Following on from my introductions to what is happening at this data center conference see part 1 and part 2), in this article I’ll talk more about something I’ve not really blogged about in my previous blogs (which is surprising given my NMS background) – data center management and Cisco Intelligent Automation. I managed to catch up with a senior manager in the Cisco IT team, Rich Gore, who game me some terrific insight into their deployment of Cisco Intelligent automation. And I’ll also relate some experience of my own on why, when it comes to the products you produce, you should always (as the US folks tend to say) “eat your own dog food”!
Yesterday (see part 1) I started my discussion on the Gartner Data Center Conference with a picture of a castle close to my house; today I will start with what I saw as I emerged from the London Underground stop near to the conference hotel – the iconic Big Ben and the UK Houses of Parliament.
In this blog, I will discuss some of the key data center questions and feedback that I heard from some of our customers at the conference today. I’ve also included a short video clip which shows some of the cooler technologies and solutions on show at the conference today, not just Cisco, but some of the other exhibitors too.
So what are some of the focus areas among the technology suppliers at the show?
For Cisco, with the new Cisco Unified Management for Data Center and Cloud, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Data Center and Cloud is the focus of our main demo today, which we are showing alongside the Cisco UCS Manager.
OK, so what has an ancient Scottish castle got to do with the Gartner Data Center Conference in London? This doesn’t sound like what I usually blog about!
“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.
Part 3 – The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation
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 :-).