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 minutes – ING Direct (Australia) – Large financial firm experienced a drop in the time needed to provision a new banking environment.
- 2 Days to 2 hours – Volunteer State Community College – Tennessee based college improved the time required to deploy a desktop for students.
- $1,575 to $80 – Slumberland – 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.
Tags: Cisco, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, ROI, tco, UCS, VMware, Windows Server 2012
Today’s reliance on the cloud extends beyond increased efficiency and agility into reduced power reliance and response to the unexpected. Innovative companies like NTT DATA, which we’re spending time with today, have transformed their business even during adverse conditions. The global data company was able to reorganize its platforms to slash TCO and achieve greater energy efficiency. By consolidating servers, NTT DATA reduced carbon emissions by 3,450 tons over just five years and actualized these benefits further for customers like Japan Radio Co. by combining private cloud with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). How will your business recognize these same cloud benefits? View the Read More »
Tags: ntt data, Service Provider, tco
Let Them Eat Tablets: BYOD Drives Employee Satisfaction
My observation from talking to customers and seeing how bring your own device (BYOD) is being adopted is that there are two scenarios for the BYOD business case:
- Application-specific mobility: specific industry applications with a proven ROI
- Enterprise-wide mobility: adoption over many enterprises, regardless of industry type or worker type, softer or harder-to-prove ROI
The first scenario is one where IT will provide employees with a mobile device. This scenario is industry-specific, has a shorter time to return on investment, is simpler to quantify, and the ROI is easier to prove. Devices stay in the control and ownership of the organization and its IT department. This scenario includes capturing data at the point of retail activity and enabling data capture and access to workers who traditionally do not sit at desks in front of PCs.
The second scenario is where the true BYOD explosion is happening and has the potential to change the way we work everywhere. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) recently conducted a survey, Read More »
Tags: business case, byod, consumerisation, enterprise mobility, mobility, ROI, tco
Cisco UPOE is a hit, ramping up to more than 1 million ports annualized run rate since its introduction last year. Read what IT World Canada and CRN have to say about the opportunities afforded by Cisco UPOE.
Beyond powering a wide range of devices with 60W PoE power, Cisco UPOE really shines when it is combined with Cisco EnergyWise. EnergyWise allows you to monitor and control the power consumption of devices connected to the switches. The combined EnergyWise and UPOE demo at Interop showed how you can use the network to turn devices on and off remotely to save power when the devices are not being used. In the following video, Rich Zavala, Technical Marketing Engineer, explains to Jimmy Ray from TechWise TV how he is powering a multitude of devices over Ethernet including LED lights and personal telepresence units, and how Cisco EnergyWise automates energy management for IT and non-IT equipment connected to the switches.
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Tags: energy savings, Energywise, PoE+, tco, UPOE, vdi
While organization leaders recognize cloud’s ability to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), they often have difficulty evaluating the many other business benefits of cloud. Often this process is based on some combination of gut instinct and hard data. But the more quantifiable the data, the easier the decision; and the more the potential benefits can be sized, the clearer the opportunity. Since the process of embracing the cloud may be done in increments or by degrees, decision makers will want to weigh which aspects of their operation should be migrated to the cloud—or clouds—and what return on investment to expect from the decision.
Cisco Cloud Calculator, IBSG, 2012
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Tags: cloud, IBSG, private cloud, tco