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Introducing Nexus 5624Q Switch: Seamlessly Migration from 1G to 10G/40G

Recent trends like Big Data, Video, and Collaboration are shaping the Enterprise IT environments.  At first glance, these trends might not seem like anything new.  But what is different is that technologies are now available that lets organizations deal with these trends in a better way ( for example 10/40/100G availability ,  Multicore processors driving higher I/O,  BiDi Optics,  New gen multi-protocol Fabric Extender (FEX), etc).  New innovations from Cisco help organizations face these challenges posed by the next gen dynamic data centers in a seamless manner.  And, of course, everyone is being tasked to do more with less.

To enable seamless transition to 10GE, 40GE and 100GE, today Cisco is announcing the following new additions to the Nexus 5600 Series Switches

  1.  New Nexus 5624Q – One RU, Wire rate 12-Port 40GE or 48-port 10GE switch and supports higher density with expansion modules
  2. 100 GE LEM  – 4 port 100 GE LEM for Nexus 5696Q and Nexus 6004EF

The Cisco 5624Q, the new addition to the popular and widely adopted 5600 Series (Nexus 5672UP, Nexus 56128P, and Nexus 5696Q), provides seamless transition to 10/40G and makes IT resources and staff more efficient through consolidating workloads and  delivering a truly converged solution.

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Cisco ACI, Microsoft System Center and Azure Pack at Microsoft TechEd Europe in Barcelona

October 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm PST

For those of you attending Microsoft TechEd Europe in Barcelona, you have an opportunity to hear how Microsoft and Cisco are collaborating to create a shared, elastic resource pool of storage, compute, and networking in Microsoft’s Cloud OS.

Maurizio Portolani, Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer, will be joining Robert Reynolds, Principal PM Lead, Windows Azure Pack, Microsoft, during the main Windows Azure Pack session Tuesday to show how an application-oriented policy delivers operational simplicity for the infrastructure team and can provide a converged stack for key Microsoft applications.

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How does RISE benefit Cisco Prime NAM?

As you may have seen in Gary Kinghorn’s blog, Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) has been integrated with Cisco Nexus® 7000 Series Switches using Cisco® Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE) technology providing a powerful story for data center integration. RISE with Prime NAM provides high performance monitoring and packet analysis on multiple virtual device contexts along with switch interface statistics for all modules.

Cisco RISE can be used to tightly integrate the Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches with the Cisco Prime NAM to provide VDC awareness and SPAN traffic across multiple VDCs without burning slots on the switch. RISE overcomes the limitation of applying SPAN configuration only in the VDC to which the management cable is attached by intelligently managing the movement of NAM data ports and SPAN configuration to other VDCs as needed. The integration includes the following main features:

  • NAM appliance acts as a module on Nexus switches
  • One NAM appliance can receive traffic from multiple Nexus VDCs without re-cabling
  • One NAM appliance can collect interface statistics for multiple VDCs
  • Dynamic vdc-aware SPAN configuration on Nexus switches using NAM GUI
  • Up to 4 NAM ports can be automatically assigned to Nexus VDCs using NAM GUI
  • Graph of per-interface ingress and egress statistics for multiple VDCs
  • Auto-discovery and bootstrap of NAM appliance from Nexus switch
  • Health monitoring of NAM appliance
  • Visibility to multiple VDCs from one NAM appliance with ongoing VDC configuration updates
  • Configurable timer intervals and VDC list for interface statistics collection
  • User-friendly error handling for SPAN creation/deletion/modification
  • Order of magnitude OPEX and CAPEX savings: reduction in configuration, simplified provisioning and data-path optimization

 

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Figure 1. RISE Physical and logical topology

 

Deployment Modes

Cisco RISE supports attachment to the NAM appliance in the following modes:

  • Direct Attach mode with single NAM: The appliance has a management link that is directly attached to the Nexus switch. Up to 4 data links on the NAM can be attached to one or more VDCs on the Nexus switch to send SPAN traffic (Figure 2).

