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TELUS Unveils Hybrid Cloud Solution

Enterprise customers considering IT services often face some difficult tradeoffs: They can go with a public cloud offering, and accept the potential limitations on customization and localized control that implies. Or, they can build new IT services on premises, a process that’s often more complex, expensive, and resource-intensive.  Today, service providers like TELUS are offering a better option: on-demand hybrid cloud capabilities that can keep data and security onsite, while offering the speed and flexibility of the cloud. TELUS just announced a major hybrid cloud service offering in Canada, giving its customers the ability to integrate public and private cloud services, as well as on-premises infrastructure, through a single portal. And the secret sauce behind TELUS’ versatile new cloud offer? It’s Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

A Growing Market—With Growing Expectations

As a leading Canadian provider of advanced telecommunications services, TELUS was seeing huge demand from its customers for cloud services. These customers are Read More »

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Cloud Adoption is Growing. So What Now?

There is no denying it cloud has moved beyond buzzword and become a key foundation element for over 40% of enterprise organizational strategies.   Making the decision to “go cloud” is the easy part.   Figuring out how to optimize and deliver on your cloud strategy is another discussion.

cloudwaveThe “first wave to cloud” was focused on operational and service delivery measures such as reducing IT operational costs and improving organizational delivery to meet SLAs.  However, just when you thought you had a handle on these measures, here comes the second wave of cloud.

Reducing operational costs and improving SLAs has become minimum requirements just to get a seat at the table.     Being a “player” in the cloud market requires broader impact across the organization and more strategic measures of business success:   innovation and increased revenue growth.

If you would like to learn more, read the latest thought leadership piece on CIO.com.

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Cisco and Microsoft Accelerate Cloud Providers’ Journey to the Hybrid Cloud

It can be a tough world out there for a cloud provider. You’re facing stiff competition from the big cloud players like Amazon and Google to deliver more flexible cloud services. But you have an edge that they don’t. Customers can trust you to deliver guaranteed reliability, security, and data sovereignty for business-critical applications in a way that pure public cloud providers can’t match.

To capitalize on that trust, you need to:

  • Offer a suite of public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions “as a service,” and bring them to market fast
  • Deliver business-class performance (scalability, flexibility, reliability and security, and more) against customer SLAs
  • Support key hybrid cloud capabilities like workload portability; and security, policy, and infrastructure management across clouds
  • Deliver globally while retaining data sovereignty

There are technologies available to do all of that, but typically you’d need to spend a lot of time and money knitting together hardware and software from multiple vendors. Then you’d have to test them to make sure they work together, and you could encounter a lot of complexity deploying and provisioning new services.

But there’s good news: Cisco and Microsoft have teamed up to create the next-generation architecture for cloud providers. It’s called the Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. And it’s going to make capturing the cloud opportunity a whole lot easier for you and your customers.

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Introducing Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform

Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform combines Cisco’s world-class hardware with Microsoft’s enterprise-ready software to help you build comprehensive hybrid cloud solutions—faster, more easily, and more profitably. It’s part of a multi-year agreement between two of the world’s hybrid cloud heavyweights, Cisco and Microsoft, to deliver joint engineering, product development, and go-to-market support.

Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform is the result of a shared vision about how the cloud needs to work for businesses. We know that if you’re going to deliver viable cloud solutions to your customers private, public, and hybrid clouds need to work together seamlessly. And they need to be a lot easier to deploy and operate.

Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform maps application policy to infrastructure policy for Microsoft and third-party ISV applications. And it implements our Unified Data Center and Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) with Microsoft Windows Azure Pack (WAP) as part of a complete, pre-tested and validated, ready-to-deploy cloud platform. So you can deploy new applications and services at DevOps speed, with lifecycle support from the partners you trust.

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A New Type of Networking: Cisco Powered Cloud Partnerships

It’s time to face the facts. Unlike fashion trends, which come and go at a rate nearly impossible to keep up with, cloud computing is sticking around—for good.

Cloud is no longer considered a possible solution for your infrastructure needs; it’s a necessity. More companies are transitioning to a cloud platform for improved cash flow, higher efficiency, and an environment that supports growing business demands. You’ll just need to keep up.

Consider your workloads functioning similar to the Internet. Just as data is made accessible between systems, your workloads would move seamlessly and securely between clouds, giving you the flexibility to work from anywhere and the capability to expand your data center. Utilizing our large network of partners, we are able to make this a reality. We call it Intercloud—a globally connected network of clouds.

Making decisions around—and the actual transition to—the cloud can be intimidating, to say the least. We certainly don’t expect you to have to take it on alone. Cisco Powered partners are industry-leading cloud providers that, together, create a team of professional, trusted companies who can help you from initial planning stages, through implementation, and onward with continued management. Our unique partnerships make opportunities readily available to you that are tailored to your specific needs.

Read more about our partnerships, the Intercloud, and other Cisco cloud services in our newly released edition of Unleashing IT. You’ll find proof of the solidity of cloud, and why it’s putting companies much like yours at an advantage.

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Shadow IT and Breaking a Rule or Two

During my college years, I worked for a major US airline. It was a great job but could get a little rough when faced with cancellations, overbookings, missed connections, etc. However, when faced with challenging situations I was always very calm. I recognized the passengers emotions associated with the situation were mostly because they had somewhere to be: vacation, home, a graduation, a wedding, perhaps even a funeral.

I had to do my best to get them where they needed to be and a number of times I operated outside the box and broke a rule or two. I did not always know what to do and sometimes made mistakes. But my goal was to support the customer and my mantra was “it’s easier to ask forgiveness then to get permission.”

The Rise of Shadow IT – Blame the Navy

“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission”, is a quote attributed to Grace Hopper, Rear Admiral U.S Navy. Hopper developed the first programming language compiler as well as a number of other significant achievements during her Naval career. In a way I think her quote is very representative of my airline career and Shadow IT.

IT “Called” the Shots

There was a time when IT was the keeper of all things (compute, network, storage). Getting a resource was a process of paper, purchase, procure, process, plan, prepare, and on, and on, and on. Your project needed time built into it for those processes and procedures. These processes and procedures are important to corporate accounting, security and resource management. However with Cloud services you can get the resource you need whenever you want it – and not have to worry about any of the corporate guidelines. Pay with a credit card, submit an expense report, and you’re ready to go.

This ability has given rise to the dichotomy of “just get it done”, but “within the guidelines of corporate processes.” The former is the driver of Shadow IT and the latter can be solved with Cisco Cloud Consumption & Cisco Intercloud Fabric and turn dichotomy into harmony. Here’s how.  Read More »

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