Desktop Transformation Perspectives

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Journey to the Virtual Workspace

Learn directly from industry experts on how to successfully navigate your organization to desktop virtualization. Think beyond the desktop, and begin looking at how your organization can unify virtual desktops with communications and rich media to deliver the ultimate user experience.

In this series, experts will discuss strategies for planning your desktop transformation, critical considerations across your IT organization, and tips for greater implementation success.

Topics are suited for IT managers for desktop services, data centers, security, unified communications, networking, and applications.

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April 8th is Coming: Are You Still On Windows XP? Many IT environments are facing the challenge of moving to newer O/S releases like Windows 7, while others wrestle with the cost associated with upgrading client hardware to support that move. The Windows XP End-of-Support milestone presents a compelling opportunity to evaluate your desktop strategy, while intercepting important trends including BYOD, an increasingly mobile workforce, and escalating demands for business productivity and continuity. For many organizations, technologies like VDI and application virtualization can help ease the transition, but not without some hurdles. Attend this webinar to hear from Cisco field experts on how you can increase your chances for Windows XP Migration Success.

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Panelist: Shawn Kaiser, Technical Solutions Architect
Panelist: Erwin Vollering, Cisco Advanced Services Consultant
Moderator: Tony Paikeday, Cisco Solutions Marketing
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Dec 5 2013
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  • Many IT environments are facing the challenge of moving to newer O/S releases like Windows 7, while others wrestle with the cost associated with upgrading client hardware to support that move. The Windows XP End-of-Support milestone presents a compelling opportunity to evaluate your desktop strategy, while intercepting important trends including BYOD, an increasingly mobile workforce, and escalating demands for business productivity and continuity. For many organizations, technologies like VDI and application virtualization can help ease the transition, but not without some hurdles. Attend this webinar to hear from Cisco field experts on how you can increase your chances for Windows XP Migration Success.

    Speakers:
    Panelist: Shawn Kaiser, Technical Solutions Architect
    Panelist: Erwin Vollering, Cisco Advanced Services Consultant
    Moderator: Tony Paikeday, Cisco Solutions Marketing
  • Desktop virtualization deployments can easily face an escalating CAPEX burden, driven in large part by the cost of servers, storage and networking. In this session you will hear how industry leaders Cisco, Citrix and EMC deliver a high performance, scalable infrastructure for concurrently running Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp while reducing costs with tiered storage architectures. We'll share best practices you can follow to scale seamlessly from a few seats of XenDesktop and XenApp to thousands, bootable in minutes. Come and learn how Cisco VM-FEX, Nexus 1kv, Tier-0 storage and other innovations can optimize your UCS-Citrix deployment environment.
  • Designing and configuring production-ready Desktop Virtualization infrastructures takes planning and expertise. Frequently that expertise is engaged in the form of a professional services contract. But how do companies cope with the realities of expanding those services once the implementation team has moved to other projects?

    Cisco Advanced Services consultants will share some of the best practices and related solution offerings that have helped customers around the globe automate their virtual desktops deployments. With a repeatable service engagement framework and a field-proven set of software capabilities, Cisco will demonstrate how you can deliver scalable self-service virtual desktop offerings that include all the main elements commonly associated with Private Cloud frameworks.

    Our senior technical consultants will also illustrate how orchestrating and automating common and repetitive functions enables highly-skilled staff to focus on innovative IT projects while letting software take care of the day-to-day configuration and deployment tasks.
  • Cisco and its ecosystem partners are attacking the pain points traditionally associated with deploying desktop virtualization: cost, complexity, and performance with scale. Four new reference architecture types for desktop virtualization combine best-of-breed technologies with the Cisco Unified Computing System to deliver prescriptive design guidance for IT environments of all sizes.
  • Are you responsible for sizing and implementing the server platform that will host your organization’s VDI implementation? Ever wonder what effect the number of processor cores has on VDI performance vs. core speed? What about the number of vCPU? Our team of VDI-proficient Consulting Systems Engineers have some insights to share that may have you thinking differently about the impact and importance of choices you can make when designing your compute infrastructure for VDI.

    BONUS: Join us for this session packed with valuable insights, and we’ll provide you with a complimentary brief that explores the findings!
  • This webcast will review the blueprint for successful virtual desktop deployments provided in the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for VXI. These design guides are newly available and give an assessment and the benefits from working with hundreds of customers to build out a robust virtual desktop solution that is collaborative, secure and mobile.
  • Companies deploying the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution are seeing significant business benefits that include substantial savings in administrative and operating costs—not to mention increased productivity, effectiveness and agility. this webcast will share with attendees how to apply the right framework for your business to asses business value, give Customer examples of Business benefits and TCO from Cisco VXI, including both quantitative and qualitative benefits and Use case examples of how companies are benefiting from VXI.
  • As organizations evolve, seeking to find greater competitive advantage, faster time to market, increased business process resiliency, and reduced costs, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is rapidly growing as a preferred means to address these fundamental challenges. This new landscape is creating an increasingly de-centralized operating model for corporations as they leverage talent pools across a global footprint, embracing a “follow the sun” approach to delivering efficient 24x7x365 services to their clientele, or tapping into distributed resources that can reduce operating costs. Attend this session to learn about real world implementations of desktop virtualization that address this increasingly important use case.
  • Like many businesses, Cisco IT is implementing desktop virtualization to support changing work styles while lowering IT costs and reducing risks. Virtual desktops are a critical element of Cisco IT’s next generation workspace strategy is to enable employees, partners and contractors with maximum flexibility to securely access any application, on any device, at any location, anytime.

    Join us, as Richard Whitmarsh, Senior IT Manager leading the VDI program at Cisco, reveals the business drivers, use cases, challenges, results and lessons learned associated with Cisco’s initial deployment of 2000 virtual desktops. He will also discuss some of the design and architecture obstacles and how Cisco IT overcame these to achieve a secure, scalable and cost effective implementation based on the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) Smart Solution.

    If you are looking to for best practices for scaling your desktop virtualization deployment, this is a webcast you won't want to miss.
  • According to ABI Research, the worldwide market for hosted virtual desktops is forecast to grow from about $500 million in 2009 to a cumulative total of nearly $5 billion in 2016. While desktop virtualization is on the rise, few businesses have implemented broad scale adoption. Despite the robust solutions provided by virtual desktop software vendors like Citrix and VMware, the network remains the critical path for delivering an excellent and secure virtual desktop experience.

    If you are rethinking your network strategy to support virtual desktops, you won’t want to miss this session. Our networking experts will share a framework for preparing your network to support virtual desktops at scale with a high quality user experience, including:
    - Handling of rich media and display protocols
    - Strategies for prioritizing virtual desktop traffic
    - Scaling the WAN to support more sessions within the same pipe
    - Securing access from any device, anywhere
    - Simplifying management

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