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Private Cloud Case Study with Cisco Management and Orchestration

Private Cloud Case Study with Cisco Management and Orchestration



View this presentation to learn about the challenges Cisco IT has solved by implementing cloud management and orchestration technology to provide internal private cloud services to the end user.

View this presentation to learn about the challenges Cisco IT has solved by implementing cloud management and orchestration technology to provide internal private cloud services to the end user.

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  • Cost: >30% infrastuctureTCO reduction, cost transparency, supplier diversityTime: Infrastructure provisioning times reduced from weeks to minutes through self-service and automationQuality: configuration quality, avoid compliance issues
  • If we’ve described the problem in the current economics of the data center, what does the future of IT look like? For many, it is best represented by the world of many clouds. This is what will allow IT to deliver services back to the business as opposed to being considered a cost center. If IT can make the shift towards more of these innovative projects, they stand a much better change of transitioning to IT as a Service and cloud. By harnessing the power of public, private, hybrid clouds or traditional data centers, they can more rapidly deliver value to the business.  Although many customers will start with private clouds, which deliver pivotal functionality to they will also want to choose from offerings available to them via the public cloud. This has the benefit of eliminating the need for shadow IT that so many groups end up creating. It may not surprise you to realize that service providers around the world are launching their cloud services based on a Cisco Unified Data Center.
  • Provider specific featuresOfferings (resource plan, storage plan, cost)Managed vs Self-ManagedPost-OS w/f plug-insHost registrationCase routing
  • This diagram depicts the key elements from a management standpoint that are required for IT-as-a-Service, regardless of the business applications and IT services delivered – whether it’s for a dev and test environment for your SAP applications team or a production environment for Oracle database hosting. This framework is similar to the architecture for private cloud recommended by analysts firms like Gartner and Forrester. We’re not trying to replicate all of the existing IT management systems (like your existing service desk / ticketing systems and CMDB) that you use to run your legacy data center environments. Instead, this diagram represents the new capabilities necessary for IT-as-a-Service; the mandatory requirements for this new approach include a self-service portal and orchestration, together with policy-based infrastructure resource management.At the top level of the diagram you have the self-service portal, with on-demand provisioning from a catalog of standardized IT options, governance and approvals, as well as tracking the lifecycle of service usage to prevent sprawl and to enable chargeback or showback. This portal can provide users with a unified online “menu” of options for requesting IT services, whether the infrastructure resources are hosted in your own data centers or potentially sourced externally in a hybrid cloud model.From an automation and integration standpoint, you need to combine the portal with an orchestration engine that can provision the requested service and the underlying infrastructure – with policy-based infrastructure resource management and controls across a shared pool of compute, storage, and network resources, whether physical or virtual.And finally, although IT-as-a-Service demands a new approach, it must complement your legacy systems and management tools. So this new management approach needs to integrate with the existing IT environment for operational processes including monitoring and service assurance, configuration management and a CMDB, as well as business processes like user management in your directory systems and financial management - whether you start with a showback model or evolve to pay-per-use billing and chargeback.
  • The impact for our customers is taking what was very long and complex legacy management process – that can take weeks for end-to-end, often manual delivery of a request, from the upfront architecture and design of the system to the deployment – to minutes in an automated self-service provisioning environment.And this is exactly what we did at Cisco IT, which deployed Cisco UCS and Nexus – together with Cisco Intelligent Automation for their private cloud.