Do the technology partners that comprise your data center really make a difference? In the case of SAP HANA and Cloud, the answer is yes. The Application Data Centers of the future look much different than the Application Data Center of the past. CIO’s are looking for ways to reduce costs, floor space, and management of their Data Centers while increasing the intelligence they gather from their existing data in order to get a leg up on their competition.
Thanks to their numerous advanced technologies (i.e UCS..) Cisco and EMC, with the active participation of VMware and VCE have developed over the past years a strong architecture to support the traditional needs of the SAP customers, but also new requirements related to cloud and big data.
With the recent certification of SAP Scale-Out, Cisco and EMC are partnering more closely than ever to provide Application Data Center Managers with the platform and persistent storage needed to solve the issues that keep CIO’s awake at night.
Thanks to SAP HANA, data that previously was unattainable or unstructured, is now reportable to CIO’s in a format that will allow them to make instantaneous decisions to the benefit of their customers and to their bottom line. Since everything with SAP HANA is real-time in memory, reports that used to take days or weeks are now attainable in seconds. Cisco and EMC have provided the perfect platform for these transactions giving Application Data Center managers choices they may not have with other hardware vendors.
The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada was one of our first FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud engagements this year. Alantex, based in Woodbridge, Ontario was the Cisco Advanced Technology Partner driving the project. Vlad Kryukov, CEO of Alantex, and his crew delivered the integrated value of the FlexPod solution to the University.
View this video to hear from the University of Waterloo’s Infrastructure Architect Greg Parks on the results and their satisfaction with Cisco, NetApp, and Microsoft.
In real estate, location, location, location is the most important thing to remember. It doesn’t matter the condition of the house, the color of the walls, or whether or not there are stainless steel appliances. All of that is cosmetic and unimportant, as long as you are in a desirable neighborhood with safe streets and a grocery store nearby.
The only downside is that once you buy that house, you are locked into one location for the life of your mortgage payments. The thought is daunting and requires quite a commitment. Location can be a blessing or it can be something that holds you back.
For the 194 member states of the United Nations that participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), however, location was not a cause for concern. For their 17th annual Conference of Parties (COP17), member countries from across the globe gathered to debate climate change strategies with a goal of coming to a global political deal between all attendees.
Committed to their mission of reducing impact on the environment, the United Nations chose Cisco to provide HD and quality video communication tools and web conferencing capabilities for its expected 20,000 attendees to participate. With trust in Cisco’s stable and secure communications network, attendees were able to engage face-to-face in conversations with each other from telepresence rooms and via desktop video from all around the world.
COP17 represents a milestone in the ability of the international community to work together on climate change by leveraging virtual collaboration capabilities as the parties agreed to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change by 2015. Disparate locations could have limited the UN’s ability to effect transformation in global sustainability, but instead, TelePresence enabled each participant to bring his or her perspective from all across the globe to make change.
WAN Optimization is an essential element of Cisco’s network-centric platform strategy, enabling key transitions such as data center consolidation, virtualization, cloud, virtual desktops and BYOD. Cisco is continuing to invest in the Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio to drive our strategy of integrating WAN Optimization into the network fabric to achieve unmatched scale, performance, and simplicity, while reducing overall customer TCO. The WAAS team is an integral part of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group to help achieve these goals.
Recent speculation that Cisco has dissolved its WAAS business is inaccurate. Cisco’s strategy to deliver WAAS pervasively as part of the Cisco WAN infrastructure remains unchanged.
Consistent with the strategy of providing application optimization as a key function of the network infrastructure, Cisco provides a broad portfolio of , and form factors. Strong alignment between the WAAS and Services Routing Group (SRG) product development teams has helped drive innovations such as with WAVE appliances for data centers, Cloud Services Routers with virtual WAAS for public clouds and highly scalable router-integrated form factors. Cisco accelerates a wide variety of applications including file, email, web, secure applications, SaaS, virtual desktops and cloud services.
In my previous post, I described the challenges senior management faces in scaling collaboration capabilities to address business needs and the way work is done today.
Electronic and whiteboard displays, lean practices, and collaboration tools by themselves are clearly not enough. Management needs to take a holistic approach to develop and integrate capabilities in three areas to address the challenge of capturing the next wave of productivity gains: culture and leadership, extended workplace visuality, and pervasive collaboration.
Organizational culture and leadership are probably the single most important factors in enabling gains in employee productivity and innovation that result from knowledge work. Morten Hansen, in his book Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results, provides an excellent perspective on what management can do to identify barriers to collaboration and design solutions to overcome them. Most of these barriers are cultural and particularly severe in large global corporations with multiple business units, complex matrix organizational structures, and operations that span multiple countries. Read More »