At the Gartner DC conference in Las Vegas, Cisco SVP and General Manager Data Center Group David Yen delivered a key note speech yesterday highlighting the importance of a convergence infrastructure (starting with UCS) for the deployment of cloud. (I will have very soon the opportunity to share more about David Yen’s presentation – Stay tuned)
As Cisco Jim McHugh, VP Unified Computing Systems Marketing, stated recently “Without doubt, one of the great appeals of cloud computing is its near limitless potential. The industry has painted a world of clouds that are elastic and adaptable, ready to respond to just about any business need in the future. Although each organization’s path to building clouds is (and should be) unique, not all paths will deliver on the full potential of the cloud.”
And Forrester James Staten, Vice-President , Principal Analyst, Forrester research , Inc., one of our webcast panelists on December 6, wrote :
“Since cloud became a household word, vendors and enterprises alike have jumped to declare victory on cloud with services and infrastructure implementations that really don’t deliver cloud value but have the same foundation: something we call “cloudwashing.” This is a dangerous gambit as you claim legitimacy but don’t activate the same economics, deliver the autonomy that cloud services offer to your internal users, and aren’t standardized or automated enough to deliver
transformative agility. In other words, you claim cloud but are achieving only incrementally better value”
So here are 5 questions that you may want to address on your journey to the cloud
What is the role of open infrastructure programmability in achieving the full potential of the cloud ?
How the right foundation can help your cloud for true elasticity and scalability ?
What are the architectural decisions that can affect future speed of service delivery ?
Why clouds require extensive automation down to the physical layer?
What are the infrastructure capabilities that support resource distribution with complete transparency and simplicity?
On December 6 at 9:00 am PST , Cisco Jim Mchugh and Forrester James Staten as well as
Jeff Hanson, IT Engineering Lead, Fico Corporation
Rick Schlander , IT Engineering Lead, Fico Corporation
Tom Force, MPS technology Delivery Officer, Xerox Corporation
and Satinder Sethi, VP Data Center Solutions, Cisco
will debate these questions during an unique webcast . (registration here)
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, data center, FICO, forrester, xerox
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in London last week at a conference. I picked up the badge shown in the photo below, and it made me laugh, and I thought it would be a good image to pass on. VCE’s Vblock was the only example of converged infrastructure on show there.
My Other Computer is a Vblock!
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Tags: cisco_services, cloud_computing, data center, FlexPod, unified computing, Vblock, VCE, vdi, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Private cloud is surrounded by its own mythos–some folks believe it doesn’t exist and some folks believe its something that will only be enjoyed by future generations. So, Cisco IT is living proof that private cloud is something that is very real. This week, tomorrow in fact, John Manville SVP for Cisco IT, will be presenting a session at Gartner Data Center on Cisco’s private cloud environment, Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services or CITEIS. John will explain how Cisco has woven together all the elements (compute, network, storage, automation, orchestration, provisioning, etc) into a cohesive offering that serves our production workloads. John will also share the TCO savings captured to date and how he sees CITIES evolving over the next few years.
Diagram from the white paper “How Cisco IT Automated End-to-End Infrastructure Provisioning In an Internal Private Cloud”
If you are at Gartner DC in Las Vegas this week, be sure to check out his session, The Programmable Cloud, tomorrow (Dec 4) at 1:45pm in Titian Ballroom SPS 28–he’ll also be at the Cisco booth (#432) after the session to answer questions.
If you are not at Gartner DC, stay tuned for a coming interview with John Manville, and meanwhile you may want also to take advantage of our coming webcast o see how industry peers are doing to solve the very challenges Cloud adopters face. Tune in to the webcast UCS : Foundation for Cloud on December 6 at 9:00 am PST to hear from Cisco UCS customers Xerox and FICO Corporation, about how and why they used it in their Cloud environments.
Tags: Cisco IT, CITEIS, cloud, data center, private cloud
You’re probably double-checking your agenda to make sure you’ve booked the most interesting sessions at the Gartner Data Center Conference this week. Let me help you by sharing a few sessions that you don’t want to miss. And if you attend one of these sessions and fill out the questionnaire, you’ll be entered in a raffle for a $500 American Express gift card.
The Evolving Data Center: Past, Present, and Future
Innovation is crucial for IT infrastructure to take advantage of new technology trends, including cloud computing and “big data,” while supporting current and emerging applications. Customers will derive the greatest value from the tight integration of emerging software approaches with the underlying hardware infrastructure. This session explores the newest developments in the Cisco Unified Data Center platform, which unifies computing, networking, security, and management to deliver business agility, IT simplicity, and financial efficiency.
This is a must-see presentation from one of the Cisco’s top senior executives in engineering – mark your calendar now and add it to your agenda.
Speaker: David Yen
Location: Venetian Ballroom F
Session Type: Solution Provider Session
Monday, December 3.
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
ADD to your agenda
The Programmable Cloud
Trends such as social apps, cloud, and BYOD offer the opportunity to significantly improve customer experiences and increase worker productivity. Making the most of these trends, however, is going to require some new thinking about infrastructure. This session will explore how to build on your existing investments and create a programmable data center that will give you the agility and flexibility to keep up with today’s on-demand world.
In this session, you’ll hear from Cisco IT’s senior vice president of infrastructure – featuring “Cisco on Cisco” initiatives using our Unified Data Center solutions. See a demo of Cisco IT’s internal private cloud and learn about our ‘enterprise store’ service catalog initiative for BYOD – powered by Cisco Intelligent Automation software.
Speaker: John Manville
Location: Titian Ballroom 2301A
Tuesday, December 4.
1:45 to 2:45 PM
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Tags: Big Data, cloud, data center, events, Gartner, Gartner Data Center, intelligent automation, Intelligent Automation for Cloud, private cloud, unified management
Who doesn’t know the Xerox company ? As long as I can remember, Xerox products have always been part of my professional life . In fact, even before working for a company, I used a Xerox machine.
Originally known worldwide as a print and copier innovator, Xerox today has established itself as a leading business process and document services company, delivering popular solutions that include Xerox Managed Print Services (MPS) and Xerox Cloud Services.
On December 6 , at 9:00 am PST , Xerox Delivery Officer, MPS Technology Tom Force will join Forrester Analyst James Staten (@Staten7) as well as Jeff Hanson and Rick Schlander , IT engineering leads at FICO Corporation to discuss with Cisco VPs Satinder Sethi and Jim McHugh(@JimMcHugh) how to maximize the value of cloud by making the right architectural choice. You don’t want to miss this one hour highly educational webcast !
In fact, after registering, and before joining us for this unique webcast, you may want to have a quick look at the Xerox cloud story , which is pretty remarkable!
“The Xerox MPS global delivery centers consisted of static rack servers that were difficult to scale due to multiple hardware configurations. The centers were also reaching capacity, causing concerns about poor response speed that could slow transactions and worsen system reliability resulting in outages. As a service relied on by businesses worldwide, Xerox MPS needs to offer a 24-hour service and could not afford downtime. “ Sounds familiar ?
“With its years of experience providing outsourcing services to customers, Xerox also expanded into the cloud with services beyond printing and print management. Xerox Cloud Services started with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) before adding backup, disaster recovery, and mobile device management. With excellent features and services, Xerox Cloud Services is growing rapidly as a service that not only provides backup and storage, but also runs mission-critical applications for customers.”
So did you like this story ? Are you interested in getting more details on infrastructure capabilities that will allow you to achieve the full potential of your cloud deployment ?
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, data center, FICO, forrester, Network Open Programmability, Satinder Sethi, UCS, webcast, xerox