Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions Video
I know I know.. You are already familiar with the fundamentals of Desktop Virtualization. So we are not going to talk about that. However, if you do not know much about Cisco’s capabilities in the space and you have three minutes and twenty seconds of your busy day to spare, you can watch this short video and get the ‘Bonsai’ rendition. While tempting, I will not dwell on the strengths of our UCS platform which is at the core of our Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions portfolio.
I will focus instead on a question that our services team often gets from our enterprise class customers; “How do I best manage my desktop virtualization environment on a day-to-day basis?”
Let’s face it. Designing and configuring production-ready Desktop Virtualization Infrastructures takes planning and expertise. Frequently, that expertise comes in the form of a Professional Services contract. But the challenges that many of our customers experience is expanding their platform after the implementation team has moved to other projects …
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Tags: advanced services, desktop virtualization, vdi, virtual desktops, VMware View, xendesktop
End of April, Cisco introduced the next generation Storage Network innovations with the new MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and new MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch (see Berna Devrim’s blog ) . These solutions have been presented to the Storage Tech Field Day (see blogs and videos below) , as well on the Cisco booth at different events (ie EMC World) generating a lot of comments from bloggers and users. So I came back to the team of Cisco engineers to know more about these solutions -- Today I interviewed Bhavin Yadav one of these fine engineers about the MDS 9710 .
“Hi Bhavin . I heard a lot of comments about troubleshooting , and the claim that it’s easy . Really? How can I achieve that?
Haha . Welcome to the world of Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors, the easy to troubleshoot Multilayer Director Class platform in the storage area networking world! Isn’t it wonderful ? Who does not want that ? But let me first remind you some fundamental facts before we come to any conclusion.
What are some of the reasons we have to troubleshoot?
1. Unknown human part – like wrong part replacement, playing around for fun (Are you serious? Yes, you can just pull the lever and get pull the module out like a piece of cake),
2. Technology changes –sudden traffic pattern change like unexpected data spikes, infrastructure changes like adding bunch of new virtual machines – new servers, using SSD based storage, exponential increase in data backups every night , deployment of new data centers, need of speedier networks, etc.
3. Unexpected infrastructure acts: sudden power loss, lost air cooling, burned out cables, failing hard drives – switches -- cables, etc.
So, the question comes out is – Okay, this is not something new, we deal with it everyday. Well, let me ask you this – while you work on above problems, does it impact your customers / clients? Does it impact (reduce) your available resources? Does it wake you up your staff at 2 am? But how about reducing these kinds of calls / engagements and also enhancing the customer experience? Yes, that’s what we are going to talk about.
Introducing Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director Class SAN switch, along with Raising the bar for performance and new benchmarks on performance, reliability and flexibility, now also for troubleshooting. Let’s see how it does this.
With MDS 9710, comes a newly refreshed hardware with new troubleshooting and monitoring tool: GOLD -- Generic Online Diagnostics. In this post, I want to talk about both, new hardware and GOLD.
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Tags: Cisco, data center, MDS, Storage Networking
Life is generally a lot easier when you have all the facts. Especially if those facts are actually accurate. Nowhere does this ring more true than in the life of an IT professional.
Often times a day in an IT shop is a lot like that grade school game of telephone where information gets passed down the line but gets distorted (or is just plain wrong) because no single player has the complete context. This scenario gets played out everyday in the IT infrastructure where siloed operations, monitoring and policy platforms only work from the information they possess. But that information is generally just a snapshot viewed through the bias of that system’s siloed purview. As a result, mistakes get made, security is substandard or perhaps even dysfunctional, and everything from configuration to event management and investigation takes far longer than it should. Net-net – time is wasted, costs increase, and many things still don’t work that well. Read More »
Tags: byod, Cisco ISE, Cisco Security, Identity Services Engine, MDM, platform exchange grid, pxGrid
Today’s applications are either virtualized in our own data center or being hosted by any number of providers. But is our security built around our current security reality or is it living in the past? During one of my Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit presentations, I shared best practices in a rapidly changing environment, where cloud vendor hype isn’t matching our security reality. Now that everything is in the cloud, we need a strategic approach to cloud security.
Here’s how to make it happen:
Ensure safe data handling when working with cloud provider. Considering cloud providers are an extension of your business, it is vital to ensure how your provider handles security for storing and transmitting your data. What provisions are in place to make sure data is secure once it has been transmitted? Determine if your provider has firewalls, data encryption, and user authentication to keep your data safe.
Combat growing threats. As cloud-based technologies grow more sophisticated over time, so do the possibilities of threats. A proactive approach to security means that we enable technology like cloud-based threat intelligence to detect a threat as they happen – or in some cases before they happen. Other anti-threat measures such as deep packet inspection and proactive monitoring can also help combat viruses, spam and other intrusions. Learn more. You don’t have to be a security expert to take security seriously. Leverage industry bodies, like the Cloud Security Alliance, for guidance on benchmarking service provider security capabilities. Learn what certifications and security practices your cloud provider has, including daily risk audits. And look for ways to increase security processes when you work with cloud providers. See how Cisco can help you protect your business assets and meet compliance requirements.
Learn more. You don’t have to be a security expert to take security seriously. Leverage industry bodies, like the Cloud Security Alliance, for guidance on benchmarking service provider security capabilities. Learn what certifications and security practices your cloud provider has, including daily risk audits. And look for ways to increase security processes when you work with cloud providers. See how Cisco can help you protect your business assets and meet compliance requirements.
To know more follow me on Twitter @e_desouza and check my blog and Gartner presentation on Three Data Center Security Innovations to Accelerate Your Business
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Security, cloud, data center, data center security, firewall, integrated security, it security, network security, secure infrastructure, security, security intelligence
At WWDC this week, Apple announced that their new Macbook and Macbook Air are 802.11ac enabled. As we predicted in our red-hot Client Adoption blog earlier this year, the list of 802.11ac clients, like the new Macbooks and Samsung Galaxy S4, will continue to grow and expand throughout 2013. These devices come with the promise of Gigabit wireless, at faster speeds and better performance. How will your enterprise networks meet those expectations? The Cisco Aironet 3600 with 802.11ac module is your ticket for enterprise-class 802.11ac wireless.
Cisco Aironet 3600 AP with 802.11ac module
The 802.11ac module will make these new clients fly at new higher speeds--3 to 4 times faster than 802.11n. So if you are connecting your new Apple device to an Enterprise Network supporting Cisco’s 3600 AP with the 802.11ac module, you will be able to get some of the highest bandwidth rates ever seen out of your Wi-Fi network which will open the opportunity for better quality video streams, better online collaboration and the support of more high-bandwidth demanding applications. Check out the Aironet 3600 here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps13128/index.html
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Tags: 802.11ac, access point, Aironet, Apple, bandwidth, Cisco, gigabit, higher education, macbook, technology, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wwdc