As we come to the end of 2013, there is a lot to look back at, and still more to look forward to in 2014. Last year I speculated whether 2012 was the year of converged infrastructure and all indications are that it was true. I was at the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, where they referred to converged infrastructure as Fabric-based infrastructure, and expect it to become mainstream within 2-5 years.
As I look back at 2013, some of the big events, from a UCS and management perspective were:
- Cisco entered the ranks of the top 5 server vendors with the UCS.
- The virtual UCS community started a monthly UCS Tech talk series.
- Cloupia was renamed Cisco UCS Director, and won the Storage, Virtualization and Cloud (SVC) 2013 product of the year award
- Cisco extended the innovative concept of the UCS Service profiles and introduced Application Centric Infrastructure.
- Updated version of the Cisco UCS Manager (2.2) was released this month
Interestingly at the Gartner conference, data center automation was a topic of great interest and many sessions were dedicated to it. The Cisco UCS Management portfolio products are designed specifically to automate data center operations, increase operating efficiencies and Read More »
Tags: Cisco UCS Director, Cisco UCS Manager, cloud service brokers, enterprise class security, ITaaS, ucs management
There’s a new force changing the way Cisco IT operates, the way we plan and develop new services, and the way we support our employees. Consumerization is showing us how to help our employees to be more productive and more satisfied – if we can learn to listen and respond. Read More »
Tags: Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry, bring your own device, byod, coc-borderless-networks, Consumerization, IOS, iPad, iphone, it-as-a-service, ITaaS, mac
The Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services program, or CITEIS, is our internal implementation of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) resources in a private cloud. CITEIS is designed to provide a consumer-type IT experience to our developers while Cisco IT maintains governance and control over the infrastructure. Read More »
Tags: Cisco IT, CITEIS, cloud, coc-data-center, data center, ITaaS, paas
I’d like to share with you some insights from the recent deployment of Cisco Prime Service Catalog from one of our customers: Steria.
Steria is a leading provider of IT-enabled business services with 20,000 employees worldwide. Steria serves private and public sector organizations across the globe – with operations across 16 countries throughout Europe, India, North Africa, and Southeast Asia. With their expertise in IT and business outsourcing, Steria provides innovative solutions to help their clients improve efficiency and profitability.
One of Steria’s recent challenges was how to satisfy its clients’ desire to improve employee productivity and enable employees to work from any device. While IT-as-a-Service is becoming an increasingly competitive market in the Americas, offerings in Europe are still sparse – so this was also an opportunity to provide competitive differentiation for Steria’s services. Steria turned to Cisco to solve 3 key problems:
1. Providing employees with instant on-demand provisioning of desktop software and easy access to workplace IT resources,
2. Enabling employees to work from any device anywhere, and thus optimize computing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO),
3. And providing a simple, user-friendly portal and service catalog to make software offerings easily accessible.
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Tags: Case Study, cloud, customer, data center, IT, it-as-a-service, ITaaS, mobility, prime, Service Catalog, Service Provider, Steria, unified management, workplace IT
Virtacore, a leading cloud services provider, aims to help clients shift to the cloud. But the company was aware that in order to help others, it first needed to help itself—which meant updating its own infrastructure to provide the best IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) to customers.
By leveraging innovative technology from Cisco, like the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), based on Intel® Xeon® processors, Cisco Nexus Switches, and Cisco Catalyst Switches, Virtacore is now able to better leverage its internal IT to perform faster, more reliably, and on a larger scale. And, in turn, the company gained the ability to provide more cost effective, higher-standard services externally.
Reducing deployment from six weeks to just a few hours, providing a single-pane-of-glass management, and ensuring improved performance are a few of the benefits that have confirmed the worth of implementing new technology and rebuilding the IT environment.
Read the full article and learn just what Virtacore did to unleash their IT potential – and how they can continue to do so in the future.
Tags: Cisco UCS, cloud, Cloud Computing, ITaaS, Service Provider, unified computing