Cisco hit an important milestone recently: in just over 2 years, well over 9,000 customers worldwide have deployed the Unified Computing Solution (UCS) in their data center. In that time, Cisco has amassed a dozen top industry awards, supported over 10,000 applications, held 51 world-record performance benchmarks, and achieved over $1 Billion annualized run-rate. Customers across every industry vertical have put UCS to work in a myriad of environments: business analytics and data warehousing, mission critical CRM, ERP, enterprise collaboration, email, databases, RISC migration, and in a very big way – desktop virtualization. Read More »
Have you ever sat in on a TelePresence meeting? It really makes you think about how technology can make distance disappear, and bring together people across a wide geography for the purpose of collaborating and sharing ideas. Such is the case with the National Townhall on Desktop Virtualization I participated in recently, along with VMware.
Seven industry experts from seven US cities, discussing the impact or key learnings of implementing desktop virtualization in government, healthcare and education. I was joined by my colleague Chris Westphal of VMware, and our panelists, bringing firsthand experiences of their journey to desktop virtualization. If you want to attend the interactive webcast of this event, please click here – I think you’ll find it incrementally valuable if you’re on the verge of a pilot, proof of concept or just researching your options.
This experience reminded me of something important regarding the transformation of the user desktop as we know it. Immersive business video is increasingly becoming a modality of enterprise collaboration that workers will depend on to be productive. Consider the fact that ten people had meaningful discourse in this session, without any of them having to board a plane. IP telephony is the same – we can’t imagine a day without access to our phone. So when we talk about using virtual desktops making people more productive, and making business more agile, it makes total sense that we expect by extension of that premise, voice, video and virtual desktops to converge in a single workspace that’s accessible on any device, anywhere. We depend on all of these modalities to be effective, not just one.
I have to be honest and tell you that we did not approach this particular show with an attitude of ‘Yeah! CIsco has a tablet.’ But I am still being honest when I say…that all changed. This is that story.
It started with the iPhone and really picked up with the iPad. Silver haired gents in corner offices brought their new precious to IT and asked to “get on the network” or “get their email on this.” In the past, IT was able to mumble something about unsupported devices and how a random user who brought a random device was out of luck. After all, they had tested solutions in place, nice things like Windows Mobile and Blackberry, solutions that worked well with Enterprise infrastructure. These new things might be better at Angry Birds or Plants vs Zombies, but the whole BYOD/Enterprise interaction was an unknown and thus a threat and a risk. Poor IT guys got trumped though, silver haired guys said jump and eventually the answer changed from “not supported” to a more career preserving “how high?”
VMworld Europe is just around the corner and the final preparations are being completed. The Bella Center, in beautiful Copenhagen Denmark, is undergoing a cloudy transformation that will tickle the technical fancy of geeks and provide answers and directions for the business minded. The cloud has come to the Bella Center and it has a Cisco lining.
Cloud is changing the way we do IT and Cisco is leading the charge. We have the products, innovation and partnerships to help you on your journey to the cloud. Cisco can help you own the cloud. Stop by our booth in the Bella Center to hear about some of these great Cisco solutions:
- Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud: Cisco powered orchestration and automation tools, which are key component to a successful cloud initiative. We will demo the software in action as it powers the internal Cisco private cloud CITEIS (Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services).
- Cisco Nexus 1000v: Cisco’s award winning virtualized switch providing networking and security solutions for the data center. Learn how the Nexus 1000v compliments VMware vCloud Director and delivers highly secure, multitenant data center networks