With “clouds” being the hot new term in IT, many high level executives are looking for ways to incorporate clouds into their enterprise environment. Sometimes, these decisions are rushed, and poorly designed solutions are thrown into place. These solutions almost always fail to gain traction within the corporation due to lackluster features, or they are just plain too hard to use. Cloud solutions in the corporate environment can be a very powerful tool that can extend to all parts of the company. It just needs the proper design and implementation to be successful. Remember, just how every corporation is different, so needs to be the cloud solution. Read More »
Here’s an amazing fact I heard the other day: global network traffic has grown 16-fold since 2005 – 16-fold! Largely due to the booming popularity of on-demand video, and the explosion of mobile computing including smart phones, tablets, and the Internet of Things, this juggernaut is not going to slow down anytime soon. Yet, no data center leader I know of has received anywhere near 16 times the budget or staffing levels to keep pace.
I meet frequently with IT executives. What they need the most to keep pace often comes down to one thing: agility. Agility allows them to meet the organization’s needs on demand. To scale, and to scale fast. And to create an IT environment designed to quickly adapt to new technology trends, increase efficiency, fuel innovation, unlock intelligence, and minimize risk.
At this year’s Cisco Partner Summit we announced Cisco Global Intercloud, and at Interop Las Vegas we’re adding new Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) possibilities, all to help you as an IT leader become more agile. As you move away from legacy systems, you need a strategy and a roadmap to transform your data center. You need to migrate toward a more resilient infrastructure centered on the network, and evolve it along with the needs of your applications.
Cost pressures, technology changes, and game-changers like cloud computing are forcing IT departments to learn how to deliver IT services differently. With Cisco ACI, we can help you increase the visibility, programmability, and automation of your physical and virtual networks from a centralized point of management, while helping to improve your financial and productivity metrics.
And, Cisco’s unique unified architecture for the data center redefines the economics of your IT operations, so you can spend more of your resources to deliver value to your business. With Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), we can dramatically simplify your IT operations to help increase business agility, and reduce CapEx and OpEx.
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In a previous blog post, I discussed some considerations organizations should keep in mind when selecting a cloud provider. After all, in today’s world of many clouds, organizations must have confidence in their decision – both from a technology and business perspective. This week Cisco announced plans to build a global Intercloud – a network of clouds – together with a set of partners.
Partners are an essential part of Cisco’s DNA. Only through the help of our partners can we provide customers with the world’s largest network of clouds. So far, over 200 Cisco cloud partners have already created 430 Cisco Powered services worldwide. With the addition of Cisco Cloud Services, together, we will have an unmatched portfolio of enterprise class offers.
Cisco is expanding the Cisco Powered program to include Cisco Cloud Services. Cisco will sell these new services through channel partners and directly to end customers. Partners who develop Cisco Powered services can extend their portfolio with unique Cisco technologies such as WebEx, Cisco Cloud Web Security and Meraki, as well as third party applications. This provides a significant opportunity to leverage the scale of a global Intercloud. In doing so, partners can tap into new revenue streams while improving profitability, and business relevance.
I knew we were on to something good when a customer told me “This is so easy, it’s CTO proof.”
Early in the business, I was talking to a front-line server admin who had found that Cisco UCS made server deployment so reliable, automated and simple that he was convinced even his CTO could pull it off without breaking anything. The enthusiasm was real, and infectious, and it changed the face of the data center market.
Thinking back five years to March of 2009, when Cisco introduced UCS, the economy was still spiraling into the worst recession of our lifetime. IT budgets were being slashed. Many wondered if it was the right time for Cisco to enter a new market with deeply entrenched competitors.
In the decade leading up to 2009, computing innovation had stalled. The incumbents still had tunnel vision on the power and cooling challenges that arose out of multi-core processing in the mid-2000’s. Innovation was essentially focused on mechanical packaging: blade servers for mainstream IT and “skinless” boxes for the hyperscale crowd. Overlooked was the real problem for the vast majority of customers: operational complexity. Remember that server virtualization was rapidly spreading in nearly every data center. Again, this was originally a response to a hardware problem: processor utilization; but as everyone recognized the operational benefits, virtualization was taking hold very fast. As was cloud. Combine all this with the disaggregation of data storage from the server, which had already moved out onto the network as NAS and SAN many years before, and you had a perfect storm of complexity threatening to outpace the capacity of many IT organizations. The individual technologies in the data center were not overwhelmingly complex but tying them all together, into a system where you could land and scale an application in a very secure and available way, became the all-consuming job of the customer. Collectively, the industry had failed. In 2009, more than ever, customers needed something to help them slash OPEX in the data center and free people up to face the challenges of the day. This was the innovation vacuum that UCS had been designed to fill.
Think of UCS as the Turducken of the data center: the sum is much, much greater (and tastier) than the parts. A lot of true innovation has gone into UCS in the areas of server I/O and in fundamental advancements to server management technology. The latter is especially critical, because what is often overlooked in virtualization and cloud discussions is the underlying issue of deploying, managing and scaling the physical infrastructure itself (details, details…) The advent of UCS completed the total abstraction and automation of hardware in crucial ways that hypervisor and cloud technology still can’t acheive on their own. API-controlled data center hardware is a foundational element of modern IT innovation, and UCS started it all. This may be Cisco’s greatest contribution to the industry and charted the course for Cisco ACI in the broader data center.
Cisco’s not stopping. In the intervening five years, new innovation opportunities have appeared. Most recently, the addition of flash systems to Unified Computing in the form of UCS Invicta, which opens up a whole new chapter for what customers will be able to achieve with the System. UCS Director is taking on a pivotal role for automation across Cisco solutions and the integrated infrastructures that we construct with our storage partners. The future is so bright, our partners need sunglasses.
The team has put together this interactive timeline that commemorates many of the milestones in the first five years of UCS. Looking back over it, I can only feel proud and humbled to be associated with the team here at Cisco, our technology and channel partners, and most importantly with our customers, who have clearly proven that UCS was (and is) the right solution at the right time.
Selecting the right cloud service provider for your company requires more than just browsing through prospective cloud vendors’ websites and reading about them online.
How do you decide which vendor to trust for the performance, reliability, and security you need?
Whether you are in the process of migrating to the cloud or a current cloud adopter, a recent Business 2 Community article provided the acronym, “PERFECTION” to remember 10 important technological and business considerations when choosing a cloud service provider.
Finding this perfect cloud service provider can seem like a daunting feat, right?
In this post, I’ll discuss how organizations can have confidence in their cloud vendor decisions. They need to be assured the technology powering their services leads the industry in performance and scalability. And most importantly, the vendor they choose should not only act as a cloud provider, but also as a cloud partner.
Here’s a deeper look at the top 10 considerations for selecting a cloud partner and how Cisco, through Cisco Powered, is able to help you with your cloud strategy.