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Figure 2. Direct Attach Mode with single NAM

Direct Attach modes with multiple NAMs: The appliance has a management link that is directly attached to the Nexus switch. Up to 4 data links on each NAM can be attached to one or more VDCs on the Nexus switch to send SPAN traffic (Figure 3).

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Figure 3: Direct Attach mode with multiple NAMs

Indirect Attach modes with multiple NAMs: The appliance has a management link that is attached via an L2 network to the Nexus switch. Up to 4 data links on each NAM can be attached to one or more VDCs on the Nexus switch to send SPAN traffic (Figure 4).

 

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Core Features

Cisco RISE with NAM provides the following key features that allow the solution to provide traffic and performance analysis across all the VDCs on the Nexus switch without changing the wiring connections.

 Dynamic VDC-aware SPAN Configuration

  • Configure SPAN sessions for up to 4 NAM dataports from NAM GUI.
  • Create, edit, delete SPAN sessions, select destination ports and source ports for the SPAN sessions.
  • SPAN sessions can be configured in other VDCs by selecting VDC and data ports from NAM GUI. Dataport will be automatically moved to required VDC.
  • The options of SPAN configuration available to N7K CLI users are available via NAM GUI using RISE.
  • Provides visibility to all VDCs from one NAM.

 Multi-VDC Interface Statistics

  • Retrieve interface statistics of all VDCs on N7K via RISE
  • Set short term and long term polling intervals for getting interface statistics
  • Set the interested list of VDCs from which statistics needs to be retrieved
  • Statistics can be viewed on per interface basis as a graph or data points

Main Benefits

  • Enhanced application availability via simplified provisioning and efficient manageability.
  • Data path optimization: ADC off-load, low latency policy engine.
  • Dynamic VDC-aware SPAN configuration: Create SPAN sessions on any VDC
  • Multi-VDC awareness: Deliver traffic and performance reports in multiple VDCs
  • Cisco RISE provides significant savings in capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) through simplified provisioning and data-plane optimizations:
  • Dramatic OpEx savings: Reduction in configuration time and ease of deployment
  • Dramatic CapEx savings: Reduced wiring, power, and rack-space needs
  • The solution provides enhanced business resiliency and stickiness to Cisco products.

Ordering Information

Cisco RISE is supported in Cisco NX-OS Software Release 7.1(0) and requires the Enhanced Layer 2 Package license. Please contact nxos-rise@cisco.com if you are interest in an EFT.

 References

http://cisco.com/go/rise

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/rise

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/rise-nam

RISE with Prime NAM White Paper

 

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IEEE International Conference on Big Data 2014

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My Favorite Demo at Microsoft TechEd Europe: Data Center Modernization

 

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After the SQL Saturday event this week I will be staying in Barcelona for a few more days to attend the Microsoft TechEd Europe from Tuesday Oct 28th to Friday Oct 31st! As Gary Serda laid out in his blog, Cisco has a lot of great demos to share with you. See details: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cisco-at-microsoft-teched-europe-2014/

  • Cisco UCS and Integrated Infrastructures for Microsoft Private Cloud
  • Windows Server 2003 Migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Cisco UCS
  • UCS Management with Microsoft System Center
  • UCS for Microsoft SQL Server
  • Nexus 1000V Network Virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, “Cisco is Here to Help!—Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life Support,”  Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) Migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 on Cisco UCS is, as we like to say the social media world, trending.  I am really excited about the demo covering this topic because it brings together all the value props of Microsoft and Cisco working together to help customers solve one of their most important data center challenges.

In that blog, I touched on what Cisco and Microsoft are saying, but what are our customers saying?

Head of ICT management and maintenance, Elektroprivreda, Haris Brkanic mentioned in the case study that moving to Windows Server 2012, they were able to migrate from 42 physical servers and 90 virtual servers on seven hosts to just 12 Cisco UCS servers.  They are realized significant cost saving and performance gains in this upgrade. They also love that they can manage everything from a single pane of glass. Our customer definitely experienced the simplified IT, better virtualization, and licensing and support benefits they were hoping to get.

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