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The Business Value of Cisco Big Data Solutions

Since it’s inception five years ago Cisco’s Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) offerings have consistently driven positive technical and business value for our customers at many levels, some examples:

• Cisco UCS regularly delivers top-level performance as showcased via our leading benchmarking results.

• In their datacenters our customers have recognized material gains in operational efficiency with substantial benefits in provisioning, deployment, management, and staffing.

• In their physical environments customer value is derived in lowered heating, cooling, space, and cabling advantages.

The trend continues… Cisco UCS is the gift that keeps on giving! In a recent third party survey we were able to gather insight on the benefits received by customer’s use of our Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure Solution for Big Data. Here’s an overview:

Summary: Business Value of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data

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A Year Ahead: Big Data and Analytics on Cisco UCS

I’m so looking forward to the year ahead in the world of big data and analytics, because the opportunities appear to have no limits. Big Data and Analytics has been growing for quite some time. IDC expects the Big Data Technology and Services market to grow at a 26.24% compound annual growth rate through 2018 to reach $41.52 billion. This is the year that’s going to explode, delivering more benefits to more industries than ever before.

As it becomes more accessible and more common, it is no wonder that some people are starting to say that the term, “big data” may disappear. As data driven decisions become the new norm, we will need a more specific term, or several terms. For those of you who fall strongly in that camp, please feel free to search “big data and analytics” in my blog and replace it with “Clever Cute Name, CCN” until someone comes up with the new term.  Okay, back to the fact that this is going to be the new norm. If you need some examples, here are four in IT Services, Healthcare, and Communications industries.

IT Services Industry | Management Science Associates (MSA)

MSA is an IT services company that provides colocation, data integration, and analysis services. They came to MapR and Cisco to build a powerful new service for big data and analytics to help its customers increase revenues and make better business decisions. This case study is an excellent example for anyone looking to understand the importance of data driven decision in the manufacturing and distribution business.

Healthcare Industry | Union Hospital

Today’s healthcare depends on electronic information sharing. Union Hospital of Cecil County came to Cisco and Splunk to ensure fast and secure access to this information. Security Analytics on Cisco UCS with Splunk gave them the visibility into security threats, alleviating the need for the IT team to manually review gigabytes of daily log data from thousands of network devices and servers. With this in place, the focus was on delivering fast access and better customer care.

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Union Hospital Case Study

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Being Social at Cisco Live Berlin

#CiscoChat

There is excitement building in the Data Center team for Cisco Live Berlin next week! Our friend Ravi wrote an excellent blog about some of the sessions and demos you should put on your list if you are live in Berlin – but what if you aren’t able to be there?

I will be joining Lauren Friedman (@lauren), Christina Greiner (@ChristinaGren), and Mark Murphy (@mjmsf) to bring you all the best live from the show floor. Engineers Unplugged will be filming on location and Cisco Champions podcasts will be recording. We have a special #CiscoChat with Mark and Intel IoT spokesperson Roger Benson, Director of Intel, EMEA on Tuesday, Feb 16th at 17:00 Berlin time. They will be joined by Director of Cisco IoT Marketing, Jaishree Subramania (@JaishreeMS).  You can catch the live broadcast on Periscope from @CiscoDC and the replay will be available for 24 hours. Be sure to follow @Cisco_IoT for all the Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) related discussions.

In addition, I will be joining Pradeep Parmar (@pradeepsparmar), Cisco marketing manager, to discuss Digital transformation. You can view this #CiscoChat on the @CiscoDigital Periscope channel on Thursday, Feb 18th at 9:00 local time.

You can follow all activity with #CLEUR

“See” you there!

Note to self: Hashtags to remember in Berlin

Note to self: Hashtags to remember in Berlin

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Fast and Flexible – New Third Generation Fabric Interconnect

Guest Blogger: Nikul Sheth, Product Manager for Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect

One of the things I admire about great athletes is they are both fast and flexible. This combination makes them more agile and gives them a competitive edge. Our next evolution of Cisco UCS Fabric provides customers with greater speed and flexibility to help you maintain your competitive edge. This third generation Fabric Interconnect enables a high-performance, low latency and lossless fabric architecture to address the requirements for deploying high capacity datacenters.

Third Gen Fabric InterconnectThe new Cisco UCS 6300 Series Fabric Interconnect leverages our key technology differentiators – UCS Fabric, the Virtual Interface Card (VIC) and UCS Manager. The Fabric Interconnect 6300 series and the MDS 24-Port 40G FCoE module enable a high-performance 40G FCoE end-to-end solution. The new 6300 series adds to our successful Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect to deploy 40GbE, 40Gb FCoE, and 16Gb FC. This provides UCS customers with higher bandwidth and more configuration options, so they can have higher performance ports and the flexibility to support LAN and SAN connectivity for all servers within a domain.

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How Open APIs Enable Multi-Vendor Integration Bringing Greater Customer Value

Cloud architects and IT operations need a consistent policy model for all applications and for the virtual and physical infrastructure hosting it. A policy model for control, monitoring, and enforcement contributes to bringing today’s siloed operational teams together, with the ability to integrate their workflows using automation tools. Today server virtualization is largely based on VMware so we frequently encounter VMware virtual infrastructure (VI) in our ACI customer environments.

There are three major aspects or points of integration between VMware VI and ACI to deliver simplified operations to the VI admin and net admins.

Integrating Cisco ACI with VMware

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