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Cisco at Gartner Data Center Conference :Unleashing the Benefits of Virtualization

December 1, 2009
at 12:00 pm PST

Difficult for Cisco not to be a key player in the Gartner 28th Annual Data Center Conference, as Gartner describes the mission of this event in the following terms  “See how to :   
-Reduce IT costs while improving the quality of IT services.
- Maximize productivity from existing applications systems and services
 -Align the data center culture with the business at large.
Let our analysts put you in the know with information-rich sessions on cloud computing, next-stage virtualization, vendor consolidation, cost-optimization best practices and much more. Your take-away: fresh insight on the key technology and market developments that drive today’s real-world solutions.”

Today at Gartner Data Center conference, Cisco invites several customers to talk about the benefit of virtualization and share their experience of deploying these technologies (including Unified Computing Systems , Nexus 1000V and VN link..)  during a special panel.

Over the past two years, Cisco has been incredibility busy in providing new data center solutions (Unified Fabric, Unified Computing , Service Oriented SAN)  to support the virtualization movement,  and to simplify, unify the data centers and amplify their role.   
The success of Unified Computing is now pretty well known. Cisco successful participation to VMworld09 (largest UCS deployment ), Oracle  certification , the Alliance with EMC and VMware, the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount servers , and the first customer success stories, are some of the proof points of the increasing  interest from the market.

 In this video, Ed Chapman, Cisco VP product Management at the Server Access and Virtualization BU, explains  the great level of acceptance of the unified fabric portfolio. Customers such as Salem Hospital, University of Arizona,  Coca-Cola Bottling company, NetApp, or St Joseph health System share  their satisfaction reporting significant CAPEX and OPEX  reductions, based on the deployment of the Cisco Nexus family (Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 2000 and Nexus 1000V)

The  Nexus data center switching family , the Unified Computing Systems are presented on the Cisco booth at Gartner, as well as the Application Networking Services  portfolio, the Cisco’s Services Oriented SAN, Cloud Computing , Cisco’s services and the Intelligent Automation Platform  from Tidal Software, which recently joined Cisco.

Cisco’s Services Oriented SAN is designed to support the full spectrum of protocols (Fibre Channel, FICON, NAS, iSCSI, FCIP and FCoE) to support all of the key services needed in a storage environment, including high performance data center connectivity, mainframe connectivity, File/Block over IP, Long Distance Replication and Unified I/O connectivity in the data center.  Cisco’s multi-protocol networking solution, supported on the MDS series of switches provides a consolidated, consistent approach in supporting these services with a common operating system (NX-OS) and management capabilities across the LAN and SAN infrastructure.  This approach reduces operational complexities, provides flexibility and creates a cohesive, integrated architecture to dynamic services that will enable a flexible, cloud infrastructure.

 Another point of great interest for the data center managers is the Intelligent Automation Platform, which is also displayed on the Cisco  booth .Simplifying and unifying enterprise job scheduling and application performance management is fast becoming a business requirement as IT operations grow in complexity
Tidal Software helps customers address this and other needs with Enterprise Job Scheduling and Application Performance Management solutions to foster operational efficiency, freeing resources to improve overall application functionality and performance for evolving business need
This year, Tidal Software presents Horizon( for detecting, identifying and analyzing availability and performance problems within enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications such as SAP), ASAP (Application Scheduling and Performance), and Transaction Analyzer, which uniquely captures 100% of all transaction activity in SAP for a wide range of corporate uses

This quick review of Cisco participation to the Gartner will not be complete without highlighting the Cisco strategy for Cloud Computing, providing a flexible, dynamic infrastructure to deliver IT resources as a self service utility, at scale, in a multi tenant environment.
Ken Novack (Every Cloud Needs a Net, and Cloud Applications Want to Move) , and Omar Sultan (Of Cloud Computing and Virtualization) blogged recently on the topic . You probably already  follow as well on this topic our champions James Urquhart (The Wisdom of Clouds)  and Chris Hoff.

If you are not able to attend the Gartner Data Center Conference these days, here are two opportunities to catch up on Unified Fabric, Unified Computing and virtualization.

-Untangling the Data Center with Unified Fabric -- An one hour Techwise TV -December 3rd , 2009  1:00 pm EST -register here
 Learn how this new data transport technology can dramatically simplify your data center architecture and greatly reduce your management, cabling, power, cooling, and other costs and find out how you can migrate incrementally, preserving your existing data center investments.

-Journey to the Virtualized Data Center: From Vision to Reality Virtual Trade Show- December 15th , 2009

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