Servers

May 16, 2016

DATA CENTER

Microsoft SQL 2016 on Cisco UCS with SanDisk Flash Webinar

Your mission-critical data needs to be available, protected, and secure. With the launch of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016, there’s an opportunity to transform your data platform with breakthrough mission-critical capabilities, in-memory performance, and built-in operational analytics. In addition, enhancements to AlwaysOn technology deliver world-class high-availability and disaster-recovery solutions. Is your infrastructure ready to capitalize on […]

April 27, 2016

DATA CENTER

Vblock Systems Built on a Foundation of UCS Integrated Infrastructure

I’m looking forward to EMC World 2016 at the Venetian in Las Vegas where thousands of attendees will meet and learn about the latest in compute, storage, networking, and solutions. ...

November 20, 2015

GOVERNMENT

Using best better practices with Cisco UCS Manager

I’ve been working with Cisco UCS since the very beginning. From the earliest days, whenever a customer ran into problems, I would often be asked to help figure out what was going wrong and to help fix it. Generally, this would involve a review of the system, and when we found less desirable configurations we […]

November 16, 2015

DATA CENTER

Composable Infrastructure Part 4: Infrastructure as Code

How do you treat hardware like software? That question sounds like a contradiction, but we’ve been helping customers answer this question for the past six years with Cisco UCS. When you abstract all configuration and identity of hardware and transform it into software defined infrastructure (SDI), or better yet, policy driven infrastructure, you’re moving down the path of managing the […]

October 29, 2015

DATA CENTER

Composable Infrastructure, Part 3: “What is it??”

“Did you say compostable infrastructure? That means using a biodegradable cardboard chassis that can go in the compost bin, right?”  🙂   This conversation is more common than you think right now as people are introduced to this for the first time.   So what exactly does composable infrastructure mean?  Perhaps the best description I’ve heard […]

October 15, 2015

DATA CENTER

Composable Infrastructure, Part 2: What are the Benefits?

We recently sat down with IDC analyst, Jed Scaramella, to talk about an interesting and accelerating trend in data center technology: composable infrastructure. With UCS M-Series servers, Cisco has taken an important step forward in this space. To help frame things up, we asked Jed for his take on the market drivers and customer needs […]

July 21, 2015

DATA CENTER

Part 2: How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?!?!

Last week I introduced this topic, the pervasive problem of “comatose” servers in data centers, based upon an interesting recent eWeek article entitled “30 Percent of Servers Worldwide Sit Idle”, which in turn was based upon the research report by Stanford University in conjunction with the Anthesis Group.  In my blog, I described the costs […]

July 15, 2015

DATA CENTER

How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?! (Part 1)

In my role in Cisco Services, I’m more interested in the challenges of technology adoption and deployment than I am in speeds and feeds, statistics and technology fads. ...

June 8, 2015

DATA CENTER

All about that BaaS: Cisco UCS and CommVault Simpana

With Richard Jacobick Cisco and CommVault have teamed up on a solution aimed squarely at contemporary data protection challenges. Data is the lifeblood of the enterprise, yet the playbook for how you preserve, protect and provide access to data may have been assembled years ago… and a lot has changed in those years.   Consider the transformations around […]