Cisco staged its first Networkers forum in the Middle East March 29-31.
It might not be the last.
Cisco hosted nearly 3000 people at the Formula 1 automobile race track in Bahrain, the island country in the Arabian Gulf. Engineers and other IT professionals, customer representatives, 10 key industry analysts covering emerging markets, and media listened to Cisco executives, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, and others; attended a variety of the approximately 200 individual sessions and breakouts; browsed Cisco’s World of Solutions, and . . . well . . . networked.
While jittery competitors attempt to pigeonhole the breakthrough innovations inherent in the UCS platform as best suited for a particular workload or another corner of the datacenter, the reality is that the no other line of servers can compete against the newly announced 2nd Gen UCS on a enterprise workload-basis or as a general, high-value compute platform. Consider the following:
That’s because while our competitors are busy converging infrastructure in the Hadron Collider sense of the word—ie, smashing together disparate building blocks that were never meant to coexist in the same space—Cisco is busy unifying the datacenter with a holistic view of the business benefits made possible by unlocking the synergies of network and compute. Bottom line: UCS delivers unrivaled, breakthrough application performance.
Let’s take a look at headline elements of today’s launch:
Cisco unveiled the Second Generation of UCS with 50% more cores, higher performance virtualization than other Extended Memory server, double the CPU capacity from first generation UCS, up to 160 GB/s of bandwidth per blade within current generation blade chassis and 128 virtual interfaces per card with the Cisco Virtual Interface Controller. Bottom line: UCS is now the logical choice for any workload, virtual or physical.
Cisco unveiled 2 new Nexus 2000-series modules (Nexus 2238 and Nexus 2248) with the same functionality now built into every UCS blade chassis. This technology makes it possible to build a virtual machine aware network with a single point of management across 100Mbe, 1 GbE, 10GbE and FCoE server access layers. Bottom line: Cisco FEXLink Fabric Extended technology makes it simple to create a single access layer architecture for all virtual and physical compute use cases—which, in turn, delivers unparalleled cost savings, unmatched investment protection and the full promise of business agility made possible by virtualization.
Cisco updated UCS Manager with integration with systems management tools from BMC, CA, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec and VMware. Additionally, Cisco announced the Cisco Developer Network and the availability of an API SDK, as well as a hosted validation UCS emulator, which makes it easier than write directly to the UCS platform and develop unmatched management capabilities. Plus, UCS Manager now binds power and cooling policies to UCS Manager Service Profiles for improved power management. Bottom line: UCS is simpler to manage and integrate than any other platform on the market.
Here is the current roster of UCS servers:
But wait, there’s tons more to today’s announcement:
Yes the hype is real…….Cisco WebEx Meeting Center is a new application on the Apple iPad! Now available for download from Apple App Store, users have added flexibility of collaborating with Cisco WebEx Meetings from a PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. For those Apple fanatics that are the first to get an iPad this weekend, I look forward to hearing your feedback……
Besides being a business collaborator from the newest devices, what I find even more cool and impressive is the innovation and speed to which Cisco WebEx teams developed the cloud-based application. It took less than 60 days for the development team to conquer concept design, coding, testing, and launch.
Yesterday, Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of the Emerging Technologies Business Group and Thomas Wyatt, vice president of the Digital Media Systems business unit, visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square and presided over the NASDAQ Closing Bell. Why yesterday? Well, NASDAQ and Cisco unveiled the newly designed NASDAQ Marquee in Times Square with a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the close of the market. Cisco’s Digital Signage solution is now being utilized to manage and schedule the content being displayed on the NASDAQ Marquee sign.
When my wife and I go to our favorite restaurant, one of the things we always take advantage of is the valet service they offer. While we are certainly able to find parking and walk across the parking lot, the extended Boston winters can make it more challenging than it needs to be. It’s not that we wouldn’t go to the same restaurant if it didn’t offer valet services, but it just makes it so much easier.
Apparently, this analogy is even more pronounced with consumers who are interested in setting up a wireless network in their home. Market data suggests that the home wireless network market in the US has only reached a 28% level of penetration – with complexity of install being one of the main barriers of further adoption.
Well, this has all changed this week with the introduction of our Valet line of home wireless routers that make home networking a plug-n-play experience. This latest innovation is in direct response to the needs of the market, but perhaps even more exciting is that it’s a solid proof point of the collaboration occurring between some of the newest additions to our Cisco Consumer Products Group– namely Pure Digital and Pure Networks. Think about it-- by combining the people that made capturing video easy (Flip!) with the people who focused on creating software to enhance the user experience in home networking (Pure Networks) and adding them to a team that lead the market in home networking (former Linksys) we have achieved a level of innovation that directly meets the needs of the market.
So, just like the valet service at our favorite spot enhances our dining experience, we truly believe that the Valet line will do the same thing for consumers who want the benefits of wireless connectivity. Check it out.