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  1. Deploying Application Tiers Across Both Data Center and Cloud

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    This blog originally appeared on Cisco Blogs.

    So you want to deploy your database tier in the data center with an ACI managed network, and app server and web tiers in the public IaaS cloud? No problem.

    As applications are getting more complex, IT is getting more savvy about where individual tiers are deployed. With Cisco CloudCenter, you can automate application deployment and control exactly where each application tier is placed.

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    You probably know that with CloudCenter patented technology, users can create a cloud agnostic blueprint called the Application Profile, that describes everything needed to deploy an application. The CloudCenter orchestrator abstracts each cloud API, and deploys the application in any of 20 different data center, private and public cloud environments. When users click “Deploy” they have freedom to choose which cloud the application is deployed to.

    But you may not know that when users deploy an application, they can also choose “Hybrid” and then select the deployment environment for each application tier individually.

    Consequently, both legacy enterprise applications and cloud-native architectures can be deployed with its services, Docker containers, configuration recipes across any combination of data center and cloud.

    Stretched Application Topology

    The application profile doesn’t change. The application doesn’t have to be refactored. IT doesn’t have to version control and edit scripts or workflows that hardwire specific tiers to a single target environment. That is the simplicity and power of CloudCenter!

    For a traditional 3-tiered application like Magento that requires PCI compliance on its credit-card-holding database, the stretched topology features allow the database to be hosted within a company’s secure data center while the application and web tiers are hosted when needed on a public IaaS cloud.

    Benefits of Stretched

    There are three primary reasons that you might choose to stretch an application:

    Cost: Not everything belongs in the cloud. Deploying long running stable applications tiers in your virtualized data center can reduce your monthly cloud bill. But variable usage tiers that require more resources during periods of heavy usage can benefit from cloud pay-per-use economics.

    Security: Stretched application topologies can increase security by letting users consume Software Defined Networking (SDN) through Cisco ACI. Customer data, patient data, trade secrets may best be deployed back in your data center. Cisco ACI and CloudCenter together offer unparalleled application security via micro-segmentation, zero trust, white list communication between specific application tiers. The application profile doesn’t change with ACI. Users don’t have to know anything about networking to get the power of ACI for their deployment.

    HA/DR: An application profile can describe a high availability or disaster recovery architecture with master and slave nodes stretched across availability zones within a cloud region. This makes it easy for a developer or production engineer to deploy and test an HA/DR configuration. Then use the same version-controlled automation to deploy in production as well.

    Just three steps

    All a user has to do is deploy an application profile like they normally would, but when asked which cloud to deploy to:

    • Select Hybrid. to activate cloud fields for each tier.
    • Select the appropriate execution venue for each application tier.
    • One-click deploy. That’s it!

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    CloudCenter does the rest. The user doesn’t have to know the nuances of each cloud API. Or, change any orchestration flow. Or, change any deployment script or automation artifact that is hard coded to a specific environment.

    Of course CloudCenter’s simple tag based governance applies to each tier as well, simplifying placement, deployment, and run time decisions for users.

    Being the first application deployment tool to have the ability to stretch deployments across any cloud from the same model is a giant leap forward in harnessing the power of the cloud while whittling the cost to pay for only what you need. It’s just another example of how Cisco is pushing boundaries and adding value across the hybrid IT landscape.

    Watch this on-demand webinar to see how Cisco ACI and Cisco CloudCenter support various stretch application topologies.

     

  2. Industry Recognition for Cisco Hybrid Cloud Solutions

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    This blog originally appeared on Cisco Blogs.

    winning-460x230It is nearly impossible to miss the business transformation taking place in every organization.  As consumers, our smart devices have trained us to expect delivery of information or services at near instant speed.  But when we move from our consumer to business roles, we find service delivery anything BUT instant.

    Cisco has two solutions that deliver on demand consumption of IT and business services into hybrid environments.  Both of these solutions have been noticed by customers and have become established in the marketplace.  But it is especially pleasing when recognition comes from industry peers.

    Since 1986, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has recognized software and digital content providers with CODiE awards.  The SIIA CODiE is the only peer-reviewed program that showcases technology products for business and education.  SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content.

    Recently, SIIA announced the winners of their CODiE awards:

    CODiE
    Winner Best Cloud Infrastructure: Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite
    Winner Best Cloud Management Solution:  CliQr CloudCenter (now Cisco CloudCenter)

    Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite is a hybrid cloud solution that allows organizations to land and expand their cloud journey. Modular architecture enables companies’ to start with basic infrastructure automation and expands into IT and business-based service delivery.  This modular approach allows organizations to experience the benefits and ROI of self-service automation faster.

    CliQr CloudCenter (now Cisco CloudCenter) abstracts the application from infrastructure allowing the application to be deployed across multiple data center, private and public environments. Cisco CloudCenter defines and configures the infrastructure as opposed to fitting the application to a preconfigured infrastructure-centric blueprint or template.

    Cisco’s hybrid cloud duo provides any organization with a simple way to get started and grow as their expertise of cloud services evolves.  They manage heterogeneous hardware and deliver hybrid cloud capabilities that virtually eliminate cloud lock in while increasing organizational speed and flexibility.  Best of all, both solutions contain built-in guardrails that are hidden from developers or line-of-business yet silently protect business compliance and security.

    Watch these videos to learn more about Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite and Cisco CloudCenter.

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