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Unified Network Services for Cloud Service Providers

Services from the Cloud
Services from the cloud offer cost and efficiency benefits to businesses, but until now many customers have been hesitant to buy cloud services, especially for mission-critical business applications, because of concerns about security, performance, and availability. Cloud service providers need to address these concerns by offering network services for applications hosted in the cloud. Cloud service providers can use their data center and IP NGN assets to deliver these services, however, they need a new service delivery model offering the scalability, flexibility, and multi-tenant capabilities needed for cloud service delivery. Delivering cloud services requires efficiency and agility in the data center where applications are hosted. To support on-demand delivery of cloud services, network and computing infrastructures need to be virtualization aware, especially for services that increase the availability and performance of applications.

The Cisco Solution
To meet this need Cisco is delivering virtualized versions of network services appliances as a part of our network services solution. The Cisco® Unified Network Services (UNS) solution presents a new opportunity for cloud service providers to offer security and performance services as well as reporting and monitoring for virtualized applications and other infrastructure services such as BC/DR, VDI or Hosted Communications. Cisco UNS uses a platform based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco Nexus® 1000V Series Switch to increase the scale and flexibility of cloud-based services and to help ensure availability and workload mobility. The Cisco UNS solution lowers the cost of deployment and enables rapid provisioning by removing the need for physical versions of these products and the requirement for racking and stacking, and power and cooling.

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Is “5 years” the new decade for Data Center and Cloud?

Yesterday Google announced a change in their executive leadership. There is much speculation about why it happened, but the immediate consensus is that it was focused on driving change faster within the company. That may be right or it may be wrong. Every company goes through some executive changes over time, but the more interesting area to explore is how this fit into a broader “industry timeline” perspective.

For the first 5 years of the past decade, Google was the belle of the ball. It became a verb. It changed the way we find, use and look at information.  It didn’t invent search, but it built a better mousetrap and changed the world in amazing ways. People predicted that it would replace the Internet!! And then the “social Internet” happened and people started finding more interesting information from Facebook and Twitter instead of Search and RSS. The business of information changed, just as many other industries go through change. Nobody truly saw it coming, but the last 5 years of the decade were much different from the first 5 years. And while Google is still “it” in Internet search, they aren’t really “it” in social Internet. People can speculate all they want about if this is a strategy issue or execution issue, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that people are legitimately talking about Google as a “maybe they missed it” in this decade. And that’s an interesting discussion because of the pace at which it happened. About 5 years. [NOTE: I'm not predicting, assuming or implying anybody's demise. I'm a huge Google fanboy. It's the pace of change that's interesting to me.]

So what does all of this mean for companies that aren’t Google, or aren’t one of the core pillars of the Internet? What if you make cars, or pharmaceuticals, or widgets? Maybe you’re a brick and mortal retailer. What if your business isn’t in the hyper-competitive information business? Read More »

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There are many like it, but this one is mine!

Welcome to my blog. 

My name is David Antkowiak and I have recently joined Cisco as a Solution Architect in the Systems Architecture and Strategy Unit (SASU). Our team is focused on partner application architecture designs involving Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, and SAP. These designs focus on application deployments across different network, compute and storage platforms to illustrate the many benefits of Cisco technology and its partner focus. 

I plan to regularly post “How To” videos involving our current Cisco Validated Design efforts. I will also be doing some vCloud posts for our external facing partner lab implementation. 

Please stay tuned for a UCS LDAP integration video. 

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EMC Unified Storage Compliments Cisco Unified Fabric to Provide Customers Flexibility and Choice for End to End Convergence

Storage continues to offer challenges to IT professionals: according to IDC, storage growth continues at about 30% y/y with the continued consolidation of servers, storage, and network assets becoming a new imperative through the use of technologies such as virtualization and Unified Networks based on 10G Ethernet.

To alleviate the challenges faced by its customers, EMC today announces its “Mega-Launch” providing major proof points for the convergence trend in multi-protocol SAN environments and providing unparalleled flexibility and choice to its customers.

One of the highlights of EMC’s Mega-Launch is the introduction of VMAX, the next gen flagship storage line, and the VNX Unified Storage family, which converges the best elements of EMC’s venerable CLARiiON and Celerra product lines into one unified platform offering both block and file storage.  EMC also announced the industry’s fastest deduplication storage systems from its Data Domain acquisition for backup and archive challenges.

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Another award for Cisco’s MDS 9148 Fabric Switch!

More good news about Cisco’s fabric switches:  the MDS 9148 was chosen as one of six finalists in the storage networking equipment category in Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com’s 2010 Products of the Year competition.

Cisco MDS 9148 was chosen as one of six finalists

From nearly 200 entries, the judges of Storage magazine’s and SearchStorage.com’s 2010 Products of the Year awards selected 43 products as finalists. All products are distinguished by their innovation, value and capabilities.”

 This is the third finalist award for MDS this fiscal year alone, including two Storage Networking World best practices awards for TSF and King County (Seattle, WA).

We introduced the MDS 9148 last year and in just the few months since then, the newest member of the MDS storage networking family has became a hit among our customers (especially in the commercial space) and partners.   Read More »