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Road Trip! Cisco and Microsoft are going on a world tour!

We will be in Dallas, London, New York, Paris, San Jose, and Toronto the next two months. If you are in the area, register and come learn more about transforming your data centers to take advantage of the newest Cisco infrastructure solutions along with Microsoft’s Cloud OS and workloads.

Yesterday’s data centers cannot keep up with the speed of today’s innovation, and being able to keep up with that innovation is key to your company’s success and survival in today’s competitive environment. Leveraging large volumes of data and highly elastic compute resources to deliver better insight and a superior product/user experience has become more and more important. Data centers are no longer just a place to store data, they are now the center of engagement and information exchange for your company.

Leadership teams from Cisco, Microsoft, and industry analysts IDC (International Data Corporation) invite you to attend this exclusive event. We will discuss how our companies have joined forces to deliver integrated solutions that enable tomorrow’s business strategies. This information will help you assess the near and long term opportunities and challenges that organizations face as they seek to capitalize on the changes in scale, speed and scope. Read More »

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FlexPod Datacenter with Microsoft Private Cloud — A Premier Integrated Platform for Mission Critical Microsoft SQL Server Implementations

This guest blog was authored by Frank Cicalese and contains summarized content from various articles that can be found on Cisco and NetApp’s sites. 

Untitled5Frank Cicalese is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco’s Data Center Architecture Team helping customers globally with their Microsoft solutions on Cisco UCS. Frank also worked at Microsoft for over 10 years in several positions that required deep technical knowledge such as Services Consultant, Platform Architect, Database Technology Specialist, Virtualization Technology Specialist and Datacenter Technology Specialist. Frank has in-depth technical knowledge and proficiency with database design, optimization, replication and clustering and has extensive virtualization, identity and access management and application development skills. He is also a writer member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with published musical works that have aired on well-known cable and news networks.


 

FlexPod

Cisco and NetApp have been teaming for several years developing the FlexPod solution portfolio. This portfolio includes architectures that combine NetApp storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers, and Cisco Nexus fabric into an architecture that provides a highly efficient operational model for workload deployments. This architecture is capable of hosting mission critical SQL Server implementations and is capable of providing them with the required throughput and availability for even the most demanding business requirements.

Recently, Cisco and NetApp contracted Scalability Experts to implement a performance and load test that proves my claims in the above paragraph beyond any doubt in my mind.

Scalability Experts, for readers who may not be familiar with them, is a triple Gold Microsoft Partner, and highly awarded consulting company specializing in Data Platforms, Business Intelligence and Infrastructure Solutions. Scalability Experts conducted the performance and load testing over several months using real world workloads. More information on Scalability Experts can be found at http://www.scalabilityexperts.com/

The purpose of this performance and load test was to validate that FlexPod is a premiere platform for the most demanding applications. This performance and load test implements a real world gaming workload on Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Edition was used to generate and run the performance and load tests. For more information about Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate Edition see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd831853.aspx. More information about Microsoft SQL Server 2014 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server/.

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An Open Framework for Hosting Multi Data Center Distributed Applications on the Cisco Cloud

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Ken Owens (@kenowens12), Keith Chambers (@keithchambers), and Jason Plank (@_japlank_)

Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about ways of designing new software applications. Out of this, we’ve heard a lot about “Microservice Architecture” as a way to design these applications as individual components to make up an actual application. Refer back to this recent blog regarding the impact of microservices and containers on application enablement for the enterprise. Many attempts to define the architecture were undertaken, and in general the complexities of software platform and different viewpoints on the underlying components necessary have not resulted in an agreed solution.

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Cisco Keynote – End-to-End Optimization for Today’s Modern Datacenters

Have a bit of free time this Wednesday morning? If so please feel free to sit in on a Cisco keynote delivered by Mark Balch, Director of Cisco UCS Product Management, as he outlines the challenges faced and the discoveries made with the UCS family and how it has driven revolutionary change and business benefits for today’s modern datacenter.

The Cisco keynote starts WindowsITPro’s “virtual trade show” on Optimizing Your Virtual Infrastructure.  The event brings top industry Microsoft experts together in an online forum affording attendees the opportunity to learn about key datacenter optimization topics and trends.

Our UCS family has been a leader in Data Center optimization since it’s initial release to market five years ago.  Having been designed for virtualization from the beginning, UCS is an integrated system that is configured through unified, model-based management to simplify deployment of enterprise-class applications and services running in bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud-computing environments.

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Cisco is Here to Help! – Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support

It is no secret that Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is reaching its end of support on July 15, 2015. After that date Microsoft will no longer provide fixes, updates, or technical assistance. Also, and very importantly, remember that end of support means no more security updates either.  So, what should you do? Well, let’s take a look at what Cisco can offer up here!

Benefits to Migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2?

By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, you can reduce IT costs, improve service delivery, and avoid the challenges associated with maintaining a legacy platform.

  • Its Time to Modernize ITModernize Your Data Center
    • Modernize your application infrastructure with Cisco and Microsoft. With Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, combined with Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus, and Hyper V, you can successfully virtualize, automate, and manage both physical and virtual environments.
  • Make Economically Sound Decisions
    • We can help you lower operating costs, reduce CapEx spending, and improve your business units’ efficiency. A Microsoft Private Cloud solution on Cisco delivers:
      • 87% reduction in provisioning times
      • 77% reduction in cabling
      • 77% reduction of ongoing management costs
      • 53% reduction in power and cooling costs.
  • As always, Simplify IT is best
    • By implementing a single Microsoft and Cisco platform, you will see the difference in improved compliance, security, and reliability across your enterprise.

Check out our infographic to see why you should Modernize Your Data Center with Cisco UCS and Windows Server 2012 R2 .

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