Whether we’re at home or in the office, the truth is that all customers want choices. No one wants to be told they can only use one type of DVD player because it is the only one compatible with their television, and the same holds true in the enterprise. In talking with our customers, we know that they want best-in-breed products. They want to know that whatever product they choose, it will work together seamlessly with their legacy devices to deliver uninterrupted access to the data center. That doesn’t seem unreasonable, does it?
I think that having choices is important – after all, who knows your data center better than you do? So, in keeping with my focus of listening to our customers, I am excited to share with you that just like our Fabric Extender (FEX) collaboration last year with HP, we have most recently brought the FEX technology to the Fujitsu PRIMERGY blade chassis, giving joint customers an opportunity to further simplify data center access operations and improve productivity. The PRIMERGY Ethernet FEX, also know as the Cisco Nexus B22F, extends the Cisco Unified Fabric into the Fujitsu PRIMERGY Blade Chassis and offers operational simplicity at scale with a single point of management and policy enforcement.
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Tags: Cisco, data center, fabric, fex, Fujitsu, unified
Recently while speaking with a group of Cisco Systems Engineers about their respective Microsoft Exchange 2010 migrations the group commented on the range of engagement sizes – in terms of individual mailboxes supported – that they had implemented during the past year or so. What we learned during this discussion is the extreme scalable nature of UCS when it comes to Exchange as engagements of up to 250,000 mailboxes were successfully handled. Additionally UCS’s virtualization capabilities – with either Hyper-V or VMware – were seen adding to the efficiency of these larger scale engagements.
If you would like to learn more about UCS and Exchange, please register to listen to our upcoming August 1st webinar – Taking the Sting out of Exchange 2010 Migrations. Also, please visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft to learn more on Cisco UCS and how it is an optimal server platform for your Microsoft workloads.
Tags: Cisco, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, Microsoft, migration, UCS, VMware
I am happy to announce another Virtual Symposium, this time on the topic of virtual machine networking. We will be holding it on July 25th from 9am to 10am Pacifc Time.
Beyond our usual panel of Greg Ferro, Steven Foskett, Ivan Pepelnjak and yours truly, we will be joined on the panel by Marko Milivojevic (@icemarkom), David Davis (@davidmdavis) and perhaps a couple of other folks.
We have settled on the 60 min format. The panel will share some initial thoughts, but we will devote most of the time to answering questions from the audience, either through the WebEx Q&A tool or via the #VirtSyn tag.
To register, go here.
See you there.
Tags: networking, social media, virtualization, vm networking
I was recently vising a few customers south of our corporate offices in the Los Angeles area and I was jolted into realizing that I need to add one more significant benefit of deploying our Intelligent Automation for Cloud software.
When I talk about benefits of Private (and Public ) Cloud I usually focus on these four business drivers:
- Drive towards shorter provisioning times (for both Physical and Virtual Infrastructure) and self service
- Desire to reduce infrastructure costs by moving from a provision for peak loads on each application to one of pooling of resources and “averaging” out the workload peaks and to enable the pay for usage
- Users (and management) was a predictable SLA for provisioning achieved through orchestration and automation
- Need to reduce VM sprawl and increase governance and compliance over the provisioning process.
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Tags: intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud
In my journeys of talking to IT organizations I come across individuals who really stand out in their drive and passion to transform their organization and achieve a pragmatic cloud for their stakeholders. This is the third in a series of Blogs on the Superheroes of the Cloud. What makes these individuals and their organizations special is that they distinguish their organizations by having a unique angle to their Journey to the Cloud. I won’t spell out the exact formula but I will offer some tidbits on why I am impressed by these superheroes.
Who said that building a cloud operating model is easy? It is not. It takes complete focus on the end goal and a systematic approach to defining the many levels and subsystems of the cloud management and automation framework. It takes lots of time learning from missteps and successes. You are pressured to hasten the timeline and deliver under budget. You have to be a visionary and yet be the most pragmatic individual on the block.
When Cisco Intelligent Automation added Cloud Automation to our core DNA, we looked for individuals in our services organization who would stand up and be the original builders and architects of the pragmatic clouds for our customers. They would train an entire group of people within Cisco and at our partners to build those clouds. Their students became teachers in their own right.
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cloud Builders, inteligent automation, network automation, orchestration, Service Catalog