Allan Leinwand had a provocative blog post on gigaom.com the other day about the imminent arrival of a blade server for the Nexus. Doug ably explained why we would not do such a thing, so I am not going to revisit that, but I do want to explore the question Allan posed at the end of his entry: Who do you think can provide those resources more effectively -– a blade server manufacturer using virtualization with networking added to the system or a data networking manufacturer adding blade servers and virtualization?
Was just reading this article on GigaOm about the Nexus 7000 as a sort of mutated blade server chassis. I wanted to reply to it that there isn’t much possibility of the Nexus 7000 as a server platform itself, although it, I believe, is one of the best Server Interconnect platforms ever delivered. Interesting conjecture, but doubt we’ll see that as an evolutionary path unless there is a major reduction in power draw for both CPUs and DRAM. dg
During customer briefings, I’ll often use the concept of the Lego data center when talking about the vision behind Data Center 3.0. The joy of Lego (for me at least) is the ability to build something then, (sometimes violently) break it apart and build something else. This is the operational model we look to bring to the data center—sans most of the violence--with Data Center 3.0.
Was recently reading this article about FibreChannel over Ethernet, something we have written just a few times about I came across this article today on the technology and how it is coming along in the standards bodies and with a full slate of multi-vendor support coming in behind it. Read More »
On a plane flying to Sydney to start a week long Asia Pacific Tour. Will be meeting with customers across a few parts of Asia and rushing home to paint Easter Eggs, hide them, and then wonder oddly enough a few days later where that interesting sulphur-like smell is coming from.This week I am going to try something new for me. Yes, I know, I am years behind on technology and using the web, but am going to try to do a few video blogs of the different data centers we may see, if their are architectural differences ‘Down Under’, does airflow work differently in Australia? i.e. does hot air fall and cold air rise? Read More »