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Open Ecosystem – Open to Excellence and Better with Cisco

[Part VI of our blog series on Cisco Data Center Business Advantage. Part I, II, III, IV, V]

When some of the largest companies in the world get together and demand choice, it means that any vendor interested in delivering solutions had better be creating architectural flexibility. And not just architectural flexibility, but also creating and enabling an open ecosystem with market leaders across a broad range of capabilities.

At a time when some vendors are moving towards vertically integrated solutions, limiting customer choice, Cisco continues to be committed to open standards and open architectures within the Data Center. This model has enabled tremendous growth in the Internet, and with more systems being interconnected (Internet, Public/Private Cloud, Mobile) the need for interoperability has never been greater. Read More »

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A Trillion Dollar Stimulus Plan for the U.S.

October 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm PST

Today, in the Wall Street Journal, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Oracle President Safra Catz wrote an op-ed on the topic of repatriation of foreign earnings. Entitled, “The Overseas Profits Elephant in the Room: There’s a trillion dollars waiting to be repatriated if tax policy is right,” (subscription required) Chambers and Catz state:

“One trillion dollars is roughly the amount of earnings that American companies have in their foreign operations—and that they could repatriate to the United States. That money, in turn, could be invested in U.S. jobs, capital assets, research and development, and more.

But for U.S companies such repatriation of earnings carries a significant penalty: a federal tax of up to 35%. This means that U.S. companies can, without significant consequence, use their foreign earnings to invest in any country in the world—except here.”

There is quite a discussion on this topic on the Wall Street Journal’s website currently and, of course, we’d love to hear your opinion here as well.

By the way, Chambers and Catz also offer an idea for hiring an additional 2 million new workers as a result of allowing these foreign earnings to be repatriated.

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Oracle on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS): A Real Evaluation

September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST


This year Cisco has a growing presence at Oracle Open World with a booth in the exhibition area  comparable in size to the booths of the major server vendors.
Don’t make any mistake . In case you still don’t know, Cisco is in the server market, and has big plans with the unified computing systems (UCS)   and the Cisco Data center Business Advantage architectural framework

As a vendor of servers we talked a lot about performances and benchmarks --  And why not ? After all thanks to  the UCS we have been breaking one after one all the major benchmark records, proving many times, that  our vision and design of server  is the right one.

But I am more interested in what the customers who discovered the unified computing system have to say – So I invited yesterday Brady Reiter, NaviSite General Manager, Enterprise Architecture and Application  for a little and casual conversation in front of the  camera with Alex Krasne one of our blogger.

The NaviSite team is deploying a cloud based platform , that they use to deliver Oracle Application Management – So we asked Brady  what was the business context and  the evaluation process (Cisco vs HP, IBM, Sun) , and what are the results he got so far   -- Here is what Brady  has to say 

I met also Doug Beasley, one of our consulting engineer, who shared with me  some of the amazing capabilities that the Unified Computing System offers to the IT organizations in the context of Oracle applications deployment and management 

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Oracle OpenWorld: Cisco + Oracle = UCS Collaboration

September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

It’s that conference time of year — this week it’s Oracle OpenWorld 2010, taking place in San Francisco. This annual conference draws attendees from around the world to learn about product developments in all layers of the stack, from applications, database and middleware, to servers and storage systems. I once again headed down to the Moscone Center in downtown SF to get news from the event. (Seems like I’m at Moscone a lot these days—I might as well set up a booth for myself!)

Cisco is a Platinum sponsor of this year’s conference: We have a booth showcasing Cisco and Oracle data center and industry solutions, such as Oracle Real Applications Clusters on Cisco’s Unified Computing System. Visitors to the booth get all the latest deets about Application Networking Services (ANS) and Application Control Engine (ACE) Integration with Oracle.

Attendees at a breakout session heard from Oracle and Cisco about UCS, data center architectures, and how the companies are working together with our partners to deliver customer solutions.  I visited with folks from Oracle and Cisco and learned how solutions from both companies are helping customer NaviSite increase profits and efficiency.

And, be sure to watch the interview I did with customer NaviSite.

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UCS: A Better Home for Oracle Apps

This week our team is out in force at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, and with good reason.  Last week Scott Ciccone and I talked about the kinds of applications that are particularly well-served (no pun intended) by the new UCS B230 blade. Yesterday, Oracle quantified what that means when they announced world-record results with the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, using a pair of B230s running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, with our 4-socket B440 M1 acting as the database server.

I asked my colleague Girish Kulkarni, who works closely with our application partners, to help put this into context:

“We got the top dual-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark result of 11,283.80 JOPS@ Standard (jAppServer operations per second). This result surpasses the prior dual-node world record by 54 percent and was obtained running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.”

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