Cisco celebrated OpenStack’s 3rd birthday recently by releasing the Cisco OpenStack Installer for Grizzly. This blog post has more details.
The OpenStack foundation organizes a four-day OpenStack Summit every six months for contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members. It facilitates the community to gather, discuss and present on several different streams ranging from keynote presentations and general sessions to workshops and developer sessions for planning the next OpenStack release. The next OpenStack Summit will be held in Hong Kong from November 5th to the 8th 2013 at the Asia World-Expo. The number of attendees for the Summit is expected to be around 5000 people. More information on the Summit and how you can register to attend is available here.
Speaking proposals are submitted by the community from anyone with an idea or topic they would like to present. The proposals are voted on by the community to secure a slot in session track. Submissions for the OpenStack summit general sessions closed on July 31st 2013 and are now available for vote.
As compared to the Portland summit that had 250 proposal submissions [you can view session videos from OpenStack Portland Summit here, the Hong Kong summit has more than 600 submissions. There are a lot of great proposals but only the best and most popular will make it to the Summit. The approved sessions typically get recorded and are available for viewing online as well.
Cisco’s OpenStack team submitted several proposals that highlight our involvement and contributions to OpenStack. The table below lists the proposals along with a link to the abstract and speaker details.
Community voting is open now and if you are interested in any (or all) of the above proposals, please vote for them here. The voting is open until Sunday, August 25th 2013. Please note that you do need to be an OpenStack Community member in order to vote; If you are not currently a member, you can easily register for membership via the OpenStack website.
Stay tuned for more updates, as we get closer to the OpenStack summit.
Deploying new servers is a routine task in data centers. Whether it is tied to server refreshes, net new compute initiatives or to an expansion of existing compute capacity, adding new servers can be a time consuming activity for IT personnel. This server deployment process has historically been very manual, with many solutions requiring:
Multiple tools or scripts
Repeated human interaction by the server team throughout the deployment process
Coordination of activities across server, networking and storage administrators for every server deployed.
All of these add to complexity, increase time to production, increase costs, and unavoidably increase the potential of human error.
What is needed is a dependable, repeatable process that automates and streamlines server deployment activities. This lets IT staff to devote their time to more value added activities which improves operations and productivity, yielding a much better TCO picture. Automated, fast, efficient, scalable management and infrastructure -- this is where Cisco UCS and UCS Manager excel.
The efficiency of Cisco UCS server deployment is tied to UCS Manager. Cisco took a unique approach to computing and focused on the common point of interaction, the fabric. Servers don’t operate in isolation. They are part of a total environment that at the minimum encompasses servers, networking, management and storage – a Fabric Based Infrastructure . Cisco’s comprehensive and efficient architecture is the key to why customers worldwide are rapidly adopting UCS.
This detailed paper (below) does a side by side “time to deploy” evaluation of the Cisco UCS B200 M3 and the HP BL460c Gen8. The strength of UCS and UCS Manager for automation is clear in the ease of use and lack of complexity.
Below is a new time lapse side-by-side video -- B200 M3 is 77% Faster Blade Deployment vs. HP BL460c Gen8.This new video (July 2013) illustrates the Business Advantage of the Cisco UCS Unified Compute, Unified Fabric and Unified Management -- Cisco’s Unified Data Center. Comparing this video to the one we did for the B200 M2 is 47% Faster Blade Deployment vs. HP BL460c G7 (May 2011), Cisco UCS Manager has shaved a full minute off the deployment time for two blade servers and still only takes 14 steps to set up the automated process. HP’s time to deploy increased dramatically and is still very serial nature with lots of manual inputs.
As data center operations managers and business owners analyze their budgets to uncover economic headwinds, the importance of deriving ROI from each purchase and initiative is considered.
To better understand the costs and benefits of the Cisco Secure Data Center Solution, we engaged with analyst firm Forrester to interview and study one of our customer’s data center security implementation. Here are five areas of ROI that were uncovered in this study:
• 20% reduction in security threats –
The customer noted the reduction in port scanning attacks, denial of service attacks, SQL inception attacks and others. The security team can now spend much more time keeping business systems at optimal performance levels versus reacting to security issues post incident.
• 25% less time spent mitigating each issue –
With automated firewall rules sets, the security team now spends far less time reacting to individual issues and manually updating policies.
• 50% reduction in help desk calls –
A smooth implementation allowed the customer to install additional security without impacting end users.
• 25% in hardware cost savings –
With the ability to cluster multiple modules on a single hardware blade, the customers expects to avoid having to make additional hardware purchases for up to three years. Additional savings stem from having a highly efficient datacenter footprint that will be realized in terms of energy and backspace savings.
• Upgrading tasks 50% faster –
Built in security means that the network topology does not have to be retrofitted to accommodate security. The customer can now complete installation, expansion and upgrade tasks 50% faster, meaning that IT security teams can concentrate on more strategic functions instead.
Many times as InfoSec professionals, it can be difficult to associate security investments with ROI, but in today’s world the savvy professional will see that by doing so, it will help to gain funding for other parts of the business you have been dying to invest in.
We’ve created an infographic that illustrates these issues that datacenters face today and how a comprehensive security system can help: Additionally, for more news and discussions, head over to @SecDatacenter or Secure Data Center Trends
Since around the turn of the year, specific to each region of the world, we in Cisco Services have established magazines (available in both printed and online formats) to bring you help and guidance on the challenges and opportunities of new technology adoption, evolution and maintenance, across all areas of Cisco technology. If you’ve read my blogs on Data Center and Cloud adoption challenges, you’ll know that such opportunities and challenges are my passion, so I personally find these new magazines, and their perspectives from a range of Cisco writers including senior executives, very interesting.
Cisco Services Magazines
In line with the way our customers’ challenges vary across the world, we produce different magazines for:
The Americas - “Services Perspectives” -- Register and read here for Services Perspectives.
Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC) -- “Services Discovery” -- Register and read here for Services Discovery.
Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) -- “Services Dynamics” -- Register and read here for Services Dynamics.
In each case, you can eother subscribe online, request a printed copy, or do both!
And in the EMEAR Services Dynamics magazine, we also discussed Cisco Domain Ten, Cisco Services framework for data center and cloud transformation.
As I say above, these are not simply magazines for data center and cloud, I’ve simply highlighted a few articles above that most relevant to my interests and this subject of this particular Cisco Data Center blog. So whatever your interests and location, we have well designed and insightful magazines for you! And we hope you enjoy and learn from them!