Cities around the world are facing some big and complicated problems, with few easy answers at the ready. Rising energy costs, environmental concerns, and new government initiatives have inspired a focus on sustainable IT operations. But how can cities be expected to solve these crises, while also improving citizen services and ensuring future economic success?
Advanced information and communications technology (ICT) is a great answer, but this is easier said than done. Cities frequently face logistical hurdles on the road to becoming Smart Cities. I believe the key is creating a more effective “connected transformation,” harnessing the power of cloud computing for cost reduction and the delivery of vital services.
We’ve seen this in the enterprise sector: An intelligent IP-enabled information network provides a single, multiservice infrastructure to support productivity and cost initiatives—all achieved remotely, via cloud management. Government agencies are beginning to follow this lead. The public sector, for example, is finding new ways to measure such things as power consumption, thereby controlling energy output, reducing costs, and increasing operational efficiency. For government as well, the cloud is becoming an important tool for achieving greater sustainability.
Overall, the cloud is helping to create more effective city management, and it enables the network to become:
- Observable. Cities can monitor systems, power flows, and equipment, with no physical or location constraints.
- Controllable. Providing remote two-way communications and data between stations, systems, and equipment will maintain effective operations.
- Automated. Hands-off processes allow for greater cost efficiency.
- Secure. Layers of defense throughout a cloud grid will assure service reliability, prevent outages, and protect citizens.
The result is an intelligent, integrated cloud infrastructure that is pivotal to a Smart City’s evolution. Some amazing technology advances are making it possible for complex systems to be managed—and self-managed—remotely and efficiently. A flood of recently published case studies show how, in practical terms, high connectivity is essential to a new future for buildings and cities, and to the urban economy as a whole.
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Tags: Cisco, city systems, City24x7, cloud, Cloud Management, connectivity, government, IBSG, infrastructure, Intelligent Network, Smart City
By Uwe Lambrette, Director, IBSG Service Provider
Cloud adoption is accelerating at an impressive pace. To gain a deeper understanding of the current rate of change, and the dynamics of cloud’s evolution, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) engaged with wide-ranging groups of IT executives and decision makers—first in 2010, and then again in 2012. Our in-depth interviews focused on five industry verticals: government, manufacturing, financial services, professional services, and retail.
In our interviews, we encountered many examples of cloud implementation projects, which we call “adoption dynamics,” because they are nearly always part of the enterprise cloud adoption process. While there is no prescribed order, enterprises often begin with smaller, well-defined projects that fall into six categories:
- Consolidation of IT resources into cloud-based architectures for true cloud transformation
- Next-generation workspace
- Simple back-office business processes
- Software development
- Agile and scalable web presence
- Transformation of computer grids and analytics
Today: Different Industry Verticals Share Common Adoption Dynamics
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Tags: adoption, analytics, Cisco, cloud, cloud implementation, cloud transformation, cloud-based architectures, grids, IBSG, Internet Business Solutions Group, next-generation workspace, Service Provider, SP, vertical cloud adoption, vertical cloud providers, web presence
By Mark Loesel, Cloud Solutions Marketing, Cisco
I hope that you are able to join us at Cloud Connect this week in Santa Clara as we have much to share with you. Cloud Connect is a great show that attracts more than 4,000 industry decision makers, offering an ideal venue for Cisco to share the value of our cloud solutions. Cloud Connect is an opportunity to showcase how we at Cisco are at the forefront of cloud computing, enabling our customers and partners in a world of many clouds. Whether you are building your own private cloud, using services from a public cloud, offering cloud services, or enlisting a hybrid approach, we’re here to have a conversation on how we can help.
In our booth, you’ll find demos on:
- Managing Cloud Network Services: This demo shows how a server/virtualization administrator can create a security policy once for a virtual machine and then make sure of enforcement across the network. Cisco Virtual Network Management Center will be used to show how service chaining can take place with the Cisco Nexus 1000V and virtual Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance and Cisco Virtual Security Gateway as virtual machines are turned up and move throughout the data center.
- Cloud Automation and Orchestration: Learn how to access a service portal to create a request for virtual machine(s) and provision a bare-metal server. The demo will also show how an administrator can create a service catalogue for users to leverage.
- Cloud Computing with Cisco UCS: This solution overview highlights the centralized management with high scalability of Cisco UCS to facilitate building-block entities (policies, resource pools, and templates) for rapid server provisioning.
- OpenStack API for the Cisco Nexus 1000V: Exhibit on how we integrate our Cisco Nexus 1000V with open-source hypervisors to allow for the continued evolution of advanced virtual machine networking and cloud management to provide more control, visibility, and programmability for customers.
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Tags: cloud, cloud connect, hybrid, Intelligent Automation for Cloud, InterCloud, ITaaS, Nexus 1000v, private cloud, Public Cloud, Service Provider, UCS
In my March 18th post, I wrote about a series of Cisco educational webinars on the challenges and opportunities of cloud computing. Two of the webinars take place soon – April 9 and April 17 – so you might want to “check them out.”
