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Get more productive and have some fun – The new Cisco Enterprise Networks App

qrcode_EntAppI often find myself with colleagues and friends having an app discussion that at times feels like an exciting discovery session and other times feels like an “app showdown”. It’s either a case of “Wow, that’s cool”, or “My apps are better than yours”. I prefer the former discussion to the latter, because in the end we can all benefit from learning about new ways and new tools to make our day more productive, or our lives easier, or just a lot more fun!

Well, here’s an app that accomplishes all three of those goals – the new Cisco Enterprise Networks App. It will help you be more productive, because if you are interested in The Cisco Cloud Intelligent Network (CIN) and/or Cisco Unified Access (UA), you can focus on just those -- in one convenient place.  Download it, and you’ll be able to access the latest CIN and UA videos, presentations, and product information and Cisco technology innovations as well as access to our social media channels. That’s bound to make your life a little easier! Read More »

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In control and saving big

Salem Health is a network of hospitals, rehab facilities, and physician clinics located in the Pacific Northwest. The organization was experiencing major performance issues with their IT infrastructure, which was hurting business processes. And in the healthcare industry, that’s not something to be overlooked. Clinicians were experiencing too much downtime to provide top-of-the-line patient care, not to mention the lack of support and control the company had for their current environment.

In dire need of change, Salem Health overhauled their data center with the Cisco® Unified Computing System™ (UCS), powered by Intel® Xeon® processers. The transition was cost-effective -- saving the business 68 percent in IT expenses – and provided enhanced data replication, decreased downtime, and greatly improved network access.  As a result, Salem Health is able to deliver much better care to patients, and the business is back on track.

Read Salem Health’s full story, which is featured in the latest edition of Unleashing IT.

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Cisco to support EMC Pivotal HD on UCS

Our Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data has been gaining momentum as a viable platform for enterprise big data deployments. The newest addition to the portfolio is EMC’s new Pivotal HD™ that natively integrates Greenplum MPP database technology with Apache Hadoop enabling SQL applications and traditional business intelligence tools directly on Hadoop framework. Extending support for Pivotal HD on Cisco UCS, Satinder Sethi, Vice President at Cisco’s Datacenter Group said “Hadoop is becoming a critical part of enterprise data management portfolio that must co-exist and complement enterprise applications, EMC’s Pivotal HD is an important step towards that by enabling native SQL processing for Hadoop”.

Built up on our 3+ years of partnership with Greenplum database distribution and Hadoop distributions, the joint solution offers all the architectural benefits of the CPA including: Unified Fabric -- fully redundant active-active fabric for server clustering, Fabric Extender technology -- highly scalable and cost-effective connectivity, Unified Management -- holistic management of infrastructure through a single pane of glass using UCS manager, and High performance -- high speed fabric along with Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Servers powered by Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors.  Unique to this solution is the management integration and data integration capabilities between Pivotal HD based Big Data applications running on CPA and enterprise application running on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers connected to enterprise SAN storage from EMC or enterprise application running on integrated solutions like Vblock.

The Cisco solution for Pivatol HD is offered as reference architecture and as Cisco UCS SmartPlay solution bundles that can be purchased by ordering a single part number: UCS-EZ-BD-HC -- rack level solution optimized for for low cost per terabyte and  UCS-EZ-BD-HP -- rack level solution offers balance of compute power with IO bandwidth optimized for price/performance.

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For more information see:  Cisco Big Data SmartPlay Solution Bundles and Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data.

Cisco UCS Common Platform Architecture Version 2 (CPA v2) for Big Data with Pivotal HD and HAWQ

 

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Live from RSA: John N. Stewart

The RSA Conference is expected to be bigger and better than ever this year—more booths, more vendors, more technical sessions and keynotes.

But I have to ask the question: “Are we as IT practitioners better off now than we were 4 or 5 years ago?” There are a lot of people at the show who worry that the old approaches aren’t working and next generation solutions have not clearly come into focus. I do think, however, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic.

Join me for a live broadcast from the RSA show floor on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:30 AM PT as I discuss what I’m seeing at the RSA conference and what it means for the IT Security industry. We’ll be taking your questions live via Twitter and Google Hangouts.  Read More »

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Cisco Joins Forces with Wharton School on Classroom of the Future

Wharton school picI am proud to be part of a company that is making innovations in education on a daily basis. You may have already heard how universities around the world are using Cisco to transform the classroom, and today’s news is further evidence of this.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is working with Cisco to provide collaboration solutions that will bridge faculty and students in Philadelphia and San Francisco to deliver the classroom of the future. As one of the country’s most esteemed colleges, the Wharton School is using Cisco’s collaboration technologies, including Cisco TelePresence, to bridge the classrooms across the United States. In the future, they hope to extend these benefits to Wharton’s classrooms around the globe, including Asia, Europe and South America.

Most of Wharton’s star-studded professors are based in Pennsylvania and frequently travel to the San Francisco satellite campus that caters to Silicon Valley executives aiming for an MBA.  Read More »

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