What do these three things have in common? For Lone Star College System (LSCS), the fastest growing community college in the U.S., these items helped build a whole new technology foundation.
While at a higher-education conference, CIO of LSCS, Link Alander, and former VP of data center virtualization at Presidio, Steve Kaplan, began hashing out what it would take to deliver the best computing experience—on a napkin. They jotted down all the ways technology could deliver a customizable, optimal, and educational platform to students and faculty.
The vision was a toolbox, not just any one tool: an entire resource pool for professors to contribute to -- and students to pull from -- anytime, on any device, from anywhere.
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Tags: any device, cloud, data security, desktop virutualization, higher education, mobility, network, UCS, unified computing, unified computing system, Unleashing IT, virtualization
At the OpenStack Summit 2013, Red Hat announced RDO, a freely available, community-supported distribution of OpenStack. OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter.
In addition to the new release, Red Hat also announced today the launch of an official Cloud Infrastructure Partner Program, “a multi-tiered program designed for third-party commercial companies that offer hardware, software and services for customers to implement cloud infrastructure solutions powered by Red Hat OpenStack.” I’m excited about the solution opportunities that are possible by combining UCS and Nexus offerings with Red Hat on the OpenStack cloud infrastructure.
Read the announcement here:
Red Hat OpenStack Announcement
Why is this a good fit for Cisco’s Customers?
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Tags: B-Series, C-Series, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, OpenStack, unified computing, unified computing system, Unified Data Center, Unified Fabric, unified management
March Madness is here and in full effect. If you’re reading this post you probably aren’t paying close enough attention to the results pouring in from the round of 64. Today and tomorrow will make or break your bracket! Take appropriate action. As soon as I hit “publish” on this post I promise you that I will.
We have some fun things going on here during the tournament. If you’re watching the games you may see some UCS ads (yes, server ads from Cisco on TV…believe it!) We teamed up with CDW and Charles Barkley to celebrate the soothing hum of the data center in this spot, and there are a couple more that touch on Cisco Data Center more broadly.
These ads come on the heels of a big push we’re making at Cisco to spread the good word about Unified Computing. We have print and digital ads running across the big tech pubs that talk about the very real application performance and IT operations benefits the UCS brings.
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Tags: Cisco Data Center Fabric, data center, Servers, UCS, unified computing, unified computing system
Cisco Unified Computing System Service Profiles and Templates contain over 127 different server identification and configuration settings. These identity settings are abstracted from the physical server and stored in the UCS Domain where they can be leveraged automating and speeding deployment while reducing errors. Today, this Cisco innovation is still unique in the industry. The reality is that no other server vendor can offer the level of hardware abstraction that Cisco provides with UCS Manager using Service Profiles and Templates.
Unlike Cisco, other vendors must rely on many different tools and methods that are cobbled together to manage their servers. For some, it can take up to six different tools to configure a subset of what Cisco can do with one and most of these tools are at an additional cost.
Are you concerned about systems management and how it impacts your total cost of ownership (TCO)? Here are some fair questions to ask your current vendor:
- Can your software templates manage both rack and blade servers using a single tool and interface?
- Are your templates and profiles limited to specific models and only certain generation of servers, requiring different templates or tools for the same settings for servers from different generations of the same server model?
- Is server firmware truly integrated into a single tool and supported by policies and profiles?
- Do the tools use only proprietary orchestration and automation software to manage the infrastructure or does it support an open interface like XML?
- What is the licensing model – how much is the additional cost per server or per blade chassis to fully manage server profiles, updates to firmware, BIOS, and integration with other tools?
If you have more than one domain, UCS Central will manage them extending all the benefits of UCS Manger globally. You can leverage your templates and profiles across all servers regardless of location.
If you’d like to have a more in-depth discussion on this topic, contact your Cisco account team or Partner.
Want to learn more? Take Cisco UCS Manager for a test drive.
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Tags: blades, data center, Servers, UCS, unified computing, unified computing system
Professional services, Consultancy Services, Advanced Services -- call them what you will. I can hear you say: “On No! Complexity”. “Now I need to work a Statement of Work”. “I need help to get my project on time, can’t this get easier?” “I need to get my legal contracts team involved.” “Why can’t you just tell me a price?”
Common reactions from some of you who will engage any (and I mean any, not just Cisco!) professional services organization (for example, Cisco Services or one of our many partners) to help bring additional experience, expertise and resources to your projects. The good news is, where appropriate to your requirements, this complexity has been substantially reduced, with Fixed Price services from Cisco, available now for many of our most popular products and solutions.
I will confess: this is not new – in fact we (quietly) first released such Fixed Price services back in 2009, to support the Cisco Unified Computing System deployments! – and if we’re honest, we’ve not talked much about them and how successful they’ve become, with many, many customers taking advantage of these quick-to-engage expert services.
These services have really made it easier for customers and partners to do business with Cisco, delivering a number of significant advantages to our customers and partners, as illustrated below.
Cisco Fixed Price Services - Characteristics
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Tags: Borderless Networks, cisco_services, data center, security, TelePresence, unified computing system, WebEX