Satinder Sethi describes Cisco’s approach to big data—a unique combination of high-performance, high-capacity infrastructure technology with unified management features and best-of-breed partner solutions. The resulting big data solutions deliver an unprecedented choice of complete, validated architectures. Built on the Cisco Unified Computing System* (Cisco UCS*) which can be easily provisioned to meet demanding enterprise applications, Cisco’s big data architectures are available in three configurations to meet different use cases: basic, high performance, and high capacity. By offering tested, validated configurations, Cisco helps customers operationalize big data for enterprise environments. Cisco works closely with our partners—including Cloudera, EMC Greenplum, MapR, Oracle, and ParAccel—to optimize for performance or capacity and then builds a complete appliance-side capability from the data perspective.