Cloud platforms are an increasingly viable option for a growing set of enterprise and service provider workloads. A recent IDC report estimated that private cloud software, including hosted private cloud, represented 62% of IT spending in 2012.
Cisco is a unique cloud provider because it delivers solutions for the two critical management bookends for your journey to the cloud. The first bookend, Cisco UCS Director, automates converged and multi-vendor infrastructure, and I’ve written a lot about that. Today I’m focusing on the second bookend that completes the journey, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC).
Cisco IAC delivers all the critical elements required to deliver speed, flexibility and the competitive innovation promised by cloud-based deployments. These include:
• A self-service portal and standardized menu of services
• Service delivery automation
• Operational process automation
• Resource management automation
• Service life cycle automation
There are a lot of value statements about cloud but they all center on these basic propositions:
1) Cloud delivers simple, abstracted environments that are presented to end users for consumption on-demand. The business experiences faster and easier development and deployment of new applications or services.
2) Cloud allows organizations to focus on what makes them different and effective rather than on mundane tasks that do not add value to the business.
So, does cloud do this? Here are two customer stories that answer this question with real evidence.
ASE-IT is a service provider that was founded in 2001 and has used cloud automation to gain a competitive advantage and grow to one of the top 10 service providers in Australia.
Aurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for both the private and public sector. Faced with a rapidly expanding business and a data center that had reached the end of its life, Aurecon utilized cloud automation to get closer to their stakeholders and develop new innovative services.
By deploying Cisco IAC, both companies reported the ability to:
• Accommodate rapid business growth without adding additional IT staff
• Standardize their IT environments providing the ability to grow the size, scope and
scale of services delivered to their customers
• Increase their customer base and global presence as a result of the nimbleness and agility of their IT environments
• Increase collaboration among development and IT teams resulting in new automation use cases to drive even greater innovation
In order to have visibility into your cloud and manage it properly to achieve your business goals, you need a bookend solution like Cisco IAC. Otherwise, cloud control can and will drift, and your organization will feel the impact as goals become harder to reach.
To learn more about Cisco IAC, you can watch this video or visit the Cisco IAC website.
Tags: automation, Chef, cisco IAC, cloud, Cloud Management, cloud portal, Puppet, self-service, TOSCA
By Neeraj Kumar and Kevin Suh, Cisco Consulting Services
The small and medium sized-business (SMB) commercial-services market is important for all types of service providers (SPs). SMBs account for more than half of total U.S. commercial-services spending, according to AMR Research/Gartner. And, the portion of the U.S. SMB commercial-services market that service providers could capture is expected to grow to more than $200 billion by 2015, according to analysis by Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) and industry research analysts.
To capture this opportunity, service providers need a deeper understanding of who the SMB customers are and what they buy, as well as how they purchase these commercial services. To better understand SMBs’ detailed service delivery needs and expectations, Cisco Consulting Services (CCS), surveyed 761 U.S. SMBs with five to 1,000 employees in 2012. The study revealed that although this is a big and complex market, there are specific opportunities for SPs in cloud and advanced services.
Complex, Diverse Market, with Varying Expectations
The SMB market is complex — spanning Read More »
Tags: advanced services, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, cloud, commercial services, managed services, Service Provider, small and medium-size business, smb, SP
Since around the turn of the year, specific to each region of the world, we in Cisco Services have established magazines (available in both printed and online formats) to bring you help and guidance on the challenges and opportunities of new technology adoption, evolution and maintenance, across all areas of Cisco technology. If you’ve read my blogs on Data Center and Cloud adoption challenges, you’ll know that such opportunities and challenges are my passion, so I personally find these new magazines, and their perspectives from a range of Cisco writers including senior executives, very interesting.
Cisco Services Magazines
In line with the way our customers’ challenges vary across the world, we produce different magazines for:
- The Americas - “Services Perspectives” -- Register and read here for Services Perspectives.
- Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC) -- “Services Discovery” -- Register and read here for Services Discovery.
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) -- “Services Dynamics” -- Register and read here for Services Dynamics.
In each case, you can eother subscribe online, request a printed copy, or do both!
In the Services Discovery Issue 1, there are excellent articles on migrating legacy RISC applications to Cisco UCS, and “Are You Thinking Cloud” -- both areas Cisco can help you with. One of our Chinese financial customers, Bank of Chengdu, is featured on how they improved efficiency via data center improvements.
In the Americas “Services Perspective” Magazine, the recent article on “The Hidden Hazards within Private Clouds” was particularly interesting, including coverage on Cisco Domain TenSM which I have blogged on extensively on this year. Another excellent topic was “The Business and Technology Case for Infrastructure Modernization” describing the challenges and solutions to UNIX to Cisco UCS application migration.
And in the EMEAR Services Dynamics magazine, we also discussed Cisco Domain Ten, Cisco Services framework for data center and cloud transformation.
As I say above, these are not simply magazines for data center and cloud, I’ve simply highlighted a few articles above that most relevant to my interests and this subject of this particular Cisco Data Center blog. So whatever your interests and location, we have well designed and insightful magazines for you! And we hope you enjoy and learn from them!
Tags: architecture, Cisco Domain Ten, cisco_services, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, Smart Care, UCS, unified computing
Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off The Top
On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Cisco announced an agreement to acquire Sourcefire. The agreement means Cisco and Sourcefire, a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, will combine their world-class products, technologies and research teams to provide advanced threat protection across the entire attack continuum.
Check out the press release from Tuesday and read Cisco SVP of the Security and Government Group Chris Young’s blog post for full details.
Impact of Cloud Consumption Models
In Edison Peres’ latest blog, he showed you the “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” study. This study was created in collaboration with Cisco Consulting Services and Intel.
We already know that a large amount of IT spending is devoted to cloud and that number is only expected to increase during the next several years. Let Edison’s blog guide you through the resources that help you prepare your business for the cloud opportunity and plan your IT spending accordingly. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cisco partner weekly rewind, cloud, edison peres, partner, Sourcefire
Cloud is already here—and thriving. Today, twenty-three percent of total IT spending is devoted to cloud, and the increase in cloud’s share of IT spending is expected to increase by 17 percent over the next three years. Yet as we transition into the next phase of IT evolution, Cisco and its partners will need to know how to adapt and seize opportunities in a rapidly changing ecosystem.
In our most recent “Winning in the Cloud” partner webcast, we discussed a groundbreaking new study, “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models.” That study, conducted in collaboration between Cisco® Consulting Services (CCS) and Intel®, explores the forces transforming IT organizations, and determines just what skills our IT leaders and service providers will need to succeed.
The study is based on customer-focused surveys of more than 4,000 IT decision makers, from enterprise and midsized companies, spanning 18 industries and nine key economies in developed and emerging markets alike. It presents a detailed analysis of what IT organizations of the future will look like — and what their leaders need to do today to ensure their future success.
Some of the report’s key findings include: Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cloud, partner, playbook, study, webcast