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ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall Now Available to Secure Multi-tenant Data Centers

Virtualization news continues to move to the forefront as we head towards the start of VMworld in San Francisco. Last week we unveiled the upcoming Nexus 1000V 2.1 major release here. Perhaps the biggest news on the virtual security front is the availability last week of the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall (download a free trial here). We’re also announcing special introductory pricing on the ASA 1000V of 50% off the list price, which also includes our new Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) 2.0. Other promotional pricing bundles are available as well.

We’re excited about the ASA 1000V because it brings virtually all the features of our physical ASA appliances to virtual environments, providing greater consistency across the physical, virtual and cloud domains, however your applications are deployed. The ASA 1000V will primarily be deployed to protect tenants in a multi-tenant cloud environment with traditional edge security services including VPN, NAT, attack prevention and DHCP. This will complement our Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) firewall which has greater visibility to VM-specific policy attributes, and will be used to isolate VM-VM traffic within a tenant.

Both ASA 1000V and VSG use vPath 2.0 in the new Nexus 1000V to steer appropriate traffic to the right firewall, or other virtual service nodes, in the right sequence, while automatically keeping policies consistent and the service paths properly configured after vMotion events. And the ASA 1000V comes bundled with the new Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) 2.0 that we announced this week as well, for easy management and deployment of virtual security policies.

But since there’s still a lot to do prepping for this week’s activities, like #v0dgeball, I’ll wrap up here and let Jimmy Ray from TechWiseTV share some of his thoughts on ASA 1000V and VSG (and remember, if you are around #VMworld this week, give us a shout out on twitter using Cisco hash tag #ciscovmw or to me @gkinghorn).:

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VMworld and… Customer Experiences with the Business Value of VXI

Are you making last minute plans for VMworld?  Filling out your agenda, and realizing there just isn’t enough time to take it all in?  This year like last, will be packed with valuable sessions, labs, keynotes, and the like, but before we get to the shenanigans taking place there, let me share something hot off the presses.

Just this week, we posted a brand new study, conducted by Cisco’s Customer Business Transformation Team, sharing their analyses of two customers who’ve deployed the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution.  More specifically, they looked at the savings associated with the migration of user workspace (traditional desktop along with a traditional TDM phone) to a fully virtualized workspace delivered via Cisco VXC endpoints (phone replaced with VXC 6215 delivering unified voice, video and virtual desktop), underpinned by Cisco Unified Data Center.

The tangible impacts are progressively revealed in incremental stages of implementation as customers go from:

Incremental Savings Derived from Implementing VXI at Various Stages

 A big contributor to the cost savings is not just the evolution of the telephony and video solution, but also the underlying data center infrastructure leveraging Cisco Unified Data Center, built on Cisco Unified Computing System.

I was going to paste a nice graphic from the analysis here, but that would be a spoiler, and I’m so not about spoiling stuff, so download the full document >> here <<

Now onto the shenanigans, I mean, VMworld…

If you’re exploring desktop virtualization, and more closely thinking about specific use cases you’re trying to address, like mobile power users, or business process outsourcing, this year’s event will be especially valuable to your organization.

Cisco and VMware have teamed up to deliver an holistic solution approach for organizations seeking to better empower mobile users to become truly untethered from the confines of their brick and mortar office.  These users are not solely defined by the need to access apps and data on a myriad of device options, but on the ability to collaborate with peers, partners, and customers, using enterprise-grade real-time communications media.  I blogged about it here.  Similarly we’ve plowed considerable focus into the use case of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), one which bears increasing relevancy as businesses seek to leverage a global talent pool to handle functions like customer service, tech support, payroll, etc.  These environments depend on an extensive WAN infrastructure and uncompromised collaboration and communications, delivered securely.

So, what’s being served up at VMworld this year, from VMware and Cisco that will help you navigate these opportunities?  Here’s what:

Monday! 

