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Zoning for Efficiency

I put together this teaser video showing our approach to modeling highly efficient, highly dense data center zones (aka pods, clusters). Simply defined, a data center zone is a physical construct that is built to support any number of logical dependencies or attributes. For example, you might tell us you want 99.999% availability, 80% electrical efficiency, cooling burden of 1.2, FCoE, 75% IT asset utilization using Unified Computing and so on. How we go about aligning these attributes/dependencies is critical to mitigate risk as well as ensuring high operative efficiency.In my new role as principal energy solutions architect in our Data Center Advanced Services team I am using Google SketchUp extensively as a means of modeling new physical designs. We do this not just for the IT infrastructure and racks but the full Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) designs that support IT. All this infrastructure can also be tied into Cisco EnergyWise to provide common monitoring of energy use (phase 1 -- today), control of IT assets (phase 2) and facilities infrastructure (phase 3).I am hoping that our users will provide some feedback on… Read More »

Wishful Thinking: The Investment Protection Edition

April 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

It seems that is it suddenly popular to attack Cisco on the topic on investment protection--that we are the “rip and replace guys”. It’s Friday--I am in a good mood, so I’ll offer up a piece of friendly advice to the product marketers out there: this is not such a great idea, since the assertion does not even stand up to passing scrutiny. The ironic thing is that these assertions often come from the most egregious practitioners of rip and replace. Read More »

Data Center Virtualization Perspectives from Intel IT

April 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

While you regularly hear from Cisco IT in this space, courtesy of Sidney and Doug, I thought you folks might want to get some other perspectives. Here is a series of podcasts from Intel IT where they share their thoughts on virtualization and the dynamic data center.

Cisco Unified Computing System: Best Data Center Innovation Award

imageCisco Unified Computing System (UCS) just won “Best Data Center Innovation” award at BladeSystems Insight 2009 event. Details will be available here soon.BladeSystems Insight is an executive summit for data center blade server technologies, took place April 19-21, 2009 in Las Vegas before an audience of over 150 hosted end-user executives, vendor sponsors, key industry analysts such as Forrester & IDC, association leaders etc. This award was based on voting from attending IT executives near the end of the event when attendees have had the opportunity to experience and evaluate the full range of companies, products and presentations.

Unified Computing System: Ferrari Borrowed Our Codename

April 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

As mentioned on the IPTV broadcast yesterday, the preliminary benchmarking for out new blade servers for our Unified Computing System is pretty darn good--something along the lines of 164% faster than previous-gen Intel-based two-socket systems. I think this not only makes a clear case for the upgrading to Intel Xeon 5500 Series processor but, the same way you would not put a Ferrari engine in a Cavalier, you also want to upgrade to a system that is designed to take advantage of that kind of performance, not just retro-fitted to deal with it. Here is a rundown of our preliminary results for some key industry benchmarks that cover a variety of workloads: image

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