This week we are celebrating with more than 25,000 attendees at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and many more viewers on line the 25th anniversary of Cisco Live and it’s an exciting time for Cisco and our partners! As John Chambers described it so eloquently in his Monday keynotes, customers are embracing the opportunities around the Internet of Everything and are looking for us to help them realize the benefits and manage the transition. And cloud deployment is certainly a critical component of this new IT world.
Cisco is Moving Fast with ourPartners to deliver on the Promise of an Intercloud
Read Robert Lloyd bio.
Rob Lloyd President, Development and Salesintends to demonstrate in his keynotes how fast Cisco has been able to move by driving a partner-centric Cloud strategy.
You can watch on line Rob’s keynote for a deeper dive into what is happening both at Cisco and with our customers as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Find out what Cisco is doing today, what we’re planning in the future, and what others are doing to tap into the power of the Internet of Everything.
Edison Peres, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels at Cisco.
A partner-centric approach differentiates Cisco and our partners
Innovation is required to meet the rapidly changing business requirements for cloud, mobile and the Internet of Everything. With that, new Intercloud reference architectures are being added to the Cloud and Managed Service Program for partners who deliver Cisco Powered services.
Aligning Your Strategy and Business for Cloud Success
Dr. Gee Rittenhouse and Faiyaz Shahpurwala
This afternoon , Cisco executives Dr. Gee Rittenhouse –CDO and Faiyaz Shahpurwala -- Senior Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services share our hybrid cloud strategy with you, including solutions such as Cisco InterCloud and Intelligent Automation for Cloud. They also discuss in their keynotes the role of applications and our partner ecosystem.
Are you ready to rumble? Do you want to learn more about how to prepare for growing cloud workloads, how to evolve your IT department to harness the true potential of the cloud, and how to develop a more strategic approach to IT operations and service management? Be sure to check out what’s happening at CiscoLive in San Francisco and on line!
Can’t make it in person – not a problem, you can tune in online as well as access on demand sessions at your convenience.
From this page, you can find all the sessions and have the ability to register, add to your calendar, and view online.
We have 9 exciting keynotes that you won’t want to miss. Some of the main keynotes and cloud specific sessions include:
Join Cisco’s technology and business leadership for a deeper dive into what is happening both at Cisco and with our customers as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Find out what Cisco is doing today, what we’re planning in the future, and what others are doing to tap into the power of the Internet of Everything.
This session will provide use cases and insights to answer the following questions:
How do you evolve your strategy at the right time with the right model?
Which cloud is right for which workload?
What is “fact or fiction” amid all of the cloud discussions and options?
Is your strategy aligning you for success?
Are your investments today setting you up for future success?
It will also highlight the latest products and solutions you need to maximize your company’s cloud experience. Cisco executives Dr. Gee Rittenhouse –CDO and Faiyaz Shahpurwala -- Senior Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services will share our hybrid cloud strategy with you, including solutions such as Cisco InterCloud and Intelligent Automation for Cloud. They’ll also discuss the role of applications and our partner ecosystem.
The insightful day will focus on opportunities and challenges that can be addressed with cloud.
If you area partner , you may want to reserve your seat . The all-day program is a comprehensive track for organizations adopting cloud and providing cloud services. You’ll not only learn from Cisco cloud leaders, but you’ll also hear from other industry leaders who are successfully taking advantage of the cloud with Cisco solutions. The “Cisco Powered Cloud Day: The Rise of the Intercloud” full agenda can be found here.
Cisco Liveis Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. You’ll want to be a part of the largest gathering of Ciscocustomers, experts, and partners anywhere in the world, May 18-22 in San Francisco. Join us for more than 600 sessions, 9 amazing keynotes, more than 200 of Cisco’s top partners, and a customer appreciation event you’ll never forget!
There is no disputing that both enterprises and service providers are embracing cloud. What’s different today is that not only are telcos cloud providers, but enterprises and governments are also becoming cloud providers through a community cloud model.
A community cloud model is a collaborative effort where infrastructure is shared and jointly accessed by several organizations from a specific group that share specific computing concerns such as, security, compliance or jurisdiction considerations. The community cloud can be either on-premises or off-premises, and can be governed by the participating organizations or by a third-party managed service provider.
