Identifying and Solving the Cloud Sprawl Problem
An interesting read for me one day last week was the Wall Street Journal reporting on the exploding yet ungoverned use of cloud services by employees in just...
Your Design Engineers Need Support and ‘Expertise on Tap’ Too!
If you are involved in designing, supporting or managing a data center, you will undoubtedly rely on technical support services from one or more vendors. Running your data center, there...
Part 3 – SDN Questions to Ask at the Gartner Data Center Conference
My final observation from my days at the London Gartner Data Center Conference is related to SDN and ease of network management – or otherwise. Hopefully this discussion will give...
Part 2 – SDN Questions to Ask at the Gartner Data Center Conference
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, last week I attended the Gartner Data Center Conference in London. I came out of the conference with some questions...
SDN Questions to Ask at the Gartner Data Center Conference
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Gartner Data Center conference in London. I attended 3 different sessions on SDN-related topics. Here are some...
The Top 5 OpenStack Adoption Challenges – View from Cisco Services’ Experts
OpenStack is gaining increasing industry attention and, while it can deliver huge...
Observations from London SDN Conference… “Wait, it’s coming…” … But Can You Afford T …
Last week I spent some time at the “Software Defined Networking 2014” conference in London. It’s a relatively small conference I would say however given the growing interest in SDN and rapid progress of the technology it’s always good to hear alternative viewpoints and experiences. And I certainly found the previous conference here in December […]
Cisco, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and My Day in the Queen’s Baton Relay
It’s an exciting year for Scotland, with several very high profile events happening. On our doorstep in July is the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – what we call “Glasgow 2014” – which, after the Olympics and World (soccer) Cup, is the third largest multi-nation sports event in the world. (The Commonwealth Games is sporting celebration among the 53 member […]
Delivering Business Outcomes: When Did You Last Reduce Time To Market?
Working in the Data Center and Cloud Professional Services team in Cisco on cloud and software defined networking, I am sometimes asked "What do...
Are You Ready for Dev Ops and SDN Software Development with Cisco ONE?
One of the great challenges of SDN – that many in my view underplay – is the change in paradigm from having a vendor deliver your network (hardware...
How a Snowboarding ‘Wipeout’ Can Guide You On SDN Deployment
As I was thinking about how best to advise you on how to "experiment" with SDN technologies, and more specifically why you should run a formal pilot to evaluate...
Get Started on SDN and Cisco ONE: Learn from Our New Technical White Paper
If you were to believe the industry press, you could easily be forgiven for thinking that many companies across the world were rolling software defined networking (SDN) technologies into their...
SDN Adoption Challenges: My Wrap Up For 2013
2013 was the year I started working on SDN - specifically in the area of devising professional services for Cisco ONE and Application Centric Infrastructure, ACI. A few...
Use SDN Strategically – and NOT as a “Band Aid”
The other week I attended the “Software Defined Networking 2013” conference in London. This is a UK-based event for...
SDN Reflections on the London Gartner Data Center Conference – Part 2
Last week I started my SDN reflections on the London Gartner Data Center Conference, and I found I had quite a lot to discuss. Last week I covered: Do we need SDN? SDN and the Gartner Hype Cycle SDN Deployment Models So here is the concluding part. This week I’ll cover: Overlay-Based SDN — and the […]
SDN Reflections on the London Gartner Data Center Conference – Part 1
Last week I was in London for the Gartner Data Center Conference. As always there was a wide range of interesting topics being discussed, all very useful. Working in Cisco...
