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Cisco UCS in a world with windows

Earlier in the week I had blogged about Cisco UCS in a world of open source computing. And now with Microsoft TechEd right around the weekend, I get to blog about Cisco UCS in a Windows world. Both are relevant now that Cisco is the #2 x86 blade server vendor worldwide with 17.6% of the market and in a statistical tie for #4 in the server category according to research firm IDC. So if you plan to be in New Orleans next week for Microsoft TechEd, or if you use Microsoft technologies in your data center will find the following very interesting.

Last year Cisco UCS Manager, the single point of management for UCS domains, was the Best of TechEd Winner in the breakthrough product category. If you use Microsoft PowerShell or some of the Microsoft System Center 2012 suite of products for management, you definitely want to check out the demos we will have at TechEd.  The Cisco PowerTool for Powershell lets you use a comprehensive list of commands called “cmdlets” to manage all the components of a UCS domain.  With Cisco UCS PowerTool, your operations team can tie together the management of storage components, computing components, and software applications into custom, end-to-end management solutions that are easy to use and easy to script.

If you use the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, you can download the UCS Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager and monitor the health of Cisco UCS.  With the Management pack you can

  • Monitors Cisco UCS devices such as Cisco UCS blades, chassis, and rack servers.
  • Correlate faults and events across bare metal and virtualized Cisco UCS infrastructure.

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If you use the Systems Center Orchestrator, you can get the UCS Integration Pack for System Center Orchestrator and automate UCS Management.  Read More »

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

March 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm PST

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

Damian Flynn

Damian Flynn

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 Launches Nexus 1000V InterCloud – Part 2 (VNMC InterCloud)

February 5, 2013 at 4:00 am PST

This week, as part of a major cloud launch that also introduced the Nexus 6000 series and updates to our Cisco ONE portfolio, Cisco unveiled its Nexus 1000V InterCloud solution, which provides a seamless and secure extension of virtual networks from on-premises data centers to cloud service providers. In part 1 of our introductory blog series to this new technology, we discussed the architecture and components of Nexus 1000V InterCloud for creating secure, on-demand virtual private cloud (VPC) containers in a hybrid cloud.  In a pre-launch post earlier in January, we looked at some new Forrester research data on hybrid cloud business drivers and how some organizations were looking to overcome the challenges to real hybrid cloud integration. Today, in part 2 of our InterCloud series, we are going into more depth about the hybrid cloud management component, Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) InterCloud.

VNMC InterCloud provides a single pane view of VM and cloud resources across the on-premises resources and those at the cloud provider. It interfaces to orchestration tools and service provider management systems, as well as virtual machine managers.

VNMC InterCloud provides a single pane view of VM and cloud resources across the on-premises resources and those at the cloud provider. It interfaces to orchestration tools and service provider management systems, as well as virtual machine managers.

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