A community cloud model helps offset common challenges across universities, government agencies and enterprises,such as cost pressures, technology complexity, and spending requirements, security concerns and a lack of sector specific services from service providers.
I recently had the chance to participate in a new Cloud Insights Video Podcast to discuss how CIOs can transform their enterprise IT delivery models and how Cisco is supporting service providers in developing their cloud execution strategies.
User Organizations Are Becoming Cloud Vendors
CIOs have recognized that greater business outcomes can be delivered for their customers by working together to resolve common challenges and realize common opportunities. It’s also becoming clear to them that using a community cloud model for cloud services is an innovative way to help deliver on these outcomes.
As we’ve worked with CIOs in governments and universities across various geographies, , we have focused on building a shared understanding of what can be achieved by moving common services, which are not seen as differentiated to the business, into a community cloud model. For example, all universities offer human resources as a service, and student enrollment services and financial aid services are not considered differentiated. So why not have it as a shared community service that reduces cost outlay and redirects the savings to innovative learning experiences for students?
What is Next-Gen Workload Mobility for the Private Cloud?
Enterprises across the globe have been asking for simpler ways to provide multi-site Business Continuity and Workload Mobility for applications hosted in their Private Cloud. The Cloud promises a more agile operational environment and that promise has been fulfilled to a large extent within their data centers. But many Enterprises are challenged to unlock this same agility across multi-site Cloud topologies. For example, Enterprise CTOs and CIOs have asked us directly to provide simplified Workload Mobility of critical apps between sites to give their operations teams more flexibility.
Many competitive solutions offer basic VM mobility between sites and storage replication, but do not address the rest of the application environment including: security, stateful services, network containers, tenancy, and most importantly both physical and virtual resources.
What good does it do to move a VM to a new site if the rest of the application environment is left behind causing a potential security hole?
How to move a LIVE 3-tier app like Microsoft SharePoint to a new site (without impacting users)
As we all know, business critical applications require a robust service environment to operate securely across the cloud. In our example below, the application environment provides firewall and load balancing services for each tier of the SharePoint application; web, app, and database tiers. These services are stitched together using a secure Network Container that carve out a slice of resources across the data center for SharePoint. Most Enterprises and SPs use a mix of physical and virtual resources including firewalls, load balancers, VPN termination, IDS, and network switching. Many of these services create stateful connections to users, so….
If you perform a live migration of SharePoint to a new site, stateful connections to firewalls and load balancers need to be preserved to maintain security and TCP connections to active users.
Broken user connections = Service disruption (that’s not good)
You must also provide identical security and services for new SharePoint users even though the application has moved to a new site.
Broken Network Services = Potential Security hole (that’s even worse)
How does Next-Gen Workload Mobility actually work?
Let’s share some test results from our new Business Continuity and Workload Mobility Solutionto illustrate how we performed live SharePoint migrations to a new site (75 km away) while maintaining security, stateful services, and user connections. Oh yes, automatically without manual intervention.
Baseline topology for Microsoft SharePoint deployed in our Private Cloud
We first deployed the SharePoint Web, App, and Database tiers in a secure network container in Data Center 1 using service orchestration, simple and easy. Refer to the figure below for a topology picture.
SharePoint Web Tier is in a Public Zone, and uses a virtual firewall (VSG) and Citrix load balancer
SharePoint App Tier and Database Tier (SQL) are in a Protected Zone and use an ASA Firewall and Citrix load balancer
Our validated design provides LAN extensions, extended clusters, secure network containers, virtual switching, and storage replication between Metro sites
SharePoint is up and running in Data Center 1, supporting hundreds of users with secure connections. Now let’s move SharePoint to a new site without the users knowing it.
Step 1: Perform Live SharePoint Migration to Data Center 2….while maintaining secure user connections!
We performed a Live vMotion of SharePoint (Web, App, Database) to new hosts in Data Center 2, described in the figure below. Data Center 2 is 75 km away. Our SharePoint migration had minimal disruption (2 seconds or less) and maintained security, stateful services, and all user connections across our multi-site Cloud. Pretty sweet! A few highlights from our validated design are provided below.
