Over the last few months, we’ve worked very closely with Microsoft and our storage partners EMC and NetApp to develop the enabling reference architectures. These reference architectures will be published shorty, comprising of the fast growing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, SQL Server 2008 R2, and choice of EMC VNX or NetApp FAS as the storage component of the solution.
This morning Cisco and EMC are announcing that they are teaming up to offer a Social Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise.
By combining Cisco Quad, our social software platform, with EMC’s Documentum Enterprise Content Management Platform (ECM), we’re enabling new ways to connect people, communities, and information on a policy-driven architecture that ensures compliance and security across the enterprise. With this announcement, both companies will deliver more comprehensive and expansive integration capabilities into the core of their products.
Today’s news will result in an improved experience for the end user (consistent, integrated and customizable), for IT (through their ability to deliver rich, social collaboration while, at the same time, protecting their organizations from associated risk) and for the business (driving productivity, growth and innovation through faster and more effective decision-making
The first release from this partnership will be available in the third quarter of 2011, and will enable existing ECM suite customers to collaborate on their content using social collaboration capabilities in Quad.
If you are interested in learning more, please read on and also check out the following video featuring myself and Jeetu Patel, CSO and CMO with the Information Intelligence Group of EMC.
As I continue to ramp up my understanding of Cisco’s innovative datacenter technologies and joint solutions with our open ecosystem partners, I had opportunity to sit down with Jake Howering, Product Manager for Cisco’s Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution.
DCI technologies are key to connecting data centers, and simplifying the mobility and scalability of physical and virtualized application workload to address various real world scenarios.
Jake’s one of the very sharp Product Managers I’ve met. Good news is that Jake has joined the blogosphere and will be actively involved is discussions around Cisco DCI solution. Welcome Jake!
Within 30 minutes of discussion, Jake and I touched upon the basic concepts of DCI and the innovative solutions we have brought to market jointly with partners like EMC, NetApp, and VMware. Here is the summary of our discussion around DCI and what it means to the customers:
Maybe you’ve noticed our recent ad campaign, “Cloud with Confidence“, in which we talk about the explosion of companies enabling their business via Cloud Computing activities -- Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds. One of my favorite parts of the messaging is that it doesn’t try and confine the definition of “cloud” as a single thing but instead it highlights the power of connectivity between people, information, markets and ideas. The value to businesses is the interaction and availability of all of these services to help them move from a great idea to a great implementation as quickly as possible.
But that’s just marketing, right? We live in an environment where people are skeptical of large claims and want to see results. Increasingly, they often want to see other people take the risk before them. Not only do we hear this from CIOs that are managing long-term strategies and budgets, but we also hear it from IT organizations that don’t want to do a lot of extra work if the benefits aren’t going to be there.