Thursday evening at Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2012 in Orlando, FL. Cisco’s UCS Manager was awarded the Breakthrough Technology Award in the annual Best of Tech Ed Awards ceremony. This year companies submitted 260 submissions for Best of Tech Ed consideration. These were narrowed down to 46 finalists in 15 categories. The Breakthrough Technology Product award can be thought of as the ‘Best of the Best’ and showcases leading product innovation. Microsoft Tech Ed North America is Microsoft’s largest IT Professional conference with over 10,000+ attendees.
Here are the Judges comment on UCS Manager: “This year’s winner of our Breakthrough Technology award is Cisco’s USC Servers and UCS Server Manager. Cisco UCS Manager provides complete programmability for all low-level hardware, BIOS, and configuration settings for Cisco UCS Servers, enabling them to be quickly deployed, cloned, and managed—even remotely. Cisco’s USC Servers can also be fully managed using PowerShell or System Center Orchestrator.
Visit the Cisco Developer Network to learn about and download UCS PowerTool, the Microsoft PowerShell command line interface to UCS. UCS PowerTool helps you integrate, automate, and orchestrate all aspects of UCS management including network, storage and hypervisor management.
This is the second year in a row for Cisco technology to be recognized in the Best of Tech Ed Awards as last year our B series offering won the hardware category.
For more information on Cisco UCS and Microsoft solutions visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft
Tags: Cisco, Cisco UCS, Microsoft, PowerShell, System Center, UCS Manager
We’re pleased to announce that that Cisco’s and NetApp’s new FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud solution is the first design validated by Microsoft for their updated Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 2.0 program.
Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 this new FlexPod offer helps customer reduce infrastructure and application deployment times from days to hours while helping them achieve greater utilization of their physical and virtual resource pools.
Various integration points of the solution were demonstrated for the first time this week at Microsoft’s Management Summit 2012 (MMS) in the Cisco booth as well as the NetApp booth. Here MMS attendees learned about, and saw in real-time action, the extremely tight integration with System Center and Windows Server that both companies have engineered in the solution.
The Cisco UCS Management Packs and NetApp® OnCommand™ plug-in to System Center 2012 allowing customers to monitor and manage FlexPod and any applications running on top—from a single interface. Customers can then comprehensively manage NetApp storage systems and Cisco UCS from within System Center 2012, and they can automate compute and storage workflows across their cloud infrastructure.
To learn more details on the FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud architecture, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns1150/ns1154/ucs_flexpod_ms_netapp.pdf
Tags: Cisco UCS, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, nexus, private cloud, System Center
This morning at Microsoft’s Management Summit event here in Las Vegas Microsoft announced their new Private Cloud Fast Track program. Cisco is pleased to be recognized as a charter member of this program. Private Cloud Fast Track, a joint effort between Microsoft and Cisco, enables our clients to quickly get up and running with pre-configured Windows Server & Hyper-V based private clouds utilizing Cisco UCS, Nexus, and UCS Manager technology.
At Cisco we believe we are moving to an interconnected “World of Many Clouds” – our Fast Track offerings will enable our clients who choose a Microsoft private cloud environment to quickly activate and deliver an agile, efficient, and simple IT infrastructure.
Learn more about Cisco’s Microsoft solutions and capabilities at www.cisco.com/go/microsoft
Tags: Cisco UCS, Microsoft, nexus, private cloud, System Center, UCS Manager
Many of us at Cisco who focus on the world of Microsoft are in Las Vegas, NV this week for Microsoft’s Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) event. Management has been a key focus area for our Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS) family since the beginning and we have made extensive investments in management technologies.
Our Unified Management solutions afford seamless management and control of physical and virtual server environments and extend via integration into Microsoft’s System Center family. At MMS 2012 we will be showcasing our new infrastructure management tool offerings for Cisco UCS, UCS Manager, and System Center, specifically:
- The Cisco UCS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, enabling IT staff to monitor health status for 1-to-N Cisco UCS domains.
- The Cisco UCS Integration Pack for Microsoft System Center Orchestrator, helping administrators automate and standardize UCS management.
- Integration of Cisco UCS with Windows PowerShell through the Cisco UCS PowerTool, enabling administrators to manage infrastructure alongside operating systems and applications on UCS B-series, C-series, and stand-alone C-series servers by using a command line interface.
- The UCS Manager XML API, providing a common programmatic means of managing Cisco UCS.
These new technologies can help IT staffs manage and orchestrate server and networking infrastructure and the Microsoft software stack holistically. Organizations can build on this foundation to achieve a data center that is integrated, with the network as the core foundation for innovation; highly available within and between data centers; and open, through support for standards and innovation for the best possible integration across systems.
To test drive UCS Manager, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/assets/sol/ucp/flash/cisco-ucs-test-drive/ .
To download PowerTool and our Microsoft System Center management packs, please visit: http://developer.cisco.com/web/cdc/tech/unifiedcomputing .
Tags: Cisco UCS, Microsoft, System Center, system management
Guest Post from Rex Backman
More good news on the momentum of our Cisco UCS server platform came our way today as we were notified that our B250-M2 blade server series is a Finalist for Best of Show at Microsoft Tech Ed 2011 in the Hardware category.
Annually, the Best of Tech Ed awards recognize companies who offer innovative products for the industry. This year the judges reviewed 334 products and services submitted for the award and chose 47 finalists to be interviewed at the Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2011 conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 16, 2011. Winners will be announced at an invite only evening reception at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, May 18.
“We received a record number of nominations this year—more than 300—and determining an array of finalists from that large, diverse field was difficult,” said Jason Bovberg, Senior Editor at Windows IT Pro®. “The mix of products and services from year to year is ever-changing and exciting, and we feel that our 49 finalists represent highly distinguished products and services in their categories. We look forward to our show-floor interviews, which will lead to the determination of winners. For all categories, as always, our judging process involves three criteria: strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and value to customers. Our winners will be particularly strong in those areas.”
This is a great confirmation of our Cisco UCS server family and shows Cisco’s continued growth in support of the Microsoft ecosystem and the importance of Exchange, Hyper-V, SQL Server, SharePoint, System Center, and Windows Server 2008 R2 environments. We encourage Microsoft Tech Ed attendees to stop by our Cisco booth #1614 at the show and see the B250 in action!
Tags: B250-M2, Cisco UCS, Hyper-V, Microsoft, System Center, TechEd