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  1. 10 ways Cisco CloudCenter simplifies AWS

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    Since CloudCenter makes it easy to add AWS to your data center-based hybrid cloud service offerings, and automate deploy and manage of applications, I thought a “Top 10” list was in order.

    Register for the Dec 15th live demo webinar that will highlight these features.

    CloudCenter is an application-centric hybrid cloud management solution. It lets you build on your Cisco infrastructure foundation, and extend application deployment and management capabilities to include public clouds like AWS.  Most enterprise IT organizations I work with already have experience with a public cloud like AWS. And, are now looking to broker multiple public cloud services to IT consumers. CloudCenter has a significant TCO advantage over hybrid-cloud or multi-cloud solutions that are environment specific or use hard-wired automation.

    CloudCenter integrates seamlessly with AWS and “Abstracts the cloud” so developers and users get the power of automated application deployment and management, without having to understand AWS API calls.

    1. Deploy a virtual machine on demand. Easily integrate with service catalogs such as ServiceNow or Cisco Prime Service Catalog, a custom IT front end, or use the out-of-the-box enterprise marketplace. Give your IT consumer self-service on demand “One click” deploy an OS image with CPU and memory to user’s choice of regions, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and availability zone. The IT organization centrally controls who, what, where, when and for how long OS images are deployed. You can track costs and usage with roll-up or drill down reporting by application, cloud account, user group, and more.
    2. Manage images in multiple regions. Automate management of OS images across multiple AWS regions. Whether you build cloud specific images, check out and harden an Amazon provided AMI, or rent vendor updated images, a simple CloudCenter API call updates logical to physical OS image mapping to simplify maintenance, and make sure users are always consuming the latest IT approved OS images.
    3. Deploy any application stack on demand. Users can self-service deploy a fully configured infrastructure and application stack, including databases, middleware, application and web servers, and load balancers. CloudCenter automates deployment of existing enterprise applications or cloud-native micro service architectures. You get cloud-scale features with traditional applications without refactoring or changing application code. And you get full flexibility with composite topologies including a mix of OS images, application services, containers, configuration tools, and unique AWS services.
    4. Automate Continuous Deployment. Did you know you can deploy from Jenkins to any data center or cloud with one CloudCenter plugin? A code change can trigger a build which then triggers a deploy of a full stack environment including the latest build. CloudCenter makes it easy with a Jenkins plugin, and simple API call integration with other popular build automation tools. And CloudCenter abstracts the cloud so your developers don’t have to spend time learning cloud specific API calls, or writing hard-coded scripts for different AWS regions and availability zones.
    5. Auto scale across availability zones. You need to deploy applications in multiple AWS availability zones in order to get AWS 99.995% uptime guarantee. You can deploy master and slave components in different availability zones and autoscale across them both. You don’t need complex scripting in a cloud formation template. You don’t need deep knowledge about security groups or network Access Control Lists (ACL). CloudCenter makes it easy.
    6. Migrate across regions. You can use powerful migration features to move an application from one AWS region to another. Once an application is deployed, users can select an application, pick target region, and “one click” migrate the application and optionally the data if needed.
    7. Automate micro-segmentation. When a cloud agnostic Application Profile is deployed in AWS, CloudCenter automates creation of Security Groups and Access Control Lists that deliver micro-segmentation with white list communication. You can easily deploy and manage a large number of applications without using shared segmentation that opens security risk of East-West traffic.
    8. Including AWS specific services. In general, we recommend you use cloud-agnostic services to model Application Profiles to a single profile that can be deployed to data center, AWS, and other clouds. That is key to lower hybrid cloud TCO. But you also have the choice to model AWS-specific services as part of an application profile, or use call outs to call unique AWS services when needed.
    9. Benchmark price and performance. Compare price performance metrics to determine when AWS is the most cost effective choice. Or determine price differences between AWS regions. Performance across regions shouldn’t vary. But, price in different regions can. Also, use benchmarking to find out when multiple small instances are more cost effective than one large.
    10. Stay in control. CloudCenter is an enterprise-class solution that includes governance and security features that meet the needs of the most demanding and complex IT organizations. Multiple AWS accounts? Multiple groups using a single AWS account? No problem. Control usage and get complete cost and usage visibility with policy-base guardrails that give users self-service on demand deployment, with IT oversight that help users make the right choices every time.

    Register for the webinar to see CloudCenter and AWS in action!

    Read the Datasheet – CloudCenter with Amazon Web Servies

    Watch AWS re:Invent session Dev211: Automated DevOps and Continuous Delivery

  2. How Cisco CloudCenter Stacks up

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    If you are like me – all the cloud management tools sound the same. Vendors all use the same words to describe very different solutions. Hybrid. Platform. Automation. Service.

