Cloud-based computing is being viewed by schools, colleges and universities as an increasingly attractive option for delivering education services more securely, reliably, and economically.
Cisco cloud customer, Electronic Testing Services (ETS), took part in a joint webcast to discuss the economic advantages of cloud computing. If you weren’t aware, ETS hosts the advanced placement exam for students. Their previous infrastructure saw low utilization rates due to once-per-year exams. By using Cisco cloud computing, ETS now sees revenues more closely matching expenses.
Universities are embracing cloud computing services models for research, student engagement, and cross-university collaboration but struggle to determine the best way to use these services given high security concerns. As a result, there has been a strong interest and investment in private cloud solutions and interest in community clouds specific to the higher education sector.
Forrester Consulting, on behalf of Cisco, recently investigated the degree of cloud adoption by 12 universities in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India, primarily around learning, collaboration, research and administration.
What cloud technologies are being used — private, public, hybrid, or community — and what drove Universities to cloud? What benefits did Universities receive from the cloud and the challenges they faced. Also, what were the IT leaders’ evaluation of the vendor(s) they used and the kind of services vendors could provide? Read More »
We are excited by the demand for Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition designed for pilot cloud deployments. Just Recently we announced the new version of our stack, Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) 3.1. The release of Cisco IAC 3.1 continues to demonstrate Cisco’s commitment to enterprise customers and service providers to successfully deploy and manage their private, public or hybrid cloud environments.
There are so many opportunities to build private, public, and hybrid clouds with our Cloud Portal, Process Orchestrator, Server Provisioner and Network Services Manager. Over a year ago we embarked on a journey to build cloud behaviors into our product through a concept we call Accelerator Packs which are XML files containing the service catalog, data model and orchestration workflows that snap into Cisco IAC Starter Edition or Cisco IAC 3.1. Accelerator packs extend Cisco IAC’s ability to manage multiple cloud environments such as Openstack, Amazon EC2 and VMware vCloud Director. Accelerator packs were designed to meet the needs of our differing customers: large service providers, or enterprises acting as a service provider, that desire completely custom behaviors, and other customers that are looking for pre-built and Cisco supported cloud-in-a-box solution.
Our platform is like the iPOD. When installed and turned on you have a blank slate, no music ships with that iPOD. Our automation packs are like the music and video files that upload and then your iPOD comes alive. With our 3.0 Starter Edition and the 3.1 release, we have productized many playlists for a starter and enterprise grade cloud. This means more than 70 pre-built portal services and over 150 orchestration workflows. But wait, there is one more thing: Cisco Advanced Services, Cisco partners and customers can build their specific content to extend the productized behaviors and content. It can be transportable from one instance of Intelligent Automation for Cloud to another for leverage and integration.
How do we encourage sharing between all the 100’s of folks building content for this platform?
Earlier this week, I was joined by Brian Cinque of Cisco IT, Rodrigo Flores and Yair Dolev of our Cloud & Systems Management Business Unit to run a Cloud workshop before the Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley. We had a very interesting group of attendees that were mostly building private clouds with some public cloud builders. We discussed a variety of topics such as:
To the Cloud and the Big Themes
Private Cloud Success: Cisco IT
What type of Cloud are you building (and for whom)?
Best practices of successful cloud builders
Panel: Storytelling about other successful clouds.
We had great demand for sharing the slide deck that we used so here it is. Enjoy.
Throughout the recent years we have seen an uptake in a new group of SMB’s – the “Progressive SMB,” organizations that are increasingly encroaching on the territory of their larger competitors. But what makes a SMB progressive?
Check out the infographic below to see what you can learn from progressive SMBs, including how they are going against the grain and investing heavily in technology to improve collaboration, productivity and long-term business bottom line results.
Do you consider yourself a progressive SMB? If so, we would love to hear how you are investing in IT to gain a competitive edge.