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Register NOW! – Webcast Series on “Why Cisco UCS for your Microsoft Apps”

Guest Post by Rex Backman (Global Marketing Manager, Microsoft Solutions at Cisco)

Please join us for a four-part webcast series hosted by Cisco. During this webinar series Cisco and Microsoft experts will show you how to architect, deploy, and manage Microsoft applications on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. Industry experts will also share their experiences on implementing Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offerings. Throughout the series, we will discuss relevant architectural, technical, and operational benefits and best practices. This information will be available to you via Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference architectures.

The first chapter kicks on May 10th – so please visit www.cisco.com/go/semreg/urls/44768/1 for registration information.

Here are the details of what will be covered in each webcast.

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Cisco and OpenStack

A few months back, Cisco announced our official support for the OpenStack open-source project. Led by Cisco’s office of the Cloud CTO (Lew Tucker), Cisco continues to expand our engagement in this community.

Our initial engagement was a “Network as a Service” (NaaS) submission, looking at ways to create a logical abstraction to automate pools (or containers) of network resources and allow developers to create systems that meet their application needs.

Last week we co-sponsored the OpenStack Design Conference in Santa Clara (all presentations). We also created this  resource page to highlight configurations for developers or systems integrators looking to setup OpenStack on the Cisco UCS platform. Recaps of the Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 events and activities.

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EMC World 2011 : Meet the Cisco Bloggers

May 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm PST

Next Monday (May 9th) we will back in Las Vegas !
Not that I like so much gambling -- not that I am a big fan of the Eiffel Tower , but this is obviously where the high tech companies organize the conferences these days
EMC World 2011 – Interop – Cisco Live – VMworld 2011 ! And as everybody keeps talking about cloud computing , I guess we will very soon call this city the “cloudy city” !
So next stop is EMC World at The Venetian. As you certainly know Cisco has a very strong partnership with EMC. Check what EMC Chad Sakac had to tell about the last Cisco data  Center products  launch end of March
If you plan to be there, here are some opportunities to meet and  listen to our favorite data center bloggers

On Monday May 9, 2011 Time: 10 -- 11 a.m.

Brian Gracely, surprise, surprise will talk about Cloud computing
Session Title: Enabling the Journey to Private Cloud Through Cisco and EMC Solutions

What you will learn
What joint solutions Cisco and EMC can deliver for virtualization and private cloud
Elements to consider in designing an architecture for virtual desktops and business resilience
How to use Cisco UCS Manager for automation of virtualized infrastructures

In case you still don’t know him, please check on this blog the numerous articles , that Brian  wrote over the past 12 months on Cloud computing and Vblock, the solutions built by Cisco, EMC and VMware

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Time: 10 -- 11 a.m.

J Metz will be on the stage to talk about cloud-readiness and storage.

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The Cisco Containerized Data Center: A complete “whole solution”

While traditional brick and mortar data centers meet the requirements of many IT organizations, there are some customers that require a different solution.
As the Senior Vice President, Global Government Solutions Group,  I am happy to announce today the Cisco Containerized Data Center offering for government and commercial customers.

“Containerized,” or modular data centers, offer a flexible option for organizations that need to quickly deploy new data capacity. Built into weatherized ISO containers, these solutions consist of a complete Cisco unified data center, built as a self-contained, pre-integrated environment. In response to changing, mission-critical operations, the entire container can be transported wherever it is needed.

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Conversations about Cloud – “What about my Data?”

This week I had a separate discussion with a CIO of a large manufacturing company about Cisco’s Cloud Computing strategy and how we could help them with an upcoming transition in their Data Center equipment and facilities. My their own admission, they are a fairly conservative company and asked me to avoid any hype or hyperbole in this discussion. They just wanted to talk about the current state of IT.

I started the conversation with two pictures that I often use:

I always let customers know that the reality of today is there are many legitimate ways to deliver Cloud Computing services as an IT organization. Some of them can come from your internal systems (“Private Cloud”), some will come from commodity Cloud services (“Public Cloud”), some will come via Service Providers and Hosting Providers, and others may come from the SaaS offerings that Cisco provides (eg. WebEx, ScanSafe, etc.). The key to all of this is to determine what services their users, partners and business need, and then evaluate where to best deliver the IT services from. Some choices will be driven by time-to-market, others by cost, and still others by industry or government regulations. In the long-run, we fully expect that most customers’ IT portfolio will be delivered through a mix of Private and Public services. Cisco plays a critical role in this because of our experience helping customers through IT transitions for the past 20+ years, and because of the critical role the network plays in delivering Highly Available, Secure and Mobility-Aware experiences to users on any device or in any location. Read More »

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