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The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation – Part 1

What has the Winchester house in San Jose, California – a massive mansion, reputedly haunted (!), which has 65 doors to blank walls, 13 abandoned staircases, 24 skylights into floors, was 38 years in construction, and cost $71 million  –  got to do with your IT architecture, with how your network, data center and video architectural evolution should be considered?

The Winchester House - San Jose, California

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know that I’m focused on evolving our portfolio of data center, unified computing and cloud enablement services. Recently I’ve been working on evolving our approach to customer architectural workshops and services, where we help customers take an architectural-led approach to not only data center transformation, but also across their entire IT architecture. And the architectural challenges of the Winchester house reminded me of the point-product approaches that many of our competitors promote, that ultimately in most cases lead to long term IT architecture challenges for their customers.

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The Crux of Pervasive Cloud Security

In my previous blogging, I’ve noted how customers have been very clear in our market research on their concerns around cloud, and security is top of that list  When I first became involved in Cloud Computing, as part of my role in Cisco Services product management defining our Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, you couldn’t read an article on cloud with our hearing about “security” as one of the major issues, if not indeed the major issue, for cloud.  What I noticed was that many of these articles talked about cloud security as a major challenge to cloud adoption (which it is), and some would talk about point solutions to specific problems. However, most didn’t say much from a holistic perspective on how to address the challenges of cloud security.    Thankfully, since then, organizations including Cisco Services’ security consultants and industry forums such as the Cloud Security Alliance have put some meat on the bones, so to speak.  So in this blog, I will give you a brief introduction to the approach our experts in Cisco Services take to ensure cloud security, and I’ll also point you to a free Cisco introductory paper on this topic. Read More »

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Is “Cloud in a Box” a Contradiction in Terms?

As various infrastructure vendors promote “cloud in a box” approaches, at times there seems to be a significant omission with regard to the role of the network in cloud computing architectures. Based on my work on Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, on factors that should influence your Cloud Strategy, I’d like to give you insights into one of the key surprises that came out of our own market research into the challenges of cloud adoption,  that really makes me question those who espouse “cloud in a box” as a marketing message. Or, to expand what they say, their “cloud in a box and let’s forget about the network” message. Do they really ‘get’ what cloud is about?

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