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Interop Wrap-up: Focus on Nexus 1000V and Virtual Services

May 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm PST

Well, Interop Las Vegas 2012 has come and gone, and it was another exciting week for us. The folks at TechWiseTV caught up with Prashant Gandhi, our Senior Director of Product Marketing for network virtualization technology, to talk all about the latest innovation in the Nexus 1000V portfolio and where we are heading with what is increasingly becoming a very strategic platform for Cisco. Prashant really hits this interview out of the park, as he ties the whole architecture and recent innovations together very well.


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Server Life cycle

The terms “life cycle” conjure up an image of a biology class on butterflies for me.  The metamorphosis that a butterfly undergoes is very interesting. Every stage has a specific purpose:

In the data center, life cycle of servers is something we deal with all the time.  For analysis we could consider physical, virtual or software servers just like I did in a previous blog. I drew the life cycle of the 3 servers and the resulting diagram is below.  Interestingly a physical server is the only one that can be truly re-purposed, more like the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly.

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Cisco and SAP Sapphire: A Study in Effectiveness

May 11, 2012 at 8:05 am PST

 

 

 

A few years ago Cisco and SAP would never have been said in the same sentence.  But today is a different day.  As Sapphire 2012  approaches, Cisco has become synonymous as an ideal platform for business critical applications, SAP being one of those applications.  The Cisco Unified Computing System is certified for all SAP solutions, include Extra Small, Small, Medium, and the newly certified Large Scale-Out HANA solution that will be featured at Sapphire in Orlando next week.  It does not matter whether you want to run ERP on UCS, or SAP on VCE Vblock, or SAP on Flexpod, or a Cisco Bridge to SAP HANA appliance, UCS had a configuration and a certification to meet your needs, and can lower the cost of ownership and capital expense associated with a large scale deployment of SAP.

As SAP has moved into the market disruptive in-memory architecture with its HANA solution, Cisco UCS has moved with them.  As HANA evolves into the next IT generation, Cisco will be a solid partner with them in that journey.

Cisco will be an Onyx sponsor at Sapphire in booth 1185, in Orlando from May 14-16.  Come by and view the SAP solutions available on UCS.  Look forward to seeing you there. Here are the details of what we will showcase . Stop by as we will have also a series of theater presentations and don’t miss our speaking sessions

Also as you are certainly interested in  innovation and technology in a small footprint  , we have a big surprise for you on the booth . Check out! More ..in my next blog Monday morning

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Cloud: Are You Going to Wonder if You Could Have Had it All?

As I think about cloud, Adele’s Grammy award-winning song  “Rolling in the Deep” comes to mind. Strange flight of fantasy?  I think not.  As the refrain, “you could have had it all,” repeats in my head, I think about how similar cloud is to finding love. Like dating , there are a lot of different approaches to cloud , and it is not always clear what the right one is.  Like romance, cloud is full of fun, promise, and pitfalls. Like a lasting relationship, realizing the promise and avoiding the pitfalls takes a lot of work. But unlike finding one’s soul mate, finding success with cloud can be guaranteed..  You need the right approach, solid planning, and sometimes a little help from your friends.

Cisco’s cloud experts have been working hard to:

  • Leading the market with technology innovations such as the Unified Data Center and Cloud Intelligent Network
  • Creating deep relationships with partners who enable us to provide complete, industry-leading cloud solutions for different cloud approaches
  • Testing our technologies and professional services in our own IT environment and documenting our results

We have seen tremendous benefits, and so have our partners and customers.

 As part of the Cisco’s services organization, I think a lot about what it takes to enable a successful cloud.   And I think about how to have a little fun along the way. One of the fun, free things that I have worked on is the Cloud Profile Tool.  All you need to do is answer 10 quick questions, and you’ll receive a customized report with recommendations to help you get started.  If you like what you see and want to have a deeper, complimentary conversation with Cisco or one of our cloud partners, we’d be glad to set that up.  Try the Cloud Profile Tool in English or in another language and let me know what you think.

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Cisco Unveils New Netflow Appliance for Faster Troubleshooting

May 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm PST
NGA 3140

Cisco's New Netflow Generation Appliance 3140

At Interop this week, Cisco unveiled its new Netflow Generation Appliance (NGA) 3140, which establishes a new standard for high-performance, cost-effective solutions for flow visibility. It empowers network operations, engineering, and security teams with actionable insight into network traffic for the purpose of resource optimization, application performance improvement, traffic accounting, and security needs.

Human KineticsCisco NGA customer, Human Kinetics conducts online certification courses and tests for health and fitness professionals, and offers print and multimedia content such as videos, ebooks, apps on tablets, and other downloadable material. “We needed comprehensive information about our network to keep our content protected, secure our site against disruption, and deliver excellent, reliable performance,” says Brad Trankina, director of network and information systems at Human Kinetics. “Comparing Cisco NGA to what we had just a few months ago is like comparing our network today to the 3Com hubs we had ten years ago. It’s like a night and day difference.”
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