One of the topics we covered this week at the Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference was cloud computing. A benefit of cloud computing is that the physical infrastructure – the storage and compute resources – can be located almost anywhere as long as there is reliable network access. Several countries are leveraging their low cost green power to grow their economies with new data center facilities. A publicly announced example of this is Facebook which has built an enormous facility in northern Sweden. Iceland with its cooler temperatures and green geothermal power, plus ideal location between North America and Europe has seen a significant growth in its data center industry. However, being an island nation it faces a challenge to ensure that sufficient cost-effective network capacity is available to connect off-island users with its storage and compute resources.
A few years ago Cisco and SAP would never have been said in the same sentence. But today is a different day. As Sapphire 2012 approaches, Cisco has become synonymous as an ideal platform for business critical applications, SAP being one of those applications. The Cisco Unified Computing System is certified for all SAP solutions, include Extra Small, Small, Medium, and the newly certified Large Scale-Out HANA solution that will be featured at Sapphire in Orlando next week. It does not matter whether you want to run ERP on UCS, or SAP on VCE Vblock, or SAP on Flexpod, or a Cisco Bridge to SAP HANA appliance, UCS had a configuration and a certification to meet your needs, and can lower the cost of ownership and capital expense associated with a large scale deployment of SAP.
As SAP has moved into the market disruptive in-memory architecture with its HANA solution, Cisco UCS has moved with them. As HANA evolves into the next IT generation, Cisco will be a solid partner with them in that journey.
Cisco will be an Onyx sponsor at Sapphire in booth 1185, in Orlando from May 14-16. Come by and view the SAP solutions available on UCS. Look forward to seeing you there. Here are the details of what we will showcase . Stop by as we will have also a series of theater presentations and don’t miss our speaking sessions
Also as you are certainly interested in innovation and technology in a small footprint , we have a big surprise for you on the booth . Check out! More ..in my next blog Monday morning
Email marketing continues to be a preferred communication medium in B2B Marketing. Using real data, Dan Zarrella provides the information we need to maximize the effectiveness of our email-based campaigns and communications. I have actually used several of the key takeaways from this data to increase the open and click through rates of external Cisco communications. Use the following data to find the best days and times to maximize open and click through rates for your own communications.
Data is from the great work done by Dan Zarrella (@danzarrella) and HubSpot. Download detailed slides from the webinar by Dan Zarrella for a more indepth look at the science of timing for email marketing. Infographic created by KissMetrics.
Throughout its history, Hollywood has been known for using and featuring some of the most advanced technology in its films. On May 18, Universal Studios’ latest film, Battleship, will be next on the list to showcase how far technology has come – featuring Cisco TelePresence front and center to connect scientists, NASA and the U.S. Air Force when it really matters. Take a look for yourself:
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As I think about cloud, Adele’s Grammy award-winning song “Rolling in the Deep” comes to mind. Strange flight of fantasy? I think not. As the refrain, “you could have had it all,” repeats in my head, I think about how similar cloud is to finding love. Like dating , there are a lot of different approaches to cloud , and it is not always clear what the right one is. Like romance, cloud is full of fun, promise, and pitfalls. Like a lasting relationship, realizing the promise and avoiding the pitfalls takes a lot of work. But unlike finding one’s soul mate, finding success with cloud can be guaranteed.. You need the right approach, solid planning, and sometimes a little help from your friends.
Cisco’s cloud experts have been working hard to:
- Leading the market with technology innovations such as the Unified Data Center and Cloud Intelligent Network
- Creating deep relationships with partners who enable us to provide complete, industry-leading cloud solutions for different cloud approaches
- Testing our technologies and professional services in our own IT environment and documenting our results
We have seen tremendous benefits, and so have our partners and customers.
As part of the Cisco’s services organization, I think a lot about what it takes to enable a successful cloud. And I think about how to have a little fun along the way. One of the fun, free things that I have worked on is the Cloud Profile Tool. All you need to do is answer 10 quick questions, and you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations to help you get started. If you like what you see and want to have a deeper, complimentary conversation with Cisco or one of our cloud partners, we’d be glad to set that up. Try the Cloud Profile Tool in English or in another language and let me know what you think.