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Fast IT Workshop: Blog Series


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Read the first blog in the series- Beyond SDN: Expanding the Conversation by Colin Kincaid …

Read the first blog in the series- Beyond SDN: Expanding the Conversation by Colin Kincaid

Read Jim Grubb's Fast IT Workshop #2 - Roadmap to Fast IT

Read the third blog in the series- What Fast IT Means for Service Providers by Doug Webster

Check out the last blog in the series- Innovative Infrastructure Management: Challenges and Opportunities by Jeff Reed

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  • Infrastructure challenge 1 of 4: Be more agile #FutureOfIT via @Cisco
  • Infrastructure challenge 2 of 4: Security #FutureOfIT via @Cisco
  • Infrastructure challenge 3 of 4: Complexity #FutureOfIT via @Cisco
  • Infrastructure challenge 4 of 4: Cost #FutureOfIT via @Cisco

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    • 1. Fast IT Workshop Blog Series Exploring how responsive and programmable infrastructure helps IT leaders succeed.
    • 2. Colin Kincaid Vice President of Marketing for the Networking Software Group, Cisco Meet the Authors: Jim Grubb Vice President, Emerging Technologies & Chief Demonstration Officer, Cisco Doug Webster Vice President, Global Marketing and Corporate Communications, Cisco Jeff Reed Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco
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    • 4. Fast IT Workshop #1 - Beyond SDN: Expanding the Conversation Software-defined networking tends to have a different meaning for everyone. IT must deliver business value faster with a simple, smart and secure model. #FutureOfIT
    • 5. SDN can mean one of three things: 1. Centralized control which is especially popular with data centers 2. Centralized control but with lots of distributed intelligence, or 3. Software programmability into existing infrastructure, meaning more of an orchestration set #FutureOfIT
    • 6. SDN tends to have a meaning for everybody, but the old way of doing things won’t work. It’s important to expand the SDN conversation to include application-centricity, automation, virtualization and orchestration – what we call Fast IT. #FutureOfIT
    • 7. IT leaders need to focus on next-generation infrastructure capabilities like programmability, automation, and orchestration that will empower a Fast IT model, as this will ultimately deliver comprehensive results. #FutureOfIT
    • 8. Fast IT Workshop #2 - Roadmap to Fast IT Our four-step roadmap will help your IT organization take critical steps toward a Fast IT model. #FutureOfIT
    • 9. Step 1: Virtualize your Compute and Storage Infrastructure Standardizing and treating your resources as a single, converged infrastructure pool allows dynamic provisioning and faster time to deployment. Virtualization enables IT to provide services that scale seamlessly across a standardized infrastructure. #FutureOfIT
    • 10. Step 2: Get Your Feet Wet with Programmability In a software-defined architecture, management and control of the networking, storage and data center infrastructure are automated through software rather than box-by-box components. Programming network behavior is a valuable capability for every organization. #FutureOfIT
    • 11. Step 3: Develop Increasingly Sophisticated Infrastructure Policies Making your infrastructure application-aware with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles delivers software flexibility with the scalability of hardware performance. #FutureOfIT
    • 12. Step 4: Implement a Cloud Strategy for the Intercloud One-size does not fit all. A combination of public and private cloud and dedicated servers working together delivers the best results in terms of performance, total cost of ownership, investment protection, and security and compliance. #FutureOfIT
    • 13. Fast IT Workshop #3 - What Fast IT Means for Service Providers Service Providers are accelerating transformation of their architecture and will benefit through new revenue streams, lower operating expenses and increase agility. #FutureOfIT
    • 14. To thrive in a constantly changing environment, SPs need to embrace an architecture that enables them to transform their business… essentially to bring the best of their network capabilities and blend them with those from a web company to effectively become a Fast SP. #FutureOfIT
    • 15. Cisco’s Evolved Services Platform and the Evolved Programmable Network benefit SPs by: 1. Generating new revenue streams 2. Reduce operating expenses to increase efficiency 3. Increased agility #FutureOfIT
    • 16. Fast IT Workshop #4 - Innovative Infrastructure Management: Challenges and Opportunities “In a world that is moving so fast, today’s preparation determines who wins and loses tomorrow.” #FutureOfIT
    • 17. Challenge #1: Be More Agile The bottom line is that IT must move faster to deliver faster #FutureOfIT
    • 18. Challenge #2: Security Security is more important than ever before. With a Fast IT model, security extends beyond the network to data center endpoints, virtual infrastructure, and mobile. #FutureOfIT
    • 19. Challenge #3: Complexity The increasing number of connections and growth in technology means everything is a lot more complex. A Fast IT strategy mitigates many of these concerns. #FutureOfIT
    • 20. Challenge #4: Cost As complexity increases, IT leaders are under pressure to bring down costs while complexity is driving costs up. A Fast IT model combines existing infrastructures to support current functions cost- effectively while at the same time promoting new offerings and services. #FutureOfIT
    • 21. Fast IT Workshop #2 - Roadmap to Fast IT – Jim Grubb Fast IT Workshop #3 - What Fast IT Means for Service Providers – Doug Webster Read the Entire Fast IT Workshop Blog Series Fast IT Workshop #1 - Beyond SDN: Expanding the Conversation – Colin Kincaid #FutureOfIT Fast IT Workshop #4 - Innovative Infrastructure Management: Challenges and Opportunities – Jeff Reed
    • 22. See how your organization can prepare with a Fast IT model #FutureOfIT