We’re just a week away from Microsoft’s annual partner soiree -- Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 (WPC) -- where ~16,000 channel partners from around the world will converge in Houston to learn about all things Windows Server, SQL Server, Surface, Office 365, System Center, and much more…
Why Cisco @ WPC 2013?
Cisco is at WPC as Microsoft is a strategic partner in the datacenter. Working with Microsoft helps Cisco bring IT solutions to market that our customers are demanding be it private cloud solutions around Windows Server or upgrades to large Exchange and SharePoint environments. These requests are absolutely in line with what we have been hearing from customers: Cisco is their strategic IT partner, not just a communications partner.
What Should I look for?
My colleague Bill Shields posted a Cisco Data Center blog post the other day on our booth area and the solutions we will be showcasing: UCS B-Series blade and C-Series rack servers and solutions such as FlexPod and VSPEX; SQL and Exchange solutions; Cisco UCS Manager and PowerTool, Cisco’s PowerShell utility; and Windows Server 2012 networking featuring Cisco Nexus 1000V. There is a reason UCS, UCS Manager, and Nexus 1000V have been awarded Best of Tech Ed recognition three years running… Stop by booth #1401 and see why!
Cool Must See Item #1: Nexus 1000V Switch for Hyper-V
We just started shipping our Nexus 1000V Switch for Hyper-V. It brings enterprise-class cloud networking to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. The Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V offers consistent operational experience across physical, virtual, and mixed hypervisor environments; reduces operational complexity through dynamic policy provisioning and mobility-aware network policies; and improves security through integrated virtual services and advanced Cisco NX-OS features
Cool Must See Item #2: Cisco PowerTool for PowerShell
Over the past several years we have seen PowerShell emerge from Microsoft as a base platform for management tool offerings such as System Center as well as being a scripting platform used by IT Administrators to drive increased automation and consistency in various deployment, configuration, and maintenance tasks. Cisco’s PowerTool for PowerShell is our ‘PowerShell library’. It provides a wealth of UCS, UCS Manager, and Nexus 1000V cmdlets that can improve the management of your Microsoft oriented datacenter.
Tags: Cisco, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, UCS, UCS Manager, vspex, Windows Server 2012
Like many of you I have spent the past week or so getting caught up with work and office goings on after a very successful and informative Microsoft Tech Ed North America 2013 event in New Orleans. At Cisco, our Microsoft team is already ramped up for next week’s Microsoft Tech Ed Europe event and then we go at it once again in Houston at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference. At each of these events Cisco is a Gold Sponsor and we will be showcasing our award winning Microsoft datacenter oriented products and solutions: UCS, Nexus, FlexPod, and VSPEX. Stop by our booths and grab one of our 2013 Microsoft Event Tour t-shirts!
Over the past 3 years we’ve had quite a run of good luck at Microsoft Tech Ed winning “Best of Tech Ed” awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013! Frankly this is due to the consistent, ongoing industry-leading innovation that Cisco’s R&D teams in our Datacenter Group are delivering to the market place. In 2011 our Cisco UCS B250 series server family was recognized with a Best of Tech Ed award. In 2012 UCS Manager was awarded the Breakthrough Technology Award at Tech Ed. Finally, just recently for 2013, our Nexus 1000V software switch for Hyper-V and our FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud solution won Best of Tech Ed accolades.
This innovation stream from Cisco has prepared us for the I.T. demands that we are all facing today – how to move to a more agile and efficient I.T. technology base as well as driving maximum budgetary efficiencies in OpEx and CapEx . Our Cisco Microsoft solutions are available today and can assist your organizations as they move to a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure and help you achieve positive ROI and TCO advantages.
Here’s a listing of our recent Tech Ed North America blogs – feel free to peruse them and learn more about our compute, network, storage, and architecture solutions for all things Microsoft:
Finally, to keep this information at hand, please bookmark our Cisco’s solutions for a Microsoft datacenter site at www.cisco.com/go/microsoft
Tags: Cisco, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, System Center, UCS, UCS B250 M2, UCS Manager, vspex, Windows Server 2012
I have lost count of the number of trade shows I’ve worked over my career. But working trade shows for Cisco over the past 14 months has been a uniquely positive experience. Microsoft TechEd North America 2013 makes my 5th show evangelizing Cisco UCS and our solutions.
I have been able to have long (sometimes up to 45 minutes) conversations with potential customers who have heard about UCS and want to learn more. Their reactions on how Cisco does it differently from others in the industry is an eye-opener for them – whether it the technology or the economics of the solution. They all walk away saying they are going to have to dig deeper into our solutions and contact their account team / partner.
It has become almost embarrassing the amount of praise our current customers heap on us when they come by the booth. Embarrassing because I’m just a very small part of what makes UCS successful; Cisco has a very strong team behind UCS and I wish they all could hear the great things the customers are saying about their experiences.
There are still two days left to stop by the Cisco booth and learn about:
- UCS Solutions FlexPod, VSPEX, Exchange, SQL Server
- UCS Manager
- Nexus 1000V
- VM FEX
- Cisco Email Security
Tags: email, Exchange, FlexPod, Nexus 1000v, security, SQL, UCS, UCS Manager, VM-FEX, vspex
Guest post by Adrian Simays, Director of Technical Enablement for Microsoft at EMC Corporation.
It’s a great week in New Orleans….great food, awesome Jazz, funky hats…and a powerful partnership with Cisco. And the week is getting even better.…at Microsoft TechEd, EMC announced the latest VSPEX solutions for Microsoft.
So what is the big news? We announced the expansion of the VSPEX portfolio to include support for Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013. This announcement extends the VSPEX support for SQL Server we announced at Microsoft Management Summit in April. VSPEX provides infrastructure for customers looking to gain the benefits of converged infrastructures, leveraging EMC storage systems and next-generation backup products, while at the same time gaining more choice in individual stack components, including virtualization, server, and network technologies. These VSPEX configurations enable customers to leverage the power of EMC with Cisco’s UCS servers and industry leading networking to radically simplify private cloud deployments. Cisco UCS combines high-performance computing, networking, virtualization, and storage-access resources into a single unified system. This solution helps organizations quickly move toward a more cost-effective private cloud environment.
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Tags: cloud, Cloud Computing, data center, EMC, Microsoft, UCS, vspex
Please visit Cisco’s TechEd web site to learn more about what we have going on at the show and visit www.cisco.com/go/microsoft to learn more about Cisco’s Microsoft capabilities.
I first attended Microsoft TechEd in 1996 in Los Angeles. What a learning experience it was.
This year, I’ll be there staffing the Cisco booth (#1701) speaking about the Cisco Unified Computing System.
- Do you run SQL, Exchange, SharePoint or other Microsoft applications?
- Want to learn about the x86 server technologies and solutions that have propelled Cisco to the #2 blade server vendor in the Americas and #3 worldwide1 in only 3 years?
- Would you like to see how you can have common set of management tools for your rack and blade servers that provide the missing hardware insight layer, with visibility from the chassis and rack all the way through to the virtual machine layer?
- Are you interested in a turn-key solution for your private cloud (FlexPod & VSPEX)?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, stop by and speak with the UCS server team.
Cisco will also be demonstrating:
Both the Nexus 1000V and FlexPod are finalist for the Best of TechEd 2013. We are very hopeful this will be our third year in a row to win a Best of TechEd award.
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Tags: email security, FlexPod, Microsoft, Nexus 1000v, PowerTool, UCS, VM-FEX, vspex