Since Cisco announced its intent to acquire WHIPTAIL, many have taken to the Internet to speculate about how WHIPTAIL’s flash memory systems will fit into Cisco’s product line. The speculation ended with the launch of Cisco’s UCS Invicta™ Series Solid-State Systems.
By introducing the capability and performance of flash memory into the UCS platform, which is dedicated to easy management, customers can finally be application-centric. They can organize and manipulate the environment in whatever way will best serve the business at any given point in time, which allows for usability and reusability of the resources.
Let’s say that I have an application requiring a certain amount of memory and processing capability. And let’s say that I want the application to operate with a specific level of performance. Now I can organize the environment very rapidly to account for those characteristics. I can assemble it and then make it available to the application owner to just simply place the application down.
UCS Invicta in conjunction with UCS Director allows users to organize environments around needs instead of reacting to and being limited by what is available. With the latest release of UCS Director, users can manage UCS Invicta (as well as their entire converged infrastructure) from a single self-service web portal, significantly reducing management time. Together with UCS Director, your infrastructure will automatically have resources available so you can accelerate applications. This is being application-centric, and this is how UCS Invicta complements the UCS architecture.
To learn more about the integration of solid-state into UCS and application acceleration, watch the UCS Invicta webcast.
Tags: application acceleration, Cisco UCS Director, UCS Invicta
Major change and growth is happening in the way data centers are functioning. This change is being led by cloud technology.
IT’s role is changing from an infrastructure provider to strategic business partner. The new role for IT is to align you with the services you need, when you need them, from a portfolio of internal or external services.
Once viewed as your organization’s virtual machine dispenser, cloud is quickly maturing. You have expectations beyond virtual machines. You need applications along with the underlying components that support that application. You need an automated way to manage application life cycles as well as integrate business financials.
Cisco has lived this data center evolution and has been surfing the sea of change. It has the tools for you to accelerate cloud delivery in your organization as well.
Introduced last week at CiscoLive Milan, Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) 4.0 is a game changing solution that extends cloud beyond the data center. It is a great choice if you:
• Want a single modern business portal that acts as your central order point for IT or any business service. Cisco IAC delivers. With a modern, on-line shopping experience, you can order data center services, applications, development platforms and telephony or collaboration services with a single-click order experience.
• Require your cloud management to be heterogeneous not homogeneous. Cisco IAC 4.0 operates in concert with UCS Director to deliver a solid multi-vendor private cloud platform that spans physical and virtual infrastructure components. With this unique combination, you can shift your focus from “how to build” to delivering differentiated services for your organization to consume.
• Understand that networking is hard and a vendor with domain dominance is essential. Network services in the cloud are difficult and as a result the network team is rarely included in the cloud conversation. Cisco IAC’s out-of-box templates for network services, such as firewalls, load balancers, and VPNs, allows your network team to once again participate in the conversation.
• Want cloud governance that goes beyond basic health and status. With advanced financial management across multiple tenants and platforms, you can tailor prices per tenant, or geography, or application type. When you order a service, Cisco IAC automatically delivers a price quote which becomes a threshold to which consumption, by budget or actual resource, can be tracked. When this threshold is reached, you will be notified that additional funds or resources are required or the service will be terminated.
There is a sea of change occurring in data centers today. You need a strategic partner who has the
vision to successfully navigate this change. Dive in and learn how Cisco IAC can support your business – like it supports Cisco’s data centers.
Tags: automation, cisco IAC, Cisco UCS Director, Cloud Management, orchestration, Self-Service Portal, Service Catalog, vCloud Suite, VMware
As we come to the end of 2013, there is a lot to look back at, and still more to look forward to in 2014. Last year I speculated whether 2012 was the year of converged infrastructure and all indications are that it was true. I was at the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, where they referred to converged infrastructure as Fabric-based infrastructure, and expect it to become mainstream within 2-5 years.
As I look back at 2013, some of the big events, from a UCS and management perspective were:
- Cisco entered the ranks of the top 5 server vendors with the UCS.
- The virtual UCS community started a monthly UCS Tech talk series.
- Cloupia was renamed Cisco UCS Director, and won the Storage, Virtualization and Cloud (SVC) 2013 product of the year award
- Cisco extended the innovative concept of the UCS Service profiles and introduced Application Centric Infrastructure.
- Updated version of the Cisco UCS Manager (2.2) was released this month
Interestingly at the Gartner conference, data center automation was a topic of great interest and many sessions were dedicated to it. The Cisco UCS Management portfolio products are designed specifically to automate data center operations, increase operating efficiencies and Read More »
Tags: Cisco UCS Director, Cisco UCS Manager, cloud service brokers, enterprise class security, ITaaS, ucs management
Cisco’s cloud software is a hot topic. First Cisco UCS Director was voted the SVC award winner for best virtualization management software. Then Forrester released a new Private Cloud Wave and both Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) and UCS Director combined garnered Cisco the highest ranking for cloud vision and strategy as well as a top three ranking for currently shipping product. Customer input was behind this success.
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Tags: awards, Cisco, cisco IAC, Cisco UCS Director, forrester, Hybrid Cloud, management, multi-cloud, private cloud, SVC, vCloud Suite, virtualization, VMware