In addition to those webinars, Cisco is joining leading analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, EMC, and Verizon Terremark for a live seminar series in three U.S. cities (Houston- Dallas- New York City ) , entitled
CxOs are adopting the Cloud at increasing rates, allowing IT expenditures to be targeted at business growth. This seminar will address not only why but how the Cloud is being implemented successfully with high availability, security, and regulatory compliance.
Each seminar will delve into the business benefits and adoption trends of Cloud Computing during an informative morning session. Attendees will hear:
- Insights on satisfying ever-increasing enterprise and business unit computing needs through secure, on-demand Cloud-based (IaaS) solutions
- The latest on business adoption and technological trends in Cloud Computing
- Appropriate recommendations for bringing your business into the Cloud
- How the Cloud can help you boost productivity, reduce expenses, and quickly respond to computing resource demands from new projects or business units
I encourage you to register to attend at the location nearest you. Learn how utilizing the Cloud can make your business more flexible, more productive, more cost efficient, and more responsive to ever-changing stakeholder demands. We hope to see you there
April 9, 2013
April 11, 2013
New York City, New York
April 16, 2013
Tags: Cisco, cloud, Dallas, EMC, Frost & Sullivan, Houston, NYC, Verizon terremark
Whether you are amongst those building their own private cloud or amongst those leveraging the solutions of cloud providers, you want to attend Cloud Connect Santa Clara next week.
Cisco has been very active over the past years to accelerate the emergence of the cloud computing model. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco CTO and Lew Tucker Cisco cloud computing CTO have been on the forefront of this evolution, developing the concept of a “World of Many Cloud” and more recently the “Internet of Everything” .
Last week Giuliano Di Vitantonio, Cisco VP Data Center and Cloud Solutions Marketing, was writing about a series of webinars on cloud computing, including on April 17 a webcast with NetApp, Microsoft and Intel.
All other the world Cisco organize events with partners to explain how to address the challenges of cloud deployment and make today the right choices to make make amazing things happen tomorrow. If you are in Houston, Dallas you may want to attend one of the “Adopting the Cloud” event that we organize with EMC , Frost and Sullivan and Verizon Terremark.
So it’s pretty natural that Cisco is a Diamond Sponsor for Cloud Connect , which is happening April2-5 in Santa Clara , California .
The concentration of very active high tech companies makes this event exciting for the visitors (see exhibitor lists) . You will find Cisco at the booth #201. In addition of the Cisco solutions, partners such as AT&T, Dimension Data, NTT, Savvis, Sunguard, Windstream will be there as well to talk about deployments.
A quick look at the list of speakers, starting with the keynotes makes it even more attractive.
The agenda is organized around tracks reflecting the care about of IT organizations, such as private cloud and hybrid cloud, mobile cloud, risk management and security, enterprise SaaS strategies, performance and availability, WAN and cloud networking , cloud economics, applications design and architecture, but also big data and software defined networking .
If you want more specifically hear from Cisco and partners , here are some suggestions :
Cloud Computing, SDN, And the Internet of Everything
by Lew Tucker Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing | Cisco
Open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack now allow anyone to build their own public or private cloud. This accelerates private cloud platforms usage to not only meet the needs of rapid application development and deployment of enterprise apps, but when combined with SDN also changes the nature of “infrastructure as a service” as a platform for consumer-facing services. Come explore with us this virtuous cycle created by cloud computing, software defined networking, and the internet of everything.
Wednesday, April 3, 10:20-10:35 AM Mission City Ballroom
Choosing Your Strategy in a World of Many Clouds
by Pat Adamiak Senior Director, SP Data Center and Cloud Solutions | Cisco
Your organization has many options to choose from in the cloud. We are here to share our expertise on how to safely navigate a world of many clouds. Please join us to hear about the industry trends, strategies, and solutions you can put in a successful cloud playbook.
Thursday, April 4, 2:30-3:15 PM Grand Ballroom G
Enabling IT as a Service – Cloud Management and Orchestration
by Rodrigo Flores Cloud Enterprise Architect | Cisco
The promise of running IT departments as an internal service provider has been elusive. In their quest to deliver ITaaS, many companies have suffered from an emphasis on IT operations and less focus on infrastructure and application development, resulting in a siloed IT environment held together by heroic efforts. The majority of IT spending is dedicated to “keep the lights on” activities, hindering IT’s ability to keep up with the pace of business innovation. This session will address why the answer to this IT quandary lies in the implementation of virtualization and cloud computing, describing these as the essential building blocks for the agility, flexibility, and “services” focus that IT needs to achieve ITaaS. The speaker will describe why IT needs to be delivered as a service and why IT must think in terms of delivering services not servers, and “claims processing” rather than “data processing.
Thursday, April 4 2:30 PM–3:30 PM - Location: Grand Ballroom F
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Tags: AT&T, Cisco, cloud, dimension data, EMC, Hybrid Cloud, netapp, NTT, private cloud, savvis, Service Provider, Sunguard, Windstream