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ITD: Winner of the Best of Interop 2015

When the Best of Interop 2015 award winners were announced at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the ITD team members couldn’t control their emotions. This team is well known to work in a startup-mode — comes up with new ideas, builds a prototype, demonstrates it to the executives and SEs, goes into execution mode, and delivers a world class solution.

As the leader of this team, I was asked by several media representatives for an interview. Here is an interview by Information Week news desk (watch full-screen for HD):

ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is now shipping on Nexus 9k/7k/5k series of switches.

Here is an informative blog on ITD.

 

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Cisco ONE Software Makes it Easy to Start Automating

Companies’ expectations of IT keep increasing as the pace of business intensifies, creating greater demand for new services and faster access to resources and data.  If you have been reading my blogs, you know that THE way for IT to keep pace with the speed of business is automation. But buyers beware.

IT automation solutions are difficult to create with multiple products that carry a la carte pricing models and licensing models tied to hardware. The hassles are obvious, and that model doesn’t help IT automate effectively. What is necessary is full functionality automation software that offers simplified pricing and licensing options as well as unified automation that delivers broad coverage for diverse environments. So Cisco offers exactly that.  Watch this video to learn how.

 

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Cisco ONE Software for Data Center makes it easy to automate at a pace comfortable to your business.   The Cisco ONE Foundation Suite lets you master basic automation at the compute level. Read More »

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Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with MapR: with Support for Multi-Tenancy

Hadoop is a Game Changer ! Cisco and MapR have partnered to offer a comprehensive portfolio for enterprise Hadoop deployments that combines Cisco UCS and the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop. With significant investments in architectural innovations, the joint solution offers a high-performance platform that can be optimized and scaled for any size to meet the demanding needs of our customers. Today, we are announcing the 3rd generation of our joint solution:

    • Based on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data – extending our vision of Integrated Infrastructure to help organizations deploy and scale applications faster to drive the revenue side of the business, while reducing risks and TCO
    • Taking full advantage of the high performance compute, internal storage and active-active network fabric with crucial investments in MapR improving performance and scalability while maintaining the Apache Hadoop API and application compatibility for broad applicability
    • Large scale production deployments in a range of industries including finance, healthcare, media retail and government
    • Foundation for an enterprise data hub with support for out-of-the-box multi-tenancy ensuring application level SLAs, guarantee isolation, enforce quotas, job placement control, security and delegation as well as providing a low cost of operations and simpler manageability with UCS Manager and the MapR control system
    • Fully automated provisioning and deployment of a cluster with Cisco UCS Director Express for MapR with a single management pane across both physical infrastructure and Hadoop software, with advanced application-level monitoring
    • Scalability to very larger clusters with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, enabling multi-tenancy, policy-based flowlet switching, packet prioritization to deliver- throughput on demand, leading-edge load balancing across UCS domains.

Cisco UCS II 64 Node Cluster

Additional Information

Solution Brief: Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with MapR
Cisco Validated Design: Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data with MapR with Multi-Tenancy Extension
Cisco UCS Big Data Design Zone
Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Paks for Big Data

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New Cisco Storage Networking Innovations for the Agile Data Center

Data is not just multiplying at an astounding rate. It is also changing dramatically in nature.  Trends like the Internet of Things, Mobility, Cloud, and Big Data Analytics are driving the adoption of different types of storage protocols and architectural requirements as well as increased application workloads in the IT environments.

To help customers design efficient IT operations that can adapt over time to changing business needs, Cisco is announcing new additions and innovations to the Cisco MDS and Nexus Multi-Protocol storage networking portfolio. The latest Cisco innovations include:

  1. New Cisco MDS 9396S High Density Fabric Switch
  2. Highest Performance 16G FICON support on MDS 9706 and 9250i
  3. 40G Converged Ethernet support across Nexus 7700 and Nexus 7000 platforms
  4. New Enhancements to simplify SAN Management and reduce Operational Cost

 To learn more, please attend Webinar on June 23rd 8:00 PST 

We are happy to see that our Partners are also equally excited and looking forward to the arrival of the new Cisco MDS high density Fabric Switch.  Cisco’s MDS product line is supported and sold by authorized original storage manufacturers (OSM).  Special thanks to all our partners for their support and participation to make the launch successful.

Doug Fierro, Senior Director, Connectrix, EMC Corporation in his blog post ‘ Fibre Channel Customers Get Another 16Gb Boost’ discusses about our customers need for simple, easy to configure, automated FC systems and how Cisco MDS 9396S addresses these requirements. Krister Eriksson, Senior Product Manager, NetApp in his blog Cisco Continues to Focus on its Fibre Channel’, addresses the importance of keeping the Fibre Channel roadmap fresh and  invest in new platforms, while Derek Nguyen, Strategic OEM Accounts Manager, Qlogic, in his blog ‘ QLogic FlexSuite Supports Cisco’s Latest MDS 9396S SAN Switch to Meet Growing Demand ‘  analyzes how  Cisco is enhancing its market leading MDS portfolio  to provide high performance, versatile and affordable solutions for SMBs and Enterprise customers.

New Cisco MDS 9396S Multilayer Fabric Switch: The new versatile and affordable 96 port 16G FC switch delivers industry leading density with enterprise class capabilities and is an extension to the already successful MDS 9148S Fabric Switch.

Explore MDS 9396S with Saptarshi Sengupta  (Sr. Product Manager )& Lauren Friedman (Influence Marketing)

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Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure at EMC World 2015

UCS hats

At EMC World 2015, we handed out these “Cisco Go UCS” hats to attendees that stopped by the Cisco booth. I love to hear the stories of customers that are using our Cisco UCS integrated infrastructure based solutions to accelerate deployment of IT infrastructure and implement our latest innovations. This year our presence at EMC World focused on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure, Application Centric Infrastructure, and SAN solutions.  We had numerous presentations, demos, and break out session on these areas.  We were very excited that our booth, mini-theater and breakout sessions were packed with attendees.

EMCW breakoutEMCW minitIn addition, attendees also experienced our demos and had one-one-one conversations with Cisco experts. The Cisco UCS Manager and UCS Director demos were popular. Many customers were interested in learning more about the infrastructure management and automation capabilities of UCS Director. This management conversation has evolved in the past couple of years from “What is UCS Director” to requests for demos, questions on capabilities, and licensing model.  The UCS Director snowball is rolling and the hill is getting steeper. Read More »