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UCS Performance Benchmark Results that Matter!

You’ve probably seen Cisco’s announcement on two new world–record setting benchmark results recently. On March 9th 2011 Cisco announced the world-record setting SPECjEnterprise®2010 benchmark results with a solution based on the UCS 4-socket servers. Cisco followed it up with industry’s first VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark results on UCS B200’s.

This is another example of how the UCS portfolio allows you to optimize for a variety of considerations, including cost and alignment with application architecture, without compromising performance.

A while back I introduced you to my colleague Girish Kulkarni, and you’ll be hearing more from him soon. Here’s what he has to say about the benchmarks:

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Introduction to “Cisco Datacenter Interconnect (DCI)”

As I continue to ramp up my understanding of Cisco’s innovative datacenter technologies and joint solutions with our open ecosystem partners, I had opportunity to sit down with Jake Howering, Product Manager for Cisco’s Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution.

DCI technologies are key to connecting data centers, and simplifying the mobility and scalability of physical and virtualized application workload to address various real world scenarios.

Jake’s one of the very sharp Product Managers I’ve met. Good news is that Jake has joined the blogosphere and will be actively involved is discussions around Cisco DCI solution. Welcome Jake!

Within 30 minutes of discussion, Jake and I touched upon the basic concepts of DCI and the innovative solutions we have brought to market jointly with partners like EMC, NetApp, and VMware. Here is the summary of our discussion around DCI and what it means to the customers:

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The DCI Blog is Here!


Part of Cisco’s Data Center strategy includes Data Center Interconnect (DCI).  DCI is a solutions-based approach to virtualize an organization’s 2 or more Data Centers.  That is, multiple Data Centers can be architected so that they can seamlessly share resources while also delivering new services addressing today’s business challenges and opportunities.

I’m a Product Manager in our Systems Architecture and Strategy Unit (SASU) where we develop DCI enabled architectures *and* put them through our solutions test bed.  Our output includes White Papers, Industry Presentations as well as Design and Implementation Guides with the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) designation.

My ultimate goal here is to share what’s happening and help point you in the right direction as you make your DCI decision or just want to learn about the solution in general. To get you started, please check out our DesignZone as well as more specific DCI content here.

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What NewScale Means for UCS

It’s a big week for Cisco data center customers.

In addition to today’s very big announcement, you may have read yesterday that we announced our intent to acquire newScale, a leading provider of self-service portal and service catalog software. Tere Bracco provided a bit more detail in her blog. NewScale has been OEM’d by our Advanced Services team for the past few months to provide a front end to Tidal’s Intelligent Automation solution—there’s a good explanatory video about the solution. The planned acquisition further cements that relationship. For a good, broad analysis of how newScale fits into our IT automation portfolio, read Forrester analyst Glenn O’Donnell’s blog. Add on today’s announcement of the broadening of DCNM and you should begin to have a sense for how we see data center infrastructure and operations coming together over the long term.

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Cisco data center fabric – vision, evolution, benefits

Among all the IT domains, perhaps the most action is in the data center, and by extension, in the cloud. Virtualization has taken root, and delivered a lot of operational efficiency. It has provided some interesting challenges as well. Virtual Machine (VM) mobility is one.  Tracking workloads as they move between servers, within and across data centers is more fun than most people imagined. So, how does one take this dynamic environment, and leverage it to fulfill requirements such as:

  • Delivering anything as a service – handling heterogeneous workloads for any application
  • Dealing with VM mobility – optimizing resource allocation across any location
  • Offering dynamic response – responding to real-time requirements at any scale

How does one solve these emerging challenges to achieve the next levels of productivity and efficiency?

For quite some time, Cisco has believed in the promise of “going beyond silos” (Yeah, that’s the campaign we launched as well, for those of you who saw the recent ads). But awareness campaigns apart, the concept is pretty simple – how do we take some of the traditional silos in the data center like the network, compute, storage and application services and bring them together – holistically – to deliver better efficiency, resource utilization, simplicity and cost benefits.

Fundamentally, this is the promise of Cisco’s data center fabric approach – it delivers on the vision of a high-performance, shared infrastructure, that brings together the network, compute, storage access elements, and L4-7 application services into a tightly integrated resource. It is open, integrated, flexible, scalable, resilient and secure.  And it is built off a vision that Cisco has been executing for 3+ years now on the foundation of Unified Fabric, Unified Network Services and Unified Computing. This foundation will form the bedrock for customers looking to move towards cloud-based models exploring application independence, location freedom and massive scale.

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