This week is a busy one for the Intelligent Automation cloud team, with both VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas and Cloud Connect in Santa Clara.
Cloud Connect is (as you might expect) all about cloud. At VMware Partner Exchange, you’ll learn about virtual desktops, virtual workspaces, and VXI with Cisco and VMware View. But you can also learn about more about Cisco and VMware’s complementary cloud management solutions – to help our customers accelerate their journey to cloud computing.
You may have heard about the Cisco IT internal private cloud (CITEIS – Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services) by now. At VMworld last fall, our IT team gave a presentation on how they deployed Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud together with VMware vSphere and vCloud Director for this successful initiative:
If you’re at VMware Partner Exchange this year, you’ll have an opportunity to learn how we did it, how it works, why it delivered great results, and how you can deploy a similar solution. Just make sure you visit Cisco in booth 308 to see a demo of cloud management with Intelligent Automation – and attend our sessions below.
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automaton for Cloud, cloud, Cloud Management, events, intelligent automation, partner, unified management, VMware, VMware vCloud Director
It’s actually BOTH, which I’ll get to in a minute… First, are you going to VMware Partner Exchange? Planning out your agenda for next week? If so, you’ve got some great opportunities to learn about VXI with VMware. Before we get to the good stuff, I want to highlight something that we often get asked, namely the difference between VXI and desktop virtualization, ie: the title of this post! Read More »
Tags: virtual desktops, virtual workspaces, VMware, vxi
A couple of colleagues of mine wrote a document on live Workload Mobility and Disaster Recovery for Tier-1 applications. I think you should check it out and here’s a couple of key points that I want to highlight:
- A single physical Cisco, EMC, VMware infrastructure
- Both vMotion and SRM validated on same infrastructure
- Tier-1 Enterprise Applications tested
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Tags: Business Continuance, Cisco, DCI, disaster recovery, EMC, LISP, Microsoft Sharepoint, mobility, Oracle 11g, OTV, RecoverPoint, Replication, SRM, Tier 1 Applications, vMotion, VMware, VPLEX, VPLEX Metro, Workload Mobility
In case you missed it, you can still watch the National Town Hall for the Next Generation Workplace online.
This 90-minute TeleWebcast features public sector customer best practices from federal, state and local government, and education organizations hosted via Cisco TelePresence in Atlanta, Herndon, Los Angeles, Richardson, San Jose, and Seattle.
Moderator: Steve LeSueur
Contributing Editor, 1105 Government Information Group
Director, Systems and Networks, Mercer University
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, iCollege, National Defense University
Senior Fellow, Telework ExchangeSenior Fellow, Telework Exchange
Chief Technology Officer for Internal Services Department, LA County
Manager of Technology Services, Dallas County Public Schools – Aledo
Senior Systems Administrator, Seattle University
Senior Manager for Desktop Solutions Marketing, VMware
Senior Marketing Manager for Desktop Virtualization, Cisco
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Connected Government, desktop, desktop virtualization, education, government, healthcare, TelePresence, thin client, vdi, Virtualization Experience, VMware, vxi
I have had many customers and partners ask me about Cisco Cloudverse in the past 2 weeks. One of the top questions I get asked is whether we support other hypervisors besides VMware. Lew Tucker in his interview in Information week covered it well: http://www.informationweek.com/news/cloud-computing/infrastructure/232300123 . Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud works well with many hypervisors and we have seen many successful clouds built on vCenter, HyperV, and Linux KVM. We find many customers look at multiple hypervisors to prevent vendor lock-in and all the issues associated with that. The world of many clouds is indeed a complex place as organizations building a private cloud have to decide on:
- Server Vendor(s)
- Network Vendor(s)
- Storage Vendor(s)
- Whether to use a converged infrastructure model or not
- Cloud Automation software, (will the virtualization vendor’s software be enough for a pragmatic cloud?)
- IaaS, PaaS or SaaS, or all of these models
- Integrations into pre-existing IT operations management tools
- What to expose in the Front Office (Service Catalog and Self Service Portal)
- Details of the Back office (automation workflows, policies, models)
- Whether to have any hybrid cloud models deployed.
I have seen Cisco Partners play a strategic role in helping their customers make sense of this complex playing field. They key item is to first understand what type of cloud an organization wants to deploy and what the Front Office should look like. Oftentimes I find organizations have a lot of opinions and pre-existing work on the technical provisioning, but have not thought much about what to present to end users / consumers of the cloud. Focusing on what the Cloud Portal would present to the ultimate consumers is really where the transformation to cloud needs to start. We tend to get wrapped around the axle with all the details of the infrastructure provisioning and leave little time to the end user experience. That is a really a career limiting move when it comes to your organization adopting cloud.
Our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud solution, a key element of Cisco Unified Management, is a new paradigm for Cloud Automation and Management, derived from the leverage of newScale, Tidal, and Linesider acquisitions. It is both a policy and orchestration centric solution than can solve pragmatic cloud deployment needs, versus simply adopting one model (such as vCloud Director). The following figure details the considerations of policy and console based solutions versus catalog and orchestration centric solutions:
Virtually all of the customer conversations I have highlight the fact that customers want both Physical and Virtual provisioning and cloud automation. This is where Cisco Unified Management which includes the Cisco UCS Manager for Physical Server “virtualization” and Cisco Network Services Management for Physical and Virtual Network Services “virtualization”. These two technologies, alongside the Cisco Cloud Portal and the Cisco Process Orchestrator are key for creating both a physical and virtual cloud. This is what the most pragmatic of customers are looking for when transform to cloud. It is indeed a universe of clouds and Cisco can help.
Tags: Cisco CloudVerse, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco Network Services Manager, Cisco UCSM, hypervisor, orchestration, private cloud, Public Cloud, VMware