Our virtual switch (Nexus 1000v), virtual firewall (VSG), and UCS automatically updated Port and Security Profiles at the new site, so our virtual switching and application firewalls were preserved without lifting a finger.
Layer 2 Extensions permit tromboning back to Data Center 1 to maintain connections to physical appliances (stateful firewalls and load balancers), also without manual intervention.
Our Network Container was automatically extended between Metro sites, maintaining security, tenancy, QoS, IP addressing, and user connections. SharePoint was discovered on the new host in Data Center 2 within seconds, using this extended Network Container.
Now let’s move the rest of the network container to Data Center 2 in less than one second!
Step 2: Redirect users to a new Network Container in Data Center 2….in less than 1 second!
With the aid of service orchestration, we simply created a new network container in Data Center 2. This new container included the same configuration, connections, and services (firewalls, load balancers) as the original container in Data Center 1. Once created, we simply redirected external users to the SharePoint application running in Data Center 2, as described below. The redirection of users happened in less than one second, pretty amazing. A simple routing update delivered through service orchestration performed the redirection. In this step, user connections were broken and new connections were re-established to the already running SharePoint application in less than one second! A few highlights from our validated design are provided below.
Layer 2 Extensions allowed the preservation of IP Addressing for Apps and Services during migration. There is no need to “re-IP” your applications just because they’ve moved to a different city.
The complete Network Container including physical and virtual resources was moved with minimal disruption (sub-second) to users
Our Multi-site Cloud solution supports a typical application environment, including both physical and virtual resources, with scaling for large and small private clouds
We also support Cold workload moves of less critical workloads that don’t require these stringent stateful requirements.
For More Info:
We encourage you to follow my blog series and check out our new business continuity and workload mobility solution (VMDC DCI), which describes key business drivers, Cisco DCI innovations, and validated designs that our customers are deploying in their private clouds.
Deploy with confidence! (and sleep better knowing your Cloud is more reliable and secure)
CVD Design Guide -- Cisco Business Continuity and Workload Mobility solution (VMDC DCI )
Solution Overview -- Cisco Business Continuity and Workload Mobility solution (VMDC DCI)
BrightTalk Session -- VMDC DCI for Business Continuity and Workload Mobility in the Private Cloud (webcast)
In today’s business landscape, cloud adoption and deployment is more than just a technical discussion. It’s really a choice about how to operate your business, regardless of what industry or vertical your organization is affiliated with.
However, as a former CIO, I understand that many CIOs are more concerned with the challenges they face when moving to the cloud than the benefits they can achieve.
For example, in the past, all of your company information and applications were locked-up behind a firewall. As such, none of your customers or remote employees could gain access to your network. Now, through clouds, you can put your business out in the world – where your customers, employees, partners and more can gain access. It’s truly making business more accessible, in an incredibly flexible way – but it can be a daunting process.
Recently, I had the chance to participate in a new Cloud Insights Video Podcast and share how all verticals face similar challenges when it comes to cloud. It probably comes as no surprise that the key areas of concern are security and privacy.
Security and privacy are very real challenges, and it’s the CIOs job to address them, but he/she doesn’t have to go at it alone. Businesses should look for a cloud service provider to become a trusted business partner. When a business is looking for a cloud service provider to host its application or data, the main questions that arise are:
How are we going to ensure security?
How will I maintain control over the data and applications that I put in the cloud?
How do I maintain visibility?
When these questions about control and visibility are answered, it inevitably leads to trust. And when a CIO feels there is a level of trust for information and application security within the cloud, it ripples down through the organization, ultimately empowering customer relationships.
It’s transformational when a CEO can say to customers, “We do have that level of control and visibility and you can look to us to take care of your information.”
As organizations in various verticals look to move past security concerns, CIOs need to find a partner they trust and start a conversation, they may be surprised at how quickly some of their concerns can be mitigated.
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Cisco Solutions for Open and Secure Intercloud Workload Migration. Join our webcast to learn how the Cisco InterCloud solution helps ensure the same network security, quality of service (QoS), and access control policies previously enforced in the data center are implemented in the public cloud. The webcast is available on demand.