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How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?! (Part 1)

In my role in Cisco Services, I’m more interested in the challenges of technology adoption and deployment than I am in speeds and feeds, statistics and technology fads.  I actively seek out case studies where technology goes wrong – admittedly most of these examples turn out to be issues around introducing and managing the technology, rather than the technology itself.  So I have to admit, I was fascinated by a recent  eWeek article (full details below) which discussed the huge proportion – the report uncovers evidence of up to 30%!! – of (physical) servers in enterprise data centers that are typically running doing nothing!!  Yes – up to 30% – even in these days of virtualization!

 

How Many Idle and Comatose Servers Do You Have?!

How Many Idle and Comatose Servers Do You Have?!

Yes, even in your data center, it’s probably a safe bet to say that you have some servers that are not doing that much information processing today!  In this part 1 of my blog, I’ll discuss the costs – obvious and hidden – of the idle server challenge.  And next week I’ll discuss why this happens and what you could and indeed should do about it!

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For Better Self-Service BI, Start with Data Virtualization and a Business Directory

Providing Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and analysis used to be a service that IT provided for their line-of-business counterparts. In recent years, however business users have increasingly taken the lead for their BI and analytic solutions.

What’s Driving the Self-Service BI Growth Trend?

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Your Data Center – White or not White-Box Switches

When I speak to customers across different market segments they want the ability to deploy services at speed, at scale, at the lowest cost possible. They care about openness to drive rapid innovations in their environment. They want the ability to automate and drive operations cost down and transform to cloud economics. They want to scale their architecture in an open multi-vendor environment that can be managed at velocity in a simplified agile manner without any compromise on security or compliance. They want to be able to provision and apply policies across the entire infrastructure without the cumbersome or possible errors that may jeopardize security and business uptime. And as they run physical and virtual workloads, they want an infrastructure that is transparent and enable these workloads to reside anywhere without restrictions on movements.

Does whitebox switch model help these customers in that journey? Cisco’s Frank D’Agostino sat down with Forrester Andre Kindness to discuss this topic.FrankD_AndreaK_Whitebox June2015

In addition, Forrester issued a report “Myth of White-Box Network Switches” that breaks down the math of whitebox and hidden costs associated with it.Forrester_BustsMythsOfWhitbox July 2015

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.

Need proof?

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Maximizing Your Return on Investment From Data Virtualization Customers

Forrester Consulting recently conducted a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study and examined the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying the Cisco Data Virtualization solution. This provides readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of investing in the Cisco Data Virtualization solution for their organizations.

Forrester gathered data through interviews with some of our long-term customers who have several years’ experience using the solution to better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with Cisco Data Virtualization. In this blog, I’d like to dive a little deeper on these customers, the challenges they were faced with and the results they are seeing from implementing Cisco Data Virtualization.

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