Cisco blogs is excited to announce the updated and improved Social Rewards program! We think you’ll love the new features. Here’s a short list of the changes; check out the video for more details. Oh, and don’t forget to login—using Cisco.com login—or join today so you get credit for reading this post and watching the video!
Updated and new features:
- Log In – We moved to Cisco.com login. If you don’t have an account already it’s easy to register, just click on the “Join Today” banner found on the right column of each blog page.
- Notifications – You will receive a pop-up notification each time you earn a new badge! You can also share your accomplishment on Twitter and Facebook.
- Missions – Learn what you need to do to earn your next badge by hovering over the icons under the “Earn More Badges” section of your Rewards console.
- Leaderboards – See how you rank on the “My Leaderboard” widget found on each Members profile page. See who the top ten members are for the week and month on the “Learn More” page.
- News Feed – Populates whenever anyone becomes a member, earns a new badge, or progresses to the next level.
- Engagement Score – Replaces the Reputation meter; you can now earn points for everything you do. As your points add up you progress to the next level!
- New Look – We updated the badges, added some new badges, and refreshed the overall look of the program.
We plan to add new challenges throughout the year; you will want to continue to participate so you don’t lose out on all the fun! Let the games commence!
Tags: gamification, launch, Social Rewards
We have a number of exciting additions to the UCS family, which we are announcing today. Application architectures are fundamentally changing, which is driving a change to the core infrastructure. Today, you will hear about new innovations in the area of scale-out computing, which are optimized for the delivery of new applications, data analytics and the scale that is required to support these apps.
As part of this announcement, we are delivering significant innovations around what I’ll call the core data center applications. Put another way, these are the more traditional applications that keep the business running and keep employees productive. Cisco is announcing our fourth generation of our workhorse two-socket blade and rack systems as well as a broad set of enhancements to UCS Management.
Over the past five years, when I ask customers why they purchased UCS, it comes down to two key areas: more power to drive applications faster and simplified management, which accelerates IT operations. Let’s talk first about the core data center platforms and the new innovations there. Once again, Cisco is raising the bar on “enterprise class” stateless computing and performance. Today, we’re announcing the Cisco UCS M4 series, which are optimized for the widest set of enterprise use cases. Delivered through the new UCS B200 M4, C220 M4 and C240 M4, Cisco continues to deliver the highest performance CPUs, maximum memory and highest I/O performance. Besides support for fastest and highest core count and memory, we have added significant flexibility to the platforms via modular LAN-on-motherboard (LOM), Modular HBAs and Flex Storage options.
In addition to the M4 generation of servers we are introducing our 3rd gen VIC technology. This generation brings native 40Gb and advanced networking features such as NVGRE and VxLAN to UCS. The latest VIC will also enable ultra low latency RDMA capabilities.. As really fast flash storage becomes mainstream and clustered applications gain popularity, high bandwidth, low latency interconnect technology will be required for applications to see the full benefit of performance improvements. With this technology, applications requiring low latency can see up to an 85% improvement without the complexity of building Infiniband fabrics.
As much as we like talking about performance (and believe me, we like that a lot), the biggest innovation UCS brought to the datacenter was a dramatically simplified management paradigm with our UCS Management portfolio. Today, we’re announcing the addition of the software programmable ACI fabric through the Nexus 9000 and APIC into UCS Director. UCS Director is also delivering a software development kit and open API to accelerate third party integration with Cisco’s technology partners.
Finally, we are delivering new application container support within UCS Director, which provides both virtual and bare metal isolation of workloads, automated with UCS Director. Users simply request a container for a particular set of application components and UCS Director deploys the necessary infrastructure configuration required. Taken together, UCS Director becomes an even more robust control point for IT infrastructure as IT customers can now request application services and have computing, storage and networking services (such as firewalling or Layer 4-7 switching) delivered across a programmable networking fabric.
