Today, Cisco introduced the Third-Generation of Fabric computing. The power of unification can be seen in all aspects of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). It unifies physical and virtual compute environments. It integrates the server and network access. It also unifies and simplifies the management of rack and blade servers. The choice between using blade and physical server is not obvious and usually sparks a heated debate. The Cisco UCS Manager with B-Series blades and C-Series Rack-mount servers makes this argument moot.
Without passing judgment on whether rack or blade servers are better, lets begin by listing the benefits of the two form factors. Blade server use is growing and there are many reasons for this:
- Data center space / Power / Cooling constraints – Data center space can get expensive depending on the location. In this CBS 60 minutes segment, proximity to the stock exchange is extolled. This fascinating video shows the collocation of data centers in urban nerve centers. I am sure data center space in these locations commands a premium. Energy efficiencies also become important in the overall cost structure. Power constraints may also favor the use of blades that consume less power than equally powerful rack mount servers.
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Tags: Cisco UCS, UCS Manager
Today Cisco announced an expanded portfolio of third generation UCS Networking products that improve Datacenter scalability, performance and agility with industry leading capabilities. The announcement includes the following new products:
1. A new Fabric Interconnect (Cisco UCS 6296UP) that doubles the switching capacity of the data center fabric to improve workload density (from 960Gbps to 1.92 Tbps), reduces end-to-end latency by 40 percent to improve application performance and provides flexible unified ports to improve infrastructure agility and transition to a fully converged fabric
2. A new Chassis I/O Module (Cisco UCS 2204XP) that offers enhanced resiliency and utilization with Port Channeling, and an option for 80 Gbps, in addition to 160 Gbps, down to each chassis (from 80Gb to 320Gb to the blade) to handle workload bursts
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Tags: Central Switch, Cisco Virtual Interface Card, Fabric Extender, Fabric Interconnect, IO module, network adapter, virtual adapter, VM-FEX
Outsourcing IT support lets you reduce IT costs and focus your efforts on what your company does best
Small companies are proliferating in every industry, from health care to hospitality and financial services to technology. But regardless of their industry, all small companies face similar challenges when it comes to their IT networks. Despite a lack of in-house IT resources, small businesses must keep their networks running reliably at top speeds. At the same time, they need to watch their budgets by reining in IT operational costs and limiting IT investments. For an increasing number of small businesses, the answer to these problems is relatively simple: managed services.
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Tags: managed_services, managed_support, outsourcing, small_business
In recent years, the financial industry has witnessed a revolution. To discuss, debate, and seek a bit of consensus on the crucial issues impacting the industry, I met earlier this year in New York with a team of experts at the Electronic Trading Innovation Council. For the event, Cisco partnered with the founders of the council, Julio Gomez and Clay Booma. I was joined by my Cisco colleagues Aron Dutta, co-managing director for financial markets, Cisco IBSG; Chris O’Connell, Cisco’s head of strategy for alternative investment markets; and Dave Malik, Cisco’s technology & architecture lead. The other participants represented a wide range of financial and tech-based firms, including BNY Mellon, Citi, Credit Suisse, Lazard Freres, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, State Street, UBS, Equinix, Savvis, and Tervela.
It was a great team, and the roundtable meetings benefited from a vast body of knowledge and a high level of participation. Read More »
Tags: capital, Cisco, Council, electronic, financial, high frequency, IBSG, innovation, liquidity, markets, network, technology, trading, transactions
Unless you have been asleep behind the wheel of your network, you know the IPv6 Internet will go live on June 6th, 2012 and Cisco is taking a leading role. If you didn’t make it to Paris a few weeks back for v6 World Congress there are two upcoming events in Denver, Colorado where you can learn about deploying IPv6 in your network: March 20 and April 9-11.
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