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Cisco cloud VP calls out trends in multicloud strategy

Large enterprises have quickly embraced multicloud strategy as a common practice — a shift that introduces opportunities, as well as challenges.

Cisco has witnessed this firsthand, as the company seeks a niche in a shifting IT landscape. Earlier this year, Cisco shuttered Intercloud Services, its failed attempt to create a public cloud competitor to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, Cisco’s bets are on a multicloud strategy to draw from its networking and security pedigree and sell itself as a facilitator for corporate IT’s navigation across disparate cloud environments.

In an interview with SearchCloudComputing, Kip Compton, vice president of Cisco’s cloud platforms and solutions group, discussed the latest trends with multicloud strategy and where Cisco plans to fit in the market.

How are your customers shifting their view on multicloud strategy?

Kip Compton: It started with the idea that each application is going to be on separate clouds. It’s still limited to more advanced customers, but we’re seeing use cases where they’re spanning clouds with different parts of an application or subsystems, either for historical reasons or across multiple applications, or taking advantage of the specific capabilities in a cloud.

Hybrid cloud was initially billed as a way for applications to span private and public environments, but that was always more hype than reality. What are enterprises doing now to couple their various environments?

Compton: The way we approach hybrid cloud is as a use case where you have an on-prem data center and a public data center and the two work together. Multicloud, the definition we’ve used, is at least two clouds, one of which is a public cloud. In that way, hybrid is essentially a subset of multicloud for us.

Azure Stack is a bit of an outlier, but hybrid has changed a bit for most of our customers in terms of it not being tightly coupled. Now it is deployments where they have certain codes that run in both places, and the two things work together to deliver an application. They’re calling that hybrid, whereas in the early days, it was more about seamless environments and moving workloads between on prem and the public cloud based on load and time of day, and that seems to have faded.

What are the biggest impediments to a successful multicloud strategy?

Compton: Part of it is what types of problems do people talk about to Cisco, as opposed to other companies, so I acknowledge there may be some bias there. But there are four areas that are pretty reliable for us in customer conversations.

First is networking, not surprisingly, and they talk about how to connect from on prem to the cloud. How do they connect between clouds? How do they figure out how that integrates to their on-prem connectivity frameworks?

Then, there’s security. We see a lot of companies carry forward their security posture as they move workloads; so virtual versions of our firewalls and things like that, and wanting to align with how security works in the rest of their enterprise.

The third is analytics, particularly application performance analytics. If you move an app to a completely different environment, it’s not just about getting the functionality, it’s about being performant. And then, obviously, how do you monitor and manage it [on] an ongoing basis?

The trend we see is [customers] want to take advantage of the unique capabilities of each cloud, but they need some common framework, some capability that actually spans across these cloud providers, which includes their on-prem deployment.

Where do you draw the line on that commonality between environments?

Compton: In terms of abstraction, there was a time where a popular approach was — I’ll call it the Cloud Foundry or bring-your-own-PaaS [platform as a service] approach — to say, ‘OK, the way I’m going to have portability is I’m not going to write my application to use any of the cloud providers’ APIs. I’m not going to take advantage of anything special from AWS or Azure or anyone.’

That’s less popular because the cloud providers have been fairly successful at launching new features developers want to use. We think of it more like a microservices style or highly modular pattern, where, for my application to run, there’s a whole bunch of things I need: messaging queues, server load, database, networking, security plans. It’s less to abstract Amazon’s networking, and it’s more to provide a common networking capability that will run on Amazon.

You mentioned customers with workloads spanning multiple clouds. How are those being built?

Compton: What I referred to are customers that have an application, maybe with a number of different subsystems. They might have an on-prem database that’s a business-critical system. They might do machine learning in Google Cloud Platform with TensorFlow, and they might look to deliver an experience to their customers through Alexa, which means they need to run some portion of the application in Amazon. They’re not taking their database and sharding it across multiple clouds, but those three subsystems have to work together to deliver that experience that the customer perceives as a single application.

What newer public cloud services do you see getting traction with your customers?

Compton: A few months ago, people were reticent to use [cloud-native] services because portability was the most important thing — but now, ROI and speed matter, so they use those services across the board.

