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Next-Gen Ethernet: Opportunities to Deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Standards Status

May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

At Interop yesterday, Doug Gourlay, Cisco VP Data Center 3.0 Solutions, discussed the status of the standards for next-generation ethernet. In this video he talks about how Cisco customers can get better performance, better density, lower power, and longer distance with subsequent optimizations and how the standards are emerging between Data Center Ethernet and Convergence Enhanced Ethernet.

Parag Patel, Chuck Hollis and Ed Bugnion talk about Cloud Computing and Unified Computing

May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

I met at EMC World in Orlando, Chuck Hollis, EMC’s VP Global Marketing CTO; Parag Patel, VMware’s VP of Alliances, and Ed Bugnion, Cisco’s CTO for the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. Ed shared some insights on two important initiatives for the Cisco Data Center 3.0 strategy: Cloud computing and Unified Computing. VMware, Cisco, and EMC work together to deliver products and architecture designed to be deployed at scaleChuck explained to me how the alliance between these three companies is different in a world where the alliances come and go, and what is the EMC unique contribution. Parag highlighted the solutions, such as Cisco Nexus 1000V or Cisco Unified Computing System that this alliance is already delivering Watch the interviews with Chuck and Parag at http://www.cisco.com/go/emcworld09

Cisco Nexus 1000V: Come and Get It

May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

image Yes, its true, Cisco virtual networking goodness is available to one and all. To kick things off, we have worked with the fine folks at VMW to put together a 60-day eval program so you can check things out in your own environment. As a quick reminder, you will need a (free) cisco.com account to access the software (don’t worry, we won’t spam you).

  • Head over to https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/ to get you 60-day vSphere 4.0 eval license
  • Go to www.cisco.com/go/1000v to access the design, install and upgrade guides — look for the “Support” box on the upper right part of the page
  • Go to www.cisco.com/go/1000vdownload a pull down a copy of the software -- install it per instructions
  • Go to www.cisco.com/go/1000veval and obtain your eval license
  • Install, enjoy, and marvel at how you ever got along without it

Have fun. ;)

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.

Is Cisco MDS 9000 Part of Cisco’s Unified Fabric Strategy? Part 1

May 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Part 1 of a series of four interviews with Cisco and EMC experts in Storage Networking. Bill Marozas, Cisco Data Center Solutions Marketing, talks about the Cisco MDS 9000 , and what customers are asking him at EMC World this year. As usual, Bill was not afraid to face tough questions related to the choice that Cisco made for the MDS 9000 in order to ultimately deliver a unified fabric experience. He covers topics including: strategies around 8GB FC and Service-Oriented SAN; partnerships with VMware and EMC; migration path to FCoE; commitment to FC as the data center transport protocol and to MDS as the FC platform. Visit http://www.cisco.com/go/emcworld09 to find a video interview of Richard Rose, Cisco Product Manager, talking about VM-optimized SANs.