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  1. Managing Applications Across Hybrid Clouds

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    Guest Author: Brad Casemore

    IDC Research Director, Datacenter Networks

    Whether resident in traditional datacenters or – increasingly – in the cloud, applications remain the means by which digital transformation is brought to fruition and business value is realized. Accordingly, management and orchestration of applications – and not just management of infrastructure resources – are critical to successful digital transformation initiatives.

    IDC research finds that enterprises will continue to run applications in a variety of environments, including traditional datacenters, private clouds, and public clouds. That said, cloud adoption is an expanding element of enterprise IT strategies.

    Watch Video and Read IDC Paper related to this blog!

    In 2016, enterprise adoption of cloud moved into the mainstream, with about 68% of respondents to IDC’s annual CloudView survey indicating they were currently using public or private cloud for more than one or two small applications, a 61% increase over the prior year’s survey.

    Within this context, enterprises want cloud-management solutions that allow them to get full value from their existing IT capabilities as well as from their ongoing and planned cloud initiatives. At the same time, enterprises don’t want to be locked in to a particular platform or cloud. They want the freedom to deploy and manage applications in both their datacenter and in cloud environments, and they want to be able to do so efficiently, securely, and with full control. Ideally, they want the application environment to be dictated exclusively by business requirements and technical applicability rather than by external constraints. This is why enterprises are increasingly wary of tools optimized for a single application environment, and why they are equally skeptical of automation that is hardwired to a specific cloud.

    To be sure, the greatest benefit of having an optimized cloud-application management system is strategic flexibility. In implementing a hybrid IT strategy with consistent multi-cloud application management, enterprise IT can deliver on the full promise of cloud while reducing the complexity, cost, security, governance, and lock-in risks associated with delivering services across mixed environments. As such, there’s no need to worry about cloud-specific APIs or about the threat of cloud lock-in. Instead, enterprises can focus on a service delivery strategy tailored to the needs of the organization, allowing applications to be deployed in the best possible environments.

    An additional benefit is represented by speed and agility. In this respect, enterprises can align operations with agile development, helping accelerate the application development lifecycle. For example, enterprises can boost productivity and decrease time to market by providing developers with self-service portals to provision fully configured application stacks in any environment. Developers can remain focused on customer needs, and not on infrastructure or downstream deployment services.

    To learn more about the challenges and benefits of managing applications across hybrid clouds, and to read about how Cisco CloudCenter responds to those challenges, I invite you to listen read an IDC Technology Spotlight titled, “Avoiding Cloud Lock-In: Managing Applications Across Hybrid Clouds.”

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    This blog originally appeared on Cisco Blogs

  2. Industry Recognition for Cisco Hybrid Cloud Solutions

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    It 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.

    This blog originally appeared on Cisco Blogs.

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