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Cisco UCS : When Opportunity Knocks

April 6, 2011 at 7:14 am PST

If you are managing an Itanium or SPARC based server architecture, you may be experiencing increasing maintenance costs, scarcity of administration resources, shrinking ISV support and unclear roadmaps from vendors like HP and Oracle/Sun.  You may not have thought there was a viable alternative, but imagine if you could unite computing, networking, and storage access resources with a management system designed to deliver the flexibility and agility needed to scale business operations.  

Cisco’s Unified Computing System was designed for the modern data center and has just expanded to include a portfolio of two-socket and four-socket blade and rack-optimized servers based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family. Check out the nine new world record performance benchmarks here. One of the new offerings is a two-socket Cisco UCS C260 server which can support up to 20 cores,  1 TB of memory and 16 SFF disk drives in a dense, 2U form factor. This is big-time compute, memory, and storage capability in an extremely small footprint. Up to 50 GB of memory per core for demanding enterprise applications, such as large-data-set and transaction-intensive databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, and decision-support systems.

Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server Video Data Sheet

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Spring Cleaning Time? UCS Refresh For A Faster, Denser DC

About six months ago I introduced you to another one of my colleagues, Scott Ciccone, as we launched the very dense UCS B230 two-socket blade. And now, with Intel’s spring release of their next-generation Xeon E7 processors, we’ve announced updates to that original B230 platform as well as our 4-socket platforms. In addition, we’ve got a new rack-mount-flavored take on the B230 density story…

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Achieving Evolutionary Fabric with Revolutionary Scale

April 2, 2011 at 8:09 am PST

I’ve just returned from Cisco Expo in Croatia (beautiful country!), where cloud computing was a major theme in the keynote speeches. One of the keynotes was delivered by no less than the President of Croatia!  Evolution to cloud computing was a top of mind topic for many of the attendees.   Evolution, innovation and investment protection were key to the customers I spoke with this week, and key reasons why they are adopting Cisco for cloud and their data center evolution.   This evolution is made simpler with products such as the Cisco Nexus range, and the  Cisco Unified Computing System.  It's also simplified with the Cisco Data Center Optimization Service, used by many customers to obtain the key skills they need to evolve their data centers.  This subscription service gives you a flexible menu of options you can call on, periodically, to bring additional expertise and specialist skillsets in for targeted data center evolution projects.  Let's talk about these options in more detail.

Cisco Expo - Croatia - March 2011

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UCS Performance Benchmark Results that Matter!

You’ve probably seen Cisco’s announcement on two new world–record setting benchmark results recently. On March 9th 2011 Cisco announced the world-record setting SPECjEnterprise®2010 benchmark results with a solution based on the UCS 4-socket servers. Cisco followed it up with industry’s first VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark results on UCS B200’s.

This is another example of how the UCS portfolio allows you to optimize for a variety of considerations, including cost and alignment with application architecture, without compromising performance.

A while back I introduced you to my colleague Girish Kulkarni, and you’ll be hearing more from him soon. Here’s what he has to say about the benchmarks:

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Introduction to “Cisco Datacenter Interconnect (DCI)”

As I continue to ramp up my understanding of Cisco’s innovative datacenter technologies and joint solutions with our open ecosystem partners, I had opportunity to sit down with Jake Howering, Product Manager for Cisco’s Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution.

DCI technologies are key to connecting data centers, and simplifying the mobility and scalability of physical and virtualized application workload to address various real world scenarios.

Jake’s one of the very sharp Product Managers I’ve met. Good news is that Jake has joined the blogosphere and will be actively involved is discussions around Cisco DCI solution. Welcome Jake!

Within 30 minutes of discussion, Jake and I touched upon the basic concepts of DCI and the innovative solutions we have brought to market jointly with partners like EMC, NetApp, and VMware. Here is the summary of our discussion around DCI and what it means to the customers:

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