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A deeper dive into Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure finds Cisco WAAS

I started to link  to my fellow Cisco Bloggers for their posts on Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) but already there are too many for which to build the links.  I’m a WAAS guy so I thought I would draw you attention to  the other press release that mentions Cisco WAAS.

The next layer as we peel the old onion is that Cisco WAAS is now optimized for Citrix XenDesktop.  More explicitly, the Cisco WAAS engineering team has been collaborating with engineers from Citrix so that Cisco WAAS can understand the Citrix HDX and ICA protocols well enough to be able to optimize the traffic without Citrix administrators having to change any compression or encryption settings. And because it’s a a collaboration born of the strategic agreement between Cisco and Citrix, it will be jointly validated, marked as Citrix Ready prior to general availability, and will be supported by both vendors, with clean hand off mechanisms defined between both companies’ support teams.

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The VXI Journey Continues…

It’s the week before VMworld Copenhagen, and there’s already a lot of buzz around the big VXI news that came out today. If you missed it, you can get access to the web event via the Cisco Collaboration Launch Experience page here.  I’ll get back to Copenhagen in a minute, but let’s take a moment to discuss why these announcements have such a significant impact on delivering what we call the next-generation virtual workspace…

Last fall, we introduced VXI, delivering a groundbreaking system-level approach for simplifying and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops to any end point, leveraging the industry’s fastest growing compute infrastructure purpose-built for large scale, high-performance virtualization, the Cisco Unified Computing System.  We also announced our new portfolio of Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC’s) providing new device form factors and capabilities not previously seen in the marketplace, underpinned by an end-to-end validated design that takes the guesswork out of moving from a small pilot to full-scale production.

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Nexus 1000V Customer Testimonial from Cloud Provider Secure-24

This video captures one of the most compelling customer testimonials to date for our Nexus 1000V virtual switch, as we sit down with Sean Donaldson, Director of IT Infrastructure at Secure-24. Secure-24 provides managed hosting and private cloud computing for the enterprise level, business critical applications of large enterprise and middle-market companies.

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Cisco VXI – Delivering the New Virtual Workspace – Anywhere You Happen to Be

Almost a year after we first announced Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure – or what we call VXI – we are about to announce the next phase of major enhancements.

During the course of this year we have seen the desktop virtualization market mature from tire kicking pilots to some pretty large deployments, including some over 10,000 seats. Cisco UCS has been a very popular platform for these deployments with hundreds of Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View implementations as you can learn from a recent video blog by our VDI product manager, Ashok Rajagopalan.

Latest UCS Innovations for VDI: And during the course of the year we have continued to innovate on the UCS platform to make sure it continues to support ever greater virtual desktop hosting scalability and simplicity, while also continuing to drive down implementation and operations costs. For example recent improvements include:

• 2-fold increases in UCS fabric capacity and 4 fold increase in server I/O capacity to allow more virtual desktops per server to be hosted without any performance degradation, even during boot or logon storms

• Improved Virtual NIC capabilities ensure the multitude of networks (client/LAN/SAN/NAS/Cluster etc.) that need to be supported in a virtual desktop environment get the quality of service each  requires over a unified fabric

• Unified port capabilities, ensure a more cost effective solution that supports all traffic types 10GE/FC/FCOE/NFS/iSCSI through a common port

• Increases in desktop density and management domain scalability resulting in over 30,000 Windows 7 desktops supported in a single UCS management domain

• Advanced virtual services such as security (VSG), monitoring (vNAM) and WAN optimization (vWAAS)  for more scalable, flexible and cost effective services.

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Migrate From RISC/UNIX to Cisco UCS

Enterprise IT continues to spend nearly $15B of their hard-earned budgets every year in RISC/UNIX and mainframe hardware.  The upfront expense combined with the proprietary lock-in on these platforms and associated maintenance and licensing costs is a mandate for IT to rethink their long term strategy.  Many of these companies are already moving off the RISC/UNIX architectures due to high costs and uncertainty about their futures foreshadowed by missed deadlines, changes in roadmaps and discontinued hardware and software support.  There is a strong and on-going market trend to migrate from proprietary architectures to the open Intel Xeon® based architecture, and the Cisco Unified Computing System is particularly well suited as a target platform for this purpose.  In partnership with Intel, Cisco has developed a RISC/UNIX Migration Program ( that includes a complete set of Cisco Migration Services through Cisco AS and Partners to help IT organizations define and realize the business benefits of migrating to Cisco Unified Computing System.

I had a conversation recently with Patrick Buddenbaum , Director of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, and Cisco’s Scott Clark, VP, Enterprise DC Services, to discuss the RISC/UNIX migration program.  Read on for a summary of this  conversation.

” Scott : Satinder, why is Cisco UCS an ideal destination platform for a RISC/UNIX migration?

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