The Quickest Way To Get Started with ACI
By now, given all the launch and blogging activity activity over the past week or so, I am sure your understanding of and interest in
Navigating Your OpenStack Roadmap: Why You Should Run a “Pilot”
The road in my picture below – the A82 that winds through Glencoe in Scotland – was used in the James Bond “Skyfall” movie in one of the amazing car chase scenes. This road winds through sparsely inhabited territory, has lots of ups, downs, bumps and turns and if you’re not careful it can be […]
Cisco Domain Ten: The Compendium
It’s hard to believe but it’s ten months since I first blogged on Cisco Domain TenSM, which is Cisco Service’s framework to guide you on your path to data center and cloud transformation. I’ve now covered all ten domains of this concise and powerful model. I’ll now collect all articles – including my most Cisco Domain […]
SDN: Cisco Domain Ten tells us it’s not (just) about the Network
In my first SDN blog, I asserted that "Services" - that is technical support, professional and consultancy services - are the missing "S" in the SDN debate. I'd...
Learn More About Data Center and Cloud Adoption Challenges With Cisco Services Magazines
Since around the turn of the year, specific to each region of the world, we in Cisco Services have established magazines (available in both printed and online formats)...
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 10: Process and Governance – Part (b)
Operational process and governance, as I discussed last month, is “Domain 10” in the Cisco Domain Ten(SM) model for data center transformation. It’s so important in my opinion, and so often disregarded or de-prioritised when planning and executing data center transformation, that I’ll cover it twice! Last time, I discussed some of the “Process and Governance” […]
Cisco Professional Services for Cloud Ranked #1 in IDC Survey – Announced at CiscoLive!
Having been part of the team who developed the Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, our professional services to help customers enable and adopt cloud computing, I was absolutely delighted watching the CiscoLive! keynote yesterday to hear Padmasree Warrior announce the results of the March 2013 IDC market research study that showed Cisco come out on top for […]
Leading the Network Evolution to SDN – Helping You with Your SDN Adoption Strategy
If you are following the industry debates around Software Defined Networking (SDN), and are wondering “What really is SDN?”, “How the concepts of network virtualization and network programmability relate...
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 10: Process and Governance – Part (a)
So, with this blog, the end of my Cisco Domain Ten(SM) journey approaches. Starting back in December, I’ve now covered each of the ten domains in our Cisco Services’ framework for data center transformation. A few weeks back, I discussed some of the challenges you may face in Domain 9: Security and Compliance, and it’s […]
Take 3: Ride Across Britain (again) to Raise Funds for Paralympic Athletes
It’s 5:30am on Monday morning (10th June 2013 to be precise). ” Wake up it’s a beautiful morning” by the Boo Radleys is blasting out of the speakers at the camp site. “I shouldn’t be up at this time” is one of the lines of this songs which rings so true to me on this day. […]
Services – the Missing “S” in the SDN Debate
While I’ve been writing about Cisco Domain TenSM, I’ve been watching the SDN debate evolve in our industry, and I have to say, I’ve had my concerns. Don’t get me wrong – I personally see SDN as an important and very much required evolution (and note: ‘evolution’ – not ‘revolution’) of the networking industry. Being […]
Desktop Virtualization Automation – Upcoming Webinar on Wednesday May 29th
Last week I blogged on Desktop Virtualization Automation – and how we in Cisco Services can help you develop custom automation software solutions for rapid provisioning of virtual desktops. If you are involved in desktop virtualization, or interested in automation and orchesration, you may want to attend our upcoming Bright Talk Webinar, scheduled for May 29th […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 9: Security and Compliance
Security and Compliance is the next domain in our Cisco Domain TenSM model that I will cover, following on from my previous post on Applications. And following on from my previous posts around Cisco Domain Ten, I’ll give you a brief overview of the questions that come up when we discuss data center security and compliance […]
More on Management and Orchestration – Part 1 – Desktop Virtualization Automation
Over the past year or so, from time to time, I’ve blogged about what we in Cisco Services have been doing with our Management and Orchestration solutions – for example Cisco Intelligent Automation for cloud – which I discussed in the Automation domain in my Cisco Domain Ten series, and also here, when we introduced […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 8: Applications
“Applications?” I hear you say. “Why are Cisco talking about application? They’re a networking company!?” If this is what you are thinking, I’m glad you are reading this blog. As we’ve broadened to be an IT company, we in Cisco Services have been quietly building our application migration capability for the past 2 years. And with cloud, […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 7: Platform
Domain 7 in our Cisco Domain TenSM framework for data center transformation is what we call “Platform”. More specifically, this term refers to the “software platform” upon which your business applications will run. In short, this area is where we examine operating systems, databases and other types of middleware and help you figure out your […]
Cisco Domain Ten – The Story So Far
Over the past 2 months or so, I’ve been blogging on Cisco Domain TenSM, Cisco Service’s framework to guide you on your path to data center and cloud transformation. We are just over half way through the discussion on Cisco Domain Ten, so I thought it worthwhile, especially for anyone reading about this concept for […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 6: Service Financial Management (with yet another free whitepaper!)
