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Cisco Server Virtualization with Microsoft

Cisco UCS Proves Leadership

Deploy 20 percent more virtual desktops with Cisco UCS and Citrix hosting Microsoft Windows 7 virtual desktops. (PDF - 1.3 MB)

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Simplify Virtual Desktop Deployments

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Scale Your Virtual Desktop Environment

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Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization on Cisco UCS

Virtualize your Exchange 2010 environment on Cisco Unified Computing System.

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, delivers outstanding support and performance for virtualizing Microsoft enterprise applications. This solution simplifies server virtualization through comprehensive, end-to-end management, including:

  • Applications
  • Operating system
  • Physical and virtual servers
  • Network and storage resources

Deploy a Next-Generation Data Center Today

With Intel® Xeon® processors, plus the trusted Microsoft Windows platform, Cisco UCS provides excellent consolidation ratios of physical servers onto virtual servers. It offers high-bandwidth, low-latency networking and storage access, plus a large, cost-effective memory footprint. A simplified infrastructure eases the transition to virtualization.

The Cisco-Microsoft solution helps take advantage of current staff expertise, data center policy, and data center best practices, This leads to reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and an increased return on investment (ROI).

Give Your Organization a Competitive Advantage

The Cisco-Microsoft solution allows organizations to migrate to a powerful, best-in-class, virtualization-optimized platform that helps them compete more effectively.

Get Comprehensive, End-to-End Management

Cisco UCS unifies compute, networking, and storage access under a single point of management. The software and hardware infrastructure can be managed in an integrated, automated way. This helps improve compliance with business policies, along with industry and government regulations.

Gain Rapid Application Migration and Deployment

The Cisco-Microsoft solution reduces migration time and chances for errors that lead to application downtime. Using Cisco Service Profiles, administrators can reproduce existing physical environments, including I/O configurations, firmware levels, and settings, for risk-free migration.

Move Up to Industry-Leading Performance

Microsoft provides unrivalled support for Microsoft Enterprise Applications in virtual environments. Cisco UCS enhances application performance by combining Intel Xeon processors, cost-effective, large- memory footprint, and virtualized I/O. 10-Gbps unified fabric further accelerates performance.

Reduce Costs in Physical and Virtual Environments

Cisco UCS reduces the total number of components to purchase, power, cool, configure, manage, secure, and maintain by at least 50 percent. In addition, Microsoft Hyper-V is integrated in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, and distributed at no additional cost.

EMC, Microsoft, and Cisco have together designed, built, and validated Exchange 2010 solutions that can help customers deploy optimally efficient virtual server environments. Learn More

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers optimize performance, energy efficiency, and flexibility for virtualized and nonvirtualized applications.

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

Address fluctuating workload challenges through a varying balance of processing, memory, I/O, and internal storage resources.

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