In the past week or so, I’ve introduced you to a few of my teammates, and I’m pleased that two of them have decided to share their experience and wisdom in this forum. They bring different backgrounds and perspectives to the UCS topic, and I think you’ll enjoy the variety.
Girish Kulkarni has made guest appearances in some of my blogs to talk about our benchmark records. Soon you’ll be hearing a lot more from him about how UCS supports major application workloads of all types. He’s spent time with a number of major industry players (Tandem/Compaq/HP, Siemens, and more), heavily focused on building out integrated solutions with application partners such as Oracle, Microsoft and SAP.
Tim Stack made his blog debut yesterday, and will be talking more in coming weeks about our new platforms, their capabilities, and opportunities for RISC migration and other forms of architectural evolution. Tim has over 20 years experience in product marketing and engineering across both the server and semiconductor capital equipment markets, with the past 10 years focused on entry and mid-range servers at Sun and IBM.
Today I want to bring up DCI use case that I’ve been thinking about: capacity expansion. As you know, the purpose of DCI is to connect two or more Data Centers together so that they share resources and deliver services. The capacity expansion use case is when you have temporary traffic bursts, cloud bursts, either planned or unplanned, maintenance windows, migrations or really any temporary service event that requires additional service capacity.
To start addressing the challenge of meeting these planned and unplanned cloud burst and capacity expansion requirements, check out the new ACE + OTV feature called Dynamic Workload Scaling announced recently.
If you are managing an Itanium or SPARC based server architecture, you may be experiencing increasing maintenance costs, scarcity of administration resources, shrinking ISV support and unclear roadmaps from vendors like HP and Oracle/Sun. You may not have thought there was a viable alternative, but imagine if you could unite computing, networking, and storage access resources with a management system designed to deliver the flexibility and agility needed to scale business operations.
Cisco’s Unified Computing System was designed for the modern data center and has just expanded to include a portfolio of two-socket and four-socket blade and rack-optimized servers based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family. Check out the nine new world record performance benchmarks here. One of the new offerings is a two-socket Cisco UCS C260 server which can support up to 20 cores, 1 TB of memory and 16 SFF disk drives in a dense, 2U form factor. This is big-time compute, memory, and storage capability in an extremely small footprint. Up to 50 GB of memory per core for demanding enterprise applications, such as large-data-set and transaction-intensive databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, and decision-support systems.
Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server Video Data Sheet
About six months ago I introduced you to another one of my colleagues, Scott Ciccone, as we launched the very dense UCS B230 two-socket blade. And now, with Intel’s spring release of their next-generation Xeon E7 processors, we’ve announced updates to that original B230 platform as well as our 4-socket platforms. In addition, we’ve got a new rack-mount-flavored take on the B230 density story…
I’ve just returned from Cisco Expo in Croatia (beautiful country!), where cloud computing was a major theme in the keynote speeches. One of the keynotes was delivered by no less than the President of Croatia! Evolution to cloud computing was a top of mind topic for many of the attendees. Evolution, innovation and investment protection were key to the customers I spoke with this week, and key reasons why they are adopting Cisco for cloud and their data center evolution. This evolution is made simpler with products such as the Cisco Nexus range, and the Cisco Unified Computing System. It’s also simplified with the Cisco Data Center Optimization Service, used by many customers to obtain the key skills they need to evolve their data centers. This subscription service gives you a flexible menu of options you can call on, periodically, to bring additional expertise and specialist skillsets in for targeted data center evolution projects. Let’s talk about these options in more detail.