This question was posed by the Manufacturing IT Director for a major Pharma producer, as part of an annual customer advisory board hosted jointly by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. One answer: Good luck! …And why would you want to?
Chet Namboodri talks about how consumer products are entering production and maintenance workflows and how “Rockwell and Cisco are in the forefront of enabling those solutions” during a recent customer innovation council session.
Today, Cisco released the latest results from its Connected World Report, an international study on the expectations of workers in accessing social media and corporate information, and on the views of IT professionals about these trends. Focused on data center, cloud computing, and virtualization trends, the latest results from the study will be presented today during a live TV broadcast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. PDT. To view the broadcast, click here just before show time. To view all results from the study, visit the Cisco Connected World Report.
So, what are customer trends in the next 3-5 years, how much are they really buying into virtualization and cloud, and what does all this change in the data center mean for their careers?
As part of our on-going series of Connected World Reports, we asked these and more questions to 2,600 folks from 13 counties across the globe and got some surprising responses back. We are getting together some visionaries of our own to discuss the responses and add their own insights into where IT and the data center are going in the next few years:
John Manville, vice president of IT, Cisco
Jackie Ross, vice president, Server Access and Virtualization Group, Cisco
Brian Modoff, senior analyst, Deutsche Bank
Join our panel on December 8 at 8:00 a.m. PST, via a live Internet TV event to review the results and implications of the third and final Cisco Connected World Report, called “Focus on the Data Center”.
To view the program, visit www.ustream.tv/ciscotv. Registration is not required, and the programs will also be available for re-play at the same link: www.ustream.tv/ciscotv.
Of cloud computing’s three service models, software as a service (SaaS) is deployed most often. But that trend is shifting: A recent Yankee Group survey revealed that 24 percent of U.S. enterprises with cloud experience are already using infrastructure as a service (IaaS), an additional 37 percent plan to adopt it, and planned deployments are accelerating.
Cisco, too, is seeking to benefit from dynamic cloud service models, using models that offer reduced provisioning times and usage-based chargeback systems. We’ve gotten started by deploying the same unified computing and virtualization solutions we recommend to Cisco customers in our own private IaaS cloud. We call our internal cloud Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services, or CITEIS.
Most data centers are challenged with the same cost control problems of power, cooling, space, and people. Illustrating that one x86 server can cost more than US$400 a year in just energy consumption, a 2009 Gartner study concluded that IT managers can combat rising costs by reviewing their data center strategies and proactively looking to consolidation, use of energy saving solutions, and strategic deployment of IT labor. Our online chronicle, Cisco Data Center 2011-Texas, provides an inside look at how Cisco IT is tackling these challenges with a strategy that is reflected in our new facility, Texas Data Center 2.