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Application Ready Stacks at Will

Application architects and developers are the life blood of your business. They are responsible for analyzing, designing and developing commercially viable solutions to drive revenue for your business. These teams keep up-to-date on the latest technology, drive development activities and are responsible for the design and day-to-day functioning of non-production environments. What they are not responsible for is understanding how to configure infrastructure.

The pace of business is increasing daily and just like IT teams, application teams want to take advantage of the benefits of automation.   Implementing automation for many enterprise organizations comes in the form of private cloud management solutions.  Unfortunately, many of the commercially available solutions on the market today just focus on automation of infrastructure and require application teams to understand how to configure and assemble these infrastructure elements before they can focus on their development activities. Read More »

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Take a Stand on Private Cloud

Take A Stand on Private Cloud

The cloud has become inescapable. Email about it clutters your IN box, headlines about it adorn your magazines, colleagues chatter about its merits in the hallways, and meeting after meeting is held to determine just what—if anything—should be done about it at your company. Should you be using public cloud? Building a private one? Going hybrid? What workloads are best for the cloud? And how is the company really going to benefit from using it anyway?

If you’re tired of wrestling with these issues and ready to take a stand, I encourage you (or someone who will take good notes for you), to attend our upcoming webinar about Cisco Metapod.

A core component of Cisco’s cloud portfolio, Metapod is a fully-managed, on-premises, OpenStack-based private cloud. It delivers the ease-of-use that has made public cloud so popular, in addition to security, performance, and cost-savings advantages that public cloud can’t begin to touch. Our world-class team of OpenStack experts builds, monitors, operates, and upgrades the cloud for you—so you don’t have to worry about hiring a team, training them, and wondering whether or not the cloud they build will meet your availability requirements. You simply use Cisco Metapod—just like you’d use public cloud—and reap the very real benefits associated with it. Best of all—we can have a production ready cloud up and running for you in about two weeks.

Ready to learn more? Sign up to attend the webinar on Tuesday, October 20th at 9AM Pacific. No salespeople, no pressure—just a chance to sit back in the comfort of your own office, listen to the value proposition (as well as an explanation of how it all works) and figure out whether or not Metapod is the right private cloud for you.

Register here to reserve your spot!

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Policy Driven Infrastructure to Transform Your Microsoft Cloud, Apps, and Operations

Please join us Thursday Sept 24, 2015 11:00AM ET for a WindowsITPro virtual event.

MS VTS

We have an information packed agenda planned for you encompassing:

  • The cloud, the hybrid cloud, and the private cloud.
  • Software-defined networking and policy-based automation.
  • The idea of application policy in next generation networking technologies and how they differ from the networks of today.
  • How Next-Generation SDN is impacting the cloud, your applications, and the
    data center.

Join us to learn about how policy helps companies make “bi modal IT” a continuum for IT organizations to support both traditional and cloud native applications on a common infrastructure.  Learn how to reduce TCO, achieve greater agility for the entire IT organization, enhance security for compliance and governance needs and simplify operations when infrastructure itself helps support and enable applications.

Policy Driven Infrastructure to Transform Your Microsoft Cloud, Apps, and Operations delivered by yours truly and a distinguished executive panel including:

  • Michael Michael, Senior Director of Product Management at Apprenda, responsible for the vision and product direction of Apprenda’s Platform As A Service (PaaS) solution.
  • Scott Napolitan, a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft’s Cloud and Datacenter Management Organization focused on Network and Fabric Management.
  • Jeremy Oakey, VP Strategic Alliances at CliQr for their application-defined cloud management platform for modeling, deploying, and managing clouds, applications, and users.

Evolving Your Data Center to the Next Level delivered by Michael Otey, senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Microsoft Solutions presented by Tim Cerling, Technical Marketing Engineer with Cisco’s Datacenter Group, focusing on delivering customer-driven solutions on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center products.

Understanding Next-Generation SDN: The Complete Integration of your Data Center presented by Bill Kleyman, VP of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies.

The Path Forward: Charting a Course to the Networks of Tomorrow presented by Frank Ohlhorst, an award-winning technology journalist, professional speaker, and IT business consultant with over 25 years of experience in the enterprise technology arena.

The virtual event will include an exhibition with demonstrations, presentations, videos, and engaging subject matter experts who’ll be glad to chat with you, answer questions, and provide you with access to even richer educational information.  I hope you will register now and join us next week!

Related Information on ACI and Microsoft Cloud Platform

ACI and Microsoft Cloud Platform solutions webpage

ACI and CliQr blog and interview

Microsoft Ignite breakout on ACI and Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

Video: Winning Together with Cisco ACI and Microsoft Azure Pack.

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Cloud Adoption Today: A View of Cloud Maturity for IT Organizations

By Robert Mahowald, IDC Program Vice President, SaaS and Cloud Services

Robert MahowaldWe recently surveyed more than 3,450 executive-level IT decisionmakers in 17 countries to find out their future plans and current state of cloud adoption. What we discovered is pretty remarkable.

According to IDC’s CloudView Survey, 57% of organizations are already using or planning to implement some form of cloud  services. Many organizations we surveyed (44%) are using or planning to implement private clouds. But respondents pointed to hybrid cloud — a strategy for operating in a mix of public and private cloud environments — as their dominant operational model, at 64% of all organizations surveyed.

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Better Management for Private Clouds

Whether you call it digital disruption or the age of the empowered customer, business models are being disrupted; and at the center are our customers.  Customers are driving new consumption models that focus and align the way they want to consume technology:  faster, cheaper and with a higher degree of service.  Accommodating our customers requires a business model that instantly creates and sustains business services.

Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite is a more valuable and proven way for any business to design, build and deploy private cloud services. It is rich in corporate enablement capabilities so you can meet the rising productivity challenges of today’s new operational models. It allows your business to better leverage data center resources and people at scale.

What makes Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite unique is modular automation, extensibility and coverage control.  You do not have to install all the components of the solution before you see business value or experience ROI.   Want to start by automating just the compute layer?  You can, just watch.

Looking for a bit more than compute as a service?  Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite delivers a hybrid-ready private cloud.  This means your customers can consume data center, applications and business services from the same self-service portal aligning customers with their preferred method of consumption. Developers also benefit from the automated delivery of application stacks to accelerate delivery of new applications.

To learn more, watch this:

Does your business and application teams want workload placement flexibility?  Again, no problem.  Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite delivers a secure hybrid cloud network connection to any service provider or hypervisor platform. Command and control is maintain as your business’s governance is included. This video explains our hybrid cloud capabilities.

With Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite you get:

  • A modular architecture allowing you to automate at a pace comfortable to your business while it experiences ROI along the way
  • A self-service portal that converts data center and business services as well as applications into automated services that are delivered without human intervention
  • Peace of mind with secure hybrid cloud governance and compliance controls so employees can place workloads in the most efficient environment
  • Extensibility and coverage across diverse, heterogeneous technologies

This unique combination of ingredients is essential for a true enterprise class private cloud management solution.  Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite belongs on every enterprise’s list of private cloud management solutions to evaluate.

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