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Deliver Services at Internet Speed

How quickly can your organization stand-up a new application or deploy new services?  Most customers tell me, “not fast enough!”   I am clearly hearing from them that the new standard expectation across the organization is to receive precise data center resources in “internet time,” easily and definitely on-demand.

But customers are not the only ones affected by these new expectation standards.  Application developers also expect to receive the resources they need to support their efforts within one hour — without a lot of process meetings and repetitive, slow paperwork.  They want what they want, when they need it, which is always now!  Can’t get it now?  Out comes the credit card and they go on a shopping spree to outside resources.

Developers don’t worry about security, governance or quality of service.  If you are in operations, or you’re a C-level executive, you care.  You need to meet compliance guidelines.  So how can you get everyone on the same team, working together so the organization can succeed, the old “win-win-win?”

At CiscoLive Milan in January, we introduced the Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite. Watch this replay of our live broadcast.

 

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Understand how the Intercloud elegantly meets Public Sector IT requirements

Public Sector IT organisations are weary of vendor lock-in. And rightfully so: it is hard to buy cloud services from any supplier you choose and then freely manage these services as if they were part of your own extended private cloud. Main reason: lack of ability to connect different clouds: private, partner, public, etc. Luckily, this barrier is vanishing…

Thirty years ago, Cisco pioneered a strategy to connect previously isolated, heterogeneous networks, which lead to the rise of the Internet as we know it. Now, Cisco is embarking on a journey just as ambitious: the connection of multiple isolated clouds, leading to the creation of the Intercloud: an interconnected cloud of clouds.

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The Intercloud relies on a five key principles and technologies, summarised below:

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#EngineersUnplugged S6|Ep15: DevOps Defined (Goat Edition)

In this Season Finale of Engineers Unplugged, Joe Onisick (@jonisick) and Michael Ducy (@mfdii) discuss GoatOps. Yes, you read that right. What is GoatOps? What does this have to do with DevOps? This is all about process and the necessary changes to make Enterprise workflow flow in modern IT. This is a can’t-miss episode!

Unicorn Challenge, Goat Edition, with Joe Onisick and Michael Ducy

Unicorn Challenge, Goat Edition, with Joe Onisick and Michael Ducy

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Transform DevOps with CA Release Automation and Cisco ACI

DevOps is gaining momentum in many enterprises today. Customers are increasingly realizing the benefits of DevOps and how it helps in breaking down barriers and helps application agility. DevOps enables a constraint free development, continuous application delivery, collaboration and continuous monitoring throughout the Application Lifecycle from Dev to Test to production deployments. A CA led global IT survey in 2013 projects DevOps adoption in 39% of the companies surveyed and another 27% in process of adoption, further testifying the momentum.

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At CA World this week DevOps related topics feature prominently.  Cisco Insieme Business Unit and CA are featuring a breakout session DCT33S on Tuesday Nov 11, on how CA Release Automation and Cisco ACI joint solution helps bring accelerated application delivery with collaboration and efficiency from design to deployment.

CA Release automation and Cisco ACI joint solution is a perfect marriage and showcase for Enterprise DevOps strategy. CA Release Automation enables continuous application delivery by automating application release execution to any environment and on top of any infrastructure whether it is virtual, physical or cloud. Cisco ACI with its Application Network profile and policy model helps provide secure, multi-tenant and a purpose-built Nexus 9000 network environment for compliant applications, across Dev/Test/Staging/Production stages of the application lifecycle.

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CA Release automation uses the Application layout and intent to create Application Network Profiles (ANP) in Cisco APIC and also copies/clones the ANPs to quickly create parallel secure/multi-tenant networking environments on the Dev/Test/production systems. As a result, it is easy for CA Release Automation (CA RA) to move application releases quickly across the Dev/Test/production systems in highly compliant type application environments. Besides, Cisco ACI also enables IT to continuously monitor the configurations and application performance on these multiple tiers to enforce SLA per contractual agreements. The interactions between Cisco ACI and CA RA are illustrated in detail below.

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It is not my intent to capture the entire session detail via this blog. To learn finer details of the ACI-CA RA solution, I strongly encourage you to attend the session DCT33S on Tuesday Nov 11. See you at the show.

Related Links

http://www.ca.com/us/caworld.aspx

www.cisco.com/go/aci

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The Benefits of an Application Policy Language in Cisco ACI: Part 4 – Application Policies for DevOps

[Note: This is the last installment of a four-part series on the OpFlex protocol in Cisco ACI, how it enables an application-centric policy model, and why other SDN protocols do not.  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3]

As noted earlier in this series, modern DevOps applications such as Puppet, Chef, and CFEngine have already moved toward the declarative model of IT automation, so there is already some obvious synergy between DevOps and the Cisco ACI policy model. DevOps automation products are also optimizing application delivery processes and are designed to automate critical IT tasks to make the organization more agile and efficient.

In an early 2014 blog post, Andi Mann, vice president of strategic solutions at CA Technologies, wrote about the evolution to DevOps and the synergy with the Cisco ACI policy model:

Though the DevOps approach of today—with its notable improvements to culture, process, and tools—certainly delivers many efficiencies, automation and orchestration of hardware infrastructure has still been limited by traditional data center devices, such as servers, network switches and storage devices. Adding a virtualization layer to server, network, and storage, IT was able to divide some of these infrastructure devices, and enable a bit more fluidity in compute resourcing, but this still comes with manual steps or custom scripting to prepare the end-to-end application infrastructure and its networking needs used in a DevOps approach.

The drag created by these traditional application infrastructures has been somewhat reduced by giving that problem to cloud providers, but in reality this drag never really went away until Cisco innovated application-centric programmability with Cisco ACI. This innovative new solution is now poised to greatly benefit the whole application economy, especially management of the DevOps application environment…

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