If this is the post-PC era, I first encountered computers in the pre-PC era. I remember a field trip to a room of giant kitchen appliances that turned out to be full of information instead of groceries. Despite the lack of snacks, I was enamored with the punch cards they gave us as souvenirs. My dad was amused enough to bring home a whole stack of punch cards from his work — Hewlett-Packard’s Santa Clara manufacturing facility. (Another day he brought home a cat.)
Not long after, I met my first desktop computer when I started learning very basic BASIC programming on a Commodore PET with an external cassette tape drive. Ah, the nostalgia of summer school and CRT displays.
Apple managed to maintain a Macintosh beachhead, but it was definitely a sea of PC.
For the most part, it was much like Henry Ford’s infamous “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” At most companies it was the same story, you can select any of 14 options, but they’re all PCs. Want a Macintosh? Provide business justification and get VP approval. Today at Cisco, the PC vs. Mac choice comes down to personal preference.
In 1998, Oracle introduced “the concept of hosted applications to the Oracle market, allowing customers to rent access to software hosted on Oracle computers and access those systems via a Web browser.” As eager as Larry Ellison might have been to displace the dreaded Microsoft and PCs with lightweight terminals, the rest of the planet wasn’t quite there yet. Hosted software? Internet storage? Thin clients? Web access? Huh, sounds a lot like cloud.
Fast forward and today we’re in the post-PC era.
Android and Apple iOS have made even quicker, more vigorous operating system inroads than DOS did, thanks in large part to devices and applications.
Smartphones and tablets have outplaced desktop and notebook PCs in global unit shipments since the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Morgan Stanley Research data.
PC manufacturers need to adjust more quickly than most seem to be doing to survive. Says ZDNet’s Jason Perlow, “To put it bluntly, the Post-PC world represents a displacement of computing from the traditional, 30 year-old Intel architecture used on desktop to the Datacenter and the Cloud.” We no longer need the same processing power and storage for the things we do on a daily basis. We have web applications, we have clouds, we have mobile devices.
Today is about mobility, smartphones, tablets, and clouds — ideas impossible to picture on my first field trip to HP. Operating systems, bits, bytes, and cumulus accumulations of data aside, the biggest difference is in how we use our devices of choice today. Emphasis on choice.
“Within ten years, the majority of business professionals will be using extremely inexpensive thin notebooks, tablets and thin clients (sub $500) which will utilize any number of software technologies that run within the browser or will use next-generation Web-based APIs and Web Services … to provide line-of-business application functionality.”--Jason Perlow
Key elements include all-IPv6 streamlined routing architecture; fully converged IP and optical layers with 100G coherent technology; integrated cloud service centers, enabling virtualized network services and applications for rapid service innovation; programmatic interfaces aligned with the software-defined networking architecture for real-time automation and OSS; and customer self-service management capabilities.
Cisco has delivered the following technologies in this landmark deployment:
Over the past year, Cisco has been increasingly vocal and active around open source solutions .
One of my favorite blogger, Omar Sultan , spent a lot of time writing on the subject , starting with OpenStack (ie blog :OpenStack cisco ONE and you) - You may want to check all his blogs here
Cisco also has a blog dedicated to this topic “Open at Cisco”
Last June Cisco Shashi Kiran announced the Cisco ONE(Open Networking Environment) on Cisco blog, and last week at Gartner DC , both David Yen , SVP & GM Data Center Group , and John Manville SVP Cisco IT Global Infrastructure talk about what Cisco ONE means in terms of solutions and IT platform for us and our customers .
Lew Tucker ,Cisco VP , Chief Technology Officer for Cloud Computing and Vice Chairman OpenStack foundation is obviously one of the force behind the evolution of the data center . Actually Lew was recently recognized as one of the top ten pioneers in the cloud computing emergence by InformationWeek .
Watch Lew Tucker talking about innovation and open source in this short video
On December 11 webcast , Shashi Kiran will moderate a conversation between Lew Tucker and Raj Patel
Lew Tucker, Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, will provide an overview of OpenStack, its origins, benefits, and why Cisco is involved in this community effort.
