Late October is the start of the colorful fall season in East Coast and taking a ferry ride up the Hudson river in Big Apple is a photographer’s delight. Not to mention the vibrant Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, with hundreds of people dressing up in outrageous costumes. While you are enjoying the scenery, come meet our good Cisco folks talk about writing SDN Applications on controllers at the Open Network User Group (ONUG) event on October 29-30 hosted by JPMorgan Chase at their New York City headquarters.
On both days, we are giving a live demo of the Extensible Network Controller (XNC) and specifically, the Latency Optimized Forwarding application. This is a very good opportunity to see live, how the network administrator can easily and transparently create a custom forwarding path through the network. Moreover, on Day 1, we have Chris Marino giving a presentation on OpenStack Networking: Software Defined Networks in cloud environments. All around, it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with the Cisco team to get insights into how to implement SDN in your Data Centers in a low risk way.
Hope to see you there and good luck if you are running the world famous New York City Marathon on Nov 3rd !
Welcome back to Season 4 of Engineers Unplugged! The whiteboards are shiny and new, and the markers are fresh. We have some incredible episodes lined up for this season, featuring multiple languages, countries, and guests new and returning.
To kick off the season, we’re changing the pace a little bit, stepping away from the whiteboards, with a special episode that highlights one of the EU mission statements: actionable information from and for the community.
Community Building! Amy Lewis interviewing Fred Nix at VMworld Barcelona. (photo credit: Nick Howell)
Today’s guest is Fred Nix (@nixfred), who works with a team at EMC to onboard SEs. He takes us behind the scenes of how they do it with methods you can apply to a company of 40 or 40,000. It’s a great story, let’s roll the clip:
Thanks to Nick Howell (@that1guynick, http://datacenterdude.com) for the photo. Keep us posted with who you’d like to see on the show, and the topics you’d like to hear discussed. The hotline is open!
Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:
Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
Revolutions are usually led by challengers, not incumbents. But Cisco’s Nov. 6th mega-launch of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is sounding revolutionary as described by some experienced industry watchers. Any revolution must transform the experience of its participants – in this case , the Application development teams, DevOps and CloudOps that are provisioning new applications in many mid-to-large Enterprise Data Centers. As John Chambers said at Interop “The ability to create an infrastructure that is agile, simplified, automatically programmable and able to scale on demand is critical to enabling the application model”. In this blog, we’ll zoom in on “Agility” as an experience.
The growing agility gap
In the last decade, Cisco and other equipment providers have greatly improved the agility of data center infrastructure – the ability to respond quickly to new demands for scale, performance and security. Technologies such as a unified fabric, virtualization and infrastructure controllers augmented by intelligent Automation and Governance have greatly simplified the management of the infrastructure.
But there is strong evidence that the demand for agility is increasing even faster – creating a growing agility gap.
Compared to traditional backoffice applications, new Mobile, Social and Big Data applications are much more dynamic due multi-tenancy, higher demand peaks, more distributed users, broader device support, varying performance needs, 24x7 global usage, and changing security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, to run economically at scale with performance and availability, these applications need a mix of virtualized and dedicated, “bare-metal” resources. And the reality is that only 40% of workloads are virtualized anyway in most enterprise data centers.
These factors are driving more distributed workloads and storage across the data center, more frequent changes to ports, LANs and subnets, more re-configurations of security and load-balancing, more application and flow optimizations and more monitoring and diagnostics to ensure application metrics.
Data center teams are getting overwhelmed. IDC’s 2011 research showed that total Data Center spend has shifted to these type of management and administration tasks – and that was just for virtualized servers. New bare metal workloads will increase this spend further as they move to scale, unless something is done.
I just got back from another blockbuster of an event that was VMworld Barcelona. If you’re VMworld Alumni, you know the drill – long days turn into nights, meetings, convention hall food, and before you know it, you’re at the customer reception and Taio Cruz is there. I also scored a really nice plastic tumbler (the drinking kind, not the Batman kind) when leaving the conference – which my family is probably going to steal from me in the near future.
This year was no different, and there’s been plenty to talk about especially as it pertains to the Cisco / VMware relationship (if you’re following the whole ACI vs. NSX thing) – I’ll get there in a minute, but before I do…
I spent a ton of time chatting with folks in the Solutions Exchange, re: their VDI implementations. Taking inventory of the most frequently asked questions, here’s what became discussion fodder in ranked order for those of you dying to know:
Solutions for graphics-intensive use cases using NVIDIA GRID
Persistent VDI with Cisco’s On-Board architecture (server-side flash caching)
Cisco Validated Designs for FlexPod and Reference Architectures for VSPEX
Desktone (now “Desktone by VMware”)
If one had to “connect-the-dots” across these topics, two common themes readily emerge. This year, no doubt, has been all about:
Making VDI address a wider array of use cases with “equivalent-to-physical” levels of performance and,
Simplifying how organizations implement and manage it. Read More »