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  • 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.
  • From the standpoint of internal IT, your business users demand and expect faster, better, more agile and dynamic IT services. But many legacy data centers are built on old technology that just wasn’t designed for the demands and pace of today’s business. The infrastructure is complex, it’s messy, and it’s ill-suited for the future of IT.And from a management perspective, most IT organizations have dozens of different systems that don’t necessarily work all that well together. If you’ve ever played Jenga, you know what happens when you try to remove the wrong block too quickly, it falls apart. That complexity and inherent fragility applies to most legacy existing IT systems – they are very expensive to manage and maintain, and many IT organizations are ill-equipped to meet the demands of the business for faster service delivery.For example, in most IT departments, the process for data center infrastructure service requests is slow, complex and expensive. Each request, like a request to host an application whether it’s for dev or testing or production, is treated as essentially a new project with new requirements, architecture review, sizing, etc., even if that same or similar request has been made dozens of times. The resulting process is manual, cumbersome, inconsistent, and often takes several weeks for the end-to-end delivery of the requested service.By comparison, the operating model for cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service (or IT-as-a-Service in general) is one that requires on-demand provisioning with standardized options and processes, and rapid elasticity with a shared pool of resources. The graphic here on the right simple highlights those key attributes for cloud computing from the standard NIST definition (the National Institute of Standards & Technology).The cloud operating model means faster, simpler, more flexible and more cost-effective IT. This is what’s so appealing about public cloud computing options like Amazon Web Services. And what we’ve found is that IT organizations can deploy this operating model in a private cloud (and pave the way for a hybrid cloud model), but it requires a new approach to management and data center infrastructure.
  • Cisco Unified Data Center is founded on a unified, fabric-based design has been developed, from the ground up, to integrates technology silos, reduce costs, and improve productivity.   The ideal platform for delivering IT as a Service, Cisco Unified Data Center enables several unique benefits: First, The Unified Data Center architecture unifies and dynamically optimizes compute, storage, and network resources that can be securely and rapidly repurposed and managed on demand to meet the needs of different customers or applications. Through its secure, scalable network fabric—IT organizations can deliver network infrastructure or network services across all types of applications—from legacy applications like Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft Exchange, to new virtualized applications from the likes of VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix. Consequently, you’ll be able to deliver outstanding scalability, performance, high availability across all of your applications. Only Cisco can do this today. Cisco uniquely unifies data centers with the Intelligent Network, via modular, self-integrating computing elements. The network no longer stops at the server—it extends into the server. Through deep integration between the server application environment and the network, security is able to move with the virtual environment. The integration between the network and the data center enables both elements to work as one and deliver a guaranteed experience within clouds, between clouds, and beyond the cloud.  The Unified Data Center architecture delivers automated provisioning and management of the shared fabric of compute, network, and storage resources for the delivery of IT services within and between data centers. These new, simplified levels of automation help IT organizations keep pace with rapid change—and deliver new capabilities back to the business—such as self-service, or chargeback functionality.  It is the unified approach that allows all of these advantages. Consequently, it only makes sense that the three pillars of Cisco Unified Data Center are: Cisco Unified Fabric , Cisco Unified Computing , and Cisco Unified Management
  • 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.
  • Accelerated Cloud DeploymentDeployment readyPre-integrated portal, orchestration, and OS/ESXi provisioning softwareOut-of-the-box content: pre-built, fully supported portal and orchestration contentPartner-enabled services; install and configure within 2 weeksCompute as a Service on UCSReduce provisioning time from weeks to minutesEnd-to-end request to fully automated provision/deprovision/lifecycle managementGet more applications into cloud through business-friendly IT storefrontEnd users have full lifecycle management of their serversPhysical and Virtual provisioning and automation for CloudStrong integration with Cisco UCS Manager API and service profiles enables repurposing blades as needed very quicklyIntegration with vCenterEnd-user and administrator workspacesResource pools and policy management.Strong IT control over resources and consumptionCustomizable lease policiesStrong consumption limitsRole-based access controlGet most out of your infrastructure by using superior VM density of Cisco UCSAbility to grow your automation and cloud use cases and coverageExtensible platform for adding new services (hybrid cloud, composite applications, etc.)Integration into existing IT operational management toolsMultivendor virtualization and infrastructure capable through partner and Cisco servicesClear upgrade path to Enterprise Edition and VMDC support when needed
  • As customers move from simple uses of the cloud like compute as service to more complex uses,IaaS, and ultimately SP class cloud, there is a safe and sane approach to moving through these use cases. The green arrow shows the evolution of the customer use cases and our prescriptive model for the customer journey that starts first from crawl and then to walk, run and sprint.
