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Algo Boost Series: Part 1 Nexus 3548 Latency Innovations

The Nexus 3548 with Algo Boost was announced last week and received a lot of positive buzz around this game changing innovation. To follow up on Berna Devrim’s Introduction Blog, I am introducing a multipart series that goes into more specifics by Cisco experts. As part 1 of the series, I recently had the opportunity to have a chat with Will Ochandarena about the latency enhancements. Will is a Senior Product Manager in the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit.  In this role, he is responsible for the Nexus 3548 switch, and Cisco’s low latency switching strategy.

GD: The Cisco Nexus 3548 switch with Algo Boost was announced on September 19th and received a lot of positive attention. Can you elaborate a little more on the latency that this switch can achieve? How does this benefit our financial customers?

<WO>: The custom switching ASIC in the Nexus 3548, codenamed Monticello, sets a new bar for switching latency.  Our engineers worked tirelessly to eliminate unnecessary nanoseconds from the forwarding path, tweaking it down to as low as 190 nanoseconds (ns).  Best of all,  this latency is achieved even when we are doing full layer-2 and layer-3 switching, with features such as Network Address Translation (NAT) enabled.   We actually went as far as to offer a few different switching modes, each with different latency and forwarding characteristics, in order to give our customers the most flexibility in their deployments.

In terms of the impact on our end customers, we consistently hear from companies in the financial community that switch latency has a direct impact on the profitability of their business. Trading firms – as well as the exchanges and other participants – gain significant business advantage if the supporting infrastructure enables them to acquire data and execute trades nanoseconds faster than the competition.

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Cisco EMC VSPEX for VMware V250…CVD is published!

The Cisco Validated Design for VSPEX on VMware Architectures (V250) has been published! 

This is a NEW document, and third in the series of CVD’s, for VSPEX and the first centered on the UCS B series server.  The CVD provides the end-to-end solution with VMware vSphere 5.0 for 250 Virtual Machines.  Here is a high level picture of the architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

The Cisco EMC VSPEX solution is based upon the best-of-breed technologies including Cisco UCS B series, Cisco Nexus 5548, and EMC VNX 5500 storage. 

Check it out at www.cisco.com/go/vspex

Keep the discussion going.  How can we help accelerate your journey to the cloud?

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Branch-in-a-Box

One for All

The vision: Moving the power of the data center to the branch office.

The design: An Integrated Services Router G2, delivering blade technology and virtualization to enable more services with fewer devices.

The result: The Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco® Unified Computing System™ (UCS) E-Series Servers.

Using innovative technology, the Cisco UCS™ E-Series has the power to connect multiple servers from various locations in just a single router. The footprint is small, while flexibility is huge.

CONET, a Germany-based IT consultancy company, is experiencing the benefits of the Cisco UCS E-Series. With many options available, CONET is able to customize their IT solution and bring together multiple diverse systems. As a result, the company saves time, money, and resources.

Read about CONET’s experience and learn more about the Cisco UCS E-Series Servers here.

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With Cisco UCS Servers, less is more – the art of cable reduction

In my previous blog post, I highlighted some of the benefits being seen by customers using the Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS®) from Case Studies. Today I will drill down on cable reduction.

Why are customers seeing an 80% reduction in cabling and 75% in associated costs? Using a 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified network fabric – Cisco’s unified fabric technology reduces cost by consolidating Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and management.  This “unification” eliminates the need for multiple separate sets of adapters, cables, and switches for LANs, SANs, and high performance computing networks. Cisco’s Unified Fabric uses a low-latency, lossless 10-Gbps Ethernet/FCoE foundation that enables a “wire-once” deployment model in which changing I/O configurations no longer means installing adapters and re-cabling racks and switches.  With Cisco UCS you just add cables.

Here are three customer examples.

Hay Group – “With the Cisco UCS, we consolidated from 540 to 12 cables, a 44-to-1 ratio,” says Butler. [Robert Butler, Global CIO Hay Group]

Galliker Transport AG – “Where we previously needed 80 cables, we now only need eight: a reduction by the factor of ten. This not only cuts down the investment required, it also simplifies scalability. Installation and maintenance work are also substantially reduced.”

NetApp – In addition, using the converged network adapter on the Cisco UCS instead of separate Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapters enabled the company to decrease the cable count by 78 percent, from 1440 to 250.

 

For more information on how Cisco UCS is delivering on Cisco’s Unified Computing Vision, see the At-A-Glance.

Would you like to learn more about how Cisco UCS can help you? There are more than 250 published datacenter 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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Unified Data Center IQ :1st week contest ends up today at midnight PST –Time to answer !

 

 

 

 

 

 

The race to win the grand prize  by answering correctly a set questions,  started on Monday with a post on Facebook.com/ciscodc and multiple-choice questions on Cisco Algo Boost Technology and Nexus 3548 .

We have a growing number of participants, but there is still time before midnight PST to answer these easy questions to win the weekly iPad, and pile points (your Unified IQ) to win the grand prize in 6 weeks from now.

If you are still hesitant on how to answer some of the questions (really!) here is a little hint to answer the most difficult:

What type of encapsulation enables Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) to extend Layer 2 over IP-based networks?

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