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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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VXLAN Deep Dive, Part 2: Looking at the Options

September 30, 2011 at 9:15 am PST

Hey folks--this is the second of three posts looking a little more closely at VXLAN.  If you missed the first post, you can find it here.  In this installment we are going to look at the some of the other options out there.  Two of the most common questions we see are  “why do I need yet another protocol?” and “can I now get rid of X?”  This should help you answer these questions.So, let’s dig in… Read More »

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Digging Deeper into VXLAN, Part 1

September 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm PST

Yes, I am still talking about VXLAN, rather you folks are still talking about VXLAN, so I thought its worthwhile digging deeper into the topic since there is so much interest out there.  There also still seem to be a fair number of misconceptions around VXLAN, so let’s see what we can do to clear things up.

This time around, I have some partners in crime for the discussion:

Larry Kreeger is currently a Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems’ SAVTG working on Nexus 1000V architecture. Larry has a wide ranging background in networking accumulated from over 25 years of experience in developing networking products.  His recent focus is data center networking, especially as it relates to data center virtualization.

Ajit Sanzgiri has worked on various networking technologies at Cisco and other bay area networking companies over the last 16 years. His interests include hardware based switching and routing solutions, Ethernet and wireless LANs and virtual networking. Currently he works on the Nexus1000v and related network virtualization products.

So, Larry and Ajit have put together this VXLAN primer--its fairly dense stuff, so we are breaking this into three posts.  In this initial post, we’ll cover the basics--why VXLANs and what is VXLAN.  I know I’ve covered this to some degree already, but Larry and Ajit are going to dig a little deeper, which will hopefully help clarify the lingering questions and misconceptions.  In the next post, we’ll discuss how VXLAN compares with the other tools in your networking arsenal, and, in the final post, we’ll cover more of the common questions we are seeing.

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Sneak Peek into Oracle Deployment at Cisco IT

September 29, 2011 at 3:30 am PST

Oracle OpenWorld is definitely around the corner -- Our speakers are now  fine tuning their presentation . But I couldn’t resist to contact some of them with the hope to have valuable  insights. As I was interviewing John McAbel (Oracle VM consolidation and Path to the cloud on Cisco UCS) , and Siva Sivakumar (Cisco UCS Reference  Achitecture for Oracle Solutions) in San Jose, I sent Amy Lewis , our favorite roving reporter (actually competing with Aneel ) for an impromptu meeting with Dan Loomis, as both of them are living in RTP (remember the recent opening of the RTP data center ?)

Dan Loomis is a System/chief  architect for the customer services area. His passion is definitely about aligning business and technology architecture, and working on strategic planning .Dan intends to share with the audience in his speaking session (Service Transformation: Building Process Automation for Complex Service Offerings ) framework and methodology learned.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J01YMdBfzE

Here is the extract of the session

High-technology companies have an increasing focus on creating and enabling services to grow profits and customer satisfaction by expanding value, differentiation, and capabilities. These services create extensive requirements to help companies successfully support the new service models. In this session, Cisco discusses its rigorous approach to platform transformation that brings together thorough performance metric identification and evaluation and combines with new strategy requirements to define its next platform.
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A Look Forward at Interop NY 2011

Next week from Monday, October 3rd to Friday, October 7th, Interop NY will be in full swing.

As usual, Cisco will be at the Expo and represented in various sessions throughout the event. We’ll have a big booth (#121) where Cisco representatives will be on hand to discuss and demo current Cisco technologies in: IPv6, UCS, MediaNet, WAAS, Secure-X, and more. We’re also a premiere sponsor of InteropNet, where Cisco is leading the design of the show network, featuring 10 gig over copper connectivity and Cisco’s Prime management system and wireless technologies — offering full IPv6 capabilities. Engineer-led booth tours will be available each day at the InteropNet NOC booth.

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