This week in San Diego Cisco, partners from all over the world are converging to learn about the latest trends in IT organization, and latest solutions from Cisco at the Partner Summit 2012 ( follow on Twitter the hashtag #ciscops12)
If you are a Cisco partner, we hope that you plan to attend either physically or virtually. Check my previous blog for details on the data center program.
Let’s be real! Our great success in the Data Center relies mainly on this incredible ecosystem of talented professionals who believe in Cisco vision and products. These companies are bringing an unique value add, in building solutions designed specifically for more and more demanding IT customers – Customers under a lot of pressure to deploy solutions which are cost effective and extremely agile to meet the business requirements.
We recently met in London, one of our key partners , Dimension Data. A perfect “Mise en Bouche ” just before the Cisco Partner Summit!
Dimension Data entered the data center networking market about 3 years ago and it has been the fastest growing area of our networking business over the past years . It is now a significant contributor to our business and because of that we will double our investment in this particular space. It allows us to grab business across the 50 countries that we operate in, and it also allows us to get far more strategic with our clients and build up the network platform inside the data center that enables our clients to achieve the savings and benefits and more exciting opportunities in the market. So we certainly will be investing far more in the space together with Cisco to execute better in the market. Watch Gary Middleton , Dimension Data Business Development Manager, share his satisfaction to work with Cisco in the data Center space.
To illustrate Gary’s statement, here is a perfect and recent example of the momentum created by Cisco and partners, when working together :
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, data center, nexus, partner summit, UCS
This week has been a busy week for integrated infrastructure solutions. Of course, this isn’t a complete surprise around here—we have been preaching the gospel of simplified infrastructure and integrated solution stacks for some time; however, it is gratifying to see the concept continue to evolve and gain customer traction.
One of the developments we are particularly pleased with is the announcement today from EMC regarding their EMC VSPEX program. Cisco and EMC have a long history of partnering together for the benefit of our mutual customers, from storage solutions to the original Vblock to VSPEX. For those of you who missed the announcement, VSPEX is a reference design program to help guide customers as they build out their next generation of infrastructure. With our own success with the Cisco Validated Design program, we know this is an effective tool for customers as they look for trusted resources to guide infrastructure investment decisions.
We are a big fan of giving customers choice and giving them options and letting them decide on a path that best suits their needs. EMC’s VSPEX program is another great example of this. Its complimentary to our existing offerings in this space, so VSPEX gives customers yet another option and may appeal to customers that did not see the existing options as a good fit or might not have otherwise considered this approach.
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Tags: Cisco Validated Designs, CVD, EMC, Vblock
Data is one of your most important assets. Fast Data implies real-time analytics – the ability to analyze your business and marketplace in real-time. Fast Data can give you significant competitive advantage by helping you to predict and respond to situations instantaneously. Today we announced  that the combination of Cisco UCS and Actian Vectorwise Analytical Database can provide such capability at much lower cost of ownership than traditional solutions. Demonstrated by industry standard TPC-H publications, the extreme performance is coming from the ability of Vectorwise to scale extremely well in multi-core environments and effective caching of large data sets enabled by Cisco UCS extended memory technology eliminating IO bottlenecks.
These two benchmark results achieved the best performance and price-performance for 2-socket servers in 100GB  and 300GB  scale factors, new additions to our 60+ world record performance records on Cisco UCS since its introduction just three years ago.
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Tags: Fast Data, Moore’s law, Real-Time Analytics, TPC, TPC Benchmark, TPC-H, Vectorwise
Here we are in an age of automation, consolidation, virtualization, optimization and the proliferation of a dozen other terms and technologies that are enabling IT organizations and users to do more with less and from just about any location. We’re building clouds and service catalogs, virtual desktops and creating IT service providers. The skills required by IT organizations continue to grow in leaps and bounds. No more can you just be “the router engineer” or “the backup engineer”, you’re faced with learning other technologies. Not so much learning, but cross training. Read More »
Tags: data center, employee development, FCoE, information
Workload Automation is the triggered or scheduled activities that drive batch and real-time business process automation moving data across an ecosystem of applications and compute environments. This is mission critical “back office” IT business data process capability. I introduced Workload Automation in a previous blog, http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/workload-automation-job-scheduling-applications-and-the-move-to-cloud/. We have customers who use the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler to perform the most critical activities in their enterprise. Many of the health care providers, insurance companies, manufacturing giants, and financial service outfits rely on these technologies to drive their business.
We recently made generally available our workhorse release of the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler for the next few years.
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Tags: enterprise job scheduling;, intelligent automation, workload automation