In my first job as a nurse manager every morning I was delivered a stack of interoffice envelopes. Some mornings now when I open my email and find 40 messages have come in overnight, I think wistfully of those simpler days. I could send a response and not hear about it again for at least a day. Now, I can’t even read the next message before the one I just answered is back in my inbox. And I still think whoever created mail groups must be the spawn of Satan for developing corporate sanctioned spam.
But I do love IM. It might be the single most impactful tool to influence productivity ever. I kept a tally one week and it saved me an average of 20 phone calls a day, or in real terms, 20 delays in getting my work done. My friend Bethany told me the other day her company doesn’t use IM. Are they nuts?! It is instant, focused collaboration without calling a meeting or picking up a phone. I can go to Webex Connect, our IM tool, and instantly contact anyone in the company. Well maybe not John Chambers, but anyone else. I will also know if this is not the time to interrupt them. I’d give up my dishwasher before I would give up IM.
But it never occurred to me until this morning how much of the change in how I work was because of the cloud. From the photos, music, Facebook, to email, IM and web conferences our day is comprised of many clouds. One of the great things about working at Cisco is the abundance of data. Global cloud traffic will increase 12-fold from 2010-2015. And data center traffic will equal 4.6 quadrillion emails by 2015. I think most of that is in my Inbox.
As cloud computing matures and hype becomes reality, uptake among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises is increasing. And although the cloud is still in its infancy, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) believes it is an appropriate time to ask: “How is the cloud value chain taking shape, and where are the battlefields I need to be concerned about?”
Few months ago, I blogged about getting the most from your current Data Center resources while customers evaluate options such as cloud for their business needs. We all understand that today’s business environment is characterized by rapid, unpredictable change. Some changes bring opportunities for your business, while others bring challenges and threats. But no matter what, your business has to be responsive and resilient —seamlessly taking advantage of opportunities while mitigating risks.
Your business depends on IT infrastructure (whether hosted in your own internal data center or in Cloud) and must be designed to maintain the continuity of your operations and secure data integrity in the event of an unexpected disruption. It also must help you comply with government regulations and integrate risk strategies to reduce costs while scaling rapidly and automatically as the marketplace changes.
An interesting new report has been issued by Forrester Research that provides a great deal of market research and insight into the challenges of the data center network supporting large-scale virtualization. The report provides a representative view about the types of obstacles organizations are facing and where they are making new investments, along with some recommended best practices. As usual, the application services infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges, i.e., how to replicate the layer 4-7 and security services that mission-critical applications require in a highly virtualized or hybrid cloud environment. While servers and networks have largely been virtualized, relying on physical firewalls or application controllers can undermine or limit the beneficial effects of virtualization.
Forrester starts by pointing out what benefits customers are looking for and where they see the greatest growth in virtualization going forward. Over the next four years, Forrester sees 500% growth in total virtual x86 workloads that will be hosted in private cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), where virtual servers are isolated between tenants, compared to 170% growth in private cloud pools in organizations’ own data centers. Forrester points out that overlooking virtual services can “negate private and public cloud investments”, however. 33% of their respondents indicated that they have difficulty integrating public services with internal virtual infrastructures, with 24% specifically citing “frustration with capability, agility and flexibility of traditional application delivery controllers (ADC)”. (see next table).
On June 19th, Cisco released WebEx Social which encapsulates Cisco’s ability to “Work Your Way” by letting the user have mobility, security, and flexibility which coincides with Cisco’s philosophy of work-life balance. -- WebEx Social
With the ability to be anywhere, anytime; our productivity could be limitless and it brings our technology into our modern World of “Go, Go, Go!” At the same time, how great would it be to be able to have that great cup of Joe served by our favorite Barista while hosting a WebEx about our Quarters projections! Or let’s take this another step into the realm of Government; how great would it be to have the mobility, security, and flexibility at the fingertips of those gathering necessary sensative information in order for the decision makers to make the best decision possible. This aspect of “Work your Way” is what the Military along with many other Government Agency’s are wanting to achieve.