When Cisco acquired netwScale (my company), in addition to our cloud portal, it also brought in the Cisco Workplace Portal (formerly RequestCenter).
There was a lot of curiosity as to what Cisco would do with an ITIL style service catalog and what the future of such product would be within Cisco. Well, it’s 18 months later and it is doing quite well, with an exciting roadmap and some new things already shipped and some in the wing.
In this post, I want to discuss what are workplace services, how they have evolved, how they are evolving and what it means to the service catalog.
Workplace services are those services that employees need in order to do their jobs. They include computers, phones, offices, new employee set up, terminations, access to applications and anything else you can imagine. I have seen tens of thousands of service definitions both common and unusual.
Common ones are the desktop computer variety, but even these sometimes have an unusual bent. For example, banks have different workstations for tellers than admin staff. Other have engineering workstations that are different salespeople. Role definition becomes a pretty important aspect of a service catalog implementation.
Unusual ones were “Report chemical fire”, “Order Executive Sedan”, “Inter-factory mail”, and “File patent idea”. Patent as a service, if you will
If it was something that could be requested, it went in the catalog. Today some customers have 1,500+ service definitions in their catalogs with user bases in the 350,000 employees.
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, cisco workplace portal, Cloud Management, intelligent automation, orchestration, self-service, unified management, workplace services
This is a must read for those who want to deeply understand the philosophy behind Cisco’s automation product portfolio
It should not be news to you that Cisco has invested in software products to drive the management and automation of clouds, datacenters, and applications. Intelligent Automation is the name that we have for the management and orchestration solutions in the Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit in Cisco’s Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group.
What is so intelligent about Cisco’s automation products? Besides the official marketing and product management answers, I polled our Business Unit and Advanced Services teams and got the following responses (which I distilled a bit). Oh and by the way, one constraint was that we cannot use Intelligent in the definition of Intelligent Automation (harder than you might think).
The top winners for the best contributions are: Oleg Danilov (Solution Architect), Mynul Hoda (Technical Leader), Peter Charpentier (Solution Architect), Frank Contrepois (Network Consulting Engineer) and Devendran Rethinavelu (QA Engineer).
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Tags: automated provisioning, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco Intelligent Automation, data center, data center provisioning, intelligent automation, orchestration, self-service
As Jason Schroedl announced, http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/announcing-the-new-cisco-intelligent-automation-for-cloud-starter-edition Cisco’s Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit, in conjunction with the Unified Computing System has just announced a solution for customers of UCS and vCenter that want a Cloud Automation system that can perform both Physical and Virtual server provisioning. It is called the starter edition for a reason. We find that many customers are not sure what they want from their cloud and are looking for a great place to start. This is not what I call the “starship enterprise” of clouds. It is the first step that a company will take on their cloud journey.
See my previous blog for some key concepts of success cloud deployments: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/five-things-that-successful-cloud-deployments-have-in-common/ and on my cloud owner manifesto for successful cloud builders: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cloud-owner-manifesto-12-habits-of-successful-cloud-builders/ .
Let’s look at typical cloud deployments.
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Tags: automated provisioning, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco UCS, Cisco UCSM, cloud, data center provisioning, devops, devtest, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, self-service, server provisioning, starter edition
I happened to pause last week at a pile of newspapers in my father’s house in Atlanta.
The reason: A feature article about Cisco on the front page of the March 25th business section of the Journal-Constitution.
The article was interesting. But best of all, it jumped from the front page to the inside pages of the section… which is why, on page D2, I stumbled across one of the best, common sense advisory articles on retail technology I’ve read in a long time.
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Tags: Cisco, digital display, digital signage, e-commerce, Jone Stine, kiosks, Micah Solomon, retail, retail digital signage, retail technology, retailing, self-service, usability design, usability studies
IT shops deploying clouds over the past year have been focused on Infrastructure as a Service ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrastructure_as_a_service#Infrastructure ) as a way to drive speed in virtual and physical server provisioning, cost savings in operations, proactive service level agreements, and increased control and governance. In one of my blogs I introduced our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/the-secret-is-now-out-you-can-simplify-cloud-deployments-with-cisco-unified-management/ and how that addresses both private, hybrid and public clouds IaaS. Key to this is the service catalog and self service portal. Moving to cloud is NOT about taking hundreds of server configuration templates and moving to them immediate self service. All you are doing in that model is automating VM sprawl. They key is defining a limited set of services and options that your end users such as application owners and technical folks can order through a self service portal and manage their life-cycle.
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Tags: automated provisioning, Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, cloud, data center, data center provisioning, IaaS, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, Public Cloud, self-service