Guest Post by Alex Jauch (Technical Architect, NetApp)
This week at Microsoft TechEd, NetApp and Cisco announced our joint Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track submission. The submission was the result of a great working partnership between NetApp and Cisco. We’re very pleased with the solutions and technical expertise that the Cisco team brought to the project. Because of our strong partnership, Cisco and NetApp have been able to produce a great Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solution.
Here’s an example, because both NetApp and Cisco have both been investing in our Microsoft management integration platforms and we have been able to integrate these features into our submission to Fast Track. Both Cisco and NetApp have been working closely with the Microsoft Opalis Integration Server team and we were able to combine our solutions into a single solution that enables rapid provisioning from a bare metal blade to a full running Windows Cluster and then VM provisioning against that cluster. You can see a demonstration of this solution here:
NetApp Hyper-V Cloud With Cisco Rapid Provisioning
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, cloud, Hyper-V, Microsoft, MSTechEd, netapp, TechEd, UCS, virtualization
This guest post is presented by Rex Backman, Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft Solutions, Cisco, email@example.com
Cisco is very pleased to announce that Microsoft has invited us to be part of their Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program. This is great news for our customers and partners as it will allow for Cisco UCS based server infrastructures for Windows Server 2008 R2 based private cloud deployments.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, cloud, Hyper-V, Microsoft, netapp, UCS, virtualization
I am happy to share that Cisco is a key sponsor for the Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2011 event in Atlanta next week. At TechEd, we will be showcasing our data center business advantage solutions and showing how you can maximize your investments in leading Microsoft applications such as Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server.
With Cisco UCS, we are not just making servers, we are making server history.
It is well known that Cisco UCS adoption has been fantastic with over 5400 customers, with a large number of customers efficiently and fearlessly running their mission critical Microsoft applications on UCS. These customer deployments are backed by series of CVDs (Cisco Validated Designs) that serve as key enablers to successful deployments.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, Cisco Validated Design, CiscoUCS, CVD, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, Microsoft, private cloud, Sharepoint 2010, vdi
Guest Post from Rex Backman
More good news on the momentum of our Cisco UCS server platform came our way today as we were notified that our B250-M2 blade server series is a Finalist for Best of Show at Microsoft Tech Ed 2011 in the Hardware category.
Annually, the Best of Tech Ed awards recognize companies who offer innovative products for the industry. This year the judges reviewed 334 products and services submitted for the award and chose 47 finalists to be interviewed at the Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2011 conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 16, 2011. Winners will be announced at an invite only evening reception at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, May 18.
“We received a record number of nominations this year—more than 300—and determining an array of finalists from that large, diverse field was difficult,” said Jason Bovberg, Senior Editor at Windows IT Pro®. “The mix of products and services from year to year is ever-changing and exciting, and we feel that our 49 finalists represent highly distinguished products and services in their categories. We look forward to our show-floor interviews, which will lead to the determination of winners. For all categories, as always, our judging process involves three criteria: strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and value to customers. Our winners will be particularly strong in those areas.”
This is a great confirmation of our Cisco UCS server family and shows Cisco’s continued growth in support of the Microsoft ecosystem and the importance of Exchange, Hyper-V, SQL Server, SharePoint, System Center, and Windows Server 2008 R2 environments. We encourage Microsoft Tech Ed attendees to stop by our Cisco booth #1614 at the show and see the B250 in action!
Tags: B250-M2, Cisco UCS, Hyper-V, Microsoft, System Center, TechEd
As you plan to deploy mission critical business applications in cloud, the first thing that comes to mind is how can all the pieces of the puzzle (infrastructure, business apps, supporting tools etc.) be put together to get all the expected benefits and efficiencies, without introducing any negative tradeoffs. This requires that all the key differentiating technologies campaigned by the vendors to win your business should collectively work as a single solution, be scalable, easy to operate, and not introduce new complexities in your environment.
While individual technology focused documentation and scalability guidelines from vendors are great resource for getting in depth information about any particular technology, a lot of times they fall short of providing you the end to end solutions focused big picture. The most popular question I hear from customers is… “How would the Cisco Datacenter Business Advantage and our open ecosystem partner technologies work together as an end to end solution that provides value to more efficiently achieve the business objectives”? Few days back, I discussed the relevance of Cisco Datacenter Business Advantage technologies to your mission critical business applications.
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Tags: BMC, Cisco, CiscoUCS, citrix, EMC, ESMT, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, netapp, Oracle, SAP, Sharepoint, SQL Server, VMDC, VMware, VMware View, vsphere, xendesktop