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Cisco UCS Servers – Watts driving your power and cooling costs?

In my first blog post, I highlighted some of the benefits being seen by customers using Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) from Case Studies. In posts two and three, I discussed reduction in cabling and provisioning times in more detail. Today I will drill down on power and cooling.

Why are customers seeing a 52% reduction in their power and cooling costs?  Through virtualization, reducing overall server counts, but also through a paradigm shift in what constitutes a server solution with the unification of compute, network, storage access, and management. Cisco’s Unified Fabric condenses up to three parallel networks into one, reducing the number of I/O interfaces, cables, and switch ports.

For blade servers, instead of going with a “mini-rack” chassis architecture, Cisco replaced the intra-chassis switches and management modules with Fabric Extenders (FEX) to transfer the unified fabric from the chassis to the Fabric Interconnects. A FEX is a remote line card and does not act as a switch. Compare this simplicity with a common chassis configuration for a competitor: a pair of Ethernet switches, a pair of Fibre Channel switches, and a pair of chassis management modules.

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Discover What’s Possible with Cisco CEO John Chambers, Keynote Speaker at Gartner Symposium ITxpo

Starting on October 21 , more than 8,000 Directors, CIO’s and  CXO’s will have the opportunity to meet and exchange with a series of Cisco top executives, including John Chambers, Doug Merritt , Pankaj Gupta, Giuliano Di Vitantonio, Marie Hattar .


The Nexus of Converging Forces or how Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information create new business opportunities is at the core of the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012 . The alignment with the Cisco vision is pretty remarkable ,  showing how our company is in tune with the challenges and aspirations of the IT organization.
Whether you have the opportunity to be in Florida  this coming week or not , we want to share with you how Cisco is addressing these growing requirements
Here is a little preview of each of the  speech that  will be delivered .

Stay tuned as I will make sure that you can easily access to the presentations which will be posted on www.Slideshare.com/ciscodatacenter . Meanwhile we will provide some “info-snack “ in real time through our Twitter account  @ciscodc 

John Chambers  – Mastermind Keynote Interview

In his conversation with senior Gartner Analyst , John  will certainly explain how Cisco enables the world of many clouds with network intelligence , data center and business applications, how Cisco enables people-centric collaboration across the enterprise, anytime , anywhere on any device, how Cisco enables a mobile experience “your way “ that accelerates business innovation while managing risk

Tuesday October 23  11:00 -11:45 am

Mastering New Data Sources to Enable Business Transformation

The emergence of social, mobile, cloud, and video, combined with data proliferation in the enterprise, can overwhelm IT infrastructures. This session presents real-world cases on the deployment of intelligent infrastructures and explores how mastering these data sources and business forces can transform organizations for greater profitability, efficiency, and service delivery.

Speaker : Giuliano Di Vitantonio VP of Data Center & Cloud Marketing
Wednesday 12:15-1:15 pm

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Customer Insight: How Cisco Is Mining Millions of Rows of Data in Seconds

Are you one of the thousands attending SAP TechEd 2012 this week at The Venetian|Palazzo Congress Center in Las Vegas, Nevada?  If you are, you may be evaluating SAP HANA as a solution for your real-time reporting and predictive analytics requirements.

Did you know Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) is quickly becoming a leading server platform for business-critical applications including SAP HANA software, including both rack-mount servers and blade scale-out servers? Also, Cisco is a user of SAP HANA: Our implementation is running on the speed and power of UCS, which allows us to mine millions of rows of data in seconds, instead of hours or days.

Watch the 2:36 minute video for more information on how SAP HANA is helping Cisco deliver tangible business value to Cisco sales executives and our customers.

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Engineers Unplugged (Episode 5): Data Protection

In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, NetApp’s Nick Howell (@that1guynick) walks through the basics of data protection with Cisco’s Marcus Phipps (@mmphipps). More than ones and zeroes, it’s applications. Follow along here:

Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns
A data protected unicorn is a happy unicorn.

A data protected unicorn is a happy unicorn.

Is your data protected? Post a comment here, or join the conversation with @ciscoDC on Twitter.

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Unified Data Center IQ Contest : It’s All about Intelligent Automation and OpenStack

In case you are still in denial, we entered the 3rd week of our  6 weeks long Unified Data Center IQ Challenge . Since Sunday midnight PST , you can find on www.Facebook.com/ciscodc , a new set of questions , focused this week on Cisco Intelligent Automation and OpenStack .

Don’t tell me that you can’t answer at least one question ! Remember that only one correct answer makes you eligible to participate to the raffle for the iPAD.

So now , let me help you a little bit more to thank you for being on this blog – Why don’t you check the last blog of Rodrigo Flores about the announcement
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud – OpenStack support  (And AWS, vCloud, vCenter) – I bet it can’t hurt .
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