Microsoft Ignite
is just around the corner.   It takes place this year in Atlanta from September 2630 at the Georgia World Congress Center.   The event will include all the latest solutions that Microsoft has to offer.

In April of this year, Microsoft announced the End of Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.   Support for that product now lies with the internal support groups within that organization.   In response to the End of Support, Microsoft released its long awaited SQL Server 2016.   The product is a robust version of the product and a very good choice for those wishing to migrate to this version.  Microsoft also announced Windows Server 2016.   Again a very good upgrade for those wishing to move to the latest technology.

From a software standpoint, this was good news for customers, however, from a hardware and server platform standpoint, some decisions will have to be made.  The latest version of these two product require additional compute power in order to handle the advanced features that these products contain.  That means the customer must decide to remain with their current platform, or seek a platform that will provide the latest and greatest technology as well as provide the costs savings that Data Center managers demand.

Enter the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Platform.   UCS uses the latest Intel chip set to provide the speed and scalability that is required for mission-critical application servers.   In addition, in a recent IDC study, UCS provided employee costs savings of as much at 13 million dollars per year in data centers where these servers were installed.

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You can talk to our Subject Matter Experts in booth number 1110 at Microsoft Ignite to find out for yourself how this innovative server platform can transform your Data Center and allow you to have the same savings as those customers interviewed by IDC.

Cisco will also be giving two very important breakout sessions.  The first is on Cisco Tetration Analytics which allows any Data Center manager the ability to track data packets from beginning to end, looking for collisions and bottlenecks.  You have never been able to track this data like this in the past.   It will provide application insights, and implement zero-trust models detect policy deviations, and facilitate efficient data center operations.

The second breakout session will provide a historical perspective on Application architecture and how it has evolved to meet market demands.

Come and join us in the sessions and for our in-booth theater sessions and learn how Cisco can help modernize your existing Data Center.  For more details on Cisco’s participation at Microsoft Ignite including how you can win an Xbox, click here.


We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.


Rick Speyer

No Longer with Cisco