If someone asked you how to build a new IT organization from the ground up, what would you advise? A Cisco Sales employee asked me that very question last week. Her global customer had recently spun off a new regional group which was planning to do just that –build a completely new IT enterprise organization, with new IT infrastructure, new IT architecture, and new IT processes. She asked me if there were any Cisco IT best practices I could recommend to their newly-named CIO.
The programming of network resources is not just a trend, but also a way to future-proof IT and business needs.
This blog series examines how infrastructure programmability is providing a faster time to competitive advantage and highlights the differences between programmable infrastructure and traditional infrastructure, and what programmability means for your entire IT infrastructure.
To read the second post in this series that discusses benefits of network programmability, click here. To read the third post in this series that discusses how IT leaders can embrace this change, click here.
The proliferation of devices and applications has increased the complexity of traditional IT infrastructure. The complexity arises from manually managing the infrastructure box-by-box that is slow and error-prone. The adoption of cloud computing has compounded the problem with on-premises and off-premises resources. As a result, IT leaders have to allocate critical resources to maintain and troubleshoot these systems. In a recent whitepaper, Zeus Kerravala indicated that 83% of IT budget is used to simply maintain the current operating environment. This leaves precious few resources to invest in business-enabling innovation.
At the same time, business leaders are demanding their IT infrastructure to provide them with a faster time to competitive advantage. Quick time to market is paramount in a world where a new competitive advantage might only last a few months or even weeks. And, as if these challenges are not enough, new cyber-attacks not only threaten innovation but can also threaten the organization itself.
Programmability to the rescue
Infrastructure programmability provides the ability to control and change the functions of IT infrastructure. Let’s take a closer look.
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Over the past weeks, Cisco Cloud Services introduce a global Intercloud . Today I’d like to explain how Cisco Intercloud provides a platform for Cisco, ISVs, and partners application enablement and innovation.
Infrastructure as service (IaaS) is a very small part of the overall cloud adaption requirements needed to enable business agility, growth, and transformation. This is an area that service providers and Telcos have been trying to optimize with traditional BSS, OSS, and provisioning systems over the last several years. The overall market for cloud in these providers is very small and not growing quickly due to their lack of development and application enablement in the physical and virtual layers. These layers are becoming commodity capabilities and not easy to differentiate business capabilities on without adding tremendous cost from enterprise software and advanced services. Even with this added cost, enterprises are failing to transform because basic IaaS is a very small part of their overall business needs.
This is not to say that IaaS does not matter. Where IaaS matters is their efficiency and platform capabilities that enable businesses to innovate seamlessly. In addition, cost models and SLA are very important to businesses.
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In his paper “A Data Center Fabric is Critical to the Next Generation of Data Center ” published on January 2014, Zeus Kerravala (@Zeeman) wrote ” The data center has gone through many major evolutionary changes over the past several decades, and each change has been defined by major shifts in architectures…in 2011, another major shift began: the shift to a virtual data center. This has been the primary driver in enabling customers to transition to the cloud and ultimately IT as a service…Next-generation data centers will see a greater coupling of hardware and software to bring together both physical and virtual infrastructure. The result will be a fluid, dynamic “fabric” capable of moving IT resources where the business needs them.”
End of January at Cisco Live Europe, Cisco introduced new solutions “Data Center and Cloud Networking Accelerations Continues” expanding the portfolio of data center fabric solutions designed to create this virtual data center.
On March 11, a panel of experts shared the best ways to achieve this shift . You can access here to the recording
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During this webcast, our guests examined solutions to address the need for elimination, integration and consolidation. Eliminating IT silos will allow your resources to be ready when and where they’re needed, and can be achieved by implementing a data center fabric. With the capability of being quickly and easily built—and rebuilt—as necessary, data center fabrics provide an overarching, unified infrastructure to securely house your data and allow for benefits such as:
- Consolidation and simplification of the network, compute, storage, and application resources
- Faster delivery of services
- Enhanced utilization of resources
- More productive IT staff and employees
- Lower operating expenses
So to be ready to shift into high gear and accelerate , register now to discover the optimal way for a smooth transition.
A Data Center Fabric is critical to a next-generation Data Center by Zeus Karravala
“Data Center and Cloud Networking Accelerations Continues “ A blog from Shashi Kiran
“And the Momentum Continue- New Nexus Data Center Innovations ” A blog from Berna Devrim
Cloud is changing the way businesses deploy and manage IT and business services. Industry analysts estimate that by the end of 2014, four out of 10 companies will have deployed a private cloud.
But where do you start?
Join Cisco and Forrester on February 18th, for this live webcast entitled: Cloud Management: It’s More than Just IaaS. Check out this promotional video then register today.