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5 ways to make the most of SAP TechEd Barcelona

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Looking for the most exciting experience at SAP TechEd Barcelona? We have just the ticket. Here are our 5 best tips for meeting smart people, checking out innovative solutions, and making this the most productive conference of the year.

1: Find a Home Base

With an adventure as sprawling as SAP TechEd Barcelona, everyone needs a home base. Cisco Booth 7.07 makes for a great starting point not just for exploring all the happenings of SAP TechEd Barcelona, but also for meeting the like-minded people who might be a key part in your next world-changing solution.

2: Get On Track

Our live Connected Train Demo is a great way to kick off your adventure. You’ll get a hands-on demonstration of how the Internet of Things is being used to power real-world logistics. IoT-train Bremen2 copy 2

Then, you can get your brain firing on all cylinders with visits to our three Demo Areas showing Cisco’s latest and greatest on Integrated Infrastructure, Big Data, and Internet of Things Solutions.

3: Network, Learn, Network

The Cisco Booth will offer a ton of opportunities to meet some very smart people and get a peek into the exciting work happening at Cisco. Make sure to check out our Lecture Sessions to hear the latest.

At our Breakout Sessions, you can take a deep dive into our Big Data and Cisco ACI solutions.

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If you want to skip the crowds, join our Webinar on Digitize Faster with Policy-Driven Automation , hosted by SAPinsider and sponsored by Cisco and SAP: [Register]

4: Win Something Awesome

There’s no reason to walk away from the conference empty handed. Stock up on swag from all the different vendors, but keep an eye on the Cisco Booth, where there are two great ways to win something big.

First, everyone who stops by will receive a raffle ticket for prizes including an Apple Watch and an Intel Compute Stick. Come back to the booth at 5 pm when we announce the winners. Two winners a day, must be present to win.

Second, ask about our easy-to-enter Twitter contest. You could win an AMEX gift card.

5: Get All The Latest Updates

@ReeshaDedhia @LeenieMurph will be live tweeting the event, so follow them to stay in the know.
To learn more about everything Cisco has to offer at SAP TechEd Barcelona, visit


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Cisco UCS Mini Customer Success Stories

When we launched UCS Mini, it pushed us into new territory with an exciting offering that bundles servers, storage and networking into a single solution — much like the traditional UCS — but in a smaller form factor and lowered the cost of entry to a UCS solution. It allows customers of any size (SMB, ROBO, and distributed enterprises) to take advantage of UCS.

Building off of infoTECH Spotlight and Best of InterOp Finalist awards, I wanted to catch you up on some recently posted customer’s success stories for UCS Mini. Most interesting is that they are five very different business from the Australia, Belgium, Mexico, and the United States.

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Cisco and Platfora Delivering on the Promise of Enterprise Scale Analytics

Analytics will continue to take center stage as the volume of data generated by embedded systems increases and vast pools of structured and unstructured data within and outside the enterprise are analyzed.  — Gartner

Big Data will continue to be important, but it’s critical to first understand how businesses can quickly gather relevant insights from their big data. The value is in unlocking key takeaways from the data because these insights can be used for agile decision-making and faster time-to-market approaches. Discovering better business insights quickly requires the combination of software and hardware that is optimized for speed, scale, and flexibility. And that is exactly what you get when you combine Platfora and Cisco UCS.

When Platfora runs on Cisco UCS, business analysts can find these patterns in minutes or hours rather than months. For example, our joint customer was able to identify exactly what factors impacted their customer experience using the Platfora solution which was deployed in 1/10th the time and cost of traditional approaches.

Platfora enables users to analyze petabytes of data at scale and leverages the latest cutting-edge technologies such as Spark and YARN (MapReduce 2.0). The Platfora end-to-end platform replaces the need for ETL, Data Warehousing, and BI tools. And the combination of Platfora and UCS ensures that there are no performance, scalability, or TCO tradeoffs as we add new data discovery joint use cases. This joint solution is truly designed for enterprise-scale analytics.

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A Strong Partnership: Cisco and Microsoft

Cisco continues to develop their partnership with Microsoft becoming a critical component of the Microsoft Data Centers across the globe. 80% of the data centers around the globe already include Cisco networking switches and routers. More and more of these same Data Centers are also making the switch to Cisco UCS server platforms.  There are many advantages to using Cisco UCS as your server platform. IDC recently competed a study interviewing many Cisco UCS installed customers and determined that by installing your application on a Cisco UCS server platform, those customers will gain the following business benefits.

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You can get first hand knowledge of these benefits by visiting Cisco at several Microsoft events over the next couple of months.

  1. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Microsoft Virtual Trade Show.

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Evolving Your Data Center to the Next Level

Keeping up with all of the changes in today’s data center technology is can be daunting. Data center technologies are evolving quickly on a number of different fronts. This presentation will cover some of the latest trends in data center technology. You’ll see how they can impact your business and how you can best begin to incorporate them into your own infrastructure. The technologies discussed will include the cloud, the hybrid cloud, containers, consolidated management, software defined networking, flash storage, as well as converged and hyper- converged infrastructure.

  1. Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Days

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This community initiative is the brain-child of several of Microsoft Canada’s Top MVP’s. It is our absolute pleasure to be able to share our knowledge locally allowing our communities to learn more and advance their technical knowledge base. You can follow Canadian MVP’s on Twitter #CDNMVP

Vancouver, BC – September 21, 2015

Click here to Register for Vancouver

Calgary, AB – September 23, 2015

Click here to Register for Calgary

Edmonton, AB – September 25, 2015

Click here to Register for Edmonton

  1. SQL Saturday

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Free 1 day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high quality technical sessions. It’s a group of SQL Server database administrators, database and application developers, business intelligence experts, and users from around the globe. This community is represented by more than 285 local PASS Chapters worldwide, 28 virtual chapters, 120,000 members.

Orlando – October 10

Click here to Register for Orlando

Portland – October 24

Click here to Register for Portland

Join us at these different events and discover why the server platform on which you install these Microsoft solutions makes a difference. Hope to see you there.


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Part 2: How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?!?!

Last week I introduced this topic, the pervasive problem of “comatose” servers in data centers, based upon an interesting recent eWeek article entitled “30 Percent of Servers Worldwide Sit Idle”, which in turn was based upon the research report by Stanford University in conjunction with the Anthesis Group.  In my blog, I described the costs of this problem, ranging from the obvious (e.g. power and facilities) to the hidden (e.g. un-used software licenses).  This week I’ll discuss why this happens and what you can do about this problem.

The Problem of Idle Servers - What Can You Do About It

The Problem of Idle Servers – What Can You Do About It

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