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Cloud Services to Move the Internet of Everything (IoE) – and the SP Business – Forward, Faster

Throughout my recent meetings with Service Provider customers at Cisco Live Milan and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there were two recurring themes throughout my meetings (and there were a lot of them as my peers and I hosted nearly 1000 of them in the four days of MWC alone).

The first was the power and promise of the cloud.  Whether carriers were leveraging Cisco’s advanced capabilities in the areas of Network Function Virtualization (NfV) or various virtualization, orchestration and automation capabilities – all with the goal of increasing revenue, reducing Opex and enhancing agility – each Service Provider was keenly interested in the impact Clouds can and will have on their businesses.  That’s why the Evolved Services Platform announcement we made resonated so well.

The second was the heightened level of discussion around the dramatic changes Service Providers are seeing in the way people, process, data and things are being connected – essentially the Internet of Everything (IoE) – and thus driving the need to leverage advanced capabilities.  While Cisco has spoken about this for the past year, the idea of the IoE is now being recognized as moving beyond vision to actual opportunity for providers who sit at the center of it all.  The recurring questions they had was around how to seize that opportunity and what was best path forward for their business to create value and differentiation amidst so much and so fast the speed of change.

This is where the two themes come together.  This is where Cisco Cloud Services come into play.

At the Cisco Partner Summit today, we are announcing our Cisco Cloud Services.  Designed as a suite of Cisco application- and network-centric cloud services on a truly open and global public cloud infrastructure comprised of many different clouds tied together, or Intercloud if you will, it provides cloud capabilities for any of our global service providers and partners to leverage quickly.  Cisco Cloud Services combine the flexibility, efficiency and scalability of a public cloud, with the security and control of a private cloud, with the scale and reach that only Cisco and its partners can enable.

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Cisco Champions Talk about Hybrid Cloud and Intercloud : A Podcast

February 25, 2014 at 8:59 am PST

On  January 28th , Cisco launched the Intercloud solutions . On the tail of this announcement, we invited a couple of Cisco Champions to share their perspectives on hybrid cloud and Intercloud with one of our subject matter experts . This was our first Champion podcast.

Eric Wright (@discoposse) and Jonathan Davis (@subnetwork) joined Cisco Mark Loesel to talk about cloud trends, opportunities and challenges companies have to face to deploy a cloud model, and the benefits of intercloud solutions.

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Listen to this podcast, hosted by @commsninja.

Amongst the topic covered in this first edition, you will find conversations about

  • The evolution of the cloud market
  • Embracing hybrid cloud
  • When  public cloud can’t work for an organization
  • The impact of shadow IT
  • The importance of security
  • The Cisco Intercloud solution and the policy model
  • How open do you want your solution to be
  • The challenges to the deployment of hybrid cloud
  • How cloud will mature

To go further, I encourage you to check the following blogs on  Cisco Intercloud- You will find also excellent pointers for additional information.

If you are not familiar with the Cisco Champions, I encourage you to read the blog from Colin Lynch (@UCSGuru) posted last month : What does it mean to be a Cisco Champion? 

 

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Data Center and Cloud Networking Acceleration Continues – New Products, Technologies and Partners ring in 2014!

I could not have asked for a better start to the New Year. 2014 was quick off the starting blocks with January already setting the tone for the rest of the year as momentum continues to pick up in data center and cloud networking. Here are some highlights of the state of the business, new product introductions and additions to the ACI partner ecosystem -

  •  ACI customer traction continues to get stronger; Ecosystem continues to add new members

Cisco Live! in Milan provided first-hand evidence of the strong interest from customers to learn more about Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Customer briefing sessions were packed and demos in the World of Solutions had strong interest. Hundreds of customers are engaged in proof-of-concepts just in the first 30 days. Select customers have been provided the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) simulator to get them early exposure and help harden the APIC ahead of its general availability targeted for Q2 this year.

The open architecture of the APIC means that it is easier for new technology partners to come on board and integrate. New members coming on board the ACI ecosystem include A10 networks, Cloudera, MapR and Catbird.  Expect solution data sheets to be made available closer to the APIC availability.

Watch Soni Jiandani provide details of the momentum building around ACI -

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The vision of ACI was also extended to Campus and WAN environments with the announcement of the APIC Enterprise module. Stay tuned for more on this space.

  • Nexus 9000 continues to break new records – Miercom and Lippis test reports available

The Nexus 9000 has been shipping since Q4 of 2013 and is already breaking new records. Miercom released a report that detailed how the Nexus 9500 is offering the highest performance and lowest latency in 40GbE competitive studies. This supplements test reports released here earlier by Lippis and Ixia that focus on performance, availability, power efficiency and programmability.

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Cisco’s Cloud Portfolio – A Quick Overview

Yesterday at Cisco Live! Milan we announced Cisco’s expanded, industry-leading cloud portfolio to pave the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds. If you want to learn more about the recent additions to our Cloud portfolio, Fabio Gori’s blog will provide you with a great summary.

We have a very clear strategy for cloud and I will talk more about it in future blogs; however, for the time being here’s a quick overview (Imagine a New IT Video)

Strategy per se is great … but without execution…. it is not fascinating . With our comprehensive cloud portfolio in conjunction with our partner ecosystem, you can deploy and capitalize on the World of Many Clouds™ in the way that makes the most sense for your business. And we do have a cloud portfolio to match and that we can put to work for you in context to help you achieve your goals. Here is my attempt to outline our cloud portfolio more broadly beyond the recent announcement.

Plan your Cloud

Let’s start with services .… At any stage of your cloud journey, you can consider a Cisco Domain TenSM engagement. Cisco Domain Ten (TM) This industry-unique framework, embraced by global businesses to guide their IT and data center transformation, helps you methodically plan the next stages of your organization’s journey to the cloud. Starting from your current state of readiness, you gain a holistic view of your IT environment, and then project your desired state and identify the gaps that must be filled to address infrastructure, application, security, compliance, process, and governance implications for your cloud plans. It is extremely comprehensive!

 

Build Your Cloud 

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Cisco InterCloud and Cisco Services: Accelerating Cloud Adoption

Written by Krishnan Subramaniam, Director (Migration Services practice), Cisco Services

According to repeat surveys by IDC, the bad news is that challenges of cloud – security, data privacy, System Integration/migration, and legal issues – have not changed in more than five years.  The good news is that, finally, with Cisco’s cloud evolution announcement, we now have solutions.

Top challenges remain the same, but reported slightly less often

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2013 IDC Services Group Survey: U.S. Professional Services Opportunities Related to Cloud Services, Doc #239862, March 2013, N = 421, IDC, 2012 Cloud Professional Services Survey  N = 402, IDC, 2009 Cloud Professional Services Survey  N = 364, Note: in 2009 Survey Legal was not offered as an option.

Cisco’s InterCloud portfolio helps to overcome some of the main technical challenges.

It is important to understand key features of InterCloud to understand how it helps tackle technical concerns. Cisco InterCloud:

  • Provides a network bridge between the enterprise IT and service provider’s cloud over a secure path and creates a private network resembling the corporate network within the cloud provider’s space. In essence, the workload that will be migrated can retain its original IP address.
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