Why more clients will refresh W2K3 servers with Cisco UCS

Cisco UCS for Microsoft Applications

What? A refresh? But servers last longer than ever! That’s true, but unless innovation slows down (ha ha) they will reach an inevitable point where they are more venerable than valuable. In the data center, this means tough and expensive decisions must be made.

In this blog post, I argue for Cisco’s UCS as a stable platform for Microsoft applications. Especially if you’re looking at Microsoft System Server 2012 and especially if you need to migrate from Windows Server 2003.

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What You Need To Know About Cisco’s New Application-Centric Infrastructure

What you need to know the Cisco’s brand-new Application-Centric Infrastructure

On November 6th 2013, Cisco announced their vision for the ultimate data center – the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The Cisco ACI combines their Unified Computing System (UCS) offering with an application-aware network policy model built around open APIs. This vision advances the concept of a ‘software-defined’ data center.

The open set of APIs included with this release enable 20+ partners like EMC, Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Symantec, F5, IBM, RedHat, VCE and more, to rally behind this new capability and integrate ACI to support a myriad of applications much faster.

The Cisco team at Softchoice huddled as soon as the announcement was made to provide you with the most relevant details. Read on and get up to speed on ACI! [Read more…]