While cloud computing is based on a number of technology innovations, I’m going to write for the non-technical person who I think needs to understand this major shift. In the end, cloud computing will affect every business, every industry. I’ll start this blog by sharing a story.
A few years ago, I was in a meeting with six CIOs of one of the largest healthcare providers. I asked each a question as they introduced themselves: “What are you working on?”
The first CIO, Bill, replied, “I’m working on a strategy to move to cloud.”
Next, I asked Mary, “What do you do?” Mary also said she was working on a strategy to move the cloud.
We got through every one of them and every one of them had the same answer.
I asked, “So what does that mean, working on a strategy to move to the cloud?”
They collectively said, “We’re really not sure, but we’re working on it.”
I wasn’t actually there to talk to them about cloud computing, but I said, “Give me 10 to 15 minutes to help you think about what it might mean to move to the cloud.”
I’d like to share an abbreviated view of this discussion in this blog, beginning with reviewing my cloud-computing framework.
Read More »
Tags: CIO, cloud, Cloud Computing, move to the cloud, services
Today’s IT leaders want more from their data centers – and their technology partners. Customers want their technology partners to work together to deliver integrated solutions that enable business innovation. They can’t be limited by aging infrastructure and legacy platforms. With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 rapidly approaching, Cisco channel partners have an opportunity to help their customers migrate to a modern data center solution based on Cisco UCS and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. After this date, security updates will no longer be available and customers will be exposed to significant compliance and security risks. With millions of Windows 2003 servers still in production, channel partners have an opportunity to grow their UCS and Microsoft revenue with value added services including:
- Design and manage the migration of customer environments from Window Server 2003 to Widows Server 2012 and Cisco UCS
- Design and manage server consolidation projects
- Plan, build, and manage the transition to Microsoft Private Cloud on UCS integrated infrastructures
Read More »
Tags: channel partner, channel partner program, Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, data center, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Windows Server
Bill Kehoe, CIO for King County, is taking a new approach to IT and building a progressive government to benefit citizens
The Lineup: Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel
It’s no secret that tested and tried solutions will lead to a faster time to production, allowing you to stay at the forefront of innovation and, most importantly, stand out from the competition.
The latest in our series of deep-dive examinations, our Microsoft-focused edition of Unleashing IT shows you how three industry leaders are creating integrated solutions to achieve better business outcomes. Read More »
Tags: Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, data center, Microsoft, private cloud, Unleashing IT
Director of Cisco Canada’s Oil and Gas vertical business, Brad Bechtold
Brad Bechtold started a series of Oil and Gas discussions on our Cisco Canadian Blog which I know our readers would be interested in here.
As Director of Cisco Canada’s Oil and Gas vertical business, Brad starts by saying that for many in the Oil and Gas industry cloud computing might seem like a confusing IT buzzword with very little substance.
Trying to wade through the complexities of all its offshoots (public, private, on-premise cloud) without understanding the base concept probably just makes things worse.
So is this just technology for technology’s sake or are there some real benefits to cloud computing for Oil and Gas?
He goes on to describe that the term isn’t really so new after all, how history is actually repeating itself, and how a new paradigm, or business model, is being embraced in the oil and gas industry.
Read his part one here:
In the second part of the discussion, Brad goes on to explore why cloud computing will be adopted in the Oil and Gas sector and discuss its specific benefits to the industry.
Read his part two here: Read More »
Tags: brad bechtold, cloud, Cloud Computing
It’s a new year and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2015. Let pause to take one last look at 2014. For the teams from Cisco and Microsoft supporting our data center alliance, it was a very good year. We expanded our partnership, developed integrated solutions and aligned our field and partner teams to deliver even more customer value. We used our social and digital platforms to keep you informed and stay engaged. Here are some of the highlights.
An Expanded Partnership
After years of close collaboration, Cisco and Microsoft took our relationship to even greater heights with a new three year agreement. Jim McHugh, Cisco VP of UCS Marketing, blogged on how integrated solutions based on Cisco UCS, Nexus, and Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows Server 2012 R2, enable I.T. organizations to dramatically improve effectiveness and accelerate customers’ journeys to the cloud. Cisco VP of ISVs and Global Technology Partners, Denny Trevett’s blog focused on how Cisco and Microsoft aligned our channel programs to encourage solution delivery in a partner-to-partner model.
In June, Cisco UCS achieved the top rank in the Americas’ x86 Blade Server Market measured by revenue market share, according to IDC. Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, took the opportunity to share his thoughts on the joint innovation from Cisco and Microsoft that is helping to drive this market momentum. Listen in.
Integrated Solutions Read More »
Tags: Cloud Computing, data center, Microsoft, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, UCS