As a resident of Austin TX, I got to experience a record setting heat spell and drought this summer. Not to mention, some of the worst forest fires which are yet to be contained. I was fortunate to escape the heat in the last week of August and attend VMWorld 2011.
One of the themes at the conference was Desktop Virtualization – desktop access through a range of devices and access to cloud-based virtual machines. This is a timely issue in light of the June Cisco Visual Networking Index report which predicted that there will be twice as many networked devices as people on earth by 2015. With the proliferation of devices such as the iPhone and iPad, it is not inconceivable that workers will use the same devices in the office as well as home.
Another theme at the conference was management of servers and desktops including provisioning, ongoing maintenance and automation to meet service level agreements. VMWare’s CTO in his keynote also mentioned that some of their biggest investments are around operations management of the virtualized environment.
Not surprisingly, another theme at the conference was Cloud Computing. Whether virtualization is required for Cloud Computing can be a topic for heated debate. Although virtualization is not an integral part of the NIST definition of Cloud Computing, the resource-pooling characteristic of Cloud Services is enabled by virtualization.
These themes prompted me to revisit a study by Forrester Research Cisco sponsored on the basics of management for Cloud Computing. Although it was aimed at Cloud Management, the basic steps and concepts should be valid for any data center on a journey towards a dynamic, connected world. The paper is titled “Elements of Cloud Service Orchestration”. A closer look under the hood is warranted even though the term “Service Orchestration” has taken a life of its own, with Wikipedia calling it a buzzword. A webcast on the top is also available. What do you think service orchestration means in the context of data center management? I am very interested in your feedback.
Tags: Cloud Computing, data center, Service Orchestration, vmworld
Today, IT environments are becoming increasingly more complex, with mounting evidence that 70 to 85% of IT budgets are spent just to keep infrastructure running. Efficiency, simplicity and scale are top of mind for customers as three key ingredients for their journey to cloud computing.
Learn how EMC and Cisco enable customers to easily plan, deploy and manage their network storage infrastructure while achieving lower total cost of ownership (TCO), enhanced resiliency, and greater agility.
Join us for a live InformationWeek webcast as we discuss industry leading technologies that unify storage and data networking to deliver a seamless converged, scalable, and intelligent data center environment that will help customers accelerate adoption of virtualization and cloud technologies.
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET
Duration: 60 Minutes
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time: 9:30 am Australia Time
Duration: 60 Minutes
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On April 15th, Cisco IT announced the grand opening of a brand new data Center in Allen, Texas– This opening was part of a larger plan based on new facilities as well as transformation of existing facilities
On September 13, at 11:30 am PST (2:30 p.m. Eastern Time) you are invited to join Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby, VP IT Network and Data Center Services John Manville, and WW VP Sales Data Center and Virtualization Stephanie Carullo for a special TV broadcast on the GRAND OPENING of the NEW CORPORATE DATA CENTER on Cisco’s RTP campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Cisco IT transformed an existing data center in a state-of-the-art 2.88 MW, Tier 2 data center. Using UCS and its unique Service Profiles, Nexus switches, and Cisco-developed practices and policies, the new data center supports application development on a daily basis, but also acts as a disaster recovery site based on “virtual datacenters” created within the physical datacenter. The new data center can act as a DR site for multiple production data centers.
You already had the opportunity to listen to Rebecca, John and Stephanie , and you probably know their level of passion and also their unique vision of the data center
This broadcast is an opportunity to understand
- How the new data center fits into Cisco’s overall global data center and cloud strategy
- Cisco’s use of its own data center technology, including the Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco Nexus switches.
- How Cisco IT successfully transformed this data center and what are the immediate benefits of this new architecture.
To view the live TV broadcast visit: www.ustream.tv/ciscotv Registration is not required.
The Replay of the show will be available after the broadcast at the same link.
Please attend and tell us what you think.
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Medtronic to Join Cisco-SAP HANA Panel @ TechEd Las Vegas
At next week’s TechEd in Las Vegas, SAP HANA hardware partner Cisco will be presenting a customer session featuring Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, discussing their recent SAP HANA deployment. As one of the first customers to install SAP HANA on a Cisco Unified Computing System Server Platform (UCS), Medtronic will join Cisco and SAP in a lively discussion to explain how SAP HANA will allow them to stay ahead of their competition through innovation.
Ben Eiref and Ulrich Kleidon from Cisco, Alan Westfall from Medtronic and Greg Monaco from SAP all will discuss the deployment in depth to show how SAP HANA installed on Cisco UCS will help Medtronic to better analyze their business operations, lower their TCO and speed time to market.
Date/time/location: Wednesday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30a, Bellini 2001A in the Venetian Congress Center
Tags: Cisco, HANA, SAP, Scale-Out, Scale-Up, UCS, unified computing system
SAP HANA Scale Up or SAP HANA Scale Out. That is the Question
Ever since SAP HANA in-memory computing was announced and started shipping as a rack-mount appliance, a market disruption began. Customers have begun to realize the value of receiving instantaneous results to their data inquiries instead of having to wait for days to make critical business decisions. Cisco Unified Computing System server platform made it easy as a self contained appliance for SAP HANA for customers to install and start utilizing this technology day one.
But there are changes in the wind. Not only can you use SAP HANA as an appliance, but SAP has now announced that they will be installing SAP HANA in a scale-out model, meaning they will have the software available on blade technology. Now we are talking. This means that you will not be butting up against any memory challenges in the capacity of the servers. Of course Cisco UCS already has extended memory capability. This means that you will not bump up against CPU core challenges. Since you can daisy chain servers together, you can use as much compute power as needed. You can also add compute mid-stream in a little as 15 minutes with the Cisco UCS server profile tools. Cisco UCS service profiles allow you to deploy servers in 15 minutes by allowing you to attach a server profile you already have set up directly to that blade, saving you the time and effort to configure each blade individually.
So what does this mean to the average customer?
1) The customer can have as many servers (depending upon the configuration and certifications) as needed for the SAP HANA architecture
2) The customer can make instantaneous decisions, thus beating the competition and getting their product into the hands of their customers in a more expedited way.
3) The compute is still non-disruptive meaning that these processes are done outside of the normal day to day running of the business
So is there any reason not to embrace this technology? No. The winds have changed and that is the answer to the question
You can see this solution live by visiting the Cisco Booth 1000 at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas Sept 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel.
Tags: Cisco, data center, HANA, SAP, Scale-Out, Scale-Up, UCS, unified computing system