In support of our Openstack Edition, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC video) is introducing a community supported “Multi-Cloud Acceleration Kit” (MCAK) that extends IAC Starter Edition to enable provisioning of OpenStack clouds as well as vCloud, Amazon EC2 as well as vCenter and UCS blades. IAC provides both a real service catalog and an orchestration tool that help OpenStack be adopted by the enterprise. IAC provides rich Role-Based Access Control,physical provisioning and adapters to a large variety of back IT systems including help desks, CMDB’s, directories and many other systems.
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, cloud, intelligent automation, OpenStack, orchestration, unified management
I was talking to a few analysts this week on workload automation and some interesting themes came up. Workload Automation (aka Job Scheduling) starting with IBM mainframes and job control language. Over the years the automated execution of business processes (moving batch data in real-time schedules) became a major workload in the data center. This was extended from mainframe to distributed computing with Unix and then Windows compute. Along with this came all the Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence package applications that made SAP and Oracle famous. Moving the data around was absolutely mission critical. Huge demand on the data center resources drove the need to begin to control the resource states of the target compute engines to be ready for the high demands of processing millions of transactions or running critical reports for the Enterprise.
Now here is the rub…
The 40 to 60 year old set (of which I am member) know all about this “in the background” processing and its importance. The challenge now, with all the new Web applications being created and a new batch of IT professionals is that this critical part of the IT ecosystem is being forgot about, downplayed and generally not paid attention too until there is a big outage and enterprise controls and automation are put in place. There are so many places where workload automation can be applied to help automate key processes. Many of our customers of this product line have increased the size of their operations 2-3x over the past 3 years. All this cool new technology and new products being sold are putting increased demands on workload automation. Learn more about this cost saving automation technology, your CIO will thank you for it.
Tags: data center, intelligent automation, Oracle, SAP, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, workload automation
I have previously blogged about the value of a having a Cloud Workshop to drive success for your first Private Cloud. Well now Cisco’s Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group and Cisco Corporate IT will host a Workshop at the 11th International Cloud Expo. Register to hear the best “true grit” about the Private Cloud. I will be presenting with Rodrigo Flores, Joann Starke and Brian Cinque.
See you there.
Tags: data center, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud
When Cisco acquired netwScale (my company), in addition to our cloud portal, it also brought in the Cisco Workplace Portal (formerly RequestCenter).
There was a lot of curiosity as to what Cisco would do with an ITIL style service catalog and what the future of such product would be within Cisco. Well, it’s 18 months later and it is doing quite well, with an exciting roadmap and some new things already shipped and some in the wing.
In this post, I want to discuss what are workplace services, how they have evolved, how they are evolving and what it means to the service catalog.
Workplace services are those services that employees need in order to do their jobs. They include computers, phones, offices, new employee set up, terminations, access to applications and anything else you can imagine. I have seen tens of thousands of service definitions both common and unusual.
Common ones are the desktop computer variety, but even these sometimes have an unusual bent. For example, banks have different workstations for tellers than admin staff. Other have engineering workstations that are different salespeople. Role definition becomes a pretty important aspect of a service catalog implementation.
Unusual ones were “Report chemical fire”, “Order Executive Sedan”, “Inter-factory mail”, and “File patent idea”. Patent as a service, if you will
If it was something that could be requested, it went in the catalog. Today some customers have 1,500+ service definitions in their catalogs with user bases in the 350,000 employees.
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, cisco workplace portal, Cloud Management, intelligent automation, orchestration, self-service, unified management, workplace services
The Intelligent Automation / Unified Management team is going to be at Interop in New York and Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!
Here’s a run-through of both events so you know where to find us:
Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco
Did you know that Oracle NoSQL Big Data Solutions are Offered on Cisco UCS? Join us at the Cisco booth theater to learn more about “How Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler Lowers TCO for Oracle Big Data by Automating NoSQL Workloads on Cisco UCS”.
Attend one of the three sessions this week in the Cisco booth (1221):
Monday at 3:30 PST
Tuesday at 11:30 PST
Wednesday at noon PST
We’ll be showing an exciting demo of the real-time big data analytics for the social media at the event. This demo is powered by the Tidal Enterprise Scheduler.
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Tags: Cisco Events, Cisco Intelligent Automation, intelligent automation, Interop NY, OOW, Oracle OpenWorld, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, UCS, Unified Data Center, unified management