According to what Cisco is seeing in the market, the transition to private clouds starts with consolidation of systems and applications to reduce costs, followed by a targeted virtualization strategy.
Cisco sees this as a step to making their customers’ businesses more aligned to line-of-business strategies and goals. The final step is automation, which is the transformation of IT into a foundation for business strategies and future growth.
The following Cisco presentation has several interesting insights into how they are working with their clients to transition from data centers to private clouds. Results customers are achieving are provided throughout the slide deck, which provide a glimpse into the cost, time, and strategy savings from moving to private cloud architecture.
Cisco treads a fine line between showing a private cloud architecture that is entirely proprietary (like Oracle) and educating the market on how they see private clouds evolving. They do this by showing how commitment their product strategies are to open integration standards and how critical they see aligning to business strategies first. The net result is a useful 38-page presentation that is worth checking out, to see how they view the progression of data centers to private clouds occurring in the years to come.
Note: I’m not working for Cisco and they did not pay me to write this.
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In August, 2010 Cisco completed a study that included interviews with 80 enterprise IT decision makers (CIOs, CTOs, and infrastructure VPs) from 43 enterprises and public-sector organizations across industries throughout the US, Europe and India. In addition, Cisco completed one-one-one interviews with 20 subject-matter experts.
The primary focus of the study was on the adoption of the public cloud for enterprise applications. The report Network Service Providers as Cloud Providers Survey Shows Cloud Provision Is a Bright Option can be downloaded here.
Cisco forecasts that the global market for Cloud Computing Service Revenue will be $43.8B by 2013, with SaaS contributing $29.5B, or 6 7%. Workload migration will also be the greatest in that segment as well. The study provides additional insight into the IaaS and PaaS key success factors and the implications network service providers. (Click on image to expand it for ease of reading).
The study found that in the Business Processing segment, the greatest near-term opportunity is in SaaS-based ERP, which according to this study is predicted to reach a 13% adoption rate by 2013. This is consistent with International Data Corporation estimates of SaaS-based ERP adoption in comparable time periods. ERP’s growth on the SaaS platform continues to be constrained by lack of Master Data Management (MDM) functionality, lack of a pervasive mobile APIs on the several SaaS ERP systems launched, and concerns over security of costing. ordering, production, and quality management data. (Click on image to expand it for ease of reading).
Celebrating women’s accomplishments and thought leadership in science and technology, Ada Lovelace Day needs to permeate the cultures of the world. Only when that happens will the coming generations of women have a chance to make the most of their potential in these areas.
Padmasree Warrior of Cisco is a case in point of why this day and the thought behind it are important, especially for young women who are gifted in math and science, seeking role models.
Hidden Brilliance That Needs To See the Light of Day
In the graduate courses I’ve taught the most surprising aspect of any class are the women of exceptional brilliance that tend to hide their intelligence in science and math, only to show exceptional command of complex concepts on tests. These women, many from Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cultures, would never engage in a fiery debate over the ethics of the Internet censorship in China or the best approach to defining an ERP system for a given case study. Yet when they put pen to paper as part of our case studies their work is perfect. Flawless. Excellent. The ones who attended British schools in Hong Kong analyze and write at a level that is well beyond their peers. They have so much talent yet such a reluctance to make the most of it. These are the women who need to hear about Ada Lovelace.
Padmasree Warrior, Senior VP and CTO of Cisco Systems Speaking on Cloud Services
In the following video clip Padmasree Warrior explains the fundamentals of Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery, a key component of their foundation for Cloud Services. At 5 minutes it’s worth watching and listening to.