The connections between your business success and data center efficiency have never been clearer or stronger. Delivering data center resources quickly to capitalize on new business opportunities or projects is a major factor for business success. The only way to expedite resource delivery is by replacing manual processes with repeatable, best-practice-based automated service consumption and delivery.
So what is getting in the way?
The first problem is inconsistent delivery of standardized infrastructure instances. Many solutions on the market today only manage virtual resources while others just support their proprietary hardware stack. Automation needs to be across all layers – and that includes networks. I believe the only way to achieve the speed and efficiency businesses desire is to manage your entire heterogeneous data center as a unified whole — holistically. Read More »
Tags: automation, FlexPod, infrastructure, nexus, orchestration, Prime Service Catalog, self-service delivery, UCS, ucs director, VACS, Vblock, vcac, vCloud Suite, VMware, vspex
Businesses move quickly until they have to cross rough roads paved with technical challenges. That’s because even though data centers are sophisticated, the components that support most businesses still include far too many 20th century manual processes, silo based resources and administrators pressured to keep up.
Although automation can speed up IT, and your business, many companies are wrestling with it. Please watch this video from Cisco and Forrester to understand why organizations are struggling with automation – see if it sounds familiar (I bet it will).
After you watch it, if you want send me a brief email about your experience with these issues. Read More »
Tags: automation, Cisco, cloud, IAC, orchestration, ucs director, vcac, vCloud Suite, VMware
By Andrew Mackay, Head of Mobile Solutions, APAC
I have discussed in the past the increasing importance of Smallcells in a Service Providers access strategy (Bringing LTE Indoors and Cost Optimised Indoor Coverage), but to truly leverage Smallcells once deployed in an optimal way is not a trivial task. Normally the Smallcell supplier is different to the Macro network and often a different mix of technologies (e.g in the case of Wi-Fi) and frequency bands are involved. The term Heterogeneous, meaning “diverse in character or content” (oxforddictionaries.com), is indeed fitting. So what is the right approach to building an optimal Heterogeneous Network or HetNet?
The guiding principle must be the consideration of end user Quality of Experience (QoE). Read More »
Tags: ANDSF, Cisco Quantum software, connectivity, cSON, dSON, HetNet, LTE, mobile, network, orchestration, ott, QoE, service providers, Smallcell, Solutions, wifi
We created the Evolved Services Platform (ESP) to help our customers increase service revenue while driving down costs. In doing so, we needed to make it expansive to include the breadth of technologies and solutions that would apply to many domains (such as access, Wide Area Network (WAN), and data center) and technologies (such as cloud, security, and video).
And we addressed the fact that a virtualized network function (VNF) is only as good as the automation of orchestration capabilities that are used spin it up and expand it to fit the required job. Given all the VNFs (greater than 40, just counting our own) that we could conceivably be orchestrating, we had to ensure that the Cisco ESP was sufficiently broad and inclusive of multivendor technologies.
The following diagram shows the big picture—the applications and network services made possible by an open, elastic, and application-centric architecture. Read More »
Tags: CPE, data center, engine, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, orchestration, Service Broker, Virtualized Network Function, VNF, WAN
By Gina Nienaber, Marketing Manager, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Cisco is a sponsor of a new show this year, the Metro Ethernet Forum Global Ethernet Network 2014 show or “MEF GEN 14” to be held on November 17-20th, at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. The event promises to bring together leading industry experts to define the future of global networking. Distinguished Cisco specialists will be available to discuss business transformation through industry leading innovations such as Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Service Orchestration and Carrier Ethernet 2.0.
On Monday, 17 November, at 1:00 PM, Cisco will host a “MUST ATTEND” pre-conference workshop for our customers where we will share new innovations that will change how service providers plan, deploy, and operate programmable Carrier Ethernet networks. Read More »
Tags: Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Cisco at MEF GEN14, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, GEN14, MEF GEN14, metro ethernet forum, NFV, orchestration, SDN, segment routing, virtualization