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Making Cloud Possible by Changing the Game

A Game changer occurs when something that is thought about enables competitive advantages that were previously unachievable. Ideas that level the playing field or outpace the competition don’t come along every day. The Cloud is considered a game changer for service providers (SPs) enterprise and consumer customers alike. It’s a solution offering mutual advantage to all participants. There are so many people writing about it that we’re almost all becoming cloud-weary.

But like every good idea, execution is the key. If the Cloud cannot be leveraged by businesses profitably then the scorecard doesn’t go positive -  and in the case of service providers the scorecard is based on new revenue generating services, faster ways to get there, new levels of customer satisfaction, new ways to trim costs and new business opportunities.

For enterprises, using an SP or hybrid-Cloud approach offers new ways to cost reduce IT budgets and concentrate limited human capital on their core business offers. Mobile workers and teleworkers, can access resources at their fingertips while branch offices are linked to scalable, virtually unlimited resource pools via the network.

Cloud offers SMBs  a way to compete head-to-head with Fortune 1000s using new pay-as-you-go (or a pay-as-you-grow) business models. Applications that were unaffordable are now available on-demand.

Cisco Unified Service Delivery is helping Service Providers change their game when it comes to the Cloud. Service providers need a flexible, dynamic solution that enables on-demand service delivery. They need to integrate pools of resources within, across and beyond the data center and Cisco USD is the industry’s most complete end-to-end solution. The ability to manage a  cloud solution from the data center all the way to the end point while applying the right QoS and security and meeting numerous other parameters will be critical metrics for success.

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Optimize the Data Center

March 3, 2011 at 11:30 am PST

CiscoLive London was an incredible trip and gosh it was only 30 days ago – our first little project out of that voyage is TechWiseTV85 our latest episode on Data Center technologies.  Data Center Optimization: The Next Stage is now available for your viewing pleasure in our ‘still has that new website smell’ environment we affectionately call the CVC (Cisco Virtual Connection).

This show was another exercise in self-restraint as the DC team had brought out an amazing selection – if we were hoping that a global show would mean a smaller show…we were out of luck.

So how to narrow it down?

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Cloud Services are a Bright Option for the Enterprise

The Cloud Opportunity
With Cisco Partner Summit happening in New Orleans this week there has been a lot of important news with the announcement of the Cloud Partner Program that enables and encourages Cisco Partners to develop and deliver cloud services being at the top of the list. You can follow the action on the Cisco Channels Facebook page. This announcement might have you wondering what the size of the market for cloud services is and what Enterprise organizations are thinking as they consider the move to services from the cloud.

At Cisco we had these same questions as we were making investment decisions in the systems and solutions that enable organizations to build a cloud service delivery architecture. As a result the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted research that included interviews with enterprise IT decisions makers and key subject matter experts. The study showed that enterprises across many sectors are seriously considering cloud computing. Based on direct feedback from enterprise decision makers, Cisco IBSG estimates that close to 12 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by the end of 2013 and that this will yield a market for public-cloud services of approximately US$43 billion. Organizations have a few things to consider as they make this migration to the cloud.

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Data Center Design for Good Neighbors

March 2, 2011 at 10:05 am PST

Bugs Baer was right.

The newspaper writer and cartoonist once defined a good neighbor as “a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence but doesn’t climb over it.”

If your Data Centers are like most, they have many neighbors – er, tenants – in them.  Some want open access, so they can quickly update applications and hardware.  Others want a highly-restricted environment, where changes are few and far between.  Still others want operational policies somewhere in between.

How, then, to construct a Data Center so everyone remains good neighbors?  That is, meeting everyone’s particular operational needs while ensuring that no tenant activities – or restrictions – ever impact those around them?

Below, I suggest some design considerations when building a multi-tenant Data Center.

What else do you think someone should consider when hosting very different clients in their Data Center?

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Data Center Deconstructed

March 2, 2011 at 10:00 am PST

If you had a team of Data Center experts at your beck and call, what would you ask them?

How to lower your Data Center costs?  How to get more performance out of a legacy server environment?  Who thought an emergency-power-off button was a good idea for a facility filled with business-critical hardware?

I’m launching this blog series to be a forum to share useful information about Data Centers.  Rather than me telling you what I think is important, though, you’re in charge.  Submit a question and I’ll locate a Data Center expert to provide the answer you’re looking for.  I’ll post the resulting question-and-answer here, for everyone to watch and learn from.

Click below for a brief introduction and instructions on how to submit a question.

A new video will be added each week, so come back regularly for the latest questions and answers.

To see all Data Center Deconstructed posts, go to http://blogs.cisco.com/tag/datacenterdeconstructed/.

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