I am of often surprised by how much interest Intelligent Automation for Cloud receives from Service Providers and enterprises that are building ITaaS. I come across another individual who fits the mantle of Cloud Hero, someone who really stands out in their drive and passion to transform their organization and achieve a pragmatic cloud for their stakeholders. Enterprises have choices to either build their own private cloud their way (which many are doing) but they can also choose to leverage a service provider as well. There is a broad ecosystem of players in this space from of course Amazon, Rackspace, to traditional Telco’s to more focused and nimble smaller cloud service providers. How you as a service provider (or a cloud architect at your enterprise) think about and drive your organization toward the right choices for your cloud is absolutely critical the adoption, revenue, and ease in operational excellence.
Do you compete at the low end – what some call a commodity cloud? Do you go after complete multi-tenancy based upon Cisco Network architectures and compete on functionality? Do you think through how you are going to sell services and what your value proposition will be? Are there creative angles that you can enable with your Cloud Orchestration framework? Which of your internal systems do you really need to integrate with? All are great questions. Producing a revenue generating (or charged back private cloud) requires the attention to a multitude of details. Organizations need an energetic individual who speaks their mind and can lead an organization the right balance of business, technology, and ultimately success in monetizing the cloud.
This cloud hero is Karl Marsh, Staff Manager, Tools & Orchestration at Windstream Hosted Solutions, http://www.windstreambusiness.com/
Superhero 3: Ravi Rajamani and Brian Krug of Cisco Advanced Services.
Superhero 2: Johan Milbrink of Presideo Networked Solutions
Superhero 1: Ryan Carrico of Paypal
Tags: cloud, intelligent automation, orchestration, Public Cloud, Service Provider
Earlier this week, I was joined by Brian Cinque of Cisco IT, Rodrigo Flores and Yair Dolev of our Cloud & Systems Management Business Unit to run a Cloud workshop before the Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley. We had a very interesting group of attendees that were mostly building private clouds with some public cloud builders. We discussed a variety of topics such as:
- To the Cloud and the Big Themes
- Private Cloud Success: Cisco IT
- What type of Cloud are you building (and for whom)?
- Best practices of successful cloud builders
- Panel: Storytelling about other successful clouds.
We had great demand for sharing the slide deck that we used so here it is. Enjoy.
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Tags: Cisco cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, intelligent automation, orchestration, unified management
The release of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 (Cisco IAC) begins to address one of the key questions of our customers who are building public and private clouds: How can I automate the network services configuration in my data center pod to enable policy-based network infrastructure as a service for my customers?
Some of you may be familiar with the Cisco Network Services Manager (Cisco NSM), part of the Intelligent Automation software portfolio. With the release of Cisco IAC 3.1, Cisco NSM is now integrated with and bundled as part of Cisco IAC, laying the foundation for infrastructure as a service.
Let’s take a look at some of the features in NSM for Cisco IAC:
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco UCS, CiscoIAC, cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, IaaS, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, Unified Data Center
Guest Blogger: Jamie MacQuarrie (@JMacQuarrie) has been working on Cisco’s cloud solutions, strategy and alliances since joining Cisco with the acquisition of newScale in April 2011. At newScale, he held product management positions focusing on data center automation and the evolution of traditional data centers to cloud operating models. Prior to joining newScale, he held product management positions at BMC Software and IT management positions at Washington Mutual bank. He started his career at Marimba, which was acquired by BMC Software in 2004.
We’re now into November, and though Halloween has come and gone, Cisco still has one last treat for everyone: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1.
There have been a number of blog posts on the veritable cornucopia of features in IAC 3.1, so instead I’ll offer up this fun look at cloud maturity and extend the Halloween season just a little bit longer.
So tonight at 3am, long after your kids have gone to bed and you’re wired from eating all of their candy, instead of surfing the web trying to find the bottom of the internet, let me suggest a few more productive activities:
- Take a look at the Intelligent Automation blog posts
- Figure out what kind of Jack o’ Lantern your cloud strategy resembles
- Take your actual Jack o’ Lantern off your porch before it start attracting flies
And yes, that is a photo of a carved watermelon….It’s more popular than you might think.
Tags: cisco IAC, Cloud Management, data center, intelligent automation, orchestration, unified management
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 was announced this week in a blog article by Director of Marketing Jason Schroedl.
Why are Customers and Partners excited about this new release?
The release this week of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 further demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to help its enterprise and service provider customers with innovative technology for private, public, and hybrid cloud deployments.
Today I would like to talk about the three ways an enterprise company can implement their cloud with Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud:
- Cisco Advanced Service -- cloud enablement services
- Authorized Technology Provider Partner — professional services delivery engagement
- Customer Implementation — following upcoming customer training
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Tags: cisco IAC, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco UCS, cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, IaaS, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, Unified Data Center