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Microsoft and Cisco UCS

Many of you reading Cisco’s Data Center blog know that UCS is all about virtualization, and many of you have also read about our partnership with VMWare.  While that’s been (and continues to be) a fruitful partnership, It’s important to highlight the great work we do with our other partners.  I work with a team of folks focused on continuing to build the alignment between Cisco and Microsoft.  Since the launch of UCS, we’ve had first-class support for Microsoft and their software portfolio, but sometimes that message is lost in the shuffle.  I look forward to using this blog as a venue to amplify our message around the Microsoft+Cisco partnership.

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New Whitepaper: Cisco UCS, Citrix XenDesktop, and Atlantis ILIO

Published this week: this new whitepaper discusses the joint solution built on Cisco UCS, Citrix XenDesktop, and Atlantis ILIO - designed to deliver stateless VDI desktops with a shared master disk implementation, providing storage IOPS offload, reduced up-front CAPEX, and increased desktop/application performance.  The Atlantis ILIO solution has been tested for interoperability and scalability with the Cisco UCS and Citrix XenDesktop Validated Design (CVD), to deliver faster desktop boot times, logon, antivirus scanning and overall desktop performance.  The whitepaper is available for download here

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Defining the Virtualized Collaborative Workspace

Today Cisco announced the Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI).  I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss this new system, and offer some thoughts on what it means, relative to desktop virtualization.

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Cisco, Citrix, VMware and Wyse Make Desktop Virtualization Simpler, Better for Media Applications

Cisco announced a new system of technologies today designed to help enterprises introduce desktop virtualization to their organizations. Mark Boslet’s story for News@Cisco provides a good primer on the phenomenon if you need it, but in a  nutshell, virtual desktops shift computing applications and business information off PCs and into a data center. Users than access those applications and information through a secure Internet connection (via a private or public Cloud), in much the same way as we browse the Internet today.

Desktop virtualization isn’t a new phenomenon (if you’ve been in the workforce for a couple of decades, you might remember the green screen and mainframe varietal!) but it’s becoming more and more compelling as good broadband connectivity becomes pervasive and customers tap server virtualization technologies and wide area network acceleration to make applications perform better over WANs.

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Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) for the Data Center – Your Feedback?

This past week, Thomas Scheibe (Director, Data Center Architecture) had the opportunity to co-present with VMware and NetApp at TechFieldDay on a broad range of Data Center topics.

Thomas is one of the leaders in our Solutions and Strategy Unit (SASU) that is responsible for creating Cisco Validated Designs (CVD).  One of the topics discussed was the recent CVD on Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy and Thomas asked, “How many of you are familiar with the depth of technical content in a CVD?

I’m somewhat disappointed to say that the show of hands was less than unanimous. Now this shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise to us, because in the past CVDs were primarily targeted at Network Administrators and the TechFieldDay audience is traditionally more focused on Servers, Storage and Applications. But considering that many of our Data Center solutions are no longer just focused on networking elements, we look at this as an opportunity to create awareness for the Architect and Administrator communities. We also look at it as an opportunity to solicit your input and feedback on how we can better deliver content that will help you design and deploy Data Center solutions that are becoming more complicated as convergence, virtualization, and automation blur the lines between IT organizations. Read More »

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