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Simpler IT Management Increases the Effectiveness of Advanced Technologies

Advanced technology assists your business on its journey to becoming more efficient and agile so it can keep serving the rising expectations of customers.  But, how can you help these advanced technologies serve your business well?

Technology headlines focus on the individual tools to help you support advanced technologies; but the pivotal reality is that the foundation for all such technologies is your data center infrastructure.  If your infrastructure cannot meet the speed and flexibility needs of these new technologies, they won’t help your business become more efficient or agile.

The good news is that Cisco has made automating your infrastructure straight forward with Cisco UCS Director.  This solution replaces manual tools and processes with automated workflows to deliver infrastructure resources within minutes.  It reduces data center operational complexity across Cisco and multi-vendor infrastructure components.

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Empower Your Application Teams

Application teams are the backbone of the revenue generating capabilities of all companies.  These creative people spend their off-hours working with the latest tools to keep their skills sharp.  Increasingly, these teams are going into the public cloud to develop their applications.  Why?  Developers need resources in days.  Procurement and IT quote resource delivery in weeks.

As the pace of business increases, developers need tools that help them accelerate the design and deployment of applications.  They want resources quickly, on-demand. Watch this video to learn how Cisco meets the need for on-demand resources.

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Deliver Infrastructure at the Speed of Need

Smart devices give us access to information and services at the speed of need. But they have conditioned us to expect anything and everything faster — and that includes IT services. This expectation for speed coupled with modern technology is driving IT innovation.  Yet, in most organizations, delivery of consistent infrastructure to application or business teams is just not fast enough.  Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite contains infrastructure automation that changes that by letting you deliver IT services within minutes.

A component of the Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, Cisco UCS Director was introduced over two years ago and has proven to deliver consistent infrastructure instances across Cisco and multi-vendor compute, network, storage and virtualization components within minutes.  Customers frequently comment on the following outcomes:

  • Efficiency: operational efficiencies that are a result of consistent infrastructure delivery virtually eliminating rework or expensive troubleshooting delays experienced from human configuration errors
  • Staffing: ability to delegate junior IT staff to infrastructure duties, which frees up experienced staff to focus on more strategic projects
  • Innovation: IT’s ability to manage more infrastructure with the same staffing levels opens up opportunities for the business to allocate resources towards implementing new products and solutions

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Cisco ONE Software Makes it Easy to Start Automating

Companies’ expectations of IT keep increasing as the pace of business intensifies, creating greater demand for new services and faster access to resources and data.  If you have been reading my blogs, you know that THE way for IT to keep pace with the speed of business is automation. But buyers beware.

IT automation solutions are difficult to create with multiple products that carry a la carte pricing models and licensing models tied to hardware. The hassles are obvious, and that model doesn’t help IT automate effectively. What is necessary is full functionality automation software that offers simplified pricing and licensing options as well as unified automation that delivers broad coverage for diverse environments. So Cisco offers exactly that.  Watch this video to learn how.

 

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Cisco ONE Software for Data Center makes it easy to automate at a pace comfortable to your business.   The Cisco ONE Foundation Suite lets you master basic automation at the compute level. Read More »

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Will OpenStack Blend? Managing Legacy and Cloud Together

Photo courtesy of Breville, USA, Creative Commons license.

Photo courtesy of Breville, USA, Creative Commons license.

We talk to customers all the time that want to move to OpenStack, but the tools and processes they rely on just aren’t ready. Or the policies around their applications or data don’t support a true self-service cloud.

Not wanting to be stuck with VMware for the rest of their lives, we talk to them about what I call “cloud blending.”

Depending on what their tools and deployment processes look like today, some of the stateless, cloud-friendly components of their apps can be deployed to Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud, while leaving the scale-up or VMware-reliant (let’s call them “existing” instead of legacy), portions of their applications in the VMware environment.

An example might be to leave your SQL Server database in VMware, but move your web or content tier that’s going through a modern overhaul to a load-balanced, auto-scaling OpenStack environment–freeing up those costly VMware licenses for other purposes.

The response we often hear goes like this “Sure, but what about the processes I have in place to control my environment? Don’t those go away with OpenStack since everything is so self-service, where as today with VMware my teams control what happens?”

The answer is, as always, “It depends.”

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