“Applications?” I hear you say. ”Why are Cisco talking about application? They’re a networking company!?” If this is what you are thinking, I’m glad you are reading this blog. As we’ve broadened to be an IT company, we in Cisco Services have been quietly building our application migration capability for the past 2 years. And with cloud, as the leading designers of cloud IaaS infrastructure, we in Cisco Services are in a unique position to help you migrate applications to the cloud, where the skillsets required are not only application migration, but a deep understanding of how to enable your applications to genuinely exploit the capabilities of your cloud infrastructure.
Which takes me to the subject for this blog, Domain 8 in the Cisco Domain TenSM framework -- Applications, following on from my Domain 7: Platform discussion the other week. In our view in Cisco Services, (business) applications are the primary reason for the existence of the data center. Applications drive so many of the decision in the other facets of the data center. And when it comes to cloud (which is my theme for this Cisco Domain Ten series), there are additional considerations related to migrating applications to the cloud. Let’s discuss some of these in this blog.
Domain 7 in our Cisco Domain TenSM framework for data center transformation is what we call “Platform”. More specifically, this term refers to the “software platform” upon which your business applications will run. In short, this area is where we examine operating systems, databases and other types of middleware and help you figure out your strategy, architectural decisions and implementation plans in these areas, to help you drive a more successful cloud or data center project. Let’s discuss this area in more detail.
First, though, if you are new to the Cisco Domain Ten, please check out my “Cisco Domain Ten: The Story So Far” summary blog I published recently. Additionally, earlier this week, we ran a public webinar, where some of my colleagues in the Cisco Data Center and Cloud Services team gave their perspectives on Cisco Domain Ten. If you missed this and their very practical insights, please do catch up on the Cisco Domain Ten webinar recording.
Over the past 2 months or so, I’ve been blogging on Cisco Domain TenSM, Cisco Service’s framework to guide you on your path to data center and cloud transformation. We are just over half way through the discussion on Cisco Domain Ten, so I thought it worthwhile, especially for anyone reading about this concept for the first time, to write a quick refresher and summary of the articles I’ve written so far. So forgive the brevity and please do dive into the links/URLs for more information if indeed you missed these articles first time. And if you’ve read every article -- thanks!
Service Financial Management is the focus of Domain 6 in Cisco Services‘ DomainTenSM Model for Data Center and Cloud Transformation. Closely related to the User Portal (Domain 4) and Service Catalog and Management (Domain 5), service financial management is one of those organizationally challenging topics for the data center management team -- although with the advent of cloud services, is becoming more widely appreciated and in many cases (e.g. a service provider offering cloud services to businesses, a public sector organization offering services to other regional public service organizations), a mandatory part of your offer. So let’s discuss this area and I’ll point you to a technical white paper from Cisco Services experts on this topic.
Cisco Domain Ten -- Domain 6 -- Service Financial Management
I introduced the Cisco Domain TenSM framework for data center and cloud transformation back in December, and after my previous blog discussing “Domain 4: the User Portal“, it’s now time to discuss Domain 5, which considers Service Catalog and Management. In this post, I’d like to illustrate the important, central role the service catalog has in data center transformation, and also discuss some of the key challenges, considerations and deliberations you should go through as you specify the requirements for, and ongoing evolution of, your IT service catalog. I’ll also point you to a free white paper from our Cisco Services experts.
Cisco Domain Ten -- Highlighting Domain 5: Service Catalog and Management