Last week I attended the 2015 London Gartner Data Center conference.
Shadow IT – Addressing the Challenges with the Cisco Cloud Consumption Services
In my first blog (part 1) on this event, I covered some of my main learnings and observations, #1 .. #5:
- Bi-modal IT,
- Shadow IT (and how Cisco Cloud Consumption Services can help you here, SDN, and
- Software asset management,
Let’s now go on and discuss #6 … #10 … on topics from buzzwords, to SDx, and on to Scotch Whisky! Read More »
Tags: #CiscoACI, ACI, architecture, bimodal IT, cloud, Cloud Consumption, gartner data center conference, outage, SDN, SDx, software asset management, Software Defined Anything
Did you know it pays to optimize your cloud strategy? (Literally)
A recent IDC/Cisco report shows that key business indicators (top-line revenues, strategic IT budget allocations, greater IT asset flexibility) all increased with a better cloud strategy.
You see this in the results. On average, companies who optimized their cloud experienced:
- 4% increase in revenue growth
- 200% improvement in strategic allocation of IT budgets
- 99% faster time to provision IT services
- 77% IT cost reduction
On the flip side, the same report noted that only a whopping 75% of companies have only an opportunistic, ad-hoc, or no cloud strategy at all. None! So what are they waiting for?
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Tags: bob dimicco, CIO, Cloud Consumption, san francisco, Shadow IT
How crazy is this? We’ve found that large organizations on average use 172 compute, 157 marketing and sales and 62 finance services from the cloud. Some organizations use nearly double these amounts!
Simply put, as businesses groups control more IT spend and purchase more cloud services, cloud sprawl is skyrocketing. A large organization now uses on average 730 individual cloud services (including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS).
So what are the top cloud services categories?
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Tags: Cloud Consumption, Cloud Costs, Cloud Management, cloud risks, cloud security, Cloud Spend, Public Cloud
Cloud sprawl is a BIG challenge. Large companies use 730 individual cloud services – a number which has grown a staggering 21% in just six months. If you don’t know by now what your organization is using, you need to!
At Cisco Live US 2015, Haley Gallant of the Cisco Cloud Consumption practice did a masterful job demonstrating all the features of our Cloud Consumption software.
In just three minutes, you can learn how Cloud Consumption Services can help you discover and monitor your cloud service usage, identify cloud usage anomalies, and understand the risks of cloud.
Take a look and learn more about how Cloud Consumption can help you manage cloud sprawl!
Questions about the demo? Let me know on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Tags: Cisco cloud, Cisco Services, cloud, Cloud Consumption, Cloud Costs, Cloud Risk, security, Shadow IT
Senior Director, Advanced Services
How many cloud services do you think your enterprise uses? You’ll be surprised: businesses use ~10-15 X more cloud services – unknowingly. This is what we call ‘cloud sprawl,’ because there are too many cloud services in a given environment and not enough visibility or control for the business.
For organizations wanting to better understand their critical business data, this is especially challenging. First, discovering what cloud services are being used, and second, capturing & analyzing the intelligence from cloud services data can be tough. However, the good news is – Cisco can help with these challenges.
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Tags: business intelligence, Cisco Cloud Services, Cloud Consumption, Cloud Consumption Services, Cloud Management, data virtualization, Public Cloud