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Cisco UCS Business Advantage Delivered: Just the Facts!

There are a lot of competitive claims made that pit one vendor against another. Its important to make a claim and back it up with the facts. Today I would like to share a fact-based analysis which validates that Cisco UCS enables you to gain competitive advantage by making your data center infrastructure more flexible, agile, and cost effective.  As a result, the Cisco UCS truly transforms the business economics of today’s data centers.

The way we approach IT has been changing over the last few years. Executive management, employees, partners, and customers continue to demand more services. Waiting for applications and services to deliver information is not an option.

IT organizations are beginning to come around to taking a holistic perspective, one where they view their compute, network, and storage components as being part of a larger resource pool that has to be purchased, cabled, configured, powered, cooled, and maintained. When organizations look at their infrastructure holistically, they start to realize the cost of the traditional ways of doing business.

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Partners are Going to Love Cisco CloudVerse

December 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm PST

It seems like you can’t open an IT magazine these days without being bombarded by cloud, cloud, cloud. Going to tradeshows you see traditional vendors that have taken their existing solution packages and rebranded them as cloud.  For Cisco partners and customers this can be confusing; especially since cloud comes in so many types/flavors: IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and however people are positioning themselves.  When I think of cloud I think it fundamentally boils down to an industrialization/simplification of IT.  You focus and clearly define what you as a solution provider are providing, and by doing so, drive out the cost.  Look at MS office for email etc. has literally thousands of options or ways to use it, but has a high cost/user/month.  Gmail limits those options and by offering it free to everyone, it costs Google an ever decreasing fraction of a dollar/month.  The economics are compelling.  Customers like economics in their favor and partners get excited when customers want to make a transition.

On Dec 6th Cisco announced CloudVerse – an integrated set of capabilities combining Unified Data Center with Cloud Intelligent Network to deliver Cloud Applications and Services.  The beauty of this position is that we aren’t telling our partners, “Thanks, we’ll take it from here!” We’re looking to them to offer this integrated Cisco vision to their customers.

“We’re putting our partners in the position to offer CloudVerse as a portfolio and new cloud capabilities.” As Ralph Nimmergood, VP of WW Channels at Cisco, stated in a CRN article published last week.

Partners are key to our cloud strategy and we’re excited to be on this journey with them.

Click here to read the entire CRN article.

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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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