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UCS: A Better Home for Oracle Apps

This week our team is out in force at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, and with good reason.  Last week Scott Ciccone and I talked about the kinds of applications that are particularly well-served (no pun intended) by the new UCS B230 blade. Yesterday, Oracle quantified what that means when they announced world-record results with the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, using a pair of B230s running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, with our 4-socket B440 M1 acting as the database server.

I asked my colleague Girish Kulkarni, who works closely with our application partners, to help put this into context:

“We got the top dual-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark result of 11,283.80 JOPS@ Standard (jAppServer operations per second). This result surpasses the prior dual-node world record by 54 percent and was obtained running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.”

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Cisco, Citrix and NetApp develop holistic solution for desktop virtualization

You’ve probably seen Cisco’s announcement on its new architectural framework for the data center, called Data Center Business Advantage.  This broad framework highlights Cisco vision and strategic approach to innovation in the data center market, with the focused goal of helping customers achieve not just IT advantages, but real business advantages and models.

An important element of Cisco’s approach is creating and delivering, together with our partners, comprehensive solutions that address top of mind business challenges. And when we talk top of mind – agility, compliance and cost are pretty high up there – and therefore IT’s growing interest in desktop virtualization. 

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Raising the Bar: Cisco Unified Fabric

Contrary to the popular belief, not all vendors are equal when it comes to providing unified fabric.  To meet customer needs, unified fabric is no longer only about the convergence of SAN and LAN, unified fabric must also enable customers to build a scalable and intelligent multiprotocol network environment.

The days of monolithic data centers are gone  – customers are asking for purpose-built architectures to facilitate automated data movements and enable new business models as IT moves from a cost center to a business-relevant service center.

Unified Fabric and the Role of SANs : Cisco Unified Fabric combines innovation in LAN and SAN to build a converged, scalable and intelligent unified fabric to support your data center needs. 

 Cisco’s John McCool explores the compelling benefits of a Unified Fabric

So what does Cisco Unified Fabric brings to your data center?

Cisco Unified Fabric  integrates storage and data networking to deliver: transparent convergence, massive three-dimensional scalability, and sophisticated intelligent services.  Unified Fabric offers the best of both worlds (SANs and LANs) -

  • Delivering high-performance, highly available networks to serve diverse data center needs
  • Enabling users to take advantage of Ethernet’s economy of scale, extensive vendor community, and future innovations
  • Supporting lossless requirements to carry storage traffic (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS) over Ethernet

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Desktop Virtualization: Is it an evolution of Enterprise Desktop environment?Or, “Back to the

Desktop Virtualization: Is it an evolution of Enterprise Desktop environment? Or, “Back to the Future”?

Another day and yet another article predicting the death of traditional desktop infrastructure in the enterprise and its replacement with desktop virtualization. Is this for real? Or, one more hype cycle in the IT industry? I suspect that eventually these predictions around transition to an “alternate” desktop compute model in enterprises will come true but when? Are the so-called benefits of desktop virtualization to the IT departments in terms of desktop administration and cost of ownership real? Are there any pit-falls to adopting this alternate desktop compute model? Is desktop virtualization relevant and is it worth evaluating it? My research says, yes to all of the above!

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Another Cisco Server! Or, A Better Home for Some of Your Apps

Rashesh, or JT as he’s known around the office, talked on Wednesday about how your applications can find a “better home” in your data center—where they run faster, more efficiently, for less money. To break that down a bit more, let’s take a look at the newest entry into the Cisco server portfolio, the new UCS B230 blade server, or as Sean McGee has dubbed it, “The Goldilocks Blade”. This new entry in the Cisco server portfolio gives you more ways to optimize your infrastructure for specific application needs, always with an eye to your perennial operational and environmental constraints.

My teammate Scott Ciccone, who supports the server elements of the Unified Computing System, invited me up to join the fun at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco earlier this week. We had the B230 out with its cover off, and the sight of 32 DIMMs packed onto a two-socket, half-width blade drew plenty of curious passersby.  Scott’s quick overviews of the blade consistently turned into thoughtful 20 to 30 minute conversations, so I asked him to share a blog-size version of those discussions with you:

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