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Cisco UCS Management and the Microsoft Management Summit 2013: Where Imagination Rules the World

It’s late Sunday night in Las Vegas as I write this from my hotel room – Cisco’s day one MMS 2013 blog post. It has been a long day already here at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center getting set up for the show… Our Cisco booth is complete; UCS, Nexus 1000V, FlexPod, and VSPEX Engineers have their demos loaded and ready to go; the always popular Cisco t-shirts are stocked and ready to be handed out; the Event team is here and primed.

Over dinner tonight I was mulling over with my core event team what to write about in this blog. For some reason, and I forget why, we had been discussing Napoleon at the table. So, I started searching for some famous Napoleon quotes that might apply to technology, I.T. management, and Cisco’s activities at MMS 2013.

I found this quote from Napoleon Bonaparte: “Imagination rules the world”. Those four simple words are so very true when it comes to the power inherent in Cisco’s Nexus 1000V and UCS management capabilities. We’ve all learned about the powerful hardware architecture of UCS – with its modular approach to helping you deliver a modern datacenter for compute, networking, virtualization, and storage. I think at MMS 2013 though  people will see the imagination, and innovation if I can add to that, of what Cisco  UCS Manager and Nexus 1000V Engineers have delivered for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1.

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Cisco’s management portfolio is focused on doing what we know best – managing the compute, network, and virtualization infrastructure layers. We partner in the most complementary way with Microsoft’s System Center management portfolio. Together we offer a true ‘better together’ model affording end to end management ranging from the hardware chassis to the business transaction.

So, if you are at MMS 2013 this week, check us out in booth #501. We’ve got a set of demos anchored by Nexus 1000V and its integration into the Hyper-V Extensible Switch as well as a strong set of Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco PowerTool for PowerShell demos. Completing our demos is kiosk’s devoted to our private cloud solutions with our strategic partners NetApp and EMC respectively FlexPod, VSPEX.

If you are not at MMS 2013, we encourage you to check out our Microsoft capabilities at www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.

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Executive Roundtable: Cisco, Intel, and NetApp, with special guest Microsoft, on the Private Cloud

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We’ve been doing quite a bit of work recently with our strategic partners Intel, NetApp, and Microsoft on Microsoft oriented private cloud solutions. Specifically we’ve been focusing on new innovation going into our joint FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud reference architecture.

A great way to learn about these joint development activities is to join in on an upcoming executive roundtable – Simplifying Your Journey to Private Cloud – on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. EDT. Leaders from Cisco, Intel®, NetApp, and special guest Microsoft, will examine key areas where businesses can gain the best return and biggest competitive advantage while adopting a private cloud model.

Our expert panel will spotlight the innovative FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud, solution through customer results and open dialog, to sharing of essential insights. Please feel free to register here for this event.

For those of you in Las Vegas next week at Microsoft’s Management Summit 2013 event, remember to stop by and visit us at booth #501. We’ll have a variety of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 demos available, led by subject matter experts on UCS, Nexus 1000V, UCS Manager, and FlexPod.

Learn more about our capabilities for a Microsoft oriented data center at www.cisco.com/go/microsoft

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What’s Cisco Doing for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1?

We’re doing quite a bit actually…if you’re headed to the Microsoft Management Summit 2013 show in Las Vegas in a few weeks, stop by our booth, grab a t-shirt, and see us demo our UCS Manager and Nexus 1000V capabilities and more…

Cisco’s technology investments for Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012 center primarily on the hardware, management and networking segments with our  UCS, UCS Manager, Cisco PowerTool, Nexus 1000V, and VM-FEX offerings. These investments help to drive simplification and automation for you – saving time and money.

Feel free to read and download documents from our library below:

Learn more about how Cisco can provide an optimum datacenter environment for your Microsoft investments at www.cisco.com/go/microsoft

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Upcoming Webcast with Microsoft MVP Will Shed Light on Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V and SCVMM Integration

[Register here for the webcast: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 AM Pacific Time]

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If you are running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 in your virtualized data center (or plan to), you’ll want to join us for a detailed webcast on Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch for Hyper-V and the integration with Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). We are pleased to have as guest speaker for this webcast Damian Flynn, Infrastructure Architect for Lionbridge Technologies, Corporate IT team. Damian is also a Microsoft 2012 MVP for Datacenter and Cloud. MVP awards are given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.

It’s been a very big year for Nexus 1000V so far, with the introduction of Nexus 1000V InterCloud, and our reaching a key milestone of 7,000 virtual switch customers. The Nexus 1000V also continues to play an important role in our Cisco ONE portfolio for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Now, as we get closer to the GA of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch on Hyper-V, customers are looking for the detailed, hands-on information about integrating Cisco virtual networking into their Microsoft Windows Server infrastructures.

SCVMMBy integrating the Nexus 1000V virtual infrastructure into System Center, customers will be able to manage their virtual networks along with the rest of their cloud infrastructure, including compute and storage resources. SCVMM promises to help organizations build out and manage their private clouds, improve processes by automating workflows for standard tasks, and provide visibility to virtual applications across hybrid cloud locations.

Damian and the rest of the Nexus 1000V product management team will be providing more details on the benefits of Cisco virtual networking for Microsoft data center environments.

For the latest information on Cisco’s partnership with Microsoft and our virtual network infrastructure products for Windows 2012 and Hyper-V, you can go to http://cisco.com/go/microsoft

Related: Nexus 1000V Provides Cloud Switching to New Windows Server 2012 Platform

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Cisco UCS SmartPlay Offers for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint & SQL Server

As you look at your upcoming Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, or SQL Server projects keep in mind Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) SmartPlay program. The program offers attractive pricing on select Cisco UCS blade and rack server bundles. Our Cisco UCS servers provide an optimal I.T. platform for these key Microsoft workloads helping you to deliver exceptional performance & virtual machine densities, as well as scalability to your organization. Read More »

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