This has been a very busy Spring for our Cisco Unified Computing System Marketing team. I have been to several events including EMC World 2012 and Microsoft Management Summit 2012 where the Cisco UCS (Leader in Gartner Magic quadrant for Blade servers) was featured. Some of my colleagues also attended Interop Las Vegas 2012 and Gartner IT Infrastructure and Operations Management 2012. I had the opportunity to discuss how the UCS is changing data center economics with an innovative design in the VCE booth theater.
I had several interesting conversations with customers regarding Cisco UCS Manager, the embedded device manager, which simplifies server management in the data center. Customers spanned the entire gamut from those who had purchased the UCS three years ago when it was just introduced to those evaluating the product today. The following video summarizes the discussions.
I also attended the keynote address by VMWare CEO Paul Maritz, and found his talk fascinating. He alluded to two megatrends affecting Information Technology namely “Cloud” and “Big data”.
These trends were strongly related to the following three of my data center management takeaways from his talk.
a) Data Center Management goal of 10000 VMs to an admin – One implication of the 10000 VMs to an administrator metric is that a Data Center needs to be highly automated. Even if the only criterion for choosing a server platform is cost cutting, automation is a must, and will reduce administration costs in the long run. It will bring in other benefits such as agility and responsiveness to market conditions.
b) PaaS offerings today will be different from the mainframe era development environments – The real implication of modern Platform as a Service offering is that users will be free to innovate and will not be constrained by vendor lock-in. To me this also meant that data center management will continue to be heterogeneous and complex with multiple PaaS platforms in use.
c) The rise of real time data analysis – This take away was related to big-data and explosion of data collected from various sources. Once data is gathered it needs to be analyzed for useful predictive information. The log files in complex data center environments can be massive and any real time analysis capabilities can prevent expensive outages.
As the Spring of 2012 winds down and summer begins, I am looking forward to the upcoming Cisco Live 2012 event in San Diego.