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Cisco and Citrix Deliver a Fresh Take On Desktop Virtualization

In talking to our customers, one of the things that I hear consistently is that customers appreciate our open solution stack.  What does that mean?  Well, a couple of things–first of all, it means that our innovations are individually available–you can connect a UCS to any upstream Ethernet and Fibre Channel switch, you can connect the server of your choice to a Nexus switch and still take advantage of OTV, FabricPath or unified fabric and you can run the Nexus 1000V in pretty much any hardware environment supported by vSphere.


The other thing this means is that we build solutions stacks with insertion points for our partners so our customers can take advantage our our solutions while still working with their favorite data center vendors.  Both Vblocks (Cisco, EMC, VMware) and SMT (Cisco, NetApp, VMWare) were initial examples of this approach.


Today, we are adding to the list with a newly announced desktop virtualization solution developed in partnership with Citrix.   Desktop virtualization is taking off with our customer for a number of reasons from reducing costs, to faster app deployment, to improving regulatory compliance and we have been listening to what our customers have been asking for.


The new solution with Citrix XenDesktop combines Cisco UCS and Citrix desktop virtualization technologies including FlexCast™ and HDX™, to deliver a cost-effective, scalable and high-performance solution for hosting, securing and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops and applications.  


In this video Ben Gibson of Cisco and Gordon Payne of Citrix discuss the announcement:


Of course, we are not going to roll out a me-too solution….  

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Daily Blogger Techminute : Cisco and VMware drive innovation and integration

With more than 17,000 registrants , VMworld 2010 is the largest and most successful VMworld ever . No surprise , as we know that the virtualization wave keeps growing and growing – Servers, network, storage, desktops, virtualization is everywhere – And Cisco with a close partnership with VMware is definitely at the cutting  edge of this wave with a lot of significant innovations and a tied integration between the two companies.

As a new  proof point, Cisco won a Best of VMworld 2010 award in the hardware virtualization category with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Overlay Transportation Virtualization  solution 

For  the last Cisco Daily Blogger Minute for VMworld 2010  I invited today our friends Stuart Miniman, Wikibon Senior Analyst  and VMware Ernesto Tey to join Cisco JMichel Metz to talk about the importance of the partner ecosystem that Cisco and VMware are creating and the results in terms of innovation, and integration 

In terms of innovations, and partnership between Cisco and VMware , here are a couple of  recent announcements from Cisco  that you want to consider 

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Cisco and VMware:More sophisticated tools for virtualization and cloud

A large crowd gathered again this morning under a blue sky in the Moscone Center in San Francisco to listen to VMware Paul Maritz and later in the morning Cisco Ed Bugnion key notes sessions for VMworld 2010 . Cisco Omar Sultan and Brian Gracely, as well as VMware Ernesto Tey  talked tonight about theses sessions,  the announcements made by both companies, including the Cisco Virtual Security Gateway , and the need for more sophisticated tools expressed by the customers

On the Cisco booth, located at the entrance of the exhibit Hall, the activities didn’t stop with an impressive series of presentations from customers such as General Electric and from Cisco partners 
Don’t hesitate  also  to stop by , to talk with the owners of the  19 demos that Cisco is presenting, as we did with Salomon Lopez who summarized for us  in one minute his solution : Related to the VMware announcement, Cisco was introducing  today the integration between VMware vCloud Services Director and the Cisco Nexus 1000V- 


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Security in a Virtual World: Cisco Virtual Security Gateway for Nexus 1000V


At VMworld yesterday, Ed Bugnion introduced our Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) for Nexus 1000V, which led to an avalanche of questions.  There is only so much you can do 140 characters at a time, so I thought this might work a bit better.  And, for those of you who weren’t at VMworld, here are answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

So, a bit of context first…


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VMworld 2010 – A different crowd

Our favorite bloggers are back for a new Cisco Daily Blogger Techminute  . Cisco Omar Sultan and Brian Gracely shared today their first impressions on VMworld2010 with VMware Ernesto Tey


This fist day at VMworld has been extremely busy for our speaker team, but also  on the booth (#801) with a lot of interesting demos

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