When Cisco first introduced FCoE in 2008 we knew that it was going to be the foundation for something very powerful in the data center. FCoE combined the best of both worlds in the Data Center – Ethernet and Fibre Channel storage – and allow them to run side-by-side using the same wire. It’s a very simple concept, but with broad-reaching and profound implications: now, instead of needing two wires, you only need one. Instead of needing two different types of switches, you only need one.And now FCoE is been recognized by our customers and industry peers as Market Leader and voted no.1 for 5th time!
IT Brand Pulse, today announced the results of brand leader surveys conducted in January 2014 covering Servers, Converged Systems and Converged Networking. Survey respondents were asked which vendors they perceive as the leader in thirteen product categories. For each category, respondents chose the brand leader in Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service and Support, and Innovation.
For FCoE Switches, Cisco established brand leadership for the fifth consecutive year with an all-encompassing win in Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation
Cisco also took over the Embedded Blade Server Networking Market spot for the first time in several years, and IT pro perceptions also showed Cisco as the Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation leader. Market share leader NetApp/Cisco FlexPod extended its reach into the brand awards by being tapped as the Converged System Market, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation champion.
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Earlier this year Cisco announced the Cisco Prime Virtual Network Analysis Module (vNAM), an integral component of the Cisco Cloud Network Services portfolio. While a virtual NAM has been available on the Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform (a UCS appliance for virtual services), it has not been available in a generic VM form factor, which now provides greater deployment flexibility for NAM customers, as they look to monitor application and network performance in their virtual data centers. The result is greater visibility at more points in the network.
Cisco Prime vNAM combines application-awareness with the ability to look deeper into various network overlays, such as VXLAN, LISP, and CAPWAP, to deliver rich analytics that help assure services levels, accelerate operational decisions, and increase business agility. Its versatility permits it to be used to:
- Monitor workloads in multi-tenant cloud deployments
- Analyze network usage by application, host or virtual machine (VM) to identify unusual traffic patterns or bottlenecks that may affect performance and availability
- Troubleshoot performance problems consistently across physical and virtual environments
- Take advantage of an integrated web-based interface to remotely manage a site
- Validate infrastructure updates such as WAN optimization, Cisco TrustSec, and quality-of-service policy changes
Prime vNAM can be deployed in the cloud to monitor hosted workloads, at remote sites to monitor the end-user experience, or almost anywhere in the network to eliminate blind spots.
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“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future” – Jedi Master Yoda.
Yoda image credit: www.yodaquotes.net
“Planning for the future can be challenging . To effectively prepare for the unknown it is best to design into any plans, the added flexibility. This is especially true with IT. ” wrote Amit Jain
In a very clear article , published for the NetApp Community , Amit explores solutions to wire your data center storage network once with a flexible network technology that can be re-configured through software to run any storage protocol
Wether you are ready to make the transition from FC to Ethernet or not, Amit suggests elegant architectures which provide maximum flexibility.
He explains on one hand the primary reasons to adopt Multi-hop and end-to-end FCoE, on the other hand the advantages of Cisco 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks with Unified Port (UP), and the new functionalities provided by NetApp Unified Target Adapter (UTA 2), which prepare you for a future transition if you decide to wait .
“Ethernet-based data center infrastructures offer a degree of future-proofing because the physical transport can support multiple protocols and data traffic types, including block and file storage traffic” insists Amit.
To stay ahead of the game, I encourage you to read here the full article, and to check Amit’s series of blogs on customer adoption of end-to-end Ethernet-based Multi-protocol storage networks.
Follow Amit Jain on Twitter @amitjain_Leo
Tags: 10GbE, 10gb_ethernet, 16gb_fc, cisco_nexus, cisco_ucs_fabric_interconnect, cisco_unified_ports, FCoE, netapp_uta2, uta2
Learn how to deploy cloud connectivity for your data center with confidence and help enable critical business operations in this Data Center Design Zone webcast Series on March 11 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time.
March 11 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Cisco Virtualized Multiservice Data Center (VMDC) integrates Cisco and third-party products across the cloud computing ecosystem into a validated, end-to-end system that customers can deploy with confidence. Specifically, the Cisco VMDC Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution provides validated guidelines for cloud data center connectivity across metropolitan and geographical distances.
The VMDC DCI solution helps enable critical business operations across multiple data center sites, including:
- Application business continuity
- Application disaster recovery and avoidance
- Application geo-clustering and load balancing
- Complete workload mobility
Please join us at the March 11 webcast Hope to see you all at the webcast !
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Is the combination of cloud computing and mobility a perfect storm of security threats?
Actually, yes. And you should prepare for them as if there is a storm coming. As businesses become increasingly mobile, so does sensitive data. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by ESG,
31% of security professionals say that the biggest risk associated with cloud infrastructure services is, “privacy concerns associated with sensitive and/or regulated data stored and/or processed by a cloud infrastructure provider.”
Did you know:
16 billion web requests are inspected every day through Cisco Cloud Web Security
93 billion emails are inspected every day by Cisco’s hosted email solution
200,000 IP addresses are evaluated daily
400,000 malware samples are evaluated daily
33 million endpoint files are evaluated every day by FireAMP
28 million network connects are evaluated every day by FireAMP
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Tags: 2014 annual security report, CIO, Cisco Security, Cisco Security Grand Challenge, CiscoCloud, cloud, cloud security, data security, ESG, Internet of Everything, IoE, ITaaS, security