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The Origins of Fast IT

Fast IT – It started in our Data Center, and now it’s everywhere

“Fast IT” started for Cisco as “Easy IT”. It was our data center infrastructure engineers who saw that they could automate a 3-week job (building virtual server infrastructure in the data center) in under 15 minutes, and of course they jumped at the chance. They built a set of scripts to automate these processes and saved themselves a LOT of work.

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Fast IT for Cisco Partners: embrace Digital Disruption

Digital disruption. IDC says that 40% of market share leaders in their respective industries (our customers!) will be out of business in 10 years, because they will miss their transformation to Digital. What they need? Fast IT. Cisco experienced (both first hand and with our customers) that Fast IT is the key capability that enterprises need to build to successfully transition to a digital model. Over the last 8 years, Cisco has built a truly unique approach to Fast IT, grounded on our own internal IT transformation, which led (among others) to the Cisco eStore. We learnt that adopting a Fast IT model is less about technology and more about progressive cultural and process changes. The transition requires pervasive shifts in the way IT is organised; how services are defined, delivered, consumed, and financed; and how IT measures success, evaluates costs, and assigns roles and responsibilities.

This week, at the Partner Technical Advisory Board (PTAB), we have the pleasure of hosting around 40 Cisco Partner CTOs for three days in beautiful Marbella, Spain. The objective is to hear and gather their views and advice on the vision, strategy and deployment to market of Cisco technologies, products, architectures, services, and solutions. We are having a fruitful open exchange, ultimately helping us meet our mutual growth and profitability goals as we together deliver business outcomes to our customers.

PTAB - day2

On the agenda of the day 3: Cisco’s approach to Fast IT Business Transformation, and more specifically what is the opportunity for Cisco partners. To understand Cisco’s core message for Fast IT, you can watch the following short video.

Here are 3 collaterals summarising our message:

Interested to know more? Read further.

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New white paper: “Build your Strategic Roadmap to Fast IT”

Fast IT has the power to completely transform the role and the value of IT to the business. It is a critical imperative for those CIOs who want to transform themselves from the mere owners of technology stacks to the drivers of their enterprise’s digital transformation.

CIOs must reinvent the mission and role of the IT department. It’s no longer good enough to be a competent internal IT provider. Going forward, CIOs and their teams must become what analyst firm Gartner calls “trusted brokers” of all IT services, delivered either in-house or by a dynamic roster of external suppliers. Quite simply, it’s a matter of survival: if nothing is done, the traditional IT department will be “Uber-ised”, just like the traditional taxi industry is currently being disrupted.

Fast IT Model

To understand Cisco’s lean, results-driven approach to Fast IT, please take a look at our latest white paper:

Build your Strategic Roadmap to Fast IT

 

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Cisco UCS and Intel Xeon E7v3: bringing the horsepower you need for analytics

UCS B460 M4

Cisco UCS B460 M4

I’ve heard it said that CIO’s like their ERP systems the same way they like their cars: big, fast and German. Setting nationalities aside, IT pros craving more horsepower for something like SAP HANA need look no further than our UCS B460 M4 and C460 M4 servers, which now supports Intel’s new Xeon E7v3 processor family.

You may wonder why news like this is this important in an age where hardware is so often taken for granted. The answer is speed, in two flavors:

  • Faster Applications
  • Fast IT

Organizations across the spectrum are working to become intelligence-driven throughout their operations, in real time, in order to create a perpetual and renewable competitive edge. Taking a long-term view in choosing the right infrastructure accomplish this important. Here are two reasons why:

  1. You never hear about an analytic environment getting smaller. Massive increases in data volume mean these environments inevitably grow.   For many, this will mean continuously expanding clusters of hundreds or thousands of servers for scale-out big data apps and bringing in ever-larger systems for the scale-up, in-memory analytics.
  2. Data is the lifeblood of the digital enterprise. As the use of big data becomes pervasive and critical to day-to-day decision-making, the performance and predictability of these computing platforms will become increasingly paramount to success. So too will be the speed at which they can be deployed and expanded. You want to choose partners and technology you can trust.

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Why IT Standardization?

Cisco IT has over our history become more and more standardized, with standard architectures (which are continuously upgraded to meet future business needs), and standard products, designs, software versions, and configurations. But we’ve never really told the story about WHY we have standardized so thoroughly. Many customers ask “What is the value of a global IT standard vs. regional or local designs?”
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