Only a few weeks remain for the Fall season to officially set in, and it’s still quite hot in Washington DC. The fast approaching F5 Agility event is further adding a sizzle to the conference scene at the Gaylord National resort and convention center in DC.
During Aug 4-7, we are going to hear F5’s leaders, customers, and partners share how the latest solutions from F5 are transforming what’s possible for today’s organizations. In about a year’s time Cisco ACI and F5 partnership has demonstrated significant success in our joint solution momentum and customer adoption. I am pleased to invite you all to attend this premier industry event and get insights on how F5 and Cisco are bringing the power of cloud, data centers, converged systems, and as-a-Service together to enable fast, efficient, and secure application delivery in today’s challenging hybrid environments.
The keynote by F5 CEO Manny Rivelo centers on “Innovate, Expand and Deliver” and lays the foundation for your business to innovate new paths to success, expand through barriers to growth, and deliver the applications your customers need to succeed. Manny will take you a tour of current market trends, how F5 has grown under John McAdam’s tenure, the evolution of the F5 Platform from simple load balancer to ADC to support Cloud based business models, the growing importance of enterprise security, recent F5 acquisitions, and last but not the least the growing eco-system of Partners. I recommend getting started with Manny’s keynote.
Following Manny, Dean Darwin, Marketing SVP of F5 will deliver F5’s forward looking vision. Dean’s session aligns well with Manny’s keynote in that he will address Innovation, thought leadership, expanding business models (like As a Service) and strategies to increase customer satisfaction and financial excellence.
In the afternoon, we have two guest keynotes. Colin L. Powell the well-known statesman and retired General and Chris Tarbell, one of the most successful cyber security law enforcement officials of all time are going to entertain you. Do not miss the opportunity to listen to these legends.
Cisco Exec Shashi Kiran is joining F5 Exec Calvin Rowland and fellow Cisco exec Matt Smorto in a panel session Aug 5. For those of you not familiar with ACI, this panel session is a great opportunity to learn how Cisco and F5 are expanding their partnership, how their combined thought leadership is advancing the SDN landscape, and customer successes and momentum experienced by Cisco ACI, F5’s BIG IP & BIG IQ in the marketplace. The panellists are seasoned industry experts and I promise it will be a treat to the attendees.
If you somehow missed the panel session, there is room to cheer. Shashi is hosting a breakout session titled “Deliver Application Agility with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure the” next day, Aug 6, 10.30 am EST. What’s unique about this Breakout Session? Well, you will get to not only hear Shashi eloquently walk you through the role of Cisco ACI in today’s Application-Oriented Economy, but also see customers and partners join him on stage and share their success stories with ACI. Shashi will discuss how emerging applications are placing huge demands on Data Center Infrastructure and how grossly unprepared they are to meet the same. Shashi will then introduce Cisco ACI, an open, scalable, programmable SDN solution that helps address these infrastructure challenges. Shashi will illustrate how Cisco’s open architecture enables seamless integration of F5 into ACI’s policy framework and how the joint solution brings unprecedented agility and end-end l2-L7 accelerated application delivery.
Shashi’s breakout as I said earlier, also features a unique Partner segment towards the end. Mark Wall, Chief Architect from WWT, will join Shashi on stage to share their ACI experiences. How often do you get this comprehensive experience in a breakout session, one that is devoid of a sales pitch. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
For the technically oriented among you, we also have a technical breakout session by Ravi Balakrishnan (Cisco) and Payal Singh (F5) Aug 3.30 PM ETA. This session covers the integration architecture, value-props, and openness of the platform that the joint Cisco ACI-F5 solution brings to customers and partners.
That is not all. Cisco ACI brings you additional customer engagement opportunity in the solutions expo hall. We are featuring cool demos showcasing our joint solutions namely, ACI-BIG IP and ACI-BIG IQ on both Aug 5 and 6, during the duration of the expo hours. Stop by the Cisco booth where are product experts are available to engage in white-board sessions and to compliment the demos, we also run short duration presentations in the Cisco theatre at periodic intervals. Should you desire, we are happy to meet you in 1-1 meetings, so let us know how we can enrich your experience at the event
For all the hard work we all do at the event, there is plenty F5 offers to let us relax and enjoy. The evening event on Aug 6 provides entertainment by Vince Neil (Motley Crew fame) allows attendees to step back and enjoy and get a prelude to their farewell tour “All Bad Things Must Come to An End” through December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Network with your fellow attendees while enjoying tasty food and drink, entertaining music, knowledgeable guides, and more are awaiting you on Aug 6.
I am eager to see you all in Washington DC next week. There are some useful links for you to check out before your visit on how Cisco ACI and F5 work together on the innovation front.
For more information, Visit www.cisco.com/go/acif5
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Tags: Cisco ACI, F5 Agility, F5 BIG IP, F5 BIG IQ, SDN
A new edition of UnleashingIT showcases a variety of companies that are taking advantage of Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure based solutions to support dramatic growth, expand services, increase uptime, and respond to changing business demands faster.
