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.
There’s Never Been a Better Time …. to Reduce Your Data Center Software Costs with Cisco UCS #NeverBetter
Enterprise software licensing is complex, costly and easy to lose track of, especially in these days of servers on demand via infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and rapid setup and...
Top 5 Takeaways from the London Gartner Data Center Conference 2016
Over the past few years, I've attended Gartner's Data Center Conference in London (see 2013, 2014, and 2015 !). As always, it was...
Part 2: Why not Initiate a “Save to Invest” Program for your Data Center?
Two weeks ago, in my previous blog, I invited you to consider ways in which you could initiate a “Save to Invest” program for your data center. That is, how can you save money from your current data center spend, in order to re-invest it into currently un- or -under-funded areas of your data center. Thanks to […]
Why not Initiate a “Save to Invest” Program for your Data Center? (Part 1)
As a Scot, I have a natural predisposition – almost a gene – for money saving initiatives! As I’ve been researching new initiatives in my work for Cisco Services over the past few months, I’ve become aware of – for the first time I am ashamed to say in some cases – some huge sinks […]
Discovering Application-Server-Network Dependencies to Facilitate ACI and Application Migration
Earlier this month, I blogged about the challenges of Cloud Sprawl. Let’s now turn to the challenges of “Application Sprawl”!If you are planning migration of applications inside or between data centers, or if you are planning a migration to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), the understanding of your applications and how they tie to the […]
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...
Cloud-based ITaaS: Transforming IT from Support to Service Brokerage
Cloud computing is more mainstream today than ever before, but it’s important to note that there are still significant opportunities for IT leaders to innovate and leverage cloud delivery options to capture new business opportunities and implement new IT models. The Evolution of ITaaS: The Convergence of Two Roads On one hand, traditional private cloud […]
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 […]