    So to help you figure out what the words mean, I’ve recorded a short webcast with product manager Zack Kielich (@zackOmatic), that shows how Cisco CloudCenter stacks up to Gartner’s Cloud Management Platform feature taxonomy.

    You can access a Gartner report that includes the feature taxonomy list, as well as 5 key questions that help you evolve your cloud strategy.  And then listen to the webcast where we go through Gartner requirements and describe how CloudCenter features deliver 14 Gartner recommended capabilities in 4 key areas.

    So why is a CMP review on the Datacenter Blog?  CloudCenter deploys and manages applications in datacenter or cloud environments.  It’s both a cloud and datacenter solution.

    Some highlights:

    Access Management

    • Multi-tenancy – CloudCenter has a service provider class multi-tenant architecture that offers great value for enterprise IT. It saves money by reducing the solution footprint for organizations with multiple business units. It supports a centralized IT service strategy with a flexible mix of sharing and isolation.  Central IT can offer standard services. Each tenant can consume those services but also add or customize their own, and even skin the UI for different user groups.
    • Governance – A tag-based governance scheme makes it easy for IT to help users make the right decisions. Compliance can be automated by using tags to enforce policies.  Users add simple tags when they deploy applications. IT can hard code tags if needed for compliance.  The tags link to policies that direct placement, deployment and run-time decisions. The tags make it easy for users to make the right choices. And they don’t have to understand the policies.

    Service Management

    • Logical service modeling – This is where CloudCenter really shines. You can model a deployable application blueprint with ease in a drag and drop interface. Each component represents a service like OS, or application or web server, database, etc. You can use out of box, or easily customize or add your own. It supports configuration management tools, PaaS and cloud services, as well as containers. Multiple IT groups can put their configuration finger print on the building blocks or fully modeled stacks before releasing for users. IT maintains control. Users don’t get stuck in the infrastructure weeds, and get an on-demand self-service experience.
    • Usage and cost control – With usage and cost plans, you get a variety of options to create boundaries for self-service on-demand deployment. You want to limit developers from a certain group to a pool of 200 VMs in a vCenter environment? No problem. You want to keep AWS costs for a BU to $2,000 per month? No problem. You want to allocate costs across the SDLC for dev, test, staging, and then production. Again, no problem.

    Service Optimization

    • Monitoring and auto-scaling – CloudCenter lets you horizontally scale legacy applications in your datacenter. That’s right! Cloud-like scaling without rewriting applications. Set performance triggers and scale out by deploying additional instances of the whole stack or individual tier, with just enough resource to minimize cloud costs and optimize infrastructure utilization. You can even burst to cloud by scaling out to a cloud for periods of heavy usage.
    • Usage Visibility – IT executives love the consolidated reporting of costs and usage from any of 20 supported datacenter, private and public cloud environments, all in one platform. View usage and costs by tenant, by user group, by application, by cloud. Roll up or drill down. And allocate or charge back costs as needed. You get data needed to make effective decisions.  IT can add use-based economics to traditional datacenter and legacy applications, just like in the public cloud.

    External APIs

    • CloudCenter has mature, documented APIs. Everything users can do from the UI, you can access via API. This facilitates easy integration with development tools like Jenkins, ITSM catalogs like Cisco Prime Service Catalog or ServiceNow, existing ITOM tools like IPAM and DNS. Read the integration guide.
    • SDN like VMware and Cisco API are supported. So you get the security and operational efficiency of zero trust, white list communication between tiers, via fully automated integration. Application owners get confidence in case of a security breach. Network teams don’t need to hand craft port settings or configure firewall runs for each deployment.
    • CloudCenter abstracts the cloud. CloudCenter supports more than 20 different data center, private and public clouds. But the APIs are hidden and abstracted by the CloudCenter Orchestrator. Users don’t need to learn each cloud. They get the benefits of Software defined data center and cloud, without the cost of learning APIs specific to each platform.

    There’s more.  Check out the webinar to find out about benchmarks, bursting, automated end-of-life actions that all cut your cloud bill or improve datacenter resource utilization.

    Read about how CloudCenter is now part of the revamped Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite.

    This blog originally appeared on Cisco Blogs.

  3. Put a Platform in Your DevOps Toolchain

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    CloudCenter is a powerful addition to an integrated and automated DevOps toolchain. Register for our webcast on July 9 to find out how CloudCenter can boost productivity, and accelerate and simplify continuous delivery for developers, operations, and DevOps engineers.

     A Continuous Delivery pipeline uses a mostly automated software toolchain that takes each code change and then builds it, tests it, and deploys it. But with multiple users deploying multiple builds and environments across multiple datacenters or clouds, it can get complicated.

    If you are just starting your DevOps journey, or have an integrated, automated, cross-cloud delivery pipeline, CliQr CloudCenter can help. Join us as we demonstrate the foundational role CliQr CloudCenter plays in an integrated toolchain. Register now.

