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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 »

Forget Cloud Computing, What About Cloud Apps?

January 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

So, I have to admit, the combination of iTunes and Shazam is not all that good for my bank balance. But, outside of helping me fill out my iTunes library with songs I didn’t know I wanted, Shazam, along with the Google iPhone app, highlight three interesting trends. Read More »

Oracle and Cisco — 1+1 > 2

I really enjoyed reading this blog from Oracle today. It made clear what the role of the “network as platform” could do for truly key business applications like Oracle’s E-Business Suite Release 12.While platforms like load balancers have been around for a dozen+ years now (remember Alteon, Arrowpoint, and others in the hot late 90s?), the value of this technology has become clear to enterprises and service providers, as well as the early adopter .com and content providers that first used these products. And it’s great to see today’s leading edge technologies — i.e. virtualization — making their way into key data center infrastructure components like load balancing, storage, and firewalls, following the lead VMware, Microsoft and others have done with server virtualization.The next key question is when will these data center infrastructure hardware components themselves become fully virtualized services and reside on independent hardware platforms — i.e. virtual appliances? This is a trend that’s bound to come over the next several years as software + general processors continue evolving to provide custom silicon-level performance.For now, we’re pleased to see load balancing continue to provide strong value for customers deploying and optimizing their business through their key investments in Oracle…

Nexus 5000 Garners InfoWorld Award

January 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm PST

The Cisco Nexus 5000 was recently named “Best Datacenter Fabric Switch” by InfoWorld as part of their 2009 Technology of the Year awards. A winner in the “Networking and Security” category, the Nexus 5000 was recognized for its flexibility and innovation. InfoWorld notes:

With a price that drubs the competition, a small 2U form factor, great scalability, and unrivaled speed and latency, the Nexus 5000 is poised to take on all challengers in the space.

The full InfoWorld review can be found here. Just in case you think we are resting on our laurels, stay tuned for more from the Nexus family in the coming weeks.