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Cisco Unified Computing System: Best of Interop 2009 Winner

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) just won “2009 Best of Interop Award” in the Data Center & Storage category at industry leading global technology event Interop 2009. imageHere is what judges have to say about UCS “It’s clear that Cisco really examined the server virtualization challenge carefully when they designed the UCS. Everywhere you look, you can see how they focused on removing virtualization bottlenecks and enabling flexible device management at every level -- plus they’ve left plenty of room for growth. That’s why the UCS is our choice for the BOI Data Center and Storage Category winner for 2009.” Detailed analysis from award judges is available here.This is the second industry award for Cisco UCS within a month, which shows broad industry adoption and appreciation of Cisco UCS innovative architecture.

Join Us at EMCworld

May 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Just a quick heads-up--we have quite a few interesting things going on at EMCworld this week, including a session by our Cisco-on-Cisco TechMinute celebrity Sidney Morgan. Listen to Sidney give a brief update on our sessions. Sidney’s session is “Case Study: Implementing Next-Gen Data Center Solutions” on Tues, May 19, 2:45-3:45 pm.We will also have a couple of our bloggers on-site, so definitely swing by the Cisco booth and say hello. While we will not be streaming live from EMC, we will be posting videos taken onsite and blog and twitter posts to our EMC World website at www.cisco.com/go/emcworld09. The videos will be of onsite interviews with Cisco DC execs and SMEs, demo owners, partners, etc.

Cisco Unified Computing System in Production

May 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Our ConC TechMinute celebrity, Sidney Morgan discusses the deployment of Cisco UCS in our production environment and how it has improved power efficiency in our Richardson data center. You can also listen to Sidney discuss how we are integrating the UCS into our existing storage environment.

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Chuck Hollis, EMC VP of Global Marketing and CTO, on FCoE, Virtualization and Cloud Computing

May 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco will be present at EMC World 2009 and on the web at “Live at EMC World” Bill Marozas ,Cisco Director Storage Networking, took this opportunity to ask Chuck Hollis, Vice -President Global Marketing, and well known EMC blogger tough questions “Chuck Hollis here from EMC. I was asked to “guest blog” for Cisco on a few topics that I found interesting. image I hope you find the questions (and answers!) thought provoking! Q: What is your view of the evolution of the Storage Networking industry? In particular, how do you see the use of transfer protocols evolving in the data center? I think we’re all pretty agreed on the end state of storage networking: Ethernet wins – period. It won’t happen overnight, but the outcome is inevitable, if you think about it. The more interesting questions revolve around the “how” and the “when” of this transition, rather than the final outcome. Right now, enterprise data centers are intrigued about the potential of converged Ethernet data center fabrics for their next generation architectures, and in many cases are building it into their long term plans. As a result, I think you’ll see a healthy co-existence of FC and FCoE for many years – traditional storage networking infrastructure working alongside newer converged Ethernet infrastructure using the same switches, management tools, etc. Very few customers would ever consider a rip-and-replace approach. A related debate is “what storage protocols will we see on this converged wire?”. For us at EMC, this really isn’t a religious debate, and more a case of customer preference driven by specific use cases.

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Switch Architectures and Highways

Since Cisco first introduced the concept of oversubscribed Fibre Channel modules in the storage networking industry with the MDS 9000 Family, there has been quite a bit of confusion between oversubscribed and blocking architectures, often incorrectly using the two terms interchangeably. I’m going to use a simple analogy with the highway (where I spend too much time on, because of my commuting) to try to explain the not-so-obvious difference. Read More »