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Life in the Fast Lane: A SQL Server Sunday in Orlando and More

Today as a world-wide launch sponsor Cisco participated in Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 U.S. Symposium Event “The New World of Data” here in Orlando. The event, held before the start of the big Tech Ed North America show focused, on the new SQL Server 2012 release and its capabilities for supporting data management and business intelligence scenarios.

Cisco has invested with our storage partners EMC and NetApp in key SQL Server solutions offered through our Cisco Validated Design (CVD) program. Based on Cisco UCS for the compute platform and Nexus for the network platform, the CVDs support various SQL Server scenarios such as OLTP, Data Warehouse, and SQL Server consolidations (this is provided through assessment programs available through the Cisco Field).

For those of you attending Tech Ed this week in Orlando, please feel free to drop our Cisco booth, #1613. We’ll have technology demonstrations on: Cisco UCS, UCS Manager, VDI, and Nexus 1000V. Also, register for a chance to win one of our daily prizes – a trip to live life in the fast lane…so to speak… at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World!

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Are We There Yet: Cisco and SDN?

So, with CiscoLive! only a couple of days away, there are a lot of people that are going to be seeing their hard work come to fruition for those of you lucky to be attending our show in San Diego.  From a Data Center perspective, we have a show presence bursting with demos (really, we had to call an audible to handle all the demos) and any number of sessions of all technical levels (you can even check me out covering ITaaS basics in PSODCT-3863).  If you want a more targeted briefing, swing by the Cisco booth and schedule a briefing on any number of topics.

From a network programmability perspective, check out our bag insert to give you a quick snapshot of things to check out (note: there are iPad giveaways involved).  For those of you on the show floor, flag me down and say “hi”.  For those of you who cannot make it to San Diego this year, check out Cisco Live 365.

See you in San Diego!

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UCS Navigation @ Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego

As I prepare for an exciting week @ Cisco Live, I quickly found that I wanted to be at three places at the same time, so I decided to put together a navigation aid for the Cisco UCS related sessions.  We expect almost 15000 delegates to attend and hope the navigator helps you if you will be among them. If you are new to UCS and would like to see why more than 13000 customers are using the Cisco UCS check out the Solutions Keynote: Data Center and Cloud Solutions by Dr. David Yen Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Group (Wed Jun 13 at 12:30 PM).  For a high-level overview go through this presentation my colleague Thomas Cloyd put together, and we presented at EMC World last month.

Cisco Live is all about education; so don’t be surprised by the large number of UCS demos, seminar, technical breakouts, partner case studies and labs.  The navigator below should help you prioritize the sessions to attend.

What is Cisco UCS?

If you want an introduction to UCS then the following sessions should be interesting

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Cisco and NetApp: Build a Strong Foundation for Private Cloud with Flexpod for SAP Applications

Do I still need to introduce Flexpod, the integrated stack from Cisco, NetApp and VMware ? We wrote in this blog several times about this solution , which is obviously pretty successful.

NetApp, like EMC and HDS , is a very good partner of Cisco Data Center. That’s why I strongly encourage you when going to Cisco Live next week in San Diego  to visit NetApp booth (#826) , and attend the theater presentation (Tuesday 6:45 pm PST)dedicated to Flexpod  on Cisco booth .

Of course Flexpod is not the only integrated stacks that Cisco is providing on the market  –Vblock from VCE is another example. But we have reasons to believe that Flexpod is definitely a very good solution and approach for converged infrastructure and private cloud deployment  in a mission critical application environment .  Recently we wrote about Flexpod with Microsoft private cloud,  and even more recently about Flexpod and Citrix desktop virtualization.

At SAPPHIRE 2012, I asked Cisco VP Server Access and Virtualization Satinder Sethi  , and NetApp VP Thomas Stanley Global Alliances and System Integrators,  to tell us what benefits this pre-integrated unified architecture is bringing to the SAP customers.

As a proof point of the business impact of Flexpod, I invite you to watch what Waltz  executives have  to say about the benefits of this solution.
Established in 1985, the Walz Group is a leading provider of critical communications and compliance solutions – This solution allow the IT organization to focus on improving products and services instead of infrastructure support.

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Cisco UCS @ EMC World 2012

This has been a very busy Spring for our Cisco Unified Computing System Marketing team.  I have been to several events including EMC World 2012 and Microsoft Management Summit 2012 where the Cisco UCS (Leader in Gartner Magic quadrant for Blade servers) was featured. Some of my colleagues also attended Interop Las Vegas 2012 and Gartner IT Infrastructure and Operations Management 2012.  I had the opportunity to discuss how the UCS is changing data center economics with an innovative design in the VCE booth theater.

I had several interesting conversations with customers regarding Cisco UCS Manager, the embedded device manager, which simplifies server management in the data center.  Customers spanned the entire gamut from those who had purchased the UCS three years ago when it was just introduced to those evaluating the product today. The following video summarizes the discussions.

I also attended the keynote address by VMWare CEO Paul Maritz, and found his talk fascinating. He alluded to two megatrends affecting Information Technology namely “Cloud” and “Big data”.

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