I had been looking forward to revisiting one of my favorite data center’s. We had done this first back in 2011 and that video continues to do pretty well.
We had a chance to go back this year and one of the first things I noticed when we returned…it was filling up. All the open floor space we shot the open for in 2011 was now filled and their were crews still pulling in fresh cable, racking new equipment and more. It was a busy place all night long. (Watch the full tour)
TechWiseTV Allen Data Center Cable Pull
One of the biggest reasons we returned was the growth in cloud services and the extensive use and build out of UCS of course, but now also ACI. The flexibility of this entire network relies upon the very use of technology that Cisco is developing. Its certainly on the mature side of course since this is one of Cisco’s primary production centers. As you would probably notice, its a beautiful, roomy layout that makes it desirable for touring. This is not common of course but it was built as a showcase for customers who want to see how things look when they all come together. The site is mirrored in Richardson, just a 20 minute drive South from this Allen location so that either site could take over and maintain operations for Cisco.
I am a big fan of all the physical facility innovation present here. These visual aspects would be appealing to a visual storyteller of course, but they also have not really changed since 2011. Read More »
Tags: ACI, allen data center, cisco intercloud, Cisco UCS, CITEIS, data center, InterCloud, TechWiseTV
In July 2014, Cisco IT turned on the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric for the first time in our San Jose engineering data center. Since then, we’ve been busy building out the ACI fabric in our U.S. production centers and beginning the process of migrating workloads. In phases, we’ll migrate our global infrastructure footprint to ACI within two years. Running on our internal cloud platform called Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services (CITEIS), ACI provides flexibility and elasticity across the data center that wasn’t possible before. So far the results have been better than even we expected. Read More »
Tags: ACI, Cisco IT, cisco on cisco, CITEIS, cloud, coc-data-center, data center
The faster internal applications can be developed and deployed, the sooner they will deliver benefits for the business. That’s an easy statement to understand, but not so easy to bring to reality. Read More »
Tags: application development, Cisco IT, cisco on cisco, CITEIS, cloud, coc-data-center, data center, DC, IT, it content, lae, paas, SaaS
Is your organization looking to build a cloud?
You’ll want to learn how Cisco’s John Manville leveraged an internal, private, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud to drive business value.
View John Manville’s Cloud Insights Video Podcast
John Manville is responsible for Cisco’s Global IT infrastructure – which includes the data centers, networks, platforms and more. Overall, John’s role is to implement Fast IT, which is really about being adaptable and responsive to business needs.
What technology helps drive this responsiveness and adaptability? “There are many solutions that can help, but if I had to sum it up in one word, that word is cloud” replied John .
Cisco uses internal cloud technology for several important business imperatives. Through the cloud, we are balancing internal IT workloads and providing our engineering team the tools needed for OS development. We are also using the internal cloud for external capabilities. For example, Cisco Smart Services uses our internal cloud to offer services to external customers.
Recently, John had the chance to participate in a new Cloud Insights Video Podcast to discuss the challenges his team faced prior to cloud implementation. Like most IT teams, they were challenged by speed of delivery of business capabilities, driving Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) down and completing maintenance on the underlying infrastructure with minimal impact on the business users or applications they need on a daily basis.
To offset these challenges, his team developed and deployed CITEIS (Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services), an internal, private, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud. CITEIS started off as a way to provision virtual machines, but the team quickly realized that it wasn’t enough so they added on more middleware and database capabilities . Now, it’s a rich service that John’s team offers to their clients.
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Tags: #CLUS, Cisco, Cisco Smart Services, CiscoCloud, ciscolive, CITEIS, cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Insights Video Podcast, Fast IT, infrastructure, ITaaS, John Manville, next-generation IT, podcast
Building our Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services (CITEIS) has been a journey of planning, development, and deployment. Cisco customers will find the steps we’ve taken helpful in looking at their own plans for offering IT private cloud services.
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Tags: Cisco IT, cisco it elastic infrastructure, cisco on cisco, cisco on cisco content, CITEIS, cloud, coc-data-center, content, data center, infrastructure, private cloud, virtualization