Service Financial Management is the focus of Domain 6 in Cisco Services‘ DomainTenSM Model for Data Center and Cloud Transformation. Closely related to the User Portal (Domain 4) and Service Catalog and Management (Domain 5), service financial management is one of those organizationally challenging topics for the data center management team – although with the advent […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 5: Service Catalog and Management (and free white paper)
I introduced the Cisco Domain TenSM framework for data center and cloud transformation back in December, and after my previous blog discussing “Domain 4: the User Portal“, it’s now time to discuss Domain 5, which considers Service Catalog and Management. In this post, I’d like to illustrate the important, central role the service catalog has in […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 4: The User Portal
The New Year 2013 has well and truly arrived – Happy New Year to all – and it’s time for me to continue on the Cisco journey of data center and cloud transformation. Last month I introduced the Cisco Domain TenSM framework, the approach we in Cisco Services take to help customers enhance and transform […]
Scenery from Skyfall, cycling by the Loch Ness Monster and 60mph+ Winds
If you’ve followed my posts over 2012 for Cisco Data Center, you may have noticed that I took a slight departure back in September from data center topics to tell you about a “Giving Back” initiative I was part of in 2012 – the “Deloitte Ride Across Britain” (RAB). I noted previously the role […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 3: Automation and Orchestration
Continuing my tour of the Cisco Domain Ten (SM) framework for simplifying data center transformation, with this blog, I’ll build upon my previous blogs and introduce Domain 3, which is concerned with “Automation and Orchestration“. I’ve asserted previously that having an automated, virtualized data center is a necessary – but insufficient – basis for […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 2: Virtualization and Abstraction
Last week I introduced our new Cisco Services framework to help guide your data center and cloud transformation – Cisco Domain Ten (SM). I also described the types of challenges you should be thinking about in the Facilities and Infrastructure layer, Domain 1. Now let’s discuss the type of challenges that Domain 2, Virtualization and Abstraction, could […]
Cisco Domain Ten: Domain 1: Facilities and Infrastructure
Yesterday I introduced you to the Cisco Domain TenSM, Cisco Services’ framework for simplifying data center transformation. This model is applicable to both business (enterprise), public sector (e.g. government, federal) and service provider (incl telco) organizations. Today I will summarize some key challenges that you should consider when planning a transition to cloud (as one example […]
Introducing Cisco Domain Ten(SM) – Cisco Services’ Blueprint for Simplifying Data Center and Cloud Transform …
This week at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, Cisco Services is unveiling Cisco Domain Ten(SM) – Cisco’s Framework for Simplifying Data Center and Cloud Transformation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnLFReBBV7c...
Watch this space for Data Center and Cloud Transformation – Exciting News – and if you are at the Gartner Da …
In Cisco Data Center Services, we've been building towards this for the past 3 or 4 years. We're formalised our approach over the past year. Our early adopter customers have...
My Other Computer is a Vblock!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in London last week at a conference. I picked up the badge shown in the photo below, and it...
Take 2: From an Ancient Scottish Castle to the Gartner Data Center Conference in London
Time flies! I'm off to the Gartner Data Center conference in London again. And as per last year, I'll drive my this ancient and very historical...