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FCOE. Can’t we all just get along?

March 6, 2012 at 12:51 am PST

I was sitting in a room with a client the other day and normally in these conference rooms with the mahogany tables and high back leather chairs*, you have Cisco on one side of the table, and the client on the other. However, this wasn’t the case, as the table was formica and the chairs were folding.  Also, in the room was two groups that had never spoken before except in rare cases, “The network is down!” or “Our hosts can’t see their storage!”  Yes my friends, it was the LAN and SAN folks in the room.  The topic of FCoE was in front of us and the question was around their soon to be deployed Nexus 5000 switching infrastructure.    The discussion between the two parties over who would manage the Nexus 5000 reminded me of a scene from Ghostbusters… Read More »

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Unified Computing (UCS) Third-Generation Fabric Computing: The Power of Unification

March 5, 2012 at 6:00 am PST

Very soon Intel is going to announce  a new generation of processors. Cisco and Intel partnership increased significantly over the past years with the astonishing success of the Unified Computing Systems, based on Intel processors and the unique technology provided by Cisco.

So guess what ? We are of course ready to announce a third generation of Unified Computing Systems, which are taking advantage of the new features delivered by Intel, combined with the latest innovations from Cisco.

So please join us on March 8th at 9:00 am PST (12:00 pm EST) to understand how Cisco is delivering on the vision of Gartner, which identified Fabric Computing as the preferred infrastructure for virtualization and cloud to make your  data center architecture more agile, scalable, and adaptable.

What can you expect from this 60 minutes webcast ? Well Cisco CEO John Chambers,  VP Server Access and Virtualization Soni Jiandani,but also Intel senior executives, and CEOs from large organizations (manufacturers, services..)  will detail the financial and organizational benefits that you will get in deploying these new systems.

John Chambers

Soni Jiandani

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Critical Path and “What if?” Analytics for Enterprise Job Scheduling – get your Big Data in the right place before you make a resume impacting decision

They say that data about your data is more important than the data itself.  Having the right data in the data warehouse at the right time or loaded up for Hadoop Analysis is critical.  I have heard of stories where the wrong product was sent to the wrong store for sale due to incorrect conclusions on what was selling best.  This was due to reports and decisions being made on the wrong data.  This can be a resume impacting decision in this modern world of data driven product placements around the globe.  In previous blog about Enterprise Job Scheduling (aka Workload Automation) http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/workload-automation-job-scheduling-applications-and-the-move-to-cloud/ I discussed the basic uses of automating and scheduling batch workloads.  Business intelligent, data warehousing and Big Data initiatives need to aggregate data from different sources and load them into very large data warehouses.

Let’s look into the life of the administrator and operations of a workload automation tool.  The typical Enterprise may have thousands if not ten thousands of job definitions.  Those are individual jobs that get run:  look for this file in a drop box,  FTP data from that location,  extract this specific set of data from an Oracle database, connect to that windows server and launch this process,  load this data into a datawarehouse using Informatica PowerCenter, run this process chain in SAP BW and take that information to this location.  All this occurs to get the right data in the right place at the right time.  These jobs are then strung together in a sequences we in the Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit at Cisco call Job Groups.  These groups can represent business processes that are automated.  They many have 10’s to hundreds of steps.  Each job may have dependency on other jobs for completion.  The jobs may be waiting for resources to become available.  This all leads to a very complex execution sequence.  These jobs groups run every day; some run multiple times a day, some only run at the end of the quarter.

The typical IT operations team has a group of people that design, test and implement these job groups by working with people in business IT that design and implement business processes.  Often times these job groups need to finish by a certain time to meet the needs of the business.  If you are a stock exchange some job groups have to finish say in so many hours after the market closes.  If you have to get your data to a downstream business partner (or customer) by a certain time you become very attached to watching those jobs execute.  No pun intended, your job may be on the line.

A new technology has hit the scene for our customers of the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler.  It is called  JAWS Historical and Predictive Analytics. http://www.termalabs.com/products/cisco-tidal-enterprise-scheduler.html .  These modules takes all historical and real time performance data information from the Scheduler and through a set of algorithms produce historical, real-time, predictive, and business analytics historical and predictive analytics.   This is the data about the data I mentioned previously.  Our customers can do what if analyses as well as get early indication that a particular job group is not able to finish in time.  The administrators can take action before it is too late.  This is critical in getting the data in the right place so that analytics can be performed correctly and therefore not sending 1000 of the wrong product to the wrong store location.  Thanks to our partners from Terma Software Labs http://info.termalabs.com/cisco-systems-and-terma-software-labs-to-join-forces-for-more-sla-aware-workload-processing/ .

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TechWiseTV from London Covers Cisco’s Latest Switching Announcements

March 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm PST

Robb Boyd and Jimmy Ray Purser hit this episode of TechWiseTV, titled “The Need for Speed”, out of the park as they dive into Cisco’s latest switching announcements including 10Gig and 40Gig line cards, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), and much more.

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Prediction for 2nd half of 2012: Infrastructure as a Service deployments expand to include IT as a Service

IT shops deploying clouds over the past year have been focused on Infrastructure as a Service ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrastructure_as_a_service#Infrastructure ) as a way to drive speed in virtual and physical server provisioning, cost savings in operations, proactive service level agreements, and increased control and governance.   In one of my blogs I introduced our Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/the-secret-is-now-out-you-can-simplify-cloud-deployments-with-cisco-unified-management/ and how that addresses both private, hybrid and public clouds IaaS.   Key to this is the service catalog and self service portal.  Moving to cloud is NOT about taking hundreds of server configuration templates and moving to them immediate self service.  All you are doing in that model is automating VM sprawl.  They key is defining a limited set of services and options that your end users such as application owners and technical folks can order through a self service portal and manage their life-cycle.

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