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Cisco Intercloud Fabric Release 2.2.1 is Feature Packed!!!

I bought a used car this past weekend for my two teenagers to share, for school, work, getting around town, etc. It is a sensible car, four-wheel drive, high safety rating, decent gas mileage, few options and fewer distractions, a big difference from the ’72 TransAm I had as a teenager. Like the car I got for my children the TransAM was 10 years old when I bought it but that’s where the similarities ended.

The ’72 TransAm came in blue with white stripes or white with blue stripes. It was raw power, the new honeycomb grille airflow augmenting the rear facing hood scoop to feed the Rochester Quadrajet 4-bbl carburetor. Every month I scanned my Hot Rod magazine to see if there was some new speed or horsepower tip in one of the columns.

I miss that car; you could do so many things with it. Not only could you service it yourself, there were loads of aftermarket parts and services to take advantage of, I liked that I wasn’t locked into the manufacturer or even have to worry about a specific dealer, it was so easy. And it was my very first hybrid… when I added Nitrous! (I believe that counts as hybrid)

72 TransAm

My first car, a 1972 TransAm

Cisco’s Intercloud Fabric (ICF) reminds me of my TransAm (I’m sure you were wondering how I was going to make the transition to Hybrid Cloud). How so? Well ICF is not locked into a specific cloud provider or their virtual machine format. In the enterprise, ICF can run on Hyper-V, KVM + OpenStack and VMware vSphere. The cloud provider can be running VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack, CloudStack, ICF works with all those cloud management systems. Plus with the current release 2.2.1, ICF packs in a bunch of new capabilities.

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Delivering State of Art Technology at a Non-Profit

The Salvation ArmyProviding cost effective technological innovations is key to The Salvation Army’s mission of meeting human needs without discrimination or geographic boundaries.   As an international non-profit organization the ability to deliver life changing services thru technological solutions in a timely and cost effective manner is essential.

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Leading Digital Transformation at KPIT

KPIT is a global IT Consulting and Product Engineering partner focused on co-innovating domain intensive, technology solutions for corporations specializing in automotive & transportation, manufacturing and energy & utilities.

Our journey to digital transformation at KPIT started in 2009 with the implementation of Private cloud using VBLOCK architecture from VCE.  Post successful private cloud implementation, we began to move to hybrid cloud in 2012.We were looking for the following from our hybrid cloud deployment:

  • Consistent and secure network extension into public clouds
  • Seamless capacity augmentation into the public cloud to fulfill surge requirements
  • Seamless workload placement to and from public clouds without any infrastructure dependencies
  • Single point of management across multiple public clouds

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TechWiseTV: Cloud Agility through Smarter Automation

Agility is highly sought after in today’s business environment.   It allows your business to rapidly adapt to market changes or competitive pressures.  It enables your business to capture new opportunities and customers without expanding your staff or increasing costs.  To accomplish these objectives you need one thing:  automation.  Automation delivers the key element for business agility:  Speed.

Industry analyst Forrester states that the preferred on-ramp for automation is private cloud.  Why?  Because private cloud delivers more visibility and control while maintaining compliance and customer satisfaction.  In essence, private cloud allows business to reach new markets and buyers faster, empower employees and stay ahead of the competition.

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The Three Levels of Trust

Hybrid cloud is about flexibility. It’s about having access to the extra capacity you need, when you need it. It’s about paying only for what you use. And it’s about being able to quickly extend your IT capabilities so you can address new opportunities as they arise.

Hybrid cloud is also about saving money. And to lock in the best rates, you’ll need to sign a commitment with a cloud provider. The question is, how do you know how much capacity to sign up for?

In “Right-sizing Your Hybrid Cloud”, managed cloud provider Netelligent describes a three-stage approach to getting the most for your money: 1) needs assessment, 2) building out a cloud plan, and 3) verifying your plan and right-sizing it.

Deciding how you want to use the cloud can be challenging. You have many service choices and deployment models to choose from from. Many cloud providers can customize your service as well.

Reality is, you are not just buying a service from a cloud provider. You are establishing an ongoing relationship with them. For many organizations, your provider will become a trusted advisor. This means you will count on your provider to help you make decisions, be proactive and keep your company’s best interests in mind.

Providers like Netelligent understand that the key aspect of this relationship is trust. There are three levels of trust to look for in a cloud provider:

1) Understanding your needs: Trust takes work. It is only after your provider understands your business needs that it can determine the best course to meet them. To achieve this, many providers have developed professional services teams to work with you to assess your needs and develop a cloud plan designed to meet your business’ unique requirements. For providers who don’t have such a team, Cisco has a professional services program and can work directly with you and your provider to create a custom plan.

2) Transparency: Promises are nice. Promises backed by verification that these promises have been met are even better. After all, it is much easier to trust a provider who can prove they have delivered as they said they would. It is also easier to trust a provider who can show you that the plan it helped you develop is actually meeting your needs.

3) Accountability: Sometimes estimates are off. And sometimes the plan your provider helped you create has you committed to more resources than you truly need. The true test of trust is how your provider stands behind its work. Does your provider penalize you for adopting the plan it suggested? Or does your provider guarantee your satisfaction by working with you to adjust your plan and make it right.

The world is moving to cloud. As a result, more and more businesses are relying on cloud providers to help them transform their business. Trust is essential to this relationship. It is the key to transforming a provider into your partner.

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