Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is a huge step forward in Microsoft’s evolution and provides an industry-leading platform for virtualization that can provide the foundation both for on-premise private clouds and for host-provided public clouds in support of Microsoft workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint.
The main new features of Windows Server 2012 include:
• Virtualization for a heterogeneous environment with industry-leading capabilities for Microsoft Windows and Linux workloads
• Enhanced manageability, supporting large-scale server management with the same simplicity as single-server management
• Capability to run any application in any cloud using a common feature set for both on and off-premises deployment.
Windows Server 2012 delivers tremendous server virtualization capabilities and a flexible cloud platform with enhancements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system as well as many enhancements in Hyper-V. Our Cisco UCS server platform -- which is certified for Windows Server 2012 -- in combination with the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series and Cisco Data Center VM-FEX provides an optimal platform for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments, enabling organizations to take full advantage of the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V capabilities and also to extend them through integrated Cisco solutions.
Yesterday Cisco and EMC announced new milestones in our collaboration on IT Transformation with VCE Vblock and with EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures. The announcement includes two new Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) along with aligned channel partner incentives and customer support for VSPEX. Through these advancements, and a decade long partnership, Cisco and EMC are working closer than ever together to accelerate IT transformation and the journey to the cloud.
3 Paths to the Cloud
Cisco and EMC together offer customers a flexible set of choices. We refer to it as the three paths to the cloud. The choice is fairly simple.
* Implement a customized design with best of breed products.
* Purchase a pre-integrated converged infrastructure with VCE Vblock System.
* Install a validated, easy to deploy reference architecture with Cisco Solutions for EMC VSPEX.
I’ve been spending the last couple weeks with friends from EMC, discussing what’s top of mind re: desktop virtualization and capabilities that we agree are effectively attacking the elusive ROI of virtual desktops. So it’s no surprise that when you put Cisco and EMC solutions together, (something we’ve done well, for a LONG time) towards the common goal of making virtual desktops and applications easier to deploy, with reduced cost and improved manageability, you end up with a very compelling end-to-end offer.
Essentially, our joint value nets-out as follows: i) enabling implementers to balance costs, while meeting SLA’s, ii) making virtual desktops less complex and time-consuming , especially where rapid provisioning and recovery is key, and iii) addressing the desktop management equation with a simplified approach that eliminates what used to be multiple tools
In these areas EMC and Cisco are offering an industry-leading platform with best-in-class desktop hosting density and performance, engineered solutions that absorb I/O storms and dramatically improve boot times, rapid provisioning of server infrastructure using service profile templates and self-service data recovery, and simplified desktop creation with automated deployment capabilities.
If I have said it once, I have said it at least a thousand times. No figure of speech here, completely one hundred percent literal. What have I said? “If you can do it in UCS Manager GUI, you can do it in UCS Manager API!” Whatever “it” is.
When do I say this? Whenever I talk about the UCS Manager to customers or coworkers, there is almost always the question, “Can this be done via the API?” To which I always reply “If you can do it in the GUI you can do it in the API.” Not sure if that is grammatically correct, but my point is made. That is the power and the ease of the UCS XML API.
The UCS Manager graphical interface is built on the XML API. When developing a script and you’re not sure how to do the action, what the call is, what the correct parameters are, etc… Just look at how the UCS Manager does it and you’re good. How do you look at how UCS Manager does it? Use Wireshark or some other packet capture tool and see what’s going on, what is getting passed from the UCS Manager client to UCS Manager. Done, no secrets, no convolution, no obfuscation.
The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada was one of our first FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud engagements this year. Alantex, based in Woodbridge, Ontario was the Cisco Advanced Technology Partner driving the project. Vlad Kryukov, CEO of Alantex, and his crew delivered the integrated value of the FlexPod solution to the University.
View this video to hear from the University of Waterloo’s Infrastructure Architect Greg Parks on the results and their satisfaction with Cisco, NetApp, and Microsoft.