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

April 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm PST

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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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“Your call is important but we’re not in right now – leave a message…”

This is the fifth in a series of blogs comparing and contrasting the Microsoft and Cisco approaches to providing enterprise collaboration in the post-PC world. The first blog discussed the differences between a purpose-built architecture and a desktop-centric approach that needs third party extensions to make a working enterprise-class system. The second blog discussed how the two companies are approaching the trend towards “Bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. The third  blog discussed how the two companies deliver voice and video. The fourth blog examined true cost to deploy. Today’s blog addresses enterprise class support.

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These days, workers at enterprise organizations depend on real-time collaboration solutions to get their jobs done.  The solutions need to work 24/7, and if something goes wrong, it’s imperative things get fixed fast. In a world where customers view 100% uptime as the only acceptable Service Level Agreement (SLA), solid customer support means everything. While we could all live without email for a day or two, few businesses could function without working telephones for that long, or would trust ‘crossed-fingers’ while the CEO meets with an important customer over a video link.

At Cisco, we feel that support for business critical solutions should not become a guessing game of “who you gonna call”.  In fact, we think the right way to handle support is to offer the option of ‘”one-stop” responsibility for the entire system -- from the software to the endpoints, switches, gateways, security and compute hardware, and other technologies as required.

After all, given the vast array of offerings today from a multitude of vendors, the chances are slim that the wide range of components used in collaboration will all have the same management interfaces, diagnostic, and testing routines to determine where an issue lies when a problem arises. We also know that even if you are able to track down the root cause of the problem, some third parties may have very limited specialist support staff and escalating issues can be incredibly challenging. We prefer that our customers spend their time driving their business, versus spending countless hours trying to resolve problems where finger pointing is the name of the game.

As my colleague Rowan Trollope blogged recently, we feel Microsoft’s approach is very different. First off, a Microsoft Lync enterprise deployment requires Read More »

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Learn How You Can Benefit from Cloud Computing

Cloud computing provides new opportunities to increase capacity and add new capabilities on the fly.  Whether you are an enterprise looking for ways to make your business more agile and responsive to market transitions, a Service Provider exploring new business models, or an executive wondering how your employees can benefit from cloud collaboration services, there’s a lot to learn.

Over the next four weeks Cisco will host a series of webinars highlighting the challenges and opportunities of cloud computing. This is a great chance for you to learn from Cisco experts as well as your industry peers.

Below is info on four webinars in March and April.  I encourage you to save the dates and register to attend!

1/ Building Service Provider Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds for Enterprise and SMB 

Date: March 19, 2013            Time: 11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT

With half of all IT needs shifting to the cloud, Service Providers have a great opportunity to profit from this business. But how do you build the capabilities needed to offer these IT services as cloud services? What about the cost vs. time-to-market tradeoff? In this webcast, you’ll learn how CIOs plan to move to the SP cloud, how to account for complex tradeoffs, and how Cisco’s SP Cloud Smart Solution can help.

For more information and registration visit here 

2/ Innovate with Cloud Conferencing

Date: March 19, 2013        Time: 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT

Video capabilities across devices are changing the way we work and communicate, bringing people closer together and increasing productivity levels. As businesses expand the ways they collaborate, Cisco makes the experience consistent regardless of device. Join our video and collaboration leaders on March 19 as we announce new solutions to evolve conferencing. Learn more about Cisco’s collaboration strategy, see the new solutions in action, and have your questions answered live by Cisco experts. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be on the front lines of the market trends in video, conferencing, and collaboration.

For more information and registration visit here 

3/Cloud 201: Getting Both – Efficiency & Agility with Private and Public Clouds  

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April 9, 2013              Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Ready to learn more about the future of cloud computing and how your organization can embrace it? Join our National Cloud 201 Town Hall and discover how to implement, secure, manage, update, and monitor solutions across multiple cloud environments. This webinar will leverage the power of Cisco Telepresence and connect you with an expert panel for advice you can use for running advanced enterprise workloads across multiple cloud environments.

For more information and registration visit here 

4/Simplifying Your Journey to Private Cloud -- A Roundtable with Cisco, NetApp, Intel, and Microsoft 

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Date: April 17, 2013        Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Cisco, Intel, NetApp, and special guest Microsoft come together for an executive roundtable to help you on your journey to the private cloud. Join this expert panel and learn how to decrease storage costs, reduce time to market, and improve application performance and business agility. Discover an integrated solution to achieve IT-as-a-service model in a fast and simple way through this partner webcast.

For more information and registration visit here 

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No Free Lunch

This is the fourth in a series of blogs comparing and contrasting the Microsoft and Cisco approaches to providing enterprise collaboration in the post-PC world. The first blog discussed the differences between a purpose-built architecture and a desktop-centric approach that needs third party extensions to make a working enterprise-class system. The second blog discussed how the two companies are approaching the trend towards “Bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. The third  blog discussed how the two companies deliver voice and video. This fourth blog focuses on the true cost to deploy.

No Free Lunch

A little after lunch time today at Enterprise Connect, Nemertes Research will host a session to present its findings on a topic near and dear to Cisco’s heart: “Building the Business Case for UC”. Drawing on data supplied by hundreds of IT decision makers on Unified Communications products and technologies, attendees apparently will “leave the session with a clear picture of the elements of a successful UC business case”.

Having this session right after lunch seems appropriate, since the session could easily be named: There’s no Such Thing as a Free Lunch.

As you may know, just a few weeks ago Cisco’s Rowan Trollope started a conversation about what matters in collaboration. The topic is so important to Cisco that we launched a web page to communicate our view on the key considerations in evaluating an enterprise collaboration solution, with a special focus on the differences between Cisco and Microsoft. So it is exciting to see the industry hone in on one of these considerations: cost and licensing.

Cisco believes that building an accurate business case for UC is increasingly complex. Capital costs and licensing are just the tip of the iceberg. What you spend on getting and keeping the solution running -- the internal staff, training, third-party vendors and annual maintenance -- matters quite a bit. Without a full understanding of all the factors involved in the real cost of ownership, selecting the right vendor and architecture for your organization may be an incredibly daunting task.

In a blog about the research behind today’s session, Nemertes’ Robin Gareiss calls Lync an “expensive operational proposition.” We think it’s important to note that Lync licenses are often Read More »

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

March 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm PST

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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