Taken along with the M-series and the UCS C3160, this announcement represents a huge step forward in the UCS portfolio to enable customers to move faster into the new application paradigm while still supporting their core data center applications.
Tags: ACI, Cisco UCS, CiscoUCS, launch, UCS
There will be fifty billion things connected to the Internet by 2020. Untold new and valuable connections will be formed as people, processes, data and things connect and create the next wave of the Internet that we call the Internet of Everything.
Our ability to realize the $19 trillion of economic potential inherent in that Internet of Everything will be dependent on the applications that facilitate business transactions; enable partners and suppliers to interact; transform how users share, learn and buy; and deliver analytics derived from all of these connections.
The ability of organizations to seize the opportunity of the Internet of Everything will be determined by how well CIOs embrace new models of I.T. The performance and security of these critical applications will be determined by how well the I.T. industry rises to the challenge of delivering new forms of I.T. infrastructure.
Today is a big day for Cisco as we rise to that challenge for delivering FAST IT.
I’m excited to announce that today marks the beginning of the next wave of innovation for the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Five years ago, we delivered Cisco Unified Computing System, a groundbreaking architecture designed for virtualization, automation and orchestration that uniquely addressed the needs of customers embarking on the journey to data center virtualization and cloud.
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Tags: Cisco, CiscoUCS, Fast IT, Internet of Everything, IoE, launch, UCS, unified computing
I was speaking with a customer today at VMworld and, unlike many discussions, which are focused on the infrastructure (servers, storage, networking), this one turned primarily on the application. This person was describing to me his need to match the server to a new set of applications he is being asked to support and then what to do with all the data being generated. With much of the conversation at the show focusing on virtualization of resources, he made the point that consideration of the architecture itself – how servers, storage and networking is leveraged – was still critical to mapping the requirements of the application back to what that application lives on.
This is a trend we’re seeing more and more. A new breed of applications, and the increasing density of data, is driving a new way of thinking about the underlying infrastructure. Often, these applications are developed internally, leveraging many of the toolkits available on the market today, and delivered through a private or public cloud. These applications can be run from Read More »
Tags: analytics, Big Data, CiscoUCS, data center, launch, Servers, UCSGrandSlam
In 2009, the course of data center technology changed forever with the introduction of a groundbreaking architecture designed for IT innovation and business acceleration. With the Unified Computing System, Cisco answered the needs of customers embarking on the industry transition to data center virtualization and cloud. This innovation led Cisco to becoming #1 blade server in Americas in 5 short years.
On September 4th, Cisco will unveil the next wave of Unified Computing innovation to meet the needs of the applications powering The Internet of Everything. As more users seek information in new ways, and as organizations use deeper intelligence to make faster decisions, IT must think differently about data center infrastructure. To meet the needs of customers the power of the data center needs to be everywhere.
Please join us virtually to listen to an exciting group of technology leaders, including Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, as Cisco delivers a grand slam of innovation. See the unveiling of exciting new systems that are optimized to bring the power of unified computing to applications at every scale. It is the broadest, most powerful array of new computing solutions since Cisco Unified Computing System (#CiscoUCS) first shattered industry convention in 2009.
Learn how Cisco has the right technology and partnerships to help you power data-intensive analytics, applications at the edge, and the next generation of scale-out workloads.
UCS Launch Agenda
Your registration entitles you to view the sessions below:
Keynote Address & UCS Innovation Product Announcements
Featuring Padmasree Warrior
Customer & Technology Solutions Panel
- Data-intensive Analytics in the Internet of Everything (Hosted by Padmasree Warrior, Cisco)
- Next Generation Architecture for Extreme Scale-Out (Hosted by Matt Eastwood, IDC)
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- Event type: Online Event
- September 4, 2014
- 7:30 AM PDT
- 10:30 AM EDT
- Opening Session: 60 minutes
- Panel Discussions: 120 minutes
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Tags: 5 Year Anniversay, Cisco, CiscoUCS, IT, launch, NewRelease, products, UCS#1, UCSGrandSlam