Cisco Intelligent Automation is here to help organisations with their own initial private cloud, with automation and orchestration capability that can be rapidly deployed for the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform.

But why is this important?

People, process, and policies frequently evolve more slowly than technology. In most IT organisations, the process for data centre application and infrastructure
service request management is complex and expensive. Each request is often treated as a separate project, requiring approvals and exceptions. The result is a time-consuming and inefficient series of manual steps, involving requirements validation and architecture reviews, which slow down the entire process and frustrate end users and business stakeholders, who do not understand the source of the delays.

These users expect internal IT resources to be as easily available and cost effective as the resources available from public cloud service providers. IT teams that take advantage of private cloud solutions with prebuilt portal content and automation workflows can overcome many of these concerns and establish IT as a credible and trusted business partner by rapidly deploying Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). As trust develops, it will be easier for business and IT decision makers to work together to define more comprehensive standards, templates, and workflows to extend the scope and value of the organisation’s private and hybrid cloud environments.

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition provides customers with an automated out-of-the-box self-service provisioning portal and process orchestration engine that includes extensive, prebuilt templates and workflows for provisioning physical and virtual Windows or Linux servers using a simple, intuitive web-based interface. Both end users and IT administrators can track the status of each request from inception to completion and can monitor the actual amount of resources consumed during the lifetime of the machine. End users can also use the portal to request extended use of resources or to decommission resources that are no longer needed. More sophisticated users and IT staff can use the portal to implement simple administrative tasks such as power on/power off, taking snapshots, or modifying CPU or RAM configurations.

The built-in Cisco Process Orchestrator automates service delivery using predefined workflows to request the appropriate physical, virtual, network, and operating system resources. In most situations, a user request can be completed in 15 minutes or less.

Resources
Cisco Intelligent Automation for cloud starter edition web page
Download the Cisco Intelligent Automation solution for cloud services datasheet
Video: Cisco Intelligent Automation for cloud starter edition - demonstration
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