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Leading the SDN transition with ACI – One Customer At a Time

The last several months have been a roll with several customers, channel partner and technology partner engagements. With the ACI starter kits and lab bundles shipping, customers can bring this solution into their labs and subsequently into their production Pods with the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and the Nexus switching platforms. We see a healthy interest in these kits with customers as they explore its SDN capabilities. Several ecosystem partners like F5 and Citrix have started to ship device packages. We just came off a company wide sales conference at Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago that was hugely energizing. Policy as a means to drive automation, security and scale is now the major focus area for SDN as outlined originally by Cisco as more industry vendors now endorse the vision as evidenced by initiatives like OpenStack Congress. Investment protection continues to be a major Overall the new fiscal year promises to be an exciting one.

ACI. SDN central interview with Soni Jiandani and Shashi Krian

Soni Jiandani on  SDN Central -- Click for Q&A

Following up on the Unleashing IT magazine (ACI special edition) released last month, I wanted to share the momentum we’re experiencing with customers and partners as the acceleration continues. As John Chambers had outlined during the last earnings call, the adoption rate has been off to a tremendous start with some of the customers and partners featured in the video above.

We also continue to take the opportunity to answer questions as the vision around ACI continues to crystallize and rapidly evolves from concept to hard reality. This week we took the opportunity to have a Q&A session with SDN central. Soni Jiandani, SVP of Insieme Networks Business Unit at Cisco led the conversation. The featured interview can be accessed here. Soni crisply articulates the ACI value proposition while addressing some of the top of mind questions that come from the media.

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Unleashing IT magazine Profiles Early adopters of Cisco ACI

 

Application Centric Infrastructure Special Edition

Application Centric Infrastructure Special Edition

It has been just a few short weeks since the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) began shipping, building upon the availability of the Nexus 9000 series and laying the foundation for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).  The feedback from early adopters has been quite positive. As of August 13th, 2014 we had over 580 Nexus 9000/ACI customers and over 60 have bought the APIC within just two weeks.  We are highly encouraged by the momentum and are looking to build upon this over the course of our next fiscal year.

Recently, IT leaders have been talking about how software-defined networking (SDN) will usher new levels of business agility into their IT organizations, and it’s clear based on our early results that ACI not only delivers on these expectations but takes a leadership stance in delivering the industry’s best SDN solution.It is therefore a great time for us to take a look at these early adopters, explore and share their motivations for choosing the ACI approach.  Customers are genuinely excited with the open architecture and the flexibility and cost savings they get with a true systems approach and it is pertinent to understand their business challenges, architectural expectations and benefits they hope to receive over time.

To create a forum for these stories, we’ve produced a special edition of Unleashing IT -- a publication I’m very excited to share with you as it sheds light on what I truly believe is a transformative innovation.

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Answering Your Top Tech Trend Questions at Cisco Live #CLUS

Our customers join us at Cisco Live conferences around the world to hear how we can help you tackle the most important technology trends. Cloud, security, mobility and programmable networks are all driving different business models and compelling opportunities.

The top questions we hear from you are:

  • What is Cisco’s approach to SDN?
  • How will Cisco help me deliver hybrid cloud services?
  • Can I really deploy applications in hours instead of weeks?
  • Can I get great — but affordable — collaboration technology into every room, on every desk, every pocket?
  • How can IT lead in securing company assets and data?
  • Do I have the right foundation to deliver better mobile experiences to my employees and customers?
  • Which of Cisco’s customers are having success with these technologies?
  • How is Cisco IT grappling with all these challenges?

At Cisco Live, you not only get the practical, hands-on knowledge that can advance your career. You also get compelling insight and Cisco roadmaps into the ideas, concepts, and emerging trends that are setting the stage for a more connected and collaborative future.

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New Applications are Knocking! Is your data center OPEN for business?

Mark your calendars. On April 2nd at Interop this week we will be bringing you an exciting new webcast -- “New Applications are Knocking! Is your Data Center OPEN for business?”  

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Cisco will be sharing new announcements led by Soni Jiandani, SVP at Cisco.  Joining us will be leaders from leading technology companies -

  • Citrix -- Sunil Potti, Group Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler Product Group
  • F5 -- Sangeeta Anand, Sr. VP, Product Management and Marketing
  • IBM -- Inder Gopal, Vice President, Networking Development and Technical Strategy
  • Microsoft -- Mike Schutz, General Manager -- Windows Server, Management and Appliances Product Marketing
  • RedHat -- Tim Burke, Vice President, Linux and Cloud Engineering

Expecting multi-vendor innovation around next-generation software-defined networking (SDN)? Hear what Cisco and these panelists from leading technology companies have to say:

OpFlex Panel

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby, who’s delivering a keynote at Interop, will also be joining to share her perspectives on technology and how Cisco IT is embracing aspects of Application Centric Infrastructure.

It’s been five months since the seminal Nov 6 announcement of Application Centric Infrastructure and the momentum keeps accelerating -

  • Nexus 9508 ships -- Nov 2013
  • 800+ Nexus 9000 customers in pipeline
  • Over 30 ACI ecosystem companies – Jan 2014
  • Miercom performance benchmark records for Nexus 9516
  • ACI training programs for partners to empower 2 million CCIE/CCNA trained network engineers – Mar 2014
  • Nexus 9516 and APIC selected as Finalists for Best of Interop – Mar 2014
  • Next?? Tune into the webcast for more..!

To put great technology solutions into real world perspective, we will also be joined by several of Cisco’s customers from different segments and deployment models, providing insights into their experiences and best practices.

Join me and the rest of the Cisco team, as we continue to redefine the power of IT. April 2nd at 1 PM PST.

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If you’re already attending Interop in person, please join me and the rest of the Cisco team for this live broadcast at the Mandalay Ball Room at 12.45PM.

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Data Center and Cloud Networking Acceleration Continues – New Products, Technologies and Partners ring in 2014!

I could not have asked for a better start to the New Year. 2014 was quick off the starting blocks with January already setting the tone for the rest of the year as momentum continues to pick up in data center and cloud networking. Here are some highlights of the state of the business, new product introductions and additions to the ACI partner ecosystem -

  •  ACI customer traction continues to get stronger; Ecosystem continues to add new members

Cisco Live! in Milan provided first-hand evidence of the strong interest from customers to learn more about Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Customer briefing sessions were packed and demos in the World of Solutions had strong interest. Hundreds of customers are engaged in proof-of-concepts just in the first 30 days. Select customers have been provided the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) simulator to get them early exposure and help harden the APIC ahead of its general availability targeted for Q2 this year.

The open architecture of the APIC means that it is easier for new technology partners to come on board and integrate. New members coming on board the ACI ecosystem include A10 networks, Cloudera, MapR and Catbird.  Expect solution data sheets to be made available closer to the APIC availability.

Watch Soni Jiandani provide details of the momentum building around ACI -

Soni

The vision of ACI was also extended to Campus and WAN environments with the announcement of the APIC Enterprise module. Stay tuned for more on this space.

  • Nexus 9000 continues to break new records – Miercom and Lippis test reports available

The Nexus 9000 has been shipping since Q4 of 2013 and is already breaking new records. Miercom released a report that detailed how the Nexus 9500 is offering the highest performance and lowest latency in 40GbE competitive studies. This supplements test reports released here earlier by Lippis and Ixia that focus on performance, availability, power efficiency and programmability.

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