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Cisco UCS Director presentation from VMworld 2013.

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  • {"12":"Slide is done\n","2":"Data center strategy has become a critical part of business strategy. Today, more than ever, the ways and means of IT deployment can make the difference between an efficient, successful organization and an ineffective one. But IT’s support workload is increasing with greater numbers of applications for business operations and new services for competitive differentiation. \nAs a result, the IT environment has become increasingly complex, and that shows no signs of stopping. This has placed greater burdens on IT staff in times when budgets are flat or decreasing. One of the major burdens is the management of the IT environment, with considerable staff time needed to configure, deploy, and manage applications and infrastructure. \nA recent IDC survey shows just how heavy this burden has become. IT decision makers report that approximately ¾ ’s of IT staff time is spent maintaining existing environments with less than ¼ of staff time being spent on value-added activities. \nLooking deeper into the maintenance activities we discover: \n24% of time is consumed by pre-system deployment \n23% of time is consumed by turning on and preparing systems for applications \n29% of time is consumed by monitoring, update and patch management, health monitoring and analysis, and troubleshooting\n","8":"Let’s take a closer look at model-based automation. There are two different types of automation: script-based and model-based. \nBehind automation are workflows that provide the instructions on how to get up a Vlan or provision a new infrastructure instance. Script-based automation (sometimes called blueprints or static workflows) are just that static. \nThey only know a linear set of actions to take and have no knowledge of objects and their relationships. A script is not capable of making a decision if something is missing or accommodating configuration change. In fact, when a change occurs the scripts needs to be revised or potentially a completely new script needs to be created. Solutions that compete with Cloupia in the marketplace not only cobble together multiple tools but multiple scripts. These solutions have different automation models within them that increase the complexity for IT to manage. \nAs we mentioned in the previous slide, model-based automation is knowledgeable of objects and their relationships within the converged infrastructure. Cloupia establishes this knowledge when it is first installed by completing a discovery process establishing the baseline logical and physical dependencies across all layers. As workflows are being completed, \nCloupia is capable of determining what is missing or changed, make the change, configure it and continue with automated provisioning. All without administrator intervention. \n","4":"Cisco Cloupia Orchestration delivers unified service delivery across the virtualization, compute, network and storage layers from a single pane of glass. The solution orchestrates both physical and virtual infrastructures resources utilizing the APIs of each respective hardware component contained in the converged infrastructure. . \nCloupia’s self-service portal enables IT operations or customers to order and receive automated delivery of infrastructure resources quickly. \nThis unified management approach reduces deployment of infrastructure from weeks to minutes. By updating component templates, administrators can apply maintenance updates or patches within minutes freeing up IT staff from mundane daily tasks. \nCloupia manages the industry’s leading converged infrastructure across compute, network, storage and virtualization layers from a unified pane of glass and according to policies and governance specified by IT. \n"}