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The move to liberate workers from the constraints of traditional desktop computing, while embracing the proliferation of end-user device choices, is a rapidly increasing trend in IT. IT managers are looking at desktop virtualization to improve application access and data security, cut costs and improve services for today’s mobile, distributed workforce. The hosted virtual desktop market is forecast by analysts to accelerate through the next two years to an estimated 70 million units by 2014, approximately 15% of all enterprise desktops/laptops worldwide.

Two leading-edge Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) customers, Diebold and Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be featured in a webcast session today at Noon PST/3 p.m. EST to discuss their virtual desktop deployments, why they made the decision to switch to this new model, and how UCS is delivering an optimized, secure, scalable platform for hosting virtual desktop workloads. Registration is not required; to join us, visit www.ustream.tv/ciscotv. Seattle Children’s is a premier child healthcare center, and if you’ve used a card reader at a leading bank or retail outlet, you’ve likely used a Diebold device, since the company is a leading global provider of integrated self-service delivery and security systems. Both Diebold and Seattle Children’s Hospital have employed this technology in innovative and highly impactful ways, so this is a great conversation to listen in on if you’re evaluating or already on the road to virtual desktops.

Customers worldwide have been telling us why they’re selecting Cisco UCS as the preferred platform to host virtual desktop workloads:
• An expansive memory footprint, critical to desktop workloads, coupled with the latest generation Intel processors
• A simplified, high-speed, low-latency data center fabric that reduces the complexity and results in one-third the cost of traditional networking infrastructure
• A streamlined operational model leveraging service profile templates to provision virtual desktop infrastructure in a fraction of the time typically consumed.

Cisco UCS is the central foundation of the Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) -- a fully integrated, open, and validated end-to-end architecture for delivering virtual desktops, voice and video in a next-generation virtual workspace, with an uncompromised experience for end-users. Visit www.cisco.com/go/vdifor more information and stay tuned for important announcements coming in the months ahead.

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