Over the past several years, I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of two important trends in the networking industry -- the evolution of open standards and open APIs, and the definition of policy as the key interface to the network.
Open is an extremely important word to the future of networking. The simple dictionary definition for open means not closed or locked, allowing access to inside, and freely accessible.
The ultimate networking environment will allow a user the freedom to connect anything together in the cloud and to an existing environment. In order for this vision to happen, companies must work together to create a common language.
OpenStack has garnered a lot of interest in the development community and among our customers. We at Cisco have been actively helping to shape the discussion around policy. Working collaboratively with our partners and competitors, we helped create Group-Based Policy (GBP), an intent-driven policy API for OpenStack.
The Group-Based Policy initiative represents a significant innovation in how users conceive, manage, deploy, and scale their applications in OpenStack clouds. And its now available as a 100% open source solution available to any vendor. When coupled with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, we are able to offer our customers a completely policy-driven network.
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Tags: ACI, API, APIs, application centric infrastructure, Cisco, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, cloud, data center, group-based policy, network, networking, Open, open APIs, open source, open standards
Enterprises have taken on many cloud computing opportunities but for the most part the adoption of applications on the cloud is very early and mostly for new applications and for development and test use cases. Many enterprise applications have not been considered for cloud due to their legacy deployment models or application architecture.
Many companies have made the mistake of thinking that legacy enterprise virtualization technology, enterprise software methodology, enterprise provisioning systems, and enterprise management systems will survive their company’s business transformation. Unfortunately time and time again these systems are not able to scale, adapt quickly enough for the business, and frequently cost up to 10 times more than open source based solutions.
The reason for this lies in the power of community and the scalability of software propose-built for scale and adaptability. OpenStack definitely fits this requirement and has finally matured enough to be a force in the transformation of your enterprise business. Cisco announced the largest global Intercloud, which is based on OpenStack and other open source software to deliver a cloud that can scale to 100s of thousands of virtual instances and 100s of instances provisioned in minutes.
As important as that is for cloud scale, interoperability, and adaptability, the message in this announcement is much bigger. Cisco is committed to OpenStack and open source projects and is taking the lead in developing and driving software defined network, network function virtualization, application policy control, cloud optimized computing, security, orchestration, and service assurance innovations back to the open source community . Cisco’s contribution focus is operationalizing Openstack for the enterprise scale, reliability, networking, and compute scheduling needs. In Havana, Cisco contributions included the Neutron Cisco plugin framework, feature additions to the Nexus plugin for physical Cisco Nexus switches, introduction of the new Cisco Nexus 1000v virtual switch plugin, and actively leading and participating in the design of the Neutron Modular Layer 2 plugin framework. Cisco’s contribution in these and other areas, such as Layer 3, Firewall and VPN network services including yesterday’s announcement highlighting additional IETF contributions Cisco introduced with the OpFlex protocol for application centric infrastructure (ACI) .
Join us as we transform the cloud from legacy virtualization technology and custom code that does not scale to an agile cloud platform that scales and adapts at the speed your business requires. All supported by an international community of architects, engineers, and developers with your enterprise business interest in mind. Lastly, designed from the bottom up to interoperate with the most popular clouds on the market today while future-proofed via the abstractions in our software innovations. Cisco is committed to this approach because we believe that a world of many clouds requires openness and interoperability to allow you maximize your business benefit. Let’s see what we can accomplish together.
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Tags: ACI, cloud, cloud services, global intercloud, Hybrid Cloud, interoperability, Open, open source, OpenStack, OpFlex
My 2014 predictions are finally complete. If Open Source equals collaboration or credibility, 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular. As an eternal optimist, I believe 2014 will be even better:
- Big data’s biggest play will be in meatspace, not cyberspace. There is just so much data we produce and give away, great opportunity for analytics in the real world.
- Privacy and security will become ever more important, particularly using Open Source, not closed. Paradoxically, this is actually good news as Open Source shows us again, transparency wins and just as we see in biological systems, the most robust mechanisms do so with fewer secrets than we think.
- The rise of “fog” computing as a consequence of the Internet of Things (IoT) will unfortunately be driven by fashion for now (wearable computers), it will make us think again what have we done to give up our data and start reading #1 and #2 above with a different and more open mind. Again!
- Virtualization will enter the biggest year yet in networking. Just like the hypervisor rode Moore’s Law in server virtualization and found a neat application in #2 above, a different breed of projects like OpenDaylight will emerge. But the drama is a bit more challenging because the network scales very differently than CPU and memory, it is a much more challenging problem. Thus, networking vendors embracing Open Source may fare well.
