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Are you ready? – Convergence and Cloud calls for changes to how IT operates

I was at Gartner Summit in Las Vegas last week after missing the prior year.  One thing that struck me this year was the increased dialogue around changes IT organizations need to make in their people and processes in order to prepare for both the convergence of IT infrastructure and the move to cloud.  Now I know that analysts have talked about the area of IT operations management for some time but what was different was that customers were talking about it too.

At Cisco Services, we’ve had an increasing number of customers asking us to help them better align their people and process to take full advantage of Cisco’s innovative data center technologies.  This growing interest in change was on full display at Gartner Summit, as both analysts and customers were discussing what change would mean to them.

So what are some of the things you should consider to get your IT organization best prepared for change?  First, you need a leader committed to changing the way your IT runs.  The CIO at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Drex DeFord, says he started by re-setting his organizational purpose, identifying patients as their customers, not employees.  He then focused his strategy on removing complexity from his IT organization, not just on the technology side but in his people and processes as well, to allow IT better flexibility to understand and deliver against their customers’ expectations.

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CloudVerse: How Does Cisco Collaboration in the Cloud Tie In?

Today, Cisco introduced CloudVerse, an end-to-end solution to build, manage and connect clouds. Cisco revealed how it sees the cloud: one in which it enables the world to operate more simply not just from one collective cloud but rather a world of many clouds where the organizations can choose how their cloud solutions are developed whether it’s a highly secure private cloud, a more open public cloud or a hybrid. Within these various cloud environments, IT is delivered as a service and end users can collaborate dynamically and consume content on-demand.

With Cisco’s network based cloud solutions serving as the foundation, Cisco also introduced new enhancements and functionalities to its ever growing Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS). The Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution gives partners, including service providers and integrators, the ability to deploy multiple collaboration applications on one server in a virtualized environment and then host those applications for multiple client organizations. The solution is designed to be run from partner data centers.  Just last week, Fujitsu’s Andy Stevenson, executive director of their hosting and network services group discussed how they’ve combined their experience and expansive network to develop anew hosted offer, the Fujitsu Cloud Connect service.. Fujitsu’s new service helps employees collaborate more efficiently on any device using a uniform suite of Cisco collaboration technology available on demand.

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Medtronics to Join Cisco-SAP HANA Panel @ SAP TechEd in Las Vegas

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Medtronic to Join Cisco-SAP HANA Panel @ TechEd Las Vegas

At next week’s TechEd in Las Vegas, SAP HANA hardware partner Cisco will be presenting a customer session featuring Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, discussing their recent SAP HANA deployment. As one of the first customers to install SAP HANA on a Cisco Unified Computing System Server Platform (UCS), Medtronic will join Cisco and SAP in a lively discussion to explain how SAP HANA will allow them to stay ahead of their competition through innovation.

Ben Eiref and Ulrich Kleidon from Cisco, Alan Westfall from Medtronic and Greg Monaco from SAP all will discuss the deployment in depth to show how SAP HANA installed on Cisco UCS will help Medtronic to better analyze their business operations, lower their TCO and speed time to market.

Date/time/location: Wednesday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30a, Bellini 2001A in the Venetian Congress Center

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SAP HANA Scale-Up or Scale-Out. That is the question

SAP HANA Scale Up or SAP HANA Scale Out.  That is the Question

Ever since SAP HANA in-memory computing was announced and started shipping as a rack-mount appliance, a market disruption began.  Customers have begun to realize the value of receiving instantaneous results to their data inquiries instead of having to wait for days to make critical business decisions.  Cisco Unified Computing System server platform made it easy as a self contained appliance for SAP HANA for customers to install and start utilizing this technology day one.

But there are changes in the wind.  Not only can you use SAP HANA as an appliance, but SAP has now announced that they will be installing SAP HANA in a scale-out model, meaning they will have the software available on blade technology.  Now we are talking.  This means that you will not be butting up against any memory challenges in the capacity of the servers.  Of course Cisco UCS already has extended memory capability.  This means that you will not bump up against CPU core challenges.  Since you can daisy chain servers together, you can use as much compute power as needed.  You can also add compute mid-stream in a little as 15 minutes with the Cisco UCS server profile tools.  Cisco UCS service profiles allow you to deploy servers in 15 minutes by allowing you to attach a server profile you already have set up directly to that blade, saving you the time and effort to configure each blade individually.

So what does this mean to the average customer?

1)   The customer can have as many servers (depending upon the configuration and certifications) as needed for the SAP HANA architecture

2)   The customer can make instantaneous decisions, thus beating the competition and getting their product into the hands of their customers in a more expedited way.

3)   The compute is still non-disruptive meaning that these processes are done outside of the normal day to day running of the business

So is there any reason not to embrace this technology?  No.  The winds have changed and that is the answer to the question

You can see this solution live by visiting the Cisco Booth 1000 at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas Sept 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel.

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VMworld 2011 – Day 3 – Blogger Techminute – UCS

It’s time for another installment in the Daily Blogger Techminute from VMworld 2011 in Vegas. This edition we will focus on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and we will hear from a couple of UCS stars. Read More »

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