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Expanding Hitachi Data Systems and Cisco Partnership: now includes the Nexus 5548/5596UP, and Nexus 2232PP

For nearly 10 years, Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems have delivered agile, scalable, and efficient virtualized solutions for mutual global customers.  Cisco technology transforms how individuals and organizations connect, communicate, and collaborate; Hitachi Data Systems provides scalable, reliable and highly available storage.

Partnership moves beyond storage and MDS. So what are they announcing?

Hitachi Data Systems today introduced Cisco’s Nexus family  to their data center networks product portfolio. Customers can now buy an end to end solution from Hitachi and through their reseller partners    In addition to the MDS 9000 Family, the Hitachi portfolio now includes the Cisco Nexus 5548UP and Cisco Nexus 5596UP switches, and Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender. With the introduction of the Cisco Nexus Unified Fabric products, Hitachi Data Systems has a unique opportunity to capitalize on current datacenter fabric trends.    Rather than having discrete networks to support multi-protocol deployments as legacy data centers have typically deployed, Hitachi now has the ability to offer a single, intelligent fabric solution based on Cisco’s Nexus family of switches regardless of the type or quantity of the protocols being deployed on the Hitachi storage systems.

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Are you ready? – Convergence and Cloud calls for changes to how IT operates

I was at Gartner Summit in Las Vegas last week after missing the prior year.  One thing that struck me this year was the increased dialogue around changes IT organizations need to make in their people and processes in order to prepare for both the convergence of IT infrastructure and the move to cloud.  Now I know that analysts have talked about the area of IT operations management for some time but what was different was that customers were talking about it too.

At Cisco Services, we’ve had an increasing number of customers asking us to help them better align their people and process to take full advantage of Cisco’s innovative data center technologies.  This growing interest in change was on full display at Gartner Summit, as both analysts and customers were discussing what change would mean to them.

So what are some of the things you should consider to get your IT organization best prepared for change?  First, you need a leader committed to changing the way your IT runs.  The CIO at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Drex DeFord, says he started by re-setting his organizational purpose, identifying patients as their customers, not employees.  He then focused his strategy on removing complexity from his IT organization, not just on the technology side but in his people and processes as well, to allow IT better flexibility to understand and deliver against their customers’ expectations.

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Cisco UCS Customers Discuss Desktop Virtualization in IPTV Broadcast Today

December 14, 2011 at 9:37 am PST

The move to liberate workers from the constraints of traditional desktop computing, while embracing the proliferation of end-user device choices, is a rapidly increasing trend in IT. IT managers are looking at desktop virtualization to improve application access and data security, cut costs and improve services for today’s mobile, distributed workforce. The hosted virtual desktop market is forecast by analysts to accelerate through the next two years to an estimated 70 million units by 2014, approximately 15% of all enterprise desktops/laptops worldwide.

Two leading-edge Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) customers, Diebold and Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be featured in a webcast session today at Noon PST/3 p.m. EST to discuss their virtual desktop deployments, why they made the decision to switch to this new model, and how UCS is delivering an optimized, secure, scalable platform for hosting virtual desktop workloads. Registration is not required; to join us, visit www.ustream.tv/ciscotv. Seattle Children’s is a premier child healthcare center, and if you’ve used a card reader at a leading bank or retail outlet, you’ve likely used a Diebold device, since the company is a leading global provider of integrated self-service delivery and security systems. Both Diebold and Seattle Children’s Hospital have employed this technology in innovative and highly impactful ways, so this is a great conversation to listen in on if you’re evaluating or already on the road to virtual desktops.

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Private/Hybrid Cloud…High-Performance Computing….Large Scale Virtualization….Big Data….are you getting the most from your Data Center resources?

So what makes Cloud, Virtualization, and Big Data so interesting? It’s a familiar question for every data center manager and network engineer that manages and designs the networking infrastructure in a datacenter. Like most IT departments, you have been challenged by the cost cutting to control capital outlays and operational expenditures — but now that you have done everything possible to cut  costs, how can you continue to operate and innovate with reduced budget? To me, it is all about how to efficiently utilize your data center resources while still evolving and scaling your data center architecture to meet user expectations of accessing consumer and business applications from any place and device at any time.

Cisco continues its innovation leadership with the Nexus portfolio by bringing unmatched architectural flexibility and revolutionary scale with enhanced virtual security; but how do- you leverage these dramatic improvements in technology to address your business needs? How is it possible to drive greater IT capabilities and optimize your data center switching platform such as Nexus while delivering a comprehensive range of world-class, innovative data, communications, and entertainment services to your users?

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Cisco Increases SAN Market Share

At Cisco we are committed to providing our customers with the best end-to-end networking.  We commit considerable research, time and development to this principle and that includes storage networking. A proof point that customers have been choosing Cisco is the most recent market share reports from Dell’Oro.  Cisco’s market share by revenue for Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) were up 6.3% for the last quarter and up 7.4% year over year. That brings Cisco to a total of 43.2% market share by revenue!  In contrast, our competitors have largely seen diminishing market share in both port and revenue or at best held steady.

Why the market share change? We believe that the market share increases for us is a result of the efficiencies that customer gain when they invest in products in Cisco’s Unified Fabric portfolio, which includes the MDS and Nexus product lines, both of which support multi-protocol operation, meaning Fibre Channel and other protocols. The first phase of the next generation data center is server virtualization and the attendant consolidation, which is currently in full steam at most companies. The next phase is simplification and automation on top of the consolidation and virtualization.  The last phase is high-level automation (orchestration) and customer self-service (service portal), or what is generally referred to as private cloud.

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