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Expand Automation Effectively

Cisco UCS with VMware vRealize Operations simplifies infrastructure management.

Expand Automation Effectively

Realize the Benefits of a Software-Defined Data Center

Virtualization and software-defined networking and storage offer immense value for your business. Cisco and VMware continue to innovate in this arena. We provide tightly integrated solutions, so you can transition your environments easily and cost effectively.

Visit Cisco’s booth at VMworld to learn how our technologies, including the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and VMware vRealize Operations, work better together. Read more in this blog post.

Our approach supports VMware products with rapid deployment to increase productivity and agility. Together, we help you gain the advantages of a software-defined data center.

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Benefit from Integration

Increase automation and proactively monitor your infrastructure’s performance.

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Provision vSAN Nodes Faster

Use VMware vSAN with the Cisco UCS reference architecture, and boost security too.

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Cisco Unified Computing System and VMware

The integration of Cisco UCS and VMware tools brings you the benefits of a software-defined data center (SDDC). These solutions simplify your daily operations. At the same time, they enhance business agility, manageability, security, and performance of your infrastructure. And they save you money.

Cisco continues to work with VMware to deliver business benefits by expanding our SDDC solutions, such as the following:

Cisco UCS management with VMware vRealize: Expedite problem resolution and achieve greater levels of automation to reduce the total cost of ownership.

VMware Virtual SAN: Optimize the management of shared distributed data stores across hard disks and solid-state drives to reduce storage costs significantly.

Cisco UCS Virtual Machine Fabric Extender: Connect virtual machines directly to physical network interface cards. Bypass the hypervisor and software switching to gain up to 37 percent better network performance.

Groupe Agrica Simplifies Operations

By deploying the Cisco Nexus 1000V, Groupe Agrica operates in a virtualized environment using the same networking interface and tools used in physical environments. (PDF - 577 KB)

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Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch and VMware vSphere

Server, network, storage, and application virtualization present challenges because a server must host multiple applications with different security, compliance policy, and service-level requirements. The Cisco Nexus 1000V automates this process, accelerating virtualization and significantly lowering costs.

  • It extends Cisco security, policy enforcement, automated provisioning, and diagnostics features into VMware vSphere environments, tightly linking network and server resources.
  • Network and security policies automatically follow each virtual machine as it moves across physical servers. Policies can be mapped down to the virtual machine level. Thus, workloads with different security, regulatory, and service-level requirements can coexist without compromising policies.
  • This is done without manual intervention, to improve IT staff productivity and reduce the risk of error.

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Cisco UCS SmartPlay with VMware Horizon View (PDF - 483 KB)

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Take Control of the Desktop

Desktop Virtualization with VMware Horizon View and Cisco Unified Data Center can deliver truly scalable solutions that simplify management, optimize user experience, and offer superior price-to-performance ratios for customers of all sizes. These VDI solutions, delivered as part of Cisco VXI and fully integrated with VMware vCenter, offer:

  • An industry-leading fast-growing blade server solution and currently the most widely adopted virtualization platforms
  • Superior price-to-performance ratio so organizations can grow their deployments to match business demands
  • Simplified provisioning and operations model that can spin up virtual desktops in minutes instead of hours or days
  • Uncompromised user experience, consistent across user devices and locations, delivered across a QoS-enabled data center and network infrastructure
  • Accelerated path to VDI ROI with competitively priced infrastructure and software bundling that reduces virtual desktop deployments risks and initial capital outlay

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Cisco and VMware Services and Support

The partnership between Cisco and VMware's helps you realize the full value of virtualization:

  • As a VMware Premier Partner, Cisco has access to VMware's latest technical information, design criteria, and best practices to deploy and support solutions that deliver the full power of VMware vSphere, VMware View, and Cisco data center solutions.
  • Customers receive superior customer care, whether they purchase a joint solution from VMware or from Cisco, from technical experts certified on both platforms.
  • Cisco's Advanced Services experts have deep expertise in both Cisco and VMware solutions to ensure your virtualization solutions take full advantage of the benefits of both platforms.
  • Accelerated path to VDI ROI with competitively priced infrastructure and software bundling that reduces virtual desktop deployments risks and initial capital outlay