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VXI Walkabout at CiscoLive!

It is Cisco Live 2012, and the San Diego Convention Center is abuzz with excitement and activity, as customers throng to the World of Solutions, on this Monday afternoon, June 11. Having recently joined the Cisco VXI solutions marketing team, I am eager to check out all the VXI demos live on the show floor. Let’s pick up action with the  Desktop Virtualization demo in the Cisco Unified Data Center (UDC) booth. Read More »

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Cisco live 2012 – Built on FlexPod

June 12, 2012 at 6:42 am PST

Cisco Live 2012 is a a very busy and vibrant event -- Amongst our partners , NetApp is playing this year a specific role to make sure that our attendees have the best experience ever .

I asked NetApp Vaughn Stewart (@vStewed) , Director for Cloud Computing and Virtualization at NetApp, and an avid blogger to tell us a little bit more about NetApp participation at Cisco Live 2012

“I am here in the beautiful San Diego to support the NetApp team and activities at Cisco Live 2012. This year’s event features the largest number of joint Cisco and NetApp solutions in our history! I expect Cisco Live attendees will be impressed with the depth and breadth of our offerings.

When I was asked to blog on what we have in store for the event I thought they were asking me to write another book! Honestly, I can’t even cover the volume of FlexPod activity in a single post. With that said, allow me to share with you a few items I find truly compelling.

FlexPod Powers the NOC at Cisco Live

This year’s Cisco Live network infrastructure is expected to support over 15,000 users with 35,000 devices and is expected to transfer over 3 terabytes of Internet traffic. Powering the Network Operations Center (NOC) that provides these services is a FlexPod. This is the second year that a FlexPod has powered the NOC at Cisco Live!

You can’t miss the NOC, it’s the glass walled datacenter locate adjacent to the World of Solutions’ entrance. Stop in and meet the NOC engineers; they can discuss the number of Cisco technologies and solutions running on the FlexPod. For those who want to learn even more, the Cisco Live NOC is featured in session BRKNMS-1035 on Thursday at 3:30 in ballroom 6D.

FlexPod Overruns the Exhibit Hall

FlexPod provides unmatched infrastructure flexibility ranging from architectural capacity and network connectivity, to bare-metal and virtual operating systems, to the broadest set of business critical applications.

With over 1,050 customers in 33 countries, FlexPod is leading the industry as the platform of choice for those seeking an agile datacenter. With over 70 public references, 20 Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs), the broadest set of validated management partners and numerous security validations including PCI Compliance, FISAM and ICSA; it’s easy to understand we are adding 1.5+ new FlexPod customers every day!

Cisco Live attendees will have the opportunity to learn of the latest FlexPod news including…

  • New entry level FlexPod for midsize and distributed environments. Its based on the Cisco UCS C-series and NetApp FAS2240 array. The new platform received a support from our field and analysts.
  • Validated FlexPod Management and Solutions. This new program strengthens the management options offered to FlexPod customers providing unified, turnkey functionality for automation and orchestration and have passed extensive testing in Cisco and NetApp labs.
  • MS Private Cloud built on FlexPod. Learn how Cisco, NetApp and Microsoft are accelerating private cloud adoption with deep integration into management interface such as Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center 2012 and PowerShell Toolkits with NetApp OnCommand management software.

FlexPod is also powering the over 80 VXI clients residing throughout the Cisco Live expo hall, including the event registration desks, Internet kiosks, and walk-in self-paced labs. In addition a number of technology partners will feature FlexPod platforms in their exhibits.

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Cisco and NetApp: Build a Strong Foundation for Private Cloud with Flexpod for SAP Applications

June 8, 2012 at 1:51 am PST

Do I still need to introduce Flexpod, the integrated stack from Cisco, NetApp and VMware ? We wrote in this blog several times about this solution , which is obviously pretty successful.

