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Run Your Trusted Applications on a Trusted Platform

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  • Respond rapidly to changing business needs
  • Scale the data center while avoiding complexity
  • Accelerate your transition to private cloud and hybrid cloud environments

The Cisco Unified Data Center and its underlying network, computing, and management components offer a holistic, single-fabric data center infrastructure architecture. Highly secure and scalable, the solution optimizes the Microsoft portfolio of enterprise applications and technologies, including:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server, including online transaction processing, data warehousing, and business intelligence solutions
  • Microsoft private cloud solutions, including server and virtual desktop initiatives

Ready for Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions

Cisco and Microsoft help companies deliver the benefits of Microsoft private cloud solutions. Support simpler deployments of private cloud environments by relying on Cisco support for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, as well as integration with System Center 2012 R2. To help you accelerate your transition to the cloud, Cisco, EMC, and NetApp offer validated designs for shared infrastructures and the Microsoft private cloud. These pretested architectural design guides help you achieve greater use of physical and virtual resource pools.

Improving SQL Server Performance and More

Cisco UCS provides efficient, cost-effective environment for SQL Server 2014.

Validated Designs & UCS Manager Downloads

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V is an important step in Microsoft's evolution. It provides an industry-leading platform for virtualization that provides a foundation both for on-premise private clouds, host-provided public clouds, and workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint. The main new features of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V include:

  • Virtualization for a heterogeneous environment with industry-leading capabilities for Microsoft Windows and Linux workloads
  • Enhanced manageability, supporting large-scale server management with the same simplicity as single-server management
  • Capability to run any application in any cloud using a common feature set for both on and off-premises deployments

The Cisco Data Center portfolio of the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) server family and Cisco Nexus switch family makes full use of these enhancements. It also adds capabilities based on Cisco experience and innovations as the industry's leading network and data center technology provider. Cisco can deliver a complete solution for your enterprise based on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V. The main Cisco technologies focused on Windows Server 2012 R2 include the following:

  • Cisco UCS server platform
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX)
  • Cisco UCS Manager, PowerTool for PowerShell and other Cisco management technologies

Efficient management of the computing infrastructure is very important for IT organizations. Cisco and Microsoft work together to provide an integrated management experience for workloads and scenarios, both physical and virtual. To that end, Cisco has developed comprehensive infrastructure management tools for your Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) data center that work with and extend tools you may already use to monitor, provision, configure, and orchestrate your Microsoft server and application software. To achieve this unified operations approach, Cisco has:

  • Developed the Cisco UCS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager, helping IT staff monitor health status for 1-to-N Cisco UCS
  • Built the Cisco UCS Integration Pack for Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator, helping administrators automate and standardize Cisco UCS management
  • Integrated Cisco UCS with Microsoft Windows PowerShell through the Cisco UCS PowerTool, making it easier for administrators to manage infrastructure alongside operating systems and applications on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers, Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers, and stand-alone Cisco UCS C-Series servers by using a command-line interface (CLI)

Cisco brings together Windows Server, Microsoft's applications, networking, storage, virtualization, and management resources into manageable and scalable data center solutions. Addressing today's critical data center concerns, these solutions rely on Cisco UCS computing infrastructure. It provides an optimal environment for your Microsoft applications and virtualization and cloud-computing technologies:

Microsoft Exchange Server and Cisco

Cisco systems and solutions deliver scalability and performance for tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange mailboxes.

Microsoft SharePoint and Cisco

Cisco systems and solutions improve scalability, availability, and manageability for Microsoft SharePoint deployments.

Microsoft SQL Server and Cisco

Cisco systems and solutions are designed, tested, and documented for Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

Microsoft Virtualization and Cisco

Cisco systems and solutions, plus Microsoft virtualization, can help you reduce costs, increase agility, and improve business results.

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