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VMware’s SDN Strategy is No Threat to Cisco, says Mike Fratto

August 8, 2012 at 8:30 am PST

For those of you wondering about the impact to Cisco of Software Defined Networking and the combined SDN strategy of VMware and Nicira, I point you to a very rational and well-articulated article by Mike Fratto of Network Computing, that basically says Cisco doesn’t have much to worry about. (Enterprise Strategy Group had already said something similar, by the way).

Specifically, Fratto says:

Mike FrattoThe lack of programmability in existing networking hardware is certainly a problem, but VMware’s acquisition of Nicira does not mean that Cisco and its ilk will be marginalized… It does mean the role and management of the physical network is changing, and I think Cisco is further ahead than most of its competitors in creating a vision for the next phase of networking.

I couldn’t agree more. Since Cisco live! when we announced our Cisco ONE strategy for network programmability as well as the advances in our Nexus 1000V portfolio for virtual network overlays, I have been posting on many of the same points.

My take here was that the VMware-Nicira acquisition did not portend a strategic break with Cisco, and while there are some obvious overlaps in our product lines, there are still a number of areas of collaboration, cooperation and interoperability. The virtual network infrastructure is just one piece of a larger software stack and the differentiation will likely be decided in the orchestration, management and applications built on top of the newly programmable infrastructures sometime down the road. Read More »

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Cisco + EMC + VCE + VMWare Spells Success for SAP HANA and Cloud

Do the technology partners that comprise your data center really make a difference?  In the case of SAP HANA and Cloud, the answer is yes.   The Application Data Centers of the future look much different than the Application Data Center of the past.  CIO’s are looking for ways to reduce costs, floor space, and management of their Data Centers while increasing the intelligence they gather from their existing data in order to get a leg up on their competition.

Thanks to their numerous advanced technologies (i.e UCS..)  Cisco and EMC, with the active participation of VMware and VCE have developed over the past years a strong architecture to support the traditional needs of the SAP customers, but also new requirements related to cloud and big data.

With the recent certification of SAP Scale-Out, Cisco and EMC are partnering more closely than ever to provide Application Data Center Managers with the platform and persistent storage needed to solve the issues that keep CIO’s awake at night.

Cisco UCS with EMC Storage for SAP HANA Scale-out Solution from Cisco Data Center

Thanks to SAP HANA, data that previously was unattainable or unstructured, is now reportable to CIO’s in a format that will allow them to make instantaneous decisions to the benefit of their customers and to their bottom line.   Since everything with SAP HANA is real-time in memory, reports that used to take days or weeks are now attainable in seconds.   Cisco and EMC have provided the perfect platform for these transactions giving Application Data Center managers choices they may not have with other hardware vendors.

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250? 2,500? 25,000? 250,000? Scaling UCS for Microsoft Exchange Environments

July 23, 2012 at 10:56 am PST

 

 

Recently while speaking with a group of Cisco Systems Engineers about their respective Microsoft Exchange 2010 migrations the group commented on the range of engagement sizes – in terms of individual mailboxes supported – that they had implemented during the past year or so.  What we learned during this discussion is the extreme scalable nature of UCS when it comes to Exchange as engagements of up to 250,000 mailboxes were successfully handled. Additionally UCS’s virtualization capabilities – with either Hyper-V or VMware -- were seen adding to the efficiency of these larger scale engagements. 

If you would like to learn more about UCS and Exchange, please register to listen to our upcoming August 1st webinar – Taking the Sting out of Exchange 2010 Migrations.  Also, please visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft to learn more on Cisco UCS and how it is an optimal server platform for your Microsoft workloads.

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Desktop Virtualization Perspectives at Cisco Live 2012

At Cisco Live, I had the good fortune to sit down with Steve Kaplan of Presidio (@ROIdude), and Sreekanth Kannan of VMware, to discuss the current landscape of desktop virtualization as seen through the experiences of our customers, key enabling technologies we’re excited about, and some thoughts about what to expect looking forward. Watch the session 

Desktop Virtualization Panel with VMware and Presidio at Cisco Live 2012

Clearly our friends had a lot to share, and were excited about the transformation happening in our customers’ desktop IT environments.  Some highlights from our chat:

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Cisco and NetApp: Build a Strong Foundation for Private Cloud with Flexpod for SAP Applications

June 8, 2012 at 1:51 am PST

Do I still need to introduce Flexpod, the integrated stack from Cisco, NetApp and VMware ? We wrote in this blog several times about this solution , which is obviously pretty successful.

NetApp, like EMC and HDS , is a very good partner of Cisco Data Center. That’s why I strongly encourage you when going to Cisco Live next week in San Diego  to visit NetApp booth (#826) , and attend the theater presentation (Tuesday 6:45 pm PST)dedicated to Flexpod  on Cisco booth .

Of course Flexpod is not the only integrated stacks that Cisco is providing on the market  –Vblock from VCE is another example. But we have reasons to believe that Flexpod is definitely a very good solution and approach for converged infrastructure and private cloud deployment  in a mission critical application environment .  Recently we wrote about Flexpod with Microsoft private cloud,  and even more recently about Flexpod and Citrix desktop virtualization.

At SAPPHIRE 2012, I asked Cisco VP Server Access and Virtualization Satinder Sethi  , and NetApp VP Thomas Stanley Global Alliances and System Integrators,  to tell us what benefits this pre-integrated unified architecture is bringing to the SAP customers.

As a proof point of the business impact of Flexpod, I invite you to watch what Waltz  executives have  to say about the benefits of this solution.
Established in 1985, the Walz Group is a leading provider of critical communications and compliance solutions – This solution allow the IT organization to focus on improving products and services instead of infrastructure support.

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