NetApp, like EMC and HDS , is a very good partner of Cisco Data Center. That’s why I strongly encourage you when going to Cisco Live next week in San Diego  to visit NetApp booth (#826) , and attend the theater presentation (Tuesday 6:45 pm PST)dedicated to Flexpod  on Cisco booth .

Of course Flexpod is not the only integrated stacks that Cisco is providing on the market  –Vblock from VCE is another example. But we have reasons to believe that Flexpod is definitely a very good solution and approach for converged infrastructure and private cloud deployment  in a mission critical application environment .  Recently we wrote about Flexpod with Microsoft private cloud,  and even more recently about Flexpod and Citrix desktop virtualization.

At SAPPHIRE 2012, I asked Cisco VP Server Access and Virtualization Satinder Sethi  , and NetApp VP Thomas Stanley Global Alliances and System Integrators,  to tell us what benefits this pre-integrated unified architecture is bringing to the SAP customers.

As a proof point of the business impact of Flexpod, I invite you to watch what Waltz  executives have  to say about the benefits of this solution.
Established in 1985, the Walz Group is a leading provider of critical communications and compliance solutions – This solution allow the IT organization to focus on improving products and services instead of infrastructure support.

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Cisco and SAP : State of the collaboration

May 16, 2012 at 6:30 am PST

The second day at SAPPHIRE 2012 has been as intense as the first day --  After interviewing one of the first UCS customer (Monsanto) about the deployment of SAP applications , I did a round of videos with EMC, NetApp and Cisco executives to measure our presence in this market and our collaboration with key players. Stay tuned for the videos on integrated stacks  (Vblock with EMC, Flexpod with NetApp) .

I met Cisco VP Marketing, Data Center and Cloud , Giuliano Di Vitantonio, who shared why Cisco is at Sapphire 2012 , and what specifically Cisco and SAP are working on together -- Legitimate questions from some of our visitors, as Cisco has a great image as a network provider, but is still building the recognition as a server and software powerhouse.  Take the time to watch this short video to appreciate the breadth of the collaboration and understand why SAP is so interested in deepening this partnership.

Talking about experts . If you are in Orlando today don’t forget

-To attend at 12:00 pm the speaking session from Michael Missbach , our head of the SAP Competence Center

SAP HANA Appliance Software and High Availability: That Is the Question

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Analytics

Abstract: This session offers real world experiences with HANA implementation and first hand results for HANA scale-out solutions on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intelligent Intel® Xeon® Processors server platform and why this solution offers a competitive advantage to your business. Learn what customers are really asking for in regard to HANA and why it is important to provide the right solution to lower TCO.

Other sessions of a great interest

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Cisco at Sapphire 2012

May 15, 2012 at 5:46 am PST

A quick snapshot of @ciscodc at Sapphire -- As expected a lot of activities for this first day in Orlando.
On the front of the booth, we got a great audience as our speakers (see list of theater presentations) were covering numerous new capabilities developed by SAP and Cisco around intelligent automation, UCS , Flexpod or Vblock -- Well to be perfectly honest the Mini Cooper games were certainly very attractive as well -- Remember that you can participate to the contest through Twitter, even if you are not here in Orlando (see details here).

I spent part of my day videotaping partners and customers -- Great stories from SAP, Cisco and EMC customers such as Edison Mission Group, or from SAP, Cisco and NetApp (Flexpod) customers such as Chico State University -- “We reduce our footprint by 90% and have been able to move to a much better co-location facilities” ” Within 2 weeks, we were already up and running ” Expect to hear more from them in the following weeks as we will post these videos.

Today I want to highlight the presentation that Cisco Eric Robertson , will deliver at 12:00 pm [ Run Better 2 location] about Migration Path for Your Data Warehouse  (see abstract)  Eric spent a couple of minutes with me to reinforce in front of the camera the importance of this session, for SAP customers who are not on SAP BW7.3  , but want to take advantage right now of the SAP HANA environment . The Cisco solution is called Bridge Appliance and offers great potential -- Here is a 2mn summary from Eric

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