Few days back I blogged about how FlexPod for VMware is a great solution that can accelerate your cloud journey and help move beyond 30% virtualized datacenter (Test & Dev workloads, infrastructure servers, web servers etc.) to virtualizing enterprise applications (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP etc.), and finally -- implement a fully automated IT as a Service solution.
In lot of customer environments, Microsoft applications (e.g. Exchange, Sharepoint, and SQL Server) support a good portion of mission critical business operations. These Microsoft applications have traditionally been hosted on siloed, underutilized IT infrastructure and operational processes that were built based on the requirements of individual applications and processes. The end result is increased total cost of ownership and inability to help business be more agile, introduce new services, and achieve operational efficiency.
Here are some of the key operational benefits to virtualizing Microsoft Apps on FlexPod for VMware:
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Tags: Cisco ACE, Cisco WAAS, CiscoUCS, cloud, deduplication, efficiency, ESMT, Exchange, FlexPod, netapp, nexus, Secure Multi-tenancy, Sharepoint, SQL Server, UCS service profiles, VAAI, virtualization, VMware SRM, VMware vSphere, VSC
Gartner has recently published the 2010 WAN Optimization Controller Magic Quadrant. We all know that Gartner can be strict about how vendors characterize its research, so instead of editorializing I’ll let the Magic Quadrant graph speak for itself :
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You can read the full Gartner Magic Quadrant report here: ttp://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/cisco/208714.html
In lieu of commenting on relatively the placement of all the dots, which would only raise the ire of Gartner’s usage police, I’ll instead focus this post on why I think Cisco did so well this year. Cisco continuously strives on new WOC solutions to grow with the demands of our customers. Agility, cost reduction, simplicity and flexible deployment drive our recent innovations. And also to keep in mind we had recent innovations that were NOT included in the 2010 MQ, these new solutions are:
- vWAAS (virtual WAAS) is the industry’s first cloud-ready WAN optimization product that can be deployed in an elastic, multi-tenant, and on-demand manner. Cisco vWAAS enables the transition to public and private clouds and is a key proof point in the Cisco Unified Network Services (UNS) pillar, a central part of the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architecture.
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Tags: Cisco WAAS
National Insurance Company Limited of India (NIC) delivers near real-time performance for its core applications to remote offices with Cisco’s Wide Area Application Service (WAAS).
National Insurance Company (NIC) Limited has many users across over 1,000 branches throughout India. These branches connect to their main data center using a decentralized network model that links remote offices using a mix of 64 Kbps and 128 Kbps connections. Under this model, NIC’s remote offices were facing slower application processing due to high WAN latency, heavy network traffic, and increasing transactions, among other factors.
NIC Deputy General Manager (IT), Mr. D. K. Sinha knew that they needed to do something different to boost application performance to cater for their new core insurance application (CIA). Their users were experiencing slow network performance, even with applications such as Lotus Notes; moreover, the bandwidth upgrade at remote locations came with a heavy price tag. In conclusion, NIC needed a new network solution to accelerate applications, cut branch infrastructure costs, and simplify remote data protection.
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Tags: Case Study, Cisco WAAS, Cisco Wide Area Application Service, Lotus Notes, Microsoft, Oracle