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Unifying the Entire Data Center Infrastructure

Unifying the entire Data Center infrastructure. To quote “Lucky” Ned Pepper from the film True Grit, “That’s bold talk for a one-eyed fat man, Kamp.” Well okay, I could lose a few pounds and admit to nearsightedness at my advancing years, but I am really good with this kind of bold talk my friends.

Cisco did make a bold announcement this week announcing  innovations across the entire Data Center portfolio. Yes, it’s alot of really cool stuff including Cisco Nexus (7000 family and 5000 Series),  the new ultra-low latency platform Cisco Nexus 3000, Cisco MDS storage switches, the Cisco Unified Computing System™,  Cisco Data Center Network Manager, and Cisco NX-OS. That’s servers, storage, Ethernet switching, management software. Bottom line here is that other companies--the competition announces pieces of a vision and even solid competing products, but only ONE company can serve up the whole enchalada, and that is Cisco.  

Do you need more proof? You betcha we have it. Look it’s Cisco that delivers Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) that is utilized by the end user. It’s Cisco that delivers unifed port capability on ALL the ports in the new Nexus 5548UP and 5596UP switches. It’s Cisco tht delivers industry leading low latency (less than 1usec port to port), in a high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet Nexus 3000. It’s Cisco that delivers  industry-leading standards-based innovation--Cisco fabric extender technology (FEX) that enables customers to build a single, modular fabric that extends from Cisco Nexus switches to Cisco Unified Computing System servers to adapters and to virtual machines. It’s only Cisco that can deliver the Unified Computing System C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server designed to power transaction-intensive applications and doubles the memory capacity of comparable 2-socket traditional servers. It’s Cisco that delivers new Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) that enables SAN, LAN, and server teams to cohesively manage converged end-to-end data center networks up to 150,000 ports. It’s Cisco that delivers the NX-OS data center operating system that provides high availability and supports a unified data center fabric.

You get the point, this is about consistent long term leadership in Data Center fabric evolution and innovations (since 2008, in fact). So I reject the contention from some pundits that Cisco has some catching up to do.  And I quote Forrester analyst Andre Kindness who participated in the live March 30 announcement of these advances who said, “Cisco is on the right track and leading the next-generation Data Center.”

To sum up it’s Cisco’s continuing innovations for virtualized and cloud environments that deliver industry-leading convergence from server edge to storage array. To quote one of the world’s most famous orators Charlie Sheen, “Winning!” 

Continuing Innovations for virtualized and cloud environments that deliver:

-Industry-leading convergence from server edge to storage array
-Data Center Fabric flexibility, scale, security and mobility
-Fabric compute for physical and virtual environments

Join Our Live Broadcast March 30th on Cisco’s Leading Data Center Innovations

March 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm PST

On March 30th Cisco will announce the evolution and vision for Cisco’s Data Center Fabric approach.  Cisco has made no compromises for new solutions and offerings to the virtualized and cloud environments that deliver Data Center Fabric flexibility, scale, security and mobility.  In addition, you will hear about the latest industry-leading end-to-end storage convergence and also how Cisco has combined LAN & SAN together to ease network manageability.

From an analyst perspective, Forrester’s Senior Analyst Andre Kindness will be a guest speaker to provide his view of the four stages of virtualization maturity and the current trends in cloud computing.   Also a video clip from Cindy Borovick, IDC’s Research Vice President will be discussing the drivers and benefits of fabric-based computing talk about the strategic role of data center fabric.

To join this on-line global launch on Wednesday, March 30, 9:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m. Pacific TimeClick here to register.

CTIA Wireless 2011 — Maybe an Uptick?

Musings and mutterings from the annual CTIA Wireless event this week in Orlando, Florida — while trying to recover from the eardrum damage caused by the constant pounding bass coming from the LG booth . . .

 • CTIA had clearly been declining the last few years. It will be interesting to see what the official attendance figure is, but the impression was that there were more people on the floor this year . . . even after giving the official number the obligatory haircut.

• Still, the CTIA major domos apparently are the only people who don’t realize that the show would have much more impact if moved to the late summer or early fall. A March event too closely follows Mobile World Congress (mid-February) – a far larger, more global and more influential show. Even the announced move to May for the 2012 CTIA should not make that much difference. Many vendors will still make their major announcements in Barcelona.

• At both MWC and CTIA this year, applications and applications enablement were huge focuses. Not just the network itself.

• Traffic offload from mobile networks, particularly WiFi offload, was big. “I’m doing a lot more research on 3G offload,” one analyst remarked. Another said, “The offload issue is something we’re trying to get our arms around for a major report, particularly as it relates to small-cell offload.”

• As at Mobile World Congress, IP was more relevant than ever at CTIA.

• Also – the relationship between content providers and mobile operators.

• AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA, announced just prior to CTIA, was understandably a big topic of conversation. “AT&T was behind T-Mobile on HSPA+, and T-Mobile has the fastest network in the world,” one analyst claimed. “So the acquisition was no surprise to me.”

• Data, particularly mobile data, keeps coming on. No surprise there . . .

• There was discussion of IMS – “. . . Back for one last shot . . . walking around the show floor at CTIA, the evidence was in plain sight,” one wrote.

• Spectrum exhaust and the continued increase in social networking got a lot of attention.

• The RAN was another big subject for discussion. “We’re really upping our coverage of the RAN,” analysts from one firm said. “It’s clearly where the market is going.”

• Analyst comment – “The U.S. needs to open up more spectrum if LTE is to work.”

• Two analysts spoke highly of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index – “There’s nothing else like it out there,” one said. “It pulls information together from a variety of sources, so it has a lot of credibility.”

And the Oscar goes to……

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Cisco’s ASR 5000 Supports Largest 3G Deployment in India

The Cisco ASR 5000 continues its momentum.  

Just a week after announcing that Russian operator Megafon would deploy the ASR 5000 in its regional network.  Now, Cisco has announced completion of a new mobile network for Reliance Communications, with the ASR 5000 as a key element.  The network will cover 100,000 square kilometers — the largest 3G deployment in India.  

With this new network, Reliance customers will be able to experience new mobile services such as high-quality video telephony and high-speed mobile data, along with enhanced music downloads, instant messaging and online gaming.

The deployment also paves the way for implementation of the Cisco® MOVE (Monetization, Optimization, Videoscape Experience) framework, which was announced in mid-February.  Cisco’s MOVE empowers mobile operators like Reliance to better manage, enhance and take financial advantage of the rapidly growing volume of mobile data traffic.