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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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The We’re Listening Blog Series: Big Data Analytics Drive Faster Time to Services Quotes

Throughout the year, our customers and partners provide feedback to us about their experience doing business with Cisco. We take that feedback very seriously, and are constantly making improvements to address the most common themes we hear and improve the overall experience. In the We’re Listening Blog series, we close the loop to tell you about these improvements and the changes that our customers and partners can expect to see.

One common theme in the feedback is the Services ordering process, so I’ve asked Lars Thorsen, Director, Partner Services, to describe some of the improvements that the Simplify and Optimize Annuity Revenue (SOAR) team has been making in this space over the past year – and what they have planned for this year.

lthorsen By Guest Author Lars Thorsen

We are constantly looking to simplify our quoting and ordering processes, starting with the improvements you’ve told us you most want to see. We’ve been listening to your feedback via surveys and live forums throughout the year, and we heard you say that the Services ordering process can be “complex and cumbersome” and the Services contract tool, CSCC, is a bit “difficult to use.” More specifically, you told us that it takes too many resources and cycles to interact with CSCC. We wanted to make immediate improvements that would decrease the time it takes to receive a quote for Services. Read More »

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Big Data and Analytics Touchdowns

What’s your winning combo for big data and analytics? This may come as a surprise to you – but given that the Superbowl is approaching – I am going to use a football analogy. As we get ready for the game in 2 weeks, we have a tale of two quarterbacks. One is an established quarter back with a long-standing history of victories. The other –new, up and coming—brings a ton of enthusiasm and fresh legs to the game.

This is like the analytics market place of today. We have established players like SAP, SAS, and IBM and new ones such as Splunk, Platfora, and ParStream (now part of Cisco). On this 10th birthday of Hadoop, we have established technology approaches from Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR using MapReduce being challenged by the new player to the game – Spark, which is starting to score big in the technology field. The big 3 are taking different approaches to this, which should make it fun to watch.

Ok, guess how Cisco UCS ties into all of this? The foundation under all of these players is a solid integrated infrastructure that enables the game to be played and won. And like Levi’s stadium, UCS is the state of the art infrastructure with all of the most essential bells and whistles (Yes, I’m talking about service profiles for policy execution and management and ACI for business-relevant software defined networking (SDN)). Because in football and in business, it’s important to go ALL THE WAY, you can rely on Cisco’s end-to-end solutions to make this happen.

Trying to figure out the winning combination for your team? I pulled together a ‘scouting report’ to help you put together your ideal fantasy team. Bookmark this, because this is where you can find the latest and greatest and how each player partners with Cisco to bring you insights to action.

Cisco Big Data and Analytics Latest Content

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Welcome to Data Virtualization’s New Frontier

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Where We’ve Been

When Judith Davis and I co-authored Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility in 2011, we identified the five most popular Data Virtualization usage patterns at that time.

“Data virtualization is a versatile data integration solution that can be deployed to solve a wide range of data integration challenges. Based on nearly ten years of successful implementations, several common usage patterns have emerged to help guide your enterprise’s data virtualization adoption strategy.

  • BI data federation
  • Data warehouse extension
  • Enterprise data virtualization layer
  • Big data integration
  • Cloud data integration”

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