Cisco’s Day One for SAP Sapphire/TechEd Madrid
Day one was a successful day for Cisco at SAP TechEd Madrid. Our booth was full most of the day with customers looking and discussing the solutions in our booth.
We had a FlexPod and VBlock rack in our both which attracted quite a lot of attention. We were able to explain both of these solutions to those who came by the booth. We also spent quite a bit of time talking about ITPA and how that solution enhances Cisco’s UCS server platform for SAP HANA and how this differentiates Cisco from the remaining certified hardware vendors for SAP HANA.
Cisco UCS is also represented in the SAP HANA Test drive area, where SAP is demonstrating application development on a Cisco UCS C460 platform for SAP HANA.
Michael Missbach, who manages Cisco’s SAP competency center in Walldorf Germany, was the leader in two Microforums on Tuesday. The first was SAP on the Cloud and the second was a Microforum with TUI Travel’s (HotelBeds) CIO Mr. Garcia. He was able to discuss his installation of SAP on Cisco UCS as well as his use of SAP HANA on Cisco UCS and how this architecture design saves him approximately 150,000 Euros a year. Read the story here
There were also meetings with Portugal Telecom, Almaviva, and Korea Telecom during the day, all of which were very productive
Besides the customer meetings, there were numerous meetings with different partners during the day
Cisco hosted the Vblock party in our booth late in the day, which attracted a big crowd culminating with the entire crowd chanting “Cisco sells Servers” which could be heard through the exhibit hall.
Overall we had over 200 visitors to our booth.
Overall, a very successful day for Cisco
Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, SAP, SAP Sapphire, SAP TechED, SAP. HANA, UCS
As part of the comprehensive desktop virtualization portfolio, Cisco is providing a solution for the small and medium business customers, typically up to 500 desktops environment. The Cisco Solution for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box offers a simple and affordable desktop virtualization solution combining the benefits of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack servers with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box software.
SMB businesses account for more than 70% of the PC install base and significant proportion of these are potential candidates for desktop virtualization. Many of the SMB environments have uniform workload, defined workload characteristics and nominal application requirements.
The Cisco Solution for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box integrates connection brokering, load balancing, desktop provisioning, HA, and management functions in a single software appliance that runs on Cisco UCS C260 M2 server – this server is based on Intel Xeon processors and provide expanded memory configurations for the most demanding VDI workloads.
There are 2 defined solutions – Balanced Configuration targeting 60 to 70 users and Performance Configuration targeting 140 to 150 users per server node. Customers can scale either of these solutions by adding servers in a grid or cluster fashion. Cisco provides simplified single SKU ordering process for the Balanced and Performance configurations.
This solution is apt for small service firms, healthcare institutions, educational institutions, state and local government organizations.
For more details on the solution, please refer to the Solutions Brief and for Cisco desktop virtualization offerings please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/vdi
Tags: Cisco UCS, Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, desktop virtualization, smb, UCS, vdi, virtualization
Tune in to the webcast, this Thursday, Nov 8, which specifically addresses large-scale fabric computing to find out more. Research firm, Gartner, defines fabric computing as “A set of computing, storage, memory and I/O components joined through a fabric interconnect, and the software to configure and manage them”. In a study on fabric computing adopters earlier this year, Gartner researchers called out the following three major impacts:
- External service providers justify fabric-based infrastructure (FBI) based on operating cost savings and density (for greater revenue per square foot), while enterprises base their FBI acquisitions primarily on capital cost savings.
- Gartner clients found that FBI’s use of templates and profiles improves resiliency because, in the event of infrastructure failure, they can recreate servers in minutes.
- Virtually all clients with FBI in production found a reduction in time to provision from two to three months to a few hours to three days.
Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is leading this industry transition to fabric computing, and with Cisco UCS Central, catapulting it to an unprecedented scale. In his blog, Todd Brannon, Unified Computing Product Marketing Senior Manager, explains UCS Central in a nutshell. Cisco UCS Central lays the foundation for disaster recovery by providing the ability to recreate the infrastructure environment in a different data center. With Cisco UCS Central, customers can manage dynamic environments efficiently without higher-level software and complex setups. With an open API, UCS Central allows users to retain existing data center processes and tools. It also provides role-based administration to support collaboration across disciplines and to accommodate necessary organizational changes.
The basic underlying configuration capabilities are provided by Cisco UCS Manager, which is embedded in the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect:
- Policy and model-based management with service profiles and templates
- Auto-discovery to detect, inventory and provision system components that are added
- A comprehensive open XML API for integration and automation
Cisco UCS Manager 2.1 brings additional benefits to fabric computing adopters
- Customers will get blade server benefits such as reduced cabling and ease of management on rack mount servers. Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1225 with the Nexus 2232PP Fabric Extender drastically reduces the cabling and number of switches needed for rack-mount servers as shown in the figure above.
- Customers will also get more options on storage topology including Multi-hop FCOE
Cisco UCS is expected to reduce the total cost of ownership for fabric computing as Gartner clients have verified. Find out how, in our webcast, which will include a customer perspective.
Tags: Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS API, Cisco UCSM, Fabric Extender, UCS Central
The release of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 (Cisco IAC) begins to address one of the key questions of our customers who are building public and private clouds: How can I automate the network services configuration in my data center pod to enable policy-based network infrastructure as a service for my customers?
Some of you may be familiar with the Cisco Network Services Manager (Cisco NSM), part of the Intelligent Automation software portfolio. With the release of Cisco IAC 3.1, Cisco NSM is now integrated with and bundled as part of Cisco IAC, laying the foundation for infrastructure as a service.
Let’s take a look at some of the features in NSM for Cisco IAC:
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Tags: Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco UCS, CiscoIAC, cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, IaaS, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, Unified Data Center
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 was announced this week in a blog article by Director of Marketing Jason Schroedl.
Why are Customers and Partners excited about this new release?
The release this week of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 further demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to help its enterprise and service provider customers with innovative technology for private, public, and hybrid cloud deployments.
Today I would like to talk about the three ways an enterprise company can implement their cloud with Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud:
- Cisco Advanced Service -- cloud enablement services
- Authorized Technology Provider Partner — professional services delivery engagement
- Customer Implementation — following upcoming customer training
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Tags: cisco IAC, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco UCS, cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, IaaS, intelligent automation, orchestration, private cloud, Unified Data Center