This is a must read for those who want to deeply understand the philosophy behind Cisco’s automation product portfolio
It should not be news to you that Cisco has invested in software products to drive the management and automation of clouds, datacenters, and applications. Intelligent Automation is the name that we have for the management and orchestration solutions in the Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit in Cisco’s Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group.
What is so intelligent about Cisco’s automation products? Besides the official marketing and product management answers, I polled our Business Unit and Advanced Services teams and got the following responses (which I distilled a bit). Oh and by the way, one constraint was that we cannot use Intelligent in the definition of Intelligent Automation (harder than you might think).
The top winners for the best contributions are: Oleg Danilov (Solution Architect), Mynul Hoda (Technical Leader), Peter Charpentier (Solution Architect), Frank Contrepois (Network Consulting Engineer) and Devendran Rethinavelu (QA Engineer).
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Tags: automated provisioning, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco Intelligent Automation, data center, data center provisioning, intelligent automation, orchestration, self-service
Tom Chatham is a Principal vArchitect with VCE Corporate Engineering responsible for delivering VCE solutions, customer solution testing, technical marketing events and evangelizing private cloud. 16 years of experience in the industry, most of that time spent focused on storage, virtualization and unified computing. Including extensive network infrastructure, systems architecture and business continuity.
Tom is at EMC World in Las Vegas these days and on Twitter @tchatham – Check booths 410 or 515 .
I asked Tom to share his experience and point of view on the EANTC Cloud Mega Test – here is what he sent me
“Over the past four to five months, there has been significant buzz about VCE’s role in the EANTC Cloud Mega Test. I was lucky enough to be a part of the test team, and I wanted to share some of my experiences in working on this fantastic project with EANTC and Cisco.
It started with a bang, of course. Back in late January, Light Reading published their first report on the testing EANTC had done of Cisco’s CloudVerse architecture. I was at Cisco Live London where details of the test were first shared and members of the CloudVerse team were in attendance to share the results. Over the next couple of months, EANTC followed that up with other reports in the series. All in all, they covered the Cisco Unified Data Center that is the foundation for cloud services, Cloud Intelligent Networks, Cloud Applications & Services, and Long-haul Optical Transport used in delivering cloud-based services. Of course, I wasn’t involved in all of that.
As with all of the Mega Test programs (the Mobile Mega Test and Medianet Mega Test being the ones that Light Reading conducted previously), these programs are a big deal. Cisco spends millions of dollars – literally – on lab infrastructure, engineers and communications for each one of these tests. Light Reading has EANTC come in to provide independent, objective oversight and testing. And when the report comes out, there is a lot of buzz in the industry on exactly what went on. It’s not every day we get to play in a multi-million dollar sandbox! I was one of several dozen people from Cisco, VMware, VCE, EMC and Ixia working on this project.
As the buzz about the test bounced around in the industry, a sidebar conversation emerged about VCE’s involvement in the test. As you may know from social media, I’m a Principal vArchitect with VCE Corporate Engineering. Essentially, my job is to make sure that customers get the most out of VCE’s technology – VblockTM Systems. The Vblock system is pre-engineered, pre-tested converged infrastructure that combines Cisco’s computing and networking equipment, EMC’s storage equipment, and virtualization from VMware. VCE itself operates as a joint venture between Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.
One of the things that was missed in the excitement over the test results themselves was the fact that the Vblock system played a big part in the Cloud Mega Test.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco UCS, cloud, data center, Unified Data Center, Vblock, VCE
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As Jason Schroedl announced, http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/announcing-the-new-cisco-intelligent-automation-for-cloud-starter-edition Cisco’s Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit, in conjunction with the Unified Computing System has just announced a solution for customers of UCS and vCenter that want a Cloud Automation system that can perform both Physical and Virtual server provisioning. It is called the starter edition for a reason. We find that many customers are not sure what they want from their cloud and are looking for a great place to start. This is not what I call the “starship enterprise” of clouds. It is the first step that a company will take on their cloud journey.
See my previous blog for some key concepts of success cloud deployments: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/five-things-that-successful-cloud-deployments-have-in-common/ and on my cloud owner manifesto for successful cloud builders: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cloud-owner-manifesto-12-habits-of-successful-cloud-builders/ .
Let’s look at typical cloud deployments.
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Tags: automated provisioning, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco UCS, Cisco UCSM, cloud, data center provisioning, devops, devtest, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, self-service, server provisioning, starter edition
IT shops deploying clouds over the past year have been focused on Infrastructure as a Service ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrastructure_as_a_service#Infrastructure ) as a way to drive speed in virtual and physical server provisioning, cost savings in operations, proactive service level agreements, and increased control and governance. In one of my blogs I introduced our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/the-secret-is-now-out-you-can-simplify-cloud-deployments-with-cisco-unified-management/ and how that addresses both private, hybrid and public clouds IaaS. Key to this is the service catalog and self service portal. Moving to cloud is NOT about taking hundreds of server configuration templates and moving to them immediate self service. All you are doing in that model is automating VM sprawl. They key is defining a limited set of services and options that your end users such as application owners and technical folks can order through a self service portal and manage their life-cycle.
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Tags: automated provisioning, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, cloud, data center, data center provisioning, IaaS, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, Public Cloud, self-service