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Ferguson Group Ltd keeps an Eye on Operations with Cisco Physical Security

April 11, 2014 at 9:21 am PST

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.

Video Surv. from Ferguson Case StudyFerguson 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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Cisco UCS Power Scripting Contest Update #1

April 11, 2014 at 8:34 am PST

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 »

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Oracle on Cisco UCS : Breaking Records without Breaking the Bank

CollaborateLogo 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

IOUG Bootcamp WebsiteWith 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.

WomenIntechPicture [] 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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Best Ways to know if you have a Breakthrough Solution: Cisco UCS case

March 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm PST

UCSMarket leaderThese 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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Partner Summit – New Mobility Solutions Require New Talent

At Partner Summit this week, Cisco announced a variety of new offerings for UCS and Mobility.

These solutions offer a host of benefits, helping partners up-level their conversations with customers and profit from high-margin services. However, to ensure partners can help their customers maximize the return on their technology investments, education is a critical piece of the Cisco solutions we offer. Cisco is dedicated to helping partners seize huge mobility opportunities spanning infrastructure, software and services.

As network environments become more sophisticated, incorporating the latest capabilities requires a higher level of aptitude for IT professionals. Properly trained and certified individuals are needed to make networks secure, cost-effective and reliable.

Recognizing the growing demand for professionals capable of designing, implementing, securing, and operating networks and mobility infrastructures, Cisco has designed a variety of training and certification offerings to support this increasing need, such as the CCNA Wireless, CCNP Wireless and CCIE Wireless.

Cisco authorized training and certifications provide organizations and individuals the skills, technical knowledge and expertise to capitalize on the changing business landscape.

Learn more about Cisco Certifications and Training on the Cisco Learning Network: www.ciscolearningnetwork.com

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