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Tech ‘Friendship’ Between Savvis and Cisco Leads to Satisfied Customers

I invited over the past two years several technology partners and resellers to share their opinions on this blog. Today I expand this invitation to some of our service providers . Of course, it felt very natural to start with one of our best partner in this field.

David Shacochis is Vice President of Cloud Platforms at Savvis. In this role he is responsible for revenue growth, strategic alignment and customer adoptionwithin this emerging product portfolio. As a senior member of the Enterprise Cloud business unit, he helps guide decision-making with regards to technology issues and service strategy for the entire Savvis cloud hosting business worldwide.

 You can read more blogs from David here and can follow him on Twitter @daveshac

“Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres …”

(“Tell me who you are friends with and I´ll tell you who you are …”)

I overheard this old Spanish saying while drinking sangria at a tapas bar on Las Ramblas, after our first day at VMworld Europe in Barcelona. I gazed into my wine glass as the Mediterranean wind gently blew juniperus leaves through the breezeway – and I was struck by the similarities between industrial alignment and human friendship.

(OK, maybe it didn’t exactly start that way. Maybe I just happened to recall that there was a Spanish adage about who your friends are, and I Googled it from the VMworld Partner Lounge. Yeah, maybe that’s how it happened. But for now, let’s just stick with the cold-open that makes me sound like Jonathan Goldsmith.)

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Cisco Unified Data Center IQ challenge: ONE Click Away

Did I tell you that we have a contest currently underway?  In case you missed it,  you still have till midnight PST today to answer 5 easy questions with multiple choices. One correct answer makes you eligible to win an iPAD.

Questions this week are about Cisco ONE (Open Networking Environment ) – Perfect timing as you are  maybe preparing your participation to Openstack Summit (we do!) in San Diego.  But even if you don’t plan to go,  I am sure that you heard about SDN – Haven’t you?

OK,  here are the questions:

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Cisco UCS Servers – From the loading dock to production in no time at all

In my first blog post, I highlighted some of the benefits being seen by customers using Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS®) from Case Studies. In the second post, I discussed reduction in cabling in more detail. Today I will drill down on provisioning.

A reduction in time to provision and deploy servers is the benefit most often cited by customers. This is accomplished with UCS Manager. Cisco UCS Manager integrates the management interfaces for server, network, and storage access into a single unified tool. UCS Manager uses a building block approach combing pools, polices, and templates into Service Profiles. Service Profiles allow you to configure over 120 settings that make up a server’s “personality” enabling one-click deployment.

Here are three customer examples.

Basefarm – The crucial feature of Cisco UCS Manager is its use of service profiles to provision server resources, enabling infrastructure to be provisioned in minutes instead of days. “What Cisco has done with server profiles is brilliant,” says Månsby. “You can’t have a server online without storage and network, so it makes perfect sense to package all three administrative functions into a single interface. It’s all about resource efficiency: if server, storage, and network are three different phases, then you spend three times as long on a deployment or change as you would using Cisco UCS. And time is money.” Stefan Månsby, Chief Business Development Officer

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RISC/UNIX Migration to Cisco UCS: Application Modernization

RISC/UNIX migration is creating big opportunities for Cisco in the Data Center.  Last week at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 we highlighted world-record Oracle application and database performance with the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®). In my conversations with customers many indicated they were very anxious to migrate their Oracle database sooner rather than later. This feedback is consistent with what many analysts are predicting will be a massive migration off of proprietary RISC/UNIX platforms over the next few years.

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Did You Know? Cisco’s FCoE Transformational Service

Over the past couple of years the conversation about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and converged networks (e.g., Unified Fabric) has become more and more sophisticated. While I still get the occasional “what is FCoE?” question, and still have to correct the occasional journalist who insists FCoE runs over TCP/IP (it doesn’t!), those conversations are becoming more rare.

Instead, the conversation has shifted from the “what is this?” to “how do I do it?” All the diagrams and napkins in the world can’t predict or prepare for the wide-ranging possibilities that customers have in their data centers. I’ve written about a few of the surprises before (http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/ciscolive-2012-and-the-fcoe-surge/) but every day I get more unique (and more interesting) scenarios. Read More »

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