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The other major update from Cisco this week is a new version, 3.1, of Cisco's Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC), the software it provides for managing public, private or hybrid cloud environments and both the physical and virtualized assets within those environments.
The new version's improvements include a feature called CloudSync, which offers scheduled or on-demand discovery and tracking of pieces of network infrastructure. Another new feature is the ability to manage multiple virtual data centers using the 5.0.2 version of Cisco's Network Services Manager, eliminating the need to buy additional virtual machine management tools, according to Cisco. The company said it is looking to move beyond garden variety VM management and into more comprehensive virtual data center flexibility tools.
The software includes assets from recent Cisco acquisitions like NewScale, which brought the company cloud management and automation tools.
"This is about making sure the right services are in the right place -- a self-service portal for managing services through approvals and creating a governance engine," Scott Hammond, Cisco vice president, Intelligent Automation Services Business Unit (IASBU) and former NewScale CEO, told CRN.
The way to look at it, Hammond said, is how to take costs out of administrating OS instances, everything from capital to man hours needed to run data centers efficiently. The more efficient the provisioning and cloud asset management tools, the fewer resources expended and the less money spent, he explained.
Trey Layton, CTO for VCE, the joint venture of Cisco and EMC and developer of Vblock converged infrastructure architectures, said the IAC 3.1 update would be ideal for VCE customers.
"Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 builds upon its portal and orchestration engine with new CloudSync functionality, support for virtual data centers and the inclusion of Cisco Network Services Manager to extend its native orchestration capabilities deeper into the network layer," Layton said in a comment e-mailed to CRN.