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Lend your voice in the new year to sharing your knowledge and expertise and become a Cisco Cloud Blogger.

Our team is currently looking for contributors who can commit to sharing their insights and starting conversations around the latest offerings in the cloud space. A great way to boost your exposure and leverage yourself as an expert, bloggers become a staple of the Cloud community and may have opportunities to participate in webinars, podcasts, tweet chats, and expert interviews.

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Your take could be an overall business view, predictions or trends, a look back at the evolution of cloud in previous years, or simply explore core topics like containers, microservices, openstack, private cloud, hybrid cloud, and more.  If you’ve got a unique perspective or customer experiences to share, we want to hear it.



For further details or to get started, reach out. I’m excited to hear from you: Cloud Social Media Manager Jamie Shoup.



Let your star shine brightly in the cloud.

Written by: Rajesh Kharya


The present day challenges in containerizing application environment are


  • Large scale container deployment is not as mature as compared to VM-based infrastructure
  • Networking option is fairly limited and as such advanced security features, multi-tenancy, isolation and monitoring
  • Security in terms of compute network and storage access isolation
  • Scale of application container deployment


Cisco’s infrastructure platform with Contiv addresses most of these challenges by integrating software and hardware components. Cisco addresses these challenges by offering highly compassable hardware infrastructure in the form of Cisco UCS for compute and storage access while Cisco ACI offers platform for programmable networking which is application driven. Contiv, an open source policy framework to provide predictable, secure resource acquisition of compute, network and storage resources for containerized applications.


Coniv components like Contiv Cluster, Contiv Network and Contiv Storage stitches infrastructure needs together and integrates well with Cisco Infrastructure products – Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and Cisco ACI platforms. While Cisco UCS offers predicable and predefined compute infra in terms for logical service profile that can move across Cisco hardware platform and thus provide an option of highly compassable and stateless computing offering. Cisco ACI provides programmable networking infra where Contiv drives policy framework right in to the fabric from host originated by application need.


Cisco is excited to be at DockerCon to offer demos of tech preview of the integrations via demos that will walk you through how Contiv integrates Docker components with Cisco UCS and ACI infrastructure.

Figure 1: Cisco ACI and Container Integration with Contiv



Figure 2: Cisco UCS+Nexus and Container Integration with Contiv




Theme of the demo at Cisco booth at DockerCon is focused around how Cisco Infrastructure Integrates well with Docker via Contiv to offer a platform to run containerized application. Contiv provides policy based framework for the application containers to access network and storage resources.


The demo will show the complete work-flow how policies get created and applied for application tiers and also gets populated on fabric. Through the policy construct how we change the application access behavior.


Demo will also show how Contiv enable container applications running on compute host on Cisco UCS using network fabric which is either Cisco Nexus or Cisco ACI platform are able to communicate with other application containers running on multi-hosts.


Additional Resources:


Project Contiv


Cisco UCS


Cisco ACI


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A conversation with Cisco's Joe Cozzolino explores how service providers and enterprises alike can capture value from the explosive mobile cloud opportunity.









Sujai Hajela, Cisco
Sujai Hajela is Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group for Cisco. He is responsible for the vision, solutions, and product strategy of Cisco's enterprise routing, switching, and mobility (wireless LAN) portfolios. His global organization works directly with customers and partners to understand their challenges and work with engineering to create and take to market networking solutions that help IT navigate technology transitions including mobility, cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Joe Cozzolino, Cisco
Joe Cozzolino is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Mobility and Service Provider Video Infrastructure Business Groups. In this role, he is responsible for orchestrating global business strategy and execution for the entire Cisco mobility product portfolio and technology solutions for mobile service operators, as well as directing the strategy and development of Cisco's video hardware portfolio, which includes cable modems, video gateways, home management gateways, and set-top boxes. He manages a global team of engineers, architects, product line managers, technical marketing engineers, and business development managers.

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“Why Cisco?” I was asked repeatedly after speaking on a panel about drones. “Why not Cisco?” was my passionate response.



The occasion was the recent NASA UTM Convention at Silicon Valley’s historic Moffett Field to explore creative traffic management solutions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), popularly known as drones. At Cisco, we see a full spectrum of public, enterprise and consumer opportunities, as well as an amazing ecosystem of partners evolving around “connected” drones. This isn’t just buzz, but a real business opportunity.


After all, drones capture and transmit “ungodly amounts of data,” as Cisco’s Helder Antunes noted during his keynote session and CNBC interview. Cisco’s network backbone, solutions and applications enable the Internet of Everything (IoE) – the connection of people, processes, data and things – and drones represent important, mobile, data-rich nodes on the network. Please also read Helder’s blog on drones and the IoE here.



When it comes to drones and many other remotely connected and mobile devices, it’s really all about Collaboration, Cloud, Fog Computing – and Analytics, whether at the edge, across the network or in the cloud. To seamlessly transform raw data from sensors and images into actionable insights, an end-to-end platform is needed to optimally capture, store, share and process data most anywhere.


For example, one of the biggest challenges for drone operations today is to efficiently collect and effectively transfer colossal amounts of data over weak or non-existent network links in remote areas. Many times, these processes take days or weeks before the collected data can be processed and meaningful insights can be derived.


