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Savvis Session at Cloud Expo At VMWorld in August, Savvis unveiled its not-so-secret Project Spirit, the company’s platform for enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service virtual computing services. In December, they announced Cisco’s UCS (Unified Computing System)  as the platform for Spirit, and introduced Symphony – the range of Cloud offerings including Project Spriit. Savvis calls the Spirit portion of this portfolio a Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC). Effectively the service offers infrastructure as a service (compute, storage and more) as a service to a large number of customers through a simple web interface. Cisco is mentioned as a key strategic partner in helping Savvis create this service.  Savvis uses many elements of Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery (USD) solution, including the UCS for compute nodes, Nexus  and Catalyst switches including Appli... (more)

Cloud Management and Security: Being Ready

Well it seems like yesterday since my participation at TM Forum Management World 2010 in Nice, France, during May 17 2010 week. Specifically, I participated in a wonderful session, Opportunities, Business Models & Requirements for Cloud Providers. Having just returned from Paris, France where I had presented at the Cloud Telco 2010 Conference, I could not help but pick up on common themes of Cloud Management and Security and will state that management and security are absolute table stakes when developing a sustainable Cloud-based service architecture blueprint. Further, another... (more)

Scaling-Up the Network for Zettabyte Era Growth

Years ago, Cisco had asked the question, “Are You Ready?” Today, the citizens of the world certainly have said “Yes.”  Broadband service providers (SP) have seen progressive shifts in user demand. And now, the question seems to be the user’s asking their SP’s. “Are You Ready? - to meet the needs of us users?” If you haven’t seen the VNI statistics, the results will shock you. SP’s are on the verge of witnessing staggering amounts of network traffic streaming through their networks. You ask, how staggering? Well, it’s akin to streaming 130,000 titles in the Netflix DVD library si... (more)

The Zettabyte Era is Upon Us

By Doug Webster - As many of the regular readers know, this time of year is one of my favorite. Sure, kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and that summer vacation is within reach… but the real kicker? The release of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast – this time for the period between 2011 and 2016. We’ve been doing this report for 6 years now, and it has provided a lens into many of the changes we’ve seen in the industry, and there are many: Changes the units of measurement just to quantify the amount of traffic – moving from petabytes to exabytes t... (more)

SDN Insight From Cisco CTO David Ward

By Stephen Liu - SDN has become a popular topic – so much so that this year’s MPLS/Carrier Ethernet/IPv6 World Congress in Paris added an SDN Summit component. It’s an area of high interest for Cisco as we develop our Open Network Environment, a portfolio of Cisco technologies and open standards which brings programmatic control and application awareness to the network, combining the benefits of hardware and software across physical and virtual domains. While at the show we caught up with our own David Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect who gave one of the keynotes. ... (more)