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Cisco UCS Technology Innovation Drive OpEx and CapEx Savings for Microsoft Environments

September 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm PST

It’s been a busy week as Cisco has been active with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 launch activities around the world. We’ve spoken with customers at events in Toronto and New York City with many more in person and digital events to go…

While the week’s focus was on Windows Server 2012 and the datacenter, I thought I would orient this post on how our UCS server family architecture is already benefitting customers in their own Microsoft focused environments. Below is a snippet of metrics, all from publicly available Cisco case studies, and they each demonstrate how Cisco UCS not only advances your data center forward technically but also drives efficiencies in OpEx and CapEx budget spend:

  • 97% -- Young America. Increased their server virtualization rate from 20% to 97%.
  • 80% -- National FFA – This nation-wide organization significantly per server reduced management time.
  • 70% -- Secure 24 – U.S. based service provider saw a tremendous reduction in datacenter cabling.  
  • 66% -- Microsoft – One of Microsoft’s Redmond, WA based datacenter achieved double digit power savings.
  • 40% -- Human Kinetics – Illinois based health and lifestyle firm recognized a large reduction in server acquisition costs.
  • 12 weeks to 10 minutesING Direct (Australia) – Large financial firm experienced a drop in the time needed to provision a new banking environment.
  • 2 Days to 2 hoursVolunteer State Community College – Tennessee based college improved the time required to deploy a desktop for students.
  • $1,575 to $80Slumberland – Mattress retail firm in the U.S. achieved a reduction in per server management cost.

Cisco’s UCS server family, as well as our other datacenter assets such as our Nexus switch family and Cisco Advanced Services, support the full range of Microsoft environments – Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and VDI. For virtualization, we’re hypervisor agnostic, too so Hyper-V, VMware, etc. are equally supported.  Bottom line is  Cisco technology will help create a better datacenter for you while also being friendly to your OpEx and CapEx budget spend.

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VMworld 2012 Redux: Cisco Partner Presidio Talks Nexus 1000V, Virtualization and Cloud

September 5, 2012 at 9:33 am PST

Last week during VMworld in San Francisco, I had the chance to sit down with Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude), VP of Virtualization and Cloud, at Presidio, one of Cisco’s largest reseller partners. Steve is an author and industry speaker, especially on financial and ROI impacts of technology. He gives us a great perspective on how his firm is working with customers to get them cloud ready, and some of the virtualization trends he’s seeing with customers and in the industry.

In addition to the video, Steve and a colleague at Presidio published a blog on their web site about why they see customers moving to the Nexus 1000V virtual switch as the foundation for their cloud environments, and what challenges it’s helping them to overcome. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to talk much about the new trends in Software Defined Networking (SDN), programmable virtual network overlays, or OpenStack, but Dom Delfino covers some of these related topics as well in another great video recorded at VMworld last week.

For those of you that think all of our Cisco video productions are tightly scripted, well rehearsed, finely edited affairs, this will convince you otherwise. We tried to keep it pretty interactive and we had a lot of fun doing it. I think you’ll find the insights valuable.

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Nexus 1000V Provides Cloud Switching to New Windows Server 2012 Platform

September 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm PST

Windows Server 2012 logoToday marks the general availability of the eagerly-awaited Microsoft Windows Server 2012 platform.  According to Microsoft, “Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more.”  Earlier Cisco blog posts discussed how Cisco has collaborated with Microsoft to achieve Windows 2012 certification for our UCS servers, as well as integrating our management tools into Microsoft System Center and PowerShell.

Microsoft Build Conference 2011 - Demo of Nexus 1000V virtual switchIn this post, I’d like to highlight the integration of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch into the Windows Server 2012 platform, and particularly the Hyper-V hypervisor. We have been working closely with the Windows Server 2012 team for the past few years towards this goal, and announced Nexus 1000V and VM-FEX support for it at the Microsoft BUILD conference last year.  Read More »

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Day One: Cisco and Microsoft Windows Server 2012

September 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm PST

 

 

 

Today Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012 with various digital and in person activities occurring  around the world showcasing their new operating system and cloud platform.  This new release will open up new technical and business scenarios for IT organizations focusing on virtualization and private-cloud initiatives.

Cisco has been actively working with Microsoft at the technical level on Windows Server 2012 integration for some time with our UCS fabric computing, UCS Management, and Nexus networking solutions.

As we have discussed in prior blog postings our UCS Manager offering is tightly integrated with System Center and PowerShell and we will include System Center SP1 support for Windows Server 2012 interoperability. With Hyper-V’s new extensible switch in Windows Server 2012, Cisco’s Nexus 1000V switch family provides new flexible virtual networking capabilities for Network Administrators affording them improved network efficiency and utilization.

Finally, on this ‘Day One’ of Windows Server 2012 we are pleased to announce that our UCS family of Intel-based servers is hardware certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012.  This “Certified for Windows Server 2012” logo demonstrates that our UCS server family meets Microsoft’s highest technical bar for Windows fundamentals and platform compatibility – meaning peace of mind for you.

To learn more on Cisco’s growing Microsoft solutions for Windows Server 2012, virtualization, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server please visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft

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Cisco Unified Computing System and Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Get the Most Complete Solution

August 29, 2012 at 11:02 am PST

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is a huge step forward in Microsoft’s evolution and provides an industry-leading platform for virtualization that can provide the foundation both for on-premise private clouds and for host-provided public clouds in support of Microsoft workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint.

The main new features of Windows Server 2012 include:

• Virtualization for a heterogeneous environment with industry-leading capabilities for Microsoft Windows and Linux workloads

• Enhanced manageability, supporting large-scale server management with the same simplicity as single-server management

• Capability to run any application in any cloud using a common feature set for both on and off-premises deployment.

Windows Server 2012 delivers tremendous server virtualization capabilities and a flexible cloud platform with enhancements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system as well as many enhancements in Hyper-V. Our Cisco UCS server platform -- which is certified for Windows Server 2012 -- in combination with the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series and Cisco Data Center VM-FEX provides an optimal platform for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments, enabling organizations to take full advantage of the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V capabilities and also to extend them through integrated Cisco solutions.

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