Cisco Updates Its SDN Solution

Cisco Updates Its SDN Solution

Cisco has announced updates to its Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), a software-defined networking (SDN) solution deigned to make it easier for customers to adopt and advance intent-based networking for their data centers. With the latest software release (ACI 3.0), more than 4,000 ACI customers can increase business agility with network automation, simplified management, and improved security for any combination of workloads in containers, virtual machines and bare metal for private clouds, and on-premise data centers.

The transitions occurring in the data center are substantial. Enterprises experience an unrelenting need to accelerate speed, flexibility, security and scale across increasingly complex data centers and multi-cloud environments.

“As our customers shift to multi-cloud strategies, they are seeking ways to simplify the management and scalability of their environments,” said Ish Limkakeng, senior vice president for data center networking at Cisco. “By automating basic IT operations with a central policy across multiple data centers and geographies, ACI’s new multi-site management capability helps network operators more easily move and manage workloads with a single pane of glass — a significant step in delivering on Cisco’s vision for enabling ACI Anywhere.”

The new ACI 3.0 software release is now available. New features include:

Multi-site Management: Customers can seamlessly connect and manage multiple ACI fabrics that are geographically distributed to improve availability by isolating fault domains, and provide a global view of network policy through a single management portal. This greatly simplifies disaster recovery and the ability to scale out applications.

Kubernetes Integration: Customers can deploy their workloads as micro-services in containers, define ACI network policy for these through Kubernetes, and get unified networking constructs for containers, virtual machines, and bare-metal. This brings the same level of deep integration to containers ACI has had with numerous hypervisors.

Improved Operational Flexibility and Visibility: The new Next Gen ACI User Interface improves usability with new consistent layouts and simplified topology views, and troubleshooting wizards. In addition, ACI now includes graceful insertion and removal, support for mixed operating systems and quota management, and latency measurements across fabric end points for troubleshooting.

Security: ACI 3.0 delivers new capabilities to protect networks by mitigating attacks such as IP/MAC spoofing with First Hop Security integration, automatically authenticating workloads in-band and placing them in trusted security groups, and support for granular policy enforcement for end points within the same security group.

“With ‘ACI Anywhere,’ Cisco is delivering a scalable solution that will help position customers for success in multi-cloud and multi-site environments,” said Dan Conde, an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. “ACI’s new integration with container cluster managers and its enhancements to zero trust security make this a modern offering for the market, whether you are a large Service Provider, Enterprise, or a commercial customer.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

UKCloud Launches Cloud GPU Services

UKCloud Launches Cloud GPU Services

UKCloud has announced the launch of its Cloud GPU computing service based on NVIDIA virtual GPU solutions with NVIDIA Tesla P100 and M60 GPUs (graphics processing units). The service will support computational and visualisation intensive workloads for UKCloud’s UK public sector and health care customers. UKCloud is not only the first Cloud Service Provider based in the UK or Europe to offer Cloud GPU computing services with NVIDIA GPUs, but is also the only provider specialising in public sector and health care and the specific needs of these customers.

“Building on the foundation of UKCloud’s secure, assured, UK-Sovereign platform, we are now able to offer a range of cloud-based compute, storage and GPU services to meet our customers’ complex workload requirements,” said Simon Hansford, CEO, UKCloud. “The public sector is driving more complex computational and visualisation intensive workloads than ever before, not only for CAD development packages, but also for tasks like the simulation of infrastructure changes in transport, for genetic sequencing in health or for battlefield simulation in defence. In response to this demand, we have a greater focus on emerging technologies such as deep learning, machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

Many of today’s modern applications, especially in fields such as medical imaging or graphical analytics, need an NVIDIA GPU to power them, whether they are running on a laptop or desktop, on a departmental server or on the cloud. Just as organisations are finding that their critical business applications can be run more securely and efficiently in the cloud, so too they are realising that it makes sense to host graphical and visualisation intensive workloads there as well.

