Of the more than 300 SQLSaturdays around the world, I am lucky enough to represent Cisco at the one in Barcelona on October 25th. If you’re attending TechEd Europe we encourage you to also join us at this one-day free event for IT professionals to learn more about SQL Server and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).
If my experience at a recent SQL event in San Diego is any indication, it is going to be a great event. I was amazed that even after UCS being recognized as the #1 x86 blade server in Americas, many database administrators still came to our table and asked, “What is Cisco doing here at a SQL Saturday event?” The good news is that these same people left with an understanding of how UCS is different from our competitors and can help simplify, standardize and optimize SQL Server deployments.
Ready to savor tapas, Gaudi and the most vibrant community of IT professionals in the industry? You must be headed to Barcelona for Microsoft TechEd Europe, 28-31, October. Cisco will be there as well. We’ll be showcasing integrated solutions from Cisco and Microsoft for Windows Server 2003 migrations, cloud and SQL Server.
Cisco and Microsoft have worked closely to integrate Cisco UCS with Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2, to provide the optimal platform for your Microsoft clouds and applications. Listen to what Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson has to say about the Cisco and Microsoft relationship.
Make sure to stop by stand #207 to speak with a Cisco solution expert and take in a demo on: Read More »
[Note: This is the third a four-part series on the OpFlex protocol in Cisco ACI, how it enables an application-centric policy model, and why other SDN protocols do not. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4]
The Cisco ACI fabric is designed as an application-centric intelligent network. The Cisco APIC policy model is defined from the top down as a policy enforcement engine focused on the application itself and abstracting the networking functions underneath. The policy model unites with the advanced hardware capabilities of the Cisco ACI fabric underlying the business-application-focused control system.
The Cisco APIC policy object-oriented model is built on the distributed policy enforcement concepts for intelligent devices enabled by OpFlex and characterized by modern development and operations (DevOps) applications such as Puppet and Chef.
At the top level, the Cisco APIC policy model is built on a series of one or more tenants, which allows the network infrastructure administration and data flows to be segregated. Tenants can be customers, business units, or groups, depending on organization needs. Below tenants, the model provides a series of objects that define the application itself. These objects are endpoints and endpoint groups (EPGs) and the policies that define their relationships (see figure below). The relationship between two endpoints, which might be two virtual machines connected in a three-tier web application, can be implemented by routing traffic between the endpoints to firewalls and ADCs that enforce the appropriate security and quality of service (QoS) policies for the application and those endpoints.
Endpoints and Application Workloads Along with Tenants and Application Network Profiles Are the Foundation of the Cisco ACI Policy ModelEndpoints and Application Workloads Along with Tenants and Application Network Profiles Are the Foundation of the Cisco ACI Policy Model
For a more thorough description of the Cisco ACI application policy model, please refer to this whitepaper, or this one more specifically on Endpoint Groups.
For this discussion, the important feature to notice is the way that Cisco ACI policies are applied to application endpoints (physical and virtual workloads) and to EPGs. Configuration of individual network devices is ancillary to the requirements of the application and workloads. Individual devices do not require programmatic control as in prior SDN models, but are orchestrated according to the centrally defined and managed policies and according to application policies.
This model is catching hold in the industry and in the open source community. The OpenStack organization has begun work on including group-based policies to extend the OpenStack Neutron API for network orchestration with a declarative policy-based model based closely on EPG policies from Cisco ACI. (Note: “Declarative” refers to the orchestration model in which control is distributed to intelligent devices based on centralized policies, in contrast to retaining per-flow management control within the controller itself.)
Today, Cisco expanded their portfolio of server products for SAP HANA Solutions with the certification of an 8 socket C880 SAP HANA Server. This server will be used exclusively for SAP Analytics and Suite on HANA workloads.
With this expansion of the server product line, Cisco provides a one-stop shop for their complete SAP architecture which includes Cloud, (Enterprise, Intercloud, Private, and Hybrid Cloud), Compute, Management, and IT Process Automation (ITPA). The Cisco server expansion will also highlight how Cisco’s eco-partners may augment their SAP workloads on Cisco certified platforms Read More »
The possibilities that are opened up through technology are truly amazing. Not only in the places you would expect to see IT, but in our everyday lives. Innovation is seeping into the day-to-day activities we all participate in—from parking our cars to the accessibility of the water we drink. This innovation is the Internet of Everything (IoE) unfolding before our eyes, in our own cities.
What Will Your City Look Like Tomorrow?
Cisco has been talking quite a bit about the idea of digital cities—the (very real) concept that common city services can be “sensored,” connecting smart devices through the cloud and enabling a new and improved experience for citizens. Putting the network at the center of city planning has many benefits, for both officials and residents alike.
City governments can better serve their communities by using technology to make information more readily accessible. Having a robust network that supports information and communication technologies (ICT) can help enable instant notification if an emergency situation arises, allowing for officials to take immediate action. And, operating on a converged infrastructure allows for centralized IT, which simplifies management and enables cities to meet economic requirements and increase environmental sustainability.
For residents, benefits of an intelligent network are numerous and span a wide array of activities. At home, at work, at school—even at the doctor’s office or when running errands—people are staying connected and making their must-do’s more convenient and hassle free with easy-to-access services.
Imagine the possibilities with a connected network: Taking a fitness class is as simple as tuning in from your own living room. Before you head out for a few errands, you can locate and reserve a parking spot, and receive personalized discounts and offers upon entering a store that fit your purchasing behavior. While you’re out, you may notice less traffic congestion, cleaner streets, and maybe even less waste of resources in the buildings surrounding you—all thanks to sensors communicating with smart devices that are helping traffic to flow more smoothly, control trash buildup, and ensure electricity is not being wasted on empty rooms.
You can learn more about the connections made possible with technology and how they’re contributing to a more efficient and sustainable lifestyle from the Internet of Everything resource page on UnleashingIT.com. If you are not a subscriber, sign up for full access to Unleashing IT content, including customer experience articles and thought-leadership advice.