In this week’s episode of Engineers Unplugged, Roving Reporter Lauren Malhoit (@malhoit) talks to Adam Eckerle (@eck79) about #UCSGrandSlam and UCS as a platform. Great view of the tech from the admin perspective: “UCS is built from the ground up with virtualization in mind.” Great practical episode for anyone exploring UCS!
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RISE is an innovative architecture that logically integrates an external service appliance such as Citrix NetScaler or the Cisco Prime NAM so that it appears & operates as a service module within the Nexus 7000 Series switches.
RISE integration with the Citrix NetScaler provides features like Route Health Injection (RHI) and Automated PBR (APBR) which allow easy configuration to redirect client and server traffic to the load balancer.
Automated Policy Based Routing (APBR)
Existing solutions to have server traffic return to the load balancer are Source NAT and PBR. Using Source NAT causes applications (server) to lose the visibility to client IP, burning IP address pool for Source NAT configuration and manual configuration. Policy Based Routing (PBR) requires complex initial configuration from the user (susceptible to human errors), configuration updates when a server is added or removed which can be cumbersome as the number of network devices and servers/VIPs grow.
Auto PBR eliminates the need for Source-NAT or manual PBR configuration in an one-arm mode design of load balancers
Preserves client IP visibility for applications/servers without the need for manual PBR
APBR feature allows the NetScaler to program policies on the N7K server-facing interfaces to redirect return traffic to the NetScaler appliance set up in one-arm mode
NetScaler passes information about real servers to N7K via the RISE channel and a policy is applied on the N7K interface through which the real server can be best reached
Since it is desirable to change the SRC IP to VIP for the return traffic, the APBR policies redirect traffic to the NetScaler IP without modifying the packet
The NS appliance will then direct the packet to the client by changing the source IP to VIP
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on RISE features.
Enterprises are challenged to keep pace. That’s a big problem in a world where data and analytics form the competitive battlefield. With trends like Big Data, Cloud and the Internet of Everything are transforming our world, the possibilities are staggering.
Unfortunately, these possibilities also come with challenges:
With 25 billion connected devices by the end of 2015 and another 25 billion by 2020, data is and will continue to be sprawled out over billions of devices.
Data distribution reaches far beyond the traditional enterprise data warehouse, today data is everywhere across hybrid IT environments that span on-premise, private cloud and public cloud.
With data the lifeblood of today’s modern enterprise, business and IT stakeholders must radically change how they partner together in order to extract the most useful insight for all users. An “all hands on deck” approach to data and analytics is needed.
These are challenges CIS 7.0 is engineered to address.
Self-Service Data Gateway for Business
Leveraging the new class of easy-to-use business intelligence tools such as Qliktech, Spotfire and Tableau, as well as the increasingly powerful and ubiquitous Excel, business users have become adept at visualizing and analyzing data without IT’s help. However finding and accessing that data remains a big challenge, with long IT lead times frequently the only option. That is until CIS 7.0.
Business Directory is the first data virtualization offering designed exclusively for business self-service.
CIS 7.0’s Business Directory is the first data virtualization offering designed exclusively for business self-service. Users apply search and categorization techniques to quickly find the data they’re looking for, and then use their business intelligence (BI) tool of choice to query it. The result is far faster time to insight and translates to better business outcomes sooner.
With Business Directory, IT creates a new partnership with the business. IT provides secure, curated data sets to the business. Then the business adds domain knowledge and analytic value on the path to insight. Using CIS 7.0’s scalable platform, IT can manage security profiles ensuring users see only the data for which they’re authorized. And as new business needs arise, IT can use the CIS Studio to quickly add new data sets, often in a day or less.
Connecting Data Globally, with Control
Data virtualization’s ability to connect and deliver data with agility is well understood. As data has become increasingly distributed, data virtualization adoption has skyrocketed. This has led to highly complex, global-scale data virtualization deployments.
CIS 7.0’s Deployment Manager simplifies management of the mega-scale CIS 7.0 deployments. Deployment Manager automates the transfer views, data services, caches, policies and more across multiple CIS 7 instances. These faster, risk-free deployments provide the scalability desired, ensure compliance with software development life cycle processes and other governance practices, and reduce the cost of IT administration.
More Data Sources For Better Analysis
Everyone knows that if you can access more data sources, you can drive better, data-driven business outcomes. However the rise of new fit-for-purpose data stores from graph databases to Hadoop, as well as highly specialized industry solutions, such as the PI System in upstream energy, has made it difficult for IT to integrate all these sources at business pace.
CIS 7.0’s Data Source Software Development Kit (SDK) accelerates data adapter development. Using Data Source SDK, Cisco, system integrators and customers can build high-performance data virtualization adapters for emerging and industry-specific data sources quickly and in a way that leverages Cisco development best practices and market-leading, query optimization techniques.
