I’ve written before (here, here, and here) that Cloud Computing is more than some cool software running on a server. Sure, the applications are the sizzle on the steak (+ all the marketing terms -- dynamic, elastic, on-demand, etc.), but there’s a little more to it than that. A user needs to access the application, get the information quickly (or sent it information), and feel confident that the information was delivered securely. The application doesn’t always know what type of device will access it (PC, Mac, Browser, Tablet, Smartphone, etc.), so it can’t be 100% sure it’ll deliver the best user-experience. And users will demands that applications continue to run regardless of the mobile device’s location. All those demands on applications get a lot easier, and in some cases require, an intelligent network providing the infrastructure.
But people often forget those details because they have become so accustomed to a robust network always being there. They might struggle to define the value of that network, just as Kodak did in defining “original technology” in the famous Mad Men episode (Carousel).
Don’t take my word for it, hear what Cisco Cloud CTO Lew Tucker had to say during a recent set of meetings with industry analysts -- here, here, here, here and here. Read More »
Over the last few weeks you’ve probably seen several announcements about expanded delivery from Cisco and our ecosystem partners in the area of Integrated Compute Stacks; specifically around SAP and VMware View 4.5 support on VCE Vblock, and E-SMT support on FlexPod for VMware. These solutions are allowing companies to take the next step in a journey towards Private Cloud and delivery of Better IT services for their business and customers. By simplifying the ordering, sizing, deployment, automation and integration of virtualization within the Data Center, customers are beginning to see the transformation from a 70/30 environment focused on maintenance to one that can free up capital and human resources to drive new innovation. Read More »
Selected from hundreds of entries from around the world, Cisco customers King County and Almaviva TSF met the stringent criteria defined by Computerworld, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and Storage Networking World (SNW) for awards in the following categories:
1) Best Practices in Energy Efficiency, Green Computing and the Data Center:
King County -- Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) -- Seattle, Washington
2) Best Practices in Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Almaviva Tele Sistemi Ferroviari (TSF) -- Rome, Italy
About our customers: King County, the 14th largest county in the United States, used the Nexus platform and MDS switches to build a highly efficient data center shared by all departments. To learn more about how they achieved a green environment, read here.
Almaviva Tele Sistemi Ferroviari (TSF) is one of the leading providers of ICT services to the transport and logistics industries in Italy. Alberto Giaccone, head of network operations at TSF, was present for the awards ceremony. To learn t how TSF transformed its business model deploying Cisco data center best practices, read here.
Its interesting to now be talking about moving ‘beyond’ with regards to virtualization. Its been such a hot topic with such a wealth of new technology-new problems that reveal themselves only to be addressed in creative ways.
Welcome to the shownotes for our latest Data Center focused show…this one is a deep dive around multiple new technology announcements. If for some reason you are just now reading this and have not watched the show…I encourage to you to check it out right away…these notes make much more sense in the context of of our video…Heres the teaser to get you started…
So what are the most intriguing items covered in this one?
Join us on Thursday, October 7th, for our upcoming live Ask The Expert event, inside Cisco Live and Networkers Virtual. Ask the Expert events are part of our content partnership with the Cisco Support Community. Take advantage of these opportunities to get answers to your questions live, in real-time, by a Cisco expert.
Join Cisco expert Lucien Avramov, a customer support engineer at the Cisco Technical Assistance Center who currently works in the data center switching team supporting customers on the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 2000 for this live webcast session. Lucien will cover Data Center Switching with the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches and Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. The session will encompass configuration and troubleshooting on various topics such as Cisco’s virtual PortChannel (vPC) technology (including vPC designs), performance, and various other common topics frequently addressed.