“Fabric computing is a fixture on the radar screen of many IT groups, driven by the increased penetration of virtualization and prospects for cloud computing.As virtualization penetration increases, IT organizations will deploy virtual machine (VM) mobility, which will demand more attention to a fabric-based infrastructure that better integrates server, storage and networking for greater agility and faster time to deploy.” Based on this observation, Gartner George J Reiss and Andrew Butler organized recently a survey to evaluate which vendors are the most credible and ready to address the challenges of virtualization and cloud computing.
Cisco pioneered the vision of Ethernet-based “Unified Fabric” for the data center and has been shipping products to support that vision for over three years. Subsequently it introduced Unified Computing and Unified Network Services, all of which have formed the building blocks for Cisco’s Data Center Fabric. Competitors have validated Cisco’s vision by scrambling to deliver their own versions of the Fabric.
On March 30th starting at 9:00 am PST, Cisco executives and experts , partners and customers will supplement this Fabric vision and showcase its evolution, while bringing multiple proof points to bear. And in a pure Cisco spirit, to enrich a very open conversation, we invited the Senior Analyst Andre Kindnesss from Forrester Research who wrote recently about “The Dark Horse In The Datacenter Fabric Race?” and the Program VP Data Center Network Services Cindy Borovick from IDC to share their vision.
If you want to be among (or amongst) the first to know what’s cooking at Cisco, this is your chance ! This event will be live and we hope to hear from you.
Adding new dimensions to the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage framework, Cisco will introduce new innovations for virtualized and secure cloud-ready environments that deliver on architectural flexibility, investment protection and operational simplicity in a secure and scalable manner.
Cisco Unified Fabric delivers network management convergence and ‘wire-once’ agility from the server to the storage array for physical and virtualized environments. By offering deployment choices for customers while maintaining a standards-based approach, Cisco addresses the challenges posed by heterogeneous workloads, cloud mobility and application complexity.
Customers considering an evolution to virtualized and cloud-ready environments will especially benefit from these innovations featuring the Nexus and MDS portfolios as well as application networking and security portfolios.
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Oh by the way , if you really want to be prepared for this event, you may also want to read this excellent article in Network World by David Klebanov, global systems engineer at Cisco on “the network’s role in improving application security, reliability and efficiency “