Plenty of ink has been spilled on today’s technology releases from Cisco. Most notably, Omar does a fantastic job of detailing the new technologies Cisco is bringing to market today, including Overlay Transport Virtualization and Cisco’s new 10GBase-T offerings. I’m going to embed some video below on both, but before I do, I thought I’d take a brief moment to draw out some of the exciting ramifications of OTV.
As previously mentioned, my knowledge tends toward the compute side of the house. OTV is very much a networking technology (in technical terms it allows you to overlay a Layer 3 network on top of a Layer 2 network) available for the Nexus 7000 datacenter switches starting today. However, the practical implication of this technology are very much compute and virtualization relevant. In essence, OTV easily enables full VM and workload mobility between disparate datacenters.
Already OTV is getting rave reviews from virtualization vendors, such as VMware. “Moving workloads between data centers has typically involved complex and time-consuming network design and configurations,” said Ben Matheson, senior director, global partner marketing, VMware. “VMotion can now leverage Cisco OTV to easily and cost-effectively move data center workloads across long distances, providing customers with resource flexibility and workload portability that span across geographically dispersed data centers. This represents a significant advancement for virtualized environments by simplifying and accelerating long-distance workload migrations.”
But don’t take my word for it, here’s oodles more info on OTV:
Additionally, today we also announced new 10GBase-T products to help customers ease the transition to 10GbE networking:
The big mo! That’s what everyone keep asking about Cisco’s new datacenter products. How’s uptake? How many customers? How’s business?
In case you missed yesterday’s earnings call, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on some of the Nexus and Unified Computing stats that John Chambers mentioned:
Nexus 5000 grew 450% YoY
Nexus 7000 grew 140% YoY
UCS now has more than 400 customers
UCS orders grew more than 100% QoQ
And that was all before John intimated that Nexus was poised to become a billion dollar business this year. In other words, BLAMO!
Since we are reflecting on the market traction of our datacenter products, I also thought I’d take a moment to point out the growing number of UCS customer references that are beginning to come online. As I used to do references work, I’m well aware of what a lagging indicator case studies can be of actual market traction: Every 10 leads typically result in 1 completed case study, and case studies often take 6 months or more to complete, which isn’t always helpful when the product has been shipping for two quarters. Nevertheless, the UCS case study roster is beginning to fill in nicely. Here are some highlights:
“We chose the Cisco UCS because it is built for virtualization. We looked at blade systems as well, but only the Cisco UCS supports the scale and speed we need, and in a small form factor,” says Brian Denton, chief technology officer, ExamWorks.
“Having the right footprint on the network, storage, and server side will allow us to have a lower cost structure and be more competitive,” says Larry Santucci, director of data center operations for Molina Healthcare. “We anticipate a 20 percent cost savings by using the Unified Computing System alone.”
“We cut down on the amount of people deploying software in multiple areas for specific classroom needs and requests,” says Dan Duffy, Chief Technology Officer, Seattle University. “The Cisco Unified Computing System provides centralized management across campus that modernizes our learning environment.”
“The economics of the Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus switch platform are superior and will become even more so as our service grows. And Cisco is a trusted name to potential customers,” Jas Dhillon, Chief Strategy Officer of TASER International and General Manager of TASER Virtual Systems.
It’s pretty safe to say Cisco digs video. Additionally, it’s pretty safe to say we don’t discriminate when it comes to market segments and enabling them to utilize the power of video for collaboration, communications and entertainment. Our goal is to make video pervasive across all facets of people’s lives.
On to the topic at hand. Yesterday, we announced some big news on the TelePresence (Collaboration / Video) front. First, we announced the release of an interoperability protocol to the public domain that allows multi-screen TelePresence systems to interoperate. This is a very significant step in creating a new open standard for TelePresence, similar to other industry video standards. Secondly, we announced two new endpoints (Cisco TelePresence System 3010 and 3210) that offer better energy utilization and data-sharing experiences. Lastly, we announced five new Cisco TelePresence experiences designed for teaching; brainstorming, design meetings and other active collaboration sessions; remote demonstrations; concierge services; and webcasting and session recording. Pretty big steps for Cisco in continuing to drive the TelePresence (Collaboration / Video) market.
Social networking for sure is a power tool for personal connection and is becoming more important in corporate business today. As enterprise businesses across the globe put it in their tool kits it comes with the need for IT involvmement and a bit more governance, at least that’s what we are finding out. Cisco comissioned a two part study to learn more about the the impact of social networking and collaboration applications in the enterprise with leading business schools in the United States and Europe and got some great insights to share.
Check out the video from Neil Hair of the Rochester Institute of Technology, discusses two of the study’s most interesting findings: the proliferation of social media tools to new areas of the business and the growing need for governance models.
We’ve been saying it for a while, but if you haven’t believed us to date, this year’s CES 2010 (Las Vegas) certainly is proof that Video Changes Everything. Rising above the clamor of the latest gimmicks & gadgetry was a consistent reminder that the much talked about impending video revolution is now squarely upon us. As one of the few companies that participates in nearly every form of video, Cisco was once again in the center of the action. Specifically, Cisco made the following announcements: