Business requirements define Applications. Applications run on IT infrastructure. If the IT infrastructure is more responsive to the needs of applications, then, it almost certainly guarantees better business outcomes. That is the premise of Cisco’s next Data Center webcast to be broadcast on January 13th at 9 AM PST/ 12 EST – Is your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy?(Click Link to Register!)
Today, more than ever as the pace of change accelerates and disruption is the name of the game, CIOs and IT infrastructure leaders from all over the world are taking a closer look at how data center infrastructure can be better tailored to fit the needs of applications. Can the pace of change become an opportunity?
Eight global customers in production (including Cisco IT) from countries like Brazil, Qatar, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States that have deployed the Nexus 9000 and APIC come together to answer this question in our webcast focused on Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This will be followed by an ACI Ecosystem partner panel coming together to discuss the benefits of multi-vendor collaboration.
At CiscoLive San Francisco held last week, Soni Jiandani, Senior Vice President of Cisco INSBU, highlighted our continued industry momentum for Application Centric Infrastructure. She discussed customer deployments, new ecosystem partners and the enormous simplification of cloud and application delivery.
So it’s timely to review both ACI’s architectural approach and get a first look at the actual business value that large customers expect from adopting ACI. This two part blog introduces:
A new Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) white paper that explains the principles of ACI’s application-centric approach and how it helps data center teams keep pace with business agility, risk management and the need for resource efficiency.
An economic analysis from IDC showing the three year return on using ACI in one of the largest data center environments in the world, Cisco’s own IT Elastic Services.
In the first paper, Enterprise Strategy Group shows how the rise of mobile, social, and e-commerce applications are driving a fundamental IT transformation. Web 2.0, Big Data, and collaboration applications are built using a modular approach, leveraging Dev Ops and Cloud Ops models and consumed on traditional and mobile devices. These applications are far more dynamic than ever before. Therefore, the supporting underlying IT infrastructure (compute, network, and storage), has to be more flexible and adaptable to their specific needs.
The paper explains how Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture provides a common programmable infrastructure policy model for enterprise network, application, security, and virtualization teams. Policy based provisioning of applications makes IT more agile in both application deployment and optimized operations. It offers full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources, supporting an “application anywhere” model with complete freedom of application movement and placement. In addition, through open OpFlex protocol, ACI’s policy-based approach can now be extended to a growing vendor ecosystem, allowing customers to protect their existing data center investments.
In the paper, Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst at ESG, addresses the following topics:
How applications are driving IT transformation
How infrastructure obstacles inhibit responsiveness to the business
A new approach in which there is a much tighter link between the applications and the underlying networking infrastructure
How Cisco ACI complements and accelerates the IT transformation in the networking space
Download the ESG paper here. And stay tuned for the IDC business value analysis.
Disruptive technologies have become more frequent than ever before, making business agility and the ability to adapt key competitive differentiators. Every day I speak with IT executives who are asking how Cisco can help them respond to new requirements across their physical, virtual, and cloud-based environments. They feel compelled to accelerate the delivery of applications, better align IT with business activity, and reduce time to revenue. They want to know if their initiatives will have the impact and outcomes they require. Can they capture the full value of their technology investments? How can they up their game when it comes to delivering IT services that their businesses need to succeed?
Today Cisco introduced its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) offerings to manage the health and performance of the applications that you rely upon to run your business. A simplified, flexible, and agile framework, ACI aligns the needs of the entire application lifecycle, overcoming functional silos, and bringing together your infrastructure, security, application, and cloud teams through a holistic architecture and policy-driven framework.
Welcome to the Season Finale of Season 2 of Engineers Unplugged! It’s the perfect conversation to end with, as Joel McKelvey (NetApp, @joelmckelvey) and Gina Minks (Dell, @gminks) talk about the data center of the future, and the transformations that are necessary within the business. This is well past speeds and feeds, let’s take a look:
And of course, unicorns.
Joel McKelvey and Gina Minks bring the unicorn to the future of data centers everywhere.
Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:
Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
Practice drawing unicorns
We’ll be back in a couple of weeks with all new episodes for Season 3. Make sure to catch up on the episodes you might have missed, there are some exciting developments coming for Cisco Live, and we want your vote. Thanks for watching!