A few months ago, people were reticent to use [cloud-native] services because portability was the most important thing — but now, ROI and speed matter, so they use those services across the board.
Kip Comptonvice president, Cisco’s cloud platforms and solutions group

We see an explosion of interest in serverless. It seems to mirror the container phenomenon where everybody agrees containers will become central to cloud computing architectures. We’re reaching the same point on serverless, or function as a service, where people see that as a better way to create code for more efficient [use of] resources.

The other trend we see: a lot of times people use, for example, Salesforce’s PaaS because their data is there, so the consumption of services is driven by practical considerations. Or they’re in a given cloud using services because of how they interface with one of their business partners. So, as much as there are some cool new services, there are some fairly practical points that drive people’s selection, too.

Have you seen companies shift their in-house architectures to accommodate what they’re doing in the public cloud?

Compton: I see companies starting new applications in the cloud and not on prem. And what’s interesting is a lot of our customers continue to see on-prem growth. They have said, ‘We’re going to go cloud-first on our new applications,’ but the application they already have on prem continues to grow in resource needs.

We also see interest in applying the cloud techniques to the on-prem data center or private cloud. They’re moving away from some of the traditional technologies to make their data center work more like a cloud, partially so it’s easier to work between the two environments, but also because the cloud approach is more efficient and agile than some of the traditional approaches.

And there are companies that want to get out of running data centers. They don’t want to deal with the real estate, the power, the cooling, and they want to move everything they can into Amazon.

What lessons did Cisco learn from the now-shuttered Intercloud?

Compton: The idea was to build a global federated IaaS [infrastructure as a service] that, in theory, would compete with AWS. At that time, most in the industry thought that OpenStack would take over the world. It was viewed as a big threat to AWS.

Today, it’s hard to relate to that point of view — obviously, that didn’t happen. In many ways, cloud is about driving this brutal consistency, and by having global fabrics that are identical and consistent around the world, you can roll out new features and capabilities and scale better than if you have a federated model.

Where we are now in terms of multicloud and strategy going forward — to keep customers and partners and large web scale cloud providers wanting to either buy from us or partner with us — it’s solving some of these complex networking and security problems. Cisco has value in our ability to solve these problems [and] link to the enterprise infrastructures that are in place around the world … that’s the pivot we’ve gone through.

Trevor Jones is a senior news writer with SearchCloudComputing and SearchAWS. Contact him at tjones@techtarget.com.

For Sale – HP Envy 13 AD015NA i7-7500U CPU, 320GB SSD, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA MX150 GPU ***NEW***

Hi all

I have one of these brand new, long story short this was a gift from my brother who works abroad, he actually got me two one for the missus and one for myself (i5 version). I kept mine but the missus wants a mac pro instead :/

I dont have the receipt, however the warranty is valid, according to the HP website its says end date for warranty is July 26th 2018. The serial number is clean and I have done a checkMEND just to be on the safe side, and its clear. Piece of advice though I purchased a warranty extension for my one for an extra 2 years for £70 which I would recommend doing, I also talked to HP and they said you dont need a receipt when I told them it was a gift.

My brother bought it for £800, so I think thats a fair price to start with. Its £1100 in store!
I have fallen in love with the i5 version I have now, they are really beautiful laptops and the build quality is really good. I’m happy to do cash on collection, or I can post via insured courier/special delivery.

Specs
Windows 10 Home 64 bit
Intel i7-7500 CPU
8GB DDR3 Ram
Nvidia Geforce MX150 2GB GDDR5
13.3 IPS LED 1920X1080 Multi Point Touchescreen
320GB SSD
Bang & Olufsen Speakers
Comes fully boxed, unused, I only opened it to take a picture!

Price and currency: £800 + £15 P&P
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer, or cash on collection
Location: London
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For Sale – HP Envy 13 AD015NA i7-7500U CPU, 320GB SSD, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA MX150 GPU ***NEW***

Hi all

I have one of these brand new, long story short this was a gift from my brother who works abroad, he actually got me two one for the missus and one for myself (i5 version). I kept mine but the missus wants a mac pro instead :/

I dont have the receipt, however the warranty is valid, according to the HP website its says end date for warranty is July 26th 2018. The serial number is clean and I have done a checkMEND just to be on the safe side, and its clear. Piece of advice though I purchased a warranty extension for my one for an extra 2 years for £70 which I would recommend doing, I also talked to HP and they said you dont need a receipt when I told them it was a gift.

My brother bought it for £800, so I think thats a fair price to start with. Its £1100 in store!
I have fallen in love with the i5 version I have now, they are really beautiful laptops and the build quality is really good. I’m happy to do cash on collection, or I can post via insured courier/special delivery.

Specs
Windows 10 Home 64 bit
Intel i7-7500 CPU
8GB DDR3 Ram
Nvidia Geforce MX150 2GB GDDR5
13.3 IPS LED 1920X1080 Multi Point Touchescreen
320GB SSD
Bang & Olufsen Speakers
Comes fully boxed, unused, I only opened it to take a picture!

Price and currency: £800 + £15 P&P
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer, or cash on collection
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Asus GTX 660 2GB Graphics card £40 still available!

Hello. As they are of no use due to a laptop migration, I have the following left to sell:

Corsair HX750i PSU – (this one) Boxed with all the bits and pieces £65 – sale pending (external) – SOLD
NZXT S340 Case – (this one but in black)in great shape! £25 – SOLD
Asus GTX 660 2GB GPU (this one) £65

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Cheers,
Mario

Price and currency: various
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Payment method: cash, BT, PayPal
Location: West London
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For Sale – Palit GTX 1080 8gb Gamerock edition

hi

i have for sale my 8 mth old palit gtx 1080 gamerock edition as i upgraded to a TI.

it comes in the original box with an unused G-Panel and a cable and instruction sheet. . it’s in great condition.
its not the premium version!

price inc parcelforce 24 insured delivery.

Price and currency: 440
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Payment method: bank t
Location: heybridge
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For Sale – i7 Rig – Various Components

Hi,

I’m selling the below parts from what was once my gaming pc, I have recently moved to a Dell XPS therefore this lot has to go. Graphics card was just sold so that’s the only thing missing from the below list.

I7 6700K Retail (Never overclocked) £200 – Sold
Asus Z170-P £50 – Sold
Corsair Force LE 240GB £65 – Sold
Samsung SM951 128GB M.2 PCI-e 3.0 x 4 NVMe SSD £60 – Will be packaged appropriately – Sold
6TB WD RED warranty until 25.02.2018 Now £150
Seasonic Gold 360W PSU Now £45
Noctua NH-U9S PU Cooler Now £35
Silverstone Grandia GD09 Home Theatre Server Case – Black Now £35 – Collection price

Everything will arrive in its original packaging unless otherwise stated.

Open to reasonable offers

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/CC
Location: Crewe
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Wanted – Juniper EX2300-C-12P POE switch

Hi,

Bit of long shot but I am after the below POE switch to try

EX2300-C-12P or even EX2200-C-12P

Have a Cisco SG300 28 port in Layer 3 mode I can do a trade deal with if needed.

Thanks

Location: London

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For Sale – dell optiplex 7010 i7 desktops -x2

I have for sale two Dell optiplex 7010 desktop’s. The specs are:
Intel core i7-3770 (3.4ghz)
4gb ram
250gb hard drive
Running Windows 10 pro (licenced)

Cosmetically they are both in great condition, they would make awesome media centres or would be extremely good for business use.

Happy to do a deal on the pair

Please stand by for pictures.

Price and currency: 130 each
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Payment method: Bt
Location: Kent
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For Sale – Samsung NP900X3D Ultrabook

Ok, so im selling my Samsung ultrabook that has served me well for a few years.
I do not have the box for it so it comes with the laptop and original charger only.
Its in good condition and I do try to look after things. There are afew light marks on it which I have tried to photograph.
The battery seems to last 2-3 hours still.

The specs are
Intel i5
4GB ram
256gb SSD (crucial I upgraded)
13.3″ screen
Windows 10 ( I will install fresh after backing up my photos)

It was originally windows 8 then 8.1 then 10 when it was released.

I use my Macbook Air for portability now more than this so time to move on.

There is one on that auction site listed at £390 so I feel £320 is a reasonable price.

Price and currency: 280
Delivery:
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Payment method: bank transfer
Location: Darlington
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For Sale – Asus GTX 660 2GB Graphics card £40 still available!

Hello. As they are of no use due to a laptop migration, I have the following left to sell:

Corsair HX750i PSU – (this one) Boxed with all the bits and pieces £65 – sale pending (external) – SOLD
NZXT S340 Case – (this one but in black)in great shape! £25 – SOLD
Asus GTX 660 2GB GPU (this one) £65

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Cheers,
Mario

Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: cash, BT, PayPal
Location: West London
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