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EMC Unified Storage Compliments Cisco Unified Fabric to Provide Customers Flexibility and Choice for End to End Convergence

Storage continues to offer challenges to IT professionals: according to IDC, storage growth continues at about 30% y/y with the continued consolidation of servers, storage, and network assets becoming a new imperative through the use of technologies such as virtualization and Unified Networks based on 10G Ethernet.

To alleviate the challenges faced by its customers, EMC today announces its “Mega-Launch” providing major proof points for the convergence trend in multi-protocol SAN environments and providing unparalleled flexibility and choice to its customers.

One of the highlights of EMC’s Mega-Launch is the introduction of VMAX, the next gen flagship storage line, and the VNX Unified Storage family, which converges the best elements of EMC’s venerable CLARiiON and Celerra product lines into one unified platform offering both block and file storage.  EMC also announced the industry’s fastest deduplication storage systems from its Data Domain acquisition for backup and archive challenges.

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Another award for Cisco’s MDS 9148 Fabric Switch!

More good news about Cisco’s fabric switches:  the MDS 9148 was chosen as one of six finalists in the storage networking equipment category in Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com’s 2010 Products of the Year competition.

Cisco MDS 9148 was chosen as one of six finalists

From nearly 200 entries, the judges of Storage magazine’s and SearchStorage.com’s 2010 Products of the Year awards selected 43 products as finalists. All products are distinguished by their innovation, value and capabilities.”

 This is the third finalist award for MDS this fiscal year alone, including two Storage Networking World best practices awards for TSF and King County (Seattle, WA).

We introduced the MDS 9148 last year and in just the few months since then, the newest member of the MDS storage networking family has became a hit among our customers (especially in the commercial space) and partners.   Read More »

Live Webcasts: FlexPod for VMware

Cisco, NetApp and VMware will be hosting live webcasts on Jan 20th and Feb 17th 2011 to discuss the new FlexPod™ for VMware solution jointly developed by the three companies.

For those of you not familiar with FlexPod, it is a unified, pretested, and validated solution to simplify your data center transformation and journey to the private cloud. It is built on a flexible, jointly supported infrastructure that can be easily scaled and optimized for mixed application workloads in virtualized, and secure multi-tenant cloud environments.

Industry leading Cisco Unified Computing System, and Nexus Unified Fabric, along with NetApp Unified Storage and VMware vSphere are the essential components of the FlexPod solution.

Detailed information on FlexPod for VMware can be found here, here, and here.

Click here to register for the live webcasts. Experts from the three companies will be supporting the webcast to answer your tough questions via live chat.

In a follow on blog, we will discuss the FlexPod solution in detail and what it means for your plans around moving applications to cloud.

Monitoring UCS with SolarWinds

As a follow-on to my post on Tuesday, over the next several weeks I’ll be spotlighting various UCS management partners to give you a better sense for what we’re doing with whom.

Today, let’s take a look at Austin-based SolarWinds.  SolarWinds recently released v10.1 of their Orion Network Performance Monitor product, which includes dedicated support for UCS I/O.  Why use Orion NPM in conjunction with UCS Manager?  UCS Manager exists to configure and manage service profiles within a UCS domain (which can span across many chassis). As part of that ongoing management, it collects statistics on system health in order to support system tuning, ensure availability, etc. What SolarWinds brings to the game is the ability to do higher-level aggregation and analytics, across not only multiple UCS domains, but also putting UCS and also Nexus1000v activity into context with upstream network devices.

SolarWinds has a really nice live demo here.  My SolarWinds colleague Brandon Shopp has also written  a blog to help put some context around the UCS elements you can see in the demo.

Hello from Abhinav Joshi

Hi,

This is Abhinav Joshi, recently joined Cisco as a Solutions Architect in the Systems Architecture and Strategy Unit (SASU). My key role at Cisco is to strategize, architect, and evangelize end to end solutions as it relates to running enterprise apps (Exchange, Oracle, SharePoint, SAP, VDI etc.) and industry vertical apps in private and hybrid clouds. This gives me an opportunity to work very closely with our key open ecosystem partners (e.g. VMware, Microsoft, NetApp, EMC, Oracle, Citrix etc.) and drive joint solutions to help customers more efficiently meet their ever evolving requirements and achieve business agility.

I am very excited about my new role at Cisco and looking forward to use this blog as an opportunity to share the good work we are doing. Also, I am very much interested in open discussions and feedback so that we can better enable your journey to the cloud.

A little bit of background about myself…

I have over 11 years of industry experience with over 9 years focused around data center consolidation, virtualization and cloud. Before joining Cisco, I worked as a Virtualization and Cloud Solutions Architect at NetApp for 3 years where I played a key role in the development of end to end solutions and strategies around VMware vCloud Director, VMware View, MS Apps on VMware, Backup and DR for virtualized apps, Cisco/NetApp/VMware SMT solution etc. I was a regular contributor to the NetApp Virtualization Effect blog. Thanks for all the interesting conversations and feedback on my blogs :).

Prior to working at NetApp, I worked as a Solutions Architect at PPC, helping Federal customers with data center consolidation, and server & desktop virtualization with VMware, EMC, NetApp, and IBM solutions.

I am a VMware vExpert 2010, VMware VCP (3 and 4), and also holds certifications from EMC, NetApp, and SNIA. I hold MS in Systems Engineering from University of Maryland – College Park and BS in Chemical Engineering from Nagpur University, India.

Looking forward to great conversations as you shape your virtualization and cloud strategies for 2011 and beyond.

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