Evolutionary Fabric. Revolutionary Scale.

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Quite catchy - Cisco way to Unified Fabric Architecture…

Its promise was to deliver flexibility across Physical, Virtual and Cloud environments for any application – now promises enhancements for new age massively scalable Data Centres to deal with Big Data/Hadoop environments and bare-metal deployments. These data centres have massive blade density and demand flexible workload mobility (VM’s freely moved) not compromising on plug-and-play capability plus throughput on network and storage transport.

Unified Fabric will virtualize data centre resources and connect them through a high bandwidth network that is very scalable, with high performance and enables convergence of multiple protocols onto a single physical network.

@Locuz we have managed to exploit this further by being able to bring automation to the application layer. Our HPC and High Performance Storage capabilities are coming handy as Business computing has been echoing the same needs that we kept executing for long enough now.

Want to build the next generation Data Centre, review our reference architecture and do not hesitate to write to preetam.oswal@locuz.com

Cheers!

Uttam

Cisco ISE

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Must watch…

Cheers! Uttam.

Anywhere any device

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The rapidly growing use of Tablets by Enterprise users is making it imperative they get anywhere any device access to all applications. Anytime is implicit.

Many Businesses are unprepared with such sudden rise in on-demand access by unconventional devices.

Access to Business applications had been in some form tied down to desktops/laptop hardware and operating system on them.

Application access and user side applications need to be decoupled from hardware of users and be centrally hosted. For example the desktop is Virtual and is provisioned to user from the (Private) Cloud. Equally well for tablets.

Virtualization will help in desktops being delivered consistently across users (tablet and desktop) and will make access far more secure than the traditional desktop methods. The transformation may have to be accelerated for many Enterprise deployments without disruption and uncompromised experience with settings or device itself.

The technology itself has quite evolved with examples like Cisco CIUS, a Enterprise Tablet and RIM Blackberry having a Citrix Receiver for Playbook Tablet.

Our approach is an accelerator. We are helping customers go thru such transformation in a manner that is not only smooth but extremely effective.

Cheers!

Uttam

 

Private Cloud Infra

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We are an authority in building Private Cloud Infra. Something that I have been longing to write for a while but wanted to be sure if we were not missing anything. With a tested methodology and deep expertise across parts of a service ready stack, in place, we can help customers transition their Core Technology Infrastructure to Cloud Infra.

Our offering is independent of any Virtualization or Storage or Interconnect technology. We can assist customers chose an appropriate stack that will provide full scale Automation and Orchestration. Resource provisioning thru our self service portal is not only an assured cost effective outcome but dramatically easier – all within a policy framework.

Cloud Reference Architecture (Locuz Proprietary)

Our Integration capabilities offer the flexibility of using your Private Cloud like any SMT service and add capabilities like charge back.

Over next few posts I wish to elaborate our capabilities and experiences in customer environments.

Cheers! Uttam

Cloud Predictions

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This Morning I decided will blog about 8 points that to my mind seem some kind of predictions and just then saw a Google Alert message that had 14 predictions from Chirag Mehta and Wang. They said more than what I was sure and could not have agreed more – then just copeid them over here…

1.Most new procurement will be replaced with cloud strategies

2.Private clouds will serve as a stepping stone to public clouds

3.Cloud customers will stop saying “the cloud is not secured” and start asking hard questions about how the cloud can be secured

4.Public cloud adoption will be temporarily reduced by concerns about cybersecurity. Private clouds will be kept for security and backups.

5.A transition from best-of-breed purpose-built applications to “cloud mega stacks” will occur.

6.App stores will be the predominate channel for application deployment

7.User experience and scale will no longer be mutually exclusive

8.Custom application development will shift to the cloud

9.Development-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service will merge

10.Integration vendors will be expected to offer integration beyond data

11.Consumer tech features such as social business platforms, mobile enterprise capabilities, predictive analytical models and unified communications will continue to proliferate in the enterprise

12.Customers will demand better virtualization

13.The overall technology landscape will simplify thanks to the cloud

14.Archiving and data management will be core competencies for cloud users

Read their blog…

Only when something compeling is said, will I be prompted into copying. Credits to the orginal authors…

Cheers! Uttam

Cloud – Moving beyond hype

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Not one CIO or CTO is avoiding the thought of cloud adoption – plain truth. There could be some who do not have a Business-IT posture Read the rest of this entry »

Business Technology Summit

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Here too my paper got selected and am speaking at the Bangalore event.

The topic is same as the one I spoke at INTEROP but this time around, I will touch base on “Service Orientation for the Enterprise Cloud”. You may wonder, cloud is all about service orientation anyway so what would SOC (my musings on SOx, after SOI & SOM) – Service Oriented Cloud – be about.

As cloud definitions and perspectives evolve, we found our way to explain what goes within and beyond.

See you at the BT Summit.

Cheers!

Uttam

Unified Computing

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Since I could not create one for our way of SOI/SOM, I borrowed this one and is the closest we are to. This is something I otherwise keep saying with product neutralism; however would never mind using Cisco technology in our stack to SOI. Go thru by pressing the replay button…

Cheers!

Uttam

SOI = “Unified Computing”

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Next week Cisco would announce their Unified Computing strategy codenamed “California”. These are blade servers that would sit right in middle of the Data Centre unlike all other Cisco products that found place in the network closet.

This in good sense is SOI we wanted to achieve and were seeking product maturity for levels of automation it would demand.

In our definition of SOI Orchestration is most vital and hopefully would soon be available across all Data Centre components. I am upbeat about the Cisco announcement.

Unified Computing = SOI, if I may conclude.

Cheers!

Uttam

RIM & Recession

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Every single meeting I had in the last two months – that I did not post anything on my blog – was about IT heads saying they have their eyes fixed on the ball – doing more or same but certainly with less.

Remote Infrastructure Management is the surest way. But this can be misleading too. It is extremely important to know what capabilities one should look for in the RIM partner. Let me offer a few tips (not in any order and none being optional) -

1. RIM partner should be able to offer flexible models
2. Should have deep Network and Systems Integration skills
3. Be specialized in Security
4. Contribute in transformational projects for Business IT alignment
5. Offer best practices and have delivery Centre Certified
6. Introduce Automation and Standardization – processes and delivery
7. Should be able to co-locate systems closest to the Delivery team
8. Virtual staff augmentation of highest quality
9. Contribute to Architecture decisions
10. Innovate (and can mean so much)
11. Tools – best of breed
12. Improving Datacentre efficiency for power and space
13. Consolidate and optimize the network, systems and storage
14. Mitigate all risks connected with Business Services availability
15. Finally bring cost down by 20% in the first year

Our customers have chosen us for these reasons.

Conclusion – RIM Services is the way forward to better manage IT Infrastructure while reducing operational costs.

I will have a note from a customer who is keen to share the experience on my next post.

Cheers!

Uttam

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