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A Year Ahead: Big Data and Analytics on Cisco UCS

I’m so looking forward to the year ahead in the world of big data and analytics, because the opportunities appear to have no limits. Big Data and Analytics has been growing for quite some time. IDC expects the Big Data Technology and Services market to grow at a 26.24% compound annual growth rate through 2018 to reach $41.52 billion. This is the year that’s going to explode, delivering more benefits to more industries than ever before.

As it becomes more accessible and more common, it is no wonder that some people are starting to say that the term, “big data” may disappear. As data driven decisions become the new norm, we will need a more specific term, or several terms. For those of you who fall strongly in that camp, please feel free to search “big data and analytics” in my blog and replace it with “Clever Cute Name, CCN” until someone comes up with the new term.  Okay, back to the fact that this is going to be the new norm. If you need some examples, here are four in IT Services, Healthcare, and Communications industries.

IT Services Industry | Management Science Associates (MSA)

MSA is an IT services company that provides colocation, data integration, and analysis services. They came to MapR and Cisco to build a powerful new service for big data and analytics to help its customers increase revenues and make better business decisions. This case study is an excellent example for anyone looking to understand the importance of data driven decision in the manufacturing and distribution business.

Healthcare Industry | Union Hospital

Today’s healthcare depends on electronic information sharing. Union Hospital of Cecil County came to Cisco and Splunk to ensure fast and secure access to this information. Security Analytics on Cisco UCS with Splunk gave them the visibility into security threats, alleviating the need for the IT team to manually review gigabytes of daily log data from thousands of network devices and servers. With this in place, the focus was on delivering fast access and better customer care.

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Union Hospital Case Study

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Cisco CSR 1000V Now Available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Ed Cho is a Strategic Partner Marketing Manager at Cisco where he is focusing on Cisco’s partnership with Microsoft around the cloud and data center. Prior to joining Cisco in 2013, Ed has accumulated a diversity of experiences by working in the healthcare, technology, and media /entertainment space.

This is a guest post by Ed Cho.

Since the inception of our strategic partnership in 2014, Cisco and Microsoft have worked diligiently to combine our respective strengths in the data center and cloud services into game changing solutions that empower our joint customers and partners. True to this objective, we are proud to announce the availability of Cisco’s Cloud Service Router (CSR) 1000V within Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace, thereby providing our joint customers and partners with access to a ready made virtual routing solution that brings enterprise-class networking features to users of public cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure.

Connecting to the Cloud Can Be a Road Filled with Bumps

Businesses such as yours understand the strategic importance of leveraging the cloud as a means to lower costs and to respond to customer needs and business trends in a fast and agile manner. As the case with many cloud users, you are most likely using your Internet connections to connect to public and hybrid cloud providers. However, as you seek to host more of your business critical data and applications in the cloud you may find that this traffic will be competing with non-business critical Internet traffic, making security and performance of WAN connections a top priority.

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The Most Boring Service We offer … And how to bring down a data center in one easy snip!

I do enjoy the (sometimes irreverent!) perspectives of some articles on data center in the UK publication “The Register“, and the story of how a data center change went wrong made me laugh, cringe and cry at the same time – the change being when an electrician cut the wrong wire and brought down a 25,000 square feet data center!!!

It Only Takes a Snip ... The Case for Change Support

It Only Takes a Snip … The Case for Change Support

 

Let’s have a look at what went wrong here, and then I’ll relate this to one of our more fundamental services, that of “change support”. Some may call this a “boring” service option, however “fundamental” is much more appropriate, as the following story will show.  Finally, I’ll point you to a free white paper to illustrate the cost benefits.

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Cisco ACI: Overcoming the ‘Stack Fallacy’

There’s a new buzz phrase making the rounds recently around the concept of the “stack fallacy,” with the premise being that market leaders in any industry are well adept at going “down the stack” in terms of innovation but constantly struggle to stave off more nimble upstarts who are creating disruption in the layers above. The underlying factor, according to the source of this theory, is companies focusing too much on the tools they need to build and not enough on solving the evolving needs of their customers.unleashingit

As the undisputed leader in networking infrastructure for decades, Cisco is now faced with this innovator’s dilemma with the emergence of SDN, or software-defined networking, which has spawned countless wannabes hoping to redefine how enterprise networks should be built. But as evidenced by the progress Cisco has made from vision to reality with the Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), it is clear that Cisco is succeeding in every measure in overcoming the stack fallacy challenges.

Cisco introduced the ACI a little over a year ago. Since then more than 1000 customers have already deployed the groundbreaking SDN architecture as part of their application deployment and management processes. We believe the key success factor has been our ability to build the ACI ground-up on the fundamental understanding that that today’s enterprises must do a lot more with a lot less, and do it a lot faster.

Cisco incorporated this design principle into the original ACI architecture and has constantly evolved it with customer-driven features and capabilities such as:

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Big Data and Analytics Touchdowns

What’s your winning combo for big data and analytics? This may come as a surprise to you – but given that the Superbowl is approaching – I am going to use a football analogy. As we get ready for the game in 2 weeks, we have a tale of two quarterbacks. One is an established quarter back with a long-standing history of victories. The other –new, up and coming—brings a ton of enthusiasm and fresh legs to the game.

This is like the analytics market place of today. We have established players like SAP, SAS, and IBM and new ones such as Splunk, Platfora, and ParStream (now part of Cisco). On this 10th birthday of Hadoop, we have established technology approaches from Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR using MapReduce being challenged by the new player to the game – Spark, which is starting to score big in the technology field. The big 3 are taking different approaches to this, which should make it fun to watch.

Ok, guess how Cisco UCS ties into all of this? The foundation under all of these players is a solid integrated infrastructure that enables the game to be played and won. And like Levi’s stadium, UCS is the state of the art infrastructure with all of the most essential bells and whistles (Yes, I’m talking about service profiles for policy execution and management and ACI for business-relevant software defined networking (SDN)). Because in football and in business, it’s important to go ALL THE WAY, you can rely on Cisco’s end-to-end solutions to make this happen.

Trying to figure out the winning combination for your team? I pulled together a ‘scouting report’ to help you put together your ideal fantasy team. Bookmark this, because this is where you can find the latest and greatest and how each player partners with Cisco to bring you insights to action.

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