Enterprise IT continues to spend nearly $15B of their hard-earned budgets every year in RISC/UNIX and mainframe hardware. The upfront expense combined with the proprietary lock-in on these platforms and associated maintenance and licensing costs is a mandate for IT to rethink their long term strategy. Many of these companies are already moving off the RISC/UNIX architectures due to high costs and uncertainty about their futures foreshadowed by missed deadlines, changes in roadmaps and discontinued hardware and software support. There is a strong and on-going market trend to migrate from proprietary architectures to the open Intel Xeon® based architecture, and the Cisco Unified Computing System is particularly well suited as a target platform for this purpose. In partnership with Intel, Cisco has developed a RISC/UNIX Migration Program (www.cisco.com/go/migratetoucs) that includes a complete set of Cisco Migration Services through Cisco AS and Partners to help IT organizations define and realize the business benefits of migrating to Cisco Unified Computing System.
I had a conversation recently with Patrick Buddenbaum , Director of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, and Cisco’s Scott Clark, VP, Enterprise DC Services, to discuss the RISC/UNIX migration program. Read on for a summary of this conversation.
” Scott : Satinder, why is Cisco UCS an ideal destination platform for a RISC/UNIX migration?
An “architectural-led” approach to your data center, indeed to your overall IT architecture, given the previous discussion in part 1 and part 2 of this blog, is therefore a strategic imperative for progressive organisations. We in Cisco don’t want to see your IT architecture have problems analogous to the Winchester House. So how can you achieve an “architectural-led” approach? I’ll cover 5 key recommendations in this, my final part of this trilogy .
Avoiding the Winchester House Scenario for your IT Architecture
I was given the opportunity to walk around the expo floor at Interop NY 2011 today before I spent some time working in the booth, speaking with customers, and presenting in our theater on the show floor. There were many good conversations around the value proposition of UCS, the magic of service profiles (UCS Manager) to drive automation into server management and reduce operator time spent on tedious configuration chores, the new Nexus 7009, and Cisco’s Virtualized Multi-Tenant Data Center (VMDC) solution design for private and service provider clouds.
Some people with probably think that I drank the Kool aid- Well our CEO and Chairman did a fantastic job this morning as a key note speaker at Oracle OpenWorld! Not as controversial as other CEOs , but certainly a speech which makes employees very proud to work for Cisco.
John McAbel who has been involved in the preparation of this speech warned me couple of days ago
“We are very excited to have John Chambers at Oracle OpenWorld this year. It’s the first year he is a key note speaker in four years at the conference I think it’s a reflection of the growth of the UCS within the Oracle ecosystem We have now hundreds of customers who are running UCS today , many of these customers are running large Oracle mission critical workload, such as EMC, Qualcom, University of Colarado, and others . So I think that John being here is a reflection of this growth, but also of the overall commitment of the partnership between the two companies Openworld in fact runs on Cisco networking gear and we run a lot of Cisco on Oracle eBusiness Suite and Oracle data base . So there is a nice synergy between the two companies
I think you’ll find this key notes unlike other key notes at Oracle OpenWorld , where we are going to have demonstration on stage of Cisco UCS running Oracle codes, we are also going to show how we can take that technology to help improve how customers will process words and some of the processes you will find them entertaining !”
- He was right !I saw this morning a constant flow of appreciative tweets on John’s speech Here are some of them starting with Marc Benioff from SalesForce.com “John Chambers is delivering one of the best keynotes in our industry. Watching him is humbling. He is as good as they get.”( @benioff)
“Have to say, Cisco CEO John Chambers is an excellent speaker, nice mix of biz, tech and vision RT “(@mfauscette) “That winds up John Chambers. Impressive talk! I learned a lot.”(@Oracleheretic) “Keynotes focusing on substance, not style issues. Other keynoters should take note, emulate“(@carterlusher) “Vendors that speak at industry conf’s should replay John Chambers #oow11 keynote. Very good balance of Thought Leadership + Product Pitch” (@sameerpatel) “John Chambers is the best speaker in our industry. #oow11 He sets the bar.” “Bold & consistent if nothing else” (@ca_bshimmin) “Great ideas! John Chambers, Cisco President, at Oracle OpenWorld”
I will not go through all the rich content of this entertaining and some times provocative speech (“If you agree with everything I say today, I haven’t done my job”. John Chambers). I hope to be very soon in a position to point to a the slide deck or even the recording of the speech -- So stay tuned
But here are some talking points (as perceived by the audience) , as well as the first reactions on this speech about change from The Register and The New York Time
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