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The Farmers’ Market for Development Teams

OpenStack blended cloud

Some people are perfectly happy buying and eating pre-made microwaveable meals.

These meals are rarely amazing. They’re never innovative. But they’re quick, perfectly consistent, and they get the job done. The only flexibility on the part of the consumer is which pre-made meal to pick. The decisions about what’s inside have been made for them, and there’s almost no risk of food poisoning. It’s a perfect example of “Good, fast, cheap. Pick two.”

Other people however, prefer the farmers’ market. The best chefs in the world are artists. They need selection. Choice. Flexibility. It’s that combination that allows for culinary innovation and creativity.

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5 Ways to Manage Your Developers in OpenStack

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Customers frequently ask how to avoid a “wild wild west” situation as they move from tightly-controlled traditional infrastructure to the self-service, highly abstracted model that Cisco OpenStack® Private Cloud provides.

They have concerns over quality assurance, security, costs, resource utilization, and more. There’s often a hesitation to take the handcuffs off their developer teams by giving them access to real cloud, even though they clearly realize that if they want to let those teams innovate faster and roll out new features faster, it’s necessary.

Here are five tips for maintaining control of your developers as you move to OpenStack, in no particular order:

#1 – Just don’t do it

If moving fast is your goal, meaning that you want your development teams to be able to create and roll out features faster than ever before, you may need to trade control for speed. That’s right. Don’t do it. There’s a real argument to be made that if your goal is to move fast, you need to get out of your developers way. To summarize a quote from Adrian Cockcroft (@adrianco) in a great talk he gave at Monktoberfest last fall: when big-company CIOs ask how he found such awesome developers at Netflix, his answer is that he hired those smart developers away from those same CIOs, got out of their way, and they built amazing things.

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Will OpenStack Blend? Managing Legacy and Cloud Together

Photo courtesy of Breville, USA, Creative Commons license.

Photo courtesy of Breville, USA, Creative Commons license.

We talk to customers all the time that want to move to OpenStack, but the tools and processes they rely on just aren’t ready. Or the policies around their applications or data don’t support a true self-service cloud.

Not wanting to be stuck with VMware for the rest of their lives, we talk to them about what I call “cloud blending.”

Depending on what their tools and deployment processes look like today, some of the stateless, cloud-friendly components of their apps can be deployed to Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud, while leaving the scale-up or VMware-reliant (let’s call them “existing” instead of legacy), portions of their applications in the VMware environment.

An example might be to leave your SQL Server database in VMware, but move your web or content tier that’s going through a modern overhaul to a load-balanced, auto-scaling OpenStack environment–freeing up those costly VMware licenses for other purposes.

The response we often hear goes like this “Sure, but what about the processes I have in place to control my environment? Don’t those go away with OpenStack since everything is so self-service, where as today with VMware my teams control what happens?”

The answer is, as always, “It depends.”

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SUMMARY: Open at Cisco is Moving!

“In our collective eagerness to talk about our growing list of cloud offerings, emerging cloud strategies, and contributions to the cloud community, we all started blogging from different places. The data center folks were talking about Cisco’s cloud-optimized hardware on one blog, the open source enthusiasts were talking about OpenStack and the Metacloud acquisition on another (this one), and still other groups were discussing cloud security and cloud as it relates to SDN on other blogs.”

Read Ali Amagasu’s full post here:
Open at Cisco is Moving!

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Open at Cisco is Moving!

Open at Cisco is moving to the Cisco Cloud blog!

Why?

We’re a big company, our employees are enthusiastic, and we’ve got a whole lot of innovative products and solutions.

These things are good. And generally they work in our favor. But when it comes to blogging–and blogging about the cloud in particular–they may have inadvertently made things confusing for customers.

In our collective eagerness to talk about our growing list of cloud offerings, emerging cloud strategies, and contributions to the cloud community, we all started blogging from different places. The data center folks were talking about Cisco’s cloud-optimized hardware on one blog, the open source enthusiasts were talking about OpenStack and the Metacloud acquisition on another (this one), and still other groups were discussing cloud security and cloud as it relates to SDN on other blogs.

Of course we weren’t all aware that it was going on at the time, but now that we are, we’re consolidating. From now on, if you’d like to know what Cisco is up to in the cloud (and believe me when I say that a very exciting story is unfolding), just go to the Cisco Cloud blog to find out. It’s located at http://blogs.cisco.com/cloud, and from here on out, it will be the only source you need to check for interesting insights into emerging cloud use cases, advances in cloud technology, cloud related events, and everything else Cisco is doing in the ever-changing cloud space.

Thank you for taking the time to read the posts on the Open at Cisco blog. We hope you’ve enjoyed it, and we look forward to continuing the dialogue at our new location!

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