As enterprises continue to address their business needs for BYOD, security and compliance they’ve increasingly adopted virtual desktops. However, most enterprises continue to struggle to move beyond a pilot phase when addressing how to scale desktops across their wide-area networks to branch offices without potentially compromising application performance and, ultimately, productivity.
Cisco in VMware’s Rapid Desktop Program: A Cost-Effective Approach to Deploy VDI at the Branch and for SMBs
This weekend marked the migration of people to and from San Francisco – VMworld2012 attendees were headed to SFO while Burners were heading out to Black Rock City. Knowing people in both camps, I thought it’d be fun to do a little comparison list. Thirteen ways to look at Burning Man versus VMworld -- acronyms, bacon, clothing and more.
As VMworld swings into high gear on a bright Monday morning in San Francisco (well it promises to be bright, once the sun comes up here), we continue our series on the virtualization product updates we are unveiling this week (see earlier news on the new Nexus 1000V and the ASA Cloud Firewall). One of the exciting new components of our Nexus 1000V virtualization stack is the Cisco Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) 2.0, part of the Intelligent Automation portfolio.
VNMC 2.0 is a template-driven policy management tool that is now bundled with Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall. This new release now has expanded capabilities to configure the security of your virtual cloud environment. Because VNMC 2.0 is such a step up from prior releases, and fewer people are familiar with its functionality, this is going to be a bit longer of a post than usual (but with lots of screen shots).
Let’s take a look at some of the key VNMC features and how it works with the two virtual firewalls:
Resource Objects for ASA 1000V
Cisco VNMC abstracts the devices it manages. As part of provisioning, devices are configured to point to Cisco VNMC for policy management. Cisco VNMC discovers all devices and lists them under the Resources pane. In addition to the ASA 1000V, the Resources pane has other resources such as Cisco VSGs, VSMs, and VMs.
Welcome to San Francisco for one the most exciting events of the year!
Here’s a short blog post that will help you connect with the Intelligent Automation team at VMworld and learn about new solution developments and releases. In particular, you will be interested to see a brand new demo featuring Virtual Network Management Center 2.0. VNMC is a centralized device and security policy management software, which works together with Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and the Cisco ASA 1000V firewall to manage security on Nexus 1000V virtual switch series.
And make sure you mark your calendar to attend one of these theater presentations to learn more about what Cisco can offer your organization:
• My First Cloud Get Started with Cisco Cloud Management from Cisco Data Center
This session will discuss how Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud enables IT to move from manual to flexible automated provisioning of physical and virtual resources, while maintaining existing processes and governance, increasing IT efficiency. Monday, August 27 10:30am Cisco booth
• Private Cloud Case Study with Cisco Management and Orchestration from Cisco Data Center
Join this session to learn about the challenges Cisco IT has solved by implementing cloud management and orchestration technology to provide internal private cloud services. Tuesday, August 28 11:30am Cisco Booth #1213
Jeramiah Dooley brings more than 17 years of technology experience to the VCE Office of the CTO. Previously he was the global SME for Service Provider business development, multi-tenancy and vCloud Director design as part of the VCE Corporate Engineering Group. Prior to joining VCE, he was the Director of Engineering at Peak 10, a service provider based in Charlotte, NC, where directed the overall strategy, design and development of the Managed Services and cloud platforms.
Hello from VMworld! VCE is excited to be here with all things we have going on (http://www.vce.com/events/vmworld/). If you’ve been following along your head is probably spinning with all of the announcements from VMware and all of the other companies in their ecosystem.
One of the themes from both VMware and VCE has been the idea of pushing value up the stack, particularly in the Management, Operations and Orchestration spaces. This has long been a topic of interest for customers looking at purchasing Vblock systems, but with so many choices, and so many tools that can be leveraged, they have been asking how all the parts fit together to solve their business challenges.
One of the ongoing VCE efforts has been to provide customers with the tools and expertise that allow them to manage and operate a Vblock system with the same efficiency and value with which they purchase, implement and support one. In support of that, VCE and Cisco are proud to announce a new joint design and demonstration that integrates multiple tools, concentrated around the flagship Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud product.