VMware and Cisco have joined forces to provide shared data center, virtual desktop, and cloud solutions through virtualization of the network and IT infrastructure. Both companies advocate data center virtualization as the preferred strategy to improve return on assets, reduce operational complexity, and increase infrastructure agility. Together, Cisco and VMware deliver a standards-based, cohesive, unified environment that easily scales to meet the needs of the business while reducing total cost of ownership.
Cisco and VMware are market-leading, innovative companies with a long history supporting the virtualization of data center resources. Their joint solution sets can help you intelligently tackle the most prevalent and persistent data center challenges.
VMware vSphere and Cisco UCS: Enabling Pervasive Virtualization
Cisco Uni?ed Computing System (UCS) is a next-generation data center platform that accelerates the delivery of new services simply, reliably, and securely through end-to-end provisioning and migration support. In tandem with VMware vSphere software—the industry’s most complete and robust virtualization platform—Cisco UCS brings unprecedented support for virtual environments. This seamless integration enables:
- Deploy applications quickly and securely. Applications, virtual machines, or virtual desktops are secured across the network with heightened security, availability, and performance.
- Increase business agility. As business requirements change, it’s fast and easy to deploy or redeploy server resources.
- Achieve lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Simplified architecture results in fewer components to purchase, power, cool, configure, and manage.
Horizon View and Cisco UCS: Virtualizing the Desktop
Horizon View enables companies to deliver virtual desktops as a managed service, delivering the entire desktop—including the operating system, applications and data—across a variety of network conditions. Running Horizon View on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) allows users to simultaneously deliver unparalleled desktop data security, superior desktop scalability and management, and bring substantial reductions to total cost of ownership, while preserving an excellent user experience. With Horizon View and Cisco UCS, users can:
- Enable just-in-time provisioning and integrated role and policy-based management to support a mobile workforce while maximizing control and utilization of corporate infrastructure resources.
- Define quality of service (QoS) for individual or groups of desktops, both online and offline, and
- Automatically balance desktop workloads across the infrastructure providing excellent user experience, while managing user data with storage tiers for campus and remote offices alike.
VMware and Cisco Nexus 1000V: Virtualizing the Network
The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series is a full-?edged Cisco® NX-OS Software switch which gives network administrators the same features, capabilities, and management functions that they have on traditional hardware-based switches, but now delivered with virtual machine-level granularity. Used in conjunction with VMware vSphere and Horizon View, it enables users to:
- Automate network virtualization. Easily create an automated, controlled environment that is resilient to failures and responsive to changing requirements without complexity or operational overhead.
- Increase collaboration. The common interface allows the network, server, and application teams to work together across their IT silos. for individual or groups of desktops, both online and offline, and
- Secure virtual machines and desktops. The ability to securely manage the network, application and user rights around specific virtual machines and virtual desktops allows customers to benefit from virtualization at a lower TCO with a higher ROI.
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The Cisco-VMware partnership focuses on creating a flexible and efficient data center by virtualizing network and IT assets. Visit the
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