IT organizations are focusing on supporting growth, boosting revenue, advancing innovation, and delivering new customer experiences. Their mission is no longer about managing and troubleshooting technology. It’s about transforming business processes and driving new business outcomes.
This Technology Spotlight examines key trends and discusses the role that Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) plays in addressing these ongoing challenges for enterprise IT and network managers.
In the following pages, you’ll learn why applications are increasingly crucial to businesses (page 4). You’ll get unique perspectives from industry analysts and software automation visionaries (pages 10 and 15). and you’ll hear from companies that are already taking advantage of aCI, like acxiom (page 8), Netapp (page 12), and Symantec (page 14).
Big data presents tremendous opportunities for every company in every industry. It’s purely a matter of finding the right use cases, the right strategies, and the right partners that can turn those opportunities into real business value.
This edition of Unleashing IT highlights the strategies, solutions, and providers that can help you unlock your competitive edge.
Solutions like Cisco's Common Platform Architecture based on UCS with Intel Xeon processors provide a predictable, flexible, and open infrastructure on which companies can build a broad portfolio of BDA solutions while minimizing capital and operating costs.
Comparisons to the invention of the printing press and Gutenberg’s Bible might be slightly exaggerated—but only slightly. The era of the Internet of Everything (IoE) is upon us and IoE will inevitably change the way companies operate. But too much of the discussion about IoE glosses over the skills and capabilities required of data engineering.
Increasingly, clues to what is happening with critical enterprise business processes will be found in data supplied by underlying infrastructure; indeed, the network can tell a story of how quickly and reliably customers are being served, operations are being run, or fraud or security threats are being repelled.
In March 2014, Cisco Systems commissioned Forrester
Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study
and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of the Cisco UCS on their organizations.
To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated
with a Cisco UCS implementation, Forrester interviewed
several customers with multiple years of experience using
Cisco UCS. Cisco Unified Computing System and servers
unify computing, networking, management, virtualization, and
storage access into a single integrated architecture
Enterprises are using applications to gain competitive advantage.
Success in this technology-based environment requires agility and
flexibility. And if IT wants to be the primary technology solution partner
for the business, the IT staff needs processes and tools in place to
deliver solutions at a much faster pace.
As digital services propel more and more business processes, cloud
technology is proving to be a crucial addition to the IT services portfolio.
It is far more scalable, and in many cases more cost effective, than its
predecessors. Cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and softwaredefined
data center technologies—virtualized computing, networking,
and storage—have helped IT address the “fast IT” challenge.
Pulsant is a United Kingdom-based IT infrastructure services
provider focused on the small and medium-sized enterprise
market. It offers public, private, and hybrid cloud services and a
variety of managed, collocation, and professional services.
Pulsant was one of the first cloud service providers to embrace
software-defined networking (SDN) as a way to simplify its IT
infrastructure, unify control of physical and virtual environments,
and reduce capital expenses (capex) and operating expenses
(opex). After evaluating a number of vendors, Pulsant chose
Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) as the best SDN
solution for delivering its hybrid cloud services.
It’s not easy to revolutionize
longstanding technology norms. It
takes vision, knowhow, determination,
and most of all, industry acceptance.
This edition of Unleashing IT
showcases the groundswell of
momentum surrounding Cisco®
Application Centric Infrastructure
(Cisco ACI™), which fundamentally
transforms the way technology is
delivered in support of business
priorities. Hundreds of organizations
are already using the year-old
architecture, and we could not have
achieved such rapid and widespread
adoption without the enthusiasm and
support of Intel®, our networking and
application partners, and customers.
In a world characterized by increased virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), and DevOps — and now containers and microservices — having comprehensive visibility into every flow and packet metadata is essential. This paper examines the need for and business value of pervasive, real-time visibility across the datacenter network. It also looks at the role of Cisco in the market for real-time datacenter analytics solutions.
This Technology Spotlight examines the role of digital transformation in customer engagement and omni-channel retail. It also looks at the role of Cisco's enterprise networking solution portfolio, particularly Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) and Intelligent WAN (IWAN), in the strategically important omni-channel retail market.
Digital transformation isn’t a technology or a product. Rather, it’s a philosophy for using digital assets to change the way an organization runs. It involves realigning technology and modifying business processes to better engage employees, customers and other constituents of the extended enterprise. Digital transformation significantly improves the performance and reach of an enterprise and has become a top priority for IT and business leaders across the globe
Read “Linedata Launches SaaS-Based Offering and Expands Global Reach with Markets Infrastructure” now, and learn how Linedata partnered with CenturyLink to expand its product offerings and achieve a global presence.
Cloud networking introduces a new way to deploy, operate, & manage distributed enterprise networks. It delivers network capabilities via a cloud infrastructure with minimal capital investment or IT resources. This paper provides details on cloud networking, the state of the cloud market & its benefits.
As we move through 2015, the subject of the future of the supply chain has come back into focus. There are three main trends and technologies that will continue to have an enormous impact on the supply chain:
• Dynamic networking and connectivity
• Mobility in manufacturing
• Modern collaboration
Explore this whitepaper to learn how manufacturers are tackling these three critical areas, and how you can prepare your organization for the future of the manufacturing supply chain.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) allows organizations to deliver networking with the same level of flexibility and agility as virtualization has allowed them to deliver other parts of their infrastructure. This free webinar will examine current networking architectures at a high level.
In this webinar an expert panel will examine the security and visibility needs of mesh SDN networks by examining the security challenges faced by businesses in distributed SDN environments. The webinar will also present real-world case studies of companies who excelling at providing a superior customer experience for their applications and their sites.
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