Winning on the Data Battlefield
With Big Data, Cloud and the Internet of Everything disrupting data integration, the time is right for CIS 7.0. Business Directory addresses business demand for self-service data. Deployment Manager provides global-scale data virtualization with control. Data Source SDK extends data virtualization’s reach. These breakthroughs, on top of the industry’s leading data virtualization platform, will help our customers drive better business outcomes and outpace their competition.
CIS 7.0’s time in now! So get ready!
For those of you attending Data Virtualization Day, check out a sneak preview at the Solution Showcase. General availability via Cisco Support is scheduled for next month. Cisco Advanced Services and our many ATP partners are set to provide migration assistance.
To learn more about Cisco Data Virtualization, check out our page.
It is an exciting day for Cisco Data Virtualization, our data integration software that connects all kinds of data from across the network and makes it appear as if it is in one place and in one consolidated view. To see it in action, check out this video on how we replaced Denodo with our own data virtualization technology at Cisco.
Today at Data Virtualization Day, in New York City, I will be joined by customers, partners and industry experts as we launch a major update to our flagship data virtualization platform, Cisco Information Server (CIS). CIS 7.0 will enable IT departments to deliver self-service data access and enable business agility like never before.
My favorite part of Data Virtualization Day is the time I get to spend with our customers and partners, talking about shared successes and upcoming product enhancements. Since joining Cisco through our acquisition of Composite Software in July 2013, data virtualization has been a key piece of our portfolio and is a vital solution to our customers’ challenges brought on by the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cloud and Big Data trends.
Data is exploding now more than ever before. The majority of data is generated automatically by connected devices with up to 50 billion devices expected by the year 2020. The data explosion is the result of the IoE, this hyperconnection of people, process, data, and things that will create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, individuals and countries for those with ‘IoE Ready’ strategies, infrastructure and technical capabilities in place.
Cisco Data Virtualization is a key part of being ‘IoE Ready’ by connecting device data, big data, data in the cloud and traditional enterprise data in new and extraordinary ways. Organizations that tap into this data pool will be able to leverage it strategically to monitor customer sentiment and behaviors; identify market and competitive changes, anticipate market transitions while optimizing performance of assets and operations and achieving the upmost business agility. It will separate the market leaders from the rest of the pack and will turn the challenges of the IoE, Cloud and Big Data into amazing opportunities.
Many organizations are shifting traditional data center environments to cloud data environments in order to optimize data center investment, leading to more hybrid IT environments. Cisco Data Virtualization truly enables a hybrid IT model by helping our customers live in a “world of many clouds” – connecting people, communities and organizations with intelligent networking capabilities that unify resources within and between data centers and across clouds. Now our customers can deploy any hybrid IT mix they desire while retaining the access and insights they require and free from the constraints of traditional data center operations and economics.
With the pace of worldwide data growth accelerating; organizations using innovative methods for storing, accessing and analyzing data will thrive amongst their competition. There has never been a more exciting time in the history of technology, and data virtualization is at the heart of how our customers are gaining a business advantage from all of the new data at their fingertips.
Happy Data Virtualization Day!
To learn more about Cisco Data Virtualization, check out our page.
Organizations are migrating to the cloud because it dramatically reduces IT costs as we make much more efficient use of resources (either ours or by leveraging some cloud provider’s resources at optimal times). When done right, cloud also increases business agility because applications and new capacity can be spun up quickly on demand (on-premises or off), network and services configurations can be updated automatically to suit the changing needs of the applications, and, with enough bacon, unicorns can fly and the IT staff can get home at a reasonable hour.
Whenever you ask a CIO-type at any of these organizations what’s holding them back from all this cloud goodness, though, more often than not the answer has something to do with security: “Don’t trust the cloud…”, “Don’t trust the other guy in the cloud…”, “Cloud’s not compliant…”. You have to be something of a control freak to be a CIO/CISO these days, and, well, isn’t “cloud” all about giving up some control, after all (in return for efficiency and agility)?
Even if you overcome your control issues and you find a cloud you can trust (even if it’s your own private cloud – we can take baby steps here…), if we are going to achieve our instant on-demand application deployment, network provisioning and cost-efficient workload placement process, it turns out all the security stuff can throw another obstacle in our way. Cloud security isn’t like old-fashioned data center security where you could just put a huge firewall in front of the data center and call it good. For secure multi-tenancy and a secure cloud overall, virtually every workload (or “every virtual workload”?) needs to be secured from every other (except for the exceptions we want to make). Some folks call this “microsegmentation”, a fancy word for an old concept, but, a fundamental requirement that cloud deployments need to address. (Spoiler alert: ACI does this very well.) Read More »