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The Internet Protocol Journal

October 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

One of the hidden gems at Cisco is the Internet Protocol Journal.   The IPJ describes itself as “… intended to serve as an informational and educational resource for engineering professionals involved in the design, development, and operation of public and private internets and intranets. It does not promote any specific products or services, but focuses on issues facing the network designer or operator. The journal carries tutorial articles (“What is…?”) as well as implementation/operation articles (“How to…”). It provides readers with technology and standardization updates for all levels of the protocol stack and serves as a forum for discussion of all aspects of internetworking.”

The quality of the content is quite good and a subscription is free.  One of the reasons I bring this up for our readers is the the current edition has a the first part of a two part primer by T. Sridhar on cloud computing.  For those of you looking to come up to speed, it is a good vendor-agnostic intro to the topic.

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Of Cloud Computing and Virtualization

October 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

There still continues to be an immense amount of confusion around what exactly constitutes cloud computing.  As an example, over the last few days, there has been a spirited debate whether the Sidekick service Microsoft/Danger offered was a cloud-based service or not (I am not going to dig into that here, but I do happen to agree with Chris Hoff’s viewpoint).

A common question I get is if virtualization is an inherent and mandatory component of any cloud solution.  I bounced this question up to our CTO’s office to get their take on things.  Their perspective:

Cloud computing delivers IT resources on-demand and elastically, and many organizations would like to leverage these capabilities today. Compute virtualization established itself as a way to improve resource utilization, but has other characteristics that make it more broadly relevant to cloud.

To expound on this a bit further, Glenn Dasmalchi, technical chief of staff in the office of the CTO at Cisco, provides a summary of how cloud computing and virtualization are related, and what advantages are afforded to customers.    He also touches on the network play with the cloud-virtualization linkage.

 

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Taking Cisco UCS for a Test Drive

October 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Thinking about test drives reminded me that my 12 year-old son will be driving soon (yikes!) which then got me thinking about other rites of passage he will soon encounter such as the roller-coaster experience of asking a girl out on a date for the first time and looking for that nod from her.  Which then got me thinking—hmmm, that should get him ready if he ever ends up doing product marketing (twisted, I know).

You see, sending your product off to review is a lot like asking someone out--you embark with full confidence, but you still anxiously await the nod and smile. That’s how we felt when we gave eWeek’s Cameron Sturdevant free reign to poke, prod, test, and badger our new Cisco Unified Computing System B-Series blade server.  After four days of kicking the tires and looking under the hood at every nook and cranny, Cameron had a smile on his face.  (Whew…not that we were all that nervous, you understand…)  But Cameron, in his own words, is “impervious to hyperventilating marketing hype.”  (Not that we’d ever indulge in such language.)

You can read Cameron’s full review here as well as check a couple of slide show he put together of the hardware and the UCS Manager.

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Are You Getting Top Performance for Your Oracle Applications over the WAN?

With Oracle Openworld running this week it’s a good time to think about the performance of applications over the wide area network (WAN).  With the changing business environment IT organizations are re-architecting how they deploy enterprise applications. Oracle applications automate business processes and increase productivity, but in this new network-centric world their performance is being impacted by longer WAN links and inefficient Internet protocols resulting in reduced performance and decreased user productivity.

Globalization and outsourcing has created a workforce that is spread across the world. At the same time, to reduce IT costs resulting from the spread of regional systems, and to take advantage of large scale virtualized systems, organizations are centralizing their application and IT infrastructure in the data center. The result of this trend is that the distance from the end user to the application server has increased dramatically and the connection is often over links with limited bandwidth.

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Are you ready for Oracle Openworld ? How to survive the jungle and save your feet

October 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

If you want to get the most out of your curriculum, and be ready for the next generation of data centers, here is a nice itinerary for the 4 days at Oracle Openworld
Monday 10/12/2009 

Time Session/ Demo Title Session ID Speaker(s) Venue/room
10:30-11:00 Simplifying Oracle Infrastructure Operations Demo Tushar Patel, Scott Rose Cisco booth 2301
11:00-11:30 Oracle in a Cisco UCS Blade Environment Demo Lisa Caywood Cisco booth 2301
11:30-12:00 Oracle on the new UCS C-series Demo Glenn Keel Cisco booth 2301

13:00 -- 14:15

General Session: Driving the Services Economy

S311922

David Anderson, Oracle ; Bill Ruh, Cisco

InterContinental Hotel

InterContinental B

13:00 -- 14:00

Understand Oracle MDM Strategy and How Cisco Turned Data into a Corporate Asset

S308301

Pascal Laik, Oracle; Kin-Ching Wu, Cisco Systems

Moscone West L3

Room 3001

 

14:30 -- 15:30

Cisco Lays the Foundation for Business Transformation with Oracle Projects

S309813

Paul Connor, Cisco Systems; William Eder, Accenture

Marriott Hotel

Salon 10/11

 

16:00 -- 17:15

General Session: Get the Most Out of Virtualization: Manage Top-Down from Application to Disk

S311846

Richard Sarwal, Oracle; Edward Screven, Oracle; John Manville, Cisco

YBCA

Novellus Theater

17:30 -- 18:30

Cisco Unified Computing Management 

S312753

Scott Rose, Cisco

Moscone South

Room 306

I will not miss Scott Rose presentation on Unified Computing Management -- Check his invitation to attend the session

 

If you survive the intensity of this first day , here are some suggestions for the next three days

 

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