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UCS M-Series and Citrix XenApp Bare Metal Deployments

If you are one of the 330,000 organizations using Citrix XenApp (or if you are considering it) you need to consider Cisco’s UCS M-Series modular servers.

What are M-Series modular servers? M-Series servers are composable infrastructure that disaggregates storage and networking from the CPU/memory complex allowing workloads to be optimally matched to resources. An ideal workload for the M142 compute cartridge is Citrix XenApp. The M142 cartridge has two Intel Xeon E3 servers meaning a single 2RU M4308 chassis has 16 servers!

Cisco recently published a CVD (Cisco Validated Design) for Citrix XenApp 7.6 on M-Series. A CVD is a tested, documented, reference architecture to provide a cookbook for customers. This allows customers faster, reliable, and predictable deployments.

Cisco UCS M-Series with Citrix XenApp 7.6 Physical Server Deployment features the Intel Xeon E3-1275L v3 processors with 32GB per server. Amazingly this modest processor / memory combination supports 60 remote desktop session users or 960 users in 2RU!

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Cisco Active Advisor – Network Maintenance and Improvement Made Easy

Who doesn’t enjoy a vacation? And not just one day, but – four!

What if there were a cloud service that saved you so much time, you could actually send all of London’s working population on a 4-day vacation?

Well, that’s exactly what Cisco Active Advisor does – save you time and money so you can do just that! Read Pradeep’s post to find out how – Introducing Cisco Active Advisor – A Free Cisco Tool for Your Network.

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Behind the Music: The New Threat Management with NextGen IPS CVD

If you’ve ever caught an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, the TV series that profiles rock bands and personalities, you may agree with me that it can be fascinating. I especially like the interviews about the creative process. I’ve learned that great songs can come from just about anywhere. And that a talented group of people working together can produce amazing results.

When it comes to our Secure Data Center for the Enterprise Portfolio CVDs (Cisco Validated Designs), that’s exactly what happened. We just released the fourth CVD: Threat Management with NextGen IPS, which focuses on giving you a full set of capabilities for a threat management system. But it’s also aware that the data center has to remain efficient and support other business goals while it’s defending against cyber attacks. Read More »

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Empower Your Employees with a #MobileWorkspace

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[Webinar] Mobilize Your Employees with Cisco Solutions for a Mobile Workspace

We discussed the considerations behind the Cisco-Citrix Mobile Workspace solution to set the stage for the CVD (design guide available now!) earlier this month, and now we’ve planned a great technical deep-dive for customers and partners interested in finding out more about the Mobile Workspace Solution. It’s going to be at 10am PST Wednesday June 4, 2014 (Click to Register).

 Organizations are moving from just dealing with bring your own device (BYOD) and the influx of mobile devices to proactively developing solutions that use the full power of mobility. Because of the complexities and fluid technology horizon, this is often simpler said than done. Now you can simplify and accelerate your mobility projects by deploying a comprehensive mobility solution that has been tested and validated end to end.  Read More »

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Control Without Compromise Through Superior Data Center Protection

The news of high-profile targeted data center attacks has dominated security news recently. But data center attacks are even more prevalent than those headlines suggest. In fact, a survey conducted last summer by Network World suggests that 67 percent of data center administrators experienced downtime due to malware and related attacks in the previous 12 months.

A key challenge is that many of today’s security solutions are simply not designed for the data center, with limitations in both provisioning and performance. The situation will likely get worse before it gets better as data center traffic grows exponentially and data centers migrate from physical, to virtual, to next-generation environments like Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Application Centric Infrastructures (ACI).

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