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Design Expertise to Exploit Evolutionary Fabric with Revolutionary Scale

October 26, 2011 at 4:44 am PST

“Terrific!  Fantastic!  Cisco have delivered yet more innovation and data center switching and unified fabric leadership.  All  these new features and capabilities!” …. BUT … (and you may be asking this question) …. “How can we exploit these new features quickly? I’m just too busy!”

Let’s face it -- these new data center capabilities are not much use sitting on your loading dock or drawing board.  You’ll know this better that me -- it’s one  thing to have new features available, it’s another challenge to exploit them by designing them into your architecture -- that is where the real skill comes in.  But you’re busy, are unbdoubtedly overloaded, and wondering how you can get it all done.

So how can we help you translate these excellent new features into your production data center?  How can you get access to our Cisco experts who have (each!) architected literally dozens of unified fabric designs?  Perhaps you don’t need or want a full multi-week design exercise -- what other options are available to you? What can Cisco do that is small, quick and provides you with the key expertise to guide your direction on unified fabric adoption and evolution?

Let me continue the theme of my previous blogs and show how Cisco Services can help you exploit these latest market-leading innovations.  I’m going to focus on how Design Reviews with our data center experts, through our Cisco Data Center Optimization Service (discussed previously here), could really take the pressure off you and your team and deliver real business benefits at the same time.

Cisco Data Center Optimization Service

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Part 3 – The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation

October 7, 2011 at 9:30 am PST

An “architectural-led” approach to your data center, indeed to your overall IT architecture, given the previous discussion in part 1 and part 2 of this blog, is therefore a strategic imperative for progressive organisations.   We in Cisco don’t want to see your IT architecture have problems analogous to the Winchester House.  So how can you achieve an “architectural-led” approach?  I’ll cover 5 key recommendations in this, my final part of this trilogy :-).

Avoiding the Winchester House Scenario for your IT Architecture

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Part 2 – The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation

September 16, 2011 at 1:56 am PST

Last week in part 1 of this blog, I used the analogy of the Winchester House to start the discussion on why an architecture-led approach should be a strategic imperative for your IT architectural evolution and transformation.  In this part 2, I’ll give some industry data points, and use some examples of the complex network-based solutions you are implementing, to illustrate why you should adopt the architectural-led approach over the point product minefield.

The Winchester House - A Case for Architectural-Led Evolution and Transformation

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The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation – Part 1

September 7, 2011 at 3:01 am PST

What has the Winchester house in San Jose, California – a massive mansion, reputedly haunted (!), which has 65 doors to blank walls, 13 abandoned staircases, 24 skylights into floors, was 38 years in construction, and cost $71 million  -  got to do with your IT architecture, with how your network, data center and video architectural evolution should be considered?

The Winchester House - San Jose, California

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know that I’m focused on evolving our portfolio of data center, unified computing and cloud enablement services. Recently I’ve been working on evolving our approach to customer architectural workshops and services, where we help customers take an architectural-led approach to not only data center transformation, but also across their entire IT architecture. And the architectural challenges of the Winchester house reminded me of the point-product approaches that many of our competitors promote, that ultimately in most cases lead to long term IT architecture challenges for their customers.

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Putting QUAD into Action- Change Mangement and Cisco Services

Cisco’s been busy this week with news from the collaboration space and the Enterprise 2.O conference this week. It’s been about QUAD—Cisco’s enterprise collaboration platform for today’s workforce: social, mobile, visual, and virtual. It puts people first by offering an integrated and personalized experience that brings together the collaborative, business-oriented, and transactional tools and applications people use over the course of the workday. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? As long as people use it…that’s the trick to real success with any technology driving for a business outcome…utilization.

Along with the technology, Cisco also is offering some important Advanced Services for QUAD and Collaboration including new change management and adoption services — allowing customers to get the best out of their collaborative technologies, while minimizing the disruptive impact of change to employees, partners and customers. These services were designed to help with the adoption of QUAD and handle everything from assessment, planning, strategy and governance, marketing communications to training.

Change isn’t always an automatic and that’s exactly why there’s the need for Professional Services and change management to go along with the technology that really gets people to actualize the benefits of the offerings. Hans Hwang VP Advanced Services shares some further insight on this issue on his blog . And, if you want to go deeper there’s a paper and some interesting upcoming workshops you can attend on Defining a Collaboration Strategy & Architecture to Accelerate Time-to-Value or a Enable a New Collaboration Experience with Enterprise Social Software webcasts.
Here’s to success change and QUAD!

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