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Learn how new Cisco SAN Solutions maximize scale and performance

Chances are that your storage area network (SAN) is already feeling the pressure from an avalanche of data.   All that data can add real value to your business, but only if you can access it and use it instantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To make this happen, IT managers need to be able to implement a single storage solution that can scale massively and cost-effectively, without causing performance, reliability, or security issues.

Discover how you can meet these challenges:  Attend the Webinar on June 23rd 8:00 PST. REGISTER NOW

To address the high demand for storage in today’s IT environments, driven by proliferation of data from next-gen applications, customers are implementing innovative and affordable solutions to scale their datacenter.   In one of India’s largest states (Madhya Pradesh), 6000 government entities across 53 departments need to grow their storage capacity, requiring thousands of network connections ultimately deliver traffic to the ‘Madhya Pradesh data center SAN’.   Today, the data center SAN houses 120 TB of storage. Based on projected growth, soon it will need to support 500 TB. The Madhya Pradesh data center SAN is also operationally complex.  Read the full case study to learn, What difficulty they faced ?, How did they overcome the challenges ? and What results they achieved?

Business Challenge:

  • Increase SAN performance
  • Support QoS and other advanced characteristics across a massive SAN and multiple vendor operating systems
  • Simplify everything—management, scaling up, and eventual cloud services deployment


“We had expected to use 120 TB of storage capacity in three years and we used it in one year,” Rajesh Banbah, IT Head for Madhya Pradesh “Now with the Cisco MDS, we can evaluate storage needs every six months and scale in baby steps with pay-as-we-grow simplicity.” ( Read full case study here )

Business Results

  • Obtained full line-rate 16 Gbps performance
  • Increased redundancy for 24-hour availability
  • Simplified SAN management through built-in switch intelligence

Do you want to take advantage of Cisco SAN Solutions?  Take a guided tour of the innovative new Cisco MDS 9396S high-density fabric switch, which delivers enterprise-class features, pay-as-you-grow scale options, and plug-and-play installation at a remarkably attractive price. Also learn about expanded 16G FICON and open system support on the Cisco MDS 9000 family.  Find out how Cisco is extending 40G storage capabilities to the Cisco Nexus 7000 platforms, and see how we have enhanced SAN monitoring.

Learn how these innovations will enable you to:

  • Enjoy industry-leading performance and resiliency with unmatched port density
  • Future-proof your storage connectivity for any unforeseen future needs
  • Deploy a truly converged Ethernet storage infrastructure
  • Speed up deployment, increase operational efficiency, and avoid outages

 See you all on June 23rd 8:00 PST. You can also get your questions answered in real time during the webcast by our team of experts.  REGISTER NOW !

Tony Antony
Sr Marketing Manager

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An Application-Centric Gem from Cisco Live US 2015

At Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego last week, we had a great turnout in customers and Cisco evangelists engaging in hundreds of conversations about the cloud, the future and present of networking, making new friends and having a good time.

In our Cisco Live Data Center press release and during Soni Jiandani’s Innovation Talk, we introduced a new member of the ACI ecosystem, CLiQr.  I want to highlight CliQr here to illustrate the power of the open APIC for definition of application policy intent for scale, security, and enabling simple, fast, self-service deployment of an application on private or public cloud infrastructure. This new demo with CliQr’s CloudCenter and ACI integration captures the cloud admin’s experience to define and deploy a 3-tier application across compute, network, and storage shared resources.

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Cisco ACI, when combined with CliQr’s CloudCenterTM Platform, delivers the promise of true end-to-end application-defined management of workloads in a secure and optimized ACI-powered cloud environment. The joint solution enables numerous advantages:

  • A highly automated, 1-click end-to-end provisioning of infrastructure (compute, storage and network) as per the application’s requirement, following the best-practices guidelines of the infrastructure.
  • Application-centric policy model that decouples policy (security, auditing, service-level agreements (SLAs), user experience, etc.) from network topology and supports application mobility
  • Application deployments are secured with CliQr CloudCenterTM’s governance policies and are enforced with ACI’s policy-based forwarding capabilities with strong isolation and automated insertion of Firewalls and security appliances into the application traffic flow.
  • End-to-end Visibility and Control: All of this delivered in a single graphical dashboard, providing true end-to-end visibility and control from the application down – all in one logical environment.

To learn more about Cisco ACI integration with CliQr CloudCenterTM register for the upcoming webinar June 18 here.

To Learn More:

Blog: CliQr Announces Support for Cisco ACI

White Paper: Cisco ACI and CliQr CloudCenterTM Integration and Solution Overview

Webcast: The Application-Defined Advantage – CliQr CloudCenterTM with Cisco ACI

Press Release: Cisco Extends SDN Leadership; Delivers Customer Choice for Data Center Programmability and Automation; Enhances Software and Expands Nexus Portfolio

Cisco Live Innovation Talk: INTGEN-1007 – Fast Track to Fast IT: Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure



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How Cisco’s data center is built on openness

As customers embrace cloud strategy to build an agile data center, one of the key pillars is openness. Why openness? To move fast, accelerate time-to-market, drive higher level of innovation and avoid vendor lock-in are some of the benefits to openess. What does open mean? In this case, open source, open standards, open interfaces, open API’s, open tools set including automation, orchestration and DevOps.

Come and join Cisco at ONS June 15-18, 2015 to learn how we’ve been in the forefront developing and contributing to the open source community. Hear our speakers Tom Edsall Data Center SDN Solutions  June 18 @ 2:00 pm, Mike Cohen at the partner theater June 18 @ 12:40 pm and others

See demos in Cisco’s booth on OpenStack, Group Based Policy GBP that enables capturing application requirements directly rather than converting the requirements into a set of infrastructure configuration updates, Open Dayligt, and more. In the solutions showcase section, you’ll see a service chaining demo with Avi and One Convergence.

What else are we doing to drive openness in the data center? BGP-EVPN control plane to define how VxLAN tunnel endpoints map MAC addressed to IP addresses in a multi-vendor environment, Network Service Header NSH offering a method to identify network service path, OpFlex is an extensible policy protocol designed to exchange abstract policy between a network controller and a set of smart devices capable of rendering policy, open SDN with ACI  and many more.

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A personal big data journey

When I set out to plan a once in a lifetime US coast-to-coast round trip with a buddy of mine in a 40-year old single engine Cessna 172 aircraft under visual flight rules (VFR), it quickly became apparent to me that I was creating my very own personal big data project with a well-defined outcome.

Read on. I will explain what I mean by outcome.

Collecting data

The sheer amount of data I was collecting resulted in many spreadsheets with destination airport codes, elevations, traffic pattern altitudes and directions, runway lengths and configurations, radio frequencies and taxi procedures.


Just one of many data rich spreadsheets

It did not stop there: route planning included avoiding high terrain that I knew the aircraft – and pilot for that matter – would not muster, military operating areas and restricted airspace.

I researched seasonal weather trends along the planned route and destinations so I was well informed of what type of weather we could be confronted with along the way. Aircraft performance considerations were made: weight & balance, estimated time en-route, fuel consumption and cost, climb speeds, density and cruising altitudes, etc.

Finally, I spent countless hours on YouTube watching videos posted by like-minded general aviation pilots flying to the destination airports in my plan. I took notes and committed their shared experiences to memory. It was time well invested: I had a pretty good idea what to expect and what to avoid. It lifted any doubt or anxiety low-time pilots like myself often experience when flying to unfamiliar airports.

Getting organized

I organized all that data in a way that would allow me to make informed decisions about each flight.

  • On the ground I used the data to file flight plans, get updated weather briefings and quickly make informed ‘go’ or ‘no-go’ decisions.
  • In the air the, data I needed was easily accessible. It exponentially reduced my workload as pilot-in-command during all phases of flight, allowing me to focus on the fun stuff: aviating, navigating, and communicating with air-traffic control.

And that brings me back to the well-defined outcome for this trip: all this data – and more importantly – how I chose to use it gave me peace of mind that the outcome of each flight would result in a safe landing at each destination airport – one that my travel buddy and I could walk away from with smiles on our faces.

And smile we did

The result was an unforgettable experience: seeing the entire country from a unique perspective that only an airborne aircraft can deliver.

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Flying over the Big Apple

Big Data, Big Opportunities

So here is my point: when it comes to big data projects, my personal big data journey pales in comparison to the amount of data an organization can collect and analyze to gain valuable insights to deliver better business outcomes or unique customer experiences.

