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Road Trip! Cisco and Microsoft are going on a world tour!

We will be in Dallas, London, New York, Paris, San Jose, and Toronto the next two months. If you are in the area, register and come learn more about transforming your data centers to take advantage of the newest Cisco infrastructure solutions along with Microsoft’s Cloud OS and workloads.

Yesterday’s data centers cannot keep up with the speed of today’s innovation, and being able to keep up with that innovation is key to your company’s success and survival in today’s competitive environment. Leveraging large volumes of data and highly elastic compute resources to deliver better insight and a superior product/user experience has become more and more important. Data centers are no longer just a place to store data, they are now the center of engagement and information exchange for your company.

Leadership teams from Cisco, Microsoft, and industry analysts IDC (International Data Corporation) invite you to attend this exclusive event. We will discuss how our companies have joined forces to deliver integrated solutions that enable tomorrow’s business strategies. This information will help you assess the near and long term opportunities and challenges that organizations face as they seek to capitalize on the changes in scale, speed and scope. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Summit 2015 is Nearly Here

MVPS

We will soon be gathering in Montreal for Cisco Partner Summit 2015. In fact, it’s only a little more than two weeks out at this point. It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we met in Las Vegas last year where we introduced the Cisco Partner Ecosystem.

So much has happened since I last had the opportunity to meet with all our partners at our annual event. As I mentioned back in the fall, we’ve made such a great deal of progress since introducing the Cisco Partner Ecosystem last year. I’ve done my best to keep you up-to-date on our progress throughout the past year and I can’t wait to meet with you again in Montreal to continue the conversation.

I promised you we would continue to cultivate the Cisco Partner Ecosystem in order to benefit you and we are certainly still focused on that approach. We continue to broaden the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, enhance partner enablement and continually look for new growth areas.

I know we have come a long way since last March, but there is so much more to do. I’m proud of what we have accomplished and I’m thrilled that our work is getting attention outside of our partner community as well. In fact, Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst at ZK Research posted just yesterday on Network World his opinion on “How Cisco keeps channel partners out in front of market trends.”

I urge you to read Zeus’ blog. It’s a good look at an opinion outside of our Cisco walls on what has kept our partners happy. Zeus points to innovation in technology and our partner programs. Let me know what you think. Your feedback is what helps us tweak our solutions and our programs in order to help you be successful. Read More »

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FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Private Cloud — A Premier Integrated Platform for Mission Critical Microsoft SQL Server Implementations

This guest blog was authored by Frank Cicalese and contains summarized content from various articles that can be found on Cisco and NetApp’s sites. 

Untitled5Frank Cicalese is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco’s Data Center Architecture Team helping customers globally with their Microsoft solutions on Cisco UCS. Frank also worked at Microsoft for over 10 years in several positions that required deep technical knowledge such as Services Consultant, Platform Architect, Database Technology Specialist, Virtualization Technology Specialist and Datacenter Technology Specialist. Frank has in-depth technical knowledge and proficiency with database design, optimization, replication and clustering and has extensive virtualization, identity and access management and application development skills. He is also a writer member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with published musical works that have aired on well-known cable and news networks.


 

FlexPod

Cisco and NetApp have been teaming for several years developing the FlexPod solution portfolio. This portfolio includes architectures that combine NetApp storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers, and Cisco Nexus fabric into an architecture that provides a highly efficient operational model for workload deployments. This architecture is capable of hosting mission critical SQL Server implementations and is capable of providing them with the required throughput and availability for even the most demanding business requirements.

Recently, Cisco and NetApp contracted Scalability Experts to implement a performance and load test that proves my claims in the above paragraph beyond any doubt in my mind.

Scalability Experts, for readers who may not be familiar with them, is a triple Gold Microsoft Partner, and highly awarded consulting company specializing in Data Platforms, Business Intelligence and Infrastructure Solutions. Scalability Experts conducted the performance and load testing over several months using real world workloads. More information on Scalability Experts can be found at http://www.scalabilityexperts.com/

The purpose of this performance and load test was to validate that FlexPod is a premiere platform for the most demanding applications. This performance and load test implements a real world gaming workload on Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Edition was used to generate and run the performance and load tests. For more information about Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Edition see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd831853.aspx. More information about Microsoft SQL Server 2014 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server/.

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Customer Centered, Cloud Service Management: Come See it in Action at TM Forum Live in Nice

No one will question that a significant contributor to a company’s long term success is customer loyalty. Loyalty is gained by providing your customers with an experience that make them keep coming back to you for more, and even bringing along others with them – ultimately helping you drive more revenue and profitability.

Technologies like NFV (network functions virtualization) and SDN (software defined networks) make the infrastructure on which services are Read More »

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Cisco and VBrick – Enhancing Enterprise Webcasting for Cisco Collaboration Customers

Over the past five years, we’ve seen an incredible shift in the way that organizations all over the world are using video every day. From an engineering team conducting their weekly meeting from multiple locations around the globe, to an employee being able to join an all-hands meeting from an iPad while on their balcony in Beijing, video has become a critical part of the workplace.

And it’s not just real-time video; more and more employees are demanding ways to keep that video content, to record and share it for later playback on any device. As a market leader in enterprise video, Cisco developed our Capture-Transform-Share portfolio to enable customers to get more out of their video collaboration investments and extend the life and the value of video with solutions for video recording, streaming and playback. Today, we’re excited to announce that as part of our Capture-Transform-Share strategy, we are working with VBrick to offer their enterprise webcasting solution, VBrick Rev, to our customers.

A Cloud-based offering for enterprise webcasting

First and foremost, VBrick supports some of the most popular use cases of video – from delivering live video streaming over Read More »

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