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Cisco Invited to Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Program


This guest post is presented by Rex Backman, Global Marketing Manager for Microsoft Solutions, Cisco,

Cisco is very pleased to announce that Microsoft has invited us to be part of their Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program.  This is great news for our customers and partners as it will allow for Cisco UCS based server infrastructures for Windows Server 2008 R2 based private cloud deployments.

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Virtual Desktops are Special….

I, just like my colleague Tony Paikeday, am somewhat preoccupied these days with the fast changing world of the desktop and its impact on data center infrastructures. I wanted to pick up on Tony’s desktop virtualization “just another workload” blog back in November because it is a subject of growing discussion, especially with “cloud” being all the buzz. While desktops are an increasingly popular workload to get started with private cloud initiatives, does that mean that data center architects are mixing desktops with more traditional data center workloads?

Talking to our system engineers who are helping plan and design desktop virtualization deployments day in day out…..the more I learn there are very good reasons for treating this workload as special and separate.

The first thing I hear about is sizing of the desktop workload. A “desktop” is not a “desktop”. You can’t just characterize a generic Win 7 desktop for compute, memory, I/O and storage IOPS. You need to be able to customize the infrastructure profile to the specific user type being deployed. Therein lays the danger of mixing these virtual desktops with production workloads, where desktops could end up capturing valuable resources of mission critical services.  For example consolidating a company procurement application on the same compute pool as your desktop workloads could result in a lot of unproductive – or even worse –unhappy employees.

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Is SAP HANA In-Memory Technology Disruptive?

What is “in-memory”?  “In memory” is a technology that takes Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence to a different level.  CIO’s want information at their fingertips.  In order to obtain that information, they engage in data modeling and “what if” scenarios, the answers of which give them a competitive edge in business.  The biggest concern to-date, is that the data modeling and “what if” scenarios usually take days to process.  SAP HANA in-memory technology allows CIO’s to obtain answers to these complex issues in microseconds instead of the typical wait of days.

Who are the only server platform vendors certified to sell SAP HANA?

  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • HP
  • IBM

What are the benefits to users of SAP HANA?

  • Processes all transactions in memory instead of I/O to disk
  • Processes millions of lines of data in microseconds
  • All processing done outside of normal data processing
  • Reduction of hardware and maintenance costs since SAP HANA is self contained in one appliance

So is SAP HANA “in Memory” technology disruptive?  Absolutely.  Watch Rajiv Thomas’s Video Cisco and SAP HANA about HANA

and judge for yourself and visit the Cisco booth number 2106 at SAP Sapphire 2011 to see a demo of HANA in the booth.

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Xerox Corp. and Cisco Team Up to Offer Secure, Cloud-Based IT Services

It may be sunny where you live, but the forecast calls for clouds today as Cisco and Xerox Corporation announced a strategic alliance to deliver cloud-based IT services. The partnership between Cisco and Xerox brings technology solutions that combine network and print cloud services for customers, along with a host of opportunities for partners.

Today’s announcement means that customers can add managed print services to their networks, leverage cloud server infrastructure to scale their application hosting, monitor print devices, manage everything in one cloud environment — and lower IT expenses, too.

It’s a “win-win-win” as Cisco SVP Keith Goodwin tweeted this morning.

What’s not to like? Today’s announcement delivers solutions in the following major areas:

  • Xerox Corporation Managed Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks:
    This consolidates IT and print management using the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and print aware intelligence to monitor print technology and operating costs, to protect confidential data from any location, and to improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.
  • Xerox Cloud ITO Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock Infrastructure:
    This accelerates the rollout of new IT services to adapt to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or through a combination in a hybrid cloud environment.
  • Xerox Mobile Print Solution on Virtual Desktops and Cisco Cius:
    Means (almost) no more worrying. Mobile workers can securely print documents from any email-enabled device – including virtual desktops and Cisco Cius tablet – to any enabled printer using the Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions.

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Cisco and Xerox: Like Lewis and Clark, Only More Now.

Tackling tough problems has always led to great things when strong partners come together. Look at Lewis and Clark, who on May 14, 1804, set off to fulfill a mission assigned to them by President Thomas Jefferson: to identify “a direct and practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce.” Not too unlike what we’re trying to do today online. Except now the voyage is to the cloud. To do so successfully, would naturally take a partnership with rich histories of innovation. For Xerox, that includes conceiving of and coining the term ‘ethernet’ back in 1973, creating the first PC with a graphical user interface/WYSIWYG, and creating a multicast backbone to deliver real-time Internet-based multimedia. For Cisco, it’s a history that is rooted in connecting detached networks, pioneering Internet infrastructure, and inventing the first multiprotocol router.  That’s why I’m excited to announce our strategic alliance with Xerox. Our goal: to deliver solutions that take full advantage of the intelligence of the network to simplify IT management by delivering cloud-based services, and technology solutions that combine network and print.

What’s in store? Three joint solutions will help customers and partners use existing IT investments to improve business performance and reduce costs.

1. Xerox Managed Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks: Consolidates IT and print management with the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and print-aware intelligence.  This lets you monitor print technology and operating costs, protect confidential data from any location, and improve employee productivity by supporting mobile and cloud printing.

2. Xerox Cloud IT Outsourcing Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock infrastructure: Speeds the rollout of new IT services. As a result, you’re able to adapt to changing needs and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment.

3. Xerox Mobile Print Solution on virtual desktops and Cisco Cius: Lets mobile workers securely print business documents from any email-enabled device to any enabled printer, using Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions. So, you can access and print seamlessly, reliably and securely from any location.

All of these capabilities point to exactly what we at Cisco covered in a webcast on April 27: a ‘good enough’ network isn’t. If you’re serious about breaking new ground and reaching new horizons, you need the right gear, protection, and vision. Just like Lewis and Clark.

To learn more about our partnership with Xerox, Borderless Networks and what we’re announcing at Interop, click here.

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