With all the of the changes happening with the Data Center, the IT department is constantly faced with the challenge of balancing “the new coolness” (Virtualization, 10Gb Ethernet, Cloud Computing, Unified <insert_technology_here>) and still being able to manage the daily operations of the business. Adding to the challenge is the changing architectures that these new technologies bring to the Data Center. Read More »
In the past, when talking with customers there would be a level of consistency between the CIO and the IT staff about priorities and needs. They needed to improve internal operations by deploying a new ERP system. They needed to improve workforce productivity by rolling out wireless access within the office and smartphones to their sales force. Business needs led to technology implementation.
But over the past year, those conversations have been changing. More and more, the CIO is looking to the IT department to drive new innovation for the business. In parallel, they realize that existing IT organizations have been built in silos to address previous business demands and this will need to change if they are expected to have cycles to drive innovation. Quite often, the CIO is asking how their company can begin to offer IT as a Service to the business, exploring the simplicity that is apparent with public or consumer Cloud Computing services. Read More »
Making it Easier to Deploy and Enhance Cloud Infrastructure
Open standards. Open ecosystem. Needs for higher bandwidth. Needs for greater levels of security. Faster application response times. Demand for new levels of flexibility in moving from legacy Data Center architectures to Cloud Computing models. At Cisco, we hear these demands from our customers and partners every day as we deliver solutions to help them drive greater productivity into their business.
But we realize that we can’t deliver innovative solutions to the market alone. Not only do we need to work with partners that create world-class technology, but we need partners that are committed to creating intelligent environments that drive participation from every part of the market.
Today Intel launched the Intel Cloud Builder program, part of it’s broader Cloud 2015 initiative. This multi-vendor initiative is committed to helping customers as they migrate to various forms of Cloud Computing. Intel Cloud Builder brings together industry leaders to drive new innovations, to educate customers about technology and trends, and to deliver solutions (via Reference Architectures) that can be deployed today.
Having just returned from VMWorld in Copenhagen, I stopped for a few minutes over a cup of hot tea to reflect on how dramatically the issues and priorities have changed from just a few years ago. From just a few years ago, the focus has changed from “getting to virtualization” to “managing virtualization”.
With each Data Center event I’ve participated in this year, I’ve heard the cry from CIOs and IT Leaders everywhere for help in simplifying the management of their increasingly complex, virtualized environments. IT systems management has emerged as the foremost area of concern (and top spending priority) among enterprise and mid-market businesses.
Increasingly, customers are asking for a single unified and integrated systems management solutions, that would simplify operations and provide agility. This is not surprising given that IT spend on server operations management (OpEx) now exceeds that of server purchases (CapEx). To compound the situation, rapid growth in virtual servers, has made this scenario even more complex.
My conversations with several impacted customers at VMWorld, Europe, yielded a consistent response; The solutions proffered by most incumbent server vendors were not meeting their needs. Most incumbent vendors add software management layers for every piece of component added to the server infrastructure. This has led to a house of cards situation, difficult to scale, sustain and make changes. Many customers have benefited from the Unified Management capability offered by the UCS platform and are looking for a similar unified management solution that would extend to full stack server provisioning and configuration automation
It’s one thing to hear about the latest data virtualization and cloud infrastructures, but to truly understand the way these technologies work, you have to see them in action. In the past, testing out the technologies required finding someone willing to give you a tour of their data center, or paying for your own dedicated test environment.
But that all changes today. Cisco distributor partner the Westcon Group has unveiled the first in a series of US-based “Centers of Excellence” so VARs can get hands-on training and an up-close look at solutions targeted at next-generation, virtualized data centers.
Called LEAP Centers (LEAP stands for Learn, Experience, Architect and Plan), these locations provide an opportunity to test-drive a broad range of leading data center.
We chatted with Westcon about these new LEAP centers, what they offer, and how partners can get involved.
What’s inside the LEAP Centers?
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