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EMCWorld 2011: Cisco and EMC collaboration – A conversation with Chad Sakac

May 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm PST

Today Stephen Blacklock, Cisco WW Director EMC Partnership and I met Chad Sakac, EMC VP VMware Business( known  also the infamous blogger “Virtual Geek “), for a video interview  - Stephen and Chad have been working together for a long time, and both of them like the Toronto area -- So the result was a very lively conversation , especially at a time where Chad is ready to rock the audience with a performance on stage at 5 :00 pm in the Venetian “Chad’s Word Live” just before the customer appreciation event by ” The Fray”

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Cisco Blogger Techminute at EMCWorld 2011 in Las Vegas- The game is on! Join us

May 11, 2011 at 8:10 am PST

This Tuesday evening, I invited two of our favorite Cisco Data Center bloggers, Brian Gracely and J Metz, to share  with Wikibon Stuart Miniman their perspectives on the show, the collaboration between Cisco and EMC, and the majors trends in the IT market in cloud computing, VCE and UCS progress . As usual a casual  and insightful short conversation between the three experts .

Check also for an in-depth conversation (20 mn)   between Brian and Stuart on cloud computing which happened yesterday at the Silicon Angle  TV

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Does Cisco’s Unified Computing System server platform support Enterprise Business Applications? Where do I go to find out?

You run your business on SAP.  You have standardized on Oracle for your  database, and you have Microsoft apps all over your company.  All three are critical if you want to maintain your competitive edge in the market.  You are doing a server refresh right now and Cisco’s Unified Computing System server platform keeps surfacing as a server platform that you should seriously consider in your decision.  You would like to know as much about Cisco’s server platform as possible.  So where do you go to find out about it?

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Is SAP HANA In-Memory Technology Disruptive?

What is “in-memory”?  “In memory” is a technology that takes Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence to a different level.  CIO’s want information at their fingertips.  In order to obtain that information, they engage in data modeling and “what if” scenarios, the answers of which give them a competitive edge in business.  The biggest concern to-date, is that the data modeling and “what if” scenarios usually take days to process.  SAP HANA in-memory technology allows CIO’s to obtain answers to these complex issues in microseconds instead of the typical wait of days.

Who are the only server platform vendors certified to sell SAP HANA?

  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • HP
  • IBM

What are the benefits to users of SAP HANA?

  • Processes all transactions in memory instead of I/O to disk
  • Processes millions of lines of data in microseconds
  • All processing done outside of normal data processing
  • Reduction of hardware and maintenance costs since SAP HANA is self contained in one appliance

So is SAP HANA “in Memory” technology disruptive?  Absolutely.  Watch Rajiv Thomas’s Video Cisco and SAP HANA about HANA

and judge for yourself and visit the Cisco booth number 2106 at SAP Sapphire 2011 to see a demo of HANA in the booth.

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Nobody Ever Got Fired for Buying Cisco UCS

“Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” -- Pat Riley (championship coach)

Sometimes change is difficult because of actual uncertainty, and sometimes change is difficult because of perceived uncertainty. The former is usually measured through probability and addressed via risk mitigation techniques. That latter is overcome through education and little bit of “prove it to me”.

It’s been two years and Cisco hasn’t quit the server business, as predicted by some. Independent analysts have highlighted the value and vision of Cisco Data Center Fabric. Cisco UCS has been setting performance records at a rapid pace, and customers of all sizes have been building out their Data Center Fabric with UCS and Nexus.

But sometimes it’s about more than technology and vision. Sometimes it’s about people, and concerns about uncertainty. What happens when previously isolated technologies begin to converge?

This is one of the areas that we will be highlighting at EMC World 2011 this week, in speaking sessions, booth demonstrations and theater presentations. Our goal is to not only highlight best-in-class convergence technologies, but educate network and storage professionals about the realities of creating Data Center Fabric networks with Cisco.

Question: Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Who owns the platforms and network when they converge into a Data Center Fabric?”

The answer: You do. The Storage Teams. The Network Teams. You own the distribution of responsibilities, and the underlying infrastructure allows you to either isolate operations or begin to integrate them. At your pace. According to your business needs. Read More »

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