In my previous blog, we provided an overview of the critical use cases and innovations we included in our new Business Continuity and Workload Mobility Solution for Private Cloud. This blog highlights the critical trends and challenges driving new multi-site Cloud designs.
Two important trends are driving CTO’s and CIO’s to deploy new multi-site Cloud solutions that provide better Business Continuity, Workload Mobility, and Disaster Recovery.
- More workloads are moving to the Private and Public Cloud versus the traditional data center
- Cloud Data Centers have a higher density of workloads per server than traditional data centers due to increased virtualization.
Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012–2017
This ever increasing volume of Cloud hosted workloads is placing serious pressure on operations teams to manage larger scale data centers, and insure that they keep these workloads up and running, avoiding costly downtime or a nightmare service outage. Many of the CTO’s and CIO’s we’ve worked with are re-assessing their Multi-site strategy to insure they can answer some tough questions:
- What are the common weak points of multi-site Cloud designs that could prevent us from achieving our Business Continuity goals for our critical apps? Can we avoid them?
- How can we provide Workload Mobility between sites to provide a more agile Cloud environment?
- In the event of site outage, can our Private Cloud reduce the time it takes to recover critical applications to a new site?
- How can our Private Cloud deliver these critical services (Business Continuity, Workload Mobility, and Disaster Recovery) with lower cost and complexity?
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Tags: application virtualization, business continuity, Cisco CVD, Cisco Validated Design, cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, disaster recovery, private cloud, Workload Mobility
Class is in session
As I start to explore more and more information about Software-Defined Networking and Programmability in the Nexus portfolio, I’ve been fortunate that there have been a lot of people helping me learn along the way. I thought I’d share some of these as it gave me a bit more insight into some of the more holistic perspectives that I’ve been trying to get my head wrapped around lately.
I’m still starting off at a rather high level, though I’m spending more and more time getting deeper into the tech. Every once in a while, though, I need to look up and make sure that I’m swimming in the right direction. It’s really easy to get mired in the details and forget the bigger picture. Read More »
Tags: data center, ITaaS, networking, next-generation data center, nexus, SDN, switches, virtualized data center
Data centers are undergoing a major transition to meet higher performance, scalability, and resiliency requirements with fewer resources, smaller footprint, and simplified designs. These rigorous requirements coupled with major data center trends, such as virtualization, data center consolidation and data growth, are putting a tremendous amount of strain on the existing infrastructure and adding complexity. MDS 9710 is designed to surpass these requirements without a forklift upgrade for the decade ahead.
MDS 9700 provides unprecedented
- Performance - 24 Tbps Switching capacity
- Reliability -- Redundancy for every critical component in the chassis including Fabric Card
- Flexibility -- Speed, Protocol, DC Architecture
In addition to these unique capabilities MDS 9710 provides the rich feature set and investment protection to customers.
In this series of blogs I plan to focus on design requirements of the next generation DC with MDS 9710. We will review one aspect of the DC design requirements in each. Let us look at performance today. A lot of customers how MDS 9710 delivers highest performance today. The performance that application delivers depend
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Tags: 16 Gigabit, 16Gb, 16Gb Fibre Channel, 9710, architecture, Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, Consolidation, convergence, data center, Data Mobility Manager, DCNM, design, Director, dmm, FCIP, FCoE, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, IO accelerator, it-as-a-service, MDS, nexus, NX-OS, SAN, Storage, storage area networks, switch, switching, Unified Data Center, Unified Fabric, virtualization
The first time someone referred to me as a “woman leader in IT,” I was honestly caught by surprise. I had never stopped and thought about the idea that I was any different than any other leader, any other woman or any other person in IT. That single comment made me pause and reflect on where I was in my career, what had brought me to that point and if there was really anything that made me that unique or different from anyone else I worked with every day. As I reflected, I began to think about some core experiences and traits that I believe have played a part in getting me where I am today.
First, I was never once talked to about what I could or couldn’t do because I was a girl. I never thought twice about taking every math and science class I could in high school, going to college to get a degree in Engineering, and then starting my career in IT. I really enjoyed science and math, and I was good at those subjects. I wasn’t fazed by the fact that there were mostly Read More »
Tags: Business Analytics, Cisco customers, Cisco UCS, data center, SAP. HANA, Women in IT, women in tech
“Industry leaders weigh in on the disruptive nature of the cloud, and the opportunity for IT organizations to become higher-value service brokers.
IT departments have lost traditional control over company systems. With cloud storming in, IT has been pushed aside to allow the entire corporation to overshadow what used to be solely IT’s job. But they’re fighting back by embracing new responsibilities—specifically, by becoming the decision-makers for when to buy, where to build, and what the depth of the cloud should be….”
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