The sky is the limit. But deciding on what data to collect, where, and how to store it – how to organize, manage and analyze all that data coming from an ever-increasing variety of sources requires careful consideration:

  • What insights are you expecting to gain from that data?
  • Where is that data coming from? Is it structured or unstructured data?
  • How do you manage that data securely in real-time?
  • How does it support game changing decision-making, add value to the business or create a unique experience for the customer that will have them coming back for more?

All that can no doubt be overwhelming, and unfortunately there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution.

But big data is real – it has become a business imperative. An absolute must if your business wants to remain relevant in your industry.

Statistics suggest that organizations and companies that successfully invest in, and execute on, a well-planned big data strategy will have a competitive edge over their industry peers. In some cases they will out perform them by 20%. Don’t take my word for it – just read the Gartner reports.

Or better yet, download the latest Unleashing IT Big Data edition. It is loaded with expert advice from leading Hadoop and analytics vendors that Cisco has partnered with to deliver custom tailored, validated, and secure big data solutions that easily scale as your business grows. It discusses strategies to help unlock that competitive edge. And it profiles organizations that are turning big data into big value today.

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So take a moment to subscribe to for full access to all of the contents. Unlike a single engine Cessna 172, it’s fast and free.

On Final

Jim McHugh recently posted this blog about a three-part virtual conference series on big data and analytics hosted jointly with Intel and several hadoop vendors. I think it’s worth a read and hope to see you attend our first session on June 17th. Check out the compelling agenda.

Also be sure to tune into Jim’s welcome video.

Last but not least, we are here to answer any and all questions you may have. Simply e-mail us at

May your big data journey take your business or organization to new heights and land it safely with a competitive edge.

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Get the Big Ideas behind Big Data and Analytics

Big data and analytics are not just buzzwords—they have become business imperatives. There are examples in just about every industry and vertical where organizations extracting valuable insight from their data and innovating faster, enhancing customer experiences, and becoming more relevant in the market. Organizations that don’t have a data strategy are starting to fall behind – fast.  Big Data and Analytics_McHugh52911

To help you develop an impactful big data strategy we are doing a series of 3 Big Data Virtual Conferences. These complimentary events give you a chance to get the insider perspective on how to capitalize on the data your organization is already gathering, without even leaving your desk.

The first event, coming up on June 17, focuses on data warehouse optimization. Parts two and three, focused on operational analytics and business analytics respectively, will follow on September 9 and October 7.

Why you should attend

These events will provide you with the opportunity to virtually interact directly with subject matter experts and engage with our big data solution partners by attending their sessions. Each session will feature interactive chats so you can get answers to tough questions, discuss challenges, and gain valuable insights that can help shape your big data strategy.

You’ll get a chance to hang out in the various booths located in the expo hall and download valuable assets to read through at your leisure, as well as join in some fun games.

The first conference in the series – focused on data warehouse optimization – will cover the following topics:

Boosting data warehousing cost-efficiency with Hadoop solutions and virtualization

  • Effectively managing your infrastructure amongst the constant influx of data
  • Increasing security through data warehousing best practices
  • Optimizing your data warehousing to easily create actionable analytics

The best part is that you won’t need to leave your desk, battle traffic and find a parking spot only to realize that you parked 15 minutes away from the venue and there is not a coffee shop in sight for that much needed caffeine boost.

Did I mention these events are free of charge?

Make your plans today to join us for this event.

Upcoming Virtual Conference Events

Part 1: Data Warehouse Optimization

June 17, 2015 | 11 am – 4 pm ET / 8 am – 1 pm PT

Find out how to build a data storage framework that reduces costs and enhances access.

Part 2: Operational Analytics September 9, 2015 | 11 am – 4 pm ET / 8 am – 1 pm PT

Explore how virtualized data integration helps bring together different types of data, from different sources, and position it for rapid analysis.

 Part 3: Business Analytics October 7, 2015 | 11 am – 4 pm ET / 8 am – 1 pm PT

Discover how to turn your data into information that enhances business outcomes.

Thank you and see you there,

Jim McHugh
VP UCS & Data Center Solutions Marketing

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