- Those that didn’t quite “get” Open Source as the ultimate development model will re-discover it as Inner Source (ACM, April 1999), as the only long-term viable development model. Or so they think, as the glamor of new-style Open Source projects (OpenStack, OpenDaylight, AllSeen) with big budgets, big marketing, big drama, may in fact be too seductive. Only those that truly understand the two key things that make an Open Source project successful will endure.
- AI recently morphed will make a comeback, not just robotics, but something different AI did not anticipate a generation ago, something one calls cognitive computing, perhaps indeed the third era in computing! The story of Watson going beyond obliterating Jeopardy contestants, looking to open up and find commercial applications, is a truly remarkable thing to observe in our lifespan. This may in fact be a much more noble use of big data analytics (and other key Open Source projects) than #1 above. But can it exist without it?
- Finally, Gen Z developers discover Open Source and embrace it just like their Millennials (Gen Y) predecessors. The level of sophistication and interaction rises and projects ranging from Bitcoin to qCraft become intriguing, presenting a different kind of challenge. More importantly, the previous generation can now begin to relax knowing the gap is closing, the ultimate development model is in good hands, and can begin to give back more than ever before. Ah, the beauty of Open Source…
Tags: ai, AllSeen, big data analytics, Cloud Computing, cognitive computing, cyberspace, Fog computing, hypervisor, Inner Source, internet of things, IoT, meatspace, NFV, Open, open source, opendaylight, OpenStack, privacy, qCraft, robotics, SDN, security, transparency, virtualization
Network Connectivity is a big concern for any size of business, let alone a small, growing business. Picking the right solution to address growth is a key decision.
There are countless options available to small business owners ranging from asking cousin Jimmy, calling a “computer expert” you found on Yelp, or even a quick Google Search. No doubt, this experience can be a daunting one.
All jokes aside, choosing the right solution can save some money now and in the future. That is where right-sizing your network solution comes into play. It does not take long for a successful, single-person business to transform into a growing small business. A consumer wireless router could probably do the job for a single person home office adequately. But if you are looking to use your network for more than just accessing the Internet, then the choice is not so obvious. Now or in the future, you may want to access local network resources remotely and securely, use Voice over IP, or segment your network to securely support guest access. Moreover, as you grow, business applications become more critical. They need to be readily available, dependable and always on-line.
This is where the new Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points and RV Series Router come into play.
Part of a growing small business portfolio, the all-new Cisco WAP551& 561 are perfect wireless solutions for your small business These access points enables small businesses to deliver high-capacity wireless N connectivity and guest access, securely and reliably. Simple yet powerful, it delivers business-class features such as Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with PoE, a captive portal for customized guest access, multiple SSID, VLAN’s and more…
Makes sense right?
But wait! How does the network connect to the WAP’s? First, you need a router. The business-class RV320 is the new flagship in the Cisco Small Business RV Series portfolio.
The Cisco RV320 is a powerful, yet highly secure business class router, offering strong networking performance throughput. Add in business-class features such as dual WAN’s for fail-over and load balancing, an intelligent user interface, USB 3G/4G Broadband failover, and you have a router that will provide years of reliable service.
The last piece of the puzzle is a Cisco’s business class switch that offers power-over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, allowing Access Points to be flexibly optimized for placement. The Cisco SG300 Series of PoE switches offer PoE functionality, with the Security, Quality of Service, Scalability, and Reliability to deliver the best experience for your users. These switches are available in 10 to 52 port configurations.
The bottom line is this: Cisco Small Business Products are changing the way you connect your business to the world.
Tags: access point, AP, business, computer, environment, ethernet, gigabit, LAN, network, Open, port, RV, switch, vpn, WAN, wifi, wireless
The Global Certification Team is proud to have a presence at RSA 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco!
We will be taking part in several talks and presentations, including the following:
- The CC Forum Interim Steering Committee -- This time will be used for both the Terms of Reference working group and the Governance working group.
- Open Group Trusted Technology Forum (O-TTF). The O-TTF is developing a set of best practice requirements and recommendations for Supply Chain Security, that when practically applied, create a business benefit in terms of reduced risk of acquiring tainted or counterfeit products for the technology acquirer.
- “Lock it down or Free it Up” -- Special keynote address by Christopher Young, Senior Vice President, Security and Government Group, Cisco -- Wednesday February 29, 3:10 p.m.
Be sure to check out this link
for the live stream of the Keynote addresses.
We are looking forward to meeting with our peers from around the globe. If you are attending any of the above workshops or talks, look for us!
Tags: chain, chris, Forum, group Technology, keynote, Open, RSA, security, supply, young