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Evaluating IaaS Solutions: Comparing UCS Director to HPE OneView

According to the latest predictions from analyst firm IDC, “more than 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud by 2017.” That means that your organization is likely to evaluate an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions this year, if you haven’t chosen one already. As you consider options, it can be difficult to evaluate the different management platforms and sort through the vendor claims. A team of technical experts developed a list of evaluation criteria to make it easier. They have recently published a white paper that provides a clear comparison between Cisco UCS Director and HPE OneView.  The paper looks at three critical areas of IaaS functionality:IaaS Image

  • Orchestration and automation
  • Self-service provisioning
  • Heterogeneous provisioning and management

A concise side-by-side comparison is provided in a table on page 5 of the document with details provided in the other sections of the paper.

You can download the paper here.

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Turbo-Charge Your Cloud Conversations and Uncover New Business Opportunities

I’ve spent a lot of time on the road over the last few months.  Europe.  Asia.  Canada.  Latin America.  And everywhere I go I talk to our partners.  The one constant: frustration over their ability to have a deep conversation with customers about cloud. Partners have told me their customers want to hear how they can leverage applications and cloud services to impact their business outcomes. However, they also say that their conversations are often relegated to ‘box-level’ discussions about speed and feeds and costs of specific technologies at the bidding phase of the deal.

What if I told you that you can discover every single cloud CS-info_blogservice your customers are using and help them understand the potential business risk or compliance challenges they are facing. And, armed with such insight, that you can uncover new cloud, security, and data center opportunities.

Too good to be true?  Partners can do all that and more with our new Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service. This new product, now generally available, helps customers solve a significant challenge for their business and, at the same time, provides partners with insights and concrete data to help transform cloud conversations with their customers.

Shadow IT: Growing Exponentially

Customers are facing an explosion of cloud use. And it’s becoming a major headache for IT leaders.

On average, large organizations are now using 1,220 individual cloud services, largely without oversight, which leads to increased risk and spiraling costs. And it’s growing by leaps and bounds. The average number of cloud services used has grown 112% over the past year, and 67% over the past six months.  Additionally, the hidden cost of public cloud services is four to eight times higher than billed costs.

Cloud Consumption as a Service helps customers discover and monitor which cloud services are being used across the organization. It helps customers mitigate cloud risks, uncover redundant services to reduce costs, and compare providers and benchmark usage. Ultimately, it helps organizations strategically manage their cloud use and gain insight to inform their cloud roadmap.

If this sounds interesting, make sure to watch our Cloud Consumption overview video.

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The Origins of Fast IT

Fast IT – It started in our Data Center, and now it’s everywhere

“Fast IT” started for Cisco as “Easy IT”. It was our data center infrastructure engineers who saw that they could automate a 3-week job (building virtual server infrastructure in the data center) in under 15 minutes, and of course they jumped at the chance. They built a set of scripts to automate these processes and saved themselves a LOT of work.

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You Are Not Alone

On the surface, moving your operations to the cloud sounds relatively straightforward. With IaaS, for example, you simply migrate workloads to run on a server in your service provider’s data center instead of your own. In some respects, it is this easy. It is when they need to select which workloads to move that many companies begin to realize how challenging migrating to the cloud can be.

For many companies, the move to cloud is a transition. It begins with a toe-in-the-water approach, so to speak. A few non-essential operations are moved to the cloud to see how it all goes. As the cloud proves itself out, more and more operations can be moved. The organization builds what is known as a hybrid cloud, one that blends the best of public and private clouds with a company’s own data center to maximize performance and efficiency while minimizing risk and cost.

Key to a successful move to cloud is working within your own comfort levels. In the blog, Getting Ready for the Cloud, service provider Netelligent describes some of the key factors to consider as you build out a cloud plan. First and foremost is that you focus on what drives your business, not what drives IT. By understanding your business goals and priorities, you can then more accurately determine how the cloud can best help your organization.

What’s important here is remembering that you are not alone in your journey to cloud. Many providers, like Netelligent, offer a variety of professional services designed to help you make a smooth transition to cloud. You have access to experts who can work with you to clearly identify your business needs and the best way to meet them. They can also help you identify your comfort level so you can move to the cloud at your own pace and have confidence in your cloud plan at every step. You can also utilize professional services from Cisco, giving you direct access to our vast experience in expanding organizations into the cloud.

Don’t invent the cloud on your own from scratch. Learn more about how Cisco professional services or professional services from our partners can help you build the right cloud for your business.

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Overcoming Cloud Jargon

These are three conversations that I had recently with a partner, a customer, and a Cisco executive (not necessarily in this order):

“Cloud refers to only private and hybrid cloud, right?”

“I thought infrastructure-as-a-service is public cloud, not software-as-a-service.”

“We know how much public cloud we are using because we know what infrastructure-as-a-services we are using. What I need to know is what SaaS applications we are using.”

This stood out to me in a major way. While the term “cloud” has been around for a while, there is still confusion as to what it actually means.

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