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Cisco UCS in a world with windows

Earlier in the week I had blogged about Cisco UCS in a world of open source computing. And now with Microsoft TechEd right around the weekend, I get to blog about Cisco UCS in a Windows world. Both are relevant now that Cisco is the #2 x86 blade server vendor worldwide with 17.6% of the market and in a statistical tie for #4 in the server category according to research firm IDC. So if you plan to be in New Orleans next week for Microsoft TechEd, or if you use Microsoft technologies in your data center will find the following very interesting.

Last year Cisco UCS Manager, the single point of management for UCS domains, was the Best of TechEd Winner in the breakthrough product category. If you use Microsoft PowerShell or some of the Microsoft System Center 2012 suite of products for management, you definitely want to check out the demos we will have at TechEd.  The Cisco PowerTool for Powershell lets you use a comprehensive list of commands called “cmdlets” to manage all the components of a UCS domain.  With Cisco UCS PowerTool, your operations team can tie together the management of storage components, computing components, and software applications into custom, end-to-end management solutions that are easy to use and easy to script.

If you use the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, you can download the UCS Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager and monitor the health of Cisco UCS.  With the Management pack you can

  • Monitors Cisco UCS devices such as Cisco UCS blades, chassis, and rack servers.
  • Correlate faults and events across bare metal and virtualized Cisco UCS infrastructure.

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If you use the Systems Center Orchestrator, you can get the UCS Integration Pack for System Center Orchestrator and automate UCS Management.  Read More »

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[Cross-Post] Is Your Company Achieving the Full Value of BYOD?

Robert Metcalfe popularized the idea of the “network effect,” where the value of a network grows exponentially in proportion to the number of users and things on that network. Many people these days wonder if this principle applies to the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend—where the complexity of all the devices, software, and standards that must be accommodated may cause some IT leaders to question whether the promised value is worth the headache.

Certainly there’s potential for tremendous value: the most recent report from Cisco Consulting Services onthe Financial Impact of BYOD reveals that with the right approach to implementation, companies across the globe could be generating an average annual value of $1,650 per mobile user. In the United States, than number grows to $3,150.

So, how can you know whether or not you are realizing the full potential of BYOD in your company? And more important, how can you progress from wherever you currently are along the value journey to where you want to be?

Read more at The Platform Blog

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Lippis Podcast on All Things Great and New with VXLAN

May 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm PST

Han Yang PodcastThis week Nick Lippis from the Lippis Report sat down with Cisco Nexus 1000V Product Manager, Han Yang, to talk about the latest enhancements and trends with VXLAN, the primary virtual overlay tunneling technology in Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual networks.

In this 15 minute podcast (registration required), Han touches on three key innovations in the VXLAN area: 1) Cisco approaches to eliminating the requirement for IP Multicast by VXLAN (which I earlier blogged about here), 2) the support for virtual services, like virtual firewalls, with vPath (which I blogged about here), and 3) the use and availability of VXLAN gateways to connect virtual workloads to physical workloads in mixed application environments (which I haven’t blogged about yet, but probably should have :-)).

Nick’s podcasts always provide a good perspective on emerging technology trends and he takes complex topics and really helps his listeners get up to speed on the important bits. We always enjoy the chance to work with him. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

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Summary: The Reality of WebRTC…All Hype?

WebRTC is the single largest technology change that is happening to the web today  which will  unleash a new wave of communications innovations.  If you are a technologies or a business owner,  WebRTC can really simplify how you develop and deploy future applications; it will also open new ways of communicating with your customers using data, voice, and video thru a web browser.

I encourage you to learn about Cisco CTO of Collaboration Laurent Philonenko’s  personal insights on the readiness of WebRTC by reading his blog post in No Jitter .

Laura Douglas

 

 

Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 31, 2013

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Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.

Off The Top

It’s time for the big show! Today is the last business day before Cisco Partner Summit kicks off in Boston next week, and by now, you’ve heard plenty of information about how to follow Partner Summit using social media, what our executives are thinking, and even what some members our global press and analyst community are interested in.

Be sure to register for Virtual Partner Summit if you won’t be attending live, and no matter how you’re engaging, make sure you stay in the conversation. Use hashtag #ciscops13 early and often.

In case you missed it, we also asked a number of your Cisco partners peers about the importance of Partner Summit and what they’re looking forward to from this year’s program. Check out what they have to say.

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