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Unleashing UCS Integrated Infrastructure

UnleashingITA 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 »

Cisco UCS delivers top TPC-H result for non-clustered systems at 3000-GB scale factor

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:

TPCH C460 Results 3000GB

                                         Results Comparisons (Source 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

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Part 2: How Many Servers Do You Have …. Comatose and Sitting Idle?!?!

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

The Problem of Idle Servers – What Can You Do About It

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Power of Integration in the Internet of Everything Era – Smart Connected Cities

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



Discover how Cisco ACI – AVI Networks joint solution enables faster application rollouts and continuous performance monitoring

The Cisco ACI partner eco-system is growing rapidly. I was privileged to see prima-facie, at Cisco Live San Diego last month, the excitement surrounding AVI’s solution announcement with Cisco ACI and the growing customer interest. Though a late-comer to the ADC (Application delivery controller) market, AVI packs a punch to make customers and partners sit up and listen.  What’s impressive is that, more than 20 customer deployments are already under way, both in private clouds and on premise Data Centers. In this blog, I want so share some of the key value-props and architectural benefits Cisco ACI-AVI joint solution brings to Application deployment in Data Centers.

The highly complementary nature of the AVI CADP (Cloud Application delivery platform) and Cisco ACI solution is achieved through a common architecture featuring unified management and control planes, as well as the ability to scale data plane resources elastically, on-demand as application requirements dictate.

The AVI solution integrates into Cisco ACI environments through RESTful APIs, providing end-users with holistic application delivery, security and load balancing, in addition to real-time visibility, monitoring, and integrated (inline) analytics of their on premise and cloud-based applications.

A simple architectural depiction will help understand how Cisco ACI and AVI Networks solution works.


The collaboration between Cisco and AVI Networks has delivered a highly integrated, L2–L7 solution that automates and simplifies the insertion, provisioning and scaling of key network services into a Cisco ACI fabric. The solution also delivers end-to-end visibility and analytics that provide actionable insights into application performance and the end-user experience, which are critical in modern data centers.

The Cisco ACI – AVI Networks CADP joint solution provides customers key benefits such as:

  • Quick deployment with a high degree of automation
  • Quick app provisioning with zero-touch L4-L7 service lifecycle management
  • Full-stack L2-L7 visibility and closed-loop analytics

Stay tuned for more exciting news on the ACI-AVI solution front.

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