In my previous blog, we provided an overview of the critical use cases and innovations we included in our new Business Continuity and Workload Mobility Solution for Private Cloud. This blog highlights the critical trends and challenges driving new multi-site Cloud designs.
Two important trends are driving CTO’s and CIO’s to deploy new multi-site Cloud solutions that provide better Business Continuity, Workload Mobility, and Disaster Recovery.
- More workloads are moving to the Private and Public Cloud versus the traditional data center
- Cloud Data Centers have a higher density of workloads per server than traditional data centers due to increased virtualization.
Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012–2017
This ever increasing volume of Cloud hosted workloads is placing serious pressure on operations teams to manage larger scale data centers, and insure that they keep these workloads up and running, avoiding costly downtime or a nightmare service outage. Many of the CTO’s and CIO’s we’ve worked with are re-assessing their Multi-site strategy to insure they can answer some tough questions:
- What are the common weak points of multi-site Cloud designs that could prevent us from achieving our Business Continuity goals for our critical apps? Can we avoid them?
- How can we provide Workload Mobility between sites to provide a more agile Cloud environment?
- In the event of site outage, can our Private Cloud reduce the time it takes to recover critical applications to a new site?
- How can our Private Cloud deliver these critical services (Business Continuity, Workload Mobility, and Disaster Recovery) with lower cost and complexity?
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Tags: application virtualization, business continuity, Cisco CVD, Cisco Validated Design, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, disaster recovery, private cloud, Workload Mobility
The Cisco Validated Design for VSPEX on VMware Architectures (V250) has been published!
This is a NEW document, and third in the series of CVD’s, for VSPEX and the first centered on the UCS B series server. The CVD provides the end-to-end solution with VMware vSphere 5.0 for 250 Virtual Machines. Here is a high level picture of the architecture.
The Cisco EMC VSPEX solution is based upon the best-of-breed technologies including Cisco UCS B series, Cisco Nexus 5548, and EMC VNX 5500 storage.
Check it out at www.cisco.com/go/vspex
Keep the discussion going. How can we help accelerate your journey to the cloud?
Tags: Cisco CVD, Converged Infrastructure, EMC, nexus, UCS, VNX, vspex
Guest Post by Rex Backman (Global Marketing Manager, Microsoft Solutions at Cisco)
Please join us for a four-part webcast series hosted by Cisco. During this webinar series Cisco and Microsoft experts will show you how to architect, deploy, and manage Microsoft applications on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. Industry experts will also share their experiences on implementing Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offerings. Throughout the series, we will discuss relevant architectural, technical, and operational benefits and best practices. This information will be available to you via Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference architectures.
The first chapter kicks on May 10th – so please visit www.cisco.com/go/semreg/urls/44768/1 for registration information.
Here are the details of what will be covered in each webcast.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco CVD, CiscoUCS, cloud, Exchange 2010, Microsoft, Sharepoint, SQl Server 2008, vdi
There has been huge customer and partner interest in FlexPod for VMware since its launch in November 2010. The key FlexPod values that are resonating well with the customers are:
- Flexible ITaaS platform built from simple, unified compute, fabric, and storage infrastructure
- Simplified purchase and flexible scale out model accelerates journey to private and hybrid cloud
- Cisco CVD based architectures and channel partner enabled deployment services for both the base FlexPod infrastructure and layered Tier-1 enterprise applications (Microsoft, SAP, VDI, etc.).
- Centralized management enabling streamlined operations
- Open management framework allowing simplified integration with 3rd party orchestration tools
- Streamlined response to identify and quickly solve potential issues, enabled by cooperative 24/7 support model
I want to highlight that the CVD Program has been around for over a decade and has proved its worth time and again to help design and deploy next generation network architectures across the globe.
What do Channel Partners have to say about FlexPod for VMware?
Here is a short video by Paul Sorgiovanni, Data Management Practice Manager at Empired (one of the leading FlexPod global partner based in Australia). In this video, Paul explains how FlexPod for VMware has been extremely helpful in making their customers successful, and helped Empired evolve as a trusted advisor for their fast growing customer base.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco CVD, CVD, Exchange 2010, FlexPod, netapp, Oracle, SAP, Sharepoint, SQL Server, vdi, virtualization, VMware