In a previous blog, I discussed questions you should ask before peering with your SP and possible configuration options. Since the Internet edge is where this peering occurs, it should also be the first point where you start to apply your organization’s security policies. Security is a critical part of IPv6 integration because IPv6 opens up another transport path into your network.
If you’ve read my previous blogs on data center services, you may be surprised to know I sometimes have a life outside work!! In a departure from my previous blogs discussing data center services, cloud adoption and IT architecture transformation, here is some news on a major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, where myself and over 60 colleagues are taking part in various stages of a 963 cycle “Ride Across Britain”.
You can read more here on our Corporate Social Responsibility blog.
And when I get back, as well as posting some photos and new of the journey, I’ll tell you more about the latest in Cisco Data Center Services land!
This Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th September 2012, respectively, will be challenging days for me, and will count among two of the most physically demanding days of my life. On Thursday evening I will join my Cisco colleagues taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or RAB as we call it), to raise funds for the Paralympics GB team. I’ll forsake my desk and comfortable chair, and over Friday and Saturday, I will cycle 238 miles (close to 400km!), including over 11,000 feet (over 3,300m) of climbing, from just outside Glasgow, in the west of Scotland, to Fort William, and then on to Kyle of Sutherland, which is around 40 miles north of Inverness.
On Thursday and Friday evening, I will join the camps – yes, tents in a field, no luxury hotels here!! – as you can see from my short video from last year’s RAB camp at one of the stages.
Wow, this will be quite a change for me! Normally I’m part of the Cisco Data Center Services team – you may have seen my previous blogs on Cisco Data Center Services, including Cloud and Cisco Intelligent Automation. Let me tell you a bit more about this major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, and the role that Cisco technology is playing as we traverse the country.
In my previous blogs confine and clover, I spoke about determining the scope of your business problems as well as defining your measures of success when planning a Cloud solution. Now, I would like to help you understand both the cost you will incur for the work necessary to achieve your defined cloud goals and how to avoid unexpected fees.
Because of all the hype around Cloud, we hear (sometimes disproportionately) about how Cloud can transform your business. However, the cost of that transformation is often not fully understood. Careful planning and awareness can save you money along the Cloud journey. Be aware of and consider the following hidden costs:
Last week, I introduced my concept of the 3 C’s of Cloud: Confine, Clover, and Cost and began outlining a simple strategy for maximizing your benefits during the process of adopting a cloud solution by confining the scope of your business problems. What comes next?
Let’s now talk about the second of my “C” concepts—Clover.
Before you can ‘roll in the clover’ of a successful cloud implementation you need to address one of the most common pitfalls to success: failing to build an appropriate business justification for migrating to cloud. If you enter the process with the attitude that “I’ll just experiment with this new Cloud thing and see what happens; maybe it will give me what I need,” you may not end up ‘in clover’ but in the weeds. So, what do you need to do?