You may have heard of the Cisco® Global Cloud Index. From our predictions, the cloud’s future is both promising and daunting. With the forecast calculating cloud traffic to increase sixfold by 2016, you have to wonder if the Cloud is ready to take on the load.
Cisco thinks so. We are pleased to introduce the latest edition of Unleashing IT, the technology-focused business resource for data center best practices. Unleashing IT showcases the latest technology trends, while experts demonstrate how the path to the cloud is being cleared, and how virtualization is transforming the data center while strengthening businesses.
With a unified architecture and unparalleled infrastructure, companies are bridging the gap between IT and business. Liberty University’s enrollment soars thanks to a consolidated IT infrastructure. Republic Services, a nationwide waste company, provides local-level satisfaction on a budget. From managing Big Data to the possibilities in healthcare through collaboration and centralization, IT plays a prominent role in the workplace.
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Cloud computing is part of the journey to deliver IT as a Service which enables IT to change from a cost center to a business strategic partner. Forrester Research recently published a report that concluded, “Cloud computing is ready for the enterprise… but many enterprises aren’t ready for the cloud.”1 Yet Cloud deployments are happening – and I mean all types of Clouds – Private, Public and Hybrid. In other words, we have entered the World of Many Clouds.
Network touches everything and is a key building block for agile and scalable virtualized and Cloud-based data centers. Yesterday, I have introduced our new Nexus 6000 series and new 40 GE extensions to Nexus 5500 and 2000 Series. Today, I would like to introduce the very first services module for the Nexus 7000 Series.
ReadyCloud Collaboration will bring together Cisco’s international strength and Gen-i’s proven local knowledge, coverage and infrastructure to deliver a flexible, highly secure and cost effective hosted collaboration service to New Zealand businesses.
As we start the year, Cisco’s CTO for Australia & New Zealand, Kevin Bloch, shares his thoughts on the trends that are going to shape the networking industry in 2013.
1. “Mobile .. for business” – New directly connected customer channel
Organisations will make significant investments to directly connect and interact with external and internal customers via their mobile devices, as nearly everyone has at least one.
2. “Cloud .. for business” – Big hit on ICT industry
Organisations ‘get’ cloud in 2013 and reorganise (transform) around “as-a-service”. As this happens, IT becomes an operational expense and risk shifts to the provider. This will be a journey and ‘hybrid clouds’ will dominate in 2013. Everyone in the ICT industry will need to adjust.
3. “Analytics .. for (big) business” -- Big Data gets bigger
Businesses actually don’t want IT -- they want to achieve their business goals! However, in order to do so, they need to be able to make fast, smart decisions. The data is available (actually exploding, particularly from smart mobile devices) and technology is now able to make that data useful (“data is the new oil”).
4. “Security .. for business” – IT’s risky
With increased mobile adoption, proliferation of intelligent devices, connectivity and clouds, organisations will increase attention on the means to address vulnerability and business risk. Attacks will focus on the most popular clients – mobile Android devices.
5. “Video .. for business” – More places to see
Video is increasingly permeating business. As mobile devices now exceed desktops, video becomes more accessible, from more places, from more devices.
The evolution of the applications environment is creating new demands on IT and in the data center. Broad adoption of scale-out application architectures (i.e. big data), workload virtualization and cloud deployments are demanding greater scalability across the fabric. The increase in east/west (i.e. server-to-server) traffic along with the higher adoption of 10GbE in the server access layer is driving higher bandwidth requirements in the upstream links.
Following up on the introduction of 40GE/100GE on the Nexus 7000 Series, today we unveil the new Nexus 6000 Series, expanding Cisco’s Unified Fabric data center switching portfolio in order to provide greater deployment flexibility through higher density and scalability in an energy efficient form factor.
The Cisco Nexus 6000 Series is industry’s highest density full-featured Layer 2 / Layer 3 40 Gigabit data center fixed switch with Ethernet and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) – an industry first!In addition to high scalability, Nexus 6000 Series offers operational efficiency, superior visibility and agility.
Some say “Nexus 6000 Series is a red carpet platform that will turn heads”. We agree! It’s because of …