This new Cisco Validated Designs for Cloud blog series will feature the latest CVDs released and published in this rapidly-evolving systems and technology area…. Before digging into some of these new CVD’s, I had a short conversation with Tom Nallen who leads the Cisco Validated Design program and Design Zone, the main repository for these on Cisco.com.
” I’ve heard about CVDs, what exactly are they?
Simply put, Cisco Validated Designs are recommended, lab-validated, end-to-end designs for next-generation IT systems. The foundation of this long-running systems validation program at Cisco is the Cisco Validated Design guide, or CVD, which provides lab-validated technical guidance to help achieve faster, more consistent and reliable technology deployments. While the customer requirements-driven CVD development process requires a substantial investment of system capital and engineering expertise by Cisco, CVDs are published on Cisco.com and available to all free of charge.
CVD’s are developed by many different business units across Cisco, focused on the five Cisco Priorities including: the Network Foundation (routing, switching, services plus security and mobility), Collaboration, Data Center/Virtualization and Cloud, and Video – all within a Technology Architecture linked to Business Architecture. Cisco Validated Designs play a key role here by incorporating a wide range of technologies, products and applications into a portfolio of proven solutions that have been developed to address the business needs of our customers. The complete portfolio of Cisco Validated Designs can be found on Design Zone on Cisco.com at www.cisco.com/go/designzone.
OK, so how are CVDs relevant to Data Centers and Cloud?