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How Do You Plan for 2011 – Part 2: Think Outside the Box about Cloud

January 14, 2011 at 8:14 am PST

In my previous post on virtualization, I discussed the potential to make greater use of this technology beyond just better server utilization. If you have already done a lot of virtualization projects, you would likely agree that eventually virtualization alone is not enough. Read this interesting story to see how a tech company reached this conclusion based on their multi-year experience with virtualization. The next stage, from an IT architectural perspective, is to incorporate automation, elasticity and governing to deliver on-demand and pay-per-use computing services. As you guessed it, we are talking about cloud computing here.

Much has been written to describe the business advantages, various service types (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, to name a few common ones) and deployment models (public, private and hybrid) about cloud computing. But, where do you start to plan for cloud?

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Why the Network Matters for Virtualization and Cloud Computing

I’ve written before (here, here, and here) that Cloud Computing is more than some cool software running on a server. Sure, the applications are the sizzle on the steak (+ all the marketing terms -- dynamic, elastic, on-demand, etc.), but there’s a little more to it than that. A user needs to access the application, get the information quickly (or sent it information), and feel confident that the information was delivered securely. The application doesn’t always know what type of device will access it (PC, Mac, Browser, Tablet, Smartphone, etc.), so it can’t be 100% sure it’ll deliver the best user-experience.  And users will demands that applications continue to run regardless of the mobile device’s location. All those demands on applications get a lot easier, and in some cases require, an intelligent network providing the infrastructure.

But people often forget those details because they have become so accustomed to a robust network always being there. They might struggle to define the value of that network, just as Kodak did in defining “original technology” in the famous Mad Men episode (Carousel).

Don’t take my word for it, hear what Cisco Cloud CTO Lew Tucker had to say during a recent set of meetings with industry analysts -- here, here, here, here and here. Read More »

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Tech Definitions for the Non-Techie

The Challenge

At Cisco our business is focused on some pretty complex areas, to say the least. Collaboration, Virtualization, Video, Core Networking Technology…you’ve read, heard and watched us talk about all of this right here on this blog. And, as you know, when we talk about Video, for example, we’re not just talking about consumer products or just video use in the enterprise. We are talking about the entire experience of video from how it is captured and created to how it is shared and stored.

Our portfolio is great…and that is where being a communications professional becomes both a blessing and a curse. Read More »

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How Do You Plan for 2011 – Part 1: Beyond Server Virtualization

December 20, 2010 at 9:22 am PST

I was reading the recent TheInfoPro report (Information Security Wave 13, 2010) last week. It confirmed a major trend. That is, server virtualization has gained great acceptance. The report shows that more than 45% of organizations now have their servers running on virtualized equipment, with another 30% being planned within the next two years. Such impressive adoption rate is not surprising, given the clear business benefits.  The Cisco Connected World Report, Part 3 revealed that increased IT agility and flexibility, as well as optimized resource to save cost are the leading factors that drive virtualization. Looking ahead, virtualization adoption will go beyond just servers.

Earlier this month, LG made a media splash as it announced its intent to offer Android phones that can switch identities when a user taps on the VMWare icon on the phone screen. This would allow the user to switch between two phone SIM cards—one her personal number, and the other her corporate number given by her company. Isn’t it cool to carry your own personal hypervisor anywhere you go?

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How do I keep iPads off of my factory floor?

This question was posed by the Manufacturing IT Director for a major Pharma producer, as part of an annual customer advisory board hosted jointly by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. One answer:  Good luck! …And why would you want to?

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Chet Namboodri talks about how consumer products are entering production and maintenance workflows and how “Rockwell and Cisco are in the forefront of enabling those solutions” during a recent customer innovation council session.

The migration of technology and applications from Consumer to Business to Industrial has become a well worn path, and the use of Smart Phones, Tablets, Mobile Video and other Operator Interfaces powering work flows and industrial intelligence has become a mainstay for Manufacturers.  Read More »

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