Data Center Connections using “nV edge”
The ASR 9000 product family has recently come out with a new feature called nV Edge (nV = Network Virtualization). This feature unifies the data center edge control, data and management planes. So, I’ll note a couple things here on this feature and then tell you why I think it has potential to be truly awesome.
My good friend Rabiul Hasan just wrote a proof of concept document just posted to Design Zone that provides the configuration and setup details. I encourage you to go check it out here.
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Tags: asr 9000, asr9k, Data Center Interconnect, DCI, nV, nV Edge, VPLS
Cisco continues its cloud computing performance leadership with the announcement of VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark result published on July 10th 2012.
The Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server’s score of 11.30@10 tiles on the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark outperforming all other 2-socket blade servers. The world-record score demonstrates how well a system’s servers, network, and storage components support virtual machine movement, storage migration, and virtual machine provisioning.
First generation VMmark (VMmark 1.x) was a server consolidation workload. It measured how many VMs that can be run on a single server. VMmark 2.x is the next generation benchmark from VMware that was introduced in December 2010. The VMmark 2.1 benchmark uses a tiled design that incorporates six real-world workloads to determine a virtualization score. Then it factors VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion, and virtual machine provisioning times to determine an infrastructure score. The combination of these scores is the total benchmark score. Because Cisco UCS is a truly unified system, it delivers both virtualization and infrastructure performance.
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Tags: benchmark, Cisco UCS, Cloud Computing, infrastructure, performance, VMmark
In my journeys of talking to IT organizations I come across individuals who really stand out in their drive and passion to transform their organization and achieve a pragmatic cloud for their stakeholders. This is the second in a series of Blogs on the Superheroes of the Cloud. What makes these individuals and their organizations special is that they distinguish their organizations by having a unique angle to their Journey to the Cloud. I won’t spell out the exact formula but I will offer some tidbits on why I am impressed by these superheroes.
The move to the cloud and the force of that current has surprised analyst, vendor, and customer alike. We at Cisco believe in a strong Partner Ecosystem to support our customers in their journey. Four years ago we had probably a dozen experts in Intelligent Automation Software on the planet. Today that number probably exceeds 200 and will be soon be above 1000. We are actively training and enhancing expertise at our IA for Cloud partners so that they can help their clients leverage the value of our cloud stack.
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Tags: channel partners, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, intelligent automation, orchestration, training
This will probably be my shortest blog ever! Perhaps it is really a bloglet, whatever the case here’s what I’m doing. A question was posted in the Technical Discussions forum of the UCS section of the Cisco Developer Network
I have an environment consisiting of 20+ chassis … I’d like to be able to get the number of open blade slots on each of these.
I’m sure there has to be a command i can put together for this.
Here’s my response:
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Tags: automation, PowerShell, PowerTool, tweet, twitter, UCS
Do you have different management tools for your Storage and Ethernet Networks? For IT Administrators who need to manage them, using these various management applications can be a daunting task. Cisco announced last week the release of Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) 6.1. DCNM is now part of the Prime portfolio of Infrastructure Management products that focuses on holistic, single pane of glass management of Cisco’s Unified Fabric.
Cisco Prime DCNM 6.1 provides a robust framework and comprehensive feature set that meets the routing, switching, and storage administration needs of present and future virtualized data centers. DCNM offers visibility into the virtualized hosts by integrating with industry standard hypervisors and provides host-tracking capability to easily manage and diagnose virtual and physical servers.
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Tags: DCNM, MDS, nexus, Unified Fabric