Adding cloud GPU computing services utilising NVIDIA technology to support more complex computational and visualisation intensive workloads was a customer requirement captured via UKCloud Ideas, a service that was introduced as part of UKCloud’s maniacal focus on customer service excellence. UKCloud Ideas proactively polls its clients for ideas and wishes for service improvements, enabling customers to vote on ideas and drive product improvements across the service. This has facilitated more than 40 feature improvements in the last year across UKCloud’s service catalogue from changes to the customer portal to product specific improvements.

One comment came from a UKCloud partner with many clients needing GPU capability: “One of our applications includes 3D functionality which requires a graphics card. We have several customers who might be interested in a hosted solution but would require access to this functionality. To this end it would be helpful if UKCloud were able to offer us a solution which included a GPU.”

Listening to its clients in this way and acting on their suggestions to improve its service by implementing NVIDIA GPU technology was one of a number of initiatives that enabled UKCloud to win a 2017 UK Customer Experience Award for putting customers at the heart of everything, through the use of technology.

“The availability of NVIDIA GPUs in the cloud means businesses can capitalise on virtualisation without compromising the functionality and responsiveness of their critical applications,” added Bart Schneider, Senior Director of CSP EMEA at NVIDIA. “Even customers running graphically complex or compute-intensive applications can benefit from rapid turn-up, service elasticity and cloud-economics.”

UKCloud’s GPU-accelerated cloud service, branded as Cloud GPU, is available in two versions: Compute and Visualisation. Both are based on NVIDIA GPUs and initially available only on UKCloud’s Enterprise Compute Cloud platform. They will be made available on UKCloud’s other platforms at a later date. The two versions are as follows:

  • UKCloud’s Cloud GPU Compute: This is a GPU accelerated computing service, based on the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU and supports applications developed using NVIDIA CUDA, that enables parallel co-processing on both the CPU and GPU. Typical use cases include looking for cures, trends and research findings in medicine along with genomic sequencing, data mining and analytics in social engineering, and trend identification and predictive analytics in business or financial modelling and other applications of AI and deep learning. Available from today with all VM sizes, Cloud GPU Compute will represent an additional cost of £1.90 per GPU per hour on top of the cost of the VM.
  • UKCloud’s Cloud GPU Visualisation: This is a virtual GPU (vGPU) service, utilising the NVIDIA Tesla M60, that extends the power of NVIDIA GPU technology to virtual desktops and apps. In addition to powering remote workspaces, typical use cases include military training simulations and satellite image analysis in defence, medical imaging and complex image rendering. Available from the end of October with all VM sizes, Cloud GPU Visualisation will represent an additional cost of £0.38 per vGPU per hour on top of the cost of the VM.

UKCloud has also received a top accolade from NVIDIA, that of ‘2017 Best Newcomer’ in the EMEA partner awards that were announced at NVIDIA’s October GPU Technology Conference 2017 in Munich. UKCloud was commended for making GPU technology more accessible for the UK public sector. As the first European Cloud Service Provider with NVIDIA GPU Accelerated Computing, UKCloud is helping to accelerate the adoption of Artificial Intelligence across all areas of the public sector, from central and local government to defence and healthcare, by allowing its customers and partners to harness the awesome power of GPU compute, without having to build specific rigs.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Alibaba Cloud Joins Red Hat Certified Cloud And Service Provider Program

Alibaba Cloud Joins Red Hat Certified Cloud And Service Provider Program

Red Hat, Inc. and Alibaba Cloud have announced that they will join forces to bring the power and flexibility of Red Hat’s open source solutions to Alibaba Cloud’s customers around the globe.

Alibaba Cloud is now part of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, joining a group of technology industry leaders who offer Red Hat-tested and validated solutions that extend the functionality of Red Hat’s broad portfolio of open source cloud solutions. The partnership extends the reach of Red Hat’s offerings across the top public clouds globally, providing a scalable destination for cloud computing and reiterating Red Hat’s commitment to providing greater choice in the cloud.

