At the start of 2014, SAP identified four corporate priorities: HANA, Cloud, Mobility, and Analytics. Cisco, in support of these priorities, expanded their partnership with SAP to announce the availability of a Cisco Cloud Reference Architecture for SAP HANA Applications. This architecture, jointly defined between SAP, SAP partners, and Cisco, enables Cisco Partners to launch enterprise-class clouds for SAP applications that run on HANA and meet SAP’s certification requirements while maintaining the critical infrastructure performance.
Virtustream, a leading SAP partner and Cisco Powered Cloud Service Provider, was one of the first companies to reach SAP certification for HANA in the Cloud, and follows the Cisco reference architecture for SAP HANA Applications. Our Enterprise-class Cloud offers customers a secure, elastic and resilient way to deploy SAP workloads, with and without HANA, with all the economic benefits of a cloud solution.
Cisco’s strategy of enabling service providers to deliver SAP HANA Cloud Services via a proven reference architecture is complimentary to Virtustream’s Cloud Service Provider (CSP) enablement efforts. CSPs are using Cisco’s reference architecture and Virtustream’s xStream software to build their own SAP HANA Cloud Service. Cisco’s global market penetration and service provider optimized solutions effectively furthers Virtustream’s reach in the market. Together, we offer CSPs a faster time to adoption and a more predictable path to revenue.
Partners like Virtustream who follow the Cisco Cloud Reference Architecture for SAP in the Cloud are also eligible for participation in the “Cisco-Powered Cloud and Managed Service Provider Program (CMSP)”. This program links the partner community and the Cisco sales force, allowing for Cisco sales reps to get compensated for workloads that land on CMSP platforms. With the rapid rise of hybrid cloud deployments, this joint approach puts the Cisco field sales force in sync with the partner community, resulting in a consistent message to the customer base.
Further, given the dynamic nature of the SAP HANA solution and the fact that technology is rapidly evolving, having strong partner OpEx options means that the customer can experience flexibility over the lifecycle of the technology.
Customers who are interested in learning more about Virtustream, our offerings for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services, and Cisco’s CMSP designation for SAP HANA can visit the Cisco Booth at Sapphire Booth 230 where we will be demonstrating and displaying our solutions.
It is that time of year again. SAP Sapphire is just around the corner and thousands of CIO’s, Line of Business Managers, Basis Consultants, and Application Architects will be heading to Orlando to see what is new and up the sleeves of SAP.
Cisco will again have a major presence at this years event. In addition to being an Onyx sponsor, Cisco will have five speaking sessions all centered around use cases with customers. Johnsonville Sausage, Cisco, TransCanada Pipeline, and an oil and gas giant will all explain why they chose to install SAP HANA and what operational efficiencies they have realized as a result of their decision. This will all be capped off by a major theater session involving ebay and Cognilytics, and Cisco explaining the reason ebay chose to install SAP HANA on Cisco UCS and what it means to them as a company.
In addition to the major speaking sessions at Sapphire, Cisco will also offer customer the opportunity to hear from and see the solutions from many of their partners with presentations in the Cisco booth, during the event. Customers will hear from Deloitte, Virtustream, WiPro, SAP, ProMorphics, Freudenberg IT,EMC, and NetApp just to name a few.
Two of the newest innovations that is setting Cisco apart from the rest of the world is the Internet of Things and Application Centric Infrastructure or ACI. Don’t miss these demos on our booth (Booth #230 ). It’s going to be awesome and quite surprising !
Sapphire also plans to be an interesting event from a hardware certification perspective. With the release of the newest Intel chip set, most of the SAP hardware partners are again going through the certification process for SAP HANA. Customers will be the beneficiaries of faster processing speeds and larger amounts of memory for their in-memory processing.
Cloud, Cloud, Cloud. This is the battle cry of SAP this year. Since Cisco is the #1 cloud provider in the world, and because of the ever tightening relationship with SAP, Cisco is poised to offer SAP customers a number of options with their cloud decisions. So as SAP moves to the software and licensing to the cloud, Cisco will move with them offering solutions to benefit and enhance the SAP customers’ experience.
All in all, Sapphire looks to be another year of innovation. Come by the Cisco booth #230 to be part of the future of SAP and Cisco. You can also download the latest IDC white paper to see why Cisco UCS is quickly becoming the server platform of choice for SAP HANA. See you in Orlando
As you have probably noticed, the Cisco and SAP partnership keeps growing -- Here is some of the recent news
 Unisys, RealTech and others install SAP HANA on Cisco UCS
” Manufacturers are struggling with the provisioning of applications into the infrastructure” In this video, Joachim Weide, Director Transformation Services, Unisys talks about SAP HANA on Cisco UCS and explains how the unique capability of UCS helps to run complex SAP landscapes in a virtualized environment .
