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Cisco UCS : There is a movement

Almost 2 years ago , we not only launched  a new product , but more importantly a new concept – We called it “unified computing ” and named the products Unified Computing Systems (UCS)
At that time , the media highlighted the fact that Cisco was entering the server market , and of course the incumbent providers were prompt to claim how fool we were
They said that” it couldn’t  be done” . But we insisted and even declared “There is a movement “
This was supported  by the fact that we have been hearing repetitively from our customers that working in silos (servers, network and storage) was not anymore efficient. That virtualization was getting real traction. That the demand and the appetite to reduce costs in IT organization were stronger than ever. Of course , from a marketing and communication points of view we wanted to believe that “the movement” was towards our Unified Computing Systems. So we created this video “There is  a movement” 

Since then we have been working very hard at Cisco and with a growing number of partners  to make this movement towards the Unified Computing Systems a reality .

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Welcoming newScale to Cisco – Storefront to the Cloud

As a follow-up to this discussion about Cloud Management, at EMC World 2011, I had the chance to do this quick video with Jeff Winter to discuss:

  • An introduction to newScale
  • Where newScale fits into a Cloud Computing environment
  • Why Enterprise and Service Provider customers choose newScale
  • newScale’s alignment with Cisco’s Cloud vision
  • Open integration with leading Cloud Computing tools and platforms

As you can see, newScale is a great platform to build your Cloud storefront and extend your Journey to Cloud.

To learn more about Cisco’s Cloud Solutions, please visit the Cloud homepage

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UNS Spotlight on Dynamic Workload Scaling with ACE and OTV

In an earlier Unified Network Services (UNS) blog update, we highlighted application performance monitoring with NAM and the important role it played in optimizing WAN acceleration deployments with WAAS. Today we are going to focus on another aspect of application performance and quality of service that we call Dynamic Workload Scaling (DWS) or Cloud Bursting. The basic scenario is that one of our mission critical data center applications experiences intermittent (and potentially unexpected) peak loads that can overwhelm the server resources that are typically required for the quality of service (QoS) that we require. An example might be an online flower store that gets two orders of magnitude more traffic in the weeks of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day than the other 50 weeks of the year (although, in this case the expanded capacity is largely predictable).

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Converged Networks vs Mononetworks

In 1950 Time magazine published an article about an apocryphal story about former U.S. Senator (D-Florida) George Smathers:

According to the yarn, Smathers had a little speech for cracker voters, who were presumed not to know what the words meant except that they must be something bad. The speech went like this: “Are you aware that [opponent] Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law, and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper before his marriage habitually practiced celibacy.”

Brilliant! If you were in Pepper’s shoes, would you deny these types of charges? How can you face people who look at you with suspicion when not only are the accusations true, but can actually be the right things to do? (especially in 1950)

I love that story. Even though it’s false (Smathers reputedly offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove that he said it, an offer that went unclaimed up to his death) it provides a cautionary tale of just how someone can use an audience’s confusion against their opponents and yet still be telling the truth at the same time.

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United Bank of India to rollout Cisco WAAS solution across 1,600 branches

This is a great win for our WAN acceleration group. Our WAAS (Wide Area Application Services) product line is a key component of our Unified Network Services (UNS) portfolio.

As reported in InformationWeek (click here for full article):

Cisco today announced that United Bank of India, one of India’s leading nationalized banks, has chosen to deploy Cisco’s Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization solution across all of its 1,600 plus branches. The solution, to be deployed by Wipro, is amongst the largest globally, for any Public Sector Bank. The network will help enable UBI’s vision of providing the benefits of banking to rural and agricultural economies, and to India’s burgeoning small and medium-sized enterprise sector.
The solution will include 1,600 plus Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) devices, Cisco’s WAN optimization solution, in addition to application accelerators for the data centre and disaster recovery sites.


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