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Cisco UCS at Microsoft TechEd 2014

May 8, 2014 at 1:00 am PST

If you are coming to Houston next week for Microsoft TechEd, please set aside some time to stop by the Cisco booth (#701) and attend our sessions to learn how we are partnering in the datacenter.

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Your Guide to Cisco at Microsoft TechEd 2014

May 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm PST

Platinum Sponsor BannerCisco and Microsoft have been working closely to integrate our data center solutions to provide agile, secure and scalable platforms for private cloud, hybrid IT and modern business applications. The Cisco team is looking forward to showcasing these solutions at Microsoft TechEd 2014, May 12-15,  in Houston, Texas.

We have a full line-up of demos, sessions and events that will highlight the unique benefits of the Cisco Unified Data Center for Microsoft environments and applications. If you’ll be in Houston for TechEd, drop by the Cisco booth to speak with Cisco experts and learn how you can take advantage of deep integrations between the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Microsoft Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center, to deliver Microsoft applications in private or hybrid cloud environments.

Connect with Cisco in Booth 701

Learn about Cisco Data Center products and talk to Cisco solution experts in booth 701. We’ll be conducting live solution demonstrations on:

  • 3-D UCS demos featuring FlexPod and VSPEX for Microsoft Private Cloud and Applications
  • UCS Management with Microsoft System Center
  • Network Visualization with Nexus for Hyper-V
  • Cisco InterCloud Fabric
  • UCS Invicta Series Solid State Systems
  • Application Centric Infrastructure

You’ll come for the demos but you won’t leave empty handed. We’ll have exceptionally cool Cisco hats for visitors to our booth.

Cisco Showcase Sessions

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ING Direct in the Cloud

ING Direct is a personal banking and financial institution that has been a Cisco customer for a number of years. We are excited to highlight that ING Direct has today announced overhauling its IT infrastructure and transferred its system into a private cloud dubbed Zero Touch.

ING Direct has always been one of the most innovative banks in Australia and this project will see ING Direct become the only bank in Australia to have transferred its entire IT systems into the cloud.

Cisco applauds ING Direct for continuing to accelerate its innovation with the medium- to long-term aim of delivering new applications and services to its customers even more rapidly.  We’re incredibly pleased to continue to be a part of this along with Dimension Data, NetApp, and  Microsoft.

As well as playing a significant role in the implementation of Zero Touch(ZT), we are thrilled that our most recent project with ING Direct resulted in ZT being delivered at a much faster rate and at a significantly lower cost. That project was “Bank in a Box”, a private cloud innovation designed to act as a test bed for new applications and services.  Based on Cisco UCS, “Bank in a Box” enables staff members to provision copies of the bank representing all the bank’s applications and services – almost five and half terabytes of data – instantly and seamlessly from software they use every day.

With all of ING Direct’s systems now in the cloud, the bank’s IT team can devote their efforts to the continued innovation and delivery of new and improved products and services to customers.

For more information, please see ING Direct’s media release here.

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Building a Private Cloud. Cisco and Microsoft – Optimized Infrastructure Strategies

May 1, 2014 at 5:00 am PST

This month the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a Boston area based analyst firm, published a white paper commissioned by Cisco and Microsoft on the topic of the private cloud. In it ESG covers the best-of-breed technologies and solutions that Cisco and Microsoft bring to market together for Windows Server 2012 R2 / Hyper-V based private cloud configurations.

Below are “The Bigger Truths”, as ESG phrased their summary of findings on the Cisco / Microsoft better together story – please feel free to take a look, it’s a good read!…  :

Accelerated time to market: Enter markets quickly with easy access across multiple consumption models driven by Cisco infrastructure and Microsoft software.

CapEx and OpEx savings: Savings on CapEx and OpEx costs can be achieved by virtualizing the server environment with no additional CapEx when moving to the cloud, minimizing implementation complexity, enabling virtual management with increased control, and gaining the ability to scale as required.

Rapid ROI: Because this environment is software-defined, and its infrastructure is efficient, it can quickly pay for itself by simplifying provisioning, efficient time to value, and operational efficiencies.

High availability: Because the Cisco Unified Data Center fabric has no single point of failure, it unifies compute, storage, networking, and management resources into a single, fabric-based platform that can increase operating efficiency and availability, simplify the data center, and provide business agility. Microsoft solutions compound this value with data protection solutions for on- and off-premises protection.

Increased IT organizational efficiencies: Due to the ease of implementation and management, IT pros can be shifted to positions where they are most productive and leverage their current Microsoft and Cisco certifications.

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Delivering Workplace Mobility – Built on Cisco Unified Computing System

Citrix Synergy kicks off next week and Cisco is once again proud to be a platinum sponsor.  We’ll have an extensive suite of content at the event, and a number of our desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility experts on the ground.

Need a Warm-up for Citrix Synergy?

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 9.57.04 AMBefore we dive into all the Cisco/Synergy goodness, I want to point out that Cisco TechWise TV posted a brand new VDI-focused episode featuring our product manager (Ashok Rajagopalan), lead TME (Mike Brennan) and myself, with TechWise’s Jimmy Ray Purser and Robb Boyd.  The episode does a nice job revisiting what’s new with desktop virtualization, how has the landscape transformed from an infrastructure perspective, and a look behind the scenes at how we put our Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) together.  You can view the session here.

You can also check out this short animated whiteboard video that outlines why Cisco UCS is your best choice for deploying Citrix XenDesktop

If you’ve made plans to be in LA next week, here’s a quick run-down of stuff you should check out.

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