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Cisco to Participate in Microsoft’s Fast Track 3.0 Program

This is an exciting time—I am happy to announce Cisco’s participation in the Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 program for data warehousing. The Microsoft Fast Track program has been in existence for some time, but this is the first time Cisco has been invited to participate in this Microsoft program.

Fast Track 3.0 is the third generation of a marketing program designed to accelerate consideration and adoption of data warehouse solutions based on the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 software. Microsoft SQL Server is gaining importance as a critical tool for enterprises and midsize companies to gather business intelligence. The Cisco reference configurations for SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse for scale-up data warehousing will empower customers with choices only Cisco can offer. To provide more flexibility for our customers, Cisco will be releasing SQL Server data warehouse configurations with EMC storage and configurations with NetApp storage.

The solution will employ industry-standard rackmount servers that can be configured as standalone devices or as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System. And the end result will be excellent performance, easy and speedy deployment, and agility—a solution that your customers can deploy with confidence.

So how does this impact you? By using UCS and SQL Server 2008 Release 2, your customers will be able to migrate, deploy, and scale more rapidly, adapt more quickly, outperform competitors, and reduce total cost of ownership. Our partners will have an opportunity to sell a complete data warehouse solution to enterprise and commercial market customers. It will be especially beneficial to those partners that have UCS, Microsoft, and EMC or NetApp expertise.

We will be offering this solution beginning in May 2011.

Cisco’s SQL Server solutions add to the growing list of Microsoft solutions available on the UCS platform, including:
•        Exchange 2010
•        VDI featuring Hyper-V
•        Sharepoint 2007

To learn more about our involvement in the Fast Track program, please visit this web page.

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