I had a discussion with some folks today who told me that customers wondered what Cisco’s position on FibreChannel was. One of our FC competitors was telling them that we are ‘getting rid of’ the Cisco MDS 9500 Storage Director in favor of the Nexus 7000, etc. I am reminded again of another of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes (yes, am a fan and have a book of them)“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber” Read More »
Allan Leinwand had a provocative blog post on gigaom.com the other day about the imminent arrival of a blade server for the Nexus. Doug ably explained why we would not do such a thing, so I am not going to revisit that, but I do want to explore the question Allan posed at the end of his entry: Who do you think can provide those resources more effectively -– a blade server manufacturer using virtualization with networking added to the system or a data networking manufacturer adding blade servers and virtualization?
Was just reading this article on GigaOm about the Nexus 7000 as a sort of mutated blade server chassis. I wanted to reply to it that there isn’t much possibility of the Nexus 7000 as a server platform itself, although it, I believe, is one of the best Server Interconnect platforms ever delivered. Interesting conjecture, but doubt we’ll see that as an evolutionary path unless there is a major reduction in power draw for both CPUs and DRAM. dg
During customer briefings, I’ll often use the concept of the Lego data center when talking about the vision behind Data Center 3.0. The joy of Lego (for me at least) is the ability to build something then, (sometimes violently) break it apart and build something else. This is the operational model we look to bring to the data center—sans most of the violence--with Data Center 3.0.