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Are you accelerating applications delivery in cloud?

A common discussion I hear a lot is around how to ensure application performance when accessed remotely over WAN from a centralized data center. At the same time, efficiently utilizing the limited network bandwidth available is key to customers. Cisco WAAS solution can help achieve both these objectives in a cost efficient way.

WAAS (Wide Area Application Services) is Cisco’s WAN optimization solution that helps accelerate enterprise applications delivery and data transfer in cloud. The key benefits that Cisco WAAS solution provides for enterprise applications are:

  • Improving end user experience for the global workforce accessing enterprise applications in private/virtual private clouds, resulting in enhanced productivity.
  • Improving efficiency (reduced bandwidth requirements/time) for remote replication of the enterprise application data to the DR site are

The requirement for optimizing WAN traffic becomes even more critical as customers continue to adopt data center virtualization and private/hybrid cloud to run their most demanding applications.

Deployment flexibility/options with Cisco WAAS

Cisco WAAS offers multiple deployment options (both physical and virtualized), and can easily plug into different architectures across your datacenter/private cloud, virtual private cloud at service provider, remote/branch offices, Backup/DR site, and mobile workforce. The picture below shows the different deployment options available with Cisco WAAS.

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Fixing Stupid, An FCoE Response

April 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm PST

I’ve read Henry Newman’s article on FCoE and vendor stupidity three times now, and I’m afraid it hasn’t gotten any clearer for me.

Given the nature of the title, “FCoE Gets Lost in Vendor Stupidity,” and given the fact that I work with FCoE on a daily basis for Cisco, can I help but raise an eyebrow at being called “stupid?”

Okay, okay, so he’s not calling me stupid. He’s talking about the nature of the industry as a whole (I think), and he’s talking about what could happen with FCoE adoption if it’s not handled properly (I think), and he’s comparing the lack of object storage as a metaphor for a lack of FCoE storage (again, I think).

This is not to say that Mr. Newman’s numbers aren’t interesting -- they are -- but I just can’t help but wonder how he comes to his conclusion about FCoE given that the entire article discusses iSCSI. Read More »

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“Not every startup can afford to buy redundant vBlocks”

This past weekend, the social media channels were ablaze with discussions about the Cloud Computing events of last week. Many of the discussions centered around the idea that customers of public cloud services had over-estimated what would actually be delivered, especially in the areas of High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Some people argued that it was the providers fault, while others argued that the customers should have known better and designed their applications accordingly.

Initial deployment costs often came up during discussions, especially as it related to start-ups and growing businesses that required (or preferred) the pay-as-you-go consumption model to one that was more CapEx focused. Sometime during the discussion, I received a tweet that said “Not every startup can afford to buy redundant vBlocks”.

I’m not sure if this was directed at me, Cisco or VCE. Either way, it was probably directed at the most visible integrated offering from technology companies that have chosen to supply best-of-breed infrastructure for public (and private) cloud builders, not “be the cloud” for companies.

My initial reaction was, “huh, when did the discussion move back to small companies buying their own infrastructure?”. This isn’t the late 1990s, where every start-up in Silicon Valley bought huge quantities of servers, storage and networks, which required them to raise large amounts of capital to fund the infrastructure before they could even begin growing their business. We understand that VCs give start-ups less these days because they don’t want to pay for the business risk + infrastructure assets. Too many start-ups fail or don’t have a viable business model, so move the infrastructure costs to the commodity public clouds. Read More »

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Why #FAIL isn’t Failure – Lessons from the Cloud

If you were paying attention to the Intertubes or Twitterverse today, you probably heard about an issue at one of the well-known Cloud Computing providers. Needless to say, fingers were being pointed left and right, and all the “experts” came out to explain their 20/20 hindsight into causes (still unknown) and avoidance.

I purposefully avoided any comments about these events because sometimes in life systems go down. If you’ve been in the technology industry long enough, and actually worked in support or operations, you know that even the best designs can have issues. And I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been the cause of some (temporary) issues with large customer systems. When it happens, it’s not a good day for anyone involved -- the operators, their customers, the fat-finger typer or wrong-cable puller, etc.

What dawned on me throughout the day were all the people labeling this #FAIL. This is the Internet’s new meme anytime something goes slightly different than plan. Read More »

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How Cisco Services Helped EMC IT Get Plaudits from their End Users – Exploiting Cisco UCS for EMC’s Cloud Enabled Oracle Databases

April 20, 2011 at 10:51 am PST

As an IT manager or as a network designer, how often do your end users call you up and praise the improvements you’ve just delivered?  How often do they say “Wow, the system is screaming” and “this is such a productivity increase for us?  How often to you transform “go for a coffee break” type reporting tasks into “less than a minute” execution times?

Last year, Cisco Services, with our Unified Computing Services Application Migration specialists, engaged with EMC IT to help them transition from a legacy RISC platform to Cisco Unified Computing System, and the above user “rave reviews” and feedback were the result. In this blog, I’ll look at a different area of our services portfolio from my previous blogs , that of Cisco UCS Application Migration Services. Read on to find out more how our UCS Application Services helped drive success for EMC IT.  I’ll also point you to the upcoming May 3rd webinar on this topic and some white paper resources and a VoD…… EMC IT with Cisco Services transform Oracle Solution Performance with Cisco UCS

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