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Data Center Newsletter: Convergence in the Data Center

For more of the latest content from the Data Center teams, please check out the full version of the Data Center Newsletter, July 2009 Edition.By Peter Linkin – Data Center Solutions MarketingConsolidation is everywhere. People are moving back to cities to escape suburban sprawl. Industries are consolidating to a small number of mega-brands. And after years of distributed systems anarchy, IT is consolidating equipment and facilities back to a more efficient, controllable, centralized model. Sound familiar? People are even talking about the ‘virtual mainframe’, VDI to thin clients, and water cooling.It’s not about pastel-colored, refrigerator-sized boxes this time. The average data center houses hundreds of rack units of servers, storage and networking equipment, miles of cabling, and aircraft-engine class AC fans. And that’s a challenge — actually, several: Read More »

WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration Case Study – Manufacturing Monsanto

If your organization relies on Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 for global collaboration among thousands of employees across hundreds of widely dispersed locations, read this WAN optimization customer testimonial provided by Monsanto – a global agricultural company that uses technology to help farmers succeed while reducing agriculture’s impact on the environment. Monsanto has deployed Cisco WAN optimization solution across 107 sites and is taking it to the next phase. Let me first quote some highlights:Microsoft Sharepoint application acceleration: The Monsanto IT team measured the time to open a 13.8 megabyte Office Excel file on a server in St. Louis from an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Without Cisco WAAS, opening the file through Office SharePoint Server 2007 took 4.5 minutes. With Cisco WAAS, opening it the first time took just 1.3 minutes—a performance increase of about 71 percent. Opening the same file subsequently, after it was cached, took just 8 seconds.WAN optimization: Overall bandwidth usage has decreased by 50 percent in the sites using Cisco WAAS, which means that the same link can accommodate about twice as much traffic as in the past without becoming saturated. Read More »

WAN optimization and application acceleration – Interwoven – Competitive Test Results

If you are relying on Interwoven software for collaboration and wondering how WAN optimization can support your offsite data replication and business continuity, please read on. Read More »

Is WAN Optimization the Answer to Today’s IT Dilemma?

In today’s challenging economy many customers are asking how they can reduce IT costs while responding to increasing demands for IT services? What do you do in tough economic times when you need to lower branch office IT spending but at the same time you need to provide new productivity tools to branch office workers? Your branch offices are where your customers come to do business so your branch office workers need IT resources that let them conduct business efficiently. In the past the answer was to install distributed computing systems in each branch office. These days that solution is costly to implement and to maintain, especially with reduced IT staffing. Many organizations are moving applications to the data center, to reduce IT costs and gain better control over data, but that means greater demands are being put on the WAN, which impacts application performance. At the same time organizations want to ramp up their use of VoIP to extend the reach of their telephone network and bring costs down, but VoIP is especially sensitive to network congestion. So what should they do?

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IBM and Cisco Help Customers Adopt FCoE for Unified Fabric

So, we continue to see traction with customers for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) because IT organizations are beginning to understand both immediate benefits through reduced capital and operating costs (a big incentive in today’s economy) and the longer term advantages as they continue to virtualize their data centers. Cisco already has over 900 customers deploying the Nexus 5000 switch and today IBM announced that its Systems and Technology Group (STG) will re-sell the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch as part of its new Data Center Networking portfolio.

image Here’s what Barry Rudolph, VP, IBM Storage has to say: “Networking is an important element in highly virtualized and Cloud computing environments. By working with market leaders like Cisco, IBM aims to provide choice and flexibility in providing dynamic infrastructures and world class solutions and services for our customers.”

This agreement with IBM extends Cisco’s ability to support our customers’ goals to deploy a unified fabric with converged networks, and expands Cisco’s routes to market. As the pioneer and market leader in FCoE technology for converging networks into a unified fabric, Cisco offers IBM customers innovative technology coupled with investment protection. Read More »