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In a competitive market, differentiation makes all the difference. Whether you’re selling sneakers or servers, being able to offer the widest selection of products to meet a broad set of needs is critical in helping to drive growth and grow profits.

So today’s announcements of three new reference configurations focused on Microsoft applications and technologies will likely please you—now our partners will have even more opportunities to sell a broader set of solutions, giving customers more choice.

Today, along with our storage partners, Cisco is greatly expanding our channel partners’ ability to offer customers Microsoft-based private cloud, data warehouse, or OLTP configurations based on shipping Cisco UCS server and Nexus networking products. Three standalone, discrete reference architectures are now available: A Cisco-developed SQL Server 2008 R2 Data Warehouse solution; a Cisco-developed SQL Server 2008 R2 Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) offer; and Cisco as the server partner with NetApp as they bring to market their NetApp for Private Cloud offer as part of Microsoft’s Hyper-V Private Cloud program.

How will this impact you? Here are more details.

Your enterprise and commercial market customers likely rely heavily on Microsoft software applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server. So with these new reference configurations, you can offer a SQL Server data warehouse solution, a SQL Server based OLTP solution, or a Hyper-V based Private Cloud offering, depending on need.

To ensure that the implementation of Microsoft SQL and other Microsoft applications on any customers’ UCS runs smoothly, Cisco Services can provide a helpful hand. The Cisco Assessment Service provides a high-level infrastructure design, solution ROI, and a roadmap for migration. The Preproduction Pilot Service provides a pilot database migration tailored to meet expected business and technical objectives and support easy transition from the pilot implementation into a scaled production environment. And the Cisco Accelerated Deployment Service insures successful deployment of the solution in a production environment within four weeks.

Customers with support contracts from Cisco, Microsoft and storage partners benefit from a cooperative support experience to rapidly resolve solution issues and increase uptime. The Cisco Unified Computing Support service includes triage support for hardware and software integration issues, anytime access to Cisco’s technical assistance center and online knowledgebase, and some extended warranty features.

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