Today Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012 with various digital and in person activities occurring around the world showcasing their new operating system and cloud platform. This new release will open up new technical and business scenarios for IT organizations focusing on virtualization and private-cloud initiatives.
Cisco has been actively working with Microsoft at the technical level on Windows Server 2012 integration for some time with our UCS fabric computing, UCS Management, and Nexus networking solutions.
As we have discussed in prior blog postings our UCS Manager offering is tightly integrated with System Center and PowerShell and we will include System Center SP1 support for Windows Server 2012 interoperability. With Hyper-V’s new extensible switch in Windows Server 2012, Cisco’s Nexus 1000V switch family provides new flexible virtual networking capabilities for Network Administrators affording them improved network efficiency and utilization.
Finally, on this ‘Day One’ of Windows Server 2012 we are pleased to announce that our UCS family of Intel-based servers is hardware certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012. This “Certified for Windows Server 2012” logo demonstrates that our UCS server family meets Microsoft’s highest technical bar for Windows fundamentals and platform compatibility – meaning peace of mind for you.
To learn more on Cisco’s growing Microsoft solutions for Windows Server 2012, virtualization, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server please visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft
Tags: Cisco, FlexPod, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, PowerShell, UCS, UCS Manager, vspex, Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is a huge step forward in Microsoft’s evolution and provides an industry-leading platform for virtualization that can provide the foundation both for on-premise private clouds and for host-provided public clouds in support of Microsoft workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint.
The main new features of Windows Server 2012 include:
• Virtualization for a heterogeneous environment with industry-leading capabilities for Microsoft Windows and Linux workloads
• Enhanced manageability, supporting large-scale server management with the same simplicity as single-server management
• Capability to run any application in any cloud using a common feature set for both on and off-premises deployment.
Windows Server 2012 delivers tremendous server virtualization capabilities and a flexible cloud platform with enhancements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system as well as many enhancements in Hyper-V. Our Cisco UCS server platform – which is certified for Windows Server 2012 – in combination with the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series and Cisco Data Center VM-FEX provides an optimal platform for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments, enabling organizations to take full advantage of the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V capabilities and also to extend them through integrated Cisco solutions.
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Tags: Cisco, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, UCS, UCS Manager, Windows Server 2012
Cisco CVD’s are published…Giddy up!
Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX…the overview
Yesterday Cisco and EMC announced new milestones in our collaboration on IT Transformation with VCE Vblock and with EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures. The announcement includes two new Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) along with aligned channel partner incentives and customer support for VSPEX. Through these advancements, and a decade long partnership, Cisco and EMC are working closer than ever together to accelerate IT transformation and the journey to the cloud.
3 Paths to the Cloud
Cisco and EMC together offer customers a flexible set of choices. We refer to it as the three paths to the cloud. The choice is fairly simple.
* Implement a customized design with best of breed products.
* Purchase a pre-integrated converged infrastructure with VCE Vblock System.
* Install a validated, easy to deploy reference architecture with Cisco Solutions for EMC VSPEX.
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Tags: EMC, nexus, UCS, vmworld, vspex
“Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.”
— Henry Kissinger
Following the early successes with network programmability, the natural question that arises is “where do we go form here?” Certainly some good things have been accomplished, but in many ways the real work is just beginning. David Ward just posted some musings on where we go next with programmatic interfaces for the network–its a good read and I encourage you to check it out.
Tags: Cisco ONE, ietf, ONF, SDN, standards
As VMworld swings into high gear on a bright Monday morning in San Francisco (well it promises to be bright, once the sun comes up here), we continue our series on the virtualization product updates we are unveiling this week (see earlier news on the new Nexus 1000V and the ASA Cloud Firewall). One of the exciting new components of our Nexus 1000V virtualization stack is the Cisco Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) 2.0, part of the Intelligent Automation portfolio.
VNMC 2.0 is a template-driven policy management tool that is now bundled with Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall. This new release now has expanded capabilities to configure the security of your virtual cloud environment. Because VNMC 2.0 is such a step up from prior releases, and fewer people are familiar with its functionality, this is going to be a bit longer of a post than usual (but with lots of screen shots).
Let’s take a look at some of the key VNMC features and how it works with the two virtual firewalls:
Resource Objects for ASA 1000V
Cisco VNMC abstracts the devices it manages. As part of provisioning, devices are configured to point to Cisco VNMC for policy management. Cisco VNMC discovers all devices and lists them under the Resources pane. In addition to the ASA 1000V, the Resources pane has other resources such as Cisco VSGs, VSMs, and VMs.
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Tags: ASA 1000V, intelligent automation, Nexus 1000v, Virtual Network Management Center, Virtual Security Gateway, vmworld, VNMC, vsg