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Upgrading Five UC Clusters to Cisco UCS Reduces Servers and Costs

In an earlier post, my colleague Reid Bourdet described how we migrated our largest Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Cisco UCM) cluster to a virtual machine environment running on Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) servers.  This was the 19-node (server) Cisco UCM cluster that serves the Cisco headquarters campus in San Jose, California; and we completed the migration over a weekend.

What makes that move even more interesting is that we’re nearly done consolidating 5 separate clusters into one virtual environment, and reducing the total number of servers by a factor of four. Virtualization on the Cisco UCS hardware allows us to consolidate multiple UCM nodes on a single blade.  In this post, I’ll provide more details about the scope of this migration, the results we’ve gained, and how we’ll continue migrating other Cisco UCM clusters to Cisco UCS servers around the world.

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Collaboration is Hot … New Apps for the Enterprise

Application software or what we more commonly refer to as apps – computer software designed to help users perform specific tasks – continues to explode. Read More »

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Immersive Collaboration – CIO Insights (Video)

May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm PST

Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, highlights Cisco’s transformation in the areas of communication and collaboration. Pervasive video has made communication and knowledge sharing extremely efficient and effective at Cisco. Both virtual events and the Integrated Workforce Experience (IWE) internal collaboration platform have been especially influential in enabling greater, more effective communication. Read More »

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Collaboration is Hot … Bringing Productivity Services and Apps into the Enterprise

As you all know, Cisco has defined collaboration as four key pillars:  Social, Mobile, Visual (Video) and Virtual. We all have been experiencing these pillars – each one of them is critical and is moving into the enterprise. And what is particularly exciting is their convergence and rate of speed. Read More »

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Collaboration in Action … A Report from Cisco Bangalore

Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting my IT team based in Bangalore, India.  I was very impressed with how Cisco’s four pillars of our collaboration strategy (social, mobile, virtual, visual/video) are showcased at the Bangalore campus.  Read More »

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