The Microsoft ecosystem continues to be an important area of focus with our Cisco Datacenter product and solution teams. UCS, Nexus, UCS Management, and ACI teams have continued to innovate and launch new offerings during the past few months. Let’s take a look at our recent happenings and launches that can help enable your organization to deliver an optimal datacenter environment for your Microsoft platforms:
1. PASS, Microsoft SQL Server, and Cisco’s Unified Datacenter…
We’ve ramped up our focus on Microsoft’s SQL Server platform! Investments in PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server), Pass Summit 2013, and the PASS Virtualization Chapter afford us the opportunity to educate this world-wide BI and Data Management audience on UCS, Nexus, FlexPod, and VSPEX. Stay tuned for more from us, too as Microsoft gets closer to shipping their SQL Server 2014 platform.
2. Cisco and the Microsoft Cloud OS Launch…
Occurring around the world during the November 2013 to January 2014 timeframe is Microsoft’s Cloud OS launch – the coming out party for Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as System Center 2012 R2. Cisco will be a local sponsor at many of these events – in fact as of this writing we have wrapped up our participation at multiple events in Canada, Germany, and South Africa. Please stop by your local Microsoft Cloud OS event and visit the Cisco booth to learn more as well as listen to Cisco’s Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior on our Microsoft alliance and datacenter solutions.
3. Cisco, Microsoft, and the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)…
Microsoft was a key strategic partner at our recent New York City ACI launch with strong support from key Microsoft leaders such as Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President of their Cloud and Enterprise business unit. Satya shared the stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers in announcing ACI to the public. In addition, Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, System Center blogged on the event and created a video on his ACI thoughts. Microsoft -- with their key platforms of Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint – sees ACI as a way to deliver ‘…datacenter without boundaries for our customers…’
Last night we received the news that Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia) won the product of the year award in the category of virtualization management by the SVC Awards. Each year SVC rewards the top products, projects, companies and teams operating in the cloud, virtualization and storage sectors.
This SVC award provides validation of the leading data center infrastructure management capabilities of Cisco UCS Diector for both virtual as well as physical resources. Cisco UCS Director is unique in the industry because it offers the ability to manage compute, network and storage elements — to configure the storage volume, setup the SAN and IP networks, deploy the bare-metal server, and load a hypervisor or bare-metal operating system in a single operation — from a single pane of glass. As a result, the solution automates the time consuming manual as well as complex processes that burden IT organizations today.
Cisco UCS Director’s unified view to manage integrated infrastructure
Here are some of the reasons why Cisco UCS Director was nominated and won the award:
Open and flexible solution delivering multi-vendor IT infrastructure management
Turnkey solution, quick time-to-value via setup within an hour
Out-of-the-box support for the most widely deployed converged and integrated infrastructure systems: Vblock, FlexPod and VSPEX
Cisco’s unified management approach reduces deployment times from weeks to minutes — for either virtual or bare-metal environments
You can read about the award nomination here. To learn more about Cisco UCS Director watch this video.
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A couple of months ago, we introduced the new Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors. The new Cisco MDS 9710 Director establishes a new benchmark for performance – delivering more than three times the bandwidth of any Director in the industry. Since the launch, several of our customers deployed MDS 9710 successfully and reaped the benefit from it.
In this blog, let me share with you on how LinkedIn used Cisco MDS to solve their storage growth needs. Since the company was founded, it has enjoyed steady growth in members and revenues. In fact, based on LinkedIn’s calculations, LinkedIn adds more than two new members per second. This means that the company’s storage needs and storage area network (SAN) are growing fast, and its SAN switches need to keep pace. With more than 259 million registered members, LinkedIn is connecting the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.
We all know we need it, but no one wants to talk about. Today, we break through that taboo. Secure the Infrastructure! This bold declaration brought to you courtesy of Matthew Brender (@mjbrender) and Mike Foley (@mikefoley) as they talk about how to use a hardening guide, and how to execute security in the real world. This is a great discussion about people, policy, and how not to be “the person who puts ‘no’ in innovation.”
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And it wouldn’t be Engineers Unplugged without a unicorn, in this case a security unicorn. Please do not try this at home.
Matthew Brender and Mike Foley with a secure unicorn, complete with ninja star and high kicks. We all feel more secure now.
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By now, given all the launch and blogging activity activity over the past week or so, I am sure your understanding of and interest in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) will have grown. Many of you will be asking “how do I get started as quickly as possible?”, and “how can I free up some time and resources to investigate?” You understand the “what” - now, as I blogged recently on SDN, it’s time to understand more about the “why” and take action on the “how”. How then do you get off that start line as quickly as possible?
Get Set To Go With ACI
As with many things in life, it helps if you get help from someone who has “been there” and “done that”. And that’s where Cisco Services comes in, as Scott Clark, the VP for our Data Center Services team, introduced last week. So let’s talk about why Cisco Services should be your partner in this application centric world, and what services can help you.