  • Key here is that UCS and Starter Edition provides the best solution for first phases of cloud. UCS and CIAC are better together.
  • Key here is that successful cloud deployments have in common strict Planning, Project Management and Prerequisite validations. Cloud are complicated and ensure the site preparation (hardware, software and configuration) is ready ensures that the entire implementation can be reduced to 2 weeks for out of the box functionality. Any extra will require additional time and costs.
  • Bringing the conversation back to the crawl walk run sprint model, this is our recommended pathway for a customer deploying clouds along a safe and sane roadmap. Starting with a basic cloud and moving forward will ensure a successful journey.
  • Trusted Model: Model an out of the box cloud operating model and set of functionality Leverages learnings from many of our customers and Cisco ITStandard functionality set that can drive end user adoption in a real cloudReduce time and cost risks in implementing a cloud by adopting a proven operational model that has been running in Cisco and its customersA low risk, reasonable investment for IT to start producing the benefits of private cloud Fast implementation time to first end user provision, at an affordable startup cost, with a low TCOA logical and low-risk path for updates and upgradesGain experience in running a cloudGo beyond the technology to the processes and people and the management of change Become a well informed and educated IT shop around pragmatic usage of the cloudAfter you have run the starter edition for 3 months, you can explore next steps and phases such as upgrading the CIAC 3.0 or adding integrations and new services
  • As you create and evolving your long term cloud vision and strategy, Starter Edition is the best and first step you can take to get immediate short term resultsDeploying Starter Edition expands your organizational readiness (technology, user adoption, IT processes) for the next phase Virtual Data Centers within your organizationWith Starter Edition you put in a great extensible framework on which to add functionality for your enterprise and datacenter such asImage managementMultiple hardware vendorsMultiple hypervisorCMDB / ticketing integrationFinancial Showback / Chargeback
  • Even though the Starter Edition does not support sophisticated networks (it does support organization separation via vlans) managed services and smaller SPs may want to use SE for on premise or hosted private clouds
  • My First Cloud Get Started with Cisco Cloud Management

    1. 1. Yair DolevProduct Manager© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 1
    2. 2. Enabling Multiple IT Sourcing Models Hybrid Cloud Public Cloud Services Private Cloud Traditional Data Center© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 2
    3. 3. Legacy Management Cloud ManagementSlow, Complex, Brittle, Expensive Fast, Simple, Flexible, Cost-Effective Legacy IT IT-as-a-Service Measured Rapid Elasticity Service On-Demand Broad Network Resource Self Service Access Pooling Compute Network Storage© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 3
    4. 4. IT-as-a-Service Requires a New Management Approach On-Demand, Self-Service Provisioning of IT Resources Self-Service Portal and Orchestration Automation Policy-Based, Model- Driven Approach Reduces TCO Infrastructure Resource Mgmt Intelligence Easiest to Use and Policy-Based Policy-Based Deploy, Delivers Faster Time to Value Compute Network Flexibility Compute Network Storage Optimized for Cisco Architectures,© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Complements Existing IT Systems and Management Tools Cisco Confidential 5
    5. 5. FROM 8 WEEKS TO 15 MINUTES Architect Design Where Can Procure Install Configure Secure Is It Ready? We Put It? Automated Self-Service Provisioning Manual Capacity Policy-Based Built-In On-Demand Provisioning Governance© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 8
    6. 6. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 10
    7. 7. Cloud Management andOrchestration Software for Cisco UCSEasy-to-Use End-Self-Service andAdministrator Web PortalOrder VMs and Physical Servers withAutomated ProvisioningIntroducing© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 11
