I am happy to share that Cisco is a key sponsor for the Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2011 event in Atlanta next week. At TechEd, we will be showcasing our data center business advantage solutions and showing how you can maximize your investments in leading Microsoft applications such as Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server.
With Cisco UCS, we are not just making servers, we are making server history.
It is well known that Cisco UCS adoption has been fantastic with over 5400 customers, with a large number of customers efficiently and fearlessly running their mission critical Microsoft applications on UCS. These customer deployments are backed by series of CVDs (Cisco Validated Designs) that serve as key enablers to successful deployments.
I just returned from a great week of EMC World in Vegas. The fine folks at EMC make crazy good technology and they can throw one heck of a party…I mean conference. The week was full of interesting people, big ideas, big data and of course the cloud.
I, just like my colleague Tony Paikeday, am somewhat preoccupied these days with the fast changing world of the desktop and its impact on data center infrastructures. I wanted to pick up on Tony’s desktop virtualization “just another workload” blog back in November because it is a subject of growing discussion, especially with “cloud” being all the buzz. While desktops are an increasingly popular workload to get started with private cloud initiatives, does that mean that data center architects are mixing desktops with more traditional data center workloads?
Talking to our system engineers who are helping plan and design desktop virtualization deployments day in day out…..the more I learn there are very good reasons for treating this workload as special and separate.
The first thing I hear about is sizing of the desktop workload. A “desktop” is not a “desktop”. You can’t just characterize a generic Win 7 desktop for compute, memory, I/O and storage IOPS. You need to be able to customize the infrastructure profile to the specific user type being deployed. Therein lays the danger of mixing these virtual desktops with production workloads, where desktops could end up capturing valuable resources of mission critical services. For example consolidating a company procurement application on the same compute pool as your desktop workloads could result in a lot of unproductive – or even worse –unhappy employees.
Today Stephen Blacklock, Cisco WW Director EMC Partnership and I met Chad Sakac, EMC VP VMware Business( known also the infamous blogger “Virtual Geek “), for a video interview - Stephen and Chad have been working together for a long time, and both of them like the Toronto area -- So the result was a very lively conversation , especially at a time where Chad is ready to rock the audience with a performance on stage at 5 :00 pm in the Venetian “Chad’s Word Live” just before the customer appreciation event by ” The Fray”
This Tuesday evening, I invited two of our favorite Cisco Data Center bloggers, Brian Gracely and J Metz, to share with Wikibon Stuart Miniman their perspectives on the show, the collaboration between Cisco and EMC, and the majors trends in the IT market in cloud computing, VCE and UCS progress . As usual a casual and insightful short conversation between the three experts .