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This week we are celebrating a milestone by announcing that 10,000 customers worldwide have deployed our new Unified Computing System. In just over two years UCS has captured the attention of data center managers and CIOs alike, despite skepticism from industry observers that a new computing technology could take hold in this highly competitive market.

According to a recent Servers and Virtualization Study by TheInfoPro,™ Cisco took the lead among server vendors in vision, technical innovation, product performance, and sales force.

Many have asked “how did UCS become successful so rapidly?” The answer lies with our customers: they selected UCS because the architecture drove a transformation of their data centers, while delivering advantages for their business and lowering IT costs. And we see a growing number of these customers, including half the fortune 500 companies, using UCS as the foundational building block to move towards private and hybrid clouds.

Bottom Line
We hear from our customers on a daily basis that UCS is transforming their IT practice and significantly contributing to their business. Thanks to all our UCS customers– may you continue to grow your businesses in 2012!

Here’s a small sampling of the passionate testimonies we receive:

Steven Senecal, manager of Global Server Engineering for Travelport
“Although we were successfully meeting customer needs, the infrastructure needed to be much more scalable and resilient to handle the demand expected to occur in the next few years. For example, the Cisco Unified Computing System service profiles are a benefit to data center IT managers, allowing us to create and store a unique identity for every blade. Our team can query this information for asset management and it enables us to truly rip and replace a blade in minutes if necessary.”
Travelport, a global leader in transaction processing for the travel industry supporting transaction services in 160 countries and over 60,000 travel agencies, deployed UCS to increase business agility, scalability and efficiency for its primary data center.

Dan Hein, director, Global Shared Services, Columbia Sportswear
“The integration of compute, network, and storage into a single stack is transforming the way we, as IT professionals, view these environments.” We anticipate a significant reduction in the overhead required to manage the Vblock platform environment, because we’ve taken three separate disciplines and combined them into one. Because Vblock is preconfigured and pretested by VCE, we can move forward with our SAP deployment quickly and with confidence that the infrastructure will deliver the robust performance and availability we need out of the gate.”
Columbia Sportswear, a global leader in the manufacture and wholesaling of sports apparel and outdoor clothing with offices in 45 countries worldwide, selected VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platforms to support a new deployment of SAP to run its most critical business applications, including financial, product development, manufacturing, and shipping.

Randy Subryan, enterprise architect, Pacific Coast Building Products
“We wanted a platform that would simplify provisioning and management of our SAP applications in a virtualized environment. We have a relatively small IT team, and Cisco UCS Manager helps us operate our SAP application environment efficiently by managing all blades from one interface. If we need to add capacity, we can do it far more quickly with UCS than we could with our previous virtualization platform. We’re definitely more agile with the Cisco UCS.”
Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc. sells building products for residential, commercial, and industrial construction to builders and contractors in the western United States and Canada. A centralized IT organization provides services for Pacific Coast’s 80 offices, helping to increase the efficiency of business processes ranging from product design and manufacturing to sales and operations.

Wes Wright, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Seattle Children’s
“Feedback from our clinical users has been overwhelmingly positive. They can walk into a patient’s room and within seconds access all their information—it’s much more efficient and provides more time for patient and provider interaction.”
Denali Advanced Integration helped Seattle Children’s to deploy a solution with Citrix XenDesktop® hosted on Cisco UCS to centralize information and applications in the data center. The solution greatly improved application performance, increased scalability (up to 120 users per server blade with no performance degradation,) and eliminated service outages due to incompatible components.

* TheInfoPro™ Servers and Virtualization Study Vendor Performance Report Wave 11 – 2H 2011, based on interviews conducted with large- and midsize-enterprise IT server professionals in North America.

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