Cisco UCS Director delivers unified orchestration and management for converged infrastructure solutions by abstracting the complexity of individual devices, hypervisors, and virtual machines. This provides administrators with a holistic, converged infrastructure management experience.
Some UCS Director advantages include:
Open and flexible system, providing multi-vendor IT infrastructure management
Turnkey solution, quick time-to-value via setup within an hour
Out-of-the-box support for the most widely deployed converged and integrated infrastructure systems: Vblock, FlexPod, and VSPEX
Cisco’s unified management approach reduces deployment times from weeks to minutes – for either virtual or bare-metal environments
Automate your infrastructure management so that your staff can focus on more important business-critical initiatives instead of mundane manual tasks
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out a live technical demo and see for yourself the value and benefits that UCS Director can bring by automating your converged infrastructure. We are currently offering morning and afternoon sessions on December 11th, December 17th and January 14th.
To register for the live webcast, please visit here.
To further familiarize yourself with Cisco UCS Director, watch this video.
If your car is overdue for a tune-up, it may let you know in unexpected (and unsettling) ways — rough handling, sluggish acceleration, and even an odd (“that can’t be good”) noise from under the hood. If you’re like me, you don’t want to find yourself waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck. You schedule your car for regular tune-ups to make sure your tires aren’t worn, the wheels are aligned, no fluids are leaking, and the engine is performing to the right specifications.
Just like your car, a collaboration infrastructure needs regular tune-ups. In fact, just like your car, a collaboration infrastructure will let you know that it’s not running optimally. But by the time you actually notice the performance problems with collaboration applications, the odds are that those problems have already started causing issues with your end-users.
Traditionally, optimization has been looked at (even by Cisco in the early days) as the final step in the deployment cycle. But IT projects queue up so fast that optimization for the last project may not happen because the next project is already underway. Today, however, we look at optimization in an Read More »
It seems customary around the December time frame to look back over the year and chart the highlights and successes. The challenge with doing that for a programme like Cisco British Innovation Gateway (BIG) is there are so many areas that one could review.
That said, the key highlight for me has to be the opening of the fantastic Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance London or IDEALondon a facility that Cisco recently opened in partnership with University College London, and DC Thomson, in the heart of Shoreditch. The team behind IDEALondon have done a fantastic job in creating a location that provides a welcoming and collaborative space for start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop and grow. I strongly believe, based on the evidence of what I have seen already, that we are going to see a number of the individuals and companies come out of the facility go onto make a big, positive impression within the UK economy.
Despite only having been open for a couple of months now, a number of great events have already taken place there, including the second year of the Cisco BIG Awards. Having been involved in the initial judging stages of both years, it has been interesting to see the difference in the ideas coming through. This year, for example, there have been a lot more ideas focused on the Internet of Everything, an industry that offers huge potential. Today, there is something in the region of 15 billion devices (give or take a billion or two) or things connected to the network. By 2020, it is expect that we will have something in the region of 50 billion devices connected.
While some of that will be the continuing growth of the tablet and smartphone market for example, it will also be the acceleration of devices that where previously unconnected to the network. Examples of those at the more extreme end of the Internet of Everything that have hit the news recently have been the connected wig and the connected fork. While both of these ideas actually have a lot of merit once you look beyond the initial, potentially comical, concept, the reality is that there are some macro economic challenges that society and governments around the world are having to contend with over the coming years that the Internet of Everything can help address. One example of such a macro economy challenge is the increasing aging population in the UK and the pressure that will put on to the existing healthcare infrastructure. A good example of that would be the winner of the 2013 Cisco BIG awards, uMotif, a cloud based, self managed health application that can be accessed via a smartphone or web browser.
UMotif plans to white label the platform to healthcare providers, GP surgeries, hospitals, nutritionists and care homes. This, combined with NHS England and the government’s call for open data, will provide a key enabler in one of the real benefits, not so much from the connection itself, but from the data it produces, or the ‘big data’. The massive amount of unstructured data that will be available, providing us with insight and knowledge we never thought possible before.
For me, one of the reasons I find the vision of the ‘Internet of Everything’ so exciting is the fact that this is an opportunity for organizations big and small, to help develop an evolving landscape, one that will truly transform the world around us, and one that offers BIG potential.
This week we have two opportunities for you to learn about Cisco technologies from company experts as well as our technology partners.
The first webinar,How Smarter Branches Lower Costs, is on Wednesday, December 11 at 8am Pacific and discusses how Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) along with Akamai’s Unified Performance solution can help your branch offices can realistically utilize Internet as WAN for a cost-effective, reliable, and secure option.
A preview for this webinar is a quick video we did with Akamai in October!
Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with the talented data scientists from Cisco’s Threat Research, Analysis and Communications (TRAC) team to discuss Big Data security challenges, tools and methodologies. The following is part one of five in this series where Jisheng Wang, John Conley, and Preetham Raghunanda share how TRAC is tackling Big Data.
Given the hype surrounding “Big Data”, what does that term actually mean?
John: First of all, because of overuse, the “Big Data” term has become almost meaningless. For us and for SIO (Security Intelligence and Operations) it means a combination of infrastructure, tools, and data sources all coming together to make it possible to have unified repositories of data that can address problems that we never thought we could solve before. It really means taking advantage of new technologies, tools, and new ways of thinking about problems.