Companies’ expectations of IT keep increasing as the pace of business intensifies, creating greater demand for new services and faster access to resources and data. If you have been reading my blogs, you know that THE way for IT to keep pace with the speed of business is automation. But buyers beware.
IT automation solutions are difficult to create with multiple products that carry a la carte pricing models and licensing models tied to hardware. The hassles are obvious, and that model doesn’t help IT automate effectively. What is necessary is full functionality automation software that offers simplified pricing and licensing options as well as unified automation that delivers broad coverage for diverse environments. So Cisco offers exactly that. Watch this video to learn how.
Hadoop is a Game Changer ! Cisco and MapR have partnered to offer a comprehensive portfolio for enterprise Hadoop deployments that combines Cisco UCS and the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop. With significant investments in architectural innovations, the joint solution offers a high-performance platform that can be optimized and scaled for any size to meet the demanding needs of our customers. Today, we are announcing the 3rd generation of our joint solution:
Taking full advantage of the high performance compute, internal storage and active-active network fabric with crucial investments in MapR improving performance and scalability while maintaining the Apache Hadoop API and application compatibility for broad applicability
Large scale production deployments in a range of industries including finance, healthcare, media retail and government
Foundation for an enterprise data hub with support for out-of-the-box multi-tenancy ensuring application level SLAs, guarantee isolation, enforce quotas, job placement control, security and delegation as well as providing a low cost of operations and simpler manageability with UCS Manager and the MapR control system
Fully automated provisioning and deployment of a cluster with Cisco UCS Director Express for MapR with a single management pane across both physical infrastructure and Hadoop software, with advanced application-level monitoring
Scalability to very larger clusters with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, enabling multi-tenancy, policy-based flowlet switching, packet prioritization to deliver- throughput on demand, leading-edge load balancing across UCS domains.
Data is not just multiplying at an astounding rate. It is also changing dramatically in nature. Trends like the Internet of Things, Mobility, Cloud, and Big Data Analytics are driving the adoption of different types of storage protocols and architectural requirements as well as increased application workloads in the IT environments.
To help customers design efficient IT operations that can adapt over time to changing business needs, Cisco is announcing new additions and innovations to the Cisco MDS and Nexus Multi-Protocol storage networking portfolio. The latest Cisco innovations include:
We are happy to see that our Partners are also equally excited and looking forward to the arrival of the new Cisco MDS high density Fabric Switch. Cisco’s MDS product line is supported and sold by authorized original storage manufacturers (OSM). Special thanks to all our partners for their support and participation to make the launch successful.
New Cisco MDS 9396S Multilayer Fabric Switch: The new versatile and affordable 96 port 16G FC switch delivers industry leading density with enterprise class capabilities and is an extension to the already successful MDS 9148S Fabric Switch.
At EMC World 2015, we handed out these “Cisco Go UCS” hats to attendees that stopped by the Cisco booth. I love to hear the stories of customers that are using our Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure based solutions to accelerate deployment of IT infrastructure and implement our latest innovations. This year our presence at EMC World focused on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure, Application Centric Infrastructure, and SAN solutions. We had numerous presentations, demos, and break out session on these areas. We were very excited that our booth, mini-theater and breakout sessions were packed with attendees.
In addition, attendees also experienced our demos and had one-one-one conversations with Cisco experts. The Cisco UCS Manager and UCS Director demos were popular. Many customers were interested in learning more about the infrastructure management and automation capabilities of UCS Director. This management conversation has evolved in the past couple of years from “What is UCS Director” to requests for demos, questions on capabilities, and licensing model. The UCS Director snowball is rolling and the hill is getting steeper. Read More »
Agility is highly sought after in today’s business environment. It allows your business to rapidly adapt to market changes or competitive pressures. It enables your business to capture new opportunities and customers without expanding your staff or increasing costs. To accomplish these objectives you need one thing: automation. Automation delivers the key element for business agility: Speed.
Industry analyst Forrester states that the preferred on-ramp for automation is private cloud. Why? Because private cloud delivers more visibility and control while maintaining compliance and customer satisfaction. In essence, private cloud allows business to reach new markets and buyers faster, empower employees and stay ahead of the competition.