#Cloud

March 24, 2017

CLOUD

Cloud Buyers and the Org Charts They Live In

Cloud products have a very different kind of buyer than traditional hardware gear. Cisco, long a trusted supplier of the IT organization, is getting to know a new and increasingly influential group of people: Developers in line of business teams.

March 21, 2017

PARTNER

Why Do Architectures Matter?

During the many events I attend each year, we hear one consistent piece of feedback from Cisco partners: to get a better understanding of the solutions that will make them...

March 21, 2017

DATA CENTER

There’s Never Been a Better Time for Cisco ACI-Enabled Data Center Providers #NeverBetter

Cisco ACI is a core enabler for the cloud-enabled DataVita data center in central Scotland. Developed with innovation, quality and agility in mind, the energy efficiency - including certified renewable energy use - of this brand new build is also a particularly impressive attribute.

March 10, 2017

CLOUD

Are We Treating Cloud Just Like Another Data Center?

Are we treating Cloud just like another Data Center? Yesterday at Google Next, Urs Hölzle quoted a great stat by RightScale – users waste 45% of cloud resources that they buy. While this number is not too far from what typically happens in traditional data centers, which operate at 20-30% of capacity on average, cloud promises a pay-per-use model. You provision and pay for only what you utilize. This promise leaves the user with the impression that they will effectively achieve 100% value—reducing costs significantly compared to an inefficient data center. And while Google’s new committed pricing model tries to lessen the impact, it does not address the root cause of the problem.

February 27, 2017

CLOUD

Secure Agile Exchange Revealed

We launched Secure Agile Exchange (SAE) last week in Berlin, Germany, as part of Cisco Live Europe. It was part of our DNA Virtualization announcement – it was so subtle you might have even missed it:-) We’ve been working on Secure Agile Exchange (SAE) for the last 3 years. We have a few customers going into production now with at least another 2 dozen in the pipeline. It is not a single product or SKU, but a comprehensive solution. What’s unique about SAE is that it was created and derived from the “front-line” versus the “corner office”. Consequently, the solution was born out of real world challenges and problems we hear about from our customers. Economists often say that innovation comes from small firms and most of the time they are right – not this time.

February 24, 2017

CLOUD

Check-In…to a IT Service Broker Model

On a recent trip to Silicon Valley, I stayed at a Marriott near the office. Although it was my first time at this particular hotel, I generally knew what to expect; comforts of the room, consistency of friendly staff, pervasive wireless internet access, and a simple bottle of water upon arrival, having stayed at other Marriott properties in the past. I count on this familiarity, this experience, to keep my work/life balance in check while I travel. Many well-traveled IT Pros can relate to this scenario as it plays out many times a day, across multiple industries all over the world.

February 24, 2017

CLOUD

An OSI Model for Cloud

In 1984, after years of having separate thoughts on networking standards, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) jointly published the Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model, more commonly known as the OSI model. In the more than three decades that have passed since its inception, the OSI model has given millions of technologists a frame of reference to work from when discussing networking, which has worked out pretty well for Cisco.