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Cisco UCS Mini and EMC Storage

On the way to tradeshow week (May 4th), I decided to do a brief blog series on UCS Mini tied to these shows. I’ve covered Microsoft Ignite and SAPPHIRE NOW in the past two weeks.

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Interop 2015 : ITD is Best of Interop finalist


ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) has been selected in Top 3 finalists in the Best of Interop 2015 Data Center category. ITD Delivers:

  • $2 Billion TAM disruptive technology: This technology innovation disrupts today’s $2 Billion TAM for load-balancers, redirection and clustering solutions
  • 100x Scale improvement: The high-end load-balancers today can handle about 200Gbps traffic. ITD can load-balance 20Tbps traffic.
  • 1000x cost-savings for customers: A 40Gbps L4 load-balancer costs about $200k to customers. ITD provides multi-Tbps load-balancing for a fraction of the price.
  • Zero Latency: ITD performs load-balancing, redirection, NAT and access control, all in one-clock cycle in hardware, hence it introduces zero latency.
  • 10x OPEX savings : Order of magnitude reduction in configuration, and ease of deployment
  • Overall CAPEX savings : Wiring, Power, Rackspace and Cost savings
  • 70+ customers interested in deploying within 1 month of shipping.
  • 10x High availability : N + M redundancy, health-monitoring and automatic failure handling
  • $15 Billion install-base can be leveraged: The technology has humongous market capture potential. It works on existing hardware. $15 Billion install-base of Nexus switches is able to use this technology.
  • 30+ patentable ideas: ITD has unprecedented innovations.

Cisco ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) is a hardware based multi-Tbps Layer 4 load balancing, traffic steering and clustering solution on Nexus 9K/7K/6K/5K series of switches. It supports IP-stickiness, resiliency, NAT, (EFT), VIP, health monitoring, sophisticated failure handling policies, N+M redundancy, IPv4, IPv6, VRF, weighted load-balancing, bi-directional flow-coherency, and IPSLA probes including DNS. There is no service module or external appliance needed.


ITD has a lot of different types of use-cases. Some of these are:

  1. Create a multi-Tbps Firewall
  2. Create a multi-Tbps Video-cache
  3. Firewall/IPS/IDS/WAF load-balancing.
  4. Web Server load-balancing
  5. Application server load-balancing
  6. Replace WCCP. Redirect and Load-balancing traffic to Web-cache, WAAS, WAE
  7. Traffic steering to VDS/video-cache/Professional Media Network devices
  8. Load-balance to Hadoop/Big-data cluster.
  9. load-balancing to mobile equipment
  10. Load-balancing to Layer 7 load-balancers
  11. Replace legacy features such as ECMP, port-channel, PBR, etc

Recording of the presentation


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Cisco Nexus 1000V Now Supports VMware vSphere 6.0

Following up on my blog post announcing our intent to support VMware vSphere 6.0 environments with Cisco Nexus 1000V, I am happy to announce that we now have the supported release available for use.

Starting with release 5.2(1)SV3(1.4), Cisco Nexus 1000V for vSphere will support VMware vSphere 6.0 environments.  Customers can download the release on portal for Nexus 1000V for vSphere.

Cisco Nexus 1000V for vSphere, Hyper-V and KVM environments is continuing to be sold and supported by Cisco.  If you have an expiring VMware support contract for Nexus 1000V, please contact your Cisco account team about continuing product support through Cisco support organization.

Check out the video below for more in-depth discussion about Cisco Nexus 1000V support across multiple hypervisors and attend our webinar on April 21st 2015.




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Cisco at Microsoft Ignite 2015. We’re getting the cloud back together…

Cisco and Microsoft’s relationship is growing stronger year over year. Our technologies, products, and integrated infrastructure solutions continue to provide an optimum Data Center for your Microsoft workloads.

Now, this isn’t my first time going to Tech Ed, ooops I mean Microsoft Ignite, however, it is a special year for me! I will be presenting “Top 10 Reasons to Migrate from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012R2 with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)” on Monday May 4th 6:50pm during the welcome reception in Lounge A. If you are there, please come watch and meet the experts who will be joining me at the show.

Here is a sneak peak:

Need a reason to Migrate to #WS2012r2 from #ws2003 with #CiscoUCS? Here's 10:

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Need more 3 reasons to come see us?

  1. This year we have lots of great demos and theater presentations for you, such as Cisco UCS Mini, Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V, Cisco InterCloud Fabric (ICF).The latest and greatest demo is Application Centric Infrastructure , which will be highlighted in a presentation, “Microsoft Cloud Meets Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)” on Tuesday 1:30pm.

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Cisco ACI and Radware – From Point Solutions to Application Centric Services

Radware’s Alteon ADC and DefensePro integrated with Cisco ACI fabric enable IT managers drive greater value from their Cisco ACI deployment with automated tenant-based application delivery and security services.

For decades, IT managers were deploying application delivery (L4-7) and security services as point solutions; the network provided the basic connectivity, and each L4-7 had to be configured manually per each application. Virtualizing the compute fabric enabled to automate the configuration stage; however L4-7 and security are still deployed as point solutions – each application infrastructure change still requires intervention in rewiring the physical network, reconfigure network nodes and of course test the application integrity end-to-end and its performance.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) in the data center introduces a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles. ACI delivers automation from the network layer and up to the compute fabric. Radware, by integrating Alteon and DefensePro with Cisco ACI fabric, enable automated tenant-based application delivery and security services.

What is the Radware offering?

Radware offers Best of breed Application Delivery and DoS Protection services. In today’s growing threats to your application service SLA you need a vendor you can rely on to maintain your SLA and eliminate the ‘noisy neighbor’ impact:

  • Radware Alteon NG application delivery controller (ADC) is a leading load balancer that guarantees application SLA for all Web, cloud and mobile applications.
  • Radware AMS offers most accurate real-time DoS/DDoS attacks detection and mitigation without blocking legitimate user traffic.

How does it work?

  • Radware’s developed ‘Device Packages’ for Cisco ACI that enable to insert ADC and DoS Protection services per application and/or per network tenant.
  • Cisco APIC automates the service insertion process while acting as a central point of policy control.


What’s in it for me?

You can now increase your data center agility without compromising application SLA:

  • Benefit from deploying Cisco ACI as a dynamic and automated datacenter infrastructure while continuously delivering applications without any adverse application SLA impact.
  • Applications can move, scale-up or scale-out while retaining the associated L4-7 and security services without any location specific constraints.
  • Error-free deployment thanks to automated processes running Radware-certified use cases

Use Case Example: Web application service profile

Using Cisco APIC the user can automate the creation and provisioning of a Web application profile. Cisco APIC offers a drag-and-drop UI to easily insert a Firewall, Load Balancer and other L4-L7 network services into a Web application profile. This, in turn, creates a service graph in which a L4-L7 service such as load-balancing, becomes an integral part of the tenant’s web application and can become operational by APIC in minutes.

Together Cisco ACI and Radware can automate the workflow between your application, networking, and security teams and provide a simpler, more efficient, policy driven operational model that will save on OpEx.

Blog Authored by Ron Meyran Radware, Edited and Posted by Cisco

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