Well we’re deep into football season, so I decided what better time to chat with David Powell, TekLinks Vice President of Managed & Cloud Services, than when his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide are fighting for a spot in the College Football Playoffs. (Meanwhile, my Wake Forest Demon Deacons are mired in their sixth straight losing season.)
In short, I thought a little distraction for David would be good for him, and he agreed to give me some insight into how TekLinks is ramping up data protection for their customers using Cisco Cloud-Powered Solutions.
With all of the malware attacks in the world today, sometimes Mother Nature is still the biggest threat to data security. When a deadly tornado outbreak in April 2011 occurred, Peoples Bank of Cullman, AL, experienced firsthand how important it is to have a backup data center location for their core infrastructure. The TekLinks’ networking team was already watching the tornado’s activity via Skycam when they were alerted that the connectivity at all of the Peoples Banks in Cullman had gone out simultaneously.
The team’s suspicions were confirmed when they received word that the bank’s entire second floor was gone. However, the bank’s primary servers were still intact. Early the next morning, the bank’s CTO and technical staff transported the servers to one of TekLinks’ Birmingham data centers, where an entire team of TekLinks engineers were waiting to get their core servers re-cabled, properly powered up, and reconnected to the network. The TekLinks team worked around the clock with the bank’s IT staff to get the bank’s environment and online customer services back up in less than 36 hours after the incident. Read More »
Recently, Cisco’s Rob Lloyd sat down with Sungard AS to discuss how hybrid cloud services are changing the way organizations use the cloud. As the president of development and sales, Rob understands many different sides of the hybrid cloud equation. He talks with businesses about how they want to use the cloud to grow, as well as about their concerns regarding security, cost, and complexity. He works with cloud providers to determine how they want to provide cloud services and what they need to achieve this. He also has intimate access to how the cloud will be implemented at the hardware and software level.
Rob had much to say about hybrid cloud. “It’s not just about one mega data center in Iceland that is going to solve your issues, but rather a purpose-built integration of different clouds that have been provided by value-based providers focused on enterprise-class applications and security.” In this interview, he shares not just Cisco’s Intercloud vision and strategy but how the industry is quickly bringing hybrid cloud to reality. You can read highlights from the interview in this blog from Sungard AS. A link to the full interview is also available.
In addition to the interview with Rob Lloyd, Sungard AS has a number of useful resources to help organizations better understand how cloud can transform their business. For example, the whitepaper, “Building a Better Cloud”, explores what to look for in a cloud provider and how to build a partnership with your provider to meet your business goals. If you’re interested in learning more about hybrid cloud, “The Compelling Business Case for Hybrid Cloud Services” offers key insights on questions you should ask providers before signing with them. You can also find the best practice guide “4 Things to Look for in a Cloud-Based Recovery Solution.”
All these resources and more are available from the Sungard AS Resource Page
Find yourself sitting in rush-hour traffic watching folks in the carpool lane whiz by? While it is often tempting to ‘cheat,’ it is against the law and you can end up with a rather expensive ticket. Alternatively, you could buy yourself a low emissions vehicle, and with an approved ‘clean air vehicle sticker’ plastered to your rear bumper, drive in the carpool lane all day long. If you are lucky enough to live in an area of California where there are Express or ‘Hot Lanes’ then solo drivers are allowed to drive in the carpool lane during peak hours if they pay a fee.
Enterprises moving traffic across the internet to the public cloud may find themselves in need of an ‘express lane’ with the increasing number of applications being hosted in the public cloud. In fact the 2014 Cisco Global Cloud Index states that Global Cloud Traffic will triple by 2018. What does this mean for Enterprises?
As a Gold Sponsor of AWS re:Invent this year, Cisco will be showcasing hybrid cloud solutions that enable you to combine the control, security, and performance of private clouds with the scale, economics, and speed that public clouds can offer.
Cisco cloud portfolio, including Intercloud Fabric, ApplicationCentric Infrastructure, Cloud Services Routers, and Adaptive Security Appliances, gives you the power of choice and agility.
Learn more about how your business can unleash hybrid IT, and be sure not to miss the following Cisco solution demos at re:Invent 2014. We will be raffling many exciting prizes on all days during the event. You’re automatically entered when you visit the Cisco booth and have your badge scanned.
Cisco Intercloud Fabric is a highly secure, open, and flexible solution that provides complete freedom in workload placement. It is hypervisor and cloud provider independent, giving you the desired flexibility. All the traffic between your data center and cloud provider as well as traffic inside the public cloud is cryptographically encrypted. Your network and security policies are migrated consistently and transparently over Layer 2 extension. A unified management portal gives you a single interface for workload management and automation across heterogeneous cloud environments.
Get a free 90 days evaluation license for Cisco Intercloud Fabric when you visit Cisco Intercloud Fabric booth.
It supports a business-relevant application policy language, greater scalability through a distributed enforcement system, and greater network visibility through the integration of physical and virtual environments across networks, servers, storage, security, and services. For more details, check out a special edition of Unleashing IT.
Cloud Services Router
Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR1000V) sets the standard for enterprise-class networking and security services in a virtual form factor. The CSR1000V is the first platform to deliver multigigabit IPSec performance in Amazon Web Services cloud.
It helps enterprises transparently extend their private networks to the public cloud using the familiar Cisco IOS XE Software CLI and RESTful API, which make sure of easy deployment, monitoring, troubleshooting, and service orchestration.
Security continues to be a top concern for organizations looking to expand their network into the cloud. It needs to be a transparent extension of local network and data center policies, allowing data to move securely between those environments. To address this need, Cisco has engineered new versions of our market-leading Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Next-Generation Firewall (ASA NGFW) and FirePOWER NGIPS solutions specifically for AWS environments.
Now you can create dynamically encrypted tunnels between your local or distributed networks and the cloud; apply consistent security for physical, virtual, and cloud environments; make sure local policies are understood and enforced in the cloud; and deploy a single security strategy across traditional, NFV, SDN, ACI, and cloud architectures.
See you in Vegas!
Stop by Cisco Booth #112 to have 1:1 meetings with Cisco product experts and discuss your use cases. We look forward to seeing you at re:Invent.
Hybrid cloud is finally here. Since cloud came on the scene a few years back, companies have had the choice of building a private cloud, which they managed on premises, or buying services from a public cloud provider. Typically, companies had to pick one or the other for a given application. With the Intercloud, IT departments can take advantage of the world of many clouds with all the associated benefits: application mobility between the clouds, mapping the application to the best delivery model, and taking advantage of the cost benefits of cloud overall.
Cisco and NetApp began working together three years ago to deliver FlexPod, a portfolio of integrated infrastructure solutions optimized for private cloud deployments. With the new capabilities NetApp is delivering today, customers can realize significant benefits in how NetApp storage, particularly as part of a FlexPod, can extend into the hybrid cloud. These capabilities include the extension of data management into a cloud environment and the ability to move data between cloud models and providers.
Cisco’s UCS Integrated Infrastructures when paired with NetApp’s technology in the FlexPod portfolio delivers an important on-ramp to the Intercloud. Through our partnerships with cloud providers and our delivery of industry-leading solutions, IT departments will get even more flexibility in how they choose to map the application to the best cloud model.
NetApp’s new hybrid cloud solutions complement Cisco’s cloud strategy, provide businesses with the flexibility to manage changing environments, and give customers a smooth on-ramp to the Intercloud.