This week Microsoft launched SQL Server 2014, their data management and business intelligence platform. SQL Server at Microsoft has grown tremendously over the years; it is far from its origins as a simple relational database that Microsoft licensed from Sybase years ago. For the 2014 version of SQL Server, Microsoft has focused on continuing their drive to deliver mission critical performance, use that performance to provide for heterogeneous data access and insight, and finally delivering a data platform for customer’s private and hybrid cloud solutions. At Cisco we believe that our Unified Data Center architecture provides an optimum compute, network, and management offering for your Microsoft SQL Server solutions:
Compute – Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS)
Our Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server family is an intelligent fabric-based computing infrastructure that simplifies operations and speeds application deployment in physical and cloud computing environments. UCS combines industry-standard x86 architecture blade and rack servers, networking, and enterprise-class management into a single cohesive system. UCS’s configuration is entirely programmable using unified, model-based management to simplify and accelerate deployment of Microsoft workloads, bare-metal or virtual, such as SQL Server 2014. Its unified I/O infrastructure uses a high-bandwidth, low-latency unified fabric to support networking, storage I/O, and management traffic. UCS unified fabric increases performance, security, and manageability by extending fabric directly to servers and virtual machines. UCS servers are 100% stateless, delivering a highly flexible server environment that allows for dynamic utilization of server hardware
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Tags: Cisco, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Microsoft Fast Track, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Nexus 1000v, UCS, vspex
I remember growing up in the UK years ago during the UK’s ‘North Sea Oil Boom’. It was a time of great excitement and opportunity for the nation. A whole industry was developed to deal with offshore exploration to ‘bring the energy home’.
It was Aberdeen’s local ‘moon landing’ event – just five months after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the North Sea oil fields were discovered off the east coast of Scotland. Certainly parts of Scotland, Aberdeen especially, saw an uptick in employment from the gloomy ’60s, and the economy changed from rural farming, fishing and textiles to include a more industrial oil and gas setting. Employment, property prices and investment in the City boomed.
Ferguson is a great Scottish name, but the founder is a great example of how folks were attracted from outside Scotland (founder Bill Ferguson Jr. is an American) to help further the oil industry in Scotland. Today, Ferguson Group are a key part of the Aberdeen economy, as a leading suppliers of containers, accommodations, and workspace modules for the offshore energy industry (now worldwide).
I thought I’d share how Ferguson conquered a business challenge – namely protecting high-value equipment and, at the same time, use a standardized system and process worldwide whilst keeping up with industry security standards.
As Graham Cowperthwaite said in a recent article: “For years our headquarters in Scotland relied on an analog video security system”. Graham is director of operations at Ferguson Group, and went on to say “That system wasn’t meeting our needs in terms of image quality and remote accessibility.” He added: “For example, our board members are often traveling between bases, and want to have the ability to check back on facilities from any networked location, even from an iPad. We simply couldn’t do that with an analog system.”
So Ferguson switched from a an analog security system to an IP-based solution, from Cisco. And it wasn’t just cameras and door hardware. They also needed to consider the security and reliability of the network on which camera images and access history would be transmitted and stored.
“We looked at other physical security offerings on the market, but nothing came close to Cisco in terms of comprehensiveness,” says Graham Cowperthwaite. “Only Cisco could provide us with a total combination of Cisco IP video cameras, door readers, firewalls, and routers, all available globally with the highest levels of vendor support. We were already a Cisco house in terms of our network infrastructure, and the interoperability of these solutions fit in perfectly with our goals for standardization.”
Ferguson Group now relies on the Cisco® Video Surveillance Manager to monitor its entire facility in Aberdeenshire, including doors, buildings, and the many valuable assets in the company’s storage yard. Supervisors on the Ferguson network can access live, high-quality footage on a laptop or mobile device. They can even review recorded footage as necessary. This all runs on an integrated Cisco architecture (based on Cisco Desktop Virtualization with VMware (VXI), running on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS®), for the techies amongst you!).
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Tags: access control, Energy, ferguson group networking, ip video surveillance, oil and gas, physical security, rigs, security, UCS, vdi, vxi
The scripts have started rolling in and I wanted to update you on what’s been posted to date. Maybe you could use them in your environment? To review these scripts and participate in the contest, head over to the Cisco Communities. Read More »
Tags: API, B-Series, C-Series, PowerShell, PowerTool, UCS, UCS Manager, XML
Cisco is back at Collaborate , the great show put in place by IOUG , this year in Las Vegas April 7- 10.
More and more Oracle customers benefit now from the advantages provided by Cisco and Cisco partners for mission critical applications, not only in terms of performances but also in terms of TCO.
So what are we doing this year at Collaborate 2014 ? Here is the complete list of Cisco activities , as well as a resource center to know everything about our partnership with IOUG, and other technology partners such as EMC , or NetApp. But I like also to highlight some specific activities.
 Oracle Virtualization and Risc Migration Bootcamp
With our partners Intel and House of Brick Technologies , we just completed a full day workshop to help the attendees to plan a Risc migration and virtualization deployment in the safest environment possible.
I interviewed yesterday Daniel Young, Manager of Data Base Administration from Indiana University about his experience
As we promised this was an intense and fast moving session where we gave our all and didn’t hold anything back regarding the best way to execute your Oracle virtualization or server migration efforts. Developed after years of hands-on real world Oracle virtualization and migration projects, this bootcamp distills implementation and execution experience into a 6-hour session that will help you plan and implement your own project.
 Women in Technology
This year again, Cisco is the proud sponsor of Women in Technology luncheon and panel discussion .
These two events are exciting opportunities to share experiences and challenges in the high tech industry.
I hope that this year we will witness more men showing up at the panel session , as there are a lot of lessons to learn from these powerful and inspiring panelists
We are pleased to have on Thursday Kathy English, Senior Director Data Center, as moderator of the conversation.
You may want to check here the complete program and the list of panelists
 Theater Presentation on Cisco Booth # 1461
You may want to check the complete list , but here are 4 sessions that you really don’t want to miss
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Tags: Cisco, House of Brick Technologies, Intel, IOUG, Oracle, UCS, Women in Technology
These past two weeks have been a time for celebrating the 5th anniversary of UCS and an extraordinary achievement in terms of market penetration.
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We made it thanks the strong and tireless support from our partners , but (make no mistakes here) primary thanks to a breakthrough vision and solution. In his exciting blog “The Right Solution at the Right time “, Todd Brannon is measuring this breakthrough solution by the unique features timely provided to the market by the UCS approach.
I want in this blog to appreciate this technology shift through the eyes of numerous customers and partners, that I had the pleasure to interviews over the past years .Watch this little sample and listen to the enthusiastic voices and the warm comments of these early adopters.
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Tags: Anniversary, Breakthrough, Fastweb, innovation, UCS