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Would You Like to Reduce Costs by $264,000?

Of course you would. In a recent Forrester report on the economic impact of FlexPod, that is exactly the cost savings estimated by utilizing centralized automation and orchestration. So I ask, what new projects or services could your IT organization deliver with cost savings of $264,000? To get a copy of the Forrester report, go here.

This report details the impressive cost savings, not to mention a potential nine month ROI, available with FlexPod. But more importantly, this is the first time I have ever seen financial details or savings achieved with centralized automation, orchestration and management.

FlexPod has three certified solution partners. From my viewpoint the first to be certified, UCS Director (formerly Cisco Cloupia), provides the utmost in comprehensive management as well as the perfect complement for FlexPod. Watch this video to learn why UCS Director and FlexPod are the perfect one-two combination for your organization.

In this blog I would like to focus on two reasons why UCS Director should be your choice for managing FlexPod.

Comprehensive Management
UCS Director manages physical, virtual and bare metal environments from a single pane of glass. No purchasing of multiple product licenses that need to be cobbled together by a service engagement or dealing with component adaptors. UCS Director installs in less than two hours and can have you productive and provisioning simple infrastructure workflows in one day. Best of all, you can manage your entire IT infrastructure — not just the virtual infrastructure.

Native management
UCS Director natively manages all the components of FlexPod: Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and FAS storage. Why does native management matter? With native management your organization has access to all the functionality of each component layer because UCS Director speaks fluent Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and NetApp ONTAP and OnCommand. This is a significant advantage over solutions that only utilize “plug-ins” or adapters.

Solutions that utilize plug-ins, place the development responsibility of these solutions onto the hardware vendor. With already busy development schedules, vendors develop to the minimum viable feature set.

Best of all, UCS Director speaks fluent FlexPod 7-Mode, Cluster Mode ONTAP, and ExpressPod.

Forrester has lots of financial data in their report and the $264,000 is only an estimate that is worth your time understanding. Across the board industry analysts agree that seamless, automated orchestration and management is crucial for organizations to achieve the full experience of elastic infrastructure pools that become the foundation for as-a-service.

Cost savings of $264,000. Just imagine what your organization could do.

To obtain an evaluation copy of UCS Director, go here and choose free evaluation copy.

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Data Center and Cloud Management at Cisco Live Orlando, 2013

June 24, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

We’re excited to showcase Unified Management solutions in the Data Center and Cloud booth at Cisco Live Orlando this week!

There are a wide variety of opportunities to meet and engage with Data Center and Cloud Management experts at Cisco Live, and learn about the latest developments in data center management and automation software solutions.

Make it easy on yourself and download the Unified Management @ Cisco Live At-a-Glance for a daily guide to the breakout and theater sessions, demos, keynotes and customer events you don’t want to miss.

Data center and cloud management solutions will be featured in over 20 breakout sessions, track sessions, and keynotes. See below for examples:

10+ breakout sessions on Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia), Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco Prime Service Catalog (formerly Cisco Service Portal), Cisco Prime Network Services Controller (formerly VNMC), and others

2 Cisco on Cisco, Inside Cisco IT sessions and 2 IT Management Track sessions on Cisco IT’s Private Cloud and eStore / BYOD initiatives using Unified Management software

2 Tomorrow’s Cloud Program sessions with Jamie Lerner of CSMTG on Orchestrating & Automating Tomorrow’s Cloud and Rebecca Jacoby providing a CIO’s View on ITaaS

2 Keynote mentions, with Rob Lloyd highlighting UCS Director as well as our SAP IT Process Automation and David Yen providing an overview of Unified Management

View more Unified Management sessions and abstracts here.

