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New Nexus 1000V Free-mium Pricing Model

[See Also: Follow-Up Q&A on Freemium Pricing Model]

[Update 11/26/12: the free Nexus 1000V virtual switch is available for download from here.]

Following on the heels of the announcement of our Nexus 1000V 2.1 release last month, Cisco is today announcing a new pricing and packaging strategy for its flagship virtual switch portfolio. Starting with that new 2.1 release, which is now in beta, we will have two editions of the Nexus 1000V, an Essential Edition and an Advanced Edition. The Nexus 1000V Essential Edition will be available for free, plus a nominal annual support fee, in a move that we believe will encourage customers and our partners to proliferate what has already become the most popular virtual switch in the industry with over 6,000 customers to date.

The Nexus 1000V Essential Edition provides all the rich Layer-2 networking features to connect virtual applications to the network and integrate into VMware environments, including: VXLAN capability, Cisco vPath service insertion, integration with vCloud Director, and a plug-in for management and monitoring in VMware’s vCenter Server. This free version will enable rapid, low-risk adoption of Cisco’s virtual network technology environments.

The Advanced Edition, priced at $695 per CPU, the same price as the current 1.5 release, includes:

  • The Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) for Nexus 1000V, a virtual firewall with visibility to virtual machine attributes for building sophisticated compliance policies, and logical trust zones between applications (VSG was previously sold as a separate product).
  • Support for advanced capabilities, such as DHCP snooping, IP Source Guard, Dynamic ARP inspection and Cisco TrustSec Security Group Access (SGA).

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Cisco Unified Data Center IQ Contest – Time to Participate !

..AND WIN !!

Think you know Cisco’s Unified Data Center? Like to friendly  compete with others ?  Well , well ! It’s about time to prove it!   There are at least two ways to do that: the serious and the fun.

The Serious Way: You deploy an Unified Data Center at Work – Can it be risky? – Not really ..but check out this video anyway:

Disclosure : The numbers displayed in this video are extracted from a real case study

The Fun Way:  Participate to the Unified IQ Contest!

 

Starting on October 1st, we give you the opportunity  to test your knowledge .
A fun and easy way to play and compete  with an immediate reward.  During 6 weeks , we will propose every week a set of questions with multiple choices  created by our genius and facetious bloggers.  We will cover topics such as Unified Computing Systems, Unified Fabric, Unified Management, Desktop Virtualization, Cloud,  Open Network Environment. You got the picture! The whole Cisco  Unified Data Center portfolio !

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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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