A picture really is worth a thousand words. I found this out many times over doing booth duty at IDF and then Oracle Open World recently. We had the UCS Manager Platform Emulator running at IDF, but not at OOW, and being able to actually show people the flexibility, breadth and depth of control you get with the UCS approach to management made a notable difference in the tenor and seriousness of the conversations.
You can download the Platform Emulator from the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) and play with it to get a feel for how UCS Manager is organized. But I wanted to give a nod to the valuable public service provided by Kevin Houston over at BladesMadeSimple: he’s created a YouTube video using the Platform Emulator that walks you through the information and tools available to the administrator(s) in UCS Manager, including the creation of service profiles, templates and pools. It’s definitely long, but thanks to the soundtrack I found myself wanting to samba as I watched (not that I have the slightest idea how to samba; fortunately nobody was around). Simply put, it may well be the coolest 15-minute tech video you’ll see all week.
In the spirit of follow where the data leads you; how thoughtful are we in how we plan for and manage the data center? As an IT industry we spend a lot of time debating what a data center is and how much of an impact it may have on productivity, competitive advantage, security, business continuity and as of late ecologic impact. This is perhaps why the most senior, challenge-loving type A’s focus their careers on data centers.
Whatever your definition, a data center represents the physical manifestation of our digital behaviors across a range of activities. Data centers also support the most mission critical of all our “day job” applications; web services, email, payroll and so on. So why is it that our “IT” industry is not aggressively applying more collaborative ingenuity to real world challenges? A complex question of course but what we are happy to share today is an example of what we’ve been able to do over the last year.
Built on a foundation of Cisco Energy Management Technologies and Services we were able to save $1M USD in one year across 11 labs…or data centers depending on your definition. While this is only a pilot, it serves as a proof of concept for things to come…
This year Cisco has a growing presence at Oracle Open World with a booth in the exhibition area comparable in size to the booths of the major server vendors. Don’t make any mistake . In case you still don’t know, Cisco is in the server market, and has big plans with the unified computing systems (UCS) and the Cisco Data center Business Advantage architectural framework
As a vendor of servers we talked a lot about performances and benchmarks – And why not ? After all thanks to the UCS we have been breaking one after one all the major benchmark records, proving many times, that our vision and design of server is the right one.
But I am more interested in what the customers who discovered the unified computing system have to say – So I invited yesterday Brady Reiter, NaviSite General Manager, Enterprise Architecture and Application for a little and casual conversation in front of the camera with Alex Krasne one of our blogger.
The NaviSite team is deploying a cloud based platform , that they use to deliver Oracle Application Management – So we asked Brady what was the business context and the evaluation process (Cisco vs HP, IBM, Sun) , and what are the results he got so far – Here is what Brady has to say
I met also Doug Beasley, one of our consulting engineer, who shared with me some of the amazing capabilities that the Unified Computing System offers to the IT organizations in the context of Oracle applications deployment and management
This week our team is out in force at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, and with good reason. Last week Scott Ciccone and I talked about the kinds of applications that are particularly well-served (no pun intended) by the new UCS B230 blade. Yesterday, Oracle quantified what that means when they announced world-record results with the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, using a pair of B230s running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, with our 4-socket B440 M1 acting as the database server.
I asked my colleague Girish Kulkarni, who works closely with our application partners, to help put this into context:
“We got the top dual-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark result of 11,283.80 JOPS@ Standard (jAppServer operations per second). This result surpasses the prior dual-node world record by 54 percent and was obtained running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.”
You’ve probably seen Cisco’s announcement on its new architectural framework for the data center, called Data Center Business Advantage. This broad framework highlights Cisco vision and strategic approach to innovation in the data center market, with the focused goal of helping customers achieve not just IT advantages, but real business advantages and models.
An important element of Cisco’s approach is creating and delivering, together with our partners, comprehensive solutions that address top of mind business challenges. And when we talk top of mind – agility, compliance and cost are pretty high up there – and therefore IT’s growing interest in desktop virtualization.