“Our customers not only want greater performance, flexibility, security and portability for their cloud initiatives; they also want the freedom of choice for their heterogeneous infrastructures. They want to be able to deploy their technologies of choice on their scalable infrastructure of choice. That is Red Hat’s vision and the focus of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program. By working with Alibaba Cloud, we’re helping to bring more choice and flexibility to customers as they deploy Red Hat’s open source solutions across their cloud environments,” said Mike Ferris, vice president, technical business development and business architecture, Red Hat.

In the coming months, Red Hat solutions will be available directly to Alibaba Cloud customers, enabling them to take advantage of the full value of Red Hat’s broad portfolio of open source cloud solutions. Alibaba Cloud intends to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a pay-as-you-go model in the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.

By joining the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, Alibaba Cloud has signified that it is a destination for Red Hat customers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners to enable them to benefit from Red Hat offerings in public clouds. These will be provided under innovative consumption and service models with the greater confidence that Red Hat product experts have validated the solutions.

“As enterprises in China, and throughout the world, look to modernize application environments, a full-lifecycle solution by Red Hat on Alibaba Cloud can provide customers higher flexibility and agility. We look forward to working with Red Hat to help enterprise customers with their journey of scaling workloads to Alibaba Cloud.,” said Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, Alibaba Cloud.

Launched in 2009, the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program is designed to assemble the solutions cloud providers need to plan, build, manage, and offer hosted cloud solutions and Red Hat technologies to customers. The Certified Cloud Provider designation is awarded to Red Hat partners following validation by Red Hat. Each provider meets testing and certification requirements to demonstrate that they can deliver a safe, scalable, supported, and consistent environment for enterprise cloud deployments.

In addition, in the coming months, Red Hat customers will be able to move eligible, unused Red Hat subscriptions from their datacenter to Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest public cloud service provider, using Red Hat Cloud Access. Red Hat Cloud Access is an innovative “bring-your-own-subscription” benefit available from select Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers that enables customers to move eligible Red Hat subscriptions from on-premise to public clouds. Red Hat Cloud Access also enables customers to maintain a direct relationship with Red Hat – including the ability to receive full support from Red Hat’s award-winning Global Support Services organization, enabling customers to maintain a consistent level of service across certified hybrid deployment infrastructures.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Edgeconnex® Enables Cloudflare Video Streaming Service

Edgeconnex® Enables Cloudflare Video Streaming Service

EdgeConneX® has announced a new partnership with Cloudflare to enable and deploy its new Cloudflare Stream service. The massive Edge deployment will roll out in 18 Edge Data Centers® (EDCs) across North America and Europe, enabling Cloudflare to bring data within a few milliseconds of local market endusers and providing fast and effective delivery of bandwidth-intensive content.

Cloudflare powers more than 10% of all Internet requests and ensures that web properties, APIs and applications run efficiently and stay online. On September 27, 2017, exactly seven years after the company’s launch, Cloudflare expanded its offerings with Cloudflare Stream, a new service that combines encoding and global delivery to form a solution for the technical and business issues associated with video streaming. By deploying Stream at all of Cloudflare’s edge nodes, Cloudflare is providing customers the ability to integrate high-quality, reliable streaming video into their applications.

In addition to the launch of Stream, Cloudflare is rolling out four additional new services: Unmetered Mitigation, which eliminates surge pricing for DDoS mitigation; Geo Key Manager, which provides customers with granular control over where they place their private keys; Cloudflare Warp, which eliminates the effort required to fully mask and protect an application; and Cloudflare Workers, which writes and deploys JavaScript code at the edge. As part of its ongoing global expansion, Cloudflare is launching with EdgeConneX to serve more customers with fast and reliable web services.

“We think video streaming will be a ubiquitous component within all websites and apps in the future, and it’s our immediate goal to expand the number of companies that are streaming video from 1,000 to 100,000,” explains Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, Cloudflare. “Combined with EdgeConneX’s portfolio of Edge Data Centers, our technology enables a global solution across all 118 of our points of presence, for the fastest and most secure delivery of video and Internet content.”

In order to effectively deploy its services, including the newly launched Stream solution, Cloudflare is allowing customers to run basic software at global facilities located at the Edge of the network. To achieve this, Cloudflare has selected EdgeConneX to provide fast and reliable content delivery to end users. When deploying Stream and other services in EDCs across North America and Europe, Cloudflare will utilize this massive Edge deployment to further enhance its service offerings.

Cloudflare’s performance gains from EdgeConneX EDCs have been verified by Cedexis, the leader in latency-based load balancing for content and cloud providers. Their panel of Real User Measurement data showed significant response time improvements immediately following the EdgeConneX EDC deployments — 33% in the Minneapolis metro area and 20% in the Portland metro area.

“When it comes to demonstrating the effectiveness of storing data at an EdgeConneX EDC, the numbers speak for themselves,” says Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “We look forward to continuing our work with Cloudflare to help them deliver a wide range of cutting-edge services to their customer base, including Cloudflare Stream.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

General Electric Names AWS Its Preferred Cloud Provider

General Electric Names AWS Its Preferred Cloud Provider

Amazon Web Services, Inc. has announced that General Electric has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider. GE continues to migrate thousands of core applications to AWS. GE began an enterprise-wide migration in 2014, and today many GE businesses, including GE Power, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation, and GE Digital, run many of their cloud applications on AWS. Over the past few years, GE migrated more than 2,000 applications, several of which leverage AWS’s analytics and machine learning services.

“Adopting a cloud-first strategy with AWS is helping our IT teams get out of the business of building and running data centers and refocus our resources on innovation as we undergo one of the largest and most important transformations in GE’s history,” said Chris Drumgoole, chief technology officer and corporate vice president, General Electric. “We chose AWS as the preferred cloud provider for GE because AWS’s industry leading cloud services have allowed us to push the boundaries, think big, and deliver better outcomes for GE.”

“Enterprises across industries are migrating to AWS in droves, and in the process are discovering the wealth of new opportunities that open up when they have the most comprehensive menu of cloud capabilities — which is growing daily — at their fingertips,” said Mike Clayville, vice president, worldwide commercial sales, AWS. “GE has been at the forefront of cloud adoption, and we’ve been impressed with the pace, scope, and innovative approach they’ve taken in their journey to AWS. We are honored that GE has chosen AWS as their preferred cloud provider, and we’re looking forward to helping them as they continue their digital industrial transformation.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

MapR Converged Data Platform Now Available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace

MapR Converged Data Platform Now Available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace

MapR Technologies, Inc. has announced that the MapR Converged Data Platform is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace bringing a modern data system to Oracle Cloud customers. A silver level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), MapR Data Technologies enables a unified operational and analytic data service for Oracle Cloud customers.

“In today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, organizations moving to the cloud are looking for increased flexibility and the quickest time to value,” said Sanjay Sinha, vice president cloud platform products, Oracle. “With Oracle Cloud, MapR can quickly and efficiently address the growing needs of its customers with support for Oracle’s state-of-the-art cloud platform.”

The MapR Converged Data Platform enables global access to a wide variety of data sources including big data workloads such as Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, POSIX compliant file systems, NFS-enabled file systems, multi-model databases, and streaming data. The MapR Platform enables customers to collect data in the Oracle Cloud as well as any number of other data sources – on-premise, hybrid cloud and even other public clouds – supporting analytics, deep learning, machine learning, artificial intelligence and edge computing.

“The MapR Platform is designed to better leverage public clouds with the recent introduction of MapR Orbit Cloud Suite. Joint customers will be able to run big data workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with cloud-native operations and cloud storage integration,” said Tom Fisher, CTO, MapR. “Our participation in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace further extends our commitment to the Oracle community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of harnessing value from all of their data. We look forward to leveraging the power of the Oracle Cloud to help us achieve our business goals.”

