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Achieving IT Transformation with Cisco and Red Hat

- June 29, 2015 - 0 Comments

Last week at Red Hat Summit 2015 I had the opportunity to meet with customers, partners, analysts and members of the open source community to hear their challenges. On a panel with IDC, we discussed how industries are being disrupted in ways that bring both staggering challenges and unprecedented opportunities. We generally agreed that digitization is the answer to this industry disruption.  In other words, in order to survive companies of all types need to become digital companies by leveraging new technologies to drastically evolve their business models, or change how they engage with customers, employees and suppliers, for instance.

We also agreed that Open Source solutions are often the right choice for IT departments as they look to navigate these transformations.  Particularly as the cloud industry increasingly turns towards open source technology as a catalyst for innovation, the opportunity for Cisco, Red Hat and our partners to capitalize on this market disruption is immense.

Having worked together successfully on unified computing and networking for years, less than a year ago Cisco and Red Hat announced expanding our partnership and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud.  We are now well positioned to help our customers deploy the new solutions that will power their digitization plans.

This past week at Red Hat Summit, Cisco and Red Hat solution experts presented six different sessions showcasing collaborative development and integrated solutions spanning Group Based Policy, Application-Centric Microservices, Cisco ACI, Big Data and OpenShift.

We were also excited to introduce a Cisco Validated Design for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform on FlexPod Datacenter that allows our enterprise customers to leverage their investment in Cisco and NetApp as they deploy OpenStack (read more here at “Red Hat, NetApp and Cisco Collaborate to deliver an enterprise-grade OpenStack integrated infrastructure solution”). This new solution is another response to the current trend in data center design towards integrated infrastructures which can be confidently deployed by customers for faster time to outcomes and results. This Cisco Validated Design is expected in the next fiscal quarter and will be delivered by our eco-system of partners.

Cisco was also pleased to support the extension of the Red Hat and Intel “OnRamp to OpenStack” collaboration (read more on the Intel and Red Hat blogs) which involves adding features identified by the OpenStack community as speeding and simplifying enterprise deployment, operation and management of OpenStack clouds.  Cisco will integrate and validate these features in our Cisco Unified Computing System Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat OpenStack.

Lastly, we were thrilled to be recognized as a winner for outstanding achievement in Red Hat’s Innovation  Awards in the Cloud Category for Cisco IT’s use of OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat as a foundation for the on-premise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment our 1,000+ developers use to design and build applications.

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