Cisco and Red Hat Deliver Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack

September 5, 2014 — Redhat Logo

Cisco is the market leader in integrated infrastructure—the fast growing market segment that combines server, networking, storage and management software. The new family of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions will target enterprise and mid-market customers by streamlining deployment and operation of OpenStack-based private clouds today, while providing an on-ramp to the Intercloud. Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform (UCSO) will combine Cisco Unified Computing™ (UCS), Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure(ACI) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

“Cisco is working with its partners to build the Intercloud—an interconnected, global, ‘cloud of clouds’ connecting private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer at Cisco. “As the cloud industry pivots towards open source technology, Cisco and Red Hat are expanding our relationship and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud.”

“Open source technology has emerged as the catalyst for cloud innovation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “Cisco is a market leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack. By combining our complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat have a unique opportunity to capitalise on this market disruption.”

Integrated Infrastructure for OpenStack

  • The Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure portfolio represents key building blocks ideally suited to supporting private, public, and hybrid clouds. The architecture combines the UCS servers with Nexus switching, UCS Director management, and storage access for streamlined deployment of applications and cloud services.
  • The UCSO solution is expected to feature three offerings: a Starter Edition that enables quick and easy installation for enterprise private clouds; an Advanced Edition that enables rapid deployment and operation of large scale private clouds; and an Advanced ACI Edition delivering policy-driven infrastructure deployment and operation for large scale clouds by utilising Cisco ACI.
  • In addition to 24×7 product support on Cisco and Red Hat components, customers will also have an option to purchase Solution Support, which will provide global, 24×7 access to a team of cross-trained experts.
  • UCSO Starter Edition is expected to become generally available by the end of 2014. Qualified channel partners and Cisco Cloud Consulting Services will be able to facilitate the deployment of these solutions.

Partnership expansion

  • Having worked together successfully on unified computing and networking for years, Cisco and Red Hat will accelerate collaboration around three new areas: OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. Together, Cisco and Red Hat aim to deliver a set of Intercloud-ready solutions designed to bring OpenStack to enterprise and service provider customers.
  • OpenStack: Cisco and Red Hat are working together to provide fully supported, certified platforms that deliver open source innovation and optimised functionality. The companies intend to collaborate to deliver validated architectures, a growing third-party ISV and IHV ecosystem, governance across clouds, and advanced services for lifecycle management of cloud solutions.
  • Application Centric Infrastructure: Cisco and Red Hat are extending the Cisco ACI policy framework to OpenStack environments, enabling customers to leverage greater policy-based automation in their cloud environments.
  • Intercloud: As the industry leader in open source technologies, Red Hat is an integral component of Cisco’s Intercloud ecosystem. In addition to developing an integrated infrastructure solution for enterprise and mid-market customers, Cisco and Red Hat intend to develop carrier-grade, service provider solutions for the Cisco Evolved Services Platform—Cisco’s software and virtualisation platform for hybrid cloud deployments. Red Hat and Cisco also collaborate around OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, and storage technologies, including Ceph.

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This release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, among others, statements regarding an expansion of the companies’ relationship, accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud,  and the companies’ unique opportunity to capitalise on market disruption that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including, among other things the ability of the companies to partner successfully, the ability to achieve expected benefits of the partnership, business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, our customer markets and various geographic regions; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; overall information technology spending; the growth and evolution of the Internet and levels of capital spending on Internet-based systems; variations in customer demand for products and services, including sales to the service provider market and other customer markets; the return on our investments and in certain geographical locations; increased competition in our product and service markets, including the data centre; dependence on the introduction and market acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological and market change; and other factors listed in Cisco’s most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed on May 22, 2014 and September 10, 2013, respectively. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change, and Cisco will not necessarily update the information.

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UXC Limited awarded Teaming Excellence Award of the Year 2013 at Cisco Australia and New Zealand’s Partner Insight Awards

UXC LogoSydney, NSW – March 25, 2014UXC Limited announced today that it has been awarded Teaming Excellence Award of the Year 2013 at the Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partner Insight Awards.  Cisco announced the winners on March 18th, 2014 at its Partner Insight Conference, as part of Cisco Live! in Melbourne.

“Cisco ANZ’s Partner Insight Awards celebrate the high achievers within our partner community. UXC Limited is a truly deserving winner of Teaming Excellence Award of the Year 2013. Its performance and achievements as a Cisco business partner in 2013 were outstanding,” said Jason Brouwers, director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco Australia and New Zealand.

Cris Nicolli, managing director, UXC Limited, said, “This award acknowledges the partnership between UXC Limited and Cisco. The collaboration and leveraging of resources across both organisations has shown incremental value and delivered successful outcomes for customers.”

Cisco ANZ’s Partner Insight Awards celebrate innovation, leadership and excellence within the business partner community. Award criteria include: innovative and architecture-led approach to success, business differentiation and strategic outcomes, and deep customer understanding.  All winners were selected by a group of Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partner and Country executives.

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Fluke Networks’ AirMagnet Survey PRO first to use real-world data to ensure Wi-Fi networks are ready for Cisco Location Services

AM SurveyApril 30, 2013Fluke Networks has announced that AirMagnet Survey PRO is the first to offer pre-configured profiles that use real-world wireless data to help wireless engineers instantly determine, with a higher level of accuracy than ever before, whether or not a network adheres to Cisco’s best practices for deploying Cisco Location Services. With just one click, organisations can improve wireless rollouts, eliminating the need for costly post-deployment redesigns.

“Cisco Location Services allows organisations to use wireless for more than just traditional connectivity so they can track devices and personnel via tags and their mobile devices on a wireless network. But, for this service to be successful, customers need to meet certain critical wireless infrastructure requirements,” said Chris Spain, vice president of product marketing for the wireless networking group at Cisco. “AirMagnet Survey PRO’s new integration of Cisco Location Services profiles allows customers to quickly gauge readiness based on real-world data, which brings a new level of accuracy to the process.”

AirMagnet Survey PRO is the industry’s most accurate solution for planning and designing 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LANs (WLAN) for optimal performance, security and compliance. For Cisco Location Services to work optimally, there are strict wireless network guidelines including access point placement, access point separation distance, minimum signal level thresholds, preparedness for voice and data coexistence, and more. Therefore, it is important to maximise the accuracy and minimise variance between simulated and real-world data when determining readiness for the service.

“When deploying key wireless services, it’s vital to survey the network and gather real-world information that is representative of actual network performance. Cisco Location Services offer customers an innovative capability that can be strategically deployed to track personnel and ensure security, but verifying that the network can support this service is critical,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Working with Cisco to optimise AirMagnet Survey PRO will help customers streamline the process and more successfully deploy Cisco Location Services based on real-world wireless data.”

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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Fluke Networks and Cisco team up to help small business customers plan the right Wi-Fi network

Fluke NetworksMay 10, 2012Fluke Networks has announced that it has teamed with Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, to offer customers AirMagnet Planner for Cisco Small Business. The solution will help Cisco small business resellers meet the challenges associated with deploying and planning an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network and help organisations better address emerging performance challenges associated with the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon.

As the No. 1 Wi-Fi planning solution in the market today, AirMagnet Planner offers predictive modeling to determine the ideal quantity, placement and configuration of Cisco Access Points (APs) for optimal security, performance and compliance. AirMagnet Planner for Cisco Small Business can take into account the wireless properties of more than 10 Cisco Small Business access points and wireless routers, including the newly released WAP121 and WAP321, to accurately design the Cisco Small Business network for maximised coverage and performance.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “Wireless is a critical business application not only for the enterprise, but also for SMBs. Ensuring these networks perform at the highest levels possible requires accurate planning and deployment. Fluke Networks AirMagnet Planner is the de facto solution for wireless network planning and we’re excited to join forces with another market leader to offer the solution to SMB customers.”

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About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit Fluke Networks.

Wavelink rolls out tested and verified interoperable IP telephony solution for small businesses

Sydney, July 1, 2010 – Wavelink Communications, a value added distributor of business IP, wireless and communication solutions has worked with Digium to test and verify the interoperability of Asterisk based PBX platforms with Cisco Small Business solutions.

As a distributor of the Digium Switchbox range, as well as a variety of interoperating SIP handsets and IP devices, Wavelink is driven to create powerful and tested IP telephony solutions for its resellers and customers. The Cisco Small Business solutions that have been tested and verified to interoperate on the Asterisk-based PBX platforms include the Cisco SPA 500 Series IP Phone and the Cisco ESW 500 Series Switch.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink Communications said, “Wavelink has worked closely with Cisco to test that all of the locally available Cisco Small Business range of handsets and IP devices work and operate together with the Asterisk-based PBX platforms. As a result of this collaboration, Wavelink customers and resellers can rest assured they are working with a tested solution set.”

Wavelink shares Cisco’s vision to provide world-class IP telephony solutions that conform to open standards to ensure quality communications infrastructures for customers.


About Wavelink

Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP, wireless and communication solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.