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Cisco UCS Central :Scaling Is a Necessity. Adding Cost and Complexity Is Not.

Despite or because of the huge success of UCS, we continue relentlessly  to improve our platforms by

-Expanding the features to address more and more challenging situations
-Listening our customers to simplify what can be simplified
-Partnering with large and small partners to bring innovative add-ons
-Taking advantage of the latest technologies from the labs to keep rising the level of performance
-Implementing methodologies to ease transition to UCS from other platforms
-Aggressively containing cost to produce the best TCO and provide great ROI

I invite you to join us on November 8th,  9:00-10:00 am PST for an unique webcast UCS :Fabric Computing at Global Scale “.Our executives including Jim McHugh, joined  by a customer and an analyst  will discuss the evolution of UCS.

Meanwhile here is a series of  double-clicks on the points I listed above, with some pointers,  that I hope you will find very useful.

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IT “Patients”

When you think of cloud technology and data center virtualization, you likely think of big corporations managing their data centers and IT infrastructure to drive business forward. But that’s not the only sector benefiting from the cloud. The healthcare industry is confirming that virtualization is an important factor in the well-being of people – technology being used to help save lives, not just increase revenue.

Updating an IT infrastructure with cloud enablement is impacting the medical world in imperative ways. Through the cloud, clinicians are able to access medical records and information from a multitude of devices, and from anywhere. Never being out-of-range in an emergency situation is a huge step for healthcare. It means less physical hardware, easier access, shared information, and better service for the patient.

Consider St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, a leading healthcare provider. After experiencing difficulties in accessing information and maxing out resources, St. George’s made the move to Unified Communications. Doctors and nurses are now able to retrieve information from the device of their choice, enabling quicker response to patients’ needs, all while meeting new government regulations and controlling their budget.

Other examples include Sparrow Health, who strived to be a national leader in quality and patient experience. With virtualization and cloud-based applications, Sparrow achieved a medical-grade network that solved the problems of their former, unreliable IT system. And Seattle Children’s Hospital severely cut back on wasted time in accessing information and managing their systems by bringing nearly 400 servers and 5500 workstations under central management using virtualization. Likewise, Cook County Health and Concentra are all healthcare providers who reaped the benefits of a virtualized, unified network.

For these profiles and more information on utilizing the cloud to increase ROI and improve TCO, visit UnleashingIT.com.

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Cisco Continues Enhancing Core Routing Capabilities

When Cisco announced the CRS (Carrier Routing System) in 2004, many analysts and other observers thought it overkill.   Some said that Cisco would not sell more than 50.

To date, the number is greater than 8000.

That would seem to fall into the category of “Exceeding Expectations”.

And just how did Cisco do this?  In part, by continually staying ahead of the game with enhancements – never waiting for traffic loads, customer demands or other circumstances to force it into catch-up mode.

Today, Cisco continued that practice with further enhancements to the industry-leading CRS platform.

Cisco announced that GTS Central Europe (GTS CE), a leading provider of integrated telecommunications solutions and data center services in Central and Eastern Europe, has deployed the CRS for its Next-Generation Internet core.  Cisco new elastic core networking capabilities enable service providers such as GTS CE to cost-effectively launch and scale revenue-generating services within minutes instead of months.  The solution includes the industry’s first integrated coherent 100 Gbps IP over DWDM and Cisco’s nLight™ technology for the CRS.

Cisco’s nLight technology converges IP and optical transport networks by introducing programmability to minimize network complexity while maximizing service intelligence and monetization opportunities.  This capability significantly reduces network total cost of ownership and is a key element of the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) framework. 

Also, in recent related news, Cisco and BT recently conducted a landmark 100G DWDM trial

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How Much for the Doggy in the Window?

What is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)?  We at Cisco have emphasized this when possible (see: Why TCO is the Only True Way to Measure Network Costs) but this concept isn’t always well understood.  Let me give you an example:  I have two dogs and when asked, I tell people these are the last dogs I’ll have.  The reason for this is simple, dogs are expensive!  Typically, “how much is the doggy in the window?” doesn’t even begin to cover the complete costs once you bring Spot home.  You need to buy a dog bed, a dog collar, toys, bones, and of course the daily pile of food they eat.  Let’s add to that veterinary bills, which are only annual if you are lucky, and then the wear and tear on your home.  That last one is a doozy.  I have watched three couches take a beating, carpets ruined, stuffed animals gutted, scratched doors happen – well, you get the picture.  So, ball parking it, my “free” dogs from the local rescue have a TCO of at least $2,000 a year with a potential lifetime cost of $20-30k!  Who am I kidding, they are worth every penny…

While that’s easy to understand, the TCO of a network isn’t always an intuitive thing and can certainly be a Read More »

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

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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