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Deutsche Banks Talks About Data Center Efficiency

May 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

Submitted by Dave Trowbridge, staff writer for News@Cisco and guest blogger for the Data Center blog.

How much waste is there in your data center? The numbers may surprise you.

The confluence of hard economic times and growing environmental awareness has given a big boost to green data center implementations. More and more companies are making the pleasant discovery that IT sustainability and IT energy efficiency are two blades of the same scissors, that cutting emissions and cutting costs naturally go together, and that if you do one right, you get the other almost automatically.

That doesn’t mean that green data center design and implementation are easy. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is likely to come right at the beginning—justifying the expenditures necessary for a large-scale effort. This can seem like a game of percentages: A bit more efficiency here, a bit more utilization there—how do you get it to all add up to a green light for your green data center?

The answer is that those percentages don’t add up—they multiply! This is what Deutsche Bank IT found when it did the math on data center efficiency as part of its “Eight Commitments to Eco-Efficient IT” in support of the bank’s global sustainability efforts. I recently sat down with Andrew Stokes, Chief Infrastructure Architect at Deutsche Bank, to discuss those commitments and his group’s best practices for green data centers. Here, we’ll drill down into the math behind data center efficiency as an illustration of just how much you may have to gain, and how easy it may be to justify your green data center efforts.

 

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The benefits of running SAP on Cisco UCS

May 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

SAPPHIRE started today in Orlando under a grey sky with a series of key notes featuring “celebrities” such as Al Gore,  Richard Branson , and Colin Powel.
The presence of these “public faces” demonstrates the power of one of the largest worldwide software company for enterprise and commercial business critical applications

Cisco is a sponsor of SAPPHIRE, presenting breakthrough  innovations in terms of platform with Unified Computing Systems, in terms of integration with Vblock from the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition , and automation with the Tidal Software – part now of the Cisco family  of products -

We talked recently a lot about the outstanding performances of UCS – Today Ben Eiref, Cisco Senior Product Manager, shares with us the benefits of running SAP on Cisco UCS  

Ben will be with a team of Cisco, Tidal Software and VCE experts in Orlando -- Here are some of the exciting activities and presentations happening on the Cisco booth.

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Enhanced business continuity with application mobility across data centers

May 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco, EMC and VMware once again are taking advantage of their close collaboration to provide a new level of interconnection between data centers. In this video, recorded before the event, I asked Yousuf Hasan, Cisco Data Center Architecture & Systems Manager,to comment the announcement made at EMCWorld2010 in Boston 

If you want more details on the solution, here are some interesting white paper and blog to check 

 

 

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Cisco will be at SAPPHIRE Orlando & Frankfurt

May 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

With the introduction of the unified computing systems, and the close partnership with VMware and EMC (VCE) , the collaboration between Cisco and SAP has significantly increased over the past year. 

On April 6th , Cisco announced a second generation of servers, based on the last generation of Intel processors, providing a robust platform for critical business application such as the SAP solutions, out passing all the existing server platforms in terms of performances, and providing an open environment in terms of management.

Today Ben Gibson, VP of Cisco Data Center Solutions invites you to join the Cisco team in Orlando or in Frankfurt next week, to discover this family of innovative platforms,  

SAPPHIRE will be a great opportunity  to meet the expert from both Cisco and Tidal Software to talk about SAP on Unified computing and Automating Operational Performance Analysis for SAP

If you can’t attend the conference this year, here is another opportunity to know more about the Cisco SAP Partnership 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can Managed Service Providers Help the Enterprise Meet their Application Performance Goals?

The success of today’s enterprise relies on the performance of applications over the WAN. The use of bandwidth-intensive, web-based applications (such as videoconferencing and collaborative applications) that are utilized over the WAN creates a challenge for network managers who need to ensure application performance while dealing with limited resources. Application Performance Management (APM) requires monitoring tools and the expertise to use them. The question is how you ensure that you are properly optimizing your applications without having to invest in additional resources.

The answer to this situation could be to rely on your Managed Service Provider (MSP) to deliver an application performance management service. Outsourcing the management of the enterprise WAN could ease both your management burden and reduce IT costs while providing a way to ensure application performance. Many MSPs are meeting their customer’s needs to increase services while holding down costs by providing managed network, data center, and application services. However, to capitalize on these opportunities, managed service providers must overcome a number of challenges themselves. 

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