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Cisco UCS Delivers Best Two-Socket Server SAP SD Benchmark Result with Microsoft Windows

Cisco Unified Computing System™  is unique among vendors with its comprehensive set of solutions for SAP and SAP HANA workloads—solutions that include servers with two to eight processors. Cisco Cisco UCS® C220 M4 Rack Server delivered 16,025 users and a SAPS score of 87,680: the best two-processor, two-tier result running Microsoft Windows 2012 Datacenter Edition.

Some of the key highlights of this result are:

  • Best Two-Socket Server SAP SD Benchmark Result: The Cisco UCS C240 M4 running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 delivered the best two-tier SAP SD Benchmark result with SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The solution supported 16,025 SAP SD Benchmark users while maintaining a consistent application response time of less than one second
  • Scale to meet demand: Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server configured with the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 family can support up to 16,025 concurrent SAP SD Benchmark users in a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 environment.
  • Optimize application throughput: High-performance rack servers, blade servers, and network fabrics enable Cisco UCS to handle many SAP application tasks, with results showing that the system can process 1,753,670 order line items per hour or 5,261,000 dialog steps per hour.
  • Cisco Consistently Improves Two-Processor, Two- Tier SAP SD Benchmark Performance: As illustrated in the graph below, these results show almost a 60 percent improvement over performance delivered by the last generation of Intel Xeon processor E5 product family CPUs.

 

SAP SD Comparison
The SAP SD Benchmark is designed to stress the computing infrastructure and determine whether a consistent response can be delivered as more users consume system resources. Cisco tested a Cisco UCS C240 M4 server equipped with two 2.30-GHz, 18-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2699 v3 CPUs, 256 GB of main memory, and a Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1225. The server ran both the SAP software and the 64-bit Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition in a bare-metal configuration. Check out the Performance Brief and the detailed official benchmark disclosure report for additional information on the benchmark configuration.

Let’s see, what does this latest result mean for our customers?

  • This result proves that Cisco UCS servers make an excellent foundation for any standards-based infrastructure solution.
  • Cisco UCS dramatically reduces the number of physical components needed to support demanding SAP landscape applications, enabling IT departments to make effective use of limited space, power, and cooling resources.
  • By deploying SAP on Cisco UCS, IT departments can support more users and accelerate response times. Many users can be supported—up to 16,025 in the benchmark configuration—with little hardware
  • IT departments can choose from a broad range of Cisco UCS blade and rack server models to scale deployments further by using larger servers or by adding servers to create scale-out deployments with small footprints.

It is interesting to note that although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, only Cisco UCS unleashes their power to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification. The unique, fabric-centric architecture of Cisco UCS integrates the Intel Xeon processors into a system with a better balance of resources that brings processor power to life. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.

Disclosure

The statement of comparison is based on highest-performing system using two Intel Xeon processors and running SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition in a two-tier configuration. Results referenced are available from the SAP website at: http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx and are current as of December 1, 2014.

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Complexity AND Control in the Cloud

Guest post from Dan Swart

Dan Swart is a Senior Manager in Cisco Technical Services Product Management, leading the team responsible for Enterprise and Data Center Solution Support services. Along with that, Dan has been heavily involved in Data Center Alliance programs and Converged Infrastructures. Dan has Batchelor of Science Degrees in Zoology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Dan Swart is a Senior Manager in Cisco Technical Services Product Management, leading the team responsible for Enterprise and Data Center Solution Support services. Along with that, Dan has been heavily involved in Data Center Alliance programs and Converged Infrastructures. Dan has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Zoology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

We want what we want when we want it. Never truer than today when we’ve got a global marketplace of technology vendors vying to deliver on now practically required solutions like enterprise cloud.

While it’s really impossible today to deploy an enterprise cloud using products created by a single vendor, would we want it any other way?  Yes, there are major component manufacturers that can sell most of the products needed to build an enterprise cloud, but the restrictions inherent in those offers, and the need for margin stacking to single source all needed hardware and software from a component manufacturer may limit the attractiveness of those options.

Most of the customers we work with want to build their enterprise cloud using products that are “best for my needs” rather than products that are what a single manufacturer offers.  Along with that, enterprise license agreements, volume purchase agreements and other factors make it difficult to purchase a cloud infrastructure from a single source.   For those reasons and others, most enterprise cloud deployments are inherently multivendor.

So great, you get exactly what you want and need. What could go wrong? Famous last words. Read More »

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Announcing Connected Analytics for IoE

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared how we are helping our customers address one of their toughest challenges brought on by the Internet of Everything (IoE), Big Data and hybrid IT environments: effective management of the massive amounts of data, types of data and in various locations. With solutions like Data Virtualization , Big Data Warehouse Expansion and Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, we give our customers the tools to address this challenge head on.

Once you have access to all of your data…what next? The second challenge is to extract real-time valuable information from data in order to make better business decisions. As I’ve said before, more data is only a good thing if you use that data to better respond to opportunities and potential threats. Our customers certainly understand this and, in a recent Cisco study, 40% of surveyed companies identified effectively capturing, storing and analyzing data generated by connected “things” (e.g., machines, devices, equipment) as the biggest challenge to realizing the value of IoT.

The majority of data analysis has historically been performed after moving all data into a centralized repository, but digital enterprises will have so many connections creating so much widely distributed data that moving it all to a central place for analysis will no longer be the optimal approach. For insights needed in real-time, or data sets that are too large to move, the ability to perform analytics at the edge will be a new capability that must be incorporated into any comprehensive analytics strategy.