    CloudCenter is an application-defined cloud management platform with model once, migrate and manage anywhere technology. IT is not a PaaS solution. It is an enterprise-class management and orchestration solution that works across boundaries of applications, clouds and users.

    In a DevOps context, you get automated build and environment deployment to any datacenter or cloud environment, either on demand or as part of an API driven toolchain. The speed and repeatability of build and environment deployment is a great productivity enhancer for developers. And it gives operations powerful run-time management features that scale. It can also make life easy for DevOps engineers and admins who are tasked with bringing it all together.

    Here’s what we’ll cover:

    • How to “model once, and deploy anywhere” without modifying deployment scripts or refactoring code
    • Common integration patterns with a wide range of DevOps tools
    • A wide range of features that make life easier for Devs, Ops, and DevOps engineers and cloud admins

    We will also host a live demo that highlights key features for developers, operations, as well as DevOps engineers and cloud admins.

    We look forward to you joining us on July 9th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PTRegister here.

    Here’s who can benefit from this webcast and CliQr technology:

    For Developers – CloudCenter boosts productivity as developers provision fully configured application stacks to any environment on demand. They don’t have to manually install and configure environments, or understand the nuances of each underlying cloud environment. CloudCenter drastically reduces environment related uncertainty and debugging.

    For IT Operations – CloudCenter delivers operational efficiency as well as visibility and control with horizontal scaling of simple or complex application stacks. It also simplifies upgrade of environments to match changes in pre-production stages.

    For DevOps Engineers and Cloud Admins – CloudCenter plays a foundational role in build and deploy work streams, by automating the deployment of builds and environments at multiple steps in a continuous delivery flow, across multiple datacenter and cloud environments.  Simple governance rules and policies support on demand or automated deployment, with centralized cost, security, and compliance controls.

  4. DevOps Webcast with Gene Kim – June 11th

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    I’m excited to co-host a webcast with Gene Kim, best selling author and DevOps provocateur. Gene will share what he as learned about successful enterprise IT DevOps programs, and we’ll present three CliQr design patterns that are pre-requisites for cross-cloud continuous delivery pipeline automation. Interested? Register today.


    You want what? When?

    When I first met Gene 10+ years ago, he was CTO of Tripwire and relentlessly curious about what drove top levels of operational performance in IT.

    In his words, “I started keeping a list of people called “Gene’s list of people with great Kung Fu.”  These were the people who led IT organizations that talked, acted and worked differently than everyone else. But most importantly, those IT organizations all had phenomenally better performance than the typical IT organization.”

    Gene’s early IT operations research led to him publish the Visible Ops Handbook in 2005, which has since sold over 300,000 copies, and is still held up at DevOps conferences as a “must read” reference for how to run an efficient and effective IT shop. He asked me to help study top performing IT organizations, and for 7 years I ran the IT Process Institute and worked with Gene as we studied IT controls, change config and release practices, and IT business strategic alignment, as well as virtualization and private cloud topics.

    Fast forward – now Gene is a widely recognized DevOps agitator. He is the driving force behind the popular State of DevOps Report carrying forward his passion for empirical research. He started the IT Revolution Press and self published the seminal work, The Phoenix Project, with his original Visible Ops Handbook co-authors. He is now working on the DevOps Cookbook with a “Who’s who” group of DevOps luminaries. Last year he hosted the first DevOps Enterprise Summit, which was a blockbuster success. Gene – when do you sleep?

    Why Join the CliQr Webcast with Gene?

    It goes without saying, Gene has his finger on the pulse of the industry, and he is keenly focused on those industry leaders that have demonstrated DevOps success.

    Attend this webcast to learn:

    • What’s possible? – Measurable results that are possible at organizations that have deployed tools, process, and cultural transformation that enable DevOps work streams.
    • What works? – The critical success factors that make top performance possible as identified by empirical study of thousands if IT organizations.
    • Where to focus? – The top challenges IT organizations face as they pursue DevOps programs.

    CliQr DevOps Design Patterns

    At risk of a one-size-fits-all prescription, I’ll paint a picture of Enterprise IT DevOps Nirvana – with process and tools that have been integrated, and an automated pipeline across datacenter and cloud environments.

    I’ll also highlight three foundational building blocks that allow any IT organization to make critical steps toward DevOps Nirvana while using CliQr CloudCenter.

    1. Automated infrastructure and application stack provisioning
    2. Integrated tool chain with stack provisioning via API
    3. Cross-cloud lifecycle with Dev, test, production in different environments.

    CliQr’s “Model once, migrate and manage anywhere” technology provides a unique solution that delivers DevOps capabilities for organizations at any stage of the DevOps journey.

    Register Now for this webcast to find out what you can do, and how CliQr can help enable DevOps transformation for your business.

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