I’m at our annual Cisco Live Europe conference in Milan this week – it’s a great event and a great opportunity to introduce new innovations to customers. In fact, today we announced the latest release of our cloud management software solution: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (Cisco IAC) version 4.0.
I recently wrote about the new Forrester Private Cloud Wave, and how Cisco was ranked in the top three overall and #1 in strategy. Our high marks in strategy in that report were based in large part on the roadmap and strategic vision that is being delivered through this new cloud management release – together with the latest release of Cisco UCS Director for infrastructure management.
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud is a cloud management platform designed for enterprise and public sector IT organizations building private and hybrid clouds, as well as service providers deploying public or virtual private cloud services. This is the fourth major release for Cisco IAC – and it’s a big one.
With the new 4.0 release, Cisco is breaking ground by providing both the out-of-the-box functionality that our customers are asking for and the flexibility that we know they need as they extend their cloud deployments beyond basic IaaS.
Cisco’s award winning converged infrastructure management software solution just got even better! In the latest release of Cisco UCS Director, we’ve added broader and deeper infrastructure support across the compute, network, storage and virtualization layers, as well making the product even more scalable. The latest release also comes with new software development kits (SDKs) for partners to provide extensibility and interoperability and a northbound API for integration with Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) as well as other cloud management systems. Let’s take a closer look at these enhancements in detail.
SDKs and APIs
UCS Director’s new SDKs and APIs were recently made available to give our partners the following functionality:
Northbound API which integrates into higher platforms like Cisco IAC. This API enables you to perform operations on Cisco UCS Director resources and to integrate those operations into applications so that they can provide API-supported functionality and features.
SDK available on cisco.com & DevNet (CDN), which provides open automation for partners looking to create new device connector
UCS Manager 2.1 (Delmar); KVM console; SAN zoning through UCS Manager; standalone management of UCS C-SeriesUCS Integration -Local disk provisioning and policies
-Workflow tasks for vNIC templates and service profile
-Assign blade or server pool to group
-Cloning of profile and profile template
Whiptail – application acceleration
Invicta, Acella API Version 1.5 support
CRUD actions, workflows, and reports
Converged and stack views
UCS Central Integration
-Multi-domain Manager concept
-Inventory for UCS-M elements
-Local/global service profile and templates
-Pools and policies for network and storage equivalent to UCS-M
We are almost at the end of January in 2014 and Cisco Live is underway in Europe. The IT landscape is changing rapidly, and we all need to adapt to it. In a previous blog I had listed some of the high priority issues for IT in 2014, and in this blog I will emphasize the rate of change needed to keep pace.
Cyber threats are growing in all forms and shapes.
From retail giants like Target to local school districts, all have been targets of attacks last year. This 2014 Cisco security report is an eye opener. The use of cloud computing and mobile devices is only increasing the complexity of security. Vulnerabilities are increasing because data centers have thus far adopted “bolt on” security measures i.e disparate technologies with multiple control points that were never meant to work together. Malicious actors are working faster to exploit gaps. IT must adapt quickly to this new normal.
IT must now deliver services not technology
Business expects IT to deliver consistent high quality services. Projects will not be one off, siloed, custom solutions. This is akin to moving away from a job shop model to a highly industrialized continuous flow model in the world of manufacturing. Projects will get more complex due to the use of shared resources and the resulting interrelationships. All this calls for a high degree of automation and service assurance mechanisms, resulting in more changes to the IT department. At Cisco, we are working hard to provide IT the necessary tools to adapt to these changes. UCS Manager is still the gold standard in automating converged infrastructure setup and maintenance. This is made possible with the service profile innovation shown in the video below. To find out more about UCS Manager attend this meetup in Santa Clara on the 27th of Feb.
Build & Price has recently announced the launch of new content for UCS Director.
The launch offers new ways to explore the features of UCS Director via Webinars, Whitepapers & Videos.(Learn more: UCS Director on Build & Price)
Webinars: I think that webinars on UCS Director are an excellent addition. Yes – we all understand that Cisco UCS Director provides end-to-end converged infrastructure management — including automation for both virtual and physical resources across compute, network, and storage. (check Joann Starke’s blogs on this topics) But really it is a completely different experience to watch it live in action, ask questions to an expert, get your concerns answered and understand how you can benefit from UCS Director to lower costs and drive away competition. The Webinars are being offered twice a month in two different time zones.
Don’t miss the next UCS Director Webinar on January 14 at 8 :00 am PST or 5 :00 pm PST Register now here
Whitepapers & Videos: Build&Price now also offers Whitepapers & solution overviews covering Infrastructure Management with Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Director, VCE Vblock Management and Flexpod Management with UCS Director.
Whitepaper- Better Together: Infrastructure Management with Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Director
Solution Overview -- Comprehensive VCE Vblock Management with Cisco UCS Director
Solution Overview -- Simplify Management of Converged Infrastructure
Solution Overview -- Comprehensive FlexPod Management with Cisco UCS Director
In addition, there are also multiple videos that offer different perspectives about UCS Director.
Delivering unified management for converged infrastructure solutions, Cisco UCS Director is an award-winning choice for managing your vBlock, FlexPod or other converged infrastructure solution. In previous blogs, I have mentioned the benefits of Cisco UCS Director:
How it abstracts the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers into a single pane of glass that reduces the complexity of managing your data center infrastructure
Speaking fluently to Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and EMC or NetApp storage, how your organization receives the full functionality and benefits of the compute, network and storage layers. As a stocking stuff, the hypervisor layer is included as well.
Lastly, comprehensive management across physical, virtual and bare metal environments from a single pane of glass
Have you ever wondered if there was a way to see Cisco UCS Director in action — live with no strings attached?
Well Virgina, there is a way for you to do just that. I am not talking a canned demo or pre-recorded session available for replay. A real, honest live demo — and you can speak with our technical experts.
Numerous sessions are scheduled over the next few months but the next two showings are: December 17, 2013 and January 14, 2014. We have two sessions each day to accommodate different time zones — choose the one that best meets your schedule.
As work begins to slow down in preparation for the holidays, now is the perfect time to take an hour out of your day and learn more about Cisco UCS Director’s centralized automation and management capabilities. It will be an hour well spent.