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Branch IT Consolidation Without Losing Windows Branch Services

Branch IT consolidation is usually interpreted as moving all branch servers to the data center, or at least as many as possibly makes sense. But what about critical branch services that maintain business continuity and performance for branch workers?The flexibility to consolidate without losing Windows branch services is exactly what Cisco and Microsoft set out to do with Windows Server on WAAS. This joint offering puts Windows Server 2008 or 2003 on the Cisco WAN optimization appliance in the branch so IT OpEx and CapEx costs drop but key branch services are preserved.Check out this outstanding product review from Dave Mitchell at IT Pro in UK: Cisco WAAS 4.1 with Windows Server. Verdict: It’s easy to deploy and manage Windows Server on the virtualization layer in the WAAS appliance to run Active Directory DHCP DNS, and print services.

Cisco Certified Design Experts!

Just wanted to give a shout-out to Michael Morris, a frequent columnist/blogger on NetworkWorld who just passed his CCDE exam. From what I have heard this is a challenging examination and is a practical/real-world test of a person’s ability to design network infrastructure. Michael is also one of the first people to get s sneak peek at the Cisco Nexus platforms and we thank him for his input and candor with us on those. Congratulations!dg

More Happenings at Cisco IT

January 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

I has a chance to sit down with Sidney and Doug before the holidays to catch up. So, in this installment of the DC TechMinute, Doug talks about the various server cabling options we are looking at in our data center and Sidney covers what we are doing with server virtualization and plans in the year ahead.I’d actually like to start opening this discussion up to you, out faithful readers, so if you have any data center related questions for our Cisco IT folks, please post them as comments to this post and I’ll ask the guys next time we chat.For details on how IT is supporting 4,000 apps on 15,000 physical and virtual servers, click here. The business metrics around this are pretty cool $19M of savings/cost avoidance, while still dealing with 15% Y/Y server growth. While you are on the Cisco on Cisco website, check out the virtual tour. Hosted by Doug, these 2-5 minute segments take you inside Cisco’s SJ data center and show you how we handle things like servers, storage, operations, risk management and what our future plans look like.

What Is NOT Networking for the Cloud

Recently I read a post about networking for the cloud, even listing a trademark on an associated term. I certainly am no IP lawyer, but it strikes me as not the most judicious use of time and funds to trademark Cloud X and Cloud Y and Cloud Z as they relate to whatever a company is doing. Shameless ‘hopping on the bandwagon’ if you ask me… but again, we have enough IP bloggers around here, so am not going to pursue that path too much, but instead let’s cut through some of the hype and ask a pretty serious question…’What does Cloud Computing demand of a network?’ — Some have asserted that, ‘it’s all about low latency’. Others ‘its all about big pipes’. And yet another group states, ‘it is all about the end point, the network is just plumbing.’I respectfully disagree. Read More »

What are Cisco and Infoblox doing on the Webcast next week????

I have had more friends, co-workers, and even a few competitors ask me, “What are you doing with Stuart Bailey on the web-cast next week?” It turns out that so far over 500 people have registered do GReg Ness is doing one heck of a job driving attendance, but hey, a few more never hurt… and it will be a good session to attend so here is the link for registration! As far as what Stuart and I are going to chat about I’ll put a bit of a preview here. As most of you who know me can attest I think best on my feet, in front of an audience, with a whiteboard marker in hand, attributable solely to the marker smell, and sometimes I make PowerPoint slides the day of a presentation. (another fact is my boss told me I am sometimes a bit binary in my thinking, but I felt that was a compliment in the networking world, thanks {encode=”pmcnab@cisco.com” title=”Paul”}!) Back to our chat- Infoblox has a product that is at an interesting abstraction point in the network- they bind names to addresses. This has been a rather poorly served section of the market that Infoblox and a handful of other companies have focused on improving. The relationship between the binding of a name to an address sounds rather simple, but when you get into portable workloads, virtual machines, IP address and VM sprawl, and infrastructures supporting 1000′s of servers it is a very and increasingly complex task. Read More »