Today. Tomorrow. Transformed. This was the theme of the second annual Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CiscoEWN) forum at Cisco Live. And what a great week of transformation it was, and a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live! Sorry for the long blog post, but it was an exciting week for us!
CiscoEWN is a global community of highly motivated, professional women, as well as a forum for Cisco customers, partners and employees to network and motivate one another at Cisco Live and in virtual and live events throughout the year. Our founders and Executive Sponsors highlight our goals for CiscoEWN at Cisco Live US in San Francisco this year:
CiscoEWN sponsored several activities during the week each of which gave the opportunity for women in technology and our male allies to gather together and network, learn from and empower each other.
We kicked off the week with the CiscoEWN Forum on Sunday, a four-hour event with a packed agenda of mentoring sessions, panels, and keynotes. Here’s a recap of the afternoon:
Over 450 men and women, including Cisco employees, customers and partners, attended (up from 250 attendees last year!).
50 executive mentors shared life experiences and offered advice in an icebreaker mentoring session with attendees.
Cisco President and COO Gary Moore shared his thoughts on why diversity and inclusion is important for business.
At CiscoLive San Francisco held last week, Soni Jiandani, Senior Vice President of Cisco INSBU, highlighted our continued industry momentum for Application Centric Infrastructure. She discussed customer deployments, new ecosystem partners and the enormous simplification of cloud and application delivery.
So it’s timely to review both ACI’s architectural approach and get a first look at the actual business value that large customers expect from adopting ACI. This two part blog introduces:
A new Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) white paper that explains the principles of ACI’s application-centric approach and how it helps data center teams keep pace with business agility, risk management and the need for resource efficiency.
An economic analysis from IDC showing the three year return on using ACI in one of the largest data center environments in the world, Cisco’s own IT Elastic Services.
In the first paper, Enterprise Strategy Group shows how the rise of mobile, social, and e-commerce applications are driving a fundamental IT transformation. Web 2.0, Big Data, and collaboration applications are built using a modular approach, leveraging Dev Ops and Cloud Ops models and consumed on traditional and mobile devices. These applications are far more dynamic than ever before. Therefore, the supporting underlying IT infrastructure (compute, network, and storage), has to be more flexible and adaptable to their specific needs.
The paper explains how Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture provides a common programmable infrastructure policy model for enterprise network, application, security, and virtualization teams. Policy based provisioning of applications makes IT more agile in both application deployment and optimized operations. It offers full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources, supporting an “application anywhere” model with complete freedom of application movement and placement. In addition, through open OpFlex protocol, ACI’s policy-based approach can now be extended to a growing vendor ecosystem, allowing customers to protect their existing data center investments.
In the paper, Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst at ESG, addresses the following topics:
How applications are driving IT transformation
How infrastructure obstacles inhibit responsiveness to the business
A new approach in which there is a much tighter link between the applications and the underlying networking infrastructure
How Cisco ACI complements and accelerates the IT transformation in the networking space
Download the ESG paper here. And stay tuned for the IDC business value analysis.
It’s great to be back at another Cisco Live event, this time in the great city of San Francisco. This is the last day of the event, and if you have some time, please do stop over at the World of Solutions, where you can see Autonomic Networking in action. We have set up a live demo of the Autonomic Networking Infrastructure (ANI) at the Service Provider area! The following figure shows a summary of the functionality, and i’d like to refer you to a previous blog for a more thorough explanation.
Summarising, the ANI allows networks to grow and self-organize organically, merely by devices at the edge of the Autonomic Domain joining the Autonomic Control Plane. A new device is cabled up and powered up and will be discovered by a device at the edge of the Autonomic Domain/Network through the Channel Discovery Process. The new device offers its identity to the Network, and the Network, after successful authentication, will deliver a Domain Certificate to the New Device as a result, and this is achieved using the Adjacency Discovery Process. The New Device can then leverage this Domain Certificate to join the Autonomic Control Plane (ACP), which is essentially an IPv6 based, routed IP infrastructure that is secure/encrypted, self-organising and self-healing, and which cannot be de-configured and is not prone to mis-configurations. Read More »
It is so great to be back in one of my favourite cities – San Francisco ! It is particularly great to be here for one of my all time favourite events – Cisco Live. This year of course is very special being the 25th anniversary. It is particularly exciting to see so much great innovation and energy being generated all over the event and not least of which by the World of Solutions. Read More »
This week we are celebrating with more than 25,000 attendees at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and many more viewers on line the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live and it’s an exciting time for Cisco and our partners! As John Chambers described it so eloquently in his Monday keynotes, customers are embracing the opportunities around the Internet of Everything and are looking for us to help them realize the benefits and manage the transition. And cloud deployment is certainly a critical component of this new IT world.
Cisco is Moving Fast with ourPartners to deliver on the Promise of an Intercloud
Read Robert Lloyd bio.
Rob Lloyd President, Development and Salesintends to demonstrate in his keynotes how fast Cisco has been able to move by driving a partner-centric Cloud strategy.
You can watch on line Rob’s keynote for a deeper dive into what is happening both at Cisco and with our customers as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Find out what Cisco is doing today, what we’re planning in the future, and what others are doing to tap into the power of the Internet of Everything.
Edison Peres, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels at Cisco.
A partner-centric approach differentiates Cisco and our partners
Innovation is required to meet the rapidly changing business requirements for cloud, mobile and the Internet of Everything. With that, new Intercloud reference architectures are being added to the Cloud and Managed Service Program for partners who deliver Cisco Powered services.
Aligning Your Strategy and Business for Cloud Success
Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala
This afternoon , Cisco executives Dr. Gee Rittenhouse –CDO and Faiyaz Shahpurwala – Senior Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services share our hybrid cloud strategy with you, including solutions such as Cisco InterCloud and Intelligent Automation for Cloud. They also discuss in their keynotes the role of applications and our partner ecosystem.