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Rex Backman

Senior Marketing Manager, Big Data Solutions

Data Center and Cloud

Rex is a member of Cisco’s Data Center marketing team and focuses on the Big Data ecosystem. He has spent the last 10+ years developing or marketing solutions for Microsoft enterprise environments. Prior to Cisco, Rex worked at Microsoft were he helped to develop the System Center management family as well as Windows Server. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University at Chico.

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May 1, 2014

DATA CENTER

Building a Private Cloud. Cisco and Microsoft – Optimized Infrastructure Strategies

This month the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a Boston area based analyst firm, published a white paper commissioned by Cisco and Microsoft on the topic of the private cloud. In it ESG covers the best-of-breed technologies and solutions that Cisco and Microsoft bring to market together for Windows Server 2012 R2 / Hyper-V based private […]

April 16, 2014

DATA CENTER

Cisco and Microsoft SQL Server 2014

This week Microsoft launched SQL Server 2014, their data management and business intelligence platform. SQL Server at Microsoft has grown tremendously over the years; it is far from its origins as a simple relational database that Microsoft licensed from Sybase years ago. For the 2014 version of SQL Server, Microsoft has focused on continuing their […]

February 27, 2014

DATA CENTER

Managing Your Business Intelligence: Microsoft SQL Server on Integrated Infrastructures

      Business intelligence begets better, more informed decision making—and, ultimately, success. But how do you get effective business intelligence? It starts with your tools and infrastructure… With the proliferation of database and virtualization sprawl and the growing requirement for business insight that has increased I/O performance demand and complexity in the datacenter, enterprises […]

February 19, 2014

DATA CENTER

Cisco Nexus 1000V: Simplifying and Scaling Virtual Networking in Microsoft Private Cloud Hyper-V Environments

Windows Server 2012 R2 is central to Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision; the operating system platform delivers enhancements and new features in virtualization, management, storage, networking, and more.  Our Cisco server infrastructure solutions (UCS) as well as our management (UCS Director, UCS Manager, Cisco Intercloud) and network capabilities are purpose built for supporting Microsoft’s virtualization and […]

February 7, 2014

DATA CENTER

Show Me the Money: Cisco UCS Success Stories in Microsoft Oriented Datacenters

Cisco continues to work closely on technologies and solutions around the UCS compute family so we can bring maximum value to you and your Microsoft oriented datacenters. The UCS family is well suited for Windows Server, Hyper-V and VMware based private clouds, and support for the key workloads of SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint. Recently […]

December 11, 2013

DATA CENTER

Cisco UCS helps NHL’s Minnesota Wild Skate to Where the Puck is Going

Speed is one thing that Cisco UCS and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild franchise share in common. If you have ever been to a professional hockey game you recognized and probably came to appreciate the speed, skill, and nimbleness of the players out on the ice. For Cisco UCS, speed is an attribute inherent in what […]

November 25, 2013

DATA CENTER

Cisco’s Microsoft Momentum Continues…

The Microsoft ecosystem continues to be an important area of focus with our Cisco Datacenter product...

July 1, 2013

DATA CENTER

Your Guide to Cisco at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2013

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 […]

June 18, 2013

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Cisco at Microsoft Tech Ed: 3 Years of Innovation and Recognition Has Prepared Us for Today’s and Tomorrow’s I.T. De …

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 […]