High-value crops such as grapes may suffer significant business losses due to such time-lagged decisions. Again, what’s needed is the connection to a reliable, high-speed platform. Cisco’s hardware and software technologies enable virtually real-time decision making without experts having to physically download and tackle the data deluge challenge on-site.




Precision Agriculture, Safety & Security and Field Asset Inspection are some verticals that could immensely benefit by leveraging unmanned aircrafts due to their unique abilities to navigate in complex remote environments.


At the NASA event, Angelo Fienga of Cisco Italy and I demonstrated an interesting use case of how one can utilize Cisco’s collaboration infrastructure to unleash “remote expert” capabilities using drones. We successfully exhibited that by relaying the live camera feed of the drone over to WebEx and TelePresence infrastructure, allowing an agronomist thousands of miles away across the globe to precisely observe, guide and control data collection operation in the field.



So all this and more is why “Cisco and drones” make a lot of sense. I’m excited about the possibilities here, and will share some more ideas during my keynote address at the upcoming InterDrone conference in Las Vegas from Sep 9-11, 2015.  I hope to see you there.

Meantime, what applications do you think are better suited for a drone business?

In today’s world as more and more customers prepare to take advantage of cloud technologies, they are finding that private cloud and colocation services are essential options in their journey to the cloud.



We are lucky to have Dan Harrington, as a guest blogger. Dan is a Research Director covering Datacenter trends at 451 Research. His primary focus is managing 451’s Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters study which surveys thousands of enterprises a year about their datacenter strategies.


Out of the insights of his surveys, Dan has agreed to share:


  • The most important criteria are when determining whether to deploy in your own datacenter, at a colocation provider or in the cloud.
  • Where IT organizations are deploying their applications, today and in the future.
  • How security is often the most important criteria when determining deployment location.


If you believe what you hear from the mainstream media, investment community and tech press, you may come to the conclusion that every application is being deployed to the cloud or an off premise colocation datacenter. And that the very idea of deploying in a company owned datacenter went out of fashion long ago. After all, Amazon Web Services is currently pulling in $6bn annually, which is quite impressive – regardless of the fact that the entire IT industry is worth well over $1 trillion a year. However, if you look under the covers you will find that IT organizations still care very much about attributes that don’t necessarily always lend themselves well to an off-premise deployment. Learn more about which vendors are leading the market in IaaS and on-premises cloud platforms.




N=416 Source: 451 Research Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters, Q2 2015

A large (>1,000 Employees) Public sector organization weighed in last quarter about what he considers when deploying a new version of Oracle:


“The most recent major application [workload implemented] is more of an upgrade to Oracle 12… There weren’t really any alternatives [about where to deploy it]. It was here or our colocation facility… Keeping it on [premise] is important, but I think one of the main issues would be just network reliability between here and the colo… We’ve got staff here that are ready and able to deal with any kind of network or server issue. But it would take us an hour or so to get out to the colo site.”


Ultimately the application has to be reliable and perform well. It simply has to work. It may seem obvious but without those table stakes criteria then a deployment location, whether colocation, cloud or on-premises, will likely not be considered. Just as important as whether or not it will actually run well, is how secure it is. This is top of mind for almost all of our respondents due to all the high profile corporate IT failures such as Sony, Target, Home Depot or even the US Government. Utility companies, financials, healthcare and government all rated security as their highest priority. Cost and time to deployment, often touted as benefits to cloud computing, were cited as important but not necessarily critical for choosing a deployment location. Learn more about what end-users say their leading security drivers are.


Regardless of how you look at it, enterprises are leveraging more colocation and cloud resources, which is reducing their reliance on their own facilities. However, this is not happening at the drastic rate that some vendors may lead you to believe.



N=475 Source: 451 Research, Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters, Q2 2015

Organization’s pace and strategy for adopting cloud vary widely and are influenced by numerous factors.


One large (>1,000 Employee) financial organization detailed their thought process:


“[If we run out of capacity we would use] a combination of the colo, SaaS, PaaS. . . We’re designing our environments and our strategies to include extending our infrastructure out into the cloud, so we’re spending a lot of time not doing capacity management and not figuring out how I would build the next data center. I’m trying to come up with the methodology and the strategy and process to say, “I want to be able to extend my current infrastructure into the cloud. And, how do I do that in a secure manner? How do I keep my penetration test – IDS, IPS, the compliance requirements, and the firewall and the segregation of those systems? How do I move that out into somebody else’s data center?” Instead of looking at data centers, we’re looking at the methodology process and standards, and strategy to help us expand into the cloud and that’s probably the route that we would go.”


Within three years, enterprises expect that one in five applications will be deployed at a cloud service provider, and one in seven at a colocation provider. Clearly, cloud and colocation providers are maturing at a rapid pace. At the same time, organizations have significant investment already poured into numerous datacenters (watch Dan’s recent webinar, Enterprise Datacenter Investment: Facility Modernization and Capacity Allocation). Enterprises will continue to utilize existing sites to ensure that their applications are protected while also looking to leverage colocation and cloud services providers to enable new capabilities. Anyone who expects a wholesale cloud shift in the short term, likely has their head either in the clouds… or the sand.