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More VXLAN Q&A

September 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm PST

So, the recent VXLAN announcement we made with some of our partners (including VMware, Citrix, and RedHat) certainly generated a lot of questions.

So let me cover some of the most common ones I have heard.

Why do we need a new protocol? We already have VLANs, MPLS, OTV, LISP and a whole host of other acronyms to contend with!

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Do you run VMware on Cisco UCS? These guys do!

So, who runs VMware on Cisco UCS. Well, these VMworld attendees were kind enough to share with me during the breakfast session.

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Management of dynamic virtualized data centers

September 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm PST

As a resident of Austin TX, I got to experience a record setting heat spell and drought this summer. Not to mention, some of the worst forest fires which are yet to be contained.  I was fortunate to escape the heat in the last week of August and attend VMWorld 2011.

One of the themes at the conference was Desktop Virtualization -- desktop access through a range of devices and access to cloud-based virtual machines. This is a timely issue in light of the June Cisco Visual Networking Index report which predicted that there will be twice as many networked devices as people on earth by 2015. With the proliferation of devices such as the iPhone and iPad, it is not inconceivable that workers will use the same devices in the office as well as home.

Another theme at the conference was management of servers and desktops including provisioning, ongoing maintenance and automation to meet service level agreements.  VMWare’s CTO in his keynote also mentioned that some of their biggest investments are around operations management of the virtualized environment.

Not surprisingly, another theme at the conference was Cloud Computing.  Whether virtualization is required for Cloud Computing can be a topic for heated debate.  Although virtualization is not an integral part of the NIST definition of Cloud Computing, the resource-pooling characteristic of Cloud Services is enabled by virtualization.

These themes prompted me to revisit a study by Forrester Research Cisco sponsored on the basics of management for Cloud Computing.  Although it was aimed at Cloud Management, the basic steps and concepts should be valid for any data center on a journey towards a dynamic, connected world.  The paper is titled “Elements of Cloud Service Orchestration”. A closer look under the hood is warranted even though the term “Service Orchestration” has taken a life of its own, with Wikipedia calling it a buzzword.  A webcast on the top is also available. What do you think service orchestration means in the context of data center management? I am very interested in your feedback.

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Enable Your Cloud with Cisco and EMC

  Today, IT environments are becoming increasingly more complex, with mounting evidence that 70 to 85% of IT budgets are spent just to keep infrastructure running. Efficiency, simplicity and scale are top of mind for customers as three key ingredients for their journey to cloud computing.  

Learn how EMC and Cisco enable customers to easily plan, deploy and manage their network storage infrastructure while achieving lower total cost of ownership (TCO), enhanced resiliency, and greater agility.

 Join us for a live InformationWeek webcast as we discuss industry leading technologies that unify storage and data networking to deliver a seamless converged, scalable, and intelligent data center environment that will help customers accelerate adoption of virtualization and cloud technologies.

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET
Duration: 60 Minutes

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 Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time: 9:30 am Australia Time
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Cisco UCS and Nexus 7000: The cornerstone of a new Cisco IT data center designed for disaster recovery

September 12, 2011 at 4:00 am PST

On April 15th, Cisco IT announced the grand opening of  a brand new data Center in Allen, Texas- This opening was part of a larger plan based on new facilities as well as transformation of existing facilities

On September 13, at 11:30 am PST (2:30 p.m. Eastern Time) you are invited to join Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby, VP IT Network and Data Center Services John Manville, and WW VP Sales Data Center and Virtualization Stephanie Carullo for a special TV broadcast on the GRAND OPENING of the NEW CORPORATE DATA CENTER on Cisco’s RTP campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Cisco IT transformed an existing data center in a state-of-the-art 2.88 MW, Tier 2 data center. Using UCS and its unique Service Profiles, Nexus switches, and Cisco-developed practices and policies, the new data center supports application development on a daily basis, but also acts as a disaster recovery site based on “virtual datacenters” created within the physical datacenter. The new data center can act as a DR site for multiple production data centers.

You already had the opportunity to listen to Rebecca, John and Stephanie , and you probably know their level of passion and  also their unique vision of the data center

This broadcast is an opportunity to understand

  • How the new data center fits into Cisco’s overall global data center and cloud strategy
  • Cisco’s use of its own data center technology, including the Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco Nexus switches.
  • How Cisco IT successfully transformed this data center and what are  the immediate benefits of this new architecture.

To view the live TV broadcast visit: www.ustream.tv/ciscotv Registration is not required.
The Replay of the show will be available after the broadcast at the same link.

Please attend and tell us what you think.