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Windows Server on WAAS — New Site, New Info

Cisco and Microsoft, long time partners, are happy to share that we have taken the next steps to bring our joint solution, Windows Server on WAAS (WoW), to market. We’ve developed a new, independent website with a wide range of information: The vision for this solution was first announced on February 26, 2008 at the launch of Windows Server 2008 (aka Longhorn).What Is WoW? What excites us about WoW is that it combines key branch IT services from Windows Server 2008 with Cisco’s leading WAN optimization solution, WAAS. This is a first of its kind offering where our joint customers can now run Windows Server branch IT services on a WAN optimization appliance from Cisco, the same way they would run Windows Server on a physical (white or branded box) server, but with substantially lower operating costs and much greater flexibility for locating individual IT services. You can call this the”branch version” of what many have been blogging about today — at the opposite end of the computing spectrum — Windows Server on midsize and supercomputers. Windows Server on WAAS — which is available and shipping — helps businesses improve the user experience in branch offices — and equally important, it helps IT teams reduce their branch IT costs and complexity. Customers now have the flexibility of maintaining key Windows services such as printing, authentication and DNS/DHCP services in a very efficient manor on a network appliance in the branch while still consolidating much of their technology infrastructure in data centers.More Choices = More Wins The ability for customers to make their own decision about centralization vs. localization of IT services allows them to design their branch IT infrastructure according to their business’ unique objectives and requirements, as well as cost priorities and IT footprint. For example, a customer might be able to centralize email services at the data center for branch employees to access remotely, and at the same time locally host Windows print services on Cisco WAAS at the branch.IT Services + WAN Optimization = Perfect MatchWindows Server on WAAS helps optimize application and IT service performance and reliability. Because WoW leverages Cisco’s strong set of WAN optimization technologies, WoW can really impact the performance of centralized applications, as well as those users might want to centralize as part of this IT project. Says one major US financial services company:”Windows Server on WAAS can offer flexibility to optimally locate IT resources, by moving servers to the data center but still maintaining local branch IT services. Based on our evaluation, one could achieve this flexibility with a minimal learning curve as Windows Server management on Cisco WAAS is the same as on a physical server.”Ĺ“Cisco and Microsoft are looking forward to rolling out Windows Server on WAAS and addressing customers’ branch needs and challenges with a flexible, innovative joint solution.

VMworld Best of Show

September 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Quick update--the Cisco Nexus 1000V, VN-Link, and NX-OS 4.1 just won “Best of Show” for Best New Technology at VMworld 2008. Details here.

Introducing New Products

Some of our readers and other bloggers got parts of what we are announcing today right. I, of course, have to wait until the prescribed time- i.e. 1:30 Pacific Time today, before I can write too much about it other than gratuitous teasers and such, but Rich Miller over at Data Center Knowledge wrote a good piece on what we are bringing to market- including enhancements to our Nexus line of data center switching (Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and a rumored Nexus 1000V)The one thing I am most excited about, and may be a bit early (but I just can’t contain myself and we’ll see if my PR team jumps on me for it) is how we are expanding NX-OS across our data center portfolio. NX-OS was rooted in SAN-OS. We started from a base of SAN-OS and then built new Layer-3 code from a Procket base on top of it, making sure everything was modular, multi-threaded, endian-independent, and protected by a stateful memory protection architecture that allows processes to restart and re-sync their last known memory table state without topology reconstruction. With the 4.1 release MDS SANs and Nexus LANs come together under common operational guidelines, common software architecture, same release trains, etc. The same AAA features you depend on for LAN security and integrity of management domains take effect on the SAN side and so on. This was a four-year journey to get right. Glad to see some companies will just be starting once they finalize their acquisition work. It’s a long road to do it right, I do hope they take the chance and don’t cut too many corners… time will tell.dg

Advice on Clouds

Ok, need some help here. I picked up some new job responsibilities in the cloud space this past week and thought I would ask for some help with two things-1) Am looking for some good people with a background in cloud architectures (cloud computing and cloud-based service offerings like SaaS models and such) and a solid understanding of network architectures that have strong presentation skills and can also help write on this blog, so also need good written communication skills. (or at least be able to use spell-check and thus do a better job than I do at this)2) And this is the fun/challenging part- what should Cisco do in the cloud market? Seriously, play John Chambers for a day. What do you think Cisco’s role is and what should it be? I know Allan Leinwand who often writes for GigaOm has some thoughts, I am sure Rich Miller has a few and James Urquhart wrote some solid pieces with his perspective. Join the conversation, and tell us what we need to be building, what M&A we should pursue (if any), and what role you see the network and Cisco playing in the evolving cloud environment. Last thought, and a bit of a test of a theory- can cloud computing models be ad-supported? dg

Video Blog about our VMWorld Announcements Today

Just recorded this this morning here in Barcelona about our announcements at VMWorld in Las Vegas. dg