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and data as a service (DaaS).

Source: CloudStrategyMag

QTS Releases Cloud-Based FedRAMP-Compliant System

QTS Releases Cloud-Based FedRAMP-Compliant System

Responding to increasing Government demand for outsourced cloud and hybrid data center solutions, QTS Realty Trust has announced deployment of the nation’s first multi-tenant unemployment insurance and single state tax system in the cloud.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), a consortium of Mississippi, Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut, are the first states to go live on the system that supports the U.S. Department of Labor’s mandate to identify and develop promising repeatable practices that reduce costs throughout the workforce system.

QTS was chosen to develop and host a compliant, cloud-based solution that could accommodate multiple states with the expectation of achieving high levels of commonality. QTS provided a VMware-centric, hybrid IT solution that integrates QTS’ FedRAMP-compliant Government cloud and colocation services from QTS’ Dulles, VA, and Phoenix data centers.

“We are one step closer to creating the future for delivery of unemployment solutions in a cost-effective manner, while being conscientious stewards of our state workforce funds,” said Dale Smith, chief operating officer, MDES. “QTS has been a trusted partner in developing the innovative multi-tenant hybrid IT solution that will be utilized by many states for years to come.”

The new system is expected to attract the attention of states that may be struggling to meet their obligations to pay unemployment benefits to their customers. In Mississippi, the expected cost of operating the consortium system over the on-premise single state system will be reduced by approximately 40%, leaving much needed funding to meet the needs of Mississippi’s unemployed.

“We are pleased to support MDES and the U.S. Department of Labor in their mission to transform State and Local government processes,” said David McOmber, executive vice president, public sector & federal, QTS. “QTS’ Government Solutions is committed to providing the Federal marketplace with innovative and highly secure hybrid data center solutions.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

NTT Com Launches Enterprise Cloud For ERP

NTT Com Launches Enterprise Cloud For ERP

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) has announced the global launch of its Enterprise Cloud for ERP, a multi-tenant cloud platform service for SAP installations, in collaboration with Dell Technologies Group’s Virtustream, Inc. and EMC Japan K.K., effective immediately.

Incorporating managed services, the new solution will deliver a cloud-based packaged SAP platform to customers in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Australia, giving them the ability on a global basis to access and run mission-critical core SAP systems in the cloud.

The Enterprise Cloud for ERP service has an option for virtual HANA (offering up to 2.9TB of memory) and physical HANA (up to 8.0TB of memory), which will be available as a multi-tenant cloud platform supporting SAP HANA’s in-memory database architecture. In addition to the base service, a “high availability” option will be available, offering enhanced resilience and disaster recovery via the use of diverse routing and duplicate data centers in Tokyo and Osaka. The service will also include pay-as-you-go options that leverage μVM resource-management technology to regulate CPU & memory usage, enabling customers to enjoy the flexibility and reliability of a cloud environment combining virtual and physical HANA environments. The service aims to reduce total cost of ownership by up to 65% compared to on-premise systems.

In addition to an SAP cloud-based platform, the new solution will deliver a managed service for OS, SAP Basis, SAP HANA, as well as a system monitoring service and a support offering that includes access to a technical account manager. The latter will provide ITIL-based operational support, operational status analysis and best-practice consultancy services. Customers will be able to easily and efficiently operate the platform by selecting from a wide choice of menus, allowing them to focus on design of their own work processes and application development.

Outside Japan, NTT Com will offer a total SAP solution in the Americas, Europe, and Australia incorporating the same onboarding services and managed services. This will enable customers to seamlessly use one-stop globally standardized SAP infrastructures and managed services in a cloud environment.

