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Others make promises. We deliver.

It is great when the chief sales guy feels pretty good about the innovation a company delivers enough to blog about it. It gets even better when customers feel good about the innovation and value that a company like Cisco brings, to get up in front of the camera and share the benefits they are deriving.

Such customer confidence comes from trust. In the case of Cisco, we have earned this trust over decades, providing our customers not just with the best networking technology but by providing the right support model, the lowest TCO  and simply the best investment protection in the industry.

This has been borne out many times even as we’ve led numerous industry transitions - from enabling the ubiquity of Ethernet and IP; driving the voice, video and data inflection points, and the more recent trends around data center, virtualization and cloud.

Speaking of inflection points - over the past three years - we are leading perhaps the biggest networking transition in history, as we introduce the Nexus switching and NX-OS platforms into the data center and make it a foundational element for fabric-based infrastructure. In just over three years, we have over 19,000 NX-OS based customers with a sustained #1 market leadership across a variety of categories including revenue and port share. As the chart below depicts, we’re nearly 3X the 10GbE revenue of all our competitors combined! The 10GbE port shipments are equally strong compared to the rest of the industry.

Needless to say, all this has made the job for our competition much harder; to keep up with Cisco's pace of innovation  has not been an easy task.

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Cisco's contributions to the OpenStack Diablo release

On February 3rd of this year, Cisco announced its membership in, and commitment to, the OpenStack community. OpenStack is an open source cloud computing software project founded in the spring of 2010 by Rackspace and NASA, and which provides compute, storage and image management services for cloud computing environments.

In his announcement, Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, stated:

Since joining Cisco several months ago, you may have heard me talk about the importance of architecture, APIs, and open source in Cloud Computing. So today, I’m particularly proud to announce that Cisco has joined the OpenStack community. The effort here is being led by the CTO organization but also draws on other engineers throughout Cisco’s product groups to help with the design, specification and development of this open source cloud stack. And yes, that does mean code.

Fast forward to September 23rd, 2011. On this date, Cisco, along with an extremely dedicated group of developers from several fellow members, including Nicira and Citrix, delivered the first fruits of that labor. The first experimental release of OpenStack’s cloud network service, Quantum, is now available for download.

Details of Quantum’s functionality and architecture can be found on the OpenStack Quantum wiki page. The source code for the service can be downloaded from OpenStack’s Launchpad repository.

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Cisco at Oracle OpenWorld- Meet the experts - An interview with John McAbel -Part 1

October 3, 2011 at 9:04 am PST

As a large crowd of IT professionals are gathering in the Moscone Center in San Francisco , I asked John McAbel, A Cisco architect for Oracle Applications and a speaker at the conference to share his excitement about the partnership between Cisco and Oracle, starting today with what to expect from Cisco on the show floor - So in this part 1 of the interview, we talk about the demos, the experts and the Cisco Validated Design practice.

John  Tell us what the visitors can expect when paying a visit to our booth (#721) ?

"Amongst the demos , we will demonstrate big data on Cisco UCS . And for the customer who are looking beyond the big data market, we will have the ability to show demonstration of Oracle  Ebusiness Suite , Oracle data base ,and RAC cluster architecture ,and we will talk about some of the scalability test we have done . We got a number of Cisco Validated Designs. We will talk about Oracle scalability, both on bare metal and also on hypervisor type environment So we will have Cisco experts in the booth able to talk about some of the benchmarks we will announce at the conference , between 3 and 5 benchmarks – So I Think that visitors will be very excited  to hear about the leading performances that we continue to drive both in the application space and in the Oracle middleware space.

In addition of the demos, please check on the booth a series of theater presentations delivered by Cisco experts and Cisco partners .

Talking about the experts, can you tell us who they are ? What they bring on the table ?

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Digging Deeper in VXLAN, Pt 3, More FAQs

October 3, 2011 at 9:03 am PST

So, here is our final installment--we are wrapping up with some of the more common questions were are seeing.  In you missed the earlier posts, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2. I also have a couple of earlier posts introducing VXLAN and answering some of the initial questions.

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Intel and Cisco partner to offer servers platforms that are ideal to run Oracle applications

October 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm PST


Cisco and Intel have a strong partnership, especially around Cisco UCS , the  Cisco server platform which is a real game changer for mission critical applications such as Oracle applications and data base. Today I invited an Intel blogger, Sandhya Gorman to share with us her view of the partnership and the benefits for the Oracle customers.

"Oracle Open World (oracleopenworld.com / #OracleOpenWorld  is always an exciting industry event where not only do you learn something new, but you also hear at least 1-2 juicy announcements that rock the high tech world.   I’m sure this year will be no different.

One company I am looking forward to seeing at the show is Cisco.  As you know, Cisco entered the server business a few years ago and is becoming the darling of the data center.  The company offers a unique platform known as Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS) that is based on the Intel® Xeon® E7 Processor Family.  This platform has already set 9 world-record Oracle benchmarks to date.

What makes UCS unique for running Oracle databases and application?  In most competing platforms, there is an inherent imbalance between CPU, memory and I/O that inhibits performance.  To resolve this processor-I/O imbalance, Cisco incorporated a Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) unified fabric for processor-to-I/O communications in its UCS platform. A unified fabric can quickly move massive amounts of data from the I/O subsystem to the processor, between different nodes in an Oracle rack cluster, or in and out of the network infrastructure.  This allows data to be loaded in and out of memory at speeds that optimize processing power.

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