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From Pallet to Production – Big Data in Minutes

Behind the Scenes: Ready, Set, Go!

Don’t make your data center refresh more complicated than it needs to be. Installing the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) is seamless and simple—not to mention advantageous in more ways than one. Cisco UCS is an integrated architecture that establishes one cohesive system for increased business agility -- a unified and virtualized data center that is easy to manage, so you have more time to focus on what matters most: supporting the business for faster, and better outcomes.  

Cisco UCS can be integrated with other leading IT solutions for ideal performance. For example, this solution brief explains how Cisco UCS is the ideal platform for deploying MapR to deliver a fully optimized Hadoop solution.

See for yourself how quickly you can go from pallet to production: watch this video demonstrating start-to-finish configuration of a 16-server rack with Cisco UCS—on the clock the whole time. Try to beat that.

Cisco Nexus 9000 Community on GitHub

If you are an open source fan, in particular GitHub, I have good news for you.

Yes, we now have a Cisco Nexus 9000 community on GitHub. While many of the initial contributions were created by Cisco employees, ANYONE is allowed and in fact encouraged to participate and share code. Pull requests are monitored and reviewed by a group of administrators to maintain a level of quality and protect users consuming code as well.

Our GitHub presence comprises two sections:

1. Cisco NX-OS Standalone Mode: Focuses on the Nexus 9000 series of switches running enhanced Nexus OS. These products include NX-API, Puppet, Chef, and scripting capabilities using Python and other shell scripts.

2. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Mode: Focuses on the Cisco APIC controller and Cisco ACI Object Model. This includes Python, Puppet, and Chef code samples. Additionally, it includes Tenant creation examples, Application profiles which are XML-based configurations that model applications, and southbound device automation scripts, which can be used to integrate 3rd party L4-7 devices.

If you are wondering how you take advantage of this offering, first and foremost I can assure you these code samples can speed up your learning curve with Cisco ACI and Nexus 9000 programmability aspects. Refer my Cisco ACI blog on Cisco Nexus 9000 programmability details.

Related Links

http://developer.cisco.com/web/n9k

www.cisco.com/go/aci

www.cisco.com/go/nexus9000

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013 at 9:21 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Since the last Partner Weekly Rewind, I took a nice long weekend to enjoy the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that those of you here in the United States took the time to relax a little as well.

I was able to visit some family and enjoy what amounted to one long, continuous meal from about 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. last Thursday. Now that I am out of my food-induced stupor, it’s back to providing you an update on what you might have missed this week.

Off the Top

CRN held it’s Women of the Channel event where they honored 295 women in channels whose expertise and vision deserved recognition. Cisco is proud that seven women were honored from our company this year.

Wendy Bahr, Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Maria Cannon, Michelle Chiantera, Julie Hens, Jennifer Rillera, and Karen Walker were all honored this year. Please catch up on what they had to say to CRN and join us in congratulating them.

In addition, Wendy Bahr, Maria Cannon and Julie Hens were each included in this year’s “Power 100: The Most Powerful Women Of The Channel 2013.”

Again, congratulations to all the women honored at this year’s CRN event. Read More »

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Summary : Sourcefire in our Data Center by Cisco Chief Security Officer

December 6, 2013 at 7:00 am PST

 

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Last October , Cisco confirmed that Sourcefire was now part of our family of security products and solutions .

“With this acquisition, we take a significant and exciting step in our journey to define the future of security. As one company, we offer an unbeatable combination that will greatly accelerate our mission of delivering a new, threat-centric security model. Through the addition of Sourcefire’s competitive talent and technologies, I see vast opportunities to expand Cisco’s global security footprint in both new and emerging markets, broaden our solution sets and deepen our customer relationships “

Chris Young, Cisco Senior Vice President Security Group
in his blog “Delivers Threat-Centric Security Model “

“Beyond the technology, one of the things that is important to me is that Cisco and Sourcefire both share key values that transcend our company names, HQ locations and number of employees. Much like Sourcefire’s Firemen Principles, you can be confident that these values will continue as one team at Cisco.”

Martin Roesch, Sourcefire founder and CTO and now VP and Chief Architect of Cisco Security Group
in his blog ONE Team 

These days , John Stewart , Senior Vice President, Cisco Chief Security Officer , announced that we completed the  deployment of Sourcefire at Cisco . John Stewart oversees at Cisco the Threat Response, Intelligence and Development ( TRIAD ) organization .

The implementation is already giving us insights into our data center that we never had before

To know  more about this deployment and John’s first impressions check his blog
 The First Inline Production Deployment at Cisco 

 

The Cisco security architecture helps data center networking teams take advantage of security capabilities built into the underlying data center fabric, to accelerate safe data center innovation. There are three important security measures that every IT organization should follow to securely support data center innovation. 
To learn more, download the Cisco white paper “Three Must-Have Security Measures that Accelerate Data Center Innovation.”

Tell us what do you think of the acquisition of Sourcefire by Cisco .

 

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Summary: Gathering Frontline Insights on Mobility Innovation

IT leaders today are faced with solving challenges on a daily basis. They must determine solutions that create more efficient businesses, develop innovative ways to reach customers, and all the while positively impacting the bottom line. What’s helping drive these solutions and transformations in business?

The answer is mobility. Leaders are leveraging mobility to improve business – from personalized experiences to new operating strategies. This is what is keeping business ahead of the curve.

Our latest edition of Mobilize offers insights from other C-level executives that can help you realize the need for innovation to keep your business at the top of its game. In addition, you can gain insights from industry experts across many industries, such as:

  • The Mobile Marketplace
  • Security
  • Education
  • Healthcare

Learn more from your peers in Mobilize and help your business face the challenges of innovation and keep it moving forward toward success.

Read the full article:  Gathering Frontline Insights on Mobility Innovation.

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