We are beginning a fundamental, innovative shift in the way IT services are consumed.To cope with this change our Data Centers needs to be able to evolve.It needs to be able to provide;Self Service Access to your users so that they can pick form a range a services available to them from a catalogIt must be rapidly elastic so that it can cope with the demands of the business to grown or shrink when needed.It must be able to provide pools of resources to your customers so that they can realize the benefit of shared cloud infrastructureIt must have broad network access so that it is consumable from from anywhere, anytime and securely And you must have a consumption lifecycle manage tool so that you can manage your evolving datacenter efficiently. This change isn’t optional, the question is are you ready to seize the opportunity and drive this transformation? Or you risk being pushed out of the market by your competitors.
Many CEO and Business leader ask what is Cloud? How will cloud help my company and how can I get to the cloud in a way that is cost effective and secure?There are many definitions of cloud;Consumers see the cloud as accessable form anywhere, holding all their data and that is accessable no matter what device I am using.The Technical definition is The Cloud is virtualized and automated IT hardware made accessible on demand And Then commercial definition is – Cloud is when IT is paid for on demandSo you see there are many different definition of cloud so it can be confusing!So how can Cisco help over come all of this confusion and help you along your journey to the cloud?
TheCisco Domain Ten framework covers the ten major areas that an organization must consider to successfully transform the data center from a Cost Center to into a more agile, cost-effective business resource. Cisco Domain Ten covers all of the important aspects of infrastructure, virtualization and automation to help map your transformational journey whether you want to take advantage of virtualization or want to move to cloud. In addition to technology considerations, it covers security, compliance, process and governance implications.As I walk through this example, I will talk about Domain Ten from the perspective of an organization that wants to build a cloud. However, this framework can be applied to any major data center transformational initiative.Domain 1: Facilities and InfrastructureA resource layer that includes Space, Power and Cooling and on top Computer Storage and Network. Think of this as the foundation of your home. It the layer on which you will build and is the most critical bit to get right. Ensure that you plan your facilities that will allow you to grow over the next 2 to 3 years. Domain 2: Virtualization and Abstraction Next is the Virtualisation and Abstraction Layer which allows you to virtualise and share workloads. It also allows logical abstraction of the of the physical layer to be shared by many applications. Not all workloads can be virtualised, having a infrastructure that can provision Physical infrastructure along side virtual infrastructure will maximize efficiency of your cloud. Domain 3: Automation and OrchestrationAutomating of your compute, storage and Network layers will cut provisions cycles from months, to days or even hours by eliminating the manual step from procurement through to hardware and OS installation. The automation to execute tasks consistently and rapidly, such as provisioning and de-provisioning environments, is an essential part of cloud. Domain 4: User PortalDomain 4 5 and 6 are very closely tied together, the User portal defines the users cloud experience. The portal allows the users to place request for IT services through a web page. Standisation of these IT services will provide the most cost savings in your cloud. Domain 5: Service Catalog and ManagementNext you must implement a service catalog and management tool. The service catalog prides your users the ability to compare the the IT services available to them and allow them to make an informed decision of the service they require to order. Behind the software is the logic needed to manage the catalog. It give IT the capability to manage what can be ordered and who can order what.A benefit of cloud is that users will only pay for the services they buy and not the up front cost of the infrastructure. Domain 6: Service Financial ManagementService financial management software provide you with the ability to track the usage of each user. Think of it as the power meter in your home, you buy electricity from your supplier and you only pay for the kilowatts and kilowatt hours that you use. It works the same in the cloud. Thefirst 6 domains together provide the foundation for a true private cloud. Generally we refer to that as infrastructure-as-a service or IaaSand that is exactly what is being delivered—the infrastructure provided to an end user as a service, based on what that user ordered through the portal. Domain 7 – PlatformThe layer above the infrastructure is called the platform domain. What makes platform different from infrastructure is that now we are combining additional software elements on top of the infrastructure—those software elements are primarily OS, middleware, or database. This is called platform as a Service. PaaS.Domain 8- ApplicationsWhen you add application ontop of this platform you can provide Software as a Service, Business Application, Virtual Desktops or even colaboration tools can be run in the cloud. It is important to understand that all applications are not suited for cloud. Cisco Advanced services can help you understand which Applications are suitable and not suitable for the cloud. And from there we can help you understand the scale of what the cloud looks like for you and then ultimately help you with the migration of the application to the cloud. Domain 9: Security and ComplianceSecurity consistently tops CIO’s list of cloud concerns. For cloud to be successful, you have to maintain security for this shared infrastructure. You may also need to address industry or governmental compliance requirements.Weather you have governance or compliance requirements for security Cisco Services can help you plan, build and manage pervasive security across the DC infrastructure and within and between clouds to protect your business. Domain 10 – Process and GovernanceProcess and governance is a domain that affects the entire data center. It is about how to execute processes in a smooth way within a data center or cloud environment, and how to make sure that IT and corporate governance adherence and enforcement is built into your daily process. If a process is not fully automated, there will be a break in the process to handle the manual steps, making impossible to realize the full time and cost savings potential.Putting it All Together - Setting the Foundation for True Cloud So the domains we just covered make up the foundation of a true cloud as well as the factors you need to consider in order have a successful cloud implementation. Now remember, one cloud does not fit all. So, depending on what your needs are, you may be looking at just infrastructure as a service. Or you may move to platform-as-a-service, or software-as-a-service. Whatever your ultimate vision the sequence for getting there is important. You have to start at infrastructure, move to platform, then move to software as a service. Think of it as dependencies---so X has to be in place before Y and before Z. So the sequence is critical.The remaining critical component for the setting the foundation for the journey to cloud is the ability to integrate this environment within an existing data center. This is generally what we refer to as integration. What we're looking at doing is tying this new infrastructure to existing tools that you might already have, such as Remedy, Opsware, and so forth. We understand that cloud environments cannot stand alone in a data center. We understand that you want to be able to manage and support your cloud infrastructure with the same tools that you use for rest of your environmentCisco Services works with our customers to understand their true needs whether that be a standardized infrastructure with virtualization and some amount of management automation, a private cloud but not chargeback or a defined service catalog, or software as a service.
Cisco have a free 1 day workshop service which we will provide to our customersAs part of this 1 days service Cisco will host an offsite meeting at a Cisco office.We will bring Subject Matter Expert and you will need to bring 8 to 10 people – 1 from each of the domains I mentioned above.Cisco will lead a discussion to understand your current Business concerns, challenges and long term goals for Cloud.We will then discuss the Domain 10 Frame work in more detail with you.Map your current maturity to our Domain 10 Framework and what your want to get to in the future.We will then do a gap analysis of your current state and provide you with a high level roadmap to achieving your cloud goals. Pre-ReqsCustomer brings along 8 to 10 people 1 for each domainThe meeting is held offsite so that there are no distractions of email or phone And You fill in a questionnaire before hand.If you are interested in this service please come and see me after the presentation.
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