On February 3rd of this year, Cisco announced its membership in, and commitment to, the OpenStack community. OpenStack is an open source cloud computing software project founded in the spring of 2010 by Rackspace and NASA, and which provides compute, storage and image management services for cloud computing environments.
In his announcement, Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, stated:
Since joining Cisco several months ago, you may have heard me talk about the importance of architecture, APIs, and open source in Cloud Computing. So today, I’m particularly proud to announce that Cisco has joined the OpenStack community. The effort here is being led by the CTO organization but also draws on other engineers throughout Cisco’s product groups to help with the design, specification and development of this open source cloud stack. And yes, that does mean code.
Fast forward to September 23rd, 2011. On this date, Cisco, along with an extremely dedicated group of developers from several fellow members, including Nicira and Citrix, delivered the first fruits of that labor. The first experimental release of OpenStack’s cloud network service, Quantum, is now available for download.
Details of Quantum’s functionality and architecture can be found on the OpenStack Quantum wiki page. The source code for the service can be downloaded from OpenStack’s Launchpad repository.
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 ?
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.
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.
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 »