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Migration Guides show the way to Cisco UCS

2012 is almost here and if you have a RISC/UNIX migration in the planning stages or are exploring a migration for next year I urge you to read our migration case studies.  One of my favorite case studies is Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. Freeport determined the company’s existing infrastructure and ERP environment was not delivering the scalability and performance that was needed inhibiting its ability to progress its growth agenda.  Freeport’s SAP migration to Cisco UCS increased platform utilization and maximized its infrastructure investment, while simplifying ongoing management and operational support for their ERP environment.

A migration of mission-critical applications is a decision that most organizations consider carefully. A key discussion in any RISC/UNIX migration includes an investigation of the applications and how to migrate them from their current architecture to Cisco UCS.  The typical questions are:  How do I migrate?  What are the options? Do you have any real world examples? If so, what were the results and benefits?

As part of our RISC/UNIX Migration Program, we have released a set of migration guides for key applications, such as Oracle RAC, SAP, PeopleSoft, and Siebel that answer those specific questions.  I urge you to read how Cisco customers and Cisco IT, utilizing a planned and phased approach,  migrated Oracle,  SAP,  PeopleSoft,  and Siebel applications to Cisco UCS.            Read More »

Packet Pushers Podcast on Scalable Cloud Networks with VXLAN

Podcast Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks from have released another in-depth podcast, this time on how to create scalable cloud networks with VXLAN. VXLAN, if you recall, is a multi-vendor effort to increase the number of logical networks that can be created within a cloud environment, and overcomes the challenges of using VLANs when separate tenants and application instances all need their own logical domains.
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From an Ancient Scottish Castle to the Gartner Data Center Conference in London

OK, so what has an ancient Scottish castle got to do with the Gartner Data Center Conference in London?  This doesn’t sound like what I usually blog about!

Bothwell Castle, Scotland

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How to Make the Business Thankful for IT. Give them Apps!

Think about it, when was the last time the business said “thank you” to IT? It’s probably been a while. Unfortunately, all too often we hear complaints that IT is too slow, or that IT is the department of “no”.

Deploying a private cloud is one way to help turn IT into the department of “yes”, with faster and more responsive IT service delivery. The customers of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud have compressed the cycle time for IT provisioning from weeks to minutes. That means that project managers and application developers no longer have to wait for IT – they can speed up their projects and get business applications up and running more quickly.

And if there’s one golden rule to remember for your private cloud solution, it’s that the business wants apps. They’ll be thankful if you can provision and manage their applications in a cloud environment with consistency, reliability and speed.

So if you’re interested in on-demand application delivery for your private cloud, check out this presentation from Cisco Intelligent Automation and our ecosystem partner rPath:

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Another award for Cisco’s VSG virtual firewall award logoCisco’s Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) firewall has been awarded the 2011 Readers Choice Award for best virtualization security product by a Russian professional organization,  VSG beat out similar virtual security products from HP, IBM, McAfee and Symantec.

According to the group’s web site:

Подведены итоги первого Конкурса продуктов, организованного некоммерческим объединением специалистов Virtualization Security Group Russia и порталом VirtualizationSecurityGroup.Ru. В Конкурсе приняли участие продукты для защиты виртуальных инфраструктур компаний Cisco, HP, Trend Micro, «Код Безопасности», McAfee, IBM, Symantec. Также вне Конкурса были представлены продукты компаний ОКБ САПР, Stonesoft.

В номинации «Выбор читателей» победу одержал продукт Cisco Virtual Security Gateway, получивший наибольшее количество голосов в открытом голосовании портала VirtualizationSecurityGroup.Ru.

Rough Translation:

This is the summary of the first Competition of products organized by the non-profit association of experts, Virtualization Security Group Russia and its portal The products that have taken part in the competition for protection of virtual infrastructures of companies include Cisco, HP, Trend Micro, « the Code of the Security », McAfee, IBM, and Symantec. Also products from companies OKB SAPR, Stonesoft have been presented.

In the nomination category « the Choice of readers », a victory was gained by the Cisco Virtual Security Gateway product, which has received the greatest quantity of voices in voting by show of hands on the  portal

Customers and experts in Russia are realizing the strong capabilities within VSG to not only protect virtual workloads and easily account for application mobility, but the ability to build sophisticated firewall policies based on the attributes of the virtual machine. This allows organizations to create trust zones for classes of applications, by tenant name/owner, by user group, for virtual desktops, by OS, etc., that align with real world policy requirements. Congratulations to VSG and to Cisco’s Server Access Virtualization Business Unit!