Forrester research indicates that private cloud has entered into the formal IT portfolio by becoming a core part of data center strategy. I have been writing about the sea change underway in private cloud. This sea change means that automating the provisioning of virtual machines and their infrastructure is inadequate in a world where your users expect continuous delivery.
Application developers want to accelerate application stack design and deployment. Your customers expect to consume applications and their supporting infrastructures on-demand and take delivery within minutes.
Doubt this fact? I consistently hear from senior executives about the growth of shadow IT within their organizations simply because the data center cannot meet delivery expectations.
At CiscoLive Milan today, the Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite was introduced. I can hear your response now…..What another cloud management platform? So I will respond: no way!
Many of today’s solutions are simple toolkits that require IT administrators to customize and maintain integrations between tools, processes, applications and teams. IT needs to become software and infrastructure engineers. End users have expectations of simplicity and out-of-box operation and these tools simply frustrate meeting end users expectations.
Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite is an engineered software solution not a platform. It delivers a hybrid-ready private cloud software solution that contains out-of-box installation and content. There are out-of-box utensils designed specifically to accelerate the design and deployment of your existing and cloud-first applications – across private and hybrid environments. Learn more by watching this video.
By Kevin Bloch, Cisco Chief Technology Officer, Australia and New Zealand
One of the best parts about my job is that I get to spend a lot of time listening to some very smart people, both internally within Cisco and externally. As we touch so many parts of the global technology industry and market, it puts me in a fantastic position to see what’s coming down the track. So, each year around this time, I take the opportunity to offer some predictions for the year ahead (which, incidentally, is Cisco’s 30th birthday).
It will probably come as no surprise that the biggest theme you’ll hear about this year is digital transformation, which is essentially underpinned by the Internet of Everything (IoE). In the next twelve months, enterprises will spend more than $40 billion globally, designing, implementing and operating the Internet of Things (IoT). Already thirty-eight percent of technology spend is outside of IT.
Cloud computing has been an important aspect of IT departments for several years but it wasn’t until the past decade that cloud computing started to develop and evolve to include private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. The capability and agility of the cloud has forced this rapid evolution. Cloud is transforming businesses of all sizes, from small and midsized businesses to larger organizations -- a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down. So what does the evolution of cloud solutions and services mean for the future?
The Future is Cloud
Cloud enables capabilities such as enhanced remote access, video streaming, faster disaster recovery, increased scalability and reduced IT infrastructure total cost of ownership (TCO) and will be a main driver of these capabilities moving forward.
With most new software being built for cloud from the outset, Gartner predicts that Read More »
Cisco’s Scott Clark recently discussed the value of this new business approach for IT and highlighted that by adopting this approach IT can “provide the right private, hybrid or public cloud service, at the right time, and at the right cost.”
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 »