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HP ONE — or Should We Say “Many”

Expanding or developing an ecosystem from a point product or technology solution to a broad-reaching one is always a beneficial effort from vendors for their customers. HP’s just announced Open Network Ecosystem (ONE) is certainly a logical strategy and effort to expand basic Ethernet (some might say “data center”) switching to provide a broad array of data center and application-enabling IT services — e.g. load balancing, IP security, VoIP, WAN optimization.This is a strategy Cisco has espoused — and innovated + executed on — for years with the Catalyst, Nexus, ISR and other product families…Looking DeeperHowever, to really benefit the customer, much more needs to be done than merely host other vendors’ operating systems and code on your processing hardware and physical chassis. As we all know, different IP services all do different things to data and application traffic — from firewalls and IPS’ inspecting and enforcing traffic safety, to WAN optimization compressing/de-duplicating/optimizing application protocols. Read More »

More on the Dynamic Data Center

January 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

Here is a quick little Q&A with Doug around the virtualized, dynamic data center. To see the entire Infrastructure 2.0 panel discussion, check it out here.

The Train Keeps Rolling…

January 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

imageSo, a year ago, we kicked off a little party with the launch of the Nexus 7000 and NX-OS. As you can see, we have been busy year--we have fleshed out the Nexus portfolio with the Nexus 5000 and 1000V, established NX-OS as our pervasive data center OS and implemented some key technologies like DCE, FCoE and VN-Link.imageBut we are not done yet, so……for you, our faithful followers, a little preview of some of the things we will announce a later today. Read More »

GbE or GE, that is the question…

Ok, quick opinion poll here… Feel free to comment of course…So Omar Sultan, our most prolific Data Center Blogger, just wrote an article using the acronym GE for ‘Gigabit Ethernet’. I decided to comment back and question his use of acronyms. (I grew up associating GE with a venerable company ‘General Electric’ and was once chastised to use ‘GbE’ for Gigabit Ethernet.) Craig Huitema, who has the unenviable job of trying to manage Omar, thought he would try to win points with this challegning employee by sticking up for him called me out on being pedantic about GE versus GbE. I started writing this. Omar and Craig are trying to distract me by playing Aerosmith songs that Omar and I only know how to play on Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and finally I get to the actual polling question…. Read More »

The Unified Fabric Payoff

January 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

So, as I have mentioned before and chatted about with Sidney, we have the Nexus 5000 and unified fabric in production in our Mountain View data center. We are running the News@Cisco website over it as well as some back-office data base apps right now.So what have we learned? To net it out:

  • Reduced cable count per rack from 72 to 18
  • Reduced power consumption by 30%
  • Extended useful life of data center by 12-18 months

You can watch the video of Mike Norman, Director of DC Design, dig into some of the details.