Analytics 1.0 was all about structured data, in centralized data repositories.  Analytics 2.0 added unstructured data and gave rise to Big Data. Analytics 3.0 will require all of those existing capabilities but will also require data management and analytics capabilities closer to where the data is created…at the edge of the network.

With this new approach in mind, today we announced Connected Analytics for IoE, packaged, network-enriched analytics that leverage Cisco technologies and data to extract real-time valuable information called:

  • Optimize the fan experience -- Connected Analytics for Events monitors Wi-Fi, device and application usage along with social media to deliver insights on fan engagement and business operations.
  • Improve store operations and customer service -- Connected Analytics for Retail supports analysis of metrics, including customer and operational data in retail environments, to help stores take new steps to assure customer satisfaction and store performance.
  • Enhance service quality, customer experience and unveil opportunities for new business -- Connected Analytics for Service Providers provides near real-time operational and customer intelligence from patterns in networks, operations, and customer system data.
  • Understand how to get the most out of your IT assets -- Connected Analytics for IT provides advanced data management, data governance, business intelligence and insights to help align and get the most out of IT capabilities and services.
  • Reveal hidden patterns impacting network deployment and optimization -- Connected Analytics for Network Deployment analyzes devices, software, and features for inconsistencies that disrupt network operations and provides visualizations and actionable recommendations to prioritize network planning and optimization activities.
  • Understand customer patterns in order to meet quality expectations and uncover monetization strategies -- Connected Analytics for Mobility analyzes mobile networks to provide network, operations and business insights for pro-active governance to Wi-Fi solution customers.
  • Gain a holistic view of customers across data silos -- Cisco Connected Analytics for Contact Center delivers actionable customer intelligence to impact behaviors and outcomes during the critical window of customer decision making. Having the right offer at the right time will drive market leadership.
  • Measure the impact of collaboration in comparison with best practices -- Cisco Connected Analytics for Collaboration measures the adoption of collaboration technologies internally. It leverages data collection using the Unified Communications Audit Tool, from sources such as WebEx, IP Phones, Video, Email and Jabber.

The portfolio also includes Cisco Connected Streaming Analytics, a scalable, real-time platform that combines quick and easy network data collection from a variety of sources with one of the fastest streaming analytics engines in the industry.

In the world of IoE, data is massive, messy, and everywhere, spanning many sources – cloud, data warehouses, devices – and formats – video, voice, text, and images. The power of an intelligent infrastructure is what brings all of this data together, regardless of its location or type. That is the Cisco difference.

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Cisco Nexus 9500 – Revolutionizing Modular Switch Design

Read today’s data center news and it’s all about software innovation, Cloud, SDN, Internet of Everything, Big Data, applications…etc.  One would think that the days of hardware innovation are long gone. That’s far from the truth!  Software and cloud may be the water cooler topics of today, but they depend on a highly reliable, high performance and efficient hardware infrastructure to run on.  So, make no mistake, the pace of hardware innovations is alive and well and is just as important a topic in today’s conversation.

Just over a year ago, Cisco introduced the Nexus 9000 Series switches. It’s industry leading performance and highest densities along with several other industry leading features were well published.  However, you might have missed a key industry first design feature in the Nexus 9500 that will change how modular chassis are designed in the future. Here’s a short video (50sec) that gets you right to the heart of the innovation.

Revolutionizing Modular Switch Design

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In most modular switch designs, a backplane or midplane provides connectivity between the line cards and fabric modules. The Nexus 9500 Series is the industry-first switching platform that eliminates the need for a midplane in a modular chassis design (figure 1).

Figure 1. Nexus 9500 Midplane-free Chassis Design

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With a precise alignment mechanism, the Nexus 9500 Series switch line cards and fabric modules directly attach to each other with connecting pins. Line cards and fabric modules have an orthogonal orientations (connected at right angles) in the chassis so that each fabric module is connected to all line cards and vice versa.

 

 

 

 

Eliminating the need for a midplane provides several advantages over modular platforms with a midplane:

Power and Cooling Efficiency: The midplane obstructs the front to back cooling airflow requiring cut-outs in the midplane or airflow redirection, resulting in reduced cooling efficiency. Without a midplane blocking the airflow path, the Nexus 9500 chassis design delivers optimized cooling efficiency, providing up to 15% higher efficiency, thus requiring less or smaller fans. This also allows for higher density and compact chassis designs.

Increased MTBF: Without a midplane, the switch has less components that can fail, increasing the overall MTBF. Also, with a midplane design, if you bend a pin on the midplane connector while inserting a module, the entire switch must be taken out of commission to replace that midplane or swapped out with a new chassis. With the Nexus 9500, if a fabric connector pin gets bent, the damaged module can be replaced without taking the chassis out of service.

Unrestricted Scale: Midplane chassis designs typically have an inherent performance limitation since they are based on current available technology, thus limiting its future scale. Midplanes are generally designed to support a couple next generation modules and fabrics, beyond which a chassis upgrade is required.  By eliminating the midplane, the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series alleviates the performance restriction introduced by a midplane, allowing it to scale multiple generations of modules/fabrics saving capex and datacenter disruption.

For more about the Nexus 9000 Series innovations and benefits, please visit www.cisco.com/go/nexus9000

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#EngineersUnplugged S7|Ep1: SAP HANA 101

December 9, 2014 at 9:19 am PST

In this episode of Engineers Unplugged, Tony Harvey (@tonyknowspower) and Craig Sullivan (@craigsullivan70) discuss the role of storage in SAP HANA. How does big data impact you? Watch and learn.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmZwq1UCo8w

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