Cisco, works with industry-leading and emerging storage technology partners, to offer a tremendous choice of integrated infrastructure solutions based on UCS Integrated Infrastructure:
Integrated infrastructure has fundamentally changed how we buy and deploy compute, networking and storage. There is no longer time to build a technology environment from scratch. Integrated systems can deliver faster deployments, less risk, simplified management, and seamless scalability. Read More »
The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server continues its tradition of Industry leadership with the latest announcement of the best TPC-H benchmark result at the 3000GB scale factor in non-cluster category, in concert with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition. This TPC-H result with Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server is 57 percent faster than the HP DL580 and 47 percent less expensive, and it surpasses servers from other contenders, including Fujitsu and Lenovo as shown in the graphic below:
Results Comparisons (Source www.tpc.org as of 7/22/2015)
The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server captured a performance of 725,686 QphH@3000GB and a price/performance ratio of $1.08 USD per QphH@3000GB. The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server was equipped with four 2.5-GHz Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3 CPUs and 3 TB of memory (up to 6 TB supported). The system ran Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition. Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the TPC Results Page.
It is interesting to note that the Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server also has the top performance and price/performance record at the 1000GB scale factor. Cisco UCS C460 M4 with 588,831 QphH@1000GB and $0.97 USD per QphH@3000GB, available December 16, 2014.
The Cisco UCS C460 M4 delivers the balanced I/O, memory, and computing capacity needed for large-scale analytical and business intelligence applications. These benchmark results demonstrate the industry-leading performance you can expect when you choose Cisco UCS servers. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.
About the TPC and TPCH
The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a nonprofit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks, and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry. TPC membership includes major hardware and software companies.
TPC-H is an industry standard benchmark for decision support systems. It evaluates a composite performance metric (QphH@size) and a price-to-performance metric ($/ QphH@size) that measure the performance of various decision-support systems by running sets of queries against a standard database under controlled conditions.
The performance results described in this document are derived from detailed benchmark results available as of July 13, 2015, at http://www.tpc.org/tpch/default.asp.
Tags: Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS C460 M4 Server, Cisco UCS Performance, TPC-H Performance
Last week I introduced this topic, the pervasive problem of “comatose” servers in data centers, based upon an interesting recent eWeek article entitled “30 Percent of Servers Worldwide Sit Idle”, which in turn was based upon the research report by Stanford University in conjunction with the Anthesis Group. In my blog, I described the costs of this problem, ranging from the obvious (e.g. power and facilities) to the hidden (e.g. un-used software licenses). This week I’ll discuss why this happens and what you can do about this problem.
The Problem of Idle Servers – What Can You Do About It
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Tags: applications, Cisco Services, CiscoUCS, data center, data center facilities, energy efficiency, IT transformation, server virtualization, Servers, software asset management, software licensing
Digitization is in full swing in nearly every sector of the economy. In this atmosphere of universal disruption, every firm must be highly innovative and agile enough to respond to rapidly changing business demands. In short, the Internet has changed, companies are changing, and now IT needs to change. The Internet of Everything provides a superb opportunity — and an urgent imperative — for IT to accelerate innovation. This cannot be done without collecting and connecting data and running analysis, the backbone of IoE.
As John Chambers’ said in his latest blog, “The Marathon Sprint to go Digital: Are You Ready?” “Every market and every industry is moving from the Information Age to the digital age, and the pace of change is happening faster than ever before. Every company, city and country is realizing they must transform to survive and thrive in this new era.”
IoE is creating a new tomorrow globally. The first step of IoE is to become a digital business, by simplifying IT to undertake digital transformation. Enhancing customer satisfaction and generating improved results requires good communication, shared responsibilities and clear objectives.
Cities stand to benefit the most from IoE, connecting people, process, data, and things. Working with Cisco, in partnership with global and local innovators, cities are developing IoE-related projects, platforms, and implementations. Importantly, the IoE ambitions and scope are designed to respond to the need for real-time, context-specific information intelligence and analytics to address specific local imperatives.
Recently at Cisco Live 2015 in the World of Solutions, I saw an interesting Powertoon that shows how Smart Connected Cities can use data and analytics at the edge to prepare for the digital transformation and the Internet of Everything.
The video shows a practical use case – everyone can relate to – on how all the connected data, people and processes seamlessly working together enable better experience, rapid responses and service. Orchestrating all the vendors, processes and data via a single integration platform in the cloud is a prerequisite to orchestrate an integrated experience.
Cities around the globe are beginning to build out new digital services such as smart lighting, traffic, waste management and data analytics to reduce costs, tap new sources of revenue, create new innovation business districts and improve the overall quality of urban life. With these new digital services come high expectations around management and availability of the integrated solutions combining technology from multiple vendors and partners. In order to ensure these expectations are met solution providers need to work in a seamless ecosystem. With the number of vendors, providers and partners needed to deliver such a solution, a scalable multi-party service & support ecosystem is imperative. In order to make the smart city initiatives a success all parties involved need to collaborate and operate very efficiently. Seamless multi-party collaboration enabled by a cloud integration platform is an essential piece at the center in delivering exceptional services to the people and run a successful smart city.
Interesting view from CNN on how the cities of tomorrow could look like
Barcelona Smart City Use Case