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Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) for Service Providers

Created to increase customers’ business agility – specifically, through greater enterprise IT infrastructure flexibility

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Hello again – I thought it’s a good time for another post on the SP data-center.

You might have already seen the announcement regarding the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE). We believe this is wonderful news for our customers and partners; and represents an unprecedented collaboration between three highly regarded leaders in the IT industry: Cisco, EMC with VMware.

This coalition was created to increase customers’ business agility – specifically, through greater enterprise IT infrastructure flexibility, and lower IT, energy and real estate costs through pervasive data center virtualization and a transition to private cloud infrastructures.

We define a private cloud as a virtual IT infrastructure that is securely controlled and operated solely for one organization. Private clouds can be managed either by that organization or by a third party (e.g. a service provider), and that it can be housed either on or off of the organization’s premises - or in combination. Private clouds allow enterprise customers to rapidly use a virtual IT infrastructure.

By now the benefits of the private cloud computing concept are probably becoming evident to you: better control and security than today’s data center with the agility required for business innovation at substantially lower costs from virtualization. Stated another way, if your business needs multiple IT services – you no longer need to consider the challenges of assembling your own hosting/support/provisioning, management tool complexities, planning equipment for future growth, etc. as the first option – because you now have access to a pre-tested and pre-integrated private cloud model.

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Don Nelson is the moderator and Program Manager for the CiscoSP360 Blog. He is a member of the Service Provider marketing team at Cisco Systems, Inc. Don has more than 10 years of experience in web site development, design, information architecture, and web-based marketing. In 2008, he transitioned from webmaster to exploring and managing social media marketing for B2B.