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How Are Large Enterprises Utilizing Collaboration in the Cloud?

Today, we ‘re featuring a guest post from Brian Blatnik, a senior manager within Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group:

In the month since our CloudVerse announcement the notion of a world of many clouds – public, private, and hybrid – has resonated with our customers, partners, and industry analysts. I’d like to share some perspective on how those types of clouds address different customers in the collaboration cloud services market. Since last month’s announcement highlighted our private cloud model in that market, Hosted Collaboration Solution for Large Enterprises, I’ll focus on that model. As a reminder, the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution gives partners, including service providers and integrators, the ability to deploy multiple collaboration applications on one server in a virtualized environment and then host those applications for multiple client organizations. The solution is designed to be run from partner data centers.

I’m often asked, “Haven’t enterprise voice and other UC services always been delivered from what we now call a private cloud?” It’s true that IP PBXs and other UC servers, like their PBX predecessors, provide services to users from a remote room or facility via a network. But there are two ways in which today’s cloud service delivery differs. First, there is the efficiency of pooling computing, network, and storage resources across multiple locations and services. Second, the services can be delivered in an on-demand fashion with elastic scaling.

The financial and strategic benefits deriving from these two factors are leading many businesses to consider consuming collaboration services in a utility model from Cisco’s partners in the Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS). But the same drivers can result in substantial benefits to businesses that aren’t looking for services from a third party’s public cloud. Read More »

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CloudVerse simplifies Cloud Management in Cisco’s Unified Data Center

December 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm PST

On December 6th Cisco announced CloudVerse, an integrated set of capabilities that enables customers to deliver cloud applications and services by uniquely combining the unified data center and cloud intelligent network.  Key to this is Cisco’s Unified Data Center architecture which is comprised of three technology pillars: Unified Computing, Unified Fabric, and Unified Management.

The following provides a description of CloudVerse, focusing on new cloud management offerings and capabilities that enable customers to build and operate private, public or hybrid clouds… the world of many clouds:

  • Cisco CloudVerse uniquely combines the unified data center and cloud intelligent network as the platform to deliver cloud services.  CloudVerse brings a unique set of advantages:
    • Assured Cloud Experience by uniquely combining the unified data center and cloud intelligent network
    • Agile, Dynamic and Efficient Cloud – delivering cost savings and time to market advantages, while simplifying the management and deployment of services
    • Accelerated Deployment through pre-tested designs like VMDC, through pre-tested ecosystem integrated solutions such as Flexpod and Vblock
    • Simplified management an operation through integrated management of compute, network and storage – for both the DC and the network
    • Cisco Unified Data Center provides a complete Data Center infrastructure architecture. It combines compute, storage, network, security and management into a fabric architecture that delivers outstanding performance for physical and virtualized business applications. Created to help companies evolve to cloud computing environments, Unified Data Center embeds automation and simplified operations at the Server, Network and Cloud-Services Layers.
    • Unified Management provides automation and lifecycle management frameworks to manage and simplify the deployment and operations of Network-Layer, Compute-Layer and Application/Cloud-Services-Layer within the Data Center. This includes Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Network Services Manager, and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, as well as the integration with Cisco’s application, virtualization and storage ecosystem partners.
      • Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud features the newScale self-service portal and service catalog, which has been re-branded as Cisco Cloud Portal, and the Tidal automation software, which has been re-branded as the Cisco Process Orchestrator. Together, we’ve combined and integrated these software products into a powerful and intelligent management solution for enabling IT-as-a-Service.
      • Cisco Network Services Manager automates and provisions network infrastructure services using powerful abstracted models and policies that define and control the characteristics and behavior of the Cloud, and how Cloud services are accessed by end-users.
      • Cisco UCS Manager Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager provides unified, embedded management of all software and hardware components in the Cisco UCS. It controls multiple chassis and manages resources for thousands of virtual machines.

To get more information on CloudVerse and Cisco Unified Data Center, please read the following blogs:

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Build Your Own Private Collaboration Cloud Offers New Flexibility for Large Enterprises

Eric Schoch, Director of Product Management for the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution product teams, explains the new private cloud solution that empowers large enterprises to build their own collaboration cloud using Cisco’s validated and tested solution and full management capabilities. 

Before and after our Cisco Hosted Collaboration (HCS) announcements on December 6, we are providing a series

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Clouds Gathered During Cisco Event: A Good Thing??

During this time of year, many people look to clouds to help predict any impact the weather will have on their event.

Indeed, this past week here at Cisco, we did exactly that.  Rather than hoping clouds would dissipate and be nonexistent, we sought the exact opposite:  we wanted clouds to come together from around the world to pull off a unique experience for our customers, employees and influencers as part of our global announcement of CloudVerse.

Not content to follow the industry norm for webcasts (executive presentation, customer interview, canned demo, etc), we set out to have our entire launch event be a strong proof point for how organizations can bring together people and resources in a World of Many Clouds.

So how did we do?  To the relief of many, it was a huge success.  We managed to pull off something that no other organization has done before:  we took a live public webcast and bridged it to our live HD video internal company meeting.  This bridge allowed participants on both sides of the firewall to experience how people and resources will come together to collaborate in real time from any location on any device.

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What Top Global Firms Are Saying About Cisco CloudVerse

There is truth to the maxim that a technology is only as good as those who use it.

This is a big reason for my optimism regarding Cisco CloudVerse, a framework and set of solutions Cisco unveiled earlier this week.  Cisco CloudVerse combines the foundational elements needed to enable organizations of all sizes to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds.

Some of the most innovative and successful businesses, service providers, and governments are adopting CloudVerse as the foundation of their cloud strategies.  In fact, more than 70 percent of leading cloud providers are CloudVerse users.  This week we announced more than 10 key CloudVerse customers we’re partnering with to build and enable a world of many clouds.  Find out what they are saying about Cisco CloudVerse:

·        ACS, a Xerox Company, Ken Stephens, senior vice president, cloud services

“Like Cisco, ACS, a Xerox Company, believes that there are many opportunities cloud computing provides businesses for advancing their operations and innovating new ways to support their customers. Because cloud is fundamentally rooted in networking, our Cloud Services business runs on Cisco. We run Cisco Cloudverse, which helps us provide secure, flexible, on-demand IT services for our customers.  Cisco’s self-service cloud portal and automated orchestration help our customers roll out new IT capabilities faster while reducing the cost of their IT infrastructure.”

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