Let’s cut to the chase–you have probably wondering “what is Cisco going to do about SDN and OpenFlow?”
Well, probably more than you expect, but before we get into that, I would respectfully suggest you are asking the wrong question.
Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE) was created to deliver a specific capability to our customers: providing direct programmatic access to Cisco infrastructure. As we were vetting this concept with customers, two things quickly became apparent: 1) customers were extremely receptive to the concept and 2) there was a was wide variance in what customers were looking for. It turned out that OpenFlow and what ONF defines as SDN (in essence control plane/data plane separation) represented one approach to network programmability, but other customers were looking for to accomplish things that had nothing to do with control plane/data plane separation. For example, we see a number of universities asking for the typical OpenFlow/SDN functionality to support their R&D environments and for “network slicing”. We talked to service providers who viewed programmability as the ability to run their own code on a box–say a custom-tuned version of BGP. Finally, we talked to hyperscale data center operators who viewed programmability as the ability to get direct programatic access into the switching silicon to pull very specific and detailed information–say the port error counters–that they could fed directly into their homegrown OAM tools. At the end, it was clear we need to offer OpenFlow and SDN capabilities but we also needed to deliver more–hence the broader, more technology-agnostic concept of network programmability. So, I would offer that, instead, it might be better to ask “What is Cisco doing to make the network more programmable?”
The answer is, with Cisco ONE, quite a bit, actually. At its essence, Cisco ONE allows you to build upon the things that already work with your network (scale, availability, security, etc) and add the programmability you need to help you deal with things like cloud. mobility, etc with more agile infrastructure, simpler operations and application awareness.
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Tags: Cisco ONE, SDN
So, I wrapped up CiscoLive Day 1 with a chance to catch up at the end of the day with Fred Nix of EMC (@NixFred) and Vaughn Stewart of NetApp (@vStewed). While the conversation covered a number of topics, not all them appropriate for a corporate blog, we did commit this part of the conversation to tape. I think this segment highlights a couple of things. First, how our ecosystem of data center partners is second to none–these guys are rock stars and they represent equally cool companies. Second, I think this really shows how much IT has evolved and the lines have blurred so that folks like EMC and NetApp are able move beyond their storage roots and deliver comprehensive infrastructure solutions to our customers through their vBlock and FlexPod offerings, respectively.
Tags: cisco live, EMC, FlexPod, IaaS, netapp, Vblock
It is Cisco Live 2012, and the San Diego Convention Center is abuzz with excitement and activity, as customers throng to the World of Solutions, on this Monday afternoon, June 11. Having recently joined the Cisco VXI solutions marketing team, I am eager to check out all the VXI demos live on the show floor. Let’s pick up action with the Desktop Virtualization demo in the Cisco Unified Data Center (UDC) booth. Read More »
Tags: citrix, netapp, vdi, vxi
Integrated stacks are grabbing more and more attention on the market – Omar Sultan introduced VSPEX on this channel two months ago (read his blog here ) . After EMC World, Cisco Live 2012 is a great opportunity to learn more about this reference architecture. Here is a quick note from Brian Gracely (@bgracely) , Director of Marketing at EMC .
“Last April, EMC introduced VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, an easy on-ramp to private cloud for those businesses that need a flexible, yet simple, complete virtualization solution.
For those that may be unaware of the new launch, VSPEX are reference architectures proven by EMC and Cisco and packaged and delivered as complete virtualization solutions by trusted channel resellers. Developed with the needs of SMB and midmarket customers in mind, VSPEX is designed for flexibility and validated to ensure interoperability and fast deployment. VSPEX gives customers the power to choose the technology that fits their needs – storage, virtualization, servers and networking – while removing the complexity and risk that typically comes with designing, integrating and deploying a best-of-breed solution. With VSPEX by EMC and Cisco, private cloud computing is more accessible than ever.
VSPEX is one of many EMC-Cisco Solutions that will be featured at Cisco Live. Coming back from EMC World we have heard overwhelming interest in the VSPEX platform. With Cisco Live just next week, we wanted to make sure that all those interested in more information on VSPEX had the right contacts to reach out to during Cisco Live for follow-up.
Located in the EMC booth (#934) will be a VSPEX rack with vSpecialists and qualified EMC representatives that will be discussing the technology and benefits of VSPEX Proven Infrastructure. Please do not miss out of the opportunity to engage IT professionals on one of the most exciting releases of the year! Posted below is a comprehensive list of those to follow to get updates on all things VSPEX and EMC-Cisco Solutions.
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Tags: Cisco, cisco live, EMC, reference architecture, vspex
Desktop virtualization is one of the major initiatives at Cisco and our partnership with Citrix is flourishing as Jonathan Gilad reported on this social media platform several times.
Today I invited Bhumik Patel , Alliance Engagement Architect at Citrix, to write about some aspects of the collaboration between Cisco and Citrix to provide the best workspace experience to our customers. Bhumik is responsible for delivering technical best practices and joint solutions on Citrix XenDesktop and Cisco VXI desktop virtualization solutions for customers and partners. He has been with Citrix since 2007 and is based out of Santa Clara; CA. Prior to this role, Bhumik was part of Citrix’s WW Consulting group leading consulting projects for several enterprise Citrix customers around the globe and has led initiatives for developing best practices while integrating Citrix and partner solutions.
Bhumik is at Cisco Live in San Diego this week and on Twitter @bhumikp and on his blog – Check Citrix booth #734.
“As a Citrix Architect implementing Desktop Virtualization solutions with Cisco VXI and Citrix XenDesktop in the field, I would like to share some of the successful business use cases that a joint solution addresses primarily from a Citrix viewpoint. Since Cisco VXI is a unique, end-to-end architectural solution integrating virtualized data center, virtualization-aware networks and virtualized collaborative workspaces for optimally delivering virtual desktops with XenDesktop, it is really built to drive multiple I.T initiatives for you at once, all leading towards a flexible, next-generation workspace. Let’s look at the VXI solution at a very high level and then a few practical use cases:
First and foremost benefit is with Cisco UCS providing an ideal platform for hosting Citrix XenDesktop delivering virtual desktops for organizations. With the extended memory technology providing great VM density, and the service profiles allowing customers to dynamically build and scale out their infrastructure hosting XenDesktop. UCS also provides a great end user experience even for some very large VM footprints due to the unified fabric supporting very high I/O bandwidth. The solution with UCS and XenDesktop is completely validated and tested for providing the required density numbers. I had the opportunity to contribute to the initial validations with Cisco and you can read more on it here. So the guess work is eliminated while implementing your VDI solution, which could be a huge benefit in itself.
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Tags: byod, Cisco, citrix, collaborative workspace, data center, desktop virtualization, vdi, virtualization-aware network, vxi