I was interested to note that Denise Dubie, senior editor of Network World recently published an article in which she acknowledges Cisco’s VFrame provisioning appliance as a viable product offering in the emerging Data Center automation market. Read her article here.She compares Cisco’s network centric”stitch together” virtual infrastructure approach to other more traditional application and server centric offerings. From a network perspective Cisco sees orchestration across all three areas, specifically with API’s and policies that link application services, and server OS re-purposing and virtualized infrastructures. Cisco’s VFrame product offers a rich set of northbound and southbound XML interfaces in which this integration is possible. Several customers have already deployed VFrame in this manner. Further, VFrame has an extensive multi-vendor integration across server, network, and storage offerings. This is a new frontier that crosses boundaries in the data center. It will be interesting to see how the market develops.By Guest BloggerBill Erdman, Director, SVBU US Marketing
Here at the NXTcomm08 tradeshow (June 16-19, Las Vegas) the Nexus 7000 has been awarded finalist status in the prestigious EOS Awards for Excellence in Technology innovation. Cisco would like to thank the NxtComm08 EOS selection committee, which has clearly recognized the innovation that the Nexus 7000 brings to the Data Center via support of transport flexibility, operational continuity, infrastructure scale and unified fabric, creating a new category -Data Center Class Switch- in the process. For details, please see the link below.Cisco Nexus 7000 finalist- EOS award at NXTcommand for the full award ceremony link below.Nexus 7000 award ceremony
We passed another milestone on the execution of our Data Center 3.0 vision this week with the first customer shipments (FCS) of the Cisco Nexus 5020. Since it will apparently too expensive to drive or fly anywhere this summer, may I humbly suggest you order a couple of them to play with over the summer. Speaking of playing, if you have never played around with Kaon’s interactive 3-D models, they are very cool. Check out the model for the Nexus 5020 and the Nexus 7000.
On a day when oil hit $139/barrel and I just paid $4.72/gal to fill my gas tank, this interview with Paul Marcoux by Chris Morrison offered some interesting perspectives on energy efficiency in the data center and where Cisco is going. As some of you may know, Paul, a founding member of The Green Grid, recently joined the Cisco Development Organization as the VP of Green Engineering, so he would know better than most. One of the things Paul points out is that you need good data to make good decisions. It is one of the things I have talked about in previous posts and you will continue to see efforts from Cisco on providing good data; however, as Paul points out, there is much oppty in this area on all fronts. Check out the interview--Paul has some interesting perspectives.
I was making a valiant attempt to work through my ever-deepening backlog of email yesterday and I ran across something that reminded me that even though the Nexus 7000 got the lion’s share of the attention in our January DC 3.0 Switching launch, there were also a couple of other hidden gems that should not be overlooked. One of these is the Cisco Catalyst 4900M rack switch. I finally go to an article by Cameron Sturdevant in eWeek that took the switch through its paces and came to the the conclusion that “Cisco’s new switch deserves a spot near the top of your data center equipment evaluation list.”