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For Better Self-Service BI, Start with Data Virtualization and a Business Directory

Providing Business Intelligence (BI) reporting and analysis used to be a service that IT provided for their line-of-business counterparts. In recent years, however business users have increasingly taken the lead for their BI and analytic solutions.

What’s Driving the Self-Service BI Growth Trend?

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Your Data Center – White or not White-Box Switches

When I speak to customers across different market segments they want the ability to deploy services at speed, at scale, at the lowest cost possible. They care about openness to drive rapid innovations in their environment. They want the ability to automate and drive operations cost down and transform to cloud economics. They want to scale their architecture in an open multi-vendor environment that can be managed at velocity in a simplified agile manner without any compromise on security or compliance. They want to be able to provision and apply policies across the entire infrastructure without the cumbersome or possible errors that may jeopardize security and business uptime. And as they run physical and virtual workloads, they want an infrastructure that is transparent and enable these workloads to reside anywhere without restrictions on movements.

Does whitebox switch model help these customers in that journey? Cisco’s Frank D’Agostino sat down with Forrester Andre Kindness to discuss this topic.FrankD_AndreaK_Whitebox June2015

In addition, Forrester issued a report “Myth of White-Box Network Switches” that breaks down the math of whitebox and hidden costs associated with it.Forrester_BustsMythsOfWhitbox July 2015

Simpler IT Management Increases the Effectiveness of Advanced Technologies

Advanced technology assists your business on its journey to becoming more efficient and agile so it can keep serving the rising expectations of customers.  But, how can you help these advanced technologies serve your business well?

Technology headlines focus on the individual tools to help you support advanced technologies; but the pivotal reality is that the foundation for all such technologies is your data center infrastructure.  If your infrastructure cannot meet the speed and flexibility needs of these new technologies, they won’t help your business become more efficient or agile.

The good news is that Cisco has made automating your infrastructure straight forward with Cisco UCS Director.  This solution replaces manual tools and processes with automated workflows to deliver infrastructure resources within minutes.  It reduces data center operational complexity across Cisco and multi-vendor infrastructure components.

Need proof?

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Maximizing Your Return on Investment From Data Virtualization Customers

Forrester Consulting recently conducted a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study and examined the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying the Cisco Data Virtualization solution. This provides readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of investing in the Cisco Data Virtualization solution for their organizations.

Forrester gathered data through interviews with some of our long-term customers who have several years’ experience using the solution to better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with Cisco Data Virtualization. In this blog, I’d like to dive a little deeper on these customers, the challenges they were faced with and the results they are seeing from implementing Cisco Data Virtualization.

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Unify IT teams, drastically reduce costs and complexity for Microsoft Cloud Platform

WPC

Next week, Cisco will be “Igniting Opportunities Through Innovation”  at the Microsoft Windows Partner Conference (WPC).  One of the key innovations the team from Cisco’s Insieme Networks and I would like to share at WPC is Cisco ACI for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  It provides opportunities for  Microsoft partners and system integrators by bringing a new level of flexibility, consistency in control and operations, openness, and security to the enterprise and service provider cloud environment.

ACI enables new shared tenant services for users of the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  To get a sense, take a look at the 5th video in our little animation series: Winning Together with Cisco ACI and Microsoft Azure Pack.

Cisco ACI Meets Microsoft Cloud

If you are heading to WPC in Orlando, FL next week and would like to learn more, visit Cisco at Booth 1000.  You can request a meeting to learn more about partnership opportunities with ACI by making your request here.

More Information on ACI

http://www.cisco.com/go/aci

Video #1 – An Impossible Deadline

Video #2 – The Needle in the Haystack

Video #3 – Operation Clean Up

Video #4 – Cisco ACI and IT Security Automation Saves the Day

Infographic – Why Choose ACI

Infographic – ACI Ecosystem

Infographic – Cisco ACI for the Microsoft Cloud 2015

Magazine – Unleashing IT ACI Special Edition

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