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Guest post from Dan Swart

Dan Swart is a Senior Manager in Cisco Technical Services Product Management, leading the team responsible for Enterprise and Data Center Solution Support services. Along with that, Dan has been heavily involved in Data Center Alliance programs and Converged Infrastructures. Dan has Batchelor of Science Degrees in Zoology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Dan Swart is a Senior Manager in Cisco Technical Services Product Management, leading the team responsible for Enterprise and Data Center Solution Support services. Along with that, Dan has been heavily involved in Data Center Alliance programs and Converged Infrastructures. Dan has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Zoology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

We want what we want when we want it. Never truer than today when we’ve got a global marketplace of technology vendors vying to deliver on now practically required solutions like enterprise cloud.

While it’s really impossible today to deploy an enterprise cloud using products created by a single vendor, would we want it any other way?  Yes, there are major component manufacturers that can sell most of the products needed to build an enterprise cloud, but the restrictions inherent in those offers, and the need for margin stacking to single source all needed hardware and software from a component manufacturer may limit the attractiveness of those options.

Most of the customers we work with want to build their enterprise cloud using products that are “best for my needs” rather than products that are what a single manufacturer offers.  Along with that, enterprise license agreements, volume purchase agreements and other factors make it difficult to purchase a cloud infrastructure from a single source.   For those reasons and others, most enterprise cloud deployments are inherently multivendor.

So great, you get exactly what you want and need. What could go wrong? Famous last words. Read More »

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OpenStack Podcast #12: Interview with Redapt CTO Mark Williams

Mark Williams was in the middle of the action when Zynga initially started cranking out megahit games and the company’s IT organization had to find the resources to cope with exponential growth. Hear the experience he and his team had as they moved to Amazon, scaled on Amazon, then moved many of their workloads back to a new private cloud.

In today’s OpenStack Podcast Mark talks about the process, the roadblocks, and the incentives he had to use to make it all happen. He also talks about his new role as CTO at Redapt, about why OpenStack could stand to be a lot more boring than it currently is, and why communication and openness are critical for new IT initiatives to succeed.

To see who we’re interviewing next, or to sign-up for the OpenStack Podcast, check out the show schedule! Interested in participating? Tweet us at @nextcast and @nikiacosta.

 

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Lunch is on Us – Unlocking the Potential of a Well Balanced Secure Hybrid IT Strategy

Much like the MPG argument when comparing diesel engines versus regular gas engines, and hybrid gas/electric versus pure plug-in electric vehicles, similarly valid arguments can be made for any combination of IT strategies: the traditional on-premise data center and private clouds, versus IT out-sourced. What IT strategy you chose will no doubt come down to what your mission is and how IT can best support business growth, outcomes, etc.

hybrid IT

We’re seeing increasingly more interest a combination of traditional and out-sourced IT models: a well-balanced hybrid IT strategy.

Ideally, this hybrid IT environment is one where you maintain control, security, and data sovereignty as offered by private clouds, while achieving the speed, agility, and scale at a price point offered by the provider clouds, right?

Lunch Is On Us

To help you make informed decisions on how you can build such a highly secure hybrid cloud strategy and extend your existing data centers to public clouds as needed, on demand, with consistent network and security policies -- we’re coming to 16 locations in the USA to tell you about it.

Hope to see you at one of these locations. Lunch is on us.

USA North East Dates & Locations

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02-DEC-2014 Herndon, VirginiaCisco Office13600 Dulles Technology Drive Register
04-DEC-2014 Washington, District of ColumbiaCisco Office601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,

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03-FEB-2015 New York, New YorkCisco Office1 Penn Plaza,

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05-FEB-2015 Boxborough, MassachusettsCisco Office1414 Massachusetts Ave. Register

USA South & South East Dates & Locations

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20-JAN-2015 Richardson, TexasCisco Office2300 East President George Bush Highway Register
22-JAN-2015 Houston, Texas, UNITED STATESCisco Office10111 Richmond Avenue,

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24-FEB-2015 Miami, Florida, UNITED STATESCisco Miami Office8200 NW 41st Street,

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26-FEB-2015 Atlanta, Georgia, UNITED STATESCisco Atlanta Briefing Center500 Northridge Road,

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USA West Area Dates & Locations

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13-JAN-2015 Centennial, ColoradoCisco Office9155 East Nichols Avenue, Suite 400 Register
15-JAN-2015 Seattle, WashingtonCisco Office2901 Third Avenue, Suite 600 Register
17-FEB-2015 Irvine, CaliforniaCisco Office130 Theory, Suite 100 Register
19-FEB-2015 San Jose, CaliforniaCisco HQ Campus San Jose3600 Cisco Way, Building 18 Register

USA Central Area Dates & Locations

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09-DEC-2014 Bloomington, MinnesotaCisco Bloomington Office7900 International Drive, Suite 400 Register
11-DEC-2014 Southfield, MichiganCisco Office2000 Town Center, Suite 450 Register
10-FEB-2015 Chicago, IllinoisCisco Office9501 Technology Blvd, West Office Ctr Register
12-FEB-2015 Chesterfield, Missouri, UNITED STATESCisco Office16401 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 400 Register

 

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Cisco and Red Hat – All In with OpenStack for the Enterprise

When it comes to driving innovation in next generation data center architectures, open source is clearly at the forefront. A perfect example is OpenStack, which is defining the future of cloud computing across private, public and hybrid clouds. This innovation is being driven by a strong and vibrant community that is taking place in Paris this week for the OpenStack Summit. I’m looking forwarding to reconnecting with friends in the OpenStack community and discussing the recently announced Cisco and Red Hat solution for OpenStack.

Interest in OpenStack as a cloud platform is clearly on the rise. At the recent Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) launch event in New York City, Cisco and Red Hat introduced the UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO).  The pre-integrated and validated solution is a major step forward in providing an enterprise ready private cloud solution based on OpenStack.

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Cisco and NetApp – Partnering for the Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud is finally here.  Since cloud came on the scene a few years back, companies have had the choice of building a private cloud, which they managed on premises, or buying services from a public cloud provider.  Typically, companies had to pick one or the other for a given application.  With the Intercloud, IT departments can take advantage of the world of many clouds with all the associated benefits:  application mobility between the clouds, mapping the application to the best delivery model, and taking advantage of the cost benefits of cloud overall.

Cisco and NetApp began working together three years ago to deliver FlexPod, a portfolio of integrated infrastructure solutions optimized for private cloud deployments.  With the new capabilities NetApp is delivering today, customers can realize significant benefits in how NetApp storage, particularly as part of a FlexPod, can extend into the hybrid cloud.  These capabilities include the extension of data management into a cloud environment and the ability to move data between cloud models and providers.

Cisco’s UCS Integrated Infrastructures when paired with NetApp’s technology in the FlexPod portfolio delivers an important on-ramp to the Intercloud.  Through our partnerships with cloud providers and our delivery of industry-leading solutions, IT departments will get even more flexibility in how they choose to map the application to the best cloud model.

NetApp’s new hybrid cloud solutions complement Cisco’s cloud strategy, provide businesses with the flexibility to manage changing environments, and give customers a smooth on-ramp to the Intercloud.

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