No one has to go it alone these days in learning social media as after all, social media is so social. Especially as we get older, it’s often easier to pick up something new if we have some hand holding and inspiration.
Tim Ferriss, the famous author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, just came out with a new book called “The 4-Hour Chef.” His message in the book is how to use cooking to learn new skills. He says once you learn cooking, apply that to inspire you to learn a new language, learn jujitsu.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbeg sets out a personal challenge for himself every year. Last year, it was eating meat only from animals he personally killed. The year before that, it was learning Chinese. This year, it’s great time management skills (now that he’ll be CEO). Read More »
Cisco ACE 30 Module for Catalyst 6500 Series switch
Application performance and reliability are critical issues for data center applications. Cisco just recently released a case study on Denver-based Johns Manville, a leading manufacturer of quality building products and how Cisco helps maximize availability and performance of their SAP inventory control system.
Johns Manville relies on an SAP business system in its manufacturing plants and warehouses for inventory management. Plant floor employees, such as forklift drivers and shipping agents, continuously enter data into the inventory management system through an SAP portal as orders are entered, packed, and shipped, and as inventory is moved. Forklift vehicles are equipped with PCs and scanners that connect to the SAP portal through wireless connections. The SAP portal also provides access to the plant intranet and other applications.
Johns Manville deployed two Cisco ACE modules in its Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series core switches to load-balance incoming SAP inventory control traffic to the least-busy servers. The module uses best-in-class application-switching algorithms and highly available system software and hardware to increase application availability. A single module can manage up to 16 Gbps of application traffic, and up to 64 Gbps with four modules in a single Catalyst 6500 Series switch chassis. Read More »
Tags: ACE 30 Module, Catalyst 6500, Cisco ACE
The transformation of video and its accoutrements, all in IP, is a reality that’s alive and well in the Great North. And before Spring begins its spectacle, we wanted to give a nod to our Canadian colleagues about the hotbed of IP video activity that’s going on in that important territory.
First, on February 7, TELUS announced plans to add a mobile component to its successful Optik TV service, calling it “Optik on the Go.” That way, consumers in Alberta and British Columbia get a simple, straightforward way to view Optik TV content, across a range of devices.
It’s a continuation of a 10 year strategy for our friends to the north, who decided way back in 2000 to transition to an “all IP” configuration, from end to end. Read More »
Tags: canada, Rogers, Service Provider, TELUS, video, videoscape
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