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Cisco Data Center Business Advantage

September 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST


So, this blog post, introducing Data Center Business Advantage, is meaningful to me for a couple of reasons.  First of all, my blogging career started with a post introducing Data Center 3.0, so its kinda cool to be introducing its successor.  Second, it is kinda cool to see how much have accomplished in three years and how our vision and strategy has matured and evolved.

So, why change?  Well, in short, we have accomplished most of what we set out to do with our original Data Center 3.0 strategy.  Customers understand the benefits of virtualized data center and most, if not all,  have consolidation, virtualization and automation an major elements of their strategic plans.  Unified fabric and unified computing are firmly ensconced as part of the data center vocabulary.  Finally, we see adoption ramping for both private cloud solutions such as Vblocks and SMT as well as public cloud solutions from a whole host of cloud providers.

So, what is Data Center Business Advantage? 


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Your Cloud Computing Adoption Strategy – What Should You Consider?

September 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

When formulating your Cloud Computing strategy, as I’ve learned though my work on Cisco Cloud Enablement Services, there are a wide range of topics you should examine before finalising of your approach.   This range of considerations will -- clearly -- be specific to your environment, your opportunities and constraints.  In this blog post, I’ll outline these key strategic considerations to help you as you investigate if, how and where cloud could help you [no bias here, no technology religion either!].

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Cisco Scores “Best of VMworld” Award 3 Years in a Row

September 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

For the third year in a row, I am happy to say we were honored with a Best of VMworld award.  In 2008, we won an award for the Cisco Nexus 1000V, last year, we won an award for Cisco UCS and this year we won an award for the Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization feature (or OTV to friends) running on the Cisco Nexus 7000.

As a technology that was obviously thought up by and named by the networking geeks in the company, why should virtualization admins care let alone bestow an award?

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Cisco Data Center Architecture: The Power to Say Yes

September 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

If you were at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco , and stopped at the Cisco booth, you probably already realized  that starting on September 14th a lot of conversations in the data centers will be about the Cisco’s architectural framework and how it can create a better business impact for the organizations --
Here is what Ben Gibson, Cisco VP Data Center Solutions has to say about this September 14th event and the new announcements. 

So please  register here today, and join Ben and his special guests on September 14th at 9:00 am PST  for an educational and entertaining conversation.

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Cisco and Citrix Deliver a Fresh Take On Desktop Virtualization

September 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

In talking to our customers, one of the things that I hear consistently is that customers appreciate our open solution stack.  What does that mean?  Well, a couple of things--first of all, it means that our innovations are individually available--you can connect a UCS to any upstream Ethernet and Fibre Channel switch, you can connect the server of your choice to a Nexus switch and still take advantage of OTV, FabricPath or unified fabric and you can run the Nexus 1000V in pretty much any hardware environment supported by vSphere.


The other thing this means is that we build solutions stacks with insertion points for our partners so our customers can take advantage our our solutions while still working with their favorite data center vendors.  Both Vblocks (Cisco, EMC, VMware) and SMT (Cisco, NetApp, VMWare) were initial examples of this approach.


Today, we are adding to the list with a newly announced desktop virtualization solution developed in partnership with Citrix.   Desktop virtualization is taking off with our customer for a number of reasons from reducing costs, to faster app deployment, to improving regulatory compliance and we have been listening to what our customers have been asking for.


The new solution with Citrix XenDesktop combines Cisco UCS and Citrix desktop virtualization technologies including FlexCast™ and HDX™, to deliver a cost-effective, scalable and high-performance solution for hosting, securing and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops and applications.  


In this video Ben Gibson of Cisco and Gordon Payne of Citrix discuss the announcement:


Of course, we are not going to roll out a me-too solution….  

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