 Cisco SAP Competency Center Expansion
Recently Cisco expanded its SAP Competency Center in Walldorf Germany to an entire floor in the SAP Partner Port. As part of that expansion, Cisco invited customers and partners to that expansion and offered a customer led workshop while there. Over 200 customers and partners attended this coming out party for Cisco in Walldorf.
This opening also provided an opportunity to gain some valuable insight from these customers and partners, including SAP, about their decision to install SAP HANA on Cisco UCS.
In this video , SAP VP Kevin Chew shares with Jim Mc Hugh, Cisco VP UCS Marketing the importance of the partnership with Cisco for SAP customers
 SAP HANA on Cisco UCS
During the opening , Jim McHugh had also a conversation with the head of the Cisco SAP Competency Center Dr Michael Missbach, about the services that Cisco can offer to customers
In this video Dr Missbach talked about the “secured shared network implementation ” of HANA , a new and unique feature provided by the Cisco UCS environment , which allows customers to run several solutions on one UCS platform .
 Cisco Executive Vice President Sales and Development Rob Lloyd and SAP
In the recent SAP Field Kick-Off Meetings in Singapore, Barcelona, and Las Vegas, SAP had three main focus areas: SAP HANA, Cloud, and Simplicity. Cisco’s Rob Lloyd was featured in that keynote citing Cisco’s #1 position as a cloud company and their #2 position worldwide for blade servers.
I am neither an AC Milan soccer fan nor a connoisseur of haute couture, so it will be no surprise if you wondered what I am doing in Europe’s fashion capital Milan, and that too in the middle of Milan’s wintry January.
Without further ado, I will break the suspense. Yes, I am one of the few, chosen as Cisco Datacenter leads for the Cisco Live Milan event. You may be thinking I have the best job in Silicon Valley, as I hop from Melbourne to London to Milan to cover Cisco Live worldwide, over the years. You are right, I do have an enviable job, bringing together the best of cisco datacenter technologies that help customers achieve more value for their investment, and I also make sure to have some fun in the process. During this event, I will be bringing you real-time excerpts of the action in the show floor, via social media. In this blog, I want to provide all you Datacenter IT and Networking professionals, highlights of various activities we have on the menu.
If like me you are fortunate to attend, I am sure you are looking forward to attend the wall-wall keynotes on Jan 28, hosted by Cisco Executives Rob Lloyd and Rob Soderbery. Rob Lloyd will discuss how Cisco and the ecosystem of Cisco’s partners are uniquely positioned to connect the unconnected with an open standard and an integrated architecture from the cloud to end devices In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to check out the latest innovations in Cisco ACI and Data Center Networking technologies. Let us pick up action at the Cisco Campus and Datacenter area in the World of Solutions.
Cisco ACI demos are at the center of all action in Datacenter switching. .These demos in particular highlight the growing significance of Cisco as a datacenter infrastructure provider. With the successful introduction of Cisco ACI and its seamless integration with Cisco UCS, FlexPod, vBlock, UCS Director etc, we are able to demonstrate why infrastructure matters and its relevance to applications. I strongly encourage you to check out the Cisco ACI-Open Stack demo that highlights the provisioning and orchestration of a multi-tenant cloud environment and virtual applications through Open Stack, as well as showing integration of Open Stack on top of the Cisco APIC interface. Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the integration of L4-L7 services from Citrix, F5 with Cisco APIC, and we have put together a demo that illustrates the set-up and insertion of multiple network services into an application network, and the routing of traffic to the required services and the virtual workload. Other ACI demos include those that showcase Cisco Nexus 9000 platform programmability and Cisco ACI integration with Hyper-v, but in the interest of time, I will let you discover the exciting details of these demos at your convenience. Besides ACI, we have Unified Fabric based demos focusing on Nexus 7k and Dynamic Fabric Automation, VXLAN integration with Nexus switching platforms etc, to illustrate the comprehensive portfolio of switching products from Cisco. You will not be disappointed at the demo floor as the best and brightest engineers from Cisco business units will be available to engage you in technical conversations.
The expanded Competency Center will house Cisco pre-sales, benchmark and performance testing and certification engineers. The performance and certification tests are all running on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server platform using the Intel x86 Xeon chip set. These tests are integrated with the latest storage solution vendors such as EMC and NetApp.
Cisco specialists in the Center are connected with their SAP counterparts to provide the optimal service, support, and solutions to joint customers. In addition this Competency Center is equipped with hardware and software so that customers may bring their data into the Cisco Competency Center and test their data in a Proof of Concept setting.
Our Competency Center covers a very wide list of solutions including SAP HANA, HANA Enterprise Cloud, Suite on HANA, SAP on Vblock, SAP on FlexPod, Precision Marketing, and Sybase ASE.
The Cisco SAP Competency Center will also be used for specific customer briefings as required.
Cisco continues to find additional way to service SAP customers whether on premise or cloud. The expansion of this Competency Center is another way to show customers that Cisco is investing in providing quality solutions to those customers who have made the decision to select the Cisco UCS platform for SAP.