You’ll find demos of Unified Management software in many locations throughout the World of Solutions Expo, including:

Cisco Data Center and Cloud booth

◦       Cisco UCS Central and UCS Manager

◦       Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia) – Converged Infrastructure Management

◦       Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) – Cloud Management Multi-Cloud and DevOps Solution Accelerators – Cisco IAC + OpenStack, Puppet, Chef

◦       Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and Next-Generation Unified Fabric

◦       Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud – with Cisco Prime Network Services Controller

◦       Big Data – with Cisco UCS and Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler (TES)

Cisco Prime booth 

◦       Cisco Prime Service Catalog (formerly newScale)

◦       Cisco Prime Network Services Controller (formerly VNMC)

Cisco IT booth

◦       Cisco eStore (powered by Cisco Prime Service Catalog)

◦       Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services (powered by Cisco IAC)

Cisco ONE -- Intelligent Programmable Networks booth 

◦       SAP IT Process Automation (ITPA) by Cisco – with SAP HANA and onePK

See what our partners and customers have to say:

NetApp and VCE booths 

◦       Featuring Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia) in the NetApp booth

◦       Featuring Cisco UCS Director and Cisco IAC in the VCE booth

Windstream demo pod in Data Center and Cloud booth

◦       Cisco IAC + Vblock service provider customer

Other ecosystem partners

◦       Cloud Cruiser (financial management and Cisco IAC) and MapR (Hadoop and Cisco TES)

Cisco Campus

 

In addition to the demonstrations, we’ll have several theater presentations in the World of Solutions including:

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More on Management and Orchestration – Part 1 – Desktop Virtualization Automation

May 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm PST

Over the past year or so, from time to time, I’ve blogged about what we in Cisco Services have been doing with our Management and Orchestration solutions – for example Cisco Intelligent Automation for cloud – which I discussed in the Automation domain in my Cisco Domain Ten series, and also here, when we introduced a new release.   Cisco’s Automation and Orchestration technology has applications beyond cloud Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), so let me tell you over a few blogs what else our Cisco Services team can help you achieve with this flexible automation technology, where customer needs for simplicity, automation and end user productivity are in the driving seat.

I’ll start with Desktop Virtualization Automation – specifically in the provisioning process.  And while I’m at this, let me highlight our upcoming Bright Talk Webinar, scheduled for May 29th at 8am PST (5pm CET), where you can see a demonstration of our Desktop Virtualization Automation solution in action- you can register for this seminar here.

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Case Study: Cisco’s Private Cloud and Lessons Learned

This is my talk I gave last week at Cloud Connect in Santa Clara. One slide that did not make the deck are the top reasons why people struggle with building private clouds

  1. Management and operations process.
  2. Culture
  3. Funding Model
  4. Service description and self-service interface

As my deck says, “I got 99 problems, but the tech ain’t one”

Building a “real” cloud involves the following success factors

  1. Well articulated corporate strategy with phases (crawl, walk, run)
  2. Engage existing automation teams for skills
  3. Well-defined, achievable service definitions that are automatable, volume
  4. Platform that does not lock into a specific hypervisor or cloud API
  5. A team that is trained (with specific roles) on the solution so that they can extend it in combination with the vendor’s services organization
  6. Get into production ASAP to drive value and organizational learning
  7. Union of OOB features and specific configurations for your environment.
  8. Articulated strategy for integrating with certain existing/deployed IT assets, and using the new “Cloud” as a way to shed IT baggage
  9. Recognition that your Cloud Management Platform is extensible to other areas in the IT strategy and that partner products may be necessary as well
  10. Have a suite / framework so you can maintain in the long term. And use external resources
  11. Need clear articulation of career paths once you start removing “button pushers.” design, operations, not implementation
  12. Focus on process outcomes, not process activities. Or end up with innefficient processes

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OpenDaylight: Understanding the Value Propositions

April 8, 2013 at 6:03 am PST

The announcement today of OpenDaylight is big news.  Industry leading companies are partnering via Open Source to serve an emerging set of market needs:

  • Operators: want affordable real-time orchestration and operation of integrated virtual compute, application, and network.
  • Application Developers: want a single simple interface to the network.  Underlying details such as “router”, or “switch”, or “topology” can be a distraction they desire to abstract and simplify away.
  • Equipment Vendors: want a stable forum to interwork a plethora of Application interfaces with a plethora of nascent Network Device programmatic interfaces.

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