The Gift of Managed Private Cloud
How’s your holiday shopping going? Finding everything on your list? Sorry—shouldn’t have asked. I know the answer. Any other time of year, you can skip out the door on a whim, head to the mall, and see what treasures you happen to run across. No pressure. No obligations. No fear. You pick up an item […]
A Resilient Cloud Strategy: Standardize or Diversify?
Over the past few years, I have seen IT organizations adopt cloud in very different ways. Some organizations prefer to standardize their cloud infrastructure to drive efficiencies in their data centers. As a result, they eventually reduce the number of suppliers across their entire IT value chain. Conversely, other organizations adopt a ‘best of breed’ […]
Different Clouds for Different Crowds
Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at the NSW GovDC conference. The fourth industrial revolution, described by Dr Klaus Schwab in his book launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum, has not just begun; it’s in full swing. This is not simply a trend or a fad. The fourth industrial revolution […]
Metapod is now Cisco Metacloud™
I’ve learned more about trademark rules in the last year than I probably ever wanted to. I’ll explain. About two years ago, Cisco acquired Metacloud, the company I worked for, along with a team of brilliant engineers, product managers, marketers, and operations folks. As we worked through the integration process, we learned that while our […]
The Evolution and Growing Relevance of Managed Services in a Cloud Computing World
Defining Managed Services and Cloud Computing Managed Services is traditionally understood to be the practice of having a third party Service Provider – also known as a Managed Services Provider (MSP), take over the IT operations management (ITOM) responsibilities and functions from an enterprise’s internal IT. The third-party aspect is highlighted in the use of […]
Building resilient applications with Cisco Metacloud
This post walks through the models for building resilient applications on OpenStack infrastructure with Cisco Metacloud, OpenStack Orchestration, and configuration management tools like Ansible. Agile Infrastructure, Some Background In 2001, when a group of software developers discussed a growing trend of lightweight methods for producing software, they decided to group those together and write a […]
Cloud Tech Field Day – Everything Cisco Metapod
Tech Field Day covers a wide variety of events such as Mobility Field Day, Storage Field Day, Data Field Day, and now Cloud Field Day. Cisco presented at #CFD1 to a panel of 14 influencers and to a larger audience via live stream on September 14. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard […]
Cloud is Going Mainstream, But…Which Cloud?
The numbers are in. According to a 2016 IDC study – spanning over 6,100 organizations and 31 countries – the ‘second wave of cloud adoption’ continues to advance with almost 68% of organizations using some form of cloud. Private cloud deployments remain an essential part of the mix: 54% of organizations surveyed are in fact adopting […]
Cloud Going Mainstream: “Getting Ready for the Second Wave” of Cloud Value
Read the guest blog post from Robert Mahowald, IDC Group Vice President, about the second wave of cloud adoption and value.