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Cisco UCS: Beating the Odds

May 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm PST

When the odds are against you, there are two roads you can take:
1. Buy into the negativity and become a self-fulfilling prophecy or
2. Persevere to rise above the adversity and exceed everyone’s expectations.

When Cisco joined the server party several years ago and set out to design a new system that addressed our customer’s power, management, and server administration costs challenges, the cynics said, “It couldn’t be done.”

Then, when Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), a new system that blended compute, network, storage access and virtualization into a single unit, was announced two years ago, skeptics predicted that it would never succeed.

Now, less than two years after UCS first shipped in July 2009, Cisco holds the third position in global market share in x86 blade server factory revenue as of Q1 CY11, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2011. Furthermore, businesses worldwide shifted over 10% of the x86 blade market to UCS, and in the U.S. nearly 20%, as mentioned in Cisco’s Vice President of Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit Soni Jiandani’s blog post.

This information comes on the heels of last week’s exciting announcement, Cisco UCS B250 M2 Blade Server won the “Best of Show” award in the Hardware and Storage category at Microsoft TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

I’ll let you guess which road Cisco took to beat the odds.

We couldn’t have done it…without our partners! Read More »

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Good-Enough Network Myth# 3: Quality of Service and Saving Lives

May 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm PST

When Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals in the U.K. deployed Cisco TelePresence so that a stroke specialist could examine a patient at another location, it meant the patient stood a better chance of survival.

“In medicine, saving time ultimately saves lives,” said Andrew Clarke, IT manager at the hospitals.

Two million of the brain’s three billion cells die each minute a stroke is untreated, so the 15 to 60 minutes the TelePresence system saves means patients stand a better chance of recovering. And by using high-resolution video, a doctor can see nuances that wouldn’t be visible on a conventional video conferencing system.

Video is playing an ever-increasing role on our networks, from TelePresence, to You Tube, to video conference calls. Your average “good enough” network just doesn’t have the capacity to run clear, smooth high-definition video and offer the quality of service, or QOS, we need to be productive (and even save lives).

Over on Silicon Angle this week, Mike Rau continues his blog series debunking the seven myths of the good-enough network--this week he addresses the “Basic Quality of Service (QOS)” myth.

With video projected to quadruple IP traffic by 2014 to 767 exabytes, according the Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast, this may be why so many IT managers are gearing up for additional traffic.

Are you and your customers ready?

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Citrix Synergy: Bringing Together Cisco, Citrix and NetApp Solutions

This week the Channels blog will be bringing you coverage of Citrix Synergy in San Francisco. This event demonstrates how virtualization, networking, and cloud technologies work together. Cisco and Citrix have collaborated to ease the implementation of desktop virtualization by making virtual desktops simpler, more cost effective, and more robust for mainstream enterprise adoption by our mutual customers.

The event looks to be filled with interesting sessions—breakouts, keynotes, and hands-on demonstrations. This morning, we sat in on a channel breakout session where we heard about accelerating Citrix XenDesktop deployments using the combined desktop virtualization solutions from Cisco, Citrix, and NetApp.

We’re also happy to pass along the news that Cisco won an award!

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Social Media Spotlight: Eight Tips for Writing an Engaging Blog Entry

In our previous installment of Social Media Spotlight, we took a look at how blogs can help tell your company’s story and draw in new customers. Well, now it’s time to take a deeper dive into how to craft a blog post.

Alex Krasne and I have been writing and blogging for quite a while now (about 30 years, combined, to be exact), so we know a thing or two about how to shape ideas in a way that engages readers and generates a conversation. Here are our eight tips on how to write a solid blog entry.

Read on to find out the details on our eight tips, as well as links to several partner blogs: Read More »

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Is Your Network Flexible and Secure?

May 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm PST

Remember the old days when work meant sitting at your desk, typing away at your desktop computer, at the office? There was no such thing as a smart phone or even a laptop or a tweet – you just sat at your desk and waited for the network, which was probably running at 56k dial-up speeds or slower. (Now I probably sound like my father who told me he had to walk uphill to school in the snow every day.)

These days, we don’t need to be tied to a desk, but we also expect much more of our networks: they need to be fast, secure, run the applications we need, and allow employees to work anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

So how to design an enterprise network with enough flexibility and security to address users’ needs without CIOs and IT managers having coronaries in the process? And how can enterprise networks live harmoniously (and securely) with our many devices, from smart phones to iPads to laptops?

As we continue the Seven Myths of the Good-Enough Network series over on Silicon Angle, Cisco’s Mike Rau--Vice President, CTO for the Borderless Network Architecture--tackles those questions and more as he dispels the second myth: bolt-on security.

What exactly is bolt-on security anyway? Read More »

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