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Who’s the Boss? Your Data Center or You?

October 31, 2012 - 0 Comments

Whether it’s ordering a last-minute Halloween costume from the comfort of your couch or being able to IM with colleagues on your flight to see family and friends this holiday season, we can all admit that “on-demand” access is an every day necessity.  In much the same way, today’s business users expect on-demand access to IT resources.  And as those customer demands increase, more pressure is placed on IT infrastructure.

Everyone – from consumers to business users, from IT departments in large enterprises to service providers – are grappling with both the opportunity and challenge of managing the evolution of IT.  It’s hard to let go of the past and the old ways of managing our data – whether that’s putting aside the family scrapbook for a digital library or adopting new management solutions to replace legacy systems in your data center. So, what’s the trick? Find a solution that allows you to easily and seamlessly transition to this new operating model.  Almost sounds too good to be true – but it’s real.

 To meet the complex demands of an ever-changing workforce and help our customers transition to IT-as-a-Service, we provide management software and infrastructure solutions to successfully adopt a cloud operating model. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, a Cisco Unified Data Center solution, preserves our customers’ investment in their existing systems while helping them with this transition. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud includes a self-service portal, service catalog and orchestration engine for automated provisioning. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud manages cloud services across both virtual and physical infrastructures, with support for Cisco UCS, as well as heterogeneous IT environments.

One of our new service provider customers, Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), just launched their new cloud services offering powered by Vblock Systems and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud in the region’s most advanced Tier-IV certified data center. Cisco and VCE are providing the underlying infrastructure for CTEX HyperCloud, giving CTEX customers an enterprise-class, high performance, and scalable cloud infrastructure platform for their mission critical applications.  Read the press release here.

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud complements VCE’s Vblock Systems, which bring together server, network, and storage infrastructure products from Cisco, EMC and VMware into a flexible and scalable converged infrastructure system.  The combination of these leading cloud management and infrastructure products provides CTEX customers with on-demand access to virtual data center capabilities – with a secure web portal to order cloud services, rapidly provision resources, and pay for what they consume.

Let’s face it – the “on-demand,” instant-gratification world we live in is not likely to change any time soon.  If anything, it’s become more pervasive, the pace is accelerating, and the demand on IT is increasing.  If you aren’t careful, an inefficient data center will begin to take control and slow you down.  It’s not too late though.  Take a deep breath, stand up, and show the data center who’s boss!  Whether you build your own private cloud or work with a cloud service provider, it’s time to move to a cloud operating model.

Learn more about how to tap into automation and get your data center working for you again!

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