    8. 8. Cisco Intelligent Automation for CloudPre-Built Portal Deployment of Self-Service Control Over Ability to GrowContent and Workflows Compute-as-a- Provisioning Resources and Deployment andto Accelerate Time to Service on Cisco UCS and Automation for Consumption with Expand to New UseCloud to Improve Agility both Virtual and Lifecycle Management Cases with Upgrade Physical Path © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 12
    9. 9. Starter Edition—User Interface© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 13
    10. 10. Starter Edition—Administrator Interface© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 14
    11. 11. Agility Availability 4 Predictability Application-as-a-Service: 3 Business Drivers Differentiation Holistic Automation, Operational Optimization Platform-as-a-Service: Advanced Automation, Holistic Process Optimization Scale Utilization 2 Infrastructure-as-a-Service: Siloes of Automation, Basic Process Optimization Control Consolidation 1 Compute-as-a-Service: Basic Automation, Basic Process Optimization Transition Stages 1 2 3 4 Server Private Public Hybrid Virtualization Cloud Cloud Cloud© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 15
    12. 12. Crawl, Walk, Run…on your Cloud Journey Sprint VMDC + Pod Manager Run IA for Cloud 3.0 Dev/Test R&D Walk DR / BC Demand Driven Critical Apps Starter App Testing Web Farms By Function Edition Pre-Production Portals By Department Crawl Production Infrastructure Services By App Type Transition Stages Compute- Infrastructure- Pods and Deep Storage Service Provider Class as-a-Service as-a-Service, Multi-Tenant, Provisioning Multi-site and Workload Network Services Placement© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 16
    13. 13. Starter Edition and UCSDense VM Deployments with Cisco UCS Automated Physical and Virtual Provisioning Single Support Model Extended Memory and Unified Fabric with Cisco UCS Service Profiles Deployment-Ready Administrative and Easy-to-Use End-User Portal First Step Towards A Compute and Automation Platform to Grow Cisco Unified Management with Your Business© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 18
    14. 14. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition• New Functionality: Deployment-ready for physical and virtual provisioning on Cisco UCS New pre-built Portal and Orchestrator content to accelerate implementation New cloud admin and organizational admin roles and console• Starting Point for Journey to Cloud: Easier to deploy basic IaaS functionality without customization Methodology and upgrade path to ensure customer success• New Channel Program for Intelligent Automation: Rolling out to ATP Partners for engagement, training, shadowing, validation Multi-module training curriculum and enablement for the Starter Edition© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 22
    15. 15. for Cisco Customers Test It Run It Grow it Sell It Dedicated Private Shared On Premise Hosted Hosted Cloud Pilot Mid-Sized IT Org Large Enterprise IT Cloud Service Provider First Cloud Org Initial Deployment Underpinned by Pre-provisioned Network and Storage Containers© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 23
    16. 16. Add Advanced Storage Extend to Provisioning Infrastructure Deploy as a Service • Pod manager for Compute as a Service • Upgrade to Cisco IAC FlexPod and Vblock Evaluation 3.0 • Admin control and Education • Cisco IAC 3.0 Starter automated • Expand in use to Edition provisioning of • Starter Edition: demo thousands of VMs and • Multiple Chassis hundreds of Compute, Network,• Benefits of a Private • Cisco Internal Private Storage, Virtualization • 3-6 months in blades/servers Cloud Cloud: CITEIS demo production • Start automating• Components of a network provisioning Private Cloud• Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus, and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 24
    17. 17. To Learn More About Cisco Intelligent To Learn More About Our Other Automation for Cloud Starter Edition, Please Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Solutions, Visit Please Visit Email Questions to Us at:© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 28
    18. 18. Thank you.© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Confidential 29 29