Cisco Live 2013 opens on June 23, 2013, at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida with more than 20,000 registered attendees including customers and partners expected to attend the event.Cisco’s unique, fabric-centric architecture-Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), allows IT organizations to align people, process and infrastructure to lower the cost of computing and open up new ways for IT to transform business.
The best way to quickly learn about latest Cisco UCS innovations and solutions is by seeing them “LIVE IN ACTION”. Come to the Cisco Data Center booth # 758 at Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando to leverage the Cisco UCS demos, theater sessions and related activities at Cisco Live 2013.
Learn more about Cisco UCS: Visit the Data Center zone in the Cisco Campus #758 to interact with peers, Cisco executives,, and Cisco partners.
Ask Our Experts: Cisco UCS experts will be available to answer your questions and provide interactive live demonstrations of Cisco UCS.
Attend Cisco UCS Theater Sessions: Visit the Cisco Campus Solutions Theater to attend the informative Cisco UCS theater sessions.
Tuesday, June 25-2:15 p.m. – Big Data on Cisco UCS
Wednesday, June 26-4:45 p.m. – Business Apps on Cisco UCS
Wednesday, June 26-3:45 pm – Pragmatic Approach to Trans UCS
Explore the Cisco Unified Computing Demos: Simplify Compute, Network and Storage Access Management with Cisco UCS
1. Cisco UCS for Virtualization and Cloud – Get simplified and cost-effective infrastructure for bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud environments.
2. Simplify Management with Cisco UCS Central – Simplify management and reduce complexity with Cisco UCS Central across multiple data centers and geographies.
Desktop Virtualization on Cisco UCS
1. Accelerate Citrix XenDesktop with Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Storage Acceleration – Learn how the Cisco UCS Storage Accelerator delivers predictable performance at scale for VDI
2. Scalable Desktop Virtualization with Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Tier-0 Storage – Learn how the On-Board solution architecture VDI delivers high-performance with low incremental cost per user
Cisco UCS V-Rack Kaon demo: Interactive Kaon demo showcasing Cisco UCS system components and solutions
Cisco UCS Big Data Common Platform Architecture: A highly scalable solution designed to meet a variety of scale-out application demands
Explore the Partner Ecosystem: Featured Cisco UCS ecosystem partners: Atlantis, CA, Citrix, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Nimble Storage, Panduit, SAP Hana, Tegile, VCE
Attend the DCG Strategy and Vision Program Compute Track: Join Data Center executives and thought leaders as they share Cisco’s strategy and vision for evolving UCS solutions. Leverage the opportunity to learn about Data Center strategy, product roadmaps, and network with other data center professionals.
I will be at the Cisco Data Center booth # 758 throughout Cisco Live. Please stop by to ask questions, and to get a live Cisco UCS demonstration.
Feel free to visit the Cisco Live Orlando, 2013 Unified Data Center web site for additional activities and schedule details.
Like many of you I have spent the past week or so getting caught up with work and office goings on after a very successful and informative Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2013 event in New Orleans. At Cisco, our Microsoft team is already ramped up for next week’s Microsoft Tech Ed Europe event and then we go at it once again in Houston at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference. At each of these events Cisco is a Gold Sponsor and we will be showcasing our award winning Microsoft datacenter oriented products and solutions: UCS, Nexus, FlexPod, and VSPEX. Stop by our booths and grab one of our 2013 Microsoft Event Tour t-shirts!
Over the past 3 years we’ve had quite a run of good luck at Microsoft Tech Ed winning “Best of Tech Ed” awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013! Frankly this is due to the consistent, ongoing industry-leading innovation that Cisco’s R&D teams in our Datacenter Group are delivering to the market place. In 2011 our Cisco UCS B250 series server family was recognized with a Best of Tech Ed award. In 2012 UCS Manager was awarded the Breakthrough Technology Award at Tech Ed. Finally, just recently for 2013, our Nexus 1000V software switch for Hyper-V and our FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud solution won Best of Tech Ed accolades.
This innovation stream from Cisco has prepared us for the I.T. demands that we are all facing today – how to move to a more agile and efficient I.T. technology base as well as driving maximum budgetary efficiencies in OpEx and CapEx . Our Cisco Microsoft solutions are available today and can assist your organizations as they move to a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure and help you achieve positive ROI and TCO advantages.
Here’s a listing of our recent Tech Ed North America blogs – feel free to peruse them and learn more about our compute, network, storage, and architecture solutions for all things Microsoft:
Are you using or evaluating Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 to deliver higher performance and scale for your workloads? If so, then take advantage of an upcoming joint Cisco / Microsoft webinar to learn how the Cisco Nexus 1000V can simplify your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environments through a non-disruptive operational model, policy based provisioning, and a strong services ecosystem.
The webinar will focus on Cisco’s Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V offering. You’ll learn about the new networking stack introduced in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, Cisco Nexus 1000V architecture, how it integrates with the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) component of System Center 2012 and the rich networking capabilities it brings to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environments.
As we continue to expand on the conversation of the Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE), this week provides yet another educational opportunity (Register here) to discuss a topic that has become some what top of mind to customers, partners and even investors alike. This is the topic of open source in networked environments. While Cisco has always been known for open standards, it has now stepped up into the open source conversation in a fairly big way over the couple of years with its contributions to both OpenStack and the more recent OpenDaylight project under the Linux foundation.
Virtualizing Oracle Databases – The Time Has Come!
Overall, virtualization of IT applications and databases is quite pervasive. Estimates from industry analysts show that some applications and databases have virtualization penetration rates of 80 to 90%. Overall the estimates for datacenter virtualization range from 60 to 70%. One curious exception is the rate of virtualization for Oracle Databases. Some estimates put the Oracle Database virtualization rate below 20%. The big question is why so low for Oracle Database?
While I have never seen any formal research documenting the reasons, ad-hoc discussions with many DBAs and Architects and other Oracle users indicates that some of the major reasons for their reluctance to virtualize include:
Fear of performance degradation
Concern over availability and stability
And an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” view
And for mission critical Oracle Databases those are valid concerns. Any outage or performance degradation is costly. Status quo is the safest approach. But what I am hearing from customers and the Oracle community at large is that the time has come for virtualization. The improvements in configuration flexibility, reduced deployment times, dramatically improved disaster recovery and cost savings are great motivators for virtualization by themselves. One of the early adopters for virtualizing and Oracle infrastructure was EMC. lets hear what EMC’s Chief Database Architect, Darryl Smith, has to say about the benefits of EMC’s virtualization efforts with EMC’s Oracle Infrastructure.
So EMC found great performance, improved availability and a reduction in database licenses all because of their move to virtualize their Oracle infrastructure. Here is more of Darryl talking about Oracle virtualization and the cloud.
EMC took the next logical step from initial virtualization and moved their Oracle infrastructure to a full cloud implementation with even more benefits thanks to the improved Oracle workload mobility.
EMC is a great example of why there appears to be a growing tide of Oracle users who are ready to ride the wave of virtaulization. To learn more about EMC’s virtualization efforts and results, these two whitepapers on Cisco.com will provide a more complete overview of their journey: