Data Centre - ASAP eBook OLD VERSION
Data Centre - ASAP eBook
Make Sooner Possible
The cloud has opened our eyes to the possibilities of greater agility, automation, efficiency and simplicity.
These attributes are now being delivered in the data centre. It still possesses the crown jewels, but is now more open and connected.
Digitisation, personalisation and real-time contextual connections are driving new and better customer experiences – all delivered by apps. You may have just a few. You may have 100s, or even 1000s. Either way, apps are the lifeblood of your business.
Data is also taking centre stage. How you manage it, your ability to extract intelligence from it, and your ability to act on it in real time are sources of competitive advantage.
Building on quicksand
The pressure is to move to the cloud. Yet not all apps and workloads are suitable. Not all can be migrated.
Legacy apps and those deployed in hybrid and public cloud must all exist in tandem. All the while the IT domain is fragmenting.
"IT leaders need to rethink in terms of IT as a Service. They must define, offer and orchestrate services for users, not technology silos."
– DHRITIMAN DASGUPTA, VP, CISCO
In the age of software defined networking, we’re at a crossroads in how you think about your infrastructure.
Whatever you decide, it can feel like you’re building on quicksand.
But what if you had a different approach?
Turn the page right to take our quick-fire poll on your top challenges in the data centre.
Top 10 challenges for IT in the data centre
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Take our quick-fire Poll
Do you have clear visibility of all apps and workloads running across your environment and if not would this be beneficial?
Do you want to build net new, modernise existing, or both?
Can you use a common infrastructure for all your workloads and apps and get an economy of scale?
Have you set out to build a hybrid cloud or has it just happened?
Do you have a need to enforce consistent governance across existing and new environments?
Cisco ASAP Data Centre
Look Under the Hood
Don’t design a destination, equip yourself for a journey
In a world of constant change, you need to equip yourself for an evolving journey. With a vehicle that can be driven wherever you want to go and ability to change direction as often as you like.
This is the rationale behind ASAP – the next generation of data centre thinking. One that combines many clouds into a smart, efficient and adaptable architecture.
Conceived for a world of apps that are always in development (e.g. CI/CD), ASAP is flexible for your business and the shifting sands of IT. It empowers your business with cutting edge technologies and capabilities unique to Cisco.
ASAP key pillars
- Analyse to monitor 100% of apps and infrastructure in real time
- Simplify to be more productive with less effort and more forward looking
- Automate to be more agile and cost-efficient in responding to business needs
- Protect to ensure security is integrated at every layer across a wide ecosystem
"Cisco's ASAP architecture helps organisations navigate business modernisation and keep their flywheel turning…"
Only Cisco integrates all 4 pillars with a consistent policy to turn your data centre into an engine of transformation and provide you with peace of mind for deploying best Hybrid IT with unparalleled cost, performance and consumption choice.
Welcome to the ASAP Data Centre
The ASAP data centre architecture empowers users with the flexibility to run any traditional or cloud native app across any environment: on-premises, managed or public clouds.
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ASAP At a Glance
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Get Total Visibility
See what’s going on inside
Data centre environments can be vast, complex beasts. They run such a variety of apps and distributed workloads that it becomes almost impossible to see what’s going on inside.
But what if there was a way to:
- Accurately monitor all activity taking place in and around your data centre
- Gather and store historical data and simulate what might happen
- Collect and analyse data in real time using software and hardware sensors
- Understand what apps are dependent on each other
- Deliver actionable app insights, automated policy recommendations and network flow forensics
Cisco Tetration Analytics provides true visibility on a scale never seen before. It gathers 1 million events per second, stores up to a year’s worth of data and provides actionable insights via easy to understand visuals.
"…the missing ingredient needed to enable datacenter operations to respond to the challenges of digital transformation."
It also has a ‘rewind’ capability. You can review the past and replay events in real time, freeze time to examine what happened at a specific nanosecond, and plan for the future based on a greater understanding of the past and present. Crucially, it's an open platform that scales easily and integrates seamlessly with any data centre.
Cisco Tetration Analytics in action
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Tetration Analytics At a Glance
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Need to simplify
Most data centres are built in silos of hardware to support a distinct range of apps. This results in a distributed environment that is static and inflexible. One that's also time and resource intensive to deploy, provision and manage
We changed all this with the introduction of the world’s first Unified Computing System (UCS) in 2009. It includes a range of integrated system designs and reference architectures. Our fully assembled stacks and appliances come with apps preinstalled and are documented as Validated Designs to deliver the best possible performance and flexibility.
UCS was, and still is a game-changer. One that significant others have yet to replicate successfully. But we didn’t stop there...
We’ve continued to innovate in the form of HyperFlex. The next generation of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Built on UCS, HyperFlex is the only complete HCI system available today.
