Cloud computing is the hottest sector in IT — it is also one of the most confusing. Solutions and variations abound. So much so that potential customers can become easily confused as they face up to the private cloud, hybrid cloud, and any number of other potential options for their business. In fact, implementation anxiety is now a real concern. What they need is answers; answers to questions as simple as: "How is the technology of vendor X different from that of vendor Y?"
This webinar will provide some answers and outline Cisco's product differentiation with its cloud-ready UCS technologies, how they can be built into effective architectures, and how to effectively manage the final solutions.
The webinar will concentrate on:
- An overview of Cloud initiatives and developments
- An introduction to the UCS Range: Product Differentiators of Cisco C Series and B Series
- Example architectures: 10G, FC, FCOE
- Demonstration of UCS Manager
- How to add more value to your customers and amplify your sales percentage by attaching services
Geoff Craig, Partner Services Development Manager, Cisco Systems
Geoff Craig is a Partner Services Development Manager for Cisco’s Channel Services team and is responsible for all services business through distribution and Tier 2 partners across Australia.
For the past four years Mr Craig’s role includes market development for both technical support and professional services offerings via distribution to the channel. In alignment with Cisco’s Global Distribution strategy the current focus is to bring a more proactive or “Smart Services” approach to market. This includes providing the right services offerings and price points to enhanced profitability and simplicity for partners.
Mr Craig has over 15 years of extensive IT channel experience across hardware, software and services. He has worked for vendors including Hitachi, Lucent Technologies and Novell as well as having held both reseller and distribution positions. Mr Craig has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from The University of Newcastle in Australia.
Andrew Firth, Solutions Architect, Ingram Micro
Andrew Firth facilitates the design of storage and virtualisation solutions with key Ingram Micro business partners and is part of the Virtual Computing Environment team, a coalition of three market leaders, VMware, Cisco and EMC. He is also a member of the EMC Elite Club and the VMware vChampions Club which consist of a hand-picked team of Australia’s best EMC and VMware technical people who are able to take problem-solving to a whole new level.
ITIL and SNIA certified, Andrew has worked with many Managed Service Providers to assist with developing their ITaaS and Cloud strategies. Andrew provides high-end, technical pre-sales support and solution design backed by more than a decade’s worth of in-depth technical knowledge.
Kevin Murphy, Solutions Architect, Ingram Micro
Kevin Murphy brings considerable value to his current role in facilitating the Partner resources for the design of internetworking, storage and virtualisation solutions as part of Ingram Micro’s Virtual Computing Environment team - a coalition of three market leaders, VMware, Cisco and EMC.
Kevin enjoys the challenge of working in high-end technical pre-sales support and solution design and the direct interaction this gives him with clients. He has an in-depth technical knowledge of Cisco products and services along with a growing portfolio of associated qualifications.
Matthew Sainsbury, Editor - ARN Magazine
Matthew Sainsbury is the editor for ARN Magazine and will be moderating the webcast.