Cisco UCS and Integrated Infrastructures for Microsoft Private Cloud
Windows Server 2003 Migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Cisco UCS
UCS Management with Microsoft System Center
UCS for Microsoft SQL Server
Nexus 1000V Network Virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, “Cisco is Here to Help!—Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life Support,” Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) Migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 on Cisco UCS is, as we like to say the social media world, trending. I am really excited about the demo covering this topic because it brings together all the value props of Microsoft and Cisco working together to help customers solve one of their most important data center challenges.
In that blog, I touched on what Cisco and Microsoft are saying, but what are our customers saying?
Head of ICT management and maintenance, Elektroprivreda, Haris Brkanic mentioned in the case study that moving to Windows Server 2012, they were able to migrate from 42 physical servers and 90 virtual servers on seven hosts to just 12 Cisco UCS servers. They are realized significant cost saving and performance gains in this upgrade. They also love that they can manage everything from a single pane of glass. Our customer definitely experienced the simplified IT, better virtualization, and licensing and support benefits they were hoping to get.
Of the more than 300 SQLSaturdays around the world, I am lucky enough to represent Cisco at the one in Barcelona on October 25th. If you’re attending TechEd Europe we encourage you to also join us at this one-day free event for IT professionals to learn more about SQL Server and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).
If my experience at a recent SQL event in San Diego is any indication, it is going to be a great event. I was amazed that even after UCS being recognized as the #1 x86 blade server in Americas, many database administrators still came to our table and asked, “What is Cisco doing here at a SQL Saturday event?” The good news is that these same people left with an understanding of how UCS is different from our competitors and can help simplify, standardize and optimize SQL Server deployments.
In the world of IT, Oracle OpenWorld (OOW 2014) stands out. If you’re one of the 60K IT professionals attending OOW 2014 next week, we invite you to join us in booth 721 where we’ll be showcasing Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) and data center solutions that provide a superior platform for Oracle data bases and workloads. The Cisco booth will be jumping with theater sessions, demos and a video studio from which we’ll be streaming live interviews with Oracle ecosystem experts and luminaries.
Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS
We couldn’t wait to get started. We’re kicking off onSunday, September 28th, with a free deep-dive session on Oracle VM on UCS. Attend to learn how Oracle Virtualization on UCS saves money and improves operations. Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up for virtualized workloads, making it an ideal platform for Oracle VM and offering unique advantages for Oracle customers.
When: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Where: Courtyard Marriott San Francisco Downtown (299 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA
theCUBE is the IT industry’s premier online video show. Hosts John Furrier, Dave Vallante and theCUBE analyst team will be broadcasting live from the Cisco booth. We kick off on Monday, September 29th at 10:15 am, U.S. Pacific Time, with Kim Stevenson, CIO of Intel, who will be interviewed following her keynote session with Mark Hurd. Other notable interviews will include:
Jim McHugh, Cisco VP of UCS Marketing with Intel’s Shannon Poulin, VP and GM, Data Center Group, on UCS innovation with Intel Xeon processors for Oracle solutions
Raghunath Nambiar, Cisco Distinguished Engineer will discuss the latest UCS benchmarks for Oracle workloads.
Key customers and partners including Oracle and NetApp
It is no secret that Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is reaching its end of support on July 15, 2015. After that date Microsoft will no longer provide fixes, updates, or technical assistance. Also, and very importantly, remember that end of support means no more security updates either. So, what should you do? Well, let’s take a look at what Cisco can offer up here!
Benefits to Migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2?
By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, you can reduce IT costs, improve service delivery, and avoid the challenges associated with maintaining a legacy platform.
Its Time to Modernize IT
Modernize your application infrastructure with Cisco and Microsoft. With Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, combined with Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus, and Hyper V, you can successfully virtualize, automate, and manage both physical and virtual environments.
Make Economically Sound Decisions
We can help you lower operating costs, reduce CapEx spending, and improve your business units’ efficiency. A Microsoft Private Cloud solution on Cisco delivers:
87% reduction in provisioning times
77% reduction in cabling
77% reduction of ongoing management costs
53% reduction in power and cooling costs.
As always, Simplify IT is best
By implementing a single Microsoft and Cisco platform, you will see the difference in improved compliance, security, and reliability across your enterprise.
We have a number of exciting additions to the UCS family, which we are announcing today. Application architectures are fundamentally changing, which is driving a change to the core infrastructure. Today, you will hear about new innovations in the area of scale-out computing, which are optimized for the delivery of new applications, data analytics and the scale that is required to support these apps.
As part of this announcement, we are delivering significant innovations around what I’ll call the core data center applications. Put another way, these are the more traditional applications that keep the business running and keep employees productive. Cisco is announcing our fourth generation of our workhorse two-socket blade and rack systems as well as a broad set of enhancements to UCS Management.
Over the past five years, when I ask customers why they purchased UCS, it comes down to two key areas: more power to drive applications faster and simplified management, which accelerates IT operations. Let’s talk first about the core data center platforms and the new innovations there. Once again, Cisco is raising the bar on “enterprise class” stateless computing and performance. Today, we’re announcing the Cisco UCS M4 series, which are optimized for the widest set of enterprise use cases. Delivered through the new UCS B200 M4, C220 M4 and C240 M4, Cisco continues to deliver the highest performance CPUs, maximum memory and highest I/O performance. Besides support for fastest and highest core count and memory, we have added significant flexibility to the platforms via modular LAN-on-motherboard (LOM), Modular HBAs and Flex Storage options.
In addition to the M4 generation of servers we are introducing our 3rd gen VIC technology. This generation brings native 40Gb and advanced networking features such as NVGRE and VxLAN to UCS. The latest VIC will also enable ultra low latency RDMA capabilities.. As really fast flash storage becomes mainstream and clustered applications gain popularity, high bandwidth, low latency interconnect technology will be required for applications to see the full benefit of performance improvements. With this technology, applications requiring low latency can see up to an 85% improvement without the complexity of building Infiniband fabrics.
As much as we like talking about performance (and believe me, we like that a lot), the biggest innovation UCS brought to the datacenter was a dramatically simplified management paradigm with our UCS Management portfolio. Today, we’re announcing the addition of the software programmable ACI fabric through the Nexus 9000 and APIC into UCS Director. UCS Director is also delivering a software development kit and open API to accelerate third party integration with Cisco’s technology partners.
Finally, we are delivering new application container support within UCS Director, which provides both virtual and bare metal isolation of workloads, automated with UCS Director. Users simply request a container for a particular set of application components and UCS Director deploys the necessary infrastructure configuration required. Taken together, UCS Director becomes an even more robust control point for IT infrastructure as IT customers can now request application services and have computing, storage and networking services (such as firewalling or Layer 4-7 switching) delivered across a programmable networking fabric.
Taken along with the M-series and the UCS C3160, this announcement represents a huge step forward in the UCS portfolio to enable customers to move faster into the new application paradigm while still supporting their core data center applications.