2:30pm – SPO3336, “A Healthcare Provider’s Perspectives on Going Beyond VDI with Unified Workspaces, Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3007 – check this session out to hear from a major regional healthcare provider who’s implemented Virtual Workspaces, reducing IT OPEX, while improving clinician workflow

Tuesday!

Are you going to the Steve Herrod keynote?  I can’t reveal details here, but if you’re not familiar with the Cisco UCS Express Solution for virtual desktops and simplified branch office infrastructure, you don’t want to miss this!  Not only that, but our own TechWise TV Guys (Jimmy Ray Purser and Robb Boyd) will be there, and to call it entertaining would be an understatement!  FYI – there’s a specially prepared music video involved, way better than Carly Rae Jepsen, so please vote for them!

All week long!

Visit Cisco at Booth 1213 – why you ask?  Well like last year I’m sure we’ll be in excellent proximity to the afternoon drinks/food reception, but besides that:

  • See the Business Process Desktop and Mobile Secure Desktop with VMware View, built on Cisco VXI, in action!
  • Learn about how Cisco Unified Data Center delivers a simplified, more scalable solution with consistent performance, for virtual desktop workloads
  • Attend our theater presentations on Cisco VXI, as well as our Ask-the-Experts whiteboarding area where you can fire-off your questions (of course with drinks and food from the reception in hand).

If you’re going to be at VMworld, definitely stop by and say hi.  (If not, it will likely be a very quiet, productive week at the office for you – so it’s a win-win either way I guess)

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The Next Evolution of Cisco’s Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch to be Featured at VMworld

Remote Active - Standby VSM pairs

VSM's across remote data centers

Nothing sits around and gets stale for long at Cisco (outside the break rooms anyway). On the heels of shipping our Nexus 1000V 1.5.2 release earlier this week (which you can download from here), we are ramping up to show the upcoming generation of the virtual switch next week at VMworld in San Francisco. This new major release 2.1 will be going into beta in October, and will represent a quantum leap in ease of deployment and management, as well as greater security for cloud environments.

Features of the new Nexus 1000V 2.1 Release:

  • vCenter Plug-in – Provides a holistic view of the virtual network to the server administrator from within VMware vCenter. A Nexus 1000V dashboard in vCenter shows the virtual supervisor module (VSM) and virtual ethernet module (VEM) details, such as VSM health status, license information, PNIC information, connected VM’s, et al.
  • Support for Cisco TrustSec – Extends Cisco TrustSec security solutions for network-based segmentation of users and physical workloads to virtual workloads, leveraging Security Group Tags (SGT) for defining security segments. Data center segmentation and consistent security policy enforcement can now be implemented across physical and virtual workloads.
  • Cross Data Center High-availability – Supports split Active and Standby Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisor Modules (VSMs) across two data centers to implement cross-DC clusters and VM mobility while ensuring high availability. In addition, VSM’s in the data center can support VEM’s at remote branch offices. Read More »

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3 C’s of Cloud Adoption – Cost

In my previous blogs confine and clover, I spoke about determining the scope of your business problems as well as defining your measures of success when planning a Cloud solution. Now, I would like to help you understand both the cost you will incur for the work necessary to achieve your defined cloud goals and how to avoid unexpected fees.

Because of all the hype around Cloud, we hear (sometimes disproportionately) about how Cloud can transform your business. However, the cost of that transformation is often not fully understood. Careful planning and awareness can save you money along the Cloud journey. Be aware of and consider the following hidden costs:

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How Do You Describe So Much Awesome? Cisco at VMworld 2012

Each time so many technologists gather in one place, there’s an embarrassment of riches: technology, demos, know-how. So many people to meet, so much going on, how does one cut through the noise and let everyone know? This year’s VMworld 2012 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center is shaping up to be just such an event.

Last year, we took you on a day to day journey with a series of videos. But 2012 is the year of the infographic! And what do engineers like more than free event t-shirts? Whiteboards!

Cisco's Activities at VMworld 2012: Whiteboard Edition

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