NTT Com plans to expand the functionality of enterprise cloud for ERP and the number of regions where it will be available in collaboration with Virtustream and EMC Japan. The company also plans to offer a cloud management platform offering integrated management of multiple cloud environments which will facilitate connectivity with Virtustream’s overseas cloud; they will also offer cloud platform connecting services by means of NTT Com’s Software-Defined Exchange Service.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Cisco Introduces Management Platform and Strategy For UCS And HyperFlex

Cisco Introduces Management Platform and Strategy For UCS And HyperFlex

Cisco has unveiled Cisco Intersight,™ a management and automation platform for Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) and Cisco HyperFlex™ Systems, marking the start of a multi-year strategic program to provide customers with clear IT advantages that support their competitive business goals. Cisco Intersight simplifies data center operations by delivering systems management as-a-service, alleviating the need to maintain islands of on-premise management infrastructure. Complete system lifecycle management is delivered by Cisco Intersight through machine learning, analytics and automation. 

Today, most IT organizations are adopting a multicloud strategy, and as a result customers need a scalable and consistent management environment across their data centers, private clouds and public clouds deployments. Customers also seek consistent management and policy enforcement across bare metal server environments, converged infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure. Cisco Intersight will deliver the unique ability to connect and manage all of these comprehensively.

Application architectures are also transforming with scale-out and multi-site deployment models, delivered by containers and micro-services. In addition, DevOps accelerates the rate of application development and continuous feature delivery. Cisco Intersight addresses these challenges, helping IT staff optimize operations while enjoying a more intuitive user experience.

According to Gartner, “The growing large quantity of configuration data points and connections aggregated from data center deployments, edge, cloud and IoT will increase IT ops complexity, countering trends in software-defined simplicity.”1  

Cisco has invested years of research and development into software innovations to bridge these gaps. With the cost of an unplanned data center outage estimated at thousands of dollars per minute, and the extraordinary costs of corporate security breaches, often due to human error, IT leaders welcome new advances in intelligent automation. Customers are already participating in an engineering preview of the Intersight platform, connecting thousands of UCS and HyperFlex systems for testing and feedback. 

It’s about the Management, not the Machines

“Organizations that move to cloud-based systems management platforms will find that service delivery quality is significantly improved, the overall risk to the business goes down, and IT staff productivity is increased,” said Matt Eastwood, Senior Vice President, IDC. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) –infused cloud-based management tools can offer deep insights into the state of the infrastructure, identify troubles before they become major issues, and enable quicker ‘root cause’ identification and analysis of issues.”

Intersight is designed to deliver a new, higher level of simplicity and intelligence that is intuitive from the start and continues to learn and evolve over time:

  • Pervasive Simplicity: Cisco Intersight features a dynamic user interface that can be customized by user role. As a cloud-based service, new functionality is delivered via portal updates without burdening customers with upgrades, and the experience scales seamlessly as customers directly connect new systems for management. The platform is designed to constantly learn to help make daily IT operations easier. Analytics combined with tight integration with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) constantly improve the assistance provided through the recommendation engine.
  • Expertise: tight Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) integration and insights from Cisco and the UCS Community provide recommendations and best practices.
  • Continuous Optimization: The ability for the Intersight platform to provide actionable intelligence will grow stronger over time from the power of cloud-based machine learning. It can learn from the collective experience of the UCS user community, as well as the best practices of Cisco experts and peers. This will enable better predictive analytics and resource utilization to be provided through the recommendation engine.
  • Agile Delivery: IT can rapidly respond to business demands and frequent changes while maintaining the policy enforcement designed to implement safe and reliable business services Cisco Intersight is API-driven and Cisco UCS and HyperFlex are fully programmable systems, supporting development and operations tool chains for continuous integration and delivery.
  • Constant Protection: The Cisco Intersight service adheres to the stringent security standards of Cisco InfoSec, and helps enable secure communication between the Cisco Intersight SaaS platform and managed endpoints, allowing applications to be deployed and updated securely.

