FlexPod In the Enterprise — GE and More

In a recent post I made the case that the FlexPod is not JUST an SMB solution for IaaS, but has been quite successful in the enterprise space as well.  Well it turns out that GE (General Electric) will be speaking at Cisco Live in June to share details and best practices on how they use the FlexPod to provide cloud services to their global business units.

Also, the University of Tennessee will be hosting a session on a FlexPod powered solution which provides over 27,000 students and staff access to virtual desktops and applications.  Details below:

Transforming GE’s Cloud with FlexPod (1:30pm Tuesday, June 12th — BRKPCS-4387)

Learn how General Electric’s corporate IT function supports global business units with private cloud and desktop virtualization solutions built on Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus and NetApp storage as part of the pre-validated FlexPod architecture.

Cisco Data Center Technologies VP Paul Perez and NetApp Solutions and Integrations Group VP Patrick Rogers will join GE Principal Technologist Steven Fearn to discuss how GE has designed and deployed its cloud environment, best practices, the evolution of data center technologies, and new business models created by IT’s transformation into a service organization.

  • Steve Fearn, GIS Principal Technologist , GE
  • Patrick Rogers, VP Data Center Platforms, PASM HQ, NetApp,
  • Paul Perez, CTO, Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit, Cisco

University of Tennessee Launches Their Virtual Desktop Revolution (Wednesday, June 13th — BRKPCS-4381)

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville launched “Apps@UT,” a program implementing Citrix XenDesktop that runs on a Cisco infrastructure to deliver full Windows desktops and applications as an on-demand service. Apps@UT will give UT Knoxville’s more than 27,000 students and staff anytime access to virtual desktops, applications, personal files and network resources.

Join Mike Stanley, Sr. IT Director, University of Tennessee and Sean Connelly, Sr. Director Enterprise Services, Citrix Systems as they discuss and share the virtual desktop revolution underway at UT, including:

  • UT’s vision for delivering apps and desktops to students and faculty to provide a higher degree of flexibility and availability of technology to them.
  • UT’s critical decision points in designing and deploying Citrix XenDesktop on the Cisco UCS platform with NetApp storage as part of a FlexPod datacenter architecture.
  • How UT optimized the performance of networks, applications and services.
  • How UT expects to save time and resources by enabling easy, centralized management of desktops and applications; reduce the cost of software refreshes, security patches, and other maintenance.
  • How UT will introduce new, thin clients, as older PCs in the university labs are phased out and replaced under the Apps@UT program to generate energy savings and reduce both the frequency and cost of hardware refreshes.


For more details check out the Cisco Live Session Catalog.

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