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Application Centric Infrastructure Special Edition

Application Centric Infrastructure Special Edition

It has been just a few short weeks since the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) began shipping, building upon the availability of the Nexus 9000 series and laying the foundation for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).  The feedback from early adopters has been quite positive. As of August 13th, 2014 we had over 580 Nexus 9000/ACI customers and over 60 have bought the APIC within just two weeks.  We are highly encouraged by the momentum and are looking to build upon this over the course of our next fiscal year.

Recently, IT leaders have been talking about how software-defined networking (SDN) will usher new levels of business agility into their IT organizations, and it’s clear based on our early results that ACI not only delivers on these expectations but takes a leadership stance in delivering the industry’s best SDN solution.It is therefore a great time for us to take a look at these early adopters, explore and share their motivations for choosing the ACI approach.  Customers are genuinely excited with the open architecture and the flexibility and cost savings they get with a true systems approach and it is pertinent to understand their business challenges, architectural expectations and benefits they hope to receive over time.

To create a forum for these stories, we’ve produced a special edition of Unleashing IT -- a publication I’m very excited to share with you as it sheds light on what I truly believe is a transformative innovation.

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On a Quest for an Alternative Desktop

Sales teams everywhere are embracing recent advancements in technology—think smart devices, mobility, and wireless. But expectations and requirements of implementing a mobile management strategy can put a high demand on IT departments to ensure network accessibility, security, and scalability.

While business and IT are meshing more and more, it’s important to understand that they’re still not the same thing. Your company needs to be able to focus on your core competency, whatever it may be. To keep focus in your area of expertise, have you considered outsourcing? Finding a trusted managed services provider means that you don’t have to sacrifice the advantages of innovative technology to business—you can still gain the benefits, without the time, expenses, and headaches.

Unleashing IT has a new, special edition coming soon that highlights Cisco Powered™ Cloud and Managed Services. Our experts team up with other industry leaders to find you a solution that fits your business objectives. Outsourcing your desktops or infrastructure to the cloud allows your data to be readily available and accessible yet secure, and removes burden of IT management.

Featured customer JMAC Lending, a wholesale mortgage lending company in California, began tossing around the idea of outsourcing their IT and moving desktops to the cloud. Sensitive customer data was a big concern—JMAC needed to have access to information on the go while ensuring it was not accessible to just anyone. To eliminate risk, JMAC wanted to allow company desktops to be available to its sales team from anywhere—in a secure environment—without having the data stored on personal devices, or even viewable by the service provider.

They found a suitable solution from Cisco Powered service provider Quest Technology Management, and their desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) vision came to life. Read the full article on UnleashingIT.com. And pre-order your own copy of Unleashing IT: Cisco Powered Special Edition to read similar experiences with managed services from Cisco.

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Desktop Environments Go Virtual and Mobile in a Flash

Of course you’re aware that virtualization and mobility are taking over the traditional office workspace.

More and more, employees are using their own mobile devices and working from home or remote locations, meaning work is no longer a 9-5, at-the-office thing. So to enable efficient practices within this changing environment, your IT needs to change with it. Resources need to be accessible from anywhere, not just in the office. Moving desktops to a virtual environment addresses this concern—while increasing employee productivity and responsiveness, and decreasing costs.

Citrix Synergy 2014 is taking place this week in Los Angeles. And it’s no surprise that this year’s hot topic is enterprise mobility. Technologies such as Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenMobile, combined with Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and Cisco UCS Invicta™ Series Solid State Systems,  or Citrix NetScaler 1000v with Cisco Nexus vPath, and Cisco mobile workplace solutions, are tools that enable you to move your work environment to the cloud, enabling you to provide full-time, fast, and secure access to your applications and crucial information.

“It was sometimes taking 10 minutes for our clinicians to log on, open an application, and get the information they need,” says Hughes. “That time should be spent with a patient instead of a workstation. We wanted to make it easier and faster for our clinicians to access applications and information, so we started looking into VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).”  says Jake Hughes, Chief Technical Architect for Infrastructure Systems at Seattle Children’s.

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With 800 attorneys spread across offices in the United States, London, Shanghai, Melbourne, and Sydney, prominent law firm Seyfarth Shaw relies on its Citrix XenDesktop virtualization platform to deliver Windows environments and in-house applications as an on-demand user service.
DaaS“When you’re sitting in an airport and you need to get something done for a client, you can’t wait for your application to boot up; you want it to be available as quickly as possible and that’s what flash technology provides,” says Andy Jurczyk, CIO, Seyfarth Shaw , experiencing the benefit of the new Cisco UCS Invicta™ features .

Go now to  Unleashing IT   to read  how Seattle Children’s Hospital  virtualized their environment using a combination of Citrix and Cisco solutions or how Seyfarth Shaw law firm is fueling up and serving clients with speed through their VDI implementation.

On Unleashing IT , our on line magazine and resource center you will discover through these examples and many others, how you can utilize Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in combination with other technologies to speed up processes and give your workers flexibility by providing secure access to the information they need, as soon as they need it.
Visiting our resource center on Unleashing IT you will access to numerous documents , including a Forrester Study “The Total Economic Impact of Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions”

Additional resources: Read more on Citrix Synergy 2014

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cisco-and-citrix-partnership-will-shine-at-citrix-synergy-2014/

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/delivering-workplace-mobility-built-on-cisco-unified-computing-system/

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Cloud delivers “wake-up call” to IT organizations

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“Industry leaders weigh in on the disruptive nature of the cloud, and the opportunity for IT organizations to become higher-value service brokers.

IT departments have lost traditional control over company systems. With cloud storming in, IT has been pushed aside to allow the entire corporation to overshadow what used to be solely IT’s job. But they’re fighting back by embracing new responsibilities—specifically, by becoming the decision-makers for when to buy, where to build, and what the depth of the cloud should be….

To read more on this topic* , visit Unleashing ITWe’ve just released the newest edition. Unleashing IT provides resources, news updates, and customer reports of Cisco technology put to use.

Much like Cisco and Intel collaborate to bring you the most up-to-date technology solutions, IT and business must function together to deliver the best results for both your bottom line and your customers’ satisfaction.That’s where Unleashing IT comes into play. Unleashing IT is your  easy-access source for data center solutions and best practices.

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What it Takes to Build a Platform Robust Enough for Your Big Data with UCS CPA.

Everybody has been talking about big data over the past years . Your data continues to grow, both in mass and importance. And you know that your company is in need of better analytics to use the influx of data as a point of improvement for business. As the Internet expands and connects all things previously unconnected (a concept referred to as the Internet of Everything, or IoE), consumers have access to more personalized information that keeps them engaged and delivers efficient services. This means data is pouring in from—well, everywhere. To sort and utilize it for better user experiences, it’s first necessary to ensure your data center is capable of gathering and housing all this data. And that starts at the foundation.

raghunathnambiarOur distinguished engineer and Chief Architect of Big Data Solutions at Cisco, Raghunath Nambiar, talks about “A Unified Platform for Big Data” in our last edition of Unleashing IT . Recently elected by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) to lead the development of the industry’s first big data benchmark standard, Nambiar states  “To get the most out of big data, companies need an infrastructure that is tuned for big data workloads, with better performance and scalability than traditional environments.” Read more here .

In fact, the Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco® Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) Common Platform Architecture (CPA) for Big Data is a robust platform built on a unified fabric, and based on Cisco Nexus® switches for exceptional availability and scalability. Built specifically with Big Data in mind, this certified and validated architecture has been utilized by businesses in a variety of industries.

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