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Industrialization of IT – Are you ready for IT?

October 28, 2013 at 7:54 am PST

I was at the recent Gartner Symposium in Orlando and the topic of industrialization of IT services came up in some sessions presented by Gartner analyst, William Maurer. This is a timely and interesting topic given that the Centennial celebrations of the Ford moving assembly line were held earlier this month.  It was a hundred years ago on Oct 7 that Ford’s Highland Park Plant began using the first moving assembly line.  The goal was to produce the Model T at scale, and at a price people could afford.  Henry Ford found the inspiration in the “dis-assembly lines” of the slaughterhouses of Chicago and Cincinnati.  Beef carcasses hung from conveyor belts and workers along the way were assigned to slice off a specific cut of meat. Ford managers turned it around by starting with a basic Model T frame, and adding specific parts to it on a moving conveyor belt with stations where workers assembled a single piece of the vehicle, over and over again.  The end result was a mass produced car with economies of scale that a large group of the population could afford.

 

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Courtesy – Ford Motor Corporation

A recent NPR interview questioned how the assembly line impacted the lives of workers when it debuted.  The response indicated  a fundamental shift in the skills needed.  Prior to the assembly line, workers were craftsmen. Workers were there for their brawn and their speed. Since these were tough working conditions, the average wages went up. So what has changed in the last hundred years?  According to the program -- “Workers today are hired as much for their brainpower as they are for their brawn, because they have to be a participant in the quality process.”

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Cisco + Microsoft: UCS PowerTool for PowerShell Quick Start Guide

November 14, 2012 at 11:44 am PST

A truly “Better Together” story is the pairing of two strong management utilities -- Cisco UCS Manager’s PowerTool offering with Microsoft’s PowerShell solution. Together they afford UCS System Administrators the ability to quickly automate and customize a multitude of management tasks resulting increased efficiency and quality utilization of IT resources and staff.

PowerTool is a Microsoft PowerShell module which helps automate all aspects of Cisco UCS management including server, network, storage and hypervisor management. A new PowerTool Quick Guide has been developed that can help jumpstart your learning and use of PowerTool with PowerShell. Available from Cisco’s Developer Network Community, http://developer.cisco.com,  the document can be downloaded here.

PowerTool incorporated with use of Cisco’s UCS Manager and Microsoft’s System Center portfolio can help speed your Microsoft oriented deployments be they FlexPod (Cisco + NetApp) or VSPEX (Cisco + EMC) infrastructure based or platform focused on Windows Server 2012, Exchange 2010, or SQL Server 2012.

Feel free to download the Quick Start Guide and start exploring the power of PowerTool for your Microsoft datacenter environments. To learn more about Microsoft on UCS, please visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.

 

 

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Cisco’s UCS Manager and PowerTool: Optimally Managing Microsoft Environments

April 16, 2012 at 10:28 am PST

Many of us at Cisco who focus on the world of Microsoft are in Las Vegas, NV this week for Microsoft’s Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) event. Management has been a key focus area for our Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS) family since the beginning and we have made extensive investments in management technologies.

Our Unified Management solutions afford seamless management and control of physical and virtual server environments and extend via integration into Microsoft’s System Center family. At MMS 2012 we will be showcasing our new infrastructure management tool offerings for Cisco UCS, UCS Manager, and System Center, specifically:

  • The Cisco UCS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, enabling IT staff to monitor health status for 1-to-N Cisco UCS domains.
     
  • The Cisco UCS Integration Pack for Microsoft System Center Orchestrator, helping administrators automate and standardize UCS management.
     
  •  Integration of Cisco UCS with Windows PowerShell through the Cisco UCS PowerTool, enabling administrators to manage infrastructure alongside operating systems and applications on UCS B-series, C-series, and stand-alone C-series servers by using a command line interface.
     
  • The UCS Manager XML API, providing a common programmatic means of managing Cisco UCS.

These new technologies can help IT staffs manage and orchestrate server and networking infrastructure and the Microsoft software stack holistically. Organizations can build on this foundation to achieve a data center that is integrated, with the network as the core foundation for innovation; highly available within and between data centers; and open, through support for standards and innovation for the best possible integration across systems.

To test drive UCS Manager, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/assets/sol/ucp/flash/cisco-ucs-test-drive/ .

To download PowerTool and our Microsoft System Center management packs, please visit: http://developer.cisco.com/web/cdc/tech/unifiedcomputing .

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Basic Server Management and beyond

February 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm PST

The term server management conjures up different connotations in the mind of the listener.  Depending on the type of server -- software application server, virtual server or physical server, the issues they care about are different. Two tasks that instantly come to the fore are server configuration and server monitoring.

A software application server manager may visualize configuration of production middleware servers and the parameters may include database connections, memory size etc.  A manager responsible for the virtual infrastructure in a data center may picture server configuration tasks as storing and accessing virtual images, operating system types etc. for the virtual machines.  An infrastructure manager responsible for physical servers will take into consideration power, firmware and network configurations for the server.

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TechWiseTV and Application Velocity

November 10, 2010 at 8:41 am PST

Welcome to the shownotes for TechWiseTV 78: Borderless Networks: Optimizing Application Velocity.  Have you seen the show yet?  It is live starting 10 AM PST November 11. All the talk about ‘cloud’ and ‘virtual this and that…’ from your servers to your desktops…its the renaissance we have all been told about before it seems. What is the most important ‘make or break’ reality ALL of us have to live with? Three Areas: (1) User Experience, (2) Resource Utilization, (3) Application Reliability.

Here is a cheesy preview:

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