The Cloud Opportunity
With Cisco Partner Summit happening in New Orleans this week there has been a lot of important news with the announcement of the Cloud Partner Program that enables and encourages Cisco Partners to develop and deliver cloud services being at the top of the list. You can follow the action on the Cisco Channels Facebook page. This announcement might have you wondering what the size of the market for cloud services is and what Enterprise organizations are thinking as they consider the move to services from the cloud.
At Cisco we had these same questions as we were making investment decisions in the systems and solutions that enable organizations to build a cloud service delivery architecture. As a result the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted research that included interviews with enterprise IT decisions makers and key subject matter experts. The study showed that enterprises across many sectors are seriously considering cloud computing. Based on direct feedback from enterprise decision makers, Cisco IBSG estimates that close to 12 percent of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by the end of 2013 and that this will yield a market for public-cloud services of approximately US$43 billion. Organizations have a few things to consider as they make this migration to the cloud.
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Tags: cloud, data center, IaaS, UCS, virtualization
It’s been another excellent quarter for UCS. At the end of Q2FY11, the annual revenue run rate for UCS increased to $650M, from approximately $500M at the end of Q1FY11. The momentum behind Cisco’s Data Center, Virtualization and Cloud strategies continues to advance, and Cisco expects that it will continue making great progress on being the first architectural player in the Data Center in almost two decades.
The total number of unique UCS customers increased to approximately 4,000 at the end of Q2FY11, from 2,800 the prior quarter. Due to what Cisco believes is UCS’s compelling total cost of ownership advantage, Cisco has added net new UCS customers each quarter. This indicates increasing interest and a rapidly growing market opportunity for UCS. Furthermore, adoption was relatively balanced by customer segment and vertical. From a geographical perspective, UCS continues to be strong in the US/Canada theater with momentum building in Europe, APAC and Emerging Markets.
Q2FY11 Orders Customer Segment Mix for UCS:
- Commercial = 40%
- Enterprise = 28%
- Public Sector = 22%
- Service Provider = 10%
Q2FY11 Orders Theater Mix for UCS:
- US/Canada = 65%
- EMEA = 17%
- APAC and Emerging = 18
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Tags: data center, innovation, UCS
As part of some current SharePoint 2010 on FlexPod work, I have been setting up some VMware ESX servers to boot from SAN. After a few quick searchs I found a few very good posts online.
BootFromSAN101 with Cisco UCS
UCS Boot Whitepaper
I thought the BootFromSAN 101 post had a good outline. So I decided to take it a few steps futher and create a video on NetApp storage provisioning, Cisco Nexus 5000 zoning and Cisco UCS boot from SAN for VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1.
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Tags: CiscoUCS, netapp, nexus, SAN, System Manager, UCS
Are you going to HIMSS next week? If so, I wanted to share the following with you. Read More »
Tags: desktop virtualization, healthcare, himss, netapp, UCS, vdi, VMware, vxi
This is an exciting time—I am happy to announce Cisco’s participation in the Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 program for data warehousing. The Microsoft Fast Track program has been in existence for some time, but this is the first time Cisco has been invited to participate in this Microsoft program.
Fast Track 3.0 is the third generation of a marketing program designed to accelerate consideration and adoption of data warehouse solutions based on the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 software. Microsoft SQL Server is gaining importance as a critical tool for enterprises and midsize companies to gather business intelligence. The Cisco reference configurations for SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse for scale-up data warehousing will empower customers with choices only Cisco can offer. To provide more flexibility for our customers, Cisco will be releasing SQL Server data warehouse configurations with EMC storage and configurations with NetApp storage.
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Tags: Cisco, Data Warehousing, Exchange 2010, Fast Track 3.0, Microsoft, Microsoft SQL Server, partners, Sharepoint, UCS