UCS is a perfect example of the kind of integrated infrastructure that is eliminating complexity and enabling agility. Its blending of network, compute, and storage provides the foundation for automation and orchestration for physical and virtual systems as one, significantly reducing the management burden on IT.
- Greater Automation: UCS Director Express for Big Data enables simplified operations and lower costs
- More intelligence at the Edge: the UCS Mini enables computing at the edge, which is essential for leveraging Big Data and data in motion
- Improved Agility: UCS is a foundational element of cloud via the Cisco UCS M-Series Modular server. UCS also dovetails seamlessly with Cisco solutions such as ACI and Intercloud, underpinning an overall hybrid-cloud strategy.
In Creating Fast IT, a 20-25 Percent Cost Dividend
Because the pace of change is so dynamic, it is important to examine just where IT stands today. To that end, Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) recently conducted in-depth research.
Cisco surveyed more than 1,400 senior IT leaders in Brazil, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We interviewed leading industry analysts, authors, academics, IT executives, and IT practitioners. We compared this data with conclusions from numerous customer engagements.
A key finding was that implementing the key elements of a Fast IT model could potentially result in a 20 to 25 percent reduction in costs, which can then be reinvested in new capabilities to drive innovation and business outcomes.
Fast Innovation Requires Fast IT
What Our Research Found
Here are key insights from the research. In creating a Fast IT model, organizations will:
- simplify operations at a time when complexity is mounting — and IT budgets are flat.
- move seamlessly through a “fabric of clouds.” Workloads and infrastructure tasks shift as business (application) conditions warrant.
- drive much faster provisioning of enterprise applications. Time to provision and scale can decrease from months to minutes.
- build processing capabilities at the edge of the network, capturing “data in motion” for real-time decision-making and contextual insight.
- evolve to a more platform-driven security approach in which visibility is improved across all infrastructure domains, devices, applications, and services — enabling protection before, during, and after attacks.
Full study findings can be found here.
I have no doubt that implementing the elements of a Fast IT model — including Cisco UCS — will help organizations to be more agile and innovative. By moving to a policy-based IT approach, IT can free resources and people to realize the longtime goal of becoming a true partner in driving business outcomes.
In the IoE economy, Fast IT is the way forward.
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Among the top concerns for CIOs and VPs of infrastructure are making IT relevant to the business and driving revenue growth, reducing operational expenses while preserving innovation, and mitigating risk by meeting or exceeding security and compliance requirements. The Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, or ACI, helps CIOs and VPs of infrastructure address these concerns directly. Check out my short video to find out more. Read More »
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Everybody’s talking about 802.11ac, but we’ve sensed some confusion for next steps as far as how CIO’s and IT organizations should be approaching the new standard.
Should I move to 802.11ac?
You’re probably thinking: Chris, you’re a leader at Cisco, of course you want me to migrate to 802.11ac. That, my friends, is where you are wrong. There is no simple answer to the question of whether you should move your network to 802.11ac. Here’s my simple rule of thumb:
There is no premium for 802.11ac from Cisco. If you are deploying new Access Points’s today, you should be buying 802.11ac. If you’re not buying, you are probably satisfied with your network and how it will handle the growth of more and more clients associating with your network and the bandwidth demands that come with that client demand. If you feel you have a plan to handle this demand, then you are one of the few that can pass on 802.11ac.
That said, there is a strong ramp up for Cisco 802.11ac products in the market, the AP3700 is the fastest ramping access point in our history and we have yet to see if the AP2700 will claim that crown in the coming months. ABI Research estimates that currently 50% of new device introductions are 802.11ac enabled, a statistic expected to increase to 75% by the end of 2015. This is enough proof of the overwhelming interest in adding the benefits of 11ac to networks. Let’s take a step back and consider the basics of why people are moving to the new standard.
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Are you ready to rumble? Do you want to learn more about how to prepare for growing cloud workloads, how to evolve your IT department to harness the true potential of the cloud, and how to develop a more strategic approach to IT operations and service management? Be sure to check out what’s happening at CiscoLive in San Francisco and on line!
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From this page, you can find all the sessions and have the ability to register, add to your calendar, and view online.
We have 9 exciting keynotes that you won’t want to miss. Some of the main keynotes and cloud specific sessions include:
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Technology Business Vision keynote by Rob Lloyd on Tuesday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Join Cisco’s technology and business leadership for a deeper dive into what is happening both at Cisco and with our customers as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Find out what Cisco is doing today, what we’re planning in the future, and what others are doing to tap into the power of the Internet of Everything.
You won’t want to miss out on the Cloud Technology Trend Keynote – Aligning Your Strategy and Business for Cloud Success by Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala on Tuesday, May 20 – 1:30 p.m. PDT.
Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala
This session will provide use cases and insights to answer the following questions:
- How do you evolve your strategy at the right time with the right model?
- Which cloud is right for which workload?
- What is “fact or fiction” amid all of the cloud discussions and options?
- Is your strategy aligning you for success?
- Are your investments today setting you up for future success?
It will also highlight the latest products and solutions you need to maximize your company’s cloud experience. Cisco executives Dr. Gee Rittenhouse –CDO and Faiyaz Shahpurwala – Senior Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services will share our hybrid cloud strategy with you, including solutions such as Cisco InterCloud and Intelligent Automation for Cloud. They’ll also discuss the role of applications and our partner ecosystem.
Cloud is such an important focus for Cisco and partners that we have a dedicated day on Monday 19 , called Cisco Powered Cloud Day at Cisco Live.
The insightful day will focus on opportunities and challenges that can be addressed with cloud.
If you area partner , you may want to reserve your seat . The all-day program is a comprehensive track for organizations adopting cloud and providing cloud services. You’ll not only learn from Cisco cloud leaders, but you’ll also hear from other industry leaders who are successfully taking advantage of the cloud with Cisco solutions. The “Cisco Powered Cloud Day: The Rise of the Intercloud” full agenda can be found here.
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There is no disputing that both enterprises and service providers are embracing cloud. What’s different today is that not only are telcos cloud providers, but enterprises and governments are also becoming cloud providers through a community cloud model.
A community cloud model is a collaborative effort where infrastructure is shared and jointly accessed by several organizations from a specific group that share specific computing concerns such as, security, compliance or jurisdiction considerations. The community cloud can be either on-premises or off-premises, and can be governed by the participating organizations or by a third-party managed service provider.
A community cloud model helps offset common challenges across universities, government agencies and enterprises,such as cost pressures, technology complexity, and spending requirements, security concerns and a lack of sector specific services from service providers.
I recently had the chance to participate in a new Cloud Insights Video Podcast to discuss how CIOs can transform their enterprise IT delivery models and how Cisco is supporting service providers in developing their cloud execution strategies.
User Organizations Are Becoming Cloud Vendors
CIOs have recognized that greater business outcomes can be delivered for their customers by working together to resolve common challenges and realize common opportunities. It’s also becoming clear to them that using a community cloud model for cloud services is an innovative way to help deliver on these outcomes.
As we’ve worked with CIOs in governments and universities across various geographies, , we have focused on building a shared understanding of what can be achieved by moving common services, which are not seen as differentiated to the business, into a community cloud model. For example, all universities offer human resources as a service, and student enrollment services and financial aid services are not considered differentiated. So why not have it as a shared community service that reduces cost outlay and redirects the savings to innovative learning experiences for students?
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