Raj Patel, Vice President, Cloud Services at Cisco, will discuss the strategic decision—and results to date—of choosing OpenStack as the cloud platform for Cisco WebEx, the market-leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaboration solutions.
Topics to be covered include:
An introduction to OpenStack, and highlights of the latest release of OpenStack (Folsom), including self-service provisioning in multi-tenant networks
The role of open network programmability in achieving the full potential of the cloud
The benefits that customers can expect from OpenStack as part of their cloud initiatives
How WebEx architects significantly accelerated new product releases with OpenStack, and improved both operational efficiency and infrastructure resiliency
The status of OpenStack standardization and the growing OpenStack development community
How OpenStack relates to Cisco’s Open Network Environment (or Cisco ONE), the OpenStack Quantum project, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and OpenFlow
How Cisco is enabling customers to take an evolutionary approach to OpenStack
As expected a lot of talks, sessions and interest this year about the reality of the cloud deployment and hybrid cloud at Gartner DC Las Vegas.
Cisco is now perceived as a very credible player in cloud – In fact a quick electronic poll from the audience during one of the key notes speechs ranked Cisco as the number 2 amongst the vendors.
As a proof point of Cisco influence in the cloud computing evolution, both David Yen , Cisco SVP & GM Data Center Group, and John Manville Cisco SVP , Global Infrastructure for IT, presented Cisco vision and achievement in terms of infrastructure and foundation for cloud : Network programmability , and convergence infrastructure are at the core of the efforts driven by these Cisco executives and solution teams to deliver robust infrastructures for both our customers and Cisco IT organization.
If you are interested to know more about these sessions, stay tuned. I will post in the following days on this same blog the slide decks from David and John ,as well as two short and very interesting videos that I did these days:
-One one hand a short dialog between Giuliano Di Vitantonio, Cisco VP Marketing Data Center and Cloud, and David Yen.
Along the same lines , I also invited a panel of bloggers and tweeps , who attend Gartner DC to share with us their reaction to these presentations and their view on the current challenges faced by the IT organizations.
At the Gartner DC conference in Las Vegas, Cisco SVP and General Manager Data Center Group David Yen delivered a key note speech yesterday highlighting the importance of a convergence infrastructure (starting with UCS) for the deployment of cloud. (I will have very soon the opportunity to share more about David Yen’s presentation -- Stay tuned)
As Cisco Jim McHugh, VP Unified Computing Systems Marketing, stated recently “Without doubt, one of the great appeals of cloud computing is its near limitless potential. The industry has painted a world of clouds that are elastic and adaptable, ready to respond to just about any business need in the future. Although each organization’s path to building clouds is (and should be) unique, not all paths will deliver on the full potential of the cloud.”
And Forrester James Staten, Vice-President , Principal Analyst, Forrester research , Inc., one of our webcast panelists on December 6, wrote :
“Since cloud became a household word, vendors and enterprises alike have jumped to declare victory on cloud with services and infrastructure implementations that really don’t deliver cloud value but have the same foundation: something we call “cloudwashing.” This is a dangerous gambit as you claim legitimacy but don’t activate the same economics, deliver the autonomy that cloud services offer to your internal users, and aren’t standardized or automated enough to deliver
transformative agility. In other words, you claim cloud but are achieving only incrementally better value”
So here are 5 questions that you may want to address on your journey to the cloud
What is the role of open infrastructure programmability in achieving the full potential of the cloud ? How the right foundation can help your cloud for true elasticity and scalability ? What are the architectural decisions that can affect future speed of service delivery ? Why clouds require extensive automation down to the physical layer? What are the infrastructure capabilities that support resource distribution with complete transparency and simplicity?
On December 6 at 9:00 am PST , Cisco Jim Mchugh and Forrester James Staten as well as
Jeff Hanson, IT Engineering Lead, Fico Corporation
Rick Schlander , IT Engineering Lead, Fico Corporation
Tom Force, MPS technology Delivery Officer, Xerox Corporation
and Satinder Sethi, VP Data Center Solutions, Cisco
will debate these questions during an unique webcast . (registration here)