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Cloud Management Confusion? Not Here…

Just the other day, one of our competitors crowed that Cisco customers must be confused about how to manage Cisco equipment when attempting to build a Cloud Computing environment. From their perspective, customers should embrace the mainframe days when a single company delivered all the hardware and software, along with an army of ever-present consultant to make it all work. Don’t worry about complexity Mr.Customer, there isn’t any because you don’t ever see it. And don’t worry about the $bill$ either, because the contract will rollover from one IT administration to the next IT administration.

Based on Cisco’s presence at EMC World last week, I can understand why they would be confused. Not only did live, managed Cisco and VCE Vblock equipment show up in several keynotes (Pat Gelsinger, Paul Maritz, Sanjay Mirchandani), it was also discussed in packed breakout sessions, and in the booths of Cisco, EMC, EMC IT, VCE, newScale, BMC, CA and VMware.

Within the Cisco booth, we highlighted just one of our Cloud Management solutions, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, in the context of our broader “Cisco Cloud Solutions” strategy.

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Cisco Invited to Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Program

 

This guest post is presented by Rex Backman, Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft Solutions, Cisco, rbackman@cisco.com

Cisco is very pleased to announce that Microsoft has invited us to be part of their Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program.  This is great news for our customers and partners as it will allow for Cisco UCS based server infrastructures for Windows Server 2008 R2 based private cloud deployments.

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Cisco and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0

I am happy to share that Cisco today announced the participation and availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Data Warehouse solutions as part of the Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track 3.0 program. This solution is designed to accelerate the consideration and adoption of data warehouse solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.

Solution Components

Over the last few months, we’ve worked very closely with Microsoft and our storage partners EMC and NetApp to develop the enabling reference architectures. These reference architectures will be published shorty, comprising of the fast growing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, SQL Server 2008 R2, and choice of EMC VNX or NetApp FAS as the storage component of the solution.

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On The Price of Innovation

May 16, 2011 at 1:35 am PST

So, I heard last week that some folks want to be known as innovators, which is certainly a laudable goal.  The thing is, innovation is the domain of engineers, not accountants and, sadly, not even marketing folks.  Face it, when accountants get innovative, we end up with things like Enron—not so good. Delivering meaningful innovation to the market starts as an organizational imperative that has to then be nurtured with an ongoing commitment of time and resources. You simply cannot fake it.

For example, let’s look at R&D spend last year some of the industry’s movers and shakers (all data is based on their respective FY10 annual reports):

As I noted in a previous post, I am pleased to note that Cisco remains near the top of the pile both in terms of R&D investment as a percent of revenue and in terms of absolute dollars.  For other folks, the numbers and the historical trends speak for themselves. Talk (and slides) are cheap. These are meaningful numbers because they represent both the commitment and the ability of a company to innovate and lead versus being forced to follow.

If you are a Cisco customer, this should please you because you know we are investing in your future, but, beyond that, why should you care?

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ACE of Cisco, SharePoint 2010 and the Alternate Access Mapping

 

 

If you are talking Microsoft SharePoint 2010, then chances are you have discussed load balancing at some point. Well, let’s just start with the basics. If we have more than one WFE (Web Front End) server, we are going to need a way to balance requests.

In its most simplistic form, load balancing is a methodology to distribute workload across multiple compute, network or storage resources. We recently published a SharePoint 2010 on FlexPod for VMware Cisco Validated Design which includes a hardware load balancer, the Application Control Engine ACE 30.

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