A few weeks ago I participated in on a webinar panel http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=404085&s=1&k=639DAC16BAF88F2B7260152679635F00
around Big Data and the return on that data. I was joined by Ivan Chong, EVP from Informaticahttp://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/author/ivan-chong/ and Van Baltz, VP and CIO of Station Casinos, http://www.stationcasinos.com/, where we discussed Van’s aggressive project to roll out a realtime big data system. This deployment , using Informatica Powercenter and the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler was an impressive project that drove both a new architecture and critical changes to the people, processes and technologies. Ivan used a great analogy around the exhaust from applications. Nowadays, IT shops deploy and run many applications that run the real-time business for their companies. All these applications produce exhaust, namely the data after all that work is done. This data is very valuable. It can tell a lot about your business, your customers and your execution to meet the corporate financials.
Cisco’s Tidal Enterprise Scheduler is a master at moving this data around and processing it so that the business IT users have the data they need to run a real-time business.
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As Jason Schroedl announced, http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/announcing-the-new-cisco-intelligent-automation-for-cloud-starter-edition Cisco’s Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit, in conjunction with the Unified Computing System has just announced a solution for customers of UCS and vCenter that want a Cloud Automation system that can perform both Physical and Virtual server provisioning. It is called the starter edition for a reason. We find that many customers are not sure what they want from their cloud and are looking for a great place to start. This is not what I call the “starship enterprise” of clouds. It is the first step that a company will take on their cloud journey.
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Introducing Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud -- Starter Edition. Or as I like to call it, My First Cloud.
I’ve written in the past of cloud being journey to a new operational model and thus makes demand on the technology, process and organizational model. It changes the relationship between the provider and the consumer of a service.
This operational model is one with resource pools available on demand, metered, pay as you use. The reality for many enterprises is this is aspirational and not a realistic first step.
Today, he resource pools are funded by department, there’s no automation or self-service to meet the on-demand self-service aspect of cloud.
And there’s lots of fears beyond security; like the fear of rampant waste and capacity outages.
There’s also the issue of complexity and where will the skills to do service design and automation will come from? Global 2000 companies can easily afford big ticket consulting engagements, but smaller ones can’t.
The channel is key to serve the rest of the market but where are the channel partners for cloud?
So complexity and lack of expertise, in our view, were seriously hindering the adoption of cloud operations.
Our response is the first in a series of products to bring cloud operations capabilities to different market segments. For example, the needs of a mid-size organization are very different than the needs of global enterprise and different again from a service provider.
Even in service provider, there are huge differences in operations and scale between traditional managed hosting provider, an outsourcer, a webscale company and a national telco or network provider.
So the way to simplify delivery for midsize business, enterprise departments or smaller managed hosting provider is to embed an operational model, pre-packaged automation and a set of competent channel partners that can quickly and inexpensively turn on your first cloud at a reasonable price.
This is what Intelligent Automation Starter Edition represents: a simple, inexpensive way to get to a customer’s first cloud.
Customer’s can use it to learn how to operate the first basic offering; also, it’s upgradeable to Cisco’s Intelligent Automation -- Standard Edition when the customer needs additional, more sophisticated service offering
Workload Automation is the triggered or scheduled activities that drive batch and real-time business process automation moving data across an ecosystem of applications and compute environments. This is mission critical “back office” IT business data process capability. I introduced Workload Automation in a previous blog, http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/workload-automation-job-scheduling-applications-and-the-move-to-cloud/. We have customers who use the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler to perform the most critical activities in their enterprise. Many of the health care providers, insurance companies, manufacturing giants, and financial service outfits rely on these technologies to drive their business.
We recently made generally available our workhorse release of the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler for the next few years.
A powerful global change has begun. Through cloud services and automation, people are discovering and inventing new ways to deliver IT services with blinding speed. As a direct result, IT Operations are changing — and those that adopt a pragmatic cloud are creating competitive differentiation for their business faster than most companies.
But there are many stones on the road to Damascus on which to stub you toes.
Some IT shops moving to a cloud are not yet ready to take ownership of that Private or Hybrid Cloud deployment or to change their operations. These shops will not be successful.
Some expect their vendor to build it and own it. Other shops are relying on third parties. This will work at first but it will quickly get too expensive.
Finally, some of the visionaries want to own it themselves but don’t know where to start. These organizations need to build a maturity roadmap that gets them started quickly and easily so they can learn what works and what needs improvement.
We have worked with a large number of organizations. This has given us perspective on the 12 habits of successful cloud implementations. Here they are.
12 Habits of Successful Cloud Builders:
1. They invest in training from their cloud automation software provider so that they can take ownership of and drive the technical work.
2. Cloud builders are indeed that, their goal is to build: over time they rely less on vendors and third party services to build their cloud; they have a plan for that transition.
3. Moving to cloud requires new roles. Builders define new roles in their organizations to take into account the new skills and competencies needed. They think through career implications and pathways. Read More »