It’s also a fantastic example of simplicity. The network comes built in (unlike competitors). It’s installed in 34 minutes. And it gives blazing fast performance. Read the ESG Lab Validation report
Feel the love
Cisco UCS makes modernising your data centre simple:
- Choose from a family of solutions designed to work together (not just from us, but trusted vendors too)
- Revolutionise the way you administer your servers with Service Profiles
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Hybrid and All Flash Hyperconvergence
UCS Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs)
126 UCS Performance Benchmarks
Do More with Less
Automate to move faster
In a world dominated by digital, consumers expect instant access to data, on demand ordering and fast service delivery. You must move from manual processes to automated delivery if enterprise IT is to provide this type of user experience.
Imagine if you could automate at multiple levels of your organisation:
- Across physical and virtual compute, network and storage components
- To replace complex, error prone manual tasks with simple, automated workflows
- Policy – tell your network what to do, rather than a config
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Programme your information highway
Cisco’s vision is a data centre defined by apps, driven by policy and delivered as a service.
Forrester puts the Total Economic Impact™ Of Cisco UCS Director at 106% ROI.
It's one we’ve been realising for several years with:
- Application centric infrastructure (ACI), our unique approach to software defined networking (SDN)
- Orchestration and automation tools to simplify and secure your environment
- UCS Director for holistic management
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Networks does it with ACI
Together with UCS servers and Nexus 9000 Series switches, these solutions allow physical, virtual and containerised environments to be combined under one policy model. Only Cisco can do this.
You can stand up infrastructure in minutes, reduce cost and error, and deliver IT as a service.
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Stress-free, Worry-free Security
Security starts with visibility
Attackers now enjoy unconstrained time to operate. Data sprawl and distributed workloads mean defenders struggle to gain visibility into threats. So, imagine if you could:
- Identify a breach in real-time
- Had visibility of hackers still on your network, exactly what has been taken and any threats left behind
- Combine network firewall with next-gen IPS and malware protection
Cisco's comprehensive security portfolio includes next generation firewalls, network appliances, security software and threat intelligence services.
You can deploy multiple lines of defence holistically to protect every flow and every request within the data centre or the cloud.
Security woven into your data centre fabric
ACI gives you centralised security across physical, virtual and containerised resources.
"…a performance monitoring tool must have visibility and insight over the network, devices, and applications."
Combine ACI with Tetration Analytics and Cisco Cloud Security to be protected from top to bottom – infrastructure to app, data centre to cloud.
What's more, our unique approach to microsegmentation means you can evolve towards a ‘white list’ / ‘zero trust’ model.
Designed to work together
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Business Value of SDN Datacenter Security
Cisco Umbrella + Cloudlock
Protect outside the box
Only Cisco Brings IT All Together
Everything You Need for Your Journey
It’s a multi cloud world
As priorities shift and companies need to respond to market developments in real time, having the right app in the right location, at the right time will be critical to gaining market advantage. Private clouds and data centres are key elements in this multi cloud world.
Imagine a consumer products company that moves apps seamlessly among different clouds to enhance efficiency and service levels.
Customers get the best user experience, while transactions are sent to an on-premises-based app with real-time links to financial, inventory and production systems.
These capabilities put IT firmly back in control, brokering multiple clouds and delivering the speed and agility the business demands.
Realise your Hybrid vision with Cisco
Modern apps need modern IT. This cannot just mean ‘stick it in the cloud’. We want you to embrace the notion of cloud-first on your terms.
"As the importance of hybrid cloud increases, so does getting the private cloud—and especially transitions between the two—right."
We’re continually innovating to give you the freedom to choose the best models for your business. CloudCenter for example, is an easy way to model, deploy and manage your apps onto any cloud or data centre.
Go fast with Hybrid Cloud
Our solutions allow firms to progress in simple, practical and affordable steps. All with seamless integration across the IT stack and open partner ecosystem.
Only Cisco brings it all together.
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What makes Cisco different?
It’s no coincidence that more than 85% of the world’s Internet traffic touches Cisco technology at some point in its journey.
Organisations of all sizes trust us to consistently lead them through the huge market transitions we’ve seen.
With digital transformation being the pervasive driver of change, businesses entrust us to move them:
- Beyond automation to a policy driven integrated infrastructure, where policy not only drives automation of the data centre, but can be extended to expansion into the cloud, while supporting application and security requirements
- Beyond just being flexible and accommodating of different consumption models to providing firms with the choice to run their workloads and applications on whatever the right platform or environment is for their needs
- Beyond security to a digital environment where security and analytics are pervasive
Ultimately, choosing Cisco better protects your business with industry-leading technology that’s fit for the digital future and secure. With security built into every part of your network you can detect threats, mitigate risk and minimise the impact of attacks.