Cisco Intersight will be available in Q4 2017 and is integrated and designed to coexist with existing UCS and HyperFlex management tools, so customers can adopt Cisco Intersight as they desire without added complexity. Cisco Intersight will be available in an on-premise deployment model in the future. Cisco Intersight is built on an extensible architecture with OData standards-based RESTful APIs and connector framework simplifying third party software and hardware integrations. 

The Cisco Intersight Base Edition will be available at no charge. It includes global health monitoring and inventory, a customizable dashboard, the HyperFlex Installer to quickly deploy clusters, and the ability to context-launch the UCS Manager, IMC and HyperFlex Connect element managers.

The Cisco Intersight Essentials Edition includes all the functionality of the Base edition as well as policy-based configuration with service profiles, firmware management with scheduled updates, Hardware Compatibility Listing (HCL) compliance checks and upgrade recommendations, and other features.

Bringing Next Generation Systems Management to Over 60,000 UCS, HyperFlex and Converged Infrastructure Customers

Cisco recently announced fifth generation UCS Servers with the high-performance UCS M5 series and an accompanying release of UCS Manager that provides connector support to Cisco Intersight. UCS M5 systems are also now available in Cisco’s hyperconverged infrastructure  solution with the new Cisco HyperFlex M5 nodes, including HyperFlex Edge, with Cisco Intersight providing cloud-based cluster deployment capability in the Base Edition. Cisco leads the industry with the most comprehensive portfolio of converged infrastructure solutions; Cisco Intersight creates opportunities for deeper partner integrations and even greater operational simplicity.

As customers include Cisco UCS, HyperFlex and Intersight in their IT modernization initiatives, Cisco offers a comprehensive lifecycle of data center services from advisory through optimization, managed technical and learning services to improve cost-efficiency and reduce risk. Cisco’s portfolio of services leverages global expertise, proven processes, and innovative methodologies to help customers accelerate and simplify operations.

 

1. Gartner, New Generations of Integrated Systems Will Apply AI and Emerge as Self-Organizing Systems of Intelligence, Aug 2017

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Report: Public Cloud Market Is Growing

Report: Public Cloud Market Is Growing

New Q2 data from Synergy Research Group shows that over the last 24 months, quarterly spend on all data center hardware and software has grown by just 5%, while spending on the public cloud portion of that has grown by 35%. The private cloud infrastructure market has also grown, though not as strongly as public cloud, while spending on traditional, non-cloud data center hardware and software has dropped by 18%. ODMs in aggregate account for the largest portion of the public cloud market, with Cisco being the leading individual vendor, flowed by Dell EMC and HPE. The Q2 market leader in private cloud was Dell EMC, followed by HPE and Microsoft. The same three vendors led in the non-cloud data center market, though with a different ranking.

Total data center infrastructure equipment revenues, including both cloud and non-cloud, hardware and software, were over $30 billion in the second quarter, with public cloud infrastructure accounting for over 30% of the total. Private cloud or cloud-enabled infrastructure accounted for over a third of the total. Servers, OS, storage, networking and virtualization software combined accounted for 96% of the Q2 data center infrastructure market, with the balance comprising network security and management software. By segment, HPE is the leader in server revenues, while Dell EMC has a strong lead in storage and Cisco is dominant in the networking segment. Microsoft features heavily in the rankings due to its position in server OS and virtualization applications. Outside of these four, the other leading vendors in the market are IBM, VMware, Huawei, Lenovo, Oracle, and NetApp.

“With cloud service revenues continuing to grow by over 40% per year, enterprise SaaS revenue growing by over 30%, and search/social networking revenues growing by over 20%, it is little wonder that this is all pulling through continued strong growth in spending on public cloud infrastructure,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “While some of this is essentially spend resulting from new services and applications, a lot of the increase also comes at the expense of enterprises investing in their own data centers. One outcome is that public cloud build is enabling strong growth in ODMs and white box solutions, so the data center infrastructure market is becoming ever more competitive.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag