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Cisco at Oracle OpenWorld- Meet the experts – An interview with John McAbel -Part 1

As a large crowd of IT professionals are gathering in the Moscone Center in San Francisco , I asked John McAbel, A Cisco architect for Oracle Applications and a speaker at the conference to share his excitement about the partnership between Cisco and Oracle, starting today with what to expect from Cisco on the show floor – So in this part 1 of the interview, we talk about the demos, the experts and the Cisco Validated Design practice.

John  Tell us what the visitors can expect when paying a visit to our booth (#721) ?

“Amongst the demos , we will demonstrate big data on Cisco UCS . And for the customer who are looking beyond the big data market, we will have the ability to show demonstration of Oracle  Ebusiness Suite , Oracle data base ,and RAC cluster architecture ,and we will talk about some of the scalability test we have done . We got a number of Cisco Validated Designs. We will talk about Oracle scalability, both on bare metal and also on hypervisor type environment So we will have Cisco experts in the booth able to talk about some of the benchmarks we will announce at the conference , between 3 and 5 benchmarks – So I Think that visitors will be very excited  to hear about the leading performances that we continue to drive both in the application space and in the Oracle middleware space.

In addition of the demos, please check on the booth a series of theater presentations delivered by Cisco experts and Cisco partners .

Talking about the experts, can you tell us who they are ? What they bring on the table ?

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Digging Deeper in VXLAN, Pt 3, More FAQs

So, here is our final installment–we are wrapping up with some of the more common questions were are seeing.  In you missed the earlier posts, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2. I also have a couple of earlier posts introducing VXLAN and answering some of the initial questions.

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Intel and Cisco partner to offer servers platforms that are ideal to run Oracle applications


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

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

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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