There will be fifty billion things connected to the Internet by 2020. Untold new and valuable connections will be formed as people, processes, data and things connect and create the next wave of the Internet that we call the Internet of Everything.
Our ability to realize the $19 trillion of economic potential inherent in that Internet of Everything will be dependent on the applications that facilitate business transactions; enable partners and suppliers to interact; transform how users share, learn and buy; and deliver analytics derived from all of these connections.
The ability of organizations to seize the opportunity of the Internet of Everything will be determined by how well CIOs embrace new models of I.T. The performance and security of these critical applications will be determined by how well the I.T. industry rises to the challenge of delivering new forms of I.T. infrastructure.
Today is a big day for Cisco as we rise to that challenge for delivering FAST IT.
I’m excited to announce that today marks the beginning of the next wave of innovation for the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Five years ago, we delivered Cisco Unified Computing System, a groundbreaking architecture designed for virtualization, automation and orchestration that uniquely addressed the needs of customers embarking on the journey to data center virtualization and cloud.
Cisco has done it again – with the latest Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) launch, Cisco continues to build upon a successful platform while opening new market and business growth opportunities for our partners, and providing a means to address a larger portion of customers’ computing needs. Today, Cisco announced the largest portfolio expansion for Cisco UCS since the launch of the product five years ago. The new platforms will propel partners to a new level in driving customers’ business outcomes.
This is not just another product launch though. The new lineup allows our partners to provide technology solutions that transform how customers deliver IT – across all market segments and with positive and sustained impact to their business. Here’s what’s new on the product side:
UCS Mini provides the full power of Cisco Unified Computing in a smaller, all-in-one solution that is simple, easy to manage, yet expandable.
UCS M-Series Modular Servers for Online Content Providers and Cloud Service Providers and for distributed applications in Industrial High Performance Computing (HPC) and Enterprise Grid.
Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server is a modular, capacity-optimized solution ideal for distributed data analytics, unstructured data repositories and media streaming and transcoding.
Cisco M4 Generation UCS Rack and Blade Serversare armed withthe latest processing power providing increased performance, efficiency and computing density.
With these introductions, Cisco continues to lead the industry with a unified, application-centric approach to computing, but you’re probably already asking, “What does that mean for me?” Well, we are always looking to expand the market for our partners and these additions to the UCS portfolio provide some pretty nice angles to you when you step into the room with customers. Read More »
Cisco and Akili feature their joint Oil & Gas Technology Solutions with SAP HANA running on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) at the Best Practices for Oil and Gas conference Sept. 16-19 in Houston, TX.
The Best Practices for Oil & Gas Conference is North America’s leading forum for upstream, midstream, downstream and oil field services professionals to collaborate across the value chain. You know Cisco’s top aim these days is Business Outcomes for our customers. The fourth annual event has a significant shift to a business focus and features first-hand knowledge on how business solutions that have been successfully implemented at oil and gas organizations across all industry segments.
The event will feature special guest speaker T. Boone Pickens, an oil and gas and American business legend, sharing his views on enhancing U.S. energy policies. It will also feature Cisco as one of the exhibitors and, working with Gold Sponsor and Cisco partner Akili, we’ll be talking about business solutions and how customers can gain competitive advantage while improving bottom line profitability and reducing costs.
Akili and Cisco’s exhibit will highlight their shared offerings of industry Best in Class Solutions for Upstream Oil and Gas including:
SAP ERP Solution for Upstream Oil and Gas
SAP BPC Solution for Integrated Financial and Operational Planning
Real-time business intelligence and predictive analysis across finance and operations
HANA Solutions built on flexible, converged infrastructure for rapid deployment, scalability and cost containment
Cisco UCS - the high performance, scalable, cost-effective, SAP certified platform for exceptional in-memory compute
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
We saw an interesting case study this week in our latest Partner Voices blog. This blog post featured Trend Micro and how they were able to help the United Way of Greater Atlanta bolster data center security during a migration to a virtual environment.
Check out my blog, let me know what you think, and if you’re interested, read the entire case study!
Get Ready – Cisco is Announcing New Growth Opportunities for our Partners with Cisco UCS
In a market many predicted we would exit, Cisco has continued to gain share for the 18th consecutive quarter and has earned the number one position for x86 blade servers in the US, with 41 percent revenue share. That is six points ahead of our nearest competitor! Cisco partners have been pivotal to the success we have shared in this market, with more than 3,800 channel partners selling Unified Computing System (UCS) today.
We are continuing that momentum, and we’re poised for the next wave of Cisco UCS innovations to be announced to our partners next Wednesday, September 3. This will represent the broadest, most powerful expansion of the Cisco UCS portfolio since we first disrupted the server market in 2009, providing our partners significant growth opportunities across all market segments.
Our Cisco partners and UCS solutions make a great team, helping customers achieve significant results in establishing efficient and cost-effective data center environments. The latest Partner Voices blog highlights how Cisco partner Trend Micro helped a nonprofit organization bolster its data center security as it migrated to a virtual environment.
The United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA), an important arm of one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the United States, strives to create positive change and address local challenges affecting education, health, homelessness and income. With limited resources, the organization pays particular attention to cost and efficiency factors.
In this particular case, a team of 10 people was responsible for all the IT aspects of the organization. This proved quite challenging when the team was spending the majority of its time on server maintenance, without the ability to look for larger optimization or efficiency opportunities. In addition, the majority of the organization’s fundraising efforts were concentrated near the end of the year, making the demand on the databases and servers particularly taxing during those months. Read More »