Set in the beautiful Lombardy region of northern Italy, Milan is the country’s business and finance capital, a vibrant, modern city built on more than 2,400 years of inheritance and tradition. This January 27th through 31st, Milan provides the perfect setting for Cisco Live EMEA, a unique educational event where presenters from Nimble Storage and other leading companies help set the agenda for the future of technology and business.
milanI’m especially excited about Cisco Live because my focus at Nimble Storage is on building out the Cisco alliance in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), based around our joint validated SmartStack solution, a reference architecture that integrates Cisco’s UCS compute and networking systems with Nimble’s storage arrays.

Since its launch a year ago, SmartStack has gained significant traction with our joint customers in EMEA, for the simple reason that it solves the problem of risk and speed of deployment for converged infrastructure through pre-validated and tested designs. Many customers already use Cisco’s compute and networking components, and SmartStack adds Nimble’s ground-up design flash-optimised storage architecture. Our typical customers are organisations in the “Mainstream Applications / Midrange Systems” market, that are looking for the best $$/IOPS and infrastructure density they can get, with a scale-to-fit architecture.

For many IT professionals, the Milan event will be their first opportunity to learn important details about the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which Cisco first announced in June 2013. ACI is a comprehensive framework with the potential to dramatically simplify how organisations provision the data centre resources (networking, servers, storage and services) that are critical to the performance of their applications. ACI looks to be an important innovation in networking architecture that will optimise infrastructure for the new breed of mobile-cloud era applications.

If you’ll be at Cisco Live in Milan, come to stand E25 to see a demo of Nimble Storage’s solution in action. Milan is often described as being vitality built on tradition – so it’s perfect for IT and data storage professionals looking to keep up with the very latest tools and techniques. See you at Cisco Live!