I was flying back home late last week after participating in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 launch event in Denver. As I scanned through my email InBox I saw the John Chambers quote from an interview he had done with CRN . John’s quote is timely given our many Cisco engineering and marketing activities going on with Microsoft as well as with our key partners EMC and NetApp. Let’s take a look and see what’s happening:
- Our UCS and Nexus platforms are key components in our VSPEX for Microsoft Hyper-V reference architecture with our partner EMC.
- Our FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud solution with our partner NetApp is providing Hyper-V based private cloud solutions to customers such as ING Direct in Australia and the University of Waterloo in Canada.
- UCS Manager is tightly integrated with Microsoft System Center 2012 and this was recognized with it being awarded the Breakthrough Technology Award at Microsoft Tech Ed in Orlando.
- UCS PowerTool delivers industry leading – and in this case this phrase is really well deserved – integration with Microsoft’s PowerShell technology affording ease of automation for deployment and rapid configuration of UCS and Microsoft applications such as Exchange and SQL Server.
- Nexus 1000V enables virtual networking scenarios in Microsoft Windows Server 2012’s new Hyper-V Extensible Switch – a result of great teamwork between Microsoft and Cisco R&D organizations. View our recent WindowsITPro webinar on virtual networking and Nexus 1000V here.
These Cisco technologies and solutions bring UCS, Nexus, and UCS Manager into your environment helping to create a better datacenter for your Microsoft private clouds and applications. We will continue to work closely with Microsoft and key partners on various Microsoft/Cisco initiatives. Our combined efforts allow you more choice in determining how to spend your IT budget and a Cisco based datacenter for Microsoft applications is a good choice indeed!
Tags: Cisco, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, System Center, UCS, UCS Manager, vspex
One of the things that has always been clear to us is that a pragmatic cloud and virtualization solution is going to need to embrace diversity. There were going to be many paths to cloud and customers would want the freedom to choose to host workloads on physical infrastructure, any of the hypervisors available or one of the emerging number of cloud options. This realization has been one of the factors that has shaped our strategy for delivering practical solutions for virtualization and cloud to the market.
Cloud Networking: Multi-Hypervior and Multi-Service
Initially, we focused on physical/virtual consistency and separation of duties. We kicked this effort off with the Nexus 1000V, which was a fully functioning NX-OS switch rendered fully in software. With L2 handled, we moved on to deploy virtual services consistent with this physical counterparts like the ASA 1000V, the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) and vWAAS. Finally, we fleshed out the networking stack with the Cloud Services Router (CRS 1000V).
The network has always been a platform for enabling heterogeneous OS and heterogeneous applications to connect. Naturally, the next step was to take the capabilities we had built and extend them across multiple hypervisors so we could now deliver a consistent experience for customers with heterogeneous hypervisor environments. We built on our success with over 6,000 enterprise and service provider VMware vSphere customers and are now extending those came capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V environments as well for Xen and KVM open source hypervisors. With the recently announced shift to a “freemium” pricing model, with the Nexus 1000V-Essential Edition, customers are gaining these benefits with minimal cost and risk.
vCider and Virtuata: Opportunity for Secure Multi-cloud Networking
However, some of the most interesting progress has come from our two of our more recent acquisitions that have been centered on the concept of providing better operations and management of multi-cloud environments. As customers more broadly adopt cloud and virtualization, security and isolation at the VM level become of paramount importance. To address this need we acquired Virtuata this summer. The Virtuata technology will give us (okay, you) the ability to have sophisticated and consistent security for VMs across multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud environments.
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Tags: Cloud Computing, Hyper-V, KVM, Nexus 1000v, OpenStack, security, VMware vSphere, Xen
Did you catch the announcement from EMC?
EMC announced the new EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Microsoft Windows Server 2012. You can read the Press Release here.
Cisco and EMC believe there are three distinct paths…or choices…on the journey to the cloud. Build-your-own using best of breed products, a truly converged infrastructure product in Vblock from VCE, or VSPEX…a flexible reference architecture approach. A picture says it all…see below.
VSPEX offers an unprecedented choice of industry-leading virtualization, server, network, storage, and data protection. Accelerate your journey to the cloud with the EMC VSPEX proven infrastructure.
What was announced? Microsoft Fast Track for VSPEX
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Tags: Cisco Nexus, Cisco UCS, Converged Infrastructure, EMC, fast track, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Vblock, VCE, vspex
It’s been a busy week as Cisco has been active with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 launch activities around the world. We’ve spoken with customers at events in Toronto and New York City with many more in person and digital events to go…
While the week’s focus was on Windows Server 2012 and the datacenter, I thought I would orient this post on how our UCS server family architecture is already benefitting customers in their own Microsoft focused environments. Below is a snippet of metrics, all from publicly available Cisco case studies, and they each demonstrate how Cisco UCS not only advances your data center forward technically but also drives efficiencies in OpEx and CapEx budget spend:
- 97% -- Young America. Increased their server virtualization rate from 20% to 97%.
- 80% -- National FFA – This nation-wide organization significantly per server reduced management time.
- 70% -- Secure 24 – U.S. based service provider saw a tremendous reduction in datacenter cabling.
- 66% -- Microsoft – One of Microsoft’s Redmond, WA based datacenter achieved double digit power savings.
- 40% -- Human Kinetics – Illinois based health and lifestyle firm recognized a large reduction in server acquisition costs.
- 12 weeks to 10 minutes – ING Direct (Australia) – Large financial firm experienced a drop in the time needed to provision a new banking environment.
- 2 Days to 2 hours – Volunteer State Community College – Tennessee based college improved the time required to deploy a desktop for students.
- $1,575 to $80 – Slumberland – Mattress retail firm in the U.S. achieved a reduction in per server management cost.
Cisco’s UCS server family, as well as our other datacenter assets such as our Nexus switch family and Cisco Advanced Services, support the full range of Microsoft environments – Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and VDI. For virtualization, we’re hypervisor agnostic, too so Hyper-V, VMware, etc. are equally supported. Bottom line is Cisco technology will help create a better datacenter for you while also being friendly to your OpEx and CapEx budget spend.
Tags: Cisco, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, ROI, tco, UCS, VMware, Windows Server 2012
Today marks the general availability of the eagerly-awaited Microsoft Windows Server 2012 platform. According to Microsoft, “Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more.” Earlier Cisco blog posts discussed how Cisco has collaborated with Microsoft to achieve Windows 2012 certification for our UCS servers, as well as integrating our management tools into Microsoft System Center and PowerShell.
In this post, I’d like to highlight the integration of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch into the Windows Server 2012 platform, and particularly the Hyper-V hypervisor. We have been working closely with the Windows Server 2012 team for the past few years towards this goal, and announced Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX support for it at the Microsoft BUILD conference last year. Read More »
Tags: Cisco ONE, DCNM, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, NAM, Nexus 1000v, OpenStack, UCS, Virtual Security Gateway, VM-FEX, VNMC, vPath, vsg, VXLAN