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VSPEX on the Fast Track…Microsoft Fast Track

Did you catch the announcement from EMC? 

EMC announced the new EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Microsoft Windows Server 2012.  You can read the Press Release here

Cisco and EMC believe there are three distinct paths…or choices…on the journey to the cloud.  Build-your-own using best of breed products, a truly converged infrastructure product in Vblock from VCE, or VSPEX…a flexible reference architecture approach.  A picture says it all…see below.

 

VSPEX offers an unprecedented choice of industry-leading virtualization, server, network, storage, and data protection.  Accelerate your journey to the cloud with the EMC VSPEX proven infrastructure.

What was announced?  Microsoft Fast Track for VSPEX

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Introducing the World’s Fastest 2-Processor Server

There is no better time to announce a world-record TPC-C benchmark result with Oracle than right before Oracle Open World 2012. The Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server with two Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 2.9 GHz Processors and 768 GB memory running Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition achieved the best 2-Processor performance record of 1.6 Million transactions-per-minute [1] beating the nearest competition, the IBM Flex System x240 Server with identical Intel processor and memory footprint running DB2 [2], by 7% better performance and 11% lower price-performance. This benchmark result is yet another demonstration of the performance and price-performance advantages of Cisco UCS for running enterprise applications.

This result also demonstrate a 53% improvement in performance from the previous generation of servers (see chart 1) [3][4] and in line with Moore’s Law (see chart 2). (Yes, TPC-C trend has been in line with Moore’s Law) [5].

Chart 1: TPC-C: 53% improvement from Cisco UCS M2 to M3 Generation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chart 2: Transaction Rate vs. Moore’s Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of 9/27/2012. Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), www.tpc.org.

[1] Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server, 1,609,186.39 tpmC, $0.47/tpmC, available 9/27/2012
[2] IBM Flex System x240, 1,503,544 tpmC, $0.53/tpmC, available 8/16/12
[3] Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Server, 1,053,100 tpmC, $0.58/tpmC, available 12/07/2011
[4] HP ProLiant DL380 G7, 1,024,380 tpmC, $0.65/tpmC, available 06/20/2011
[5] R. Nambiar, M. Poess, Transaction Performance vs. Moore’s Law: A Trend Analysis: http://www.springerlink.com/content/fq6n225425151344/

About TPC and TPC-C

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry.

Often referred to as the flagship server benchmark that measures online transaction processing performance, TPC-C simulates a complete compute environment where a population of users runs transactions against a database. TPC-C is not limited to the activity of any particular business segment, but rather represents any industry that must manage, sell, or distribute a product or service. The primary metrics are the transactions per minute (expressed as tpmC) and the associated price per transaction (expressed as $/tpmC).

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Cisco at OOW 2012 : Empowering your Innovation

Oracle Open World is around the corner – And as usual Cisco will be there to showcase a partnership which is flourishing with the extension of the UCS family , which provides to the Oracle users and administrators , better performance and better platform management, not even mentioning cost reduction .(check here the excellent analysis from Bill Shields ).

As a matter of fact we just announced today a  world-record TPC benchmark result with Oracle beating the nearest competition by  7% better performance and 11% lower price performance !  Read “Introducing World’s Fastest 2-Processor Server

Our team of engineers has been extremely busy over the past months , developing numerous Cisco Validated Designs, an engineering and collaborative program which guarantees a high level of quality for the implementation of a solution – Here are some recent achievements that you want to keep in mind

Certification of 11gR2 on SUSE SLES 11

-New CVD on Oracle PeopleSoft on UCS
-New CVD on JD Edwards running n MS SQL Server on UCS
-New CVD on Siebel on UCS
-New CVD Oracle Database on Flexpod (Cisco /NetApp integrated platform)

If you are planning to be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this coming week, here are some activities in addition of stopping at the Cisco booth ( #1221) for demos and meeting with experts that you don’t want to miss

Speaking Session

Paul Perez, Cisco VP and  CTO Data Center Group, will be on stage  on   Wednesday, October 3 at 11:45 AM PST
Cisco Innovation: Business Solutions Delivered in Proven Secured Clouds

The one constant is change. Yesterday’s technology cannot support today’s demanding business requirements. Cisco addresses data center IT challenges with the Cisco Unified Computing System, bringing unification of server, network, and storage access that provides unparalleled performance, lower cost, and management efficiencies. Customer challenges that range from linking data centers, moving virtual machines between private and public clouds, and securing of priority bandwidth can be successfully supported with Cisco business solutions. Hear from Paul Perez how proven and secure Cisco cloud infrastructure solutions deliver customers a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic business world and view into cloud infrastructures of the future. Also hear from Oracle how they leverage Cisco’s technology to benefit our joint customers.

Location: Lam Research Theater at YBCA (Seating Capacity of 700)

Other sessions that I would like to suggest are

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Yes, Cisco UCS servers are that good.

Cisco publishes a large number of customer references in the forms of Case Studies, Solution Briefs, etc. It can be a very time consuming task to read through all of them to find out just how much Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS®) is helping our current customers, and how it might also help you. I decided to take on the task of trying to quantify the savings our customers told us they achieved with UCS versus their old legacy environment. The list below summarizes the average of these tangible results.  These results are limited to where the customers specifically stated a savings or where the savings is easily derived from the numbers stated.

When Cisco announced its new data center architecture in 2009, among the stated goals were: reducing the total cost of ownership, improving business agility and energy efficiency, and less cabling. Now on our third generation of servers, it is clear Cisco exceeded its own expectations.

Would you like to learn more about how Cisco UCS can help you? There are more than 250 published data center case studies on Cisco.com. Additionally, there is a TCO/ROI tool that will allow you to compare your existing environment to a new UCS Solution. For a more in-depth TCO/ROI analysis, contact your Cisco partner.

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Imperva Announces Product Plans for Web Application Firewall on Nexus 1100 Virtual Services Appliance

Imperva on 1110 Virtual Services ApplianceCisco partner Imperva formally announced plans this week to deploy and host their SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) on the Nexus 1010 and 1110 Virtual Service Appliances. The SecureSphere WAF will be the first third party virtual service available on the Cisco virtual service appliances, joining Cisco virtual services such as the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, virtual Network Analysis Module (vNAM), Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), and the Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM).

In earlier posts, I have described how virtual services can be best deployed on a separate UCS-based appliance running NX-OS. The Nexus 1100 series are dedicated platforms for hosting virtual service nodes that run in a virtual machine, rather than taking up valuable resources on application servers, and allow for easier manageability by the networking and security teams (rather than the server team).  Read More »

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