Well, it’s been a year since my first blog post on, which happened to be about the newly announced Data Center 3.0. As you may remember, at the time Jayshree Ullal noted that DC 3.0 was going to be a multi-year journey, which some took to mean it would be a while before we saw anything tangible to support that vision. Not quite. So if we look back at the last year, its been pretty busy on the data center front:- Cisco Catalyst VSS- 10GbE Catalyst Blade Switches for Dell, HP, and IBM blade servers- Virtual Blade Switch technology- Cisco Catalyst 4900 Switch- Ubiquitous 10GbE (core, agg, access, modular, rack, blade)- Storage Media Encryption- Data Mobility Manger- NPV/NPIV Support- The Cisco Nexus Family (7000 and 5000)- NX-OS - Data Center Ethernet- Fibre Channel over Ethernet- ACE Appliance- WAAS Mobile- WAAS Hosted Virtualization- ISV Validation from SAP, MSFT, ORCL and others- Cisco TrustSec- IronPort- VFrame 1.2 service orchestration- Data Center Network ManagerGo ahead, I’ll give you a sec to catch your breath- I think the key point is that we helped our customers move the ball forward on multiple fronts (switching, storage, security, management, apps) in the data center with a blend of investment protection of existing platforms and also the introduction of new platforms and technologies.Doug pointed out in January that there were a slew of good things in the works and we are only halfway through the year, so, stay tuned.
Just a quick update for everyone that we have updated one of my favorite DC technology programs, the Data Center Assurance Program. This is where we test and qualify all of our DC products at a systems level with multiple server and storage vendors in a real world environment with real world business and IT productivity applications running on top of the baseline architecture.We have expanded the DCAP testing methodology to include new products and capabilities, but also to include both Enterprise and Service Provider architectures- with a special focus on Video distribution architectures.what’s coming next? expect Nexus 7000 and 5000 testing, FCoE/Unified Fabric testing, and I think, of potentially more importance we are going to be posting all of our work on documenting Data Center best practices to something like WikiBooks. Then our DCAP tool will link in the WikiBook on Cisco Data Center Networking Best Practices and allow the almgamation of hundreds and thousands of network professionals real-world experience to create an authoritative tome of knowledge on how to design, operate, administer, and change a data center network.Like it? Anything else we should look at rolling into this capability? http://www.cisco.com/go/dcdesignzone