I was speaking with a customer the other day and they asked me a seemingly innocent question, “If VMware is all about abstracting hardware from software, why do hardware vendors bother going to VMworld?” I say “innocent question” because the customer didn’t mean any harm, he ran the application development group for a large Enterprise, but obviously this is an interesting question because today’s Data Center technology trends are rapidly changing some old ways of thinking.
If you think about it, there really hasn’t been any other technology that has raised the concerns about standards in the way that FCoE has. Suddenly, people are concerned about standards and how complete they are and don’t want to make a move until the standards are “done.”
You’d think people were afraid of salmonella poisoning if you use FCoE before it’s “cooked.”
So how can you tell? How do you know when standards are “done?”
How cool is this – having an iPhone or iPad as the management interface for your Cisco UCS system. Better yet, what a great excuse to get an iPad and put it on your expense account – “boss, I really need an iPad so I can manage our UCS system even better”
Tige Phillips (Cisco Systems Engineer) released his Simple iPhone Monitoring of UCS “in a lab”(SiMU Lab) tool to the iTunes App Store (Link to iTunes Store). Many of our Systems Engineers been testing the beta version for a while now and the feeling of power (and control) that it gives you when you are looking at your iPhone to control an entire UCS system is amazing! It is also a proof point that the XML interface of UCS Manager really is powerful. Can you do this with your legacy blade servers?
One of the great things about working at Cisco is the breadth of really smart, creative people that we get to interact with on a daily basis. We embrace the freedom that allows people to create things that are driven by their passion. One of those areas is in social media, where many people have discovered an outlet to express their knowledge in creative ways.
While we try and aggregate as much of the Cisco-centric goodness on our blogs, we often have employees that want the freedom of using different blogging platforms or combining their Cisco-centric content with personal viewpoints or non-Cisco-centric content. If you’re interested in some excellent in-depth technical discussions about Cisco UCS, I’d suggest following the blogs of the following people that all work for Cisco in our Unified Computing / Data Center organizations, working directly with our customers in the field.
With the introduction of vSphere 4.1 by VMware in June, one of the most common questions to the VCE Coalition is when will it be supported on Vblock. We have always stated that there will be a small time lag between the release of a product-level component and it being tested and certified to run on a Vblock.
ESX 4.1 is now validated for all Vblocks: Vblock 0, 1, 1U and 2 and has been tested in conjunction with PowerPath Virtual Edition and Nexus 1000V.
ESXi 4.1 is supported by EXCEPTION ONLY at this time as Power Path for ESXi will not be available until Q3CY2010. An